Auckland Open 2020: Divij Sharan-Artem Sitak trump top seeds John Peers-Michael Venus to move into quarter-finals

Divij Sharan and his partner Artem Sitak shocked top seeds John Peers and Michael Venus in two close sets to move to the quarter-finals of the ATP Auckland Open.

Press Trust of India January 15, 2020 22:40:45 IST
Auckland Open 2020: Divij Sharan-Artem Sitak trump top seeds John Peers-Michael Venus to move into quarter-finals
  • Divij Sharan and his partner Artem Sitak shocked top seeds John Peers and Michael Venus in two close sets to move to the quarter-finals of the ATP Auckland Open

  • Left-handed Sharan and Sitak next face Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who got a walkover from Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa

  • Also moving to the last-eight stage were third seeds Rohan Bopanna from India and Finland's Henri Kontinen, who beat wild card entrants Cameron Norrie and Rhett Purcell 6-4, 6-2

Auckland: Divij Sharan and his partner Artem Sitak shocked top seeds John Peers and Michael Venus in two close sets to move to the quarter-finals of the ATP Auckland Open on Wednesday.

Auckland Open 2020 Divij SharanArtem Sitak trump top seeds John PeersMichael Venus to move into quarterfinals

File image of Indian tennis player Divij Sharan. Twitter/@rakutenopen

The Indo-Kiwi pair edged out the Australian-Kiwi pair 7-6(4), 7-6(3) in the opening round of the $610,010 hardcourt tournament, the last in the run-up to the Australian Open, the season's first Grand Slam.

Left-handed Sharan and Sitak next face Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who got a walkover from Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa.

Also moving to the last-eight stage were third seeds Rohan Bopanna from India and Finland's Henri Kontinen, who beat wild card entrants Cameron Norrie and Rhett Purcell 6-4, 6-2.

They are now up against Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan.

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