Leander and Purav reach quarterfinals

Leander Paes and Purav Raja got past Geoffrey Blancaneaus and Constant Lestienne of France 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the €106,000 Challenger tennis tournament in France.

A file photo of Leander Paes (left) and Purav Raja in action.

Third-seeded Leander Paes and Purav Raja got past Geoffrey Blancaneaus and Constant Lestienne of France 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the €106,000 Challenger tennis tournament in France on Tuesday.

In the $50,000 Challenger in Vietnam, Yuki Bhambri beat Jose Statham of New Zealand for the loss of five games in the first round.

In another first round encounter, Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal went down fighting to the former world No.8 Mikhail Youzhny in two hours and 12 minutes. The 35-year-old Russian, ranked 101 now, won 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4, by saving 16 of 17 breakpoints in the match.

In doubles, Saketh Myneni and Vijay Sundar Prashanth started well by beating fourth seeds Peter Polansky of Canada and Akira Santillan of Australia 10-8 in the super tie-break after having lost the first set tie-break.

National champion Dalwinder Singh was beaten in the first round of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures in Malaysia.

RESULTS

€ 106,000 Challenger men, Brest, France: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Leander Paes & Purav Raja bt Geoffrey Blancaneaus & Constant Lestienne (Fra) 6-2, 6-4.

$75,000 Challenger men, Suzhou, China: Singles (first round): Radu Albot (Mda) bt Vishnu Vardhan 6-1, 6-1; Blaz Kavcic (Slo) bt Sriram Balaji 6-2, 6-4.

$75,000 Challenger men, Traralgon, Australia: Singles (first round): Alex Bolt (Aus) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

$50,000 Challenger men, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Singles (first round): Taylor Fritz (US) bt Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-2, 6-4; Yuki Bhambri bt Jose Statham (Nzl) 6-1, 6-4; Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) bt Sumit Nagal 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4. Doubles (pre-quarterfianls): Saketh Myneni & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Peter Polansky (Can) & Akira Santillan (Aus) 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-8.

$15,000 ITF men, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Singles (first round): Scott Griekspoor (Ned) bt Dalwinder Singh 6-3, 6-2. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jurabek Karimov (Uzb) & Aoran Wang (Chn) bt Kelsey Stevenson (Can) & Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-3, 7-6(5); Wilfredo Gonzalez (Gua) & Francesco Vilardo (Ita) bt Lukas Ollert (Ger) & Arjun Kadhe 6-3, 3-6, 10-1.

$100,000 ITF women, Poltiers, France: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sofia Shapatava (Geo) & Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) bt Panna Udvardy (Hun) & Prarthana Thombare 6-4, 6-3.

$60,000 ITF women, Liuzhou, China: Sinlges (first round): Olesya Pervushina (Rus) bt Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-1.