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Divij, Raja clinch first Challenger title in Kyoto

March 08, 2014 18:00 IST

Divij, Raja clinch first Challenger title in KyotoThe fast rising Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja came from a set down to win their first title ATP Challenger title of the season as the top seeded Indians tamed Miachel Venus and Sanchai Ratiwatana via Super tie-breaker in the summit clash of the All Japan Indoor Championships, in Kyoto on Saturday.

Divij and Raja dropped the first set but came back strong for a 5-7, 7-6(3), 10-4 win in one hour and 24 minutes in the final against the second-seeded Thai-Kiwi combine.

The Indians split $2480 and earned 80 ranking points each for their win.

Left-handed Divij was playing his second final of the season, having ended runner-up at Kolkata Challenger with Vishnu Vardhan.

Image: Divij Sharan and Purav Raja.

Photograph: Courtesy: Facebook