Yuki Bhambri, the Indian no. 1 reached the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger tournament played in Tashkent. The $125000 prize money event is being played at the Olympic Tennis School Complex in the Uzbekistani capital. Bhambri, who is ranked 105th in the world, is all set to break into the top-100 following his good showing here.
In his quarter-final in the tournament, the unseeded Bhambri had an easy win over Czech Republic’s Jan Satral, who was seeded fourth. The Indian upset Satral in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to set up an interesting semi-final against native Denis Istomin, who overcame a tough match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
Istomin lost the opening set, but came back strongly in the next two sets to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. Entering into the semi-final, it will be Istomin who will be the favourite over the Indian given that he’s ranked 38 places above him in the rankings, as the world no.
67. However, Bhambri has been quite impressive this week and he will be keen to prolong his winning momentum. Bhambri’s success also follows on Vijay Amritraj opining about how the lack of presence within the top-100 is hurting India’s chances on the international tennis circuit.
It can be hoped that Bhambri’s career trajectory continues to rise and he finally gets to build upon the promises he’d raised, almost seven years ago, when he became the first Indian junior to win the Australian Open junior singles title in 2009.
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