US Open qualifiers: Somdev beats Fabiano in first round

somdev-ausNew York: Somdev Devvarman has successfully managed to go past his first hurdle in the US Open qualifying tournament as he registered a win in straight sets by 6-4, 6-3 over Fabiano De Paula here on Wednesday.

India’s number one singles player took 1 hour and 9 minutes to defeat the Brazilian in the first round of the US Open quaifiers.

Somdev was dominating from the very first set when he broke his opponent once and went onto to break him thrice in the final set. He will now take on American Robby Ginepri, ranked 123 places below him at 236.

US Open injuries

Sharapova has withdrawn her name from US Open because of the shoulder injury that she suffered a few months back. She hasn’t played in any major tournaments since her early exit from Wimbledon, except for Cincinnati Masters where she lost early, resulting in the sacking of her newly appointed coach Jimmy Connors.

Apart from Sharapova, on Wednesday, a former top-10 player Mardy Fish also withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing personal reasons. He was citing to make a comeback on tour after dealing with heart issues which he had suffered in the past, especially during 2010 and 2011.