Bhambri, Prajnesh go down in US Open qualifiers

India’s Yuki Bhambri went down 6-4, 1-6, 3-6 to Japan’s Go Sodea in the qualifying round of the US Open on Tuesday. Prajnesh Gunneswaran too suffered a 1-6, 4-6 defeat against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann.

Yuki Bhambri started on a winning note in the men’s singles, winning the first set. But things went haywire as he conceded the second and third sets rather meekly.   -  AFP

India’s Yuki Bhambri went down 6-4, 1-6, 3-6 to Japan’s Go Sodea in the qualifying round of the US Open on Tuesday.

The Indian, who is not quite known for maintaining his form, started on a winning note in the men’s singles, winning the first set. But things went haywire as he conceded the second set rather meekly. The third one saw the 25-year-old failing to return to game — dashing the hopes of making it count in the US Open.

India’s poor show in the qualifiers continued with Prajnesh Gunneswaran facing a 1-6, 4-6 defeat against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann. Without even allowing the Chennai-based player to settle down, the German toyed with him, thus ensuring that the world came crashing on the Indian youngster.