Yuki Bhambri downs Canada's Peter Polansky to qualify for Australian Open

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

The 25-year old Bhambri overcame a first set lapse to tame Canadian Peter Polansky 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the third and final qualifying round in one hour and 55 minutes to clinch his third Australian Open men's singles main draw appearance.

Bhambri, who has already tasted global success, has the 2009 Junior Australian Open title under his belt and will be looking to endure a good season, having bowed out in the first round of the same competition in 2015 and 2016.

A 2014 Asian games medallist, Bhambri fought off stern competition from his adversaries in the qualifying stage to stake a claim in the main draw, which is set to feature top-flight stars such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Bhambri managed to take the third set as well comfortably with the same score.

In his third and final qualifying match, the 25-year-old player struggled with his serve in the opening set before Polanksy pocketed the set easily.

Meanwhile, Ramkumar Ramanathan could not cross the final hurdle to be able to qualify for the main round. However, Ramkumar Ramanathan went down in a tough three-setter to another Canadian Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.

"I think it was a nervous start but once I got my rhythm little bit, I started playing more freely". "I am just as eager as I was to get past my first qualifying round", he said.

"I am hoping that I can win a few rounds in the main draw", said Bhambri, who won his sixth ATP Challenger title in Pune in November.