Indian tennis player Divij Sharan and his New Zealand partner Artem Sitak were beaten 2-6, 6-4, 3-10 by USA’s Bryan brothers, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, in their quarter-final of the Delray Beach Open on Friday.
The Indo-New Zealand men’s doubles pair had entered the ATP World Tour 250 series event in the round of 16 but couldn’t go past two rounds of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Ankita Raina advanced into the final of the ITF 01A event in Jodhpur after she got the better of Thailand’s Nudnida Luangnam 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-final on Saturday.
Divij Sharan ousted despite comeback
At the Delray Beach Open in Florida, the first set started with both the doubles pairs holding on to their serves until the sixth game in which the Bryan brothers managed to break Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak to lead 4-2, despite the Indian tennis ace and his partner managing to save one breakpoint.
The Americans repeated it on the eighth game again, with the first set ending 6-2 in their favour as Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak trailed 0-1.
However, the Indo-Kiwi duo came back stronger in the second set, which largely remained a straight line barring the seventh game where the Bryan brothers were broken.
Sharan-Sitak led 4-2 following the break and ensured that they kept the slim edge intact right till the end, thereby winning the second set 6-4 and levelling the match 1-1.
The super tiebreaker was contradictory to the previous two competitive sets. While Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak were seen getting broken thrice, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan remained unbeaten throughout their ten serves to eventually win it 10-3 to advance into the Delray Beach Open semi-final.
Ankita Raina keeps the momentum going
India’s highest-ranked women’s tennis player, Ankita Raina has been in stupendous form at the ITF India 01A tournament currently going on in Jodhpur.
After reaching the final in the women’s doubles category on Friday alongside compatriot Snehal Mane, the world no. 176 has now reached the final of the singles event as well with a straight-set 6-3, 6-2 win over Thailand’s Nudnida Luangnam.