Somdev Devvarman is one win away from US Open main draw after recording a hard-earned victory over American Robby Ginepri in the second round of the qualifiers in New York. Sixth seed Somdev beat Ginepri 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-2 after a two hours contest.
After winning the first set in tie-break, Somdev had three break opportunities in the second but could convert none. He dropped his serve twice as Ginepri made a comeback.
Somdev did not repeat that mistake in the third set as he cashed in on three of the four chances to move to the third round. He now faces Briton James Ward and a win will book him a berth in the main draw of the last Grand Slam of the season.
Somdev, ranked 113 and James, ranked 173 have never played against each other.
Sania reaches 25th career doubles final
New Haven: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza touched another milestone in her career by reaching her 25th doubles final with new partner Zheng Jie at the WTA New Haven Open, here. Sania and Zheng, seeded third, got the better of Spanish team of Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-3 in the semifinals of the $690,000 hard court event.
Wozniacki, Kvitova reach semifinals
New Haven: Former winner Caroline Wozniacki and reigning champ Petra Kvitova beat a pair of WTA young guns Thursday to reach the semis of the New Haven Open, the final tune-up for the US Open. Four-time winner Wozniacki defeated American wild card Sloane Stephens 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 in a quarter-final contest at the Yale University hardcourt facility.