London: Youngster Ramkumar Ramanthan foughthis heart out before losing a tight second round singles match while Purav Raja and Divij Sharan bowed out in the men’s doubles first round of the Wimbledon Qualifiers, here. Up against German 21st seed and world number 130, the 21-year-old Indian lost 6-7(5) 6-7(3), bringing the curtains down on India’s challenge in the singles qualifying event.
Saketh Myneni, the country’s top singles player at number 150, had lost his first round to 23-year-old Frenchman Tristan Lamasine 6-4 6-7 (2) 1-6. In the men’s doubles qualifiers, the fourth-seeded Indian combo of Raja and Sharan lost 7-6(5) 4-6 6-8 to the German team of Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff. Rajan and left-handed Sharan had a good build-up to the Wimbledon as they won two Challenger titles – in Manchester and Surbiton.
Yuki Bhambri is not competing as he is nursing an elbow injury. Yuki, Myneni and Ramanathan now have Davis Cup assignment next as India host Korea in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Chandigarh on grass courts, next month. PTI
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