Comeback man Yuki Bhambri impressed together with his attacking internet play in a straight units win however Ramkumar Ramanathan’s twenty third try at cracking the singles important draw of a Grand Slam ended with a primary spherical defeat on the Australian Open qualifiers on Tuesday.
Bhambri, who returned to the Grand Slam stage after the 2018 US Open, beat 248th ranked Joao Domingues from Portugal 6-4 6-2 in simply 68 minutes.
The 29-year-old Indian’s serve appeared first rate and he performed neatly as he charged on the internet to maintain the factors quick.
Nonetheless, Ramkumar and Ankita Raina’s marketing campaign ended within the first spherical itself.
Ramkumar fought his coronary heart out earlier than dropping 3-6 5-7 to hard-hitting Italian Gian Marco Moroni in first spherical. Moroni got here out with huge serves and perfectly-placed winners.
Within the ladies’s singles, Ankita, ranked 203, was blown away by one hundred and twentieth ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-0 in simply 50 minutes on her birthday.
The 29-year-old attributed the defeat to her bout with COVID-19 earlier than reaching Australia.
“I’ve not taken the racquet or carried out any coaching within the final 14-16 days,” Ankita informed PTI.
She stated her preparations have been hampered since she needed to be in quarantine in India earlier than flying out and that she may have only one session after reaching Melbourne on January 8.
Bhambri struggled to rein in his unforced errors to start with however earned his first breakpoint within the third recreation with a forehand winner after a protracted rally. Domigues served a double fault at hand the Indian his first break of the match.
Bhambri served the subsequent recreation at love with an ace to open up a 3-1 lead as Domingues additionally tried to cost to the online, however Bhambri’s highly effective strokes pushed him again.
Bhambri fought off two break factors on his serve within the sixth recreation. At deuce he pulled off a superbly positioned backhand slice after which dispatched a half volley for a 4-2 lead.
After getting another break on account of his rival’s unforced errors, Bhambri got here out serving for the set however dropped the serve when his miscued overhead smash went out.
He wasn’t within the place to play that shot however went for it, anticipating that lob would land in, behind him close to the alley.
The Indian claimed the set when he served once more.
Within the second set too, it was Bhambri who obtained the primary break as he led 4-2. He then served out the match with none fuss.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran had received his first spherical on Monday.