New Delhi, July 8: Rohan Bopanna on Monday became the highest-ranked Indian in the world, as he achieved career-best rank of five in the ATP doubles charts.
Bopanna with French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached the semifinals at the Wimbledon, losing to eventual winners Mike and Bob Bryan.
“It is an extremely proud moment for my team and myself, as this ranking is a true testament of the many years of hard work, focus and determination. Being for the first time, the highest-ranked Indian makes this all that more special and is an added motivation to perform better with every passing game,” Bopanna said.
Following Bopanna at number six is his regular partner for 2013 season Mahesh Bhupathi. Leander Paes (9) was also back in the top-10.
Divij Sharan, who made his debut at the Grand Slams at Wimbledon via qualifying, also achieved his career-best rank of 89 after gaining three places.
Divij's partner Purav Raja (115) also got to his best rank
In the singles, Somdev Devvarman continued to be country's number singles player at 131, followed by Saketh Myneni (131).
In the women's ranking, Sania Mirza slid to No. 19 in doubles, after a loss of four positions.