India’s No. 1 Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri were eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying on Monday.
Bhambri fell to Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles 5-7, 1-6, while Ramanathan was defeated by Czech Vit Kopriva 5-7, 4-6.
Bhambri got off to a great start in her match, getting an early break and found herself leading 5-3 in the first set. Miralles, however, managed to recover the break immediately, and after fending off two set points on his serve in the next game, won 10 of the next 11 games to eliminate the Indian from the event.
The 29-year-old, who entered the qualification bracket thanks to an Injury Protected Classification (PR), faced a tough draw considering Miralles’ remarkable recent results. The Spaniard advanced from qualifying to the fourth round at the French Open last month, defeating Americans Taylor Fritz and John Isner before losing to Alexander Zverev. He is ranked 90th in the world and faces Frenchman Antoine Hoang next.
Ramanathan, on the other hand, was up against 19th seed Kopriva, who had made headlines last year when he beat Denis Shapovalov en route to the semi-finals on the clay courts of Gstaad. The match got off to a nervous start with both players trading breaks early in the first set.
After dropping the first set and despite taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Ramanathan lost five of the last six games of the match to hand control of the game to Kopriva, who will face Austrian Sebastian Ofner next.
Sania Mirza, in her final year on tour, is the only remaining Indian confirmed to participate in SW19 this year. The 35-year-old enters the women’s doubles main draw alongside Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.