Indian tennis star Saketh Myneni came agonizingly close to securing a place in the main draw of Australian Open but lost his opportunity in the final hurdle.
Myneni faced off against Mirza Basic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ranked 137th in the world) in the final round of the Australian Open Qualifying at the Melbourne Park. The first set went in favour of the Bosnian with a score of 6-2.
Myneni, who is ranked 168th in the world, fought back brilliantly in the second set and levelled the field by taking home the set with a score of 4-6. The last and the crucial set was a dramatic one. Basic had a 3-0 lead at one stage only to see Myneni fight back. The set then stood at 6-6 before Basic secured the win with a score of 8-6.
After Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanathan, Myneni is the third Indian to crash out in the Qualifying round. This leaves the 95th ranked Yuki Bhambri as the lone Indian representative in the men’s singles. He will face Tomas Berdych in the first round of Australian Open on Monday.
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