Somdev in main LA draw, Prakash fails
Indians had a mixed day in the qualifiers of the LA Tennis Open as Somdev Devvarman made the main draw while his US-based compatriot Prakash Amritraj lost out in a tight contest.sports Updated: Jul 29, 2009 01:21 IST
Indians had a mixed day in the qualifiers of the LA Tennis Open as Somdev Devvarman made the main draw while his US-based compatriot Prakash Amritraj lost out in a tight contest.
Somdev, ranked second in the qualifiers, won his final qualifying round on Monday against fifth seeded American Alex Bogomolov 7-5, 6-2 while the unseeded Prakash lost 5-7, 6-7 (0) to sixth-seeded Ryan Sweeting of the US.
Somdev will now run into fifth seed Igor Kunitsyn of Russia in the first round of the main draw.
Somdev, who has struggled on the Tour after a brilliant start to the season by entering the Chennai Open final, made sure of earning at least $5,680 as prize money for playing in the first round. If he crosses the hurdle he can make $9,590.
Two other qualifiers for the main draw were American Carstell Ball who beat compatriot and fourth seed Donald Young 6-3, 6-0, and top seeded Frenchman Josselin Ouanna who beat Serbian Dusan Vemic 6-3, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Jesse Levine of the US advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over compatriot Bobby Reynolds.
The left-handed Levine will face No. 1 seed Tommy Haas of Germany. In other opening round matches, Australian Chris Guccione beat American Kevin Kim, 6-1, 6-4 and Robert Kendrick spanked fellow American Vince Spadea 6-0, 6-0.