A day after Prajnesh Gunneswaran bowed out in the men’s singles 1st-round, star doubles player Divij Sharan made it to the 2nd round of men’s doubles at Australian Open.
Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa in the 1st round
The Indo-New Zealand duo likely to face 10th seeds Mate Pavio-Bruno Soares in 2nd round
Sania Mirza will be in doubles action later this week at Australian Open
India’s doubles star Divij Sharan on Wednesday progressed to the 2nd round of men’s doubles event at Australian Open 2020 after beating Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa along with his New Zealand partner Artem Sitak.
Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak needed an hour and 28 minutes to clinch the 1st-round match 6-4, 7-5 against their lower-ranked opponents.
Divij Sharan, India’s 2nd-ranked doubles player at 53, and Artem Sitak won 69 percentage 1st serve points and hit 27 winners to get their Australian Open campaign to a strong start.
Divij Sharan did not have a great start to the new season as he had lost in the 1st round of the Qatar Open in Doha to Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. At ASB Classic in Auckland, Divij and Artem lost the quarter-final to Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.
Having sealed a berth in the 2nd round at the season’s 1st Grand Slam, Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak will face the winner of the 1st-round match between 10th seeds Mate Pavio-Bruno Soares and Ben Molachlan and Luke Bambridge.
Earlier this week, India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who qualified for the main draw as lucky loser, lost out on an opportunity to face Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles 2nd round. He lost his 1st-round match to Taro Ito of Japan 4-6, 2-6, 5-7.
India’s Sania Mirza, who has headed to the Australian Open on the back of winning the title in Hobart, will team up with Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine. The duo will face Chinese pairing of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu in the women’s doubles 1st round on Thursday.