Bopanna-Shapovalov pair wins Indian Wells opener

The duo of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov moved into the second round of the men's doubles event at the ongoing Indian Wells Masters.

Rohan Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna (in pic) and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov won their match in three sets. (File Image).   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov pair beat Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz 6-1, 2-6, 10-4 in the doubles first round of the $9,146,125 ATP tennis tournament in Indian Wells.

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Bopanna and partner may run into the sixth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the next round. In the ITF men’s event in Tunisia, Niki Poonacha won the doubles title in partnership with Grigoriy Lomakin of Kazakhstan.

The results

$9,146,125 ATP, Indian Wells, US

Doubles (first round): Denis Shapovalov (Can) & Rohan Bopanna bt Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) & Hubert Hurkacz (Pol) 6-1, 2-6, [10-4].

$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia

Doubles (final): Grigoriy Lomakin (Kaz) & Niki Poonacha bt Anis Ghorbel (Tun) & Mirko Martinez (Sui) 6-1, 7-5.

$15,000 ITF men, Cancun, Mexico

Doubles (quarterfinals): Seita Watanabe (Jpn) & Siddhant Banthia bt Giles Hussey & Adam Jones (GBR) 7-6(4), 4-6, [10-5].

$15,000 ITF men, Doha, Qatar

Doubles (final): Julian Cash (GBR) & Christian Sigsgaard (Den) bt Patrik Niklas-Salminen (Fin) & Saketh Myneni 6-4, 6-4; Semifinals: Patrik Niklas-Salminen & Saketh Myneni bt Li Hanwen (Chn) & Beibit Zhukayev (Kaz) 7-6(0), 6-0.

$25,000 ITF women, Redding, US

Singles (quarterfinals): Katie Swan (GBR) bt Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-4, 7-6(4).

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

Doubles (final): Bai Zhouxuan (Chn) & Punnin Kovapitukted (Tha) bt Rebeka Stolmar (Hun) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-4.

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