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Paes back in top-50 after winning Newport Beach title

January 29, 2018 16:02 IST

Leander Paes

IMAGE: Leander Paes climbed 14 places in the rankings after winning the Newport Beach Challenger on Sunday. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Leander Paes regained his place in the top-50, courtesy a Challenger title win at the Newport Beach event.

The triumph took the veteran Indian tennis star 14 places up, to 47 in the latest rankings, issued on Monday.

Paes partnered American James Cerretani for the Newport Beach tournament, which fetched him 125 ranking points.

The second seeded pair defeated the American-Filipino combine of Denis Kudla and Treat Huey 6-4, 7-5 in the final.

This week Paes is playing at the US $125,000 Dallas event, for which he has partnered Briton Joe Salisbury.

Rohan Bopanna is India's top-ranked doubles player at number 20 after losing a place and is followed by left-hander Divij Sharan, who gained three places to get to a career-best 45.

In singles, Yuki Bhambri, who qualified for the main draw of the just-concluded Australian Open and lost in first round, gained eight places to be ranked 118.

Bhambri is followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan (140, +1), Sumit Nagal (218, -1), Prajnesh Gunneswran (244, +3) and N Sriram Balaji (391, +2).

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