Vastavam web: Young Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal earned his first win at a Grand Slam qualifying event, knocking out seasoned Japanese Tatsum Ito in straight sets at the US Open qualifiers, here. Nagal, placed at a career-best 190 right now, knocked out the 133rd ranked and 26th seed 7-6 (6) 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes on Tuesday.
Last year, he had competed in the qualifiers of the Australian Open, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships but could not win a round. This is Nagal’s first attempt at making the Grand Slam singles main draw this season in which he enjoyed considerable success and broke into the top-200. The 22-year-old from Haryana next faces Canada’s Peter Polansky, who is ranked 192.