Indian sports activities wrap, February 29


Shrivalli exits ITF match after defeat in opposition to Cabaj

Shrivalli Bhamidipaty obtained off to a flying begin however misplaced her serve rhythm and misplaced 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) by the towering Jacqueline Cabaj Awad of Sweden within the pre-quarterfinals of the Federal Financial institution $25,000 ITF ladies’s tennis match on the Tennis Venture, Baliawas, on Thursday.

For somebody who serves huge, and strokes with authority, Shrivalli had two aces and 15 double faults within the match that spanned two hours and half-hour.

Jacqueline performed properly proper by way of and made much less errors to succeed in the quarterfinals. She needed to do much less when it comes to profitable factors or breaking serve, and Shrivalli slumped to defeat, making three double faults within the third set tie-break.

The Swede will problem second seed Ankita Raina who got here by way of a troublesome encounter in opposition to Zeel Desai in straight units.

The most effective match, when it comes to high-quality play, was the one between Sahaja Yamalapalli and Riya Bhatia. Sahaja was gritty as she recovered from being 3-5 down within the first set, when she finally saved a set level within the tie-break, for a 7-6(8), 7-5 victory in two hours and 45 minutes.

Whereas serving for the match at 5-4, Sahaja missed three match factors, as Riya stroked brilliantly to combat until the tip along with her explosive strokes backed by heavy grunts.

Sahaja will problem high seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia who negotiated her well beyond the younger Vaishnavi Adkar 7-6(1), 6-3.


Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) bt Vaishnavi Adkar 7-6(1), 6-3; Sahaja Yamalapalli bt Riya Bhatia 7-6(8), 7-5; Justina Mikulskyte (Ltu) bt Yasmine Mansouri (Fra) 6-1, 7-6(4); Ekaterina Kazionova bt Anastasia Gasanova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; Yeonwoo Ku (Kor) bt Fanny Ostlund (Swe) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5; Zhibek Kulambayeva (Kaz) bt Rinon Okuwaki (Jpn) 6-4, 6-3; Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (Swe) bt Shrivalli Bhamidipaty 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(5); Ankita Raina bt Zeel Desai 7-6(4), 6-3.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Zhibek Kulambayeva (Kaz) & Ankita Raina bt Akiko Omae & Ikumi Yamazaki (Jpn) 7-5, 7-6(9); Riya Bhatia & Michika Ozeki (Jpn) bt Anastasia Gasanova & Ekaterina Yashina 6-4, 6-4; Yeonwoo Ku (Kor) & Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) bt Ekaterina Kazonova & Yasmine Mansouri (Fra) 6-4, 6-3; Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (Swe) & Justina Mikulskyte (Ltu) bt Shrivalli Bhamidipaty & Vaidehi Chaudhari 3-6, 6-4, [10-8].

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Bhambri-Haase advance to Dubai Tennis Championships semifinals, Bopanna-Ebden ousted

Yuki Bhambri and Robin Haase beat third seeds Jamie Murray and Michael Venus 6-4, 7-6(1) within the doubles quarterfinals of the $3,113,270 ATP tennis match in Dubai on Thursday.

Nonetheless, the highest seeds, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden have been overwhelmed 10-8 within the tremendous tie-break by Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek within the quarterfinals.


$3,113,270 ATP, Dubai, UAE
Doubles (quarterfinals): Ariel Behar (Uru) & Adam Pavlasek (Cze) bt Rohan Bopanna & Matthew Ebden (Aus) 3-6, 6-3, [10-8]; Yuki Bhambri & Robin Haase (Ned) bt Jamie Murray (GBR) & Michael Venus (Nzl) 6-4, 7-6(1).

$15,000 ITF males, Kish Island, Iran

Singles (first spherical): Savely Ivanov bt Ishaque Eqbal 6-4, 6-0; Samuil Konov (Bul) bt Adil Kalyanpur 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Ishaque Eqbal & Adil Kalyanpur bt Amir Badi & Sina Moghimi (Iri) 6-1, 6-2; Rishi Reddy & Gheorghe Schinteie (Rou) bt Ivan Kazakov & Maxim Zhukov 6-7(2), 6-4, [10-7].

$15,000 ITF males, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

Singles (first spherical): Credit score Chaiyanin (Tha) bt Yuvan Nandal 6-4, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF males, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (first spherical): Lorenzo Carboni (Ita) bt Chirag Duhan 6-4, 7-5.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Simon Beaupain & Romain Faucon (Bel) bt Chirag Duhan & Jesse Flores (Crc) 6-3, 4-6, [10-5].

