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Indians at French Open: Purav-Divij enter pre-quarters, Paes exits

Last updated on: June 02, 2017 20:59 IST

Purav Raja and Divij Sharan


The Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan advanced to the men's doubles pre-quarterfinals after an upset win but their senior compatriot Leander Paes ended his campaign in the French Open on Friday.

The unseeded Indian combo defeated Oliver and Mate 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the second-round match that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.

The duo will next face the 11th seeded team of Jean- Julien Rojer of The Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau.

The young Indian pair send down five aces and also converted two of the five break point chances that came their way.

Oliver and Mate paid the price for failing to convert the six break point opportunities.

India's Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski notched up a facile 6-0, 6-1 win over Australian pair of Jessica Moore and Matt Reid in the opening match of mixed doubles.

In another second round men's doubles match, Paes and his American partner Scott Lipsky lost 6-7, 2-6 to crash out of the tournament.

Paes also lost his mixed doubles opening round match to make an early exit from the tournament.

Paes and his partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who were unseeded, lost to fourth seeds Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) and Raven Klaasen (South Africa) 4-6, 6-1, 2-10.

Rohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, however, advanced to the pre-quaterfinals with a hard-fought 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 win over the pair of Treat Huey (Philippines) and Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan).

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