WASHINGTON D.C, USA – Lithuanian tennis player Richard Berankis’ search to find form following a significant injury layoff will have to wait another week after the 21 year old was knocked out of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington DC in the opening round, stretching his singles losing streak since his return to the court to three matches.
Playing against unknown tournament qualifier Marinko Matasevic of Australia, Berankis was ousted in three sets, 7-6(3) 3-6 6-1.
Neither player could be broken in a tight opening set while in the second set Berankis would be able to hold on serve on the seven occasions that Matasevic asked the question of him. Matasevic was not enjoying the same luck at holding his serve with Berankis breaking his opponent once to take the set. In the third and deciding set Berankis wilted, managing to get in just 33% of his first serves on the way to being broken twice and losing the match.
It is currently unclear as to whether or not Berankis will attempt to qualify for next week’s ATP 1000 event in Montreal, Canada.