Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan in second round of Paris Masters
Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Edouard Roger-Vassein of France made the doubles second round with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 10-5 victory over Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands in the doubles first round of the ATP Masters tennis tournament in France on Wednesday.
Bopanna’s doubles partner in the golden hunt in the Asian Games, Divij Sharan made it as an alternate with Artem Sitak of New Zealand, and celebrated his entry with a creditable victory over the Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in straight sets.
In the Challenger in China, third seed Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 7-6(3), 6-4 by Mohamed Safwat of Egypt in the pre-quarterfinals.
Ramkumar made the doubles quarterfinals with Saketh Myneni, while the top seeds Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan also made a fighting entry into the quarterfinals with a 10-7 victory in the super tie-break over Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Mohamed Safwat.
5,444,385 ATP Masters, Paris, France
Doubles (first round): Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) & Rohan Bopanna bt Robin Haase & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) 7-6(3) 5-7, 10-5; Artem Sitak (Nzl) & Divij Sharan bt Feliciano Lopez & Marc Lopez (Esp) 6-4, 6-3.
$75,000 Challenger men, Shenzhen, China
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Mohamed Safwat (egy) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(3), 6-4.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) & Mohamed Safwat (Egy) 7-5, 2-6, [10-7]; Saketh Myneni & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Mao-Xin Gong & Ze Zhang (Chn) 6-3, 3-6, [10-8].
$25,000 ITF men, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Singles (pre-quarterfinals); Sanjar Fayziev (Uzb) bt Karunuday Singh 6-2, 6-2.
$25,000 ITF men, Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Singles (first round): Manish Sureshkumar bt Alex Hunt (Nzl) 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Yu Hsiou Hsu & Cheng-Yu Yu (Tpe) bt Aryan Goveas & Niki Poonacha 7-6(3), 6-3; Pre-quarterfinals: Goran Markovic (Srb) & Kunal Anand bt Bui-Tri Nguyen (Vie) & Timothy Phung (US) 6-1, 4-6, [11-9].
$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Singles (first round): Jose Fco Vidal Azorin (Egy) bt Taha Kapadia 6-2, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF men, Meshref, Kuwait
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Bart Stevens (Ned) bt Anurag Nenwani 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Niklas Johansson (Swe) & Anurag Nenwani bt Obrad Markovski & Stefan Micov (Mkd) 7-6(6), 4-6, [10-7].