London: Rising Indian tennis star Somdev
Devvarman could not repeat his French Open success and crashed
out of the Wimbledon singles qualifiers after losing to lower
ranked American Ryler Deheart.
Somdev, who had become the first Indian to qualify for
the French Open in 13 years, lost 2-6, 7-6(2), 3-6 to Deheart,
who is 114 places below him at 228 in th ATP rankings.
Now Indian hopes to see a players in the singles main
draw rest on Prakash Amritraj, who will face Marinko Matosevic
in the second round.
However, Somdev is still in contention in the doubles
qualifiers as he and his Filipino partner Treat Conrad Huey
will take on seventh seeds Prakash and Swiss Yves Allegro.
Meanwhile, Harsh Mankad and his partner Ilija Bozoljac of
Serbia, seeded eighth, beat the Brazilian pair of Thiago Alves
and Joao Souza 6-3 7-6(5) in the first round.
They face Alexander Peya of Austria and Germany`s Bjorn
Phau in the second round.