TENNIS

Junior Davis Cup: India to meet Australia to decide Group A topper

India will meet Australia to decide the group-A topper in the Asia-Oceania Junior Davis Cup under-16 tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex on Wednesday.

While Australia cruised past Pakistan 3-0, dropping five games in all, India had an off day as Indonesia was still in transit.

ITF referee Puneet Gupta had expected Indonesia by Tuesday morning but stated that the team was expected only for its last league match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Indonesia had given a walkover to both Australia and India, which took turns in beating Pakistan.

It will be interesting to see how Bushan Haobam and Rushil Khosla shape up against the best-ranked team, before the knock-out stage.

In group B, Iran and Singapore were sitting pretty with two wins each and will meet each other to decide the group honours.

In group C, Kazakhstan has won both its matches so far, while Vietnam and Thailand have one win each. Kazakhstan meeting Thailand, which lost to Vietnam 0-3, should be the key match, while Vietnam should fancy its chances against Sri Lanka.

Japan was authoritative in group-D’, while Korea and Hong Kong followed with one win each. Japan will play sixth seed Hong Kong in the last league match.

The results:

-Kamesh Srinivasan

SHOOTING

National shooting selection trials: Rudrankksh tops men's and junior's section in air rifle

Rudrankksh Patil topped both the men’s and junior sections in air rifle in the fourth National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Tuesday.

Rudrankksh, who shot 629.4 in qualification, beat Shahu Mane 17-11 for the men’s top spot. Yash Vardhan took the third place ahead of Sri Karhtik Sabari, Arjun Babuta, Sachin, Gurmukh Singh and Kewal Prajapati.

In the junior event, Rudrankksh beat Yash Vardhan 17-13 for the top spot. Sri Karthik Sabari who had topped the qualification stage with 631.7 came good in the youth event, as he beat Yash Vardhan 16-10.

The results:

-Kamesh Srinivasan