Somdev, Myneni ousted

Yuki Bhambri avenged his last week’s defeat against James Duckworth by knocking out the home favourite Australian from the Traralgon event and earned himself a shot at his second title on the Challenger Tour, here on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Yuki had lost to Duckworth last week in the Melbourne Challenger but today he put up a much better show and sent the second seed packing with a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 scoreline in the semi-finals.

Yuki, ranked 277, will now fight it out American top seed Bradley Klahn in the final of the $50000 hard court event.

Yuki, who won his first Challenger level title in Fergana, Uzbekistan last year, had lost to Bradley, ranked 123, in July this year in Binghamton.

It will be Yuki’s second Challenger level final of the season. He had lost the summit clash of the Kaohsiung event in Taiwan to Yen-Hsun Lu in September.

Meanwhile, in the $75000 Charlottesville event in the United States, both Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni crashed out after quarter-final defeats.

Second seed Somdev lost 6-7 (4), 4-6 to seventh seed American Rhyne Williams while Myneni’s splendid run ended with a 4-6, 0-6 defeat against Canadian Jesse Levine.

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