Yuki Bhambri fails to qualify for US Open | Tennis News


New York: India’s singles challenge in US Open qualifiers came to an end as Yuki Bhambri was beaten in straight sets by Belgium’s Zizou Bergs in the second round here

The 30-year-old lost 3-6, 2-6 to his Belgian opponent on Thursday.

It was always going to be tricky business for Bhambri (552) against the higher ranked Bergs (155) but the Indian managed to keep the scores level at 3-3 in the first set.

Things, however, quickly changed in the Belgian’s favor as he made it 5-3. Bergs then won her next serve to win the first set 6-3.

In the second set too, Bergs outplayed the Indian and dominated from the start and it didn’t take long for the first to pocket the second and final set 6-2.

Bhambri, who has spent most of the last three years nursing knee injuries and recovering from several surgeries, made his first Grand Slam qualifying match earlier this year at the Australian Open, where he lost in the second round of qualifying.

India’s top-ranked men’s singles player Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal made early exits on Wednesday after losing their respective qualifying matches in straight sets.

While Ramanathan lost to American teenager Bruno Kuzuhara 3-6m 5-7 in an hour and 28 minutes, Nagal lost to Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-7, 4-6.

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