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Yuki Bhambri makes disappointing first-round exit at French Open

Yuki Bhambri’s maiden appearance at the French Open ended with a first round defeat as he lost his opening men’s singles match to Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans on Tuesday.

tennis Updated: May 29, 2018 21:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Yuki Bhambri,French Open,Ruben Bemelmans
Yuki Bhambri returns a shot against Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans during their first round match at the French Open.(AP)

India’s top singles player Yuki Bhambri crashed out of the French Open after losing his first-round match to Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium in straight sets on Tuesday.

Yuki, who was India’s only entry into the singles main draw, went down 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 10 minutes. The Delhi boy will be disappointed with his performance as he had cranked up good form in the lead up to the Grand Slam.

Yuki, ranked 93, was playing at Roland Garros for the first time, though he has appeared in Australian Open thrice but failed to cross the first round.

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Yuki was facing Bemelmans, ranked 110 in ATP charts, for the second time and had won their previous encounter at the ATP Delhi Open in 2015. The Indian was let down by his service game.

He was broken eight times by Bemelmans and could convert only four break points. He had first serve win percentage of 58 compared to 64 of Bemelmans.

After his exit from singles, Yuki will be looking to give his all in doubles where he has paired up with another Delhi boy and friend Divij Sharan. They would meet compatriot Purav Raja and Frenchman Fabrice Martin in the first round.

First Published: May 29, 2018 21:54 IST