Divij in European Open doubles final

Divij Sharan and Scott Lipsky came back from being a set down to beat Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 0-6, 6-4, 10-5 and reach the European Open final.

India's Divij Sharan (right), in partnership with Scott Lipsky, has reached the final of the European Open in Belgium.   -  AFP

Divij Sharan and Scott Lipsky of the US bounced back from a poor start to beat the second seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcel Granollers of Spain 0-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the doubles semifinals of the €660,375 European Open tennis tournament in Belgium on Friday.

Another doubles specialist Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, in partnership with Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia, outplayed Sumit Nagal and his Italian partner Riccardo Ghedin for the loss of one game in the semifinals of the $125,000 Challenger in China.

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In Nigeria, top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten in the semifinals 6-3, 7-6(4) by Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France. The Sood twins, Chandril and Lakshit, kept the Indian challenge alive by making the doubles semifinals.

In Malaysia, Arjun Kadhe made the doubles final with Lukas Ollert of Germany, while Karunuday Singh was beaten in the singles semifinals in Thailand.

Pranjala Yadlapalli was in robust form as she made the singles and doubles final of the $15,000 ITF women’s tournament in Colombo. Interestingly, Pranjala and Rutuja Bhosale, the two former Asian junior champions, combined for the doubles final entry.

Kanika Vaidya progressed in both singles and doubles in Egypt, while qualifier Nandini Sharma battled for three hours and 18 minutes to beat wild card Lucia Quiterio in the first round of another women’s event in Portugal.



€ 660,375 European Open, Antwerp, Belgium
Doubles (semifinals): Scott Lipsky (US) & Divij Sharan bt Ivan Dodig (Cro) & Marcel Granollers (Esp) 0-6, 6-4, 10-5.

$125,000 Challenger men, Ningbo, China
Doubles (semifinals): Christopher Rungkat (Ina) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Riccardo Ghedin (Ita) & Sumit Nagal 6-1, 6-0.

$25,000 ITF men, Lagos, Nigeria
Singles (semifinals): Johan Sebastien Tatlot (Fra) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 7-6(4); Quarterfinals: Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Tom Jomby (Fra) 7-6(8), 6-0;

Pre-quarterfinals: Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Lance-Pierre Du Toit (RSA) 6-2, 6-4; Pedia Krstin (Srb) bt Chandril Sood 6-1, 6-2; Hugo Largo (Esp) bt Jayesh Pungliya 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-3.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Alexis Klegou (Ben) & Sherif Sabry (Egy) bt Aryan Goveas & Jayesh Pungliya 6-3, 6-0; Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood bt Manuel Guinard & Thomas Setodji (Fra) 7-6(6), 6-4.

$15,000 ITF men, Kuching, Malaysia
Doubles (semifinals): Lukas Ollert (Ger) & Arjun Kadhe bt Adam Taylor & Jason Taylor 6-4, 7-6(5).

Quarterfinals:  Lukas Ollert & Arjun Kadhe bt John Lamble & Evan Song (US) 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.

$15,000 ITF men, Pattaya, Thailand
Singles (semifinals): Tung-Lin Wu (Tpe) bt Karunuday Singh 6-1, 7-6(4).

$25,000 ITF women, Obidos, Portugal
Singles (first round): Nandini Sharma bt Lucia Quiterio (Por) 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-5.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Kanika Vaidya bt Anastasiya Shoshyna
(Ukr) 6-4, 7-5.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Emilie Francati (Den) & Kanika Vaidya bt Sophie Muntean & Victoria Muntean (Fra) 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Singles (semifinals): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Josephine Boualem (Fra) 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles (semifinals): Rutuja Bhosale & Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Gozal Ainitdinova (Kaz) & Tamara Curovic (Srb) 6-2, 6-3.

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