Wimbledon 2019 | India’s contention comes to end as Divij Sharan bows out

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India’s only remaining contender in the ongoing Grand Slam crashed out in the men’s doubles on Monday alongside Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner. The Indian-Brazilian duo was up against top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo and the match ended in four sets after some gruelling display.

Coming to the quarter-finals of the grand slam, Sharan and his partner were quite confident and it reflected in the first set when after getting broken in the second game, they broke back in the seventh game and eventually levelled things at 5-5. However, they were broken back five games later to lose it 5-7.

They had to do something quickly in the second set and they chose the harder way in achieving that. After getting broken first, yet again, in the eighth game, they showed persistence to break back their opponent in the immediate next game. The tie-breaker ended up being a thriller as Sharan and his partner were broken thrice while their opponent, four times. Though the match was levelled at 1-1, it had much out of the Indian.

The least both the pairs could do was not make any mistake and they did exactly that as the third set went into the tie-breaker as well. However, the intensity from the last set was missing and Sharan and team were eventually broken to lose the set 6-8.

The last set was expected to be a close one but it ended up pretty straightforward as Sharan and Demoliner were broken in the fifth game to lose it 3-6. The match ended in three hours and 18 minutes as Sharan bowed out in the quarter-final at Wimbledon for the second successive year.

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