“I think I played, it was a good start for me obviously winning here in straight sets. I have been dominating the match comfortably, and I think in that game I could have the second break in the second set, no, and go for a win. Didn’t happen. And then the second set was tougher. I had the break in the last one. In the third, I think I finished playing well.”, said Myneni after the exhausting match.
Saketh Myneni crashes out of US Open in five-set thriller match: India’s Saketh Myneni enthralled the audience and Indians all over the world with a stellar perormance at the US Open , but to their disappointment couldn’t make the cut to the next round by a close shave. He was pegged against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely, who is ranked 49th in the world, while, Saketh is ranked 143rd. The final score of the match between India’s Myeni and Czech’s Vesely was 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 5-7.
Vesely said, “It was indeed an exhausting match. It lasted almost for 50 minutes, and that is tough. I am glad I won, but Myeni sure gave me shrills in the first few sets”.
Myneni, ranked 143rd in the world, gave a tough fight in the match. The US Open is a coveted title to fight for, but Myeni’s hopes were quashed by a hard call in a match which went to the fifth set. All of Vesely’s smashes were equally replied by Myneni with strong determination. His cross court placements were in particular appreciated by the experts. Although he put is 110% in the match, he was thrashed out of the US Open by Vesely.
Vesely is five years younger, than Myneni. Commentators noted that this gave the Czech player some brownie points. Also, after the 3d set, Myneni had to take some medical breaks due to cramps.
Myneni was the only Indian in the men’s singles competition in the US Open this year. He is the first Indian since Yuki Bhambri to enter the main draw of the Grand Slam event and also the first since Somdev Devvarman in 2013 to qualify for the US Open. This is quite a feat in itself for India.