French Open: Bhambri knocked out, Bopanna advances

Last Updated: Thu, May 31, 2018 01:34 hrs
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Indian tennis ace Yuki Bhambri maiden appearance at the French Open came to an abrupt end when he crashed out of the tournament, losing to 111th-ranked Ruben Bemelmans from Belgium, 4-6,4-6, 1-6, in the men's singles match here on Monday.

Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin began their Roland Garros campaign with a comfortable win over the American team of Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe, 6-3, 6-1 proceeded to the second round in the men's doubles match of the tournament.

Bemelman's strong and swift actions were too good for Bhambri as the former dominated the game right from the beginning and won it with ease.

Bhambri was the lone Indian in the in the men's singles category of the tournament.

The 25-year-old had earlier qualified for the main draw of the Roland Garros for the first time after winning the Chinese Taipei Challenger title with straight sets win over compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan.

It should be noted that Bhambri and Bemelmans had previously faced each other only once during the New Delhi Challenger in 2015 when the Indian eked out a thrilling three-set win over the Belgian.

On Wednesday, Bhambri and Divij Sharan will take on the Indo-French pair of Purav Raja and Fabrice Martin in the last-64 round in the men's doubles match.

Meanwhile, Bopanna along with Hungarian tennis star Timea Babos will face the Chinese-Australian team of Zhang Shuai and John Peers in the last-32 round on Wednesday.


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