August 26, Indian sports wrap

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on August 26, 2022.

Manu Gandas wins Chennai Open

Manu Gandas wins Chennai Open | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on August 26, 2022.


Manu Gandas wins Chennai Open

Manu Gandas, those who have watched him on the golf course, say he has a zen-like approach towards winning and losing.

The 26-year-old from DLF Golf & Country Club, though not in the best of form, showed consistency and composure with N. Thangaraja of Sri Lanka closing-in, to win the Impiger Technologies-Chennai Open golf tournament at the Cosmo-TNGF course on Friday.

Manu scored a convincing four-shot victory with a five-under 67 for a four-day total of 20-under 268 for his fourth PGTI title and a purse of Rs. six lakhs. With the victory, Manu has consolidated himself in third position on the PGTI Order of Merit.

Thangaraja took second place at 16-under 272 following his final round effort of 72.

Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi (68) and Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha (71) took tied third place at 15-under 273 while Karandeep Kochhar (70) finished fifth.

Lying overnight second, Manu started with a chip-in birdie on the first hole and maintained par till the eighth hole. He had his second birdie on the ninth hole. In the back-nine, Manu struggled a bit but maintained his lead with timely birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th.

Manu said his tee shots were the key to his title. “The most important things for me over the last year have been identifying my shortcomings and the consistency with which I’ve followed my processes. I took a month off from the game during the mid-season break to fully recover from my injuries and that really helped at the end. My driving and tee shots were the best aspect of my game this week. Today my wedge shots were not great, I made silly errors. I did well with the longer putts in the final round. I didn’t look at the leaderboard on day four but instead just focused on my target which was a total of 20-under. I finally managed to achieve it.”

The scores: 1. Manu Gandas 268 (68, 65, 68, 67); 2. N. Thangaraja (SL) 272 (66, 67, 67, 72); 3. Khalin Joshi 273 (67, 68, 70, 68); Abhijit Singh Chadha 273 (71, 65, 66, 71); 5. Karandeep Kochhar 274 (65, 71, 68, 70).


US Open Qualifiers: Yuki Bhambri knocked out in second round

India’s singles challenge at the US Open qualifiers came to an end as Yuki Bhambri was handed a straight-set defeat by Belgium’s Zizou Bergs in the second round.

The 30-year-old went down 3-6, 2-6 to his Belgian opponent on Thursday.

It was always going to be a tricky affair for Bhambri (552) against the higher-ranked Bergs (155), but the Indian managed keep the the scores levelled at 3-3 in the first set.

Things, however, changed quickly in favour of the Belgian as he made it 5-3. Bergs then won his next service to clinch the first set 6-3.

In the second set too, Bergs was better player than the Indian and dominated from the word go and it did not take the former long to pocket the second and final set 6-2.

Yuki, who spent the most of last three years nursing knee injuries and recovering from multiple operations, played his first Grand Slam qualifier earlier this year at the Australian Open, where he lost in the second round of qualifiers.

On Wednesday, India’s highest-ranked men’s singles player, Ramkumar Ramanathan, and Sumit Nagal made early exits after losing their respective qualifying matches in straight sets.

While Ramanathan went down to American teen Bruno Kuzuhara 3-6 5-7 in one hour and 28 minutes, Nagal lost to Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-7, 4-6.


Rutuja losses in the ITF Tennis Tournament in Roehampton; Rachapudi reaches quarterfinal in Mexico

Rutuja Bhosale was beaten 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 by Amarni Banks in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Roehampton on Friday.

In doubles, Rutuja and Ankita Raina advanced to the semifinals, with their partners Erika Sema and Mana Ayukawa respectively.

In the $15,000 ITF women’s event in Mexico, Prathyusha Rachapudi won back to back matches to make the quarterfinals.

The results:
$25,000 ITF women, Roehampton, Britain Singles (quarterfinals): Amarni Banks (GBR) bt Rutuja Bhosale 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Doubles (quarterfinals): Erika Sema (Jpn) & Rutuja Bhosale bt Stacey Fung (Can) & Katarina Stresnakova (Svk) 7-5, 6-2; Mana Ayukawa (Jpn) & Ankita Raina bt Laetitia Pulchartova (Cze) & Eri Shimizu (Jpn) 6-4, 7-5. $15,000 ITF women, Cancun, Mexico Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Prathyusha Rachapudi bt Maria Fernanda Hernandez (Mex) 6-2, 6-2;
First round: Prathyusha bt Tiziana Rossini (Arg) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. $15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia Singles (quarterfinals): Vivien Versier (Fra) bt Niki Poonacha 6-(5), 2-3 (retired). Doubles (semifinals): Tang Sheng & Zheng Baoluo (Chn) w.o. Rithvik Bollipalli & Niki Poonacha.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA Talent Series Juniors

Aarivraj Khanna and Ananya Gupta won the boys and girls titles respectively in the AITA Talent series under-12 tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex in Delhi on Friday.

