Paris: Somdev Devvarman stormed into the
third round of the qualifying event of the French Open with a
straight set thrashing of Daniel King-Turner of New Zealand
The sixth seeded Indian scored an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over
his Kiwi opponent in one hour and 12 minutes in the second
round of the clay court Grand Slam`s qualifiers.
In the third round, Somdev will take on Frenchman Adrian
Mannarino who beat Ramon Delgado of Paraguay 6-2, 7-6 in a
second round match.
It was a dominating performance by the top Indian as he
took just 29 minutes to win the first set 6-1 after breaking
his opponent`s serve in the fourth and sixth games.
The scoreline was level 1-1 after the second game but
after that it was Somdev all the way. The Indian broke the
Kiwi to make the scoreline 3-1 and then repeated the same to
surge to 5-1 before pocketing the first set in his serve.
Somdev did not allow Turner to come back into the match
as the Indian broke his opponent in the very first game of the
second set to go up 2-0.
Both the players then held serve before Somdev broke his
opponent in the seventh game to make it 5-2. The Indian then
held on his serve to win the second set 6-2 and the game in
one hour and 12 minutes.
Somdev though had to survive some nervy moments in the
second set as he won a couple of games after exchange of deuce
points. That was why the second set lasted 43 minutes.
Somdev now remains the only hope for India in the men`s
single as Prakash Amritraj had crashed out of the qualifying
event with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-8 loss to Joao Souza of Brazil in the