Yuki Bhambri’s valiant run comes to an end in Chennai


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Experience is invaluable. The cliche could be some consolation for India’s Yuki Bhambri who withered and fell like a May blossom on the bough here on Friday.

Playing against world No. 32 Vasek Pospisil, the 21 year-old lost his serve on three occasions and could not quite muster the game to exact revenge in his last-eight encounter, going down 6-3, 6-3 in the Chennai Open.

There is something for the Indian to look forward though. Winning the play-off tournament in Shenzen, China has handed Yuki, who became only the third Indian after Leander Paes and Somdev Devvarman to enter the quarterfinal stage of India’s lone ATP event, a debut in the doubles draw of the Australian Open which gets underway in 10 days.

“I gave him easy breaks, and getting an early lead in both the sets helped him. I think I matched him at the baseline, but overhit my shots. If I get another chance at the playing the match, I’d play it differently,” said the Indian as an afterthought.

Meanwhile, top seed Stanislas Wawrinka, looking bored against world No. 95 Aljaz Bedene, cruised 6-2, 6-1. There was also a date with an impending record. With his victory, the 28 year-old became only the fourth Swiss player in history to touch the landmark of 300 match wins.

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