$15,000 ITF males, Villena, Spain

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Marco Berti & Federico Ianneaccone (Ita) bt Raghav Harsh & Vardhan Karkal 6-1, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF ladies, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Singles (first spherical): Irina Balus (Svk) bt Maaya Rajeshwaran 6-0, 6-3; Evgeniya Burdina bt Prathyusha Rachapudi 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Merna Refaat & Sandra Samir (Egy) bt Flavie Brugnone (Fra) & Tanisha Kashyap 6-3, 3-6, [10-1].

$15,000 ITF ladies, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Watsachol Sawatdee (Tha) bt Jennifer Luikham 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(4).; First spherical: Kim Yujin (Kor) bt Bela Tamhankar 6-3, 6-1; Jennifer bt Zhu Chenting (Chn) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Carolann Delaunay (Ncl) bt Pooja Ingale 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Liu Yanni & Zhang JIale (Chn) bt Jennifer Luikham & Zheng Yizhen (Chn) 7-5, 6-1.

-Group Sportstar


Karthi to play in CHA tremendous division league

The 59th Chennai Hockey Affiliation tremendous division league might be held on the SDAT-Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium from March 1 to 24. India gamers, S. Karthi, S. Mareeswaran and a lot of the gamers who had performed for the Tamil Nadu State within the not too long ago concluded Senior Nationals in Chennai might be collaborating.

Fourteen groups divided into two teams are taking part within the league and the highest two groups from every group will conflict within the semifinals.

Talking to newspersons right here on Wednesday, V. Baskaran, CHA president, mentioned the Affiliation is eager to complete the league on time. “There might be no postponements this time as there aren’t any main tournaments clashing with the league. It can positively be a greater league than final time,” he mentioned.

Mohammed Muneer, the match director, mentioned CHA is planning to make use of the companies of umpires from different districts of Tamil Nadu to make sure higher high quality.

The promoted groups are Tamil Nadu Postal and Adyar United.

The groups:

Pool A: ICF, SDAT, AG’s Workplace, Earnings Tax, FCI, Southern Railway, Tamil Nadu Postal.

Pool B: IOB, Indian Financial institution, Tamil Nadu Police, GST & Central Excise, Higher Chennai Metropolis Police, SBI, Adyar United.

-Keerthivasan Ok


Kush Maini takes pole place in Method 2 race in Bahrain

FILE PHOTO: Kush Maini in 2019.
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FILE PHOTO: Kush Maini in 2019.
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Indian racer Kush Maini took pole place for the primary FIA Method 2 race of the 12 months in Bahrain on Thursday.

Kush, driving for Invicta Racing, was on the tempo from the beginning of the session and set a time of 1:41.696 to safe his maiden pole within the F2 championship. He was two-tenths of a second sooner than his teammate Gabriel Bortoleto.

It’s the second season for the Bengaluru-based racer within the championship, who’s presently a part of the Alpine F1 workforce’s younger driver growth programme. The 23-year-old will begin tenth within the reverse grid Dash Race and begin from pole for the Function race.

-Dipak Ragav


Randhawa begins with 69, lies 51st in New Zealand

Veteran Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa, who plans to divide his time between the Asian Tour and Legends European Tour, obtained off to a good begin on the New Zealand Open, carding a two-under 69 within the opening spherical right here on Thursday.

The 50-year-old Indian, who’s a former Asian Tour No. 1, was positioned Tied-51st after the primary spherical in an occasion that includes a Professional-Am format.

Ranging from the tenth tee, Randhawa went by way of the back-nine in a powerful four-under 32 and was five-under with a birdie on the primary gap.

Then got here a crippling triple bogey on Par-4 fifth gap and his rating dropped to two-under. He’s the one Indian within the subject this week.

One other veteran Scott Hend, who has 10 victories, shot a seven-under 64 to take a share of the first-round lead with countryman Matthew Griffin, who gained this occasion in 2016.

Hend made a exceptional restoration from prostate most cancers two years in the past and final 12 months gained on the European Seniors Tour.

The occasion is being performed at two programs, the Remarkables Course and the Coronet Course at Millbrook Resort, simply exterior Queenstown.


Aditi makes even par begin to occupy T-Twenty third place in Singapore

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok, taking part in her second occasion on LPGA’s Asian Swing, opened with an action-packed even par spherical to be positioned tied-Twenty third on the HSBC Ladies’s Championship golf match right here.

Aditi, ranked fortieth on this planet, is mendacity inside top-25 within the 66-player subject within the USD 1.8 million occasion, being performed on the Tanjong Course on the Sentosa Island.

Aditi had 5 birdies and as many bogeys with eight pars. She discovered solely half the greens in rules and 9 of the 14 fairways.

Final week Aditi was T-31 in Honda LPGA Thailand.

