Indian Tennis

Chennai Open: Leander Paes and Andre Sa ousted by unseeded pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja

Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan were also eliminated after losing their doubles encounter to Benoit Paire and Steve Darcis.

Third seeds Leander Paes and Andre Sa were upset by the unseeded Indian team of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 at the Chennai Open on Wednesday.

Paes and his Brazilian partner started steadily, but a break in the ninth game of the first set on Sa’s serve saw Sharan and Raja take a one-set lead comfortably. In the second set, consecutive breaks of serve in the third and fifth gave the unranked Indians the upper edge to try and serve out the match in the eighth game. However, a break of serve for the Indians and a quick consolidation for the third seeds kept them in the match even as Raja and Sharan tried to serve for the match for the second time in the 10th game.

There was no mistake from the lower-ranked opponents this time as they notched the win to reach the quarter-finals after 68 minutes of play where they will take on the Austrian-Argentinian pair of Jurgen Melzer and Renzo Olivo.

Earlier in the day, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan crashed out of the doubles draw in the first round losing to the French-Belgian team of Benoit Paire and Steve Darcis 4-6, 6-0, 10-8 in 59 minutes.

The Indians, who had received a wild card in the doubles draw, lost the first set but recovered will to bagel their opponents in the second set. In the super tie-break, despite the Indians’ best efforts, Paire and Darcis eked out a win to take their place in the quarter-finals, where they will face the fourth seeds Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak. Monroe and Sitak defeated the Russian team of Konstantin Kravchuk and Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.

We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content  BY 

Five memes that explain why you need a toothpaste for your payday

That payday smile won’t shine itself.

At the end of the month, every salaried professional experiences a wide range of feelings. First, there’s extreme possessiveness - after spending several days trying to live off whatever little is left from paying bills and all those shopping binges, you’re understandably cranky and unwilling to part with the cash you have.


Then the week of payday arrives and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief again. As the glorious day comes closer, you can’t contain your excitement.


And then payday dawns and the world gets to behold an interesting phenomenon - your payday-wala smile. It is instantly recognizable as something different and special - it stretches across your face, from ear to ear and is mirrored on the faces of your colleagues. Soon the excitement wears off and you are at complete peace. You have worked hard, you’ve earned your keep, you are in Zen mode.


But is there a way to make payday even happier? And make your payday smile last even longer? You may be astonished to learn there is. A way that will make you so much happier – your smile will gradually consume most of your face and need extra grooming. In fact, you might have to consider getting a special toothpaste, the Happier Toothpaste to care for the smile you have on that happier payday.

So how can you get more salary in-hand on your payday? Simple – invest in Equity Linked Savings Schemes or ELSS. These are open-ended equity Mutual Funds, with a 3 year lock-in period, that not only help you save tax but also have potential for wealth creation.


The icing on the cake is that the dividends from these funds are also tax free. So ELSS means more salary in-hand for you today, more potential growth for you tomorrow! To know more about ELSS and to get your own Happier Toothpaste, click here.

Statutory Details: Axis Mutual Fund has been established as a Trust under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882, sponsored by Axis Bank Ltd. (liability restricted to Rs. 1 Lakh). Trustee: Axis Mutual Fund Trustee Ltd. Investment Manager: Axis Asset Management Co. Ltd. (the AMC). Risk Factors:Axis Bank Ltd. is not liable or responsible for any loss or shortfall resulting from the operation of the scheme.

Mutual Fund Investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Axis Mutual Fund and not by the Scroll editorial team.