Bopanna, Divij tumble out of Paris Masters
Asian Games gold medallists Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan met the top two seeds with their different partners and lost in the doubles second round of the ATP Masters tennis tournament in France on Thursday.
Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin were beaten by the No.1 seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic after an extended tie-break in the first round. Divij and Artem Sitak who had made the draw as alternates, after waiting on site, were beaten by the second seedsMike Bryan and Jack Sock 6-4, 6-3.
The second round entry was worth 90 ATP points and €18,870.
There was a lot of success for the other Indian players in doubles in the Shenzhen Challenger, as Sriram Balaji, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Arjun Kadhe, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan made the doubles semifinals.
However, the focus was on qualifier Sasi Kumar Mukund, who sustained his good run and knocked out eighth seed Filip Peliwo of Canada to make the singles quarterfinals.
Mukund will play Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain who had beaten fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the first round.
€ 5,444,385 ATP Masters, Paris, France
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Oliver Marach (Aut) & Mate Pavic bt Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) & Rohan Bopanna 7-6(9), 6-3; Mike Bryan & Jack Sock (US) bt Artem Sitak (Nzl) & Divij Sharan 6-4, 6-3.
$75,000 Challenger men, Shenzhen, China
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Sasi Kumar mukund bt Filip Peliwo (Can) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Miomir Keomancvic (Srb) & Li Zhe (Chn) 7-6(4), 6-3; Sanchai Ratiwatana (Tha) & Arjun Kadhe bt Hsien-Yin Peng (Tpe) & Sonchat Ratiwatana (Tha) 6-7(7), 7-5, [10-2]; Saketh Myenni & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Rigele Te & Di Wu (Chn) 6-4, 6-3.
€ 43,000 Challenger men, Eckental, Germany
Doubles (quarterfinals): Hugo Nys (Fra) & Jonny O’Mara (GBR) bt Antonio Sancic (Cro) & Purav Raja 6-7(4), 7-5, [10-7]; Pre-quarterfinals: Antonio Sancic & Purav Raja bt Simone Bolelli (Ita) & Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) 6-7(4), 7-6(6), [10-0].
$25,000 ITF men, Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Manish Sureshkumar bt Linus Frost (Swe) 7-5, 6-2; Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Kunal Anand 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Francis Casey Alcantara (Phi) & Markus Eriksson (Swe) bt Gornan Markovic (Srb) & Kunal Anand 7-5, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF men, Meshref, Kuwait
Doubles (quarterfinals): Alex Adamson & Miles Seemann (US) bt Niklas Johansson (Swe) & Anurag Nenwani 6-4, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia
Singles (first round): Angelica Raggi (Ita) bt Sathwika Sama 6-2, 6-1; Eliessa Vanlangendonck (Bel) bt Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Louise Brunskog (Swe) & Sathwika Sama bt Maja Isler & Ivonne Juric (Ger) 6-1, 6-0.