September 25, 2022

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June 30, India wrap: Heartbreak for Sania in Wimbledon, India to face Norway in Davis Cup


Sania Mirza and companion crashes out in 1st spherical of Indian’s final Wimbledon

Indian ace Sania Mirza’s closing Wimbledon look resulted in disappointment as she and her Czech companion Lucie Hradecka had been eradicated within the opening spherical with the Polish-Brazilian mixture of Magdalena Frech and Beatroz Haddad Maia beating them 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a hard-fought three-setter.

Mirza would have ideally most popular to final a bit longer in her swansong on the SW-19 however she is going to undoubtedly keep in mind hallowed lawns the place she received her maiden doubles title alongside Martina Hingis, again in 2015.

The 35-year-old Indian veteran didn’t get previous the third spherical of the combined doubles at Wimbledon final 12 months and can nonetheless have a shot at glory, partnering Mate Pavic of Croatia within the combined doubles occasion. The duo will meet Natela Dzalamidze and David Vega Hernandez within the opening spherical of combined doubles


Davis Cup 2022: India to face Norway on September 16-17

Hosts Norway have confirmed that they are going to host the Indian Davis Cup staff on September 16 and 17 of their subsequent World Group I tie, the All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) introduced on Thursday.

The hosts have a selection enjoying both on Thursday-Friday or Friday-Saturday and Norway have chosen the primary choice.

India will face Norway for the primary time within the prestigious occasion.

“There’s lots of hope and anticipation amongst the followers as India and Norway will face one another for the primary time within the historical past of the Davis cup and we sit up for observe some scintillating Tennis from the Males in Blue,” the AITA mentioned in an announcement.


AITA girls’s event: Riya beats Sharanya to enter semifinals

Fortunate loser Riya Sachdeva beat Sharanya Shetty 6-1, 6-1 to succeed in the semifinals of the Rs.100,000 AITA girls’s tennis event on the Joygaon Academy.

Within the semifinals, Riya will play qualifier Sonal Patil. The opposite semifinal can be between qualifiers Tamanna Takoria and Medhavi Singh.

The outcomes (quarterfinals): Sonal Patil bt Gurleen Singh 6-2, 6-1; Riya Sachdeva bt Sharanya Shetty 6-1, 6-1; Tamanna Takoria bt Niharika Deshmukh 6-0, 6-2; Medhavi Singh bt Abhilasha Bista 6-2, 6-3.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Ankita Raina storms into quarterfinals in Baliawas

Second seed Ankita Raina had a fortuitous entry into the quarterfinals as her opponent Sofia Costoulas of Belgium retired halfway via the second set within the $25,000 ITF girls’s tennis event on the Tennis Mission, Baliawas, on Thursday.

Ankita Raina in motion on the $25,000 ITf girls’s tennis event in Gurugram.   –  KAMESH SRINIVASAN


On a day of persistent rain and lengthy delays, with matches beginning within the morning and ending beneath floodlights, Ankita was in hassle as she had misplaced the primary set 2-6. She recovered to be 3-2 within the second set when the 17-year-old world No.3, Costoulas stop, with a calf muscle damage.

Just like the champion final week, Karman Kaur Thandi, exhausted owing to the fixed work beneath the scorching solar, and never discovering the solutions towards Sahaja Yamalapalli, Costoulas, the finalist final week, was additionally unable to be at her bodily finest, particularly within the environment of excessive humidity.

For one of the best performers of final event on the identical venue, it was maybe onerous to seek out the freshness of thoughts to deal with the brand new problem and hungry opponents making an attempt to make one of the best of the chance.

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Within the quarterfinals, Ankita will play Punnin Kovapitukted, the Thai left-hander who thrives along with her fast toes and stout coronary heart.

Rutuja Bhosale stopped wild card entrant Vineetha Mummade in straight units and can play third seed Viktoria Morvayova of Slovakia within the quarterfinals.

4 different singles matches had been interrupted by rain. Referee Puneet Gupta had no choice however to postpone the matches for Friday.

The outcomes:

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Rutuja Bhosale bt Vineetha Mummadi 6-3, 6-4; Viktoria Morvayova (Svk) bt Ikumi Yamazaki (Jpn) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Punnin Kovapitukted bt Shreya Tatavarthy 6-1, 6-1; Ankita Raina bt Sofia Costoulas (Bel) 2-6, 3-2 (retired).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Arjun Kadhe in doubles semifinals in Malaga Challenger

Arjun Kadhe in partnership with Victor Vlad Cornea of Romania beat Sergi Perez Contri and Adria Soriano Barrera of Spain 6-3, 6-2 within the doubles quarterfinals of the €45,730 Challenger tennis event in Spain on Thursday.

