Paes-Lipsky win thriller in Geneva Open

The Indo-American pair squandered many a chance in the opening set but re-grouped in time to tame the fighting Spaniards 6-7 (3) 7-6(3) 10-4 in the pre-quaterfinals of the clay court event.

Leander Paes advances to the next round of the Geneva Open in the doubles event. (file picture)   -  THE HINDU


Leander Paes in partnership with Scott Lipsky of the US turned the match midway through the second set for a 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 10-4 victory over Spaniards David Marrero and Tommy Robredo in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the €540,310 ATP Tour event in Geneva on Tuesday.

The Indo-American pair squandered many a chance in the opening set but re-grouped in time to tame the fighting Spaniards. Paes and Lipksy had two break chances in the sixth game but could not convert. They had a set point in the 10th game too but the Spaniards saved the chance on deciding point.

Another set point went abegging in the 12th game when Robredo was serving to stay alive in the set as the Spanish team forced a tie-breaker.

Paes and Lipsky opened up a 3-0 lead in the tie-breaker but lost seven straight points to surrender the opening set.

In the second set, Robredo and Marrero got the early lead when they broke Paes and Lipsky in the fourth game on deciding point. The Indo-American team though broke back and saved break chances in the eighth game to make it 4-4.

The set was pushed to a tie-breaker again and the Paes-Lipsky pair raced to a 4-0 lead. They converted their third of the five set points to make it one set apiece.

In the deciding match tie-breaker, Paes and Lipsky opened up a 5-0 lead and easily closed the match in their favour.

In France, however, in a similar ATP event, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in partnership with Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia was beaten by the Aussies Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid 10-5 in the super tie-break in the pre-quarterfinals.

Sania, Shevdova crash out of Nurnberg WTA event

The top seeded pair of Sania Mizra and Yaroslava Shvedova crashed out of the Nurnberg WTA event following a shock first round defeat against Chia-Jung Chuang and Misaki Doi.

Sania, ranked eighth in the world in doubles, and Shvedova lost 5-7 2-6 to the unheralded Taipei-Japanese pair in just one hour and 19 minutes in the opening round of the $250,000 clay court event.

It is last tournament in lead up to the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year.

The results:

€540,310 ATP Tour, Geneva, Switzerland

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Scott Lipsky (US) & Leander Paes bt David Marrero & Tommy Robredo (Esp) 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 10-4.

€540,310 ATP Tour, Lyon, France

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Nick Kyrgios & Matt Reid (Aus) bt Christopher Rungkat (Ina) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

$15,000 ITF men, Singapore

Singles (first round): Soichiro Moritani (Jpn) bt Karunuday Singh 7-5, 6-3; Sho Katayama (Jpn) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-4, 6-2; Kento Takeuchi (Jpn) bt Dalwinder Singh 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt David Agung Susanto & Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (Ina) 6-2, 6-3.

$60,000 ITF women, Luan, China

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jiang Xinyu & Tang Qianhui (Chn) bt Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) & Ankita Raina 6-1, 6-4.

$$250,000 Nurnberg WTA, Germany

Doubles (first round): Chia-Jung Chuang (Twn) and Misaki Doi (Jap) bt Sania Mizra and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz) 5-7 2-6

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