Bopanna touches career-best 5th rank in ATP doubles charts
New Delhi: Courtesy his stupendous run at the Wimbledon, Rohan Bopanna today became the highest-ranked Indian in the world as he achieved career-best rank of five in the ATP doubles charts.
Bopanna with French partner Eduard Roger-Vasselin reached the semi-finals at the grass court Grand Slam, losing to eventual winners Mike and Bob Bryan.
“It is an extremely proud moment for my team and myself, as this ranking is a true testament of the many years of hard work, focus and determination. Being for the first time, the highest ranked Indian makes this all that more special and is an added motivation to perform better with every passing game,” Bopanna said.
The Indian though said it difficult to say if he would like to continue with Roger-Vasselin.
“It is too early to speculate, though Eduardo and I are in conversation on continuing this partnership given the great run we have had in the two weeks at Wimbledon,” he said.
Following Bopanna at number six is his regular partner for 2013 season Mahesh Bhupathi, who also lost in the quarter-finals in London with Austrian partner Julian Knowle.
Leander Paes (9) was also back in the top-10 courtesy his semi-final appearance with Czech partner Radek Stepanek.
Left-hander Divij Sharan, who made his debut at the Grand Slams at Wimbledon via qualifying, also achieved his career-best rank of 89 after gaining three places.
Divij is fourth Indian, who features in top-100. His partner Purav Raja (115) also got to his best rank
In the singles, Somdev Devvarman continued to be country’s number singles player at 131, followed by Saketh Myneni (131).
In the women’s ranking, Sania Mirza slid to world number 19 in doubles, after a loss of four positions.
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