American Sarah Schmelzel, who made 20 cuts in 27 begins with two top-10s in 2023, led the sector with 4-under 68, that had 5 birdies between the primary and the eighth holes. Her lone bogey was on the Par-4 twelfth.

Swede Linn Grant was tied second with 69 alongside World No. 1 Lilia Vu and German Esther Henseleit.

The 29-time LPGA winner, Lydia Ko, in search of a win that can get her into the LPGA Corridor of Fame robotically, had a tough begin with a 4-over 76 with 4 bogeys and no birdies.

The Amundi Evian Championship winner Celine Boutier (73) was T-30.

Two-time defending champion Jin Younger Ko shot 1-under 71 and is T-10.

That is the sixteenth version of the HSBC Ladies’s World Championship, an occasion, which is sometimes called “Asia’s Main”.



Palak Gulia tops ladies’s air pistol taking pictures trials

(L to R) Shital Desai, Palak Gulia, Suruchi, the toppers in air pistol in the National shooting trials in Bhopal.

(L to R) Shital Desai, Palak Gulia, Suruchi, the toppers in air pistol within the Nationwide taking pictures trials in Bhopal.
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(L to R) Shital Desai, Palak Gulia, Suruchi, the toppers in air pistol within the Nationwide taking pictures trials in Bhopal.
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Asian Video games gold medallist, Palak Gulia beat qualification topper Shital Desai by 1..4 to high ladies’s air pistol within the third nationwide taking pictures choice trials on the Madhya Pradesh Academy on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Palak shot 242.0 after qualifying with a modest rating of 578. Shital had shot 581. Suruchi positioned third forward of Anjali Shekhawat, Jasmin Kaur, Surbhi Rao, TS Divya and Pranjali Dhumal.

In males’s air pistol, Amit Sharma shot 242.6 within the remaining to beat qualification topper Sharvan Kumar (586) by 0.4 level. Olympian Gurpreet Singh positioned third. Aditya Malha who had additionally shot 586, Omprakash Mitharval, Ajay Ambawat, Udhayveer Sidhu and Rahul have been the others to make the ultimate.


10m air pistol: Males: 1. Amit sharma 242.6 (584); 2. Sharvan Kumar 242.2 (586); 3. Gurpreet Singh 221.7 (582).

Ladies: 1. Palak Gulia 242.0 (578); 2. Shital Desai 240.6 (581); 3. Suruchi 220.0 (577).

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Jindal Panther to face Mayfair Polo in Gold Vase polo match

Siddhant Sharma scored 5 objectives to assist Jindal Panther to a 7-6 victory over 61st Cavalry-Royal Enfield within the final league match of the Radha Mohan Rajinder Mohan Gold Vase polo match on the Military Equestrian Centre, Delhi Cantonment, on Thursday.

Within the semifinals to be performed on the Jaipur Polo floor on Saturday, Jindal Panther will play Mayfair Polo, whereas Delta Polo will face Rajnigandha Achievers.


Delta Polo 8 (Santiago Marambio 4, Shamsheer Ali 3, Akshai Malik) bt Mayfair Polo 2 (Salim Azmi, Anay Shah).

Jindal Panther 7 (Siddhant Sharma 5, Simran Shergill, Naveen Jindal) bt 61st Cavalry-Royal Enfield 6 (Abhimanyu Pathak 4, VS Kahlon, Hurr Ali).

-Group Sportstar


Indian 4x200m freestyle relay workforce clocks ‘Finest Indian Time’ at Asian Age Group C’ships

Swimmers Aryan Nehra, Aneesh Gowda, Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj registered the ‘greatest Indian time’ within the 4x200m freestyle relay on their method to a gold medal end on the Asian Group Aquatics Championships in Philippines.

The Indian quartet clocked 7:26.64s, bettering the 7:29.04s effort by Aryan, Aneesh, Kushagra Rawat and Tanish George Mathew on the Hangzhou Asian Video games final 12 months.

Vietnam (7:29.43s) and Thailand (7:40.37s) gained the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Palak Joshi clinched the gold within the lady’s 200m backstroke (B) occasion with a swim of two:21.55s whereas Nithik Nathella (2:03.76s) and Rishabh Das (2:05.73s) took house the silver and bronze medals respectively within the boy’s 200m backstroke (B) occasion.

In swimming, nationwide file timings are these achieved on the Nationwide Aquatic Championships. The instances recorded in different meets are known as the ‘greatest Indian time’.

In age-group swimming meets, swimmers over the age of 18 compete within the senior or A occasions.

Junior swimmers, who’re 16-17 years previous, compete within the B occasions, whereas 14 to 15-year-olds take part within the C class.


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