India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan crashed out of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday after losing a tight clash to USA’s Jared Donaldson.On a high after beating Christopher Eubanks 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the previous round, Ramanathan put up a valiant fight against Donaldson, but eventually came up short.
In a second round singles match, Ramanathan suffered a 4-6 6-2 4-6 loss to the local wild card, ranked 60 in the world. It was the second consecutive defeat for Ramkumar against the American, having lost to him in the second round of the Roland Garros Qualifier in 2015.
After Ramkumar’s defeat, India’s interest in the tournament remains in doubles with Rohan Bopanna set to play his second round match with partner Ivan Dodig.
They face the team of Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and Italian Fabio Fognini, who both are top-25 singles players.Leander Paes had suffered a first round exit with partner Alexander Zverev, losing a tight match to Spanish pair of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.
With PTI inputs