Purav Raja-Ramkumar Ramanathan lift doubles title at Bengaluru Open

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Purav Raja-Ramkumar Ramanathan lift doubles title at Bengaluru Open

 

Paes finishes second best in his last outing at home

Veteran Leander Paes' final ATP Tour match on home soil ended on a disappointing note as he and his partner Matthew Ebden lost to Indian pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men's doubles final of the Bengaluru Open on Saturday.

“It is always an honour to share the court with Leander. I am feeling sad after winning a Challenger that it had to have Leander on the losing side,” said Ramkumar.

“To win in tennis itself is tough. And winning is even tougher when you have some big guns playing. We make a good team and know the strengths and weaknesses of each other and that is what helped us today,” said the champion.

Paes, who is playing his final year of professional tennis, and his Australian partner Ebden were no match for their rivals, losing 0-6 3-6 in the summit clash that lasted just 56 minutes.

Paes, 46, and Ebden had qualified for the final after beating third seeds Andre Goransson of Sweden and Indonesia's Christopher Rungkat 7-5 0-6 10-7 in the semifinals.

Raja and Ramanathan, on the other hand, entered the last-four round after Saketh Myneni and Matt Reid of Australia conceded the other semifinal contest.

India's campaign in singles came to an end on Thursday after the likes of Prajnesh Gunneswarah, Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni, Niki Poonacha and Sidhart Rawat -- all crashed out.

After the defeat, an emotional Paes said he will miss the massive support from the home crowd.

"The fact that I''ve played my last match in India - it sunk in after the match when I was signing autographs. A young girl - must have been five or six years old - gave me a ''One Last Roar'' t-shirt which was twice her size," he said.

"She gave it to me and said, ''Leander, can you sign this?''. She must have been about 40 years younger to me, and she wanted my autograph. It meant a lot to me, because she recognised the effort I have put into my career.

"And when I signed the t-shirt and gave it to her, she turned around and said ''Bye''. She said bye. That''s a great way to go," Paes added.

Source: PTI

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