Divij Sharan qualifies for Halle Open doubles

Divij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner will play Austria's Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer in the pre-quarterfinals on Tuesday, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost in the first qualifying round at Queen’s Club.

Divij Sharan (left) reached the 2018 Wimbledon doubles quarterfinals with partner Artem Sitak.   -  PTI

India’s Divij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil on Monday secured the lone qualifier spot in doubles at the €2,219,150 Halle Open in Germany.

The pair beat Matthew Ebden of Australia and American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 at the ATP 500 tournament.

Sharan and Demoliner will play the Austrian duo of Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer in the pre-quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, India’s top-ranked singles player, lost in straight sets in the first qualifying round of the Queen’s Club Championships in London. He was beaten 1-6, 4-6 by the much lower-ranked James Ward of Great Britain.

Results:

Halle Open, Germany:

Doubles qualifying final round: Marcelo Demoliner (Brazil) and Divij Sharan (India) beat Matthew Ebden (Australia) and Denis Kudla (USA) 6-4, 6-4. First round: Demoliner and Sharan beat Laslo Djere (Serbia) and Benoit Paire (France) 6-2, 6-7 (1), 10-8.

Queen’s Club, England:

Singles Qualifying first round: James Ward (Great Britain) beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran (India) 6-1, 6-4.

$54,160 Fergana Challenger, Uzbekistan:

Singles first round: Khumoyun Sultanov (Uzbekistan) beat Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 6-4; Altug Celikbilek (Turkey) beat Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-3, 6-4.