Thursday 18 December 2014

Sorensen hopes at US Open dashed as he blows third-set lead

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Ireland's Louk Sorensen of Ireland missed his chance to clinch a win against Gastao Elias of  Portugal in the first qualifying round of the US Open. Photo: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images
Ireland's Louk Sorensen of Ireland missed his chance to clinch a win against Gastao Elias of Portugal in the first qualifying round of the US Open. Photo: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Louk Sorensen blew a 4-1 lead in the third set as he crashed out in the first qualifying round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

After being broken in the opening game of the decider, the Irish No 2 stormed back to reel off the next four games against Portugal's Gastao Elias.

But from there on it all went horribly wrong for world No 210 Sorensen, with 142-ranked Elias, the No 23 seed, winning the next five games to seal a 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

After holding for 2-4 in the final set, Florida-based Elias (23) broke unseeded Sorensen to 30 in the next game before holding for 4-4.

In the a marathon ninth game, containing six deuces, the 29-year-old Irish player failed to avail of three chances to move into a 5-4 lead, and then after Sorensen saved three break points, Elias took advantage of his fourth to make the crucial move. The Portuguese player then comfortably held to 15 in the final game.

Irish No 1 James McGee today takes on Chile's Gonzalo Lama.

Irish Independent

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