Yuki Bhambri qualifies for Australian Open main draw

first_imgIndian tennis star Yuki Bhambri on Sunday qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open.The 25-year-old came back from behind and defeated Peter Polansky of Canada in the third and final qualifying match 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Melbourne.In his third and final qualifying match, the 25-year-old player struggled with his serve in the opening set before Polanksy pocketed the set with ease. But he bounced back in the remaining two sets and won the match in one hour and 55 minutes.The final set followed a similar pattern and Bhambri grabbed the only break point that came his way to book his berth in the main draw of this year’s first grand slam.This will be Bhambri’s third appearance in a Grand Slam tournament. He had featured in the Australian Open in 2015 and 2016 but lost to Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych respectively in the first round.”I think it was a nervous start but once I got my rhythm a little bit, I started playing more freely. Hoping I can win a few rounds in the main draw,” Bhambri told The Hindu after his win.Meanwhile, another Indian player Ramkumar Ramanathan lost a three-setter to world No. 109 Vasek Pospisil (Canada) in the final round of qualifying.World No. 139 Ramkumar came back to win the second set but eventually lost 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 in one hour, 44 minutes.last_img read more