Somdev Devvarman In LA Main Draw
Indians had a mixed day in the qualifiers at the LA Tennis Open as Somdev Devvarman made it to the main draw while his US-based compatriot Prakash Amritraj lost out in a tight contest.
Somdev, ranked second in the qualifiers, won his final qualifying round on Monday against fifth-seeded American Alex Bogomolov 7-5, 6-2. Prakash lost 5-7, 6-7 (0) to sixth-seeded Ryan Sweeting of the United States.
Somdev will now challenge fifth seed Igor Kunitsyn of Russia in the first round of the main draw on Tuesday.
Somdev ,who made a brilliant start to the season by entering the Chennai Open final, beating Grand Slam winner Carlos Moya on the way, made sure of earning at least $5,680 as prize money for playing in the first round here. If he crosses the hurdle, he can make $9,590.
The other two qualifiers for the main draw were American Carstell Ball who beat compatriot and fourth seed Donald Young 6-3, 6-0, and top-seeded Frenchman Josselin Ouanna who beat Serbian Dusan Vemic 6-3, 6-2.