Leander Paes, who reached the final in Dubai Championship last week, has jumped to the 46th position in world rankings. While the talismanic Indian ace is just two places behind Divij Sharan, who is at the 44th position, Rohan Bopanna continued to enjoy the top spot and at number 20.
Paes and Jamie Cerretani lost to the Netherland-Romanian pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 2-6, 6-7(2) in the doubles final of the Dubai Tennis Championship, to finish as the runner-up in the tournament. This was the 44-year-old tennis ace’s 97th ATP tour final, who is now three short of achieving a century in the summit tour clashes.
While personally, he wouldn’t have been happy
While Purav Raja secures the next best position to Paes at number 62, Vishnu Vardhan reached a career-best doubles rank of 99 by gaining one place.
While it was mostly good news for the doubles stars of the country, singles stars faced demotion in the rankings. While Yuki Bhambri lost five places to slide to 110, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost two places to reach 135th position. Sumit Nagal also lost three places to reach 223 and to continue India’s woes, left-handed Prajnesh Gunneswaran
In the women’s rankings category, young sensation Ankita Raina lost five places to be placed at 255 and the second Indian place was captured by Karman Kaur Thandi, who moved up three places to career-best 278.
In the women’s doubles category, injured Sania Mirza has remained unchanged at number 13, but Prarthna Thombare dropped two places to reach 141.