Divij Sharan makes quarterfinals with Jonathan Erlich in Atlanta
Divij Sharan in partnership with Jonathan Erlich of Israel made the doubles quarterfinals in a thrilling fashion with a 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 victory over Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden in the $777,385 ATP tennis tournament in Atlanta, US.
Meanwhile, in the ATP event in Switzerland, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja, who had beaten the second seeds in the doubles first round, were beaten 7-5, 6-4 by the local wild cards Marc-Andrea Huesler and Jakub Paul.
In the Challenger in Binghamton, second seed Ramkumar Ramanathan slipped from being close to victory as he was beaten 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 by wild card entrant Alexander Ritschard of the US. While Ramkumar had a bye in the first round, the American had beaten Michail Pervolarakis
of Greece in a three-setter in the first round.
In the Challenger in Prague, Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan, playing together after a gap, were beaten 10-8 in the super tie-break by Andre Begemann and Florin Mergea, in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.
In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Portugal, Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty capitalised on a lucky-loser entry into the main draw, by beating qualifier Ayline Esina Samardzic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-1. She will play sixth seed Mari Ossaka of Japan in the pre-quarterfinals.
Shrivalli had lost the final qualifying round in the super tie-break to the top seed Pei-Chi Lee of Chinese Taipei.
$777,385 ATP, Atlanta, US
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jonathan Erlich (ISR) & Divij Sharan bt Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) & Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 2-6, 6-3, [13-11].
€ 586,140 ATP, Gstaad, Switzerland
Doubles (quarterfinals): Marc-Andrea Huesler & Jakub Paul (SUI) bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja 7-5, 6-4.
€ 250,000 WTA, Palermo, Italy
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) & Arantxa Rus (NED) bt Eva Wacanno (NED) & Prarthana Thombare 7-6(2), 7-6(4).
$54,160 Challenger, Binghamton, US
Singles (second round): Alexander Ritschard (US) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-2.
€ 46,600 Challenger, Prague, Czech Republic
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Andre Begemann (GER) & Florin Mergea (ROU) bt Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan 7-6(4), 2-6, [10-8].
$25,000 ITF men, Denia, Spain
Singles (first round): Alberto Barroso Campos (ESP) bt Aryan Goveas 6-4, 6-1; Timofei Skatov (KAZ) bt Rishab Agarwal 6-0, 7-5.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Javier Molino & Jose-Antonio Sancchez-De Luna (ESP) bt Rishab Agrawal & Aryan Goveas 6-4, 5-7, [10-1]; Pau Perez Contri & Sergi Perez Contri (ESP) bt Arnav Alok Goel & Ojas Rathee 6-3, 6-1.
$25,000 ITF men, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Manish Sureshkumar bt Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-3, 6-4; Vladyslav Orlov (UKR) bt Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 7-6(7).
Doubles (quarterfinals): Timur Khabibulin (KAZ) & Arjun Kadhe bt Nuttanon Kadchapanan & Worovin Kumthonkittikul (THA) 6-3, 6-2; Sanchai Ratiwatana & Sonchai Ratiwatana bt Niki Poonacha & Manish Sureshkumar 6-2, 6-4.
$25,000 ITF women, Porto, Portugal
Singles (first round): Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty bt Aylline Esina Samardzic (SUI) 6-3, 6-1.
$25,000 ITF women, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Doubles (quarterfinals): Alana Parnaby & Alicia Smith (Aus) bt Mana Ayukawa (JPN) & Rutuja Bhosale 4-6, 7-5, [10-8].
$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia
Singles (first round): Alice Amendola (ITA) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)