Paes-Raja team reaches quarters in Knoxville, Sharan outNovember 9, 2017
NEW DELHI: Top seeded Indian team of Leander Paes and Purav Raja moved to the quarter-finals of the Knoxville Challenger but in-form Divij Sharan was ousted from the Bratislava event with his partner.
Paes and Raja, who are yet to win a title together since joining forces, advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 win over American team of Kevin King and Bradley Klahn in just 55 minutes.
They next face British team of Liam Broady and Marcus Willis, who advanced when their opponents — Darian King and Michael Mmoh — retired midway into the contest due to a knee issue with Mmoh.
Sharan and his Russian partner Mikhail Elgin bowed out of the USD 75000 event following a 4-7, 7-6(4) 4-10 defeat against Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic in the last-eight pair stage.
Sharan will now compete in two home events — KPIT Challenger in Pune and the Bangalore Open.