Aarivraj beat Aditya Singh, and Ananya beat Zara Kumar, by identical margin of 6-1, 6-3 in the finals. National coach Zeeshan Ali presented the prizes.

Under-12 boys (final): Aarivraj Khanna bt Aditya Singh 6-1, 6-3;
Semifinals: Aditya bt Sparsh Singh 7-6(6), 2-6, [10-6]; Aarivraj bt Satwik Saraswat 6-2, 6-1. Under-12 girls (final): Ananya Gupta bt Zara Kumar 6-1, 6-3;
Semifinals: Zara bt Regina Bawitlung 7-5, 6-4; Ananya bt Maahira Bhatia 6-3, 6-4.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

National series under-16

Daksh Kukreti beat Namish Sharma 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to set up a title clash against Ashwajit Senjam in the AITA National series under-16 tennis tournament at the Singha Sports Academy on Friday.

Daksh also won the doubles title with Kanishk Jetley.

In the girls section, Divya Ungrish won the doubles title with Shaivi Dalal and set up a singles title clash with Kumkum Kumari.

Under-16 boys (semifinals): Daksh Kukreti bt Namish Sharma 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Arnav Yadav bt Ashwajit Senjam 7-6(5), 6-4.
Doubles (final): Kanishk Jetley & Daksh Kukreti bt Vedant Mehta & Namish Sharma 6-3, 1-6, [10-8].
Under-16 girls (semifinals): Kumkum Kumari bt Diya Chaudhary 6-1 (retired); Divya Ungrish bt Shaivi Dalal 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles (final): Shaivi Dalal & Divya Ungrish bt Kunkum Kumari & Shatakshika Sahayak 7-5, 6-2.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


National selection trials

Ruby Tomer pipped Simranpreet Kaur Brar 24-23 to top the women’s 25-metre sports pistol in the sixth National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Friday.

A malfunction of the pistol in the last series did not give any anxious moments for the 34-year-old Ruby as she had sealed the contest before the last shot that did not fire. Given a second chance, she did miss shooting 10.2 or better for a hit, but it did not matter.

Simranpreet went on to clinch the top spot in the junior event as she beat Vibhuti Bhatia 24-21. However, both the women’s and junior fields were depleted in the absence of qualification topper Rhythm Sangwan (588) and Esha Singh (577).

With the air pistol competition starting for the women, both the shooters had perhaps opted to conserve their energy for the same.

In men’s air rifle at the Madhya Pradesh Academy in Bhopal, Olympian Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar beat NIraj Kumar 17-5 to top a strong field. Pratham Bhadana beat Olympian and former World No.1 Divyansh Singh Panwar 17-13 in topping the junior section.

The results:
10m air rifle:
Men: 1. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar 17 (262.5) 630.9; 2. Niraj Kumar 5 (264.1) 630.3; 3. Sri Karthik Sabari Raj 260.9 (628.6); 4. Pratham Bhadana 260.5 (630.6).
Juniors: 1. Pratham Bhadana 17 (262.4) 630.6; 2. Divyansh Singh Panwar 13 (263.7) 628.6; 3. Rudrankksh Patil 262.0 (627.0); 4. Sri Karthik sabari Raj 261.1 (628.6).
Youth: 1. Rudrankksh Patil 17 (261.5) 627.0; 2. Sheersh Kashyap 9 (261.8) 624.2; 3. Darius Saurastri 260.8 (625.1); 4. Ajay Malik 260.0 (628.4).
25m sports pistol:
Women: 1. Ruby Tomer 24 (11) 578; 2. Simranpreet Kaur Brar 23 (13) 577; 3. Abhidnya Patil 15 (11) 579; 4. Surabhi Pathak 10 (13) 577.
Women: 1. Ruby Tomer 24 (11) 578; 2. Simranpreet Kaur Brar 23 (13) 577; 3. Abhidnya Patil 15 