Vastavam web: The consistent Divij Sharan broke into the top-50 for a career-high ranking while Sania Mirza dropped out of top-10 for the first time since March 2014 as the latest ATP and WTA charts were issued today.The left-handed Sharan reached the final of the last three tournaments he participated in, winning the ATP 250 European Open while ending runner-up at Challenger events in Brest and Tashkent with different partners.Now India has two top-50 players in doubles with Rohan Bopanna (15) leading the chart.
Purav Raja (62), Leander Paes (70) and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (97) are the other top-100 Indian players.”I made my first ATP point in 2003. It’s been a long and exciting journey since then. There has been a lot of hard- work, sacrifices, experiences, travel, decisions, ups and downs but most importantly I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I love doing the most which is playing tennis,” Sharan told PTI from Bratislava in Slovakia.”I have been employed by Indian Oil since 2004 and their support has been massive through most of my career. Head and Adidas have also been providing my racquets and kit for the last four years,” he added.
Sharan said his next goal is to make the top 30 so that he can play the ATP 1000s, the Master series events.”It’s good motivation and encouragement,” Sharan, who reached pre-quarterfinals of the French Open this year, said.In the WTA charts, Ankita Raina is India’s top-ranked player at number 281 and is followed by Karman Kaur Thandi (307) and Pranjala Yadlapalli (483).In the doubles, Sania was today placed at number 12 following a loss of three places.Sania figured consistently in top-10 since March 17, 2013. The last time she featured outside top-10 was on March 3, 2013,