Divij Sharan wins doubles title in Antwerp

Divij, in partnership with Scott Lipsky, defeated Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Julio Peralta of Chile 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in an hour and 10 minutes.

Divij Sharan (right) and Scott Lipsky with their doubles title.   -  Imagellan (Special Arrangement)

Divij Sharan in partnership with Scott Lipsky of the U.S. won the doubles title in the EUR 660,375 European Open tennis tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, on Sunday.

The Indo-U.S. pair beat Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Julio Peralta of Chile 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in an hour and 10 minutes.

“Really happy to win a Tour event. It has not been easy the last couple of months. I have played with a lot of different partners. This is a big one. I have tried to just focus on myself and improve my game,” said Divij when contacted by Sportstar.

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Being an unseeded team, Divij was pleased with the way he combined with Scott Lipsky to beat some “really good teams.” “This should definitely help my confidence, going forward,” signed off Divij.

The champion team collected EUR 31,910 and 250 ATP points. The runner-up won EUR 16,780 and 150 points.

Winning points that matter

Gonzalez and Peralta dominated the proceedings, but only till the super tie-break, in which the Indo-American pair affixed its stamp of authority. Gonzalez and Peralta converted two of five breakpoints, to one of three by Divij and partner. The champion team won 52 points to 53 by its opponents, but won the points that did matter in the end.

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It was the third ATP Tour doubles title for the 31-year-old Divij, who is ranked No. 66 in doubles. Divij had won the previous two titles with Purav Raja in Bogota in 2013 and in Los Cabos last year. He had won a Challenger title in Bordeaux this season with Purav before the latter joined hands with Leander Paes prior to the US Open.

In the ITF Futures in Nigeria, the second seeded Sood brothers, Chandril and Lakshit, were beaten by the top seeds Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov of Croatia in straight sets in the doubles final.

In the ITF women’s event in Egypt, Kanika Vaidya in partnership with Emilie Francati of Denmark won the doubles title.

In the ITF grade-5 junior event in Kuwait, the newly crowned national Under-16 champion Mann Shah won the boys title.

The results

EUR 660,375 European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium

Doubles (final): Scott Lipsky (U.S.) & Divij Sharan bt Santiago Gonzalez (Mex) & Julio Peralta (Chi) 6-4, 2-6, 10-5.

USD 25,000 ITF men, Lagos, Nigeria

Doubles (final): Ivan Sabanov & Matej Sabanov (Cro) bt Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood 6-3, 6-4.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Doubles (final): Emilie Francati (Den) & Kanika Vaidya bt Caroline Ilowska (Aut) & Nastja Kolar (Slo) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7.

ITF grade-5 juniors, Hawalli, Kuwait

Boys (final): Mann Shah bt Viktor Jovic (Srb) 6-4, 6-4.

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