Divij Sharan loses a close match; Sumit Nagal progresses
Divij Sharan in partnership with Marcelo Demoliner was beaten 7-5, 7-6(5) in the doubles pre-quarterfinals by Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the €2,219,150 ATP tennis tournament in Halle, Germany.
After having won two rounds in the qualification event in a field of four teams, it was hard for Divij and partner to swallow the defeat which meant that the duo did not get a single ATP point, but collected € 8,790.
In the Challenger in Bratislava, Sumit Nagal outplayed Gerard Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-1 in the second round, after a bye in the first.
In the ITF women’s event in Portugal, former Asian junior champion, Rutuja Bhosale progressed into the singles second round and doubles quarterfinals.
€ 2,219,150 ATP, Halle, Germany
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Oliver Marach & Jurgen Melzer (AUT) bt Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) & Divij Sharan 7-5, 7-6(5).
€ 137,560 Challenger, Ilkley, United Kingdom
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja bt Liam Broady & Scott Clayton (GBR) 7-6(6), 6-3; Marius Copil (ROU) & Ugo Humbert (FRA) bt Jamie Cerretani (US) & Sriram Balaji 6-1, 7-5; Marcus Daniell (NZL) & Leander Paes bt Jan Choinski & Evan Hoyt (GBR) 6-2, 3-6, [10-7].
€ 69,280 Challenger, Bratislava, Slovakia
Singles (second round): Sumit Nagal bt Gerard Granollers (ESP) 6-3, 6-1.
$ 54,160 Challenger, Fergana, Uzbekistan
Singles (second round): Pavel Kotov (RUS) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Arjun Kadhe & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Pavel Kotov & Alexander Pavlioutchenkov (RUS) 6-2, 7-6(2).
€ 46,600 Challenger, BLois, France
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Correntin Denolly & Alexandre Muller (FRA) bt Ruben Gonzales (PHI) & Vishnu Vardhan 6-3, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF men, Harare, Zimbabwe
Singles (first round): Markus Schultz (SWE) bt Aryan Goveas 6-2, 6-3; Benjamin Lock (ZIM) bt Anurag Nenwani 6-2, 3-0 (retired); Mehluli Don Ayanda Sibanda (ZIM) bt Anvit Bendre 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Anvit Bendre & Aryan Goveas bt Paul Emmanuel (NGR) & Lefa Ashley Sibanda (Bot) 6-3, 7-6(5); SD Prajwal Dev & Rishi Reddy bt Gerhardt Marius Becker & Pierre Malan (RSA) 6-2, 6-3.
$25,000 ITF women, Jakarta, Indonesia
Singles (first round): YeXin Ma (CHN) bt Riya Bhatia 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): YeXin Ma (CHN) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi bt Min Koazki (JPN) & Saumya Vig 6-3, 6-1.
$25,000 ITF women, Figueira Da Foz, Portugal
Singles (first round): Rutuja Bhosale bt Ana Filipa Santos (POR) 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Alison Bai (AUS) & Rutuja Bhosale bt Rita Maria Bentes De Oliveira Pinto & Lucia Quiterio (POR) 7-6(6), 6-3.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)