Leander Paes loses another Challenger final

Leander Paes in partnership with Andre Begemann was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin in the doubles final of the $125,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Tashkent on Friday.

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It was the fourth loss in a Challenger final this season for Leander Paes who has 54 doubles titles in the men’s professional circuit including eight in the Grand Slams.   -  AP

Leander Paes in partnership with Andre Begemann was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin in the doubles final of the $125,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Tashkent on Friday.

It was the fourth loss in a Challenger final this season for the 43-year-old Paes who has 54 doubles titles in the men’s professional circuit including eight in the Grand Slams.

While the champions collected $7,750 and 125 ATP points, the runners-up had to settle for $4500 and 75 ATP points.

The third seeded Indo-German duo had annihilated local pair and giant-killers Sanjar Fayziev and Jurabeck Karmov 6-2 6-0 in the semifinals of the hard court event.