Australian Open Qualifiers LIVE: Bhambri BEAT Domingues- Yuki Bhambri has defeated Domingues in the opening Qualifiers to join Gunneswaran in Qualifiers 2 list at Aus Open. He made light work of his opponent to win the contest 6-4, 6-2 to continue India’s progress at year’s first Grand Slam. The opening match lasted for an hour and 8 minutes. Follow Aus Open 2022 live updates on InsideSport.IN
Yuki Bhambri will be the one who will attract all the eyeballs at Aus Open 2022 as he will be making a comeback in a Grand Slam event after three years. He has been India’s biggest plus with numerous appearances in all Grand Slams.
Australian Open Qualifiers: Yuki Bhambri beats Portugal’s Domingues on his return to Grand Slams
Bhambri, who returned to the Grand Slam stage after 2018 US Open due to knee injury, beat his 248th ranked Portuguese rival 6-4 6-2 in just 68 minutes.
The 29-year-old Indian’s serve looked decent and he played smartly as he charged the net to keep the points short.
He struggled to rein in his unforced errors in the beginning but earned his first breakpoint in the third game with a forehand winner after a long rally. Domigues served a double fault to hand the Indian first break of the match.
Bhambri served the next game at love with an ace to open up a 3-1 lead as Domingues also tried to charge to the net but Bhambri’s powerful strokes pushed him back.
Bhambri fought off two break points on his serve in the sixth game. At deuce he pulled off a perfectly placed backhand slice and then dispatched up a half-volley for a 4-2 lead.
After getting one more break on account of his rival’s unforced errors, Bhambri came out serving for the set but dropped the serve when his miscued overhead smash went out.
He wasn’t in the position to play that shot but went for it, anticipating that lob would land in, behind him near the alley.
The Indian claimed the set when he served again.
In the second set too, it was Bhambri who got the first break as he led 4-2. He then served out the match without any fuss.
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