Myneni qualifies for maiden major main draw
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