Somdev hopeful of improving Grand Slam record

Last Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 17:29

New Delhi: He has won just one Grand Slam
singles match in his career but on the back of a reasonably
successful season so far, Somdev Devvarman is hopeful of a
improving his statistics at tennis Majors as he prepares to
compete in his first-ever Wimbledon singles main draw.

Out of five appearances at the Grand Slam tournaments
ever since turning pro in 2008, Somdev had made four first
round exits and reached the second round of the US Open in
2009.

Coming into this year`s Wimbledon, Somdev got the better
of world number 33 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez but not before
losing five straight first round matches.

But the Indian star says the win over Guillermo has
boosted his confidence and he is hopeful of bettering his
records at the tennis majors.

He will open his Wimbledon campaign against Denis
Gremelmayr of Germany.

"Ya, it`s always good to win and to win against a good
and experienced player like Garcia-Lopez. It is a definite
confidence booster," Somdev said.

"Yes, it is for sure. Playing in the main draw of the
Wimbledon is quite exciting. I`m always hopeful. I`m quite
happy with my preparations on the grass this year," he said as
he made his first-ever direct entry into the Wimbledon singles
main draw.

Last year, he had lost in the second round of the
Wimbledon qualifying event.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 17:29

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