Gulbis falls to Spaniard in U.S. Open tennis

Latvia’s young tennis wonder Ernests Gulbis fell Sept. 4 to 17th-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain, thus ending his surprising debut in the U.S. Open being played in New York.

Gulbis, 19, had surprised fans and tennis observers by breaking into the final 16 in men’s singles play when he beat eighth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain on Sept. 2.

Moya proved a stronger opponent, defeating the Latvian 7-5, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 in their fourth-round match. Moya advanced to the quarter-finals.

Gulbis was the youngest player remaining in the singles draw, according to the official Web site of the U.S. Open. He stands to make USD 75,000 for getting in the final 16, while the winner of the tournament will make USD 1.4 million.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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