Divij Sharan gets entry into US Open doubles
Divij Sharan's wish came true although he won’t be playing with his regular partner at the Flushing Meadows. Instead, the Delhi boy will be seen in action with Chinese Taipei’s much experienced Yen-Hsun Lu in New York.sports Updated: Aug 26, 2013 01:17 IST
“The aim is the US Open,” is what Divij Sharan had claimed after winning his maiden ATP 250 title in Bogota last month.
Well, the 27-year-old’s wish came true although he won’t be playing with his regular partner at the Flushing Meadows. Instead, the Delhi boy will be seen in action with Chinese Taipei’s much experienced Yen-Hsun Lu in New York.
“The aim was to make the cut in New York,” said Divij on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, the combined ranking of Purav (Raja) and mine wouldn’t have made it.”
Purav is ranked 87 in the world in doubles while Divij is 75. Lu, on the other hand, maybe ranked 177 in doubles but his singles ranking is 62. The better of the two rankings are considered during the cut off.
“We’ve made the cut and I think the draw will be done later today,” Divij informed.
When Divij and Purav made their Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon this summer, they added their names to the few on whose shoulders the mantle of Indian doubles has rested for so long.
Being compared to the likes of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, does it add to the pressure?
“There is no pressure,” said Divij, who will be seen in his second Grand Slam.
“I just want to enjoy myself. Lu has a lot of experience. Purav and I thought there was a chance we could make the cut but we couldn’t do it.” It was then that they decided that whoever got the chance to play would go ahead.
“Lu arrived yesterday after playing a tournament (in Winston-Salem). We definitely want to practice a bit before we step on court,” added the former Davis Cupper, whose last experience at the US Open came in 2003-04 in the juniors.
The extra points Divij would gain after his main draw appearance would be a help for the Indian combination when they start playing in the Challengers circuit in Europe after the US Open.