The outcomes:

€45,730 Challenger, Malaga, Spain

Doubles (quarterfinals): Victor Vlad Cornea (Rou) & Arjun Kadhe bt Sergi Perez Contri & Adria Soriano Barrera (Esp) 6-3, 6-2.

$53,120 Challenger, Cali, Colombia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan w.o. Pedja Krstin & miljan Zekic (Srb).

$15,000 ITF girls, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Jennifer Luikham bt Carola Cavelli (Ita) 6-2, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF girls, Los Angeles, US

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Brandy Walker (US) & Prathyusha Rachapudi bt Anne-Sophie Morandais (Glp) & Liz Pinson (US) 7-5, 6-2.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Lahiri eyes Open Champs berth via John Deere Basic

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri can be eyeing a dream ticket to The one hundred and fiftieth Open Championship at St Andrews when he tees off on the John Deere Basic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois this week.

Lahiri, who had turned 35 on Wednesday, has missed the final three cuts. The John Deere Basic would be the second outing for Lahiri in two weeks. He final performed on the Vacationers. The Indian will subsequent journey to Scotland for the Scottish Open. This week Lahiri could have the corporate of fellow senior professional from India Arjun Atwal, who can also be within the discipline.

Anirban Lahiri of India performs his shot from the 18th tee through the second spherical of the Memorial Event offered by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Membership on June 03, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio.   –  Michael Reaves/Getty Photographs


Lahiri has performed the Open six occasions, together with the 2015 Open at St Andrews. His maiden look on the Open was in 2012, the 12 months during which he had a magical hole-in-one together with his household in attendance. His final look was in 2018.

“That’s (enjoying the Open) positively an enormous motivation to be right here,” mentioned Lahiri concerning the three Open Championship spots accessible at this week’s PGA TOUR cease.

“This (John Deere Basic) is a good occasion little doubt however that (Open spots) makes it far more rewarding.” Lahiri loved a T-31 end in his Open debut in 2012 at Lytham St Annes and he was T-30 at St Andrews in 2015.

“I had a very good likelihood of ending within the top-10 at St Andrews. I had a few unhealthy holes coming house on Sunday. I actually have fond recollections of the time I used to be there. It’s St Andrews, it’s the house of golf. You dream about enjoying golf at St Andrews and it’ll be particular to return once more,” he mentioned.

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Lahiri, who completed runners-up at THE PLAYERS Championship in March to earn a profession excessive USD 2.18 million, enters the week ranked 62nd on the FedExCup standings and with the Playoffs looming, he can be seeking to construct momentum in direction of the enterprise finish of the season.

Except for the FedExCup, which is the TOUR’s final prize, the Presidents Cup qualifying may even conclude on the BMW Championship, the second occasion of the Playoffs.

Lahiri, who featured within the 2015 and 2017 Presidents Cup, is at the moment fifteenth on the Worldwide Workforce standings with the top-8 incomes computerized choice.

“That is my third time right here and it’s an awesome occasion. It’s unbelievable for the group right here and has a very good historical past. It’s a singular monitor and it’s in one of the best form I’ve seen. If it rains or the winds die down, then it will get a bit simpler. You’ve bought to make as many birdies as you may,” he mentioned.

“I like this climate, I prefer it when it’s heat and sweaty. I really feel actually comfy. I’ve gotten used to those grasses right here and I feel it’s a very good structure and it suits my eye. There’s lots of form and lots of stuff to goal at. These are the varieties of issues which I get pleasure from.” Lahiri can also be scheduled to compete within the Genesis Scottish Open subsequent week, an occasion co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour as a part of a strategic alliance, and has attracted a stellar line-up of world stars.

“I’ve not been enjoying that a lot within the final couple of months,” mentioned Lahiri, who welcomed the arrival of his son in Might.

“Now that we’re heading into the ultimate stretch, I like enjoying weeks and weeks in a row. That is my second week every now and then I’ll play in Scotland. I’m making an attempt to construct the rhythm, get the momentum going and roll into the Playoffs and play a few of my finest golf.” Compatriot Atwal, Korea’s Sung Kang and Seung Yul Noh, Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira and Chinese language Taipei’s CT Pan are among the many different Asian golfers on this week’s discipline.

