Hello and welcome to the Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the Maharashtra Open in Pune
If you’re joining us only now in the tournament, you’ve certainly missed a lot of action over the course of the days gone by. The giants have been hunted down and new champions await coronation here in Pune. Big news: Leander Paes, Benoit Paire and the Indian prospects in the singles draws have all crashed out. This is, in fact, Paes’ last ATP Tour on home soil considering this is his farewell season. Benoit Paire found himself on the losing side in his singles and doubles fixtures yesterday, bidding farewell to the tournament, a trophy here still eluding the top seed.
Here’s what we have in store for you today – the first men’s doubles semifinals and the quarterfinals in the men’s singles. This is Lavanya bringing you the updates as they happen. Our correspondent Anjana Senthil will bring us live coverage from Pune.
Results so far:
Jiří Veselý beat Ilya Ivashka 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (13-11)
Men’s doubles: Romain Arneodo/ Andre Begemann vs Andre Goransson/ Christopher Rungkat
Men’s Singles: Jiří Veselý vs Ilya Ivashka, first quarterfinal tie of the day.
Vesely takes the game after a gruelling decider set 7-6 (13-11). Talk about Marathon games! He moves into the semifinal of the Maharashtra Open.
Both have won a set each with the third tied 6-6. Going right down to the wire, this one.
We have interesting fixtures lined up for you today. Here’s what the itinerary for day’s play at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex looks like:
Men’s singles [Quarterfinal] Centre Court
Jiří Veselý vs Ilya Ivashka
Yūichi Sugita vs Ričardas Berankis
Roberto Marcora vs James Duckworth
Soon-Wo Kwon vs Egor Gerasimov
Men’s Doubles [Semifinal] Court 1
Romain Arneodo/ Andre Begemann vs Andre Goransson/ Christopher Rungkat
Where to watch
Matches from the Tata Open Maharashtra can be watched on the Star Sports Network. You can also stream the matches LIVE on the go on Hotstar.
Day 4 in brief:
It was a day of upsets here in the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. The only Indian in the fray in the men’s singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran bowed out, losing to Soon Woon Kwon, but not before putting up a spirited resistence. The day also brought heartbreak for Paes and Paire. Top seed Benoit Paire crashed out of the singles draws, losing to Italian qualifier Roberto Marcora. He also lost his doubles match with partner Hoang. Andre Goransson and Christopher Rungkat beat Paire-Hoang 6-3, 6-3 – ending the Frenchman’s stint on the court in Pune for the year. Paes, who was playing his last ATP tour tournament here in India, also tamely bowed out, losing to Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja. The latter duo was phenomenal giving Paes and partner Matthew Ebden no room to wriggle out a point, winning the game 6-2, 6-1.