Bopanna`s singles journey cut short in 1st round in Halle

Updated: Jun 08, 2010, 14:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Rohan Bopanna could not repeat the brilliant show of qualifying event as he exited from the ATP 250 event in Halle, Germany after suffering a straight-set defeat against Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands.

The Indian qualifier fought hard but lost 4-6, 6-7 (11) in
the first round of the euro 750,000 grass court event -- Gerry
Weber Open.

Bopanna will now try his luck in the doubles event, where
he has teamed up with Pakistan`s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

The Indo-Pak pair will open its campaign against Philipp
Marx of Germany and Igor Zelenay of Slovakia.

Meanwhile, at the euro 713,950 Aegon Championship in
London, Somdev Devvarman is trailing 1-6, 2-3 against America`s
Mardy Fish in the first round of grass court event.