Wimbledon: Cheers For India as Sania & Raja-Sharan Move to 2nd Rd
However, India’s J Nedunchezhiyan faced disappointment as he was ousted from the first round of men’s doubles.
Sania Mirza and her Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens advanced to the second round of the women's doubles competition at Wimbledon, after a straight set win against N Osaka and S Zhang. The Indian-Belgian duo beat the latter 6-4, 6-3.
However, India’s Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan faced disappointment as he was ousted from the first round of men’s doubles along with his American partner J Donaldson. The two, however, played a thrilling five-set match against UK’s J Clarke and M Willis, who came back from two sets down to win the match. The final scorecard read 6-7, 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Indian pair Purav Raja and Divij Sharan moved to the second round of the men’s doubles draw after beating Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Potugal’s Joao Sousa 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
The Indian pair had 10 break points but managed to convert only two in the first set, while their opponents converted 2 out of 6 break points in the entire match.
In the first set no team broke the other team’s serve and it went into a tie-breaker, in the second set the British-Portuguese pair converted a break point and eventually won the set 6-3.
The third set saw the teams exchange a break of serve each before the Indian pair broke their opponent’s serve and clinched the set 6-4.
In the fourth set, the Indian pair had three break points, but couldn’t convert any of them. They eventually wrapped up the match with a 8-6 win in the tie-breaker.
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