Darian King’s Grand Slam woes continue

By June 24, 2019
Darian King Darian King

Barbados tennis ace Darian King has continued to find consistent places in majors elusive after falling in a Wimbledon qualifier on Monday. 

King, Barbados undoubted number one, fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky in straight sets, losing 6-3, 6-2 in just one hour and 11 minutes.

King, who is ranked 192 in the world turned pro in 2010 but outside of the US Open in 2017, has found it difficult to make it to the big stage.

The 6’2” Barbadian has always been in and around, making to a third qualifier in the Australian Open last year, while washing out at the first stage of qualification in all the other grand slams that year.

In 2019 he renewed his efforts again, making not for the first time to the third round of qualifying at the Australian open, but a familiar pattern has set in again.

While there was no place in qualification for Roland Garros, he turned up at Wimbledon with as much promise as previous years and if rankings are anything to go by, his hopes were probably optimistic with the Ukrainian he took on, ranked 53 places above him.

While King was marginally better than Stakhovsky at getting in first serves, the Barbadian was terrible at converting those into points, and the 45% of the time he failed to do so may have accounted for his demise.

Stakhovsky had no such problems, the Ukrainian converting 96% of his successful first serves into points.

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