Purav, Divij, Leander progress on grass

India’s Purav Raja and Divij Sharan made the doubles quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington of Australia in the USD 600,345 Hall of Fame ATP event in Newport. Leander Paes, seeded third in partnership with Sam Groth of Australia, also made the doubles quarterfinals.

Purav Raja and Divij Sharan defeated Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington.   -  R. Ragu (File Photo)

Fourth seeds Purav Raja and Divij Sharan made the doubles quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington of Australia in the USD 600,345 Hall of Fame ATP event in Newport. Leander Paes, seeded third in partnership with Sam Groth of Australia, also made the doubles quarterfinals, with a win in straight sets.

In the USD 125,000 Challenger in Astana, Saketh Myneni, seeded third with Alexander Kudryavtsev, was beaten in the pre-quarterfinals of doubles 10-3 in the super tie-break, by a French-Czech pair. In the USD 75,000 Challenger in Canada, Yuki Bhambri in partnership with Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan put out the second seeds Luke Bambridge of Britain and David O’Hare of Ireland, for the loss of six games in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

In singles, Yuki was scheduled to play third seed Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia in the pre-quarterfinals.

Among Indian women, Ankita Raina fought her way past Anastasia Gasanova of Russia 4-6,6-3, 6-4 in the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 60,000 ITF women's tennis tournament in Turkey on Wednesday. In a battle of wits that lasted two hours and 20 minutes, Ankita broke the Russian's serve eight times.

In the quarterfinals, Ankita will challenge the third seed Dejana Ladanovic of Serbia. There was more good news for Indian women's tennis, from the USD 250,000 WTA event in Bucharest. Prarthana Thombare in partnership with Jessica Moore of Australia made the doubles quarterfinals, by beating Nicoleta Dascalu of Romania and Isabella Shinikova of Bulgaria. Prarthana and partner will play the top seeds Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru of Romania in the quarterfinals.

In a Challenger in Poland, Sriram Balaji and Vijay Sundar Prashanth fell to the second seeds in straight sets in the doubles pre-quarterfinals. In the ITF men’s Futures in Portugal, Adil Kalyanpur could not capitalise on the chance as a lucky loser in singles, after he had lost the final qualifying round by missing seven matchpoints, but made the doubles quarterfinals.

In the ITF women’s circuit, Dhruthi Venugopal made the quarterfinals in Thailand, while Rutuja Bhosale and Riya Bhatia made the second round in Egypt and Romania respectively.

The results

USD 600,345 Hall of Fame Open, Newport, U.S.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sam Groth (Aus) & Leander Paes bt Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) & Adrian Mannarino (Fra) 6-3, 7-6(2); Purav Raja & Divij Sharan bt Alex Bolt & Andrew Whittington (Aus) 7-5, 6-3.

USD 125,000 Challenger men, Astana, Kazakhstan

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Toshihide Matsui (Jpn) & Vishnu Vardhan bt Timur Maulenov & Denis Yevseyev (Kaz) 7-5, 6-1; Sadio Doumbia (Fra) & Michal Konecny (Cze) bt Alexander Kudryavtsev (Rus) & Saketh Myneni 3-6, 6-4, 10-3.

USD 75,000 Challenger men, Galtineau, Canada

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Yasutaka Uchiyama (Jpn) & Yuki Bhambri bt Luke Bambridge (GBR) & David O’Hare (Irl) 7-5, 6-1.

EUR 64,000 Challenger men, Poznan, Poland

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Rameez Junaid (Aus) & Igor Zelenay (Svk) bt Sriram Balaji & Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-4, 6-4.

USD 25,000 ITF men, Yinchaun, China

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Zhang Zhizhen (Chn) bt Karunuday Singh 7-5, 6-4.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Francis Casey Alcantara (Phi) & Karunuday Singh bt Yu Hsiang Chiu & Kuan-Yi Lee (Tpe) 6-3, 6-2.

USD 25,000 ITF men, Istanbul, Turkey

Singles (first round): Sumit Nagal bt Bogdan Borza (Rou) 6-1, 6-2.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal

Singles (first round): Nicolas Alvarez Varona (Esp) bt Adil Kalyanpur 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Grega Boh (Slo) & Adil Kalyanpur bt Lucas

Catarina (Mon) & Erik Crepaldi (Ita) 7-6(3), 6-4.

USD 250,000 WTA Bucharest Open, Romania

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jessica Moore (Aus) & Prarthana Thombare bt Nicoleta Dascalu (Rou) & Isabellla Shinnikova (Bul) 6-4, 6-2.

USD 60,000 ITF women, Bursa, Turkey

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ankita Raina bt Anastasia Gasanova (Rus) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) & Anastasiya Vasylyeva (Ukr) bt Ganna Poznikhirenko (Ukr) & Ankita Raina 7-6(2), 6-0.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Singles (first round): Rutuja Bhosale bt Ola Abou Zekry (Egy) 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Lamis Alhussein Abdel Aziz (Egy) & Celine Kern bt Arlinda Rushiti (Sui) & Tanisha Rohira 6-2, 7-6(2); Mayar Sherif (Egy) & Rutuja Bhosale bt Nadia Echeverria Alam (Ven) & Clemence Fayol (Fra) 6-3, 6-1.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Targu Jiu, Romania

Singles (first round): Riya Bhatia bt Alexandra Diana Braga (Rou) 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Tamara Curovic (Srb) & Riya Bhatia bt Isabela Gabriela Novac (Rou) & Tal Zinn (Isr) 6-0, 6-3.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (first round): Dhruthi Venugopal bt Han Sung-Hee (Kor) 6-4, 6-2.

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