Ramkumar Ramanathan qualifies for Qatar Open; Ankita Raina loses in Mexico

Ankita Raina went down to Leonie Kung in second round of the qualifiers

By Samrat Chakraborty

India's Ramkumar Ramanathan outclassed World No. 95 Norbert Gambos of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1 to qualify for the main draw of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha on Sunday.

The Chennai player is assured of 12 ATP points and is set to take on world No. 43 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the first round of the main draw later in the day.

A former ATP finalist, Ramkumar has been struggling for form in the past few months. Currently ranked 201 on the ATP charts, the Indian has been mainly plying his trade at the Challenger level.

The 26-year-old last played in main draw of an ATP event at the Maharashtra Open in February, 2020.

This was Ramkumar's second career win over Gambos. He had earlier beaten the Slovakian in three sets in the final qualifying round to enter the Chennai Open main draw in 2014.

Ankita Raina in action

Meanwhile, India's top-ranked women's singles player Ankita Raina, who stunned former French Open finalist Sara Errani in the first round of qualifiers of the Abierto Zapopan Open on Saturday, lost to Switzerland's Leonie Kung in the second round.

Raina was comprehensively beaten on Sunday by the former junior Wimbledon finalist 0-6, 1-6.

Raina, who made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open earlier this year, is ranked 96th in singles and 169 in doubles.