Amritraj passes first hurdle

Tennis: Foreign round-up: Somdev exits in Wimbledon first-round qualifier

Amritraj passes first hurdle

Prakash, seeded 28 and ranked 161 beat Croatian world number 236 Antonio Veic 6-3, 6-4 in his first round match.

Somdev, seeded 14th, lost 3-6, 2-6 to Monaco’s Jean-Rene Lisnard, who is placed 80 rungs below the Indian at 215.

Prakash broke his rival once each in both the sets — sixth in the first and third in the second — to progress.

Prakash He will next face either Conor Niland of Ireland or Daniel Cox of Britain.

Somdev, who has been struggling these days, had a disappointing day as despite putting up a tough fight he ended up on the wrong side.

Somdev began fantastically by breaking Lisnard in the very first game of the match but suffered two consecutive breaks -- second and fourth games -- to concede lead. Somdev had his chance to come back in the set when he earned a breakpoint in the ninth game and also saved two set points but the Monaco player did not let the Indian capitalise.

The second set too started on a disastrous note for Somdev as he dropped his serve.
Lisnard broke him in the seventh game to create a 5-2 cushion and served out the match in the next game.

Sluiter celebrates

Dutch wildcard entry Raemon Sluiter celebrated his return to the ATP tour as he dispatched Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Den Bosch Open on Sunday.

On a rain-delayed first day, top seed Fernando Verdasco, world number eight and Spain's Davis Cup hero last year, also progressed, beating compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-3, 7-5. In an exhibition match, former world number one Kim Clijsters made short work of local hero Michaella Krajicek, winning 6-1, 6-3. The Belgian retired in 2007 but announced her comeback in March and is due to return competitively in August.

Sania retires hurt

Sania Mirza conceded her first round singles match of the qualifying event of the USD 600,000 Aegon International in Eastbourne after suffering a hip-strain.

The Indian ace was trailing 4-6, 2-3 against Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania on Sunday when she opted out of the contest. Sania though will play in the doubles event along with Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei.

In the men’s event Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy have been given the top billing and they will open their campaign against Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles, seeded second, will play their first round match against Stephen Huss of Australia and local Ross Hutchins.  

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