Sharma begins with strong 69 in Irish Open

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma bought off to an awesome begin with six birdies within the opening spherical however gave away three bogeys to complete at three-under 69 within the Horizon Irish Open right here.

Whereas a 69 is a strong begin, the three dropped pictures have to be irking Sharma, who has been holing lots of birdies for a very good a part of the season but additionally giving many away.

Sharma was mendacity T-20, although lots of gamers had been but to finish their first spherical.

Ryan Fox, who began from the tenth, had simply two birdies on the again 9 on the tenth and seventeenth.

On his second 9, the entrance facet of the Mount Juliet Property, Thomastown, Fox went on a birdie spree with six in all for six-under. He had 4 in a row from first to fourth after which once more on sixth and eighth.

Fox was adopted by Frederic Lacroix of France, who shot seven-under 65 with two eagles on the tenth and seventeenth and 4 birdies however dropped a shot on Par-4 sixteenth.

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The sector contains house heroes just like the 2019 Open winner Shane Lowry, a giant crowd favorite, who carded one-under 71 and Padraig Harrington, a three-time Main champion, who received a fourth on the Champions Tour just lately.

Harrington was one-under via 9 holes. Scotland’s Robert McIntyre was three-under via 9.

Sharma recovered from an early bogey on third with birdies on fifth and seventh. On the again 9, he birdied tenth however dropped a shot on eleventh, birdied thirteenth and 14th earlier than giving freely a shot on sixteenth.

He then birdied seventeenth and closed with par for 69 with the hope that he wouldn’t drop as many within the second spherical.

Sharma was enjoying with Stephen Gallacher, who was clearly relishing the Indian’s firm.

Gallacher received the final Hero Indian Open held again in 2019 and remains to be ready to defend that title. He shot 72 with six birdies, 4 bogeys and a double on a day that was good for scoring.

Three gamers Lawrence Thriston, Dale Whitnell and Antoine Rozner carded six-under 66 every.

Thriston had 5 birdies and an eagle towards one bogey, whereas Whitnell and Rozner had six birdies every and no bogeys.


Modest begin for Indian girls golfers in Germany

 India’s Amandeep Drall carded 1-under 71 to be Tied-60 after spherical one of many Amundi German Masters on the Women European Tour right here on Thursday.

Solely three of the six Indian girls had completed their opening spherical, whereas others had been nonetheless out on the course.

Newbie Avani Prashanth, enjoying her first LET occasion outdoors India, opened with an action-packed and eventful 72. She had seven birdies but additionally dropped 5 bogeys and a double bogey.

Amandeep Drall was mendacity T-38 and Avani was T-60 as was Diksha Dagar.

Diksha, one of many solely two Indian girls to have received on the LET, additionally carded 72 however with three birdies and three bogeys. Vani Kapoor completed with 74 and was T-88.

Ridhima Dilawari was 1-under via 12 holes, whereas Tvesa Malik began with an early birdie, however then dropped three bogeys to slide to 2-over via eight holes.

Emphasising the depth in Swedish golf, Jessica Karlsson led the sector with an 9-under bogey free 63 that included 9 birdies and no bogeys. She was adopted by Leonie Hurt (66), Gabriela Cowley (66) and Klara Spilkova, who was on a rampage with 5-under via simply eight holes.



Elorda Boxing Event: World youth champion Sachin strikes to quarters

Present World youth champion Sachin Siwach moved into the quarterfinals whereas Olympian Simranjit Kaur misplaced within the last-eight stage on the Elorda Cup boxing event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on Thursday.

Sachin dominated the boys’s 57kg first-round struggle to beat promising Turkmenistan boxer Ykhlas Gylychjanov 5-0.

Simranjit misplaced to China’s Xu Zichun 3-2 in a well-contested girls’s 60kg quarterfinal bout.

Two different Indians, Lakshya Chahar (86kg) and Harsh Lakra (80kg), additionally misplaced their respective bouts.

The outcomes (Indians except specified): 


Quarterfinals: 86kg: Lakshya Chahar misplaced to Abzal Kuttybekov (Kaz) 5-0

Pre-quarterfinals: 57kg: Sachin Siwach bt Ykhlas Gylychjanov (Tkm) 5-0; 80kg: Harsh Lakra misplaced to Yerassyl Zhakpekov (Kaz) 5-0.


Quarterfinals: 60kg: Simranjit Kaur misplaced to Xu Zichun (Chn) 3-2.