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Tennis: Divij Sharan India’s new number one doubles player


Divij Sharan on Monday became India’s new number one doubles player, overtaking veteran Rohan Bopanna by moving to 38 in the latest ATP Tennis rankings.

The left-handed Sharan, who has been one of the most consistent players on the doubles circuit with partner Artem Sitak, has held the numero uno position in the country for the first time in his career. Sharan has won only one Challenger this season but reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals was the highlight of the 2018 season for him. He also reached semifinal stage of various ATP 250 tournaments this year.

Bopanna dropped nine places to 39 while Leander Paes gained two places to be 60 in the world now.

Another consistent player Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan touched a career-high rank of 72 with a jump of three places.

In the singles, Yuki Bhambri dropped a place to 108 and was followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Sumit Nagal.

In the WTA charts, Ankita Raina remains India’s lone singles player in the top-200 at number 197.