Determined Yuki Bhambri upbeat on Chennai Open chances

By Aakash Kumar

New Delhi, Dec. 12 (ANI): Rising star Yuki Bhambri, who will be spearheading the Indian challenge at the Chennai Open in January next year, insisted that he is determined to face the defending champion and world number four Stan Wawrinka among others.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, the country’s leading singles player feels that he is capable of beating the top seeds of the tournament.

“It is the first tournament of the season and we always look forward to it. I have been playing it for the last six to seven years and it is no different. It is the only ATP event that we have in India and being an Indian, it is one of my home tournaments,” Bhambri told ANI.

The 23-year-old tennis prodigy, who was in the city for the Adidas Uprising event, asserted that the Chennai Open is an important tournament in the next calendar year and expressed that he was looking to put up a better performance that what he had displayed in the 2014 season.

“I am preparing well and looking forward to it. I had a great finish in 2015 and I am looking forward to start again in 2016,” he added.

Bhambri, who is currently ranked at 93rd at the ATP Rankings, became the first Indian player since Somdev Devvarman in 2010 to crack the top-100 in the list.

At the forefront will be the two-time Grand Slam champion, Wawrinka, who will defend his title in his eighth visit to Chennai.

“It’s is going to be a tough feat, which is very good for tennis and fans in India. With two of the top 10 players playing in a bunch of other top 25 players, it is going to be tough. Hopefully, I can make another good run like I did two years ago when I made it to the quarterfinals. So, we have got to push and try to beat these guys and I feel I am capable of that,” he added.

In fact, an exceptional line-up of top talent will be on display in the USD 480,000 event that continues to be South Asia’s only and India’s premier ATP tournament.

Talking about his goals for the upcoming year, Bhambri said, “The goal is to play all the four Grand Slams, to be in the main draw so that I can maintain my ranking in the top 100.” (ANI)

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