CHENNAI, India – Virginia junior Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) recorded his first main draw win in an ATP Tour event, teaming with former Cavalier All-American Somdev Devvarman for a first round victory in the doubles draw of the Aircel Chennai Open. Singh and Devvarman, who received a wild card entry into field, upset No. 4 seed Rik de Voest and Scott Lipsky 6-2, 7-5 on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Singh and Devvarman were playing their first match as a team, as they didn’t play together in doubles during their one season as Cavalier teammates in 2007-08. Lipsky and de Voest are both ranked in the top 51 of the ATP doubles rankings and both have reached the round of 16 in doubles of a grand slam tournament in their career.
In the quarterfinals, Devvarman and Singh will meet either the team of Jeff Coetzee and Rogier Wassen or the team of Igor Kunitsyn and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
On Tuesday, Devvarman will open play in the singles draw of the Chennai Open as he meets Rainer Schuettler of Germany in the first round. Last year, Devvarman was the runner-up of the tournament, defeating Carlos Moya and Ivo Karlovic en route to the final before falling to Marin Cilic.