Double love: Sharans’ Wimbledon dream comes true

Divij Sharan and his wife Samantha Murray Sharan’s dream of playing together at Wimbledon finally came true after seven years – and to top it off, they won their first round mixed doubles match on Friday.

Sharan, 35, and Murray Sharan, 33, beat Uruguayan Ariel Behar and Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a game that went to a lengthy hiatus due to the injury to ‘a ball player.

During the thrilling three sets on Court Four, they held back by touching each other’s elbows after the points, but in the end they allowed themselves a hug … or two.

Their restraint is in accordance with the husband and wife couple admitting that neither of them is very extrovert.

This was clear from the start when their then-doubles partners – who knew each other – introduced them at a tournament in 2012.

“None of us are particularly outgoing, so we still don’t know how we got to talking to each other,” Samantha said.

“One of us finally had the courage to finally speak!

It took another six months before they crossed paths again, then

worked its magic.

“I was training before a tournament he was playing,” said Murray Sharan.

“I ended up there on my own and trained with him and his group.

“We spent a lot of time together over the next few months and now here we are!” she added, laughing.

– ‘Long time to come!’ – They have been in a relationship for eight years and in 2019, not satisfied to marry once in Manchester in July, they then repeated it in India in November.

“We decided to have two ceremonies so that we could celebrate our two cultures and traditions that are important to us, with our family and friends on either side,” Sharan said at the time.

Their efforts, however, to play at Wimbledon have not met with the same success.

“In 2014, we signed up but we couldn’t make it to Wimbledon,” she added.

“In the meantime, Divij played with other partners because I was not ranked well enough.

“I’ve been here for a long time!”

The two were able to hone their skills together – “by flying in the back garden,” Sharan said – during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown that other mixed doubles partners were unable to do as they weren’t living together .

“We also watch each other’s games, so we instinctively know our moves,” said Murray Sharan.

For Murray Sharan, Friday’s victory was even sweeter as it was his very first victory in a Grand Slam tournament – Sharan made it to the 2018 men’s doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

“This time around we said we would stay with each other and become substitutes, so it’s very special to share the pitch with

.

“It’s also Sam’s first Grand Slam victory, so it’s very special.”

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