Divij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner beaten in ATP final on clay in Munich
Divij Sharan in partnership with Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Frederik Neilsen and Tim Puetz in the doubles final of the € 586,140 ATP Tour tennis event in Germany on Sunday.
It was a memorable run for Divij, who had beaten teammate in the Asian Games gold medal venture Rohan Bopanna in a thriller of a first round. With his first ATP final on the dirt, Divij was happy to find his feet on clay.
The title was worth 250 ATP points and € 29,650 The Indo-Brazilian pair had to be content with 150 points and €15,200.
In the Challenger in Mexico, second seeds Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja were lost a close doubles semifinals to the Aussie third seeds, Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith 10-8 in the super tie-break.
In the Challenger in Savannah, Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal’s fine run was curtailed in the semifinals by second seed Paolo Lorenzi as the Italian prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Sumit won 29 ATP points and $2,510.
In the ITF women’s event in Turkey, sixth seed Jennifer Luikham was outplayed 6-1, 6-0 in the final by Indy De Vroome of the Netherlands. Jennifer had earlier made the doubles final as well, with Ramu Ueda of Japan.
€ 586,140 ATP, Munich, Germany
Doubles (final): Frederik Neilsen (DEN) & Tim Puetz (GER) bt Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) & Divij Sharan 6-4, 6-2.
$135,400 Challenger, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Doubles (semifinals): Matt Reid & John-Patrick Smith (AUS) bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja 6-1, 3-6, [10-8].
$54,160 Challenger, Savannah, US
Singles (semifinals): Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Sumit Nagal 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
$15,000 ITF women, Antalya, Turkey
Singles (final): Indy De Vroome (NED) bt Jennifer Luikham 6-1, 6-0.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)