European Open: India’s Divij Sharan bags first ATP title of 2017 with partner Scott Lipsky
Divij Sharan won his first title of the 2017 season on the ATP World Tour, and third overall, when he clinched the European Open trophy with American partner Scott Lipsky in Antwerp, Belgium. The unseeded Indo-American team’s giant-killing campaign culminated with a 6-4 2-6 10-5 win over Santiago Gonzalez and Julio Peralta, in the summit clash.
Reaching the final of the season-opening Chennai Open with Purav Raja was left-handed Sharan’s best show this season on the ATP World Tour before this performance. His first two ATP titles came with compatriot Purav Raja, who now plays with Leander Paes. They had won titles in Bogota (2013) and at Los Cabos (2016).
“I am really happy to win possibly my last ATP tour event of the year. It’s not been easy these couple of months. I have played with a lot of different partners. I have tried my best to just focus on myself and improve my game,” said Sharan from, Antwerp. “Scott and I beat some really good teams to win the title here which should help my confidence moving forward.”
They had knocked out third seeds Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen in the quarter-finals and followed it up with an upset win over …read more