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Yuki Bhambri and Prajnesh Gunneswaran knocked out of US Open qualifiers

Yuki Bhambri and Prajnesh Gunneswaran both made first round exits from the men’s singles qualifiers of the US Open.

tennis Updated: Aug 23, 2017 22:47 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Yuki Bhambri,Prajnesh Gunneswaran,Ramkumar Ramanathan
Yuki Bhambri crashed out of the US Open men’s singles qualifiers. (Getty Images)

Yuki Bhambri crashed out of the US Open men’s singles qualifiers with a three-set defeat to Japanese Go Soeda while Prajnesh Gunneswaran also suffered a tame defeat here.

Yuki Bhambri, who recently beat French World number 22 Gael Monfils, suffered a 6-1 1-6 3-6 defeat at the hands of 22nd seed Japanese in the opening round, which lasted one hour and 44 minutes.

The left-handed Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who has been named in Indian Davis Cup team as a reserve, lost 1-6 4-6 to Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann in his first round match.

India’s hopes to see a singles player competing in the main draw of the last Grand Slam of the season still remained alive with Ramkumar Ramanathan featuring in the bottom half of the qualifying draw.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, now India’s number one singles player at 156, faces seasoned Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who is now placed 213 in the ATP ranking chart.

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 20:20 IST