Expert Indian tennis player Leander Paes start the 2017 season and his partnership with Andre Sa on an unsatisfactory note since they crashed out of the Chennai Open with an instant sets defeat against stars Purav Raja and Divij Sharan on Thursday.
Paes and his 111th partner were sent packing 4-6, 4-6 in 67 minutes against Raja and Sharan, who become successful in 2016 season with four Challenger level titles and broke into the top-70.
Sharan and Raja are making their own self as a force to reckon since they look for their 3rd ATP World Tour title at a home eve.
Paes at the age of 43 was relatively fast and played a few amazing points however due to lack of training with a new partner going into the season-opener show to be his bane.
Another side, Sharan, and Raja were very sharp, mainly left-hander Sharan. He also impressed with his reflexes as he found a few jaw dropping volleys. The winners stood out with their returns since they did not provide good room to their opponents to speak points.
According to the sources, Sharan said that “It’s an amazing win with Paes across the court.”
Purav also said after the win “It’s tough to play Indian players. He is legend of Indian tennis. We played against a great team. I am sorry guys, but it was our day. It’s just first match and we look forward to next matches.”
Sharan came out to serve for the first set. At 15-25, a desperate Paes found a heart-stopping lob winner near the baseline to place pressure on the rivals, however, Sharan was up to the mark, responding with well-controlled serves to take the set.
The Delhi boy served out the next game at love to take a 2-0 cushion. The match was slipping out of the hands of Paes and Sa and they needed to break back.