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Yuki Bhambri wins Australian Open qualifying round, one win away from singles main draw

Yuki dispatches Nishioka 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 in the Australian Open qualifying round in Melbourne.

By: Press Trust of India | Melbourne |
January 15, 2015 6:48:16 pm
Yuki Bhambri, India Yuki Bhambri, Yuki Bhambri India, Australian Open, Australian Open 2015, Tennis Yuki Bhambri is only 1 win away from entering the main draw of the 2015 Australian Open. (Source: PTI file)

Yuki Bhambri kept his hopes of making the Australian Open singles main draw alive after scoring a straight sets victory over world number 165  Yoshihito Nishioka in the qualifying event, in Melbourne of Thursday.

The 314th-ranked Indian dispatched Nishioka 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes in the second round contest.

Yuki saved as many as seven break chances on his serve against the Japanese. The 22-year-old had also ousted 129th ranked and 15th seed Evgeny Donskoy from Russian in the opening round.

Yuki is now up against America’s Chase Buchanan, who knocked out Croatia’s 32nd seed Mate Delic 4-6 6-1 6-4 in his second round.

It will be the first contest between Yuki and Buchanan, who is ranked 179.

Fellow Indians Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanathan had bowed out in the first round of the qualifiers.

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