- Sania Mirza advanced in the women’s double
- Ramanathan crashed out in the round of 32
- Paes also exited the tournament
It was a mixed day for India at the Cincinnati Masters as Ramkumar Ramanathan crashed out of the round of 32 while Sania Mirza and partner Peng Shuai advanced in the women’s double. Ramanathan bowed out of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday after losing a tightly contested Round of 32 clashes to USA’s Jared Donaldson 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Meanwhile, Sania Mirza and Peng Shuai reached the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles event after a 7-6, 6-4 win over Julia Gorges and Olga Savchuk in the Round of 16.
Having used up all his luck in the last round as Ramkumar Ramanathan had qualified despite losing in the second round of the qualifiers at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati to Maximilian Marterer of Germany with Monfils pulling out with illness, Ramanathan knew that he needed more than luck to win his Round of 32 clash. Having lost to Donaldson earlier, Ramanathan knew he had to bring his A game to the court if he had any chance of revenging his previous loss to the 60th ranked American. It was unfortunate for him a repeat of the Ronald Garro’s qualifier in 2015 as he succumbed to a second consecutive loss against Donaldson. Leander Paes suffered a first round exit with partner Alexander Zverev, losing to the Spanish pair of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to break Indian hearts around the world.
It was not all bad news though for the Indians at play as Sania Mirza went through winning her women’s double Round of 16 matches. She along with partner Peng Shuai were successful in outplaying Julia Gorge and Olga Savchuk to continue their run in the tournament.