New York: Divij Sharan’s US Open came to an end after the Indian and his Chinese Taipei partner Yen-Hsun Lu went down fighting to Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in the men’s doubles third round here.
Sharan and Lu lost 6-7 (6-7), 6-3, 3-6 to the fifth seeded Pakistani-Dutch combination.
Qureshi and Rojer’s booming serve gave them the upperhand in the opening set as they sent down as many as six aces.
Even though Sharan and Lu were better than Qureshi and Rojer in the unforced errors department, eventually the fifth seeds clinched the initiative.
With a better first-serve percentage, Sharan and Lu roared back in the second set with a dominating performance during which they broke Qureshi and Rojer once.
The Pakistani-Dutch combo was, however, guilty of frittering away three break points during the second set.
But in the deciding set, they broke Sharan and Lu once and held on to that lead to seal the deal in their favour.
Sharan is content that he could make an impression at the US Open by making it this far. The Delhi boy and Taipei’s Lu joined hands at the last moment and tasted success against some good combinations. (PTI)