Cincinnati, August 16 (IANS) India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Ivan Dodig of Croatia open their campaign in the Cincinnati Masters men’s doubles match against French-Serbian pair Fabrice Martin and Filip Kranjinovic on Tuesday.
The Bopanna-Dodig pair had reached the double-quarterfinals of the ATP event in Toronto last week before losing to third-seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 4-6, 6-3, [10-4] at the event $ 3,487,915.
Should Bopanna and Dodig advance to Cincinnati, they face a rigorous test against third-seed Juan Sebastian Cabal, world No. 9, and Robert Farah, world No. 7, in the second round. The finals will be held on Sunday, August 22nd.
This week, Bopanna-Dodig hopes to improve their performance in Toronto and go all the way to the summit.
Meanwhile, Sania Mirza will also be in action at the Cincinnati Masters, mating with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the women’s doubles.
Sania, the former world No. 1 in doubles, will compete in her first competition after the Olympics in Tokyo, where she mated with Ankita Raina and lost to Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok and Lydumyla Kichenok in the opening round.
On Tuesday, Sania and Ons take on Veronika Kudermetova from Russia and Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan in the opening round.
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