Yuki Bhambri inches closer to Australian Open main draw

The Indian defeated World No. 183 Carlos Taberner 6-0, 6-2 in the second round of the men’s singles qualifiers.

Yuki Bhambri will face Canadian Peter Polanksy for a place in the main draw.   -  R. Ragu (File Photo)

Yuki Bhambri outclassed Spaniard Carlos Taberner to reach the third and final qualifying round of the Australian Open, here on Friday.

Bhambri routed the World No. 183 6-0, 6-2 in the second round of the men’s singles qualifiers. The 25-year-old, ranked 122, won 54 points in the 57-minute contest, breaking his rival six times in the match. Bhambri will now face Canadian Peter Polanksy for a place in the main draw. If Bhambri clears the final hurdle, it will be his third appearance in the Australian men singles main draw.

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In 2015, as a qualifier, he had lost to Andy Murray in the first round and in 2016, he bumped into Tomas Berdych to make a first-round exit.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, India’s next best singles player in the rankings at No. 139, will play his second round later in the day. The 23-year-old from Chennai is up against France’s Gleb Sakharov, ranked 156.