Veteran Indian tennis ace Leander Paes bowed out of the Hall of Fame Open grasscourt tournament in Newport after losing his doubles quarterfinal on Friday.
Paes, who is playing his first match since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for most number of wins in doubles, and his American partner Jamie Cerretani suffered a 3-6 6-7 (3) loss to Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Krajicek in the doubles quarterfinals of the USD 623,710 hard court event.
Meanwhile, Ramkumar Ramanathan notched up a straight-sets win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil to reach his first ever ATP semi-finals. The 23-year-old from Chennai took one hour and 18 minutes to get across Pospisil 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals yesterday. The 161-ranked Indian will meet American Tim Smyczek in the last four of the tournament.
Jeevan and Austin, who had toppled top seeds Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the first round, will face fourth seeds Spain’s Marcelo Arevalo and Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in the semifinals.
In-form Divij Sharan and his partner Jackson Withrow, seeded second in the tournament, defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (4) 6-3 to set up a semifinal clash with New Zealand’s Artem Sitak and Israel’s Janathan Erlich.
Artem and Janathan saw off third seeds India’s Purav Raja and British Ken Skupski 4-6 6-3 10-8 in a thrilling quarterfinal contest.
(With PTI inputs)