Tata Open Maharashtra: Bopanna-Ramkumar crowned champions

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PUNE: Star Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan produced a scintillating display to clinch the doubles title at the 2022 Tata Open Maharashtra with a stunning victory in the final at the Balewadi Stadium in here on Sunday.

The Indians defeated Australia’s Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith 6-7 (10-12), 6-3, 10-6 to claim their second ATP title together.

It was Bopanna’s 21st doubles title, and second in Pune after having won it in 2019, playing alongside Divij Sharan. The fourth edition of South Asia’s only ATP-250 event was organised by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.

The Indian duo, which kickstarted the year on a high with their maiden ATP title together in Adelaide in January, 

Later Sunday night in the singles title clash, Portuguese star Joao Sousa continued his brilliant run in the Tata Open Maharashtra as he clinched his first singles title since 2018, beating Finnish youngster Emil Ruusuvuori 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-1 in a hard-fought summit clash here on Sunday.

Regarded as the best Portuguese player of all time, the former World No.28 once again proved his mettle when he kept his cool despite an intense first two sets to win the third clinically. It was also Sousa's fourth ATP title in his career.

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