New Delhi: Indian tennis star Ramkumar Ramanathan moved a step closer towards for a place in the main draw of Australian Open 2018. Ramanathan won his second round qualifying match in straight sets, beating France’s Gleb Sakharov 6-4 7-6 (12) at the Australian Open qualifiers.

Ramkumar, seeded 28th, sealed the match by smashing an ace to advance to the third round. He made the best use of his serves, firing an impressive 17 aces in the tie that lasted close to two hours. 

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In the previous qualifying game, Ramkumar, edged out American Bradley Klahn 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 6-2 to set up a second-round clash against the Frenchman.

Earlier, Yuki Bhambri also moved a step closer towards main draw following his 6-0 6-2 win over Spaniard Carlos Taberner to reach the third and final qualifying round of the Australian Open.

(With PTI inputs)