Maharashtra Open Day 3 Report: Bopanna-Kadhe duo ousted, Mukund makes exit

Maharashtra Open Day 3: Catch the highlights and updates from the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune. Bopanna, Ramanathan and Nagal were be in action today

Ramkumar Ramanathan (in frame) will partner Purav Raja in the Round of 16 doubles match against Sumit Nagal and Egor Gerasimov.   -  R. RAGU

Hello and welcome to the Sportstar's LIVE coverage  of the Maharashtra Open in Pune. Our correspondent Anjana Senthil will be bringing us the updates.

So we've come to the end of the day. Thanks for tuning in, see you tomorrow!

In singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the lone Indian left. He will face fourth seed Kwon Soon Woo of South Korea in the round of 16 tomorrow.

That leaves Leander Paes, with his Australian partner Matthew Ebden, and the pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan as the only remaining Indian interest in doubles. These two teams will actually square off against each other in the quarterfinals tomorrow, which means at least one Indian will make the semis.

So with the elimination of the team of Rohan Bopanna and Arjun Kadhe, both defending champions Divij Sharan (yesterday with Artem Sitak) and Bopanna are out of the 2020 Maharashtra Open.

The French prevail! Benoit Paire and Antoine Hoang make a stunning comeback to win the super tiebreaker 10-7 and earn their spot in the quarters. Paire and Hoang came back from losing the opening set to bag the second one and dished out a superb display in the super tiebreaker to secure the win.

Bopanna and Kadhe took the first set 6-3, but the French duo made a fine comeback to win the second set 7-5. We're on to a super tie-breaker!

Bopanna and Kadhe lead 5-3 against Paire and Hoang.

Rohan Bopanna and local lad Arjun Kadhe will be in action soon when they take on the French duo of Benoit Paire-Antoine Hoang.

Some good news for the Indian camp here - the doubles pairing of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja has advanced to the quarterfinal after beating the team of Sumit Nagal and Egor Gerasimov 7-6 (8), 6-3. They will next run into the all-star pairing of Leander Paes and Mathew Ebden.

KNOCKED OUT! Sasi Kumar Mukund is handed a first round defeat as he slips to a 2-6, 6-7 (9) loss to Taro Daniel. India's top-ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the only Indian to have advanced to the second round in the men's singles. READ - Maharashtra Open: Prajnesh scales first hurdle, Paes advances in doubles

Raja/Ramanthan take the first set against Nagal/Gerasimov 7-6(8)

 

T Daniel takes the first set 6-2 against Mukund.

 

Purav Raja and Ramanathan are now taking on Nagal and Gerasimov in the Round of 16.

 

S. Mukund and Taro Daniel will now battle it out for a spot in the Round of 16.

Robert Lindstedt and Robin Haase fight back from a set down to beat Sander Arends and David Pel (5)6-7, 7-3, 10-8 to make the quarterfinals.

Jiri Vesely and Ricardas Berankis have made the quarterfinals after straight-set wins on Wednesday.

Men's Singles:

  • In the first match of the day at Centre Court, Ricardas Berankis has beaten Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 7-6, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.

 

  • On Court 1, Jiri Vesely beats Salvatore Caruso 7-6, 6-4 and he also advances to the quarterfinals.

Men's Doubles:

  • Sander Arends and David Pel are taking on Robert Lindstedt and Robin Haase. Pel and Arends won the first set 7-6(5).

Indian in action today:

Men's Singles:

  • S. Mukund will be taking on Taro Daniel of Japan on Centre Court in the final round of 32 match today.

Men's Doubles:

  • Court 1-The doubles pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanthan vs Sumit Nagal and Egor Gerasimov.

  • Centre Court- Antoine Hoang vs Rohan Bopanna and Arjun Kadhe.

PREVIEW

It should have been a special year. It should have been the celebration of the best in tennis. The 2020 Tata Open Maharashtra, after all,  marks the 25th year of the ATP tour event happening in India. The 25 glorious years have seen the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Carlos Moya making India as the pit-stop for their Australian Open preparations. Conducive weather and conditions, perfect timing, the tournament had the zing.

For 25 years, it was the preferred stop. For some, it was even lucky to begin the season here.

But the launch of ATP Cup has changed all that this year. Slotted in the week after the Australian Open, it has become doubly hard for the organisers to draw the big names.

To compensate for the lack of star power - there is only one player from the top 50 (Benoit Paire), the singles event will see five Indians in the main draw: two direct entries and three wild cards in the main draw — giving the players the best opportunity to earn some crucial ATP points in the Olympic year.

Also, by offering Leander Paes the doubles wild card, it has added the charm of playing host to Leander’s last ATP tournament on Indian soil, in all likeliness

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