My­neni qual­i­fies for maiden ma­jor main draw

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

New York: In­dia’s Saketh My­neni blew away Ser­bian Pedja Kristin 6- 3 6- 0 in only 56 min­utes to earn his maiden en­trance into the men’s sin­gles event of the US Open here on Fri­day.

To make it to the main draw, My­neni needed to win three rounds in the qual­i­fiers and he made it with min­i­mum fuss with­out drop­ping a sin­gle set.

In the ear­lier rounds, My­neni, seeded 26th, won 7- 6( 6) 6- 4 over lo­cal lad Mitchell Krueger. Be­fore that, he de­feated Al­bano Olivetti of France 7- 5 6- 3 in the first round.

The last two In­di­ans to have qual­i­fied for a Grand Slam proper in sin­gles were Yuki Bham­bri and Somdev Dev­var­man.

My­neni, ranked 143rd, lost in the third qual­i­fy­ing round at the Aus­tralian Open and bowed out in the sec­ond round of the French Open ear­lier this year.

Pedja went into the con­test with a 1- 0 win- loss record against the In­dian, hav­ing beaten My­neni in Turkey in May last year. But the In­dian was too hot on the day.

“Play­ing in a home away from

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