Wimbledon 2022: Sania Mirza will be the only Indian in action in the main draw at the grass-court major as Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan were knocked out in qualifying first-round matches.
Yuki Bhambri last made the main draw at Wimbledon in 2018 (AFP Photo)
- Ramkumar Ramathan, Yuki Bhambri failed to make main draw
- Sania Mirza will be in women’s doubles action
- Rohan Bopanna opted out of the grass-court Grand Slam
Sania Mirza will be the only Indian in action at Wimbledon 2022 as Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan failed to reach the men’s singles main draw following first-round defeats in the qualifying.
Yuki Bhambri lost to top seed Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain in the first round qualifying 5-7, 1-6. Bhambri looked set to pull off a stunning win as he led 5-3 in the first set after an early break. However, he failed to make use of the momentum and was blown away in straight sets.
On the other hand, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost 5-7 4-6 to Czech Republic’s Vit Kopriva in his first-round qualifying match. Ramkumar failed to seize crucial moments as he missed out on an opportunity to progress at SW19. He even led 3-1 lead in the second set but Kopriva bagged four games on the trot to regain control over the proceedings.
Sania Mirza, who is on her last year on the tour, will partner Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic in the women’s doubles category.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna, who reached the semi-final at French Open along with his Dutch partner Matwe Middlekoop, decided to not play at Wimbledon due to the absence of ranking points. The ATP barred ranking points for Wimbledon after the organisers banned Russian and Belarusian players from participating over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.