Paes-Raja team reaches quarters in Knoxville, Sharan out

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Indian players Leander Paes during practice session at Chandigarh Club on Wednesday, July 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh *** Local Caption *** Indian players Leander Paes during practice session at Chandigarh Club on Wednesday, July 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh practice session at Chandigarh Club on Wednesday, July 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

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 Bangaore Open.

 

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