In tennis' IPL-style auction, Vardhan tops with Rs 1.9L
Vardhan was bought for Rs 1,90,000 by Accurate Aces, one of the five teams. Vardhan's Davis Cup teammates, Sanam Singh and Saketh Myneni were the second most expensive players; the duo was snapped up for Rs 1,65,000 respectively.
Singh was bought by Mumbai Blasters while Myneni went to the Baseline Bombers. Prerna Bhambri was the most expensive women's player as she was bought for Rs 100,000. Bhambri will be part of the Sharp Smashers.
However, the auction got off to an ominous start. The first player to go under the hammer Divij Sharan, winner of ATP Challenger events in Bangkok and Korea, went unsold in the first round of auctions. Sharan ranked No.4 in the national doubles rankings was sold for Rs 90,000 in the third round of bidding after his base price was lowered from Rs 100,000 to Rs 50,000.
Yuki Bhambri, India's top-ranked singles player, had pulled out of the event citing personal reasons. Among the women, higher ranked players like Kyra Shroff and Natasha Palha found no takers in two rounds of bidding while relative newcomers like 19-year-old Shramada Balu and 20-year-old Treta Bhattacharya were bought at the first time of asking. Of the 80 players who were put up for auction, 50 remained unsold as
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