Paes, Raja crash out of Auckland ATP classic

From the brink of victory, Paes-Raja duo crashed out to Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

Leander Paes (right) with partner Purav Raja during the men's doubles first round at the ATP 250 World Tour event Tata Open Maharashtra tennis championship. (file image)   -  R. Ragu


Wild card entrants Leander Paes and Purav Raja had a tough outing in the $561,345 ASB Classic ATP Tour event in Auckland, as they stumbled at the brink of victory and were beaten 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 10-7 by Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan in the
doubles pre-quarterfinals.

In the $50,000 Bangkok Challenger, Sasi Kumar Mukund went down fighting in three sets to seventh seed Yusuke Takahashi of Japan while qualifier Sidharth Rawat lost to local lad Wishaya
Trongcharoenchaikul.

In the ITF Futures in China, Manish Sureshkumar had a hard earned victory over Rhett Purcell of New Zealand in the first round, while qualifier Nitin Kumar Sinha bowed out,  in three sets.


The results:

$561,345 ATP, Auckland, New Zealand

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Marcin Matkowski (Pol) & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak) bt Leander Paes & Purav Raja 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 10-7.

$50,000 Challenger, Bangkok, Thailand

Singles (first round): Yusuke Takahashi (Jpn) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-2, 5-7, 6-0; Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (Tha) bt Sidharth Rawat 7-6(3), 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Anning, China

Singles (first round): Goran Markovic (Srb) bt Nitin Kumar Sinha 7-5, 1-6, 6-3; Manish Sureshkumar bt Rhett Purcell (Nzl) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(5).

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Tyler Lu (US) & Issei Okamura (Jpn) bt NIitn Kumar Sinha & Manish Sureshkumar 7-6(5), 6-3.