Points bonanza for Indians, Prakash, Rohan move up in rankings

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New Delhi, Jul 14 (UNI) Though Prakash Amritraj failed to rewrite history at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, his dream run to reach the final enabled him gain 120 points and move up to career-best 204 ATP rankings.

Prakash, who lost the final against Fabrice Santoro, moved up 101 places as he became the first Indian to be involved in title clash in an ATP singles after Leander Paes who won the event in 1998.

Intrestingly, Prakash's father Vijay Amritraj had won this title thrice.

Rohan Bopanna, who shocked top seed Mardy Fish to enter the quarterfinals before losing to Prakash at Newport, gained 45 points and also jumped 100 places to be ranked 279.

The lanky Indian also reached a career high of 43 in doubles.

He teamed up with Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi to reach the final, before going down 6-4, 7-6 to Mardy Fish and John Isner.

Veterans Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi held on to their 15th and 12th position, respectively, in the doubles ranking.

In the women section, Sania Mirza retained her 33rd and 18th spot in the WTA singles and doubles respectively.


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