Wimbledon Qualifying: Tough Loss For Saketh; Raja Wins

Day 3 of Wimbledon qualifying saw a heartbreaking loss for Saketh Myneni in the second round of men’s singles while Purav Raja and Fabrice Martin overcame Divij Sharan and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela to enter the main draw in men’s doubles.


Purav Raja: Keeping hopes alive

Saketh Myneni goes down fighting in Wimbledon qualifying

World No. 210 Saketh Myneni put up a gutsy fight against an opponent ranked 47 places higher than him – Kenny de Schepper of France. But the Asian Games gold medallist, unfortunately, had to end up on the losing side.

The experienced Frenchman edged ahead in the first set tie-break 7-6(5). The big-serving Saketh came back in the second set to take it 6-3. The deciding set was a close affair where Kenny de Schepper broke Indian hearts by grabbing the 7-6(5), 3-6, 9-7 win in 2 hours 12 minutes.

With Saketh’s defeat, Indian challenge comes to an end in singles of Wimbledon qualifying. Earlier, both Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman had lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying.

Purav Raja beats Divij Sharan

In a men’s doubles second round battle between former doubles partners, it was Purav Raja who emerged victorious over Divij Sharan. Eighth seeds Raja and Frenchman Fabrice Martin lost the first set 3-6 as Divij Sharan and his Mexican teammate Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela started off brilliantly.

But the Indo-French pair bounced back to take the next two sets and win the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour 40 minutes.

This is the third consecutive time that Purav Raja has qualified for the main draw in men’s doubles at this Slam.

The main draw matches of Wimbledon start from Monday. Let us wish all the Indian contenders best of luck for the season’s third Grand Slam.

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