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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

Tennis

US Open performance is a confidence booster: Divij Sharan
PTI
New Delhi, September 03, 2013
First Published: 18:27 IST(3/9/2013)
Last Updated: 01:31 IST(4/9/2013)

Divij Sharan is content that he could make an impression at the US Open by making the pre-quarterfinals with new partner Yen-Hsun Lu and says that the "great" experience of competing in a Grand Slam has boosted his confidence.

The left-handed Delhi boy and Taipei's Lu joined hands at the last moment and tasted success against some good combinations.

They beat experienced Israeli pair of Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich before going down to fifth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer following a tremendous fight in the third round, on Monday night.

"Lu was pretty solid from the baseline and returned well.

took charge at the net. So we complemented each other well," Divij told PTI from New York.

"It's been a great experience. Till a few days before the entry deadline I wasn't sure I was going to make the cut. Lu wasn't making the cut with the guy he was signing with so both of us decided to sign together," he said.

Divij, who made his Slam debut with compatriot and regular partner Purav Raja at Wimbledon this year, said he is satisfied with his efforts.

"It's always fun playing at a Grand Slam. It's the highest stage one can play tennis at and that's where you want to be as a professional tennis player.

"I am really happy with my performance this week. Have played some really good teams and done well against them. This week has given me a lot of confidence. " At Wimbledon, Divij and Purav reached the main draw through qualifiers and bowed out in the first round after a marathon first round against American Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler.

Asked if he would consider continuing his partnership with Lu, Divij said he won't ditch his regular partner Purav.

"Lu is primarily a singles player. It would be nice to play some events with him in the future, but I will continue to play with Purav," he said.

Divij also said once he entered the courts, it was like any other match, where the only aim was to perform better and win.

"It's obviously special playing at a Grand Slam, but I'd treat every match the same. Every match is an opportunity to get better," he said.


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