Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Winning Junior Davis Cup tough but you never know - Yuki Bhambri

India is now eyeing the Junior Davis Cup trophy after Yuki Bhambri and Saurabh Singh ensured the country a place in September's finals in St Luis Potosi, Mexico.

India, seeded fourth in the Asia-Oceania qualifying event in Delhi, notched up wins over Australia and Japan last week to win the regional tournament for the first time since 2004.

"Before the tournament started, I didn't really think that we would be able to qualify (for the finals), let alone beating Austalia and Japan but Saurabh did a fantastic job and put some pressure on the other teams," Bhambri told The Indian Tennis Blog.

With junior world number five Bhambri on the team and ably supported by Singh, a historic victory in Mexico isn't all that unlikely but the Delhi lad knows it's not going to be an easy task.

"I think it's going to be really tough to go all the way, there are quite a few quality teams but you never know. We have quite some time before the world group, so hopefully we will be working hard and will be able to keep up our good work," he said.

At 15, Yuki Bhambri is already touted as India's next tennis hope along with reigning NCAA champion Somdev Dev Varman. But the surprise find of the tournament was the relatively unknown Saurabh Singh.

Even Bhambri hadn't heard of him till last month.

"Although we didn't get to play a lot of matches together, I really enjoyed playing with Saurabh. In fact this was the first time I had heard of him. He really surprised us with the way he played," he said.

For now, Bhambri is busy preparing for next week's ATP Challenger tournament in New Delhi.

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