Divij Sharan, Sriram Balaji storm into Czech Open doubles final

The Indians have been in solid form at Prostejov, winning their second successive tie in straight sets.

By Subhayan Dutta

Divij Sharan and Sriram Balaji continued their winning run at Prostejov on Thursday by defeating David Poljak and Dalibor Svrcina 6-1, 7-5 in the semi-final of the Czech Open tennis tournament.

The Indian tennis pair scored their second successive straight sets win. In the quarter-finals Sharan and Balaji outclassed the Swedish-Portuguese duo of Andre Goransson and Goncalo Oliveira.

The Indian men’s doubles tennis pair of Divij Sharan and Sriram Balaji has reached the final of the ATP Challenger event in the Czech Republic.

Sharan-Balaji started the match well by breaking the local Czech pairing of David Poljak and Dalibor Svrcina in the first game to take an early advantage.

The unseeded Indian duo then broke their opponents in the third and seventh games to take a 6-1 lead in the match.

The second set saw the local pair fight back as they broke the Indian duo in the first game. Fortune swung like a pendulum with Sharan-Balaji breaking Poljak-Dalibor in the second and sixth games, while the Czech pair returned the favour in the third and seventh.

However, the experience of Divij Sharan and Sriram Balaji came to the fore when they broke the Czech duo in the 10th and the 12th games to win 7-5. The match lasted an hour and four minutes.

The Indian pair will face home hopefuls Zdeněk Kolář and Lukáš Rosol in the final of the Czech Open on Friday.

Ankita Raina one challenge down

Meanwhile, India's Ankita Raina was upstaged by the Netherlands' Suzan Lamens 6-3, 2-6, 3-6 in the pre-quarterfinals $25,000 ITF tournament in Prague. Ankita was the tournament’s second seed.

Incidentally, Suzan Lamens is Ankita Raina's partner in the women's doubles event at the same tournament. They will play Yuki Naito and Emily Seibold in the quarter-finals later on Thursday.