Paes-Raja team reaches quarters in Knoxville, Sharan out

November 9, 2017

First title for Paes-Raja duo at Knoxville Challenger

Reference: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/top-stories/paes-raja-team-reaches-quarters-in-knoxville-sharan-out/articleshow/61574606.cms

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.

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