It turned out to be a mixed day for Indian tennis players competing in the Australian Open warm-up tournaments on Tuesday. While Divij Sharan, along with partner Igor Zelenay, advanced to the next round of Murray River Open on Tuesday, veteran Rohan Bopanna and his Danish partner Frederik Nielsen crashed out in the first round.
Meanwhile Ankita Raina and her Dutch partner Rosalie Van Der Hoek were knocked out of the Yarra Valley Classic as they lost 2-6, 6-7 to Japanese third seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in a second round women's doubles match.
Raina and Hoek had beaten the pair of Alison Van Uytvanck and Cornelia Lister 7-6, 6-4 in the first round but fell to higher-ranked opponents in the Round of 16.
Earlier, in the day, Sharan and his Slovak partner came from behind to defeat the Argentine-Spanish pair 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in a nail-biting men's doubles encounter.
Meanwhile, Bopanna and his Danish partner were beaten 4-6, 3-6 in the opening round. Bopanna, who has just completed his strict 14-day quarantine, will partner Japan's Ben McLachlan for the 2021 Australian Open men’s doubles event.
His original partner Joao Sousa had contracted Covid-19 in Portugal and thus failed to travel to Australia. Incidentally, McLachlan's partner had also pulled out of the tournament. It will be the first time that the Indian tennis star will be pairing up with the 28-year-old doubles specialist.
The Australia Open will get underway from February 8.