Vardhan goes down fighting on Olympic debut

PTI London | Updated on July 30, 2012

Vishnu Vardhan fought hard but could not make the most of the lucky opportunity he got to compete in the men’s singles as he suffered a straight sets defeat to world number 77 Blaz Kavcic in the tennis competition at the London Olympics, here today.

Vardhan, ranked 304, lost 3-6 2-6 to his Slovakian rival in one hour and 12 minutes at the Wimbledon grass courts.

It was the third meeting between the two players and the Slovakian extended his lead to 3-0.

It was a straight set defeat but Vardhan did push his rival and made him his earn points.

With this defeat, Indian challenge has ended in the men’s singles as Somdev Devvarman had already bowed out after losing to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Vardhan had entered the men’s singles draw when Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew due to a right hamstring injury.

Vardhan is slated to play men’s doubles with Leander Paes later in the day.

Published on July 30, 2012

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