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Yuki wins, Somdev bows out of Aus Open qualifiers

Yuki Bhambri was the only Indian to cross the first hurdle in the Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday while Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanathan fell by the way side after featuring in tight matches.

Yuki, ranked 314th, knocked out Russian 15th seed Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 in his first round match. The 22-year-old now faces Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, who outplayed Chile’s Gonzalo Lama 6-2, 6-1. Yoshihito Nishioka is placed 149 places above Yuki but the Indian will take confidence from the
fact that in Donskoy he beat somebody who is ranked as high as  129th.

Somdev Devvarman, who is going through a very lean patch, lost 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 to lower-ranked American Austin Krajicek.
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