Zeenews Sports Bureau
New York: Somdev Devvarman, playing only his second match after returning from a shoulder surgery, put up a spirited fight before losing the first round of the US Open to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain, here on Monday.
Set 4: Somdev 4-6 Ramirez
Set 3: Somdev 6-3 Ramirez
Set 2: Somdev 2-6 Ramirez
Set 1: Somdev 3-6 Ramirez
The Indian, who had lost in the first round of the London Olympics also, lost the opening clash in the men's singles 3-6 2-6 6-3 4-6 to his Spanish rival, ranked 94.
Somdev, whose ranking has plummeted to 473 due to missing out action in most of the season, battled for two hours 41 minutes before bowing out of the last Grand Slam of the year.
Somdev had undergone a shoulder surgery last November.
India's hopes remain in men's and women's doubles competition.
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek have been seeded fifth and they open their campaign against German pair of Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna are seeded eighth and they will open their campaign against Australia's Matthew Ebden and young Bernard Tomic.
In the women's doubles, Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands have been seeded 13th and they are up against Italy's Alberta Brianti and Romania's Sorana Cirstea.
Swiss Roger Federer began his campaign on a positive note winning the first round 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 against Donald Young of USA.
Australian Samantha Stosur began her title defence in style blowing away Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1.
"As soon as I got here, it was just a good feeling and excitement to be back to a city that obviously brought me so much last year," Stosur said.
Olympic champion Andy Murray advanced to the next round defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Three-time winner of the US Open Belgium’s Kim Clijsters also made it to the second round with a straight set win over American 6-3, 6-1. She has now extended her winning streak at the tournament to 22 matches.
"It's going in the upward direction. I was playing a lot better in the second set." Clijsters said after the match.
French Open winner, Russia’s Maria Sharapova needed only 67 minutes to defeat Melinda Czink 6-2, 6-2 advancing to the next round along with Li Na of China who beat Heather Watson of Britain 6-2, 6-3.
The last Grand Slam of the 2012 season got underway at the Flushing Meadows. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in men’s category while Samantha Stosur of Russia is the defending champion in the women’s category.
First Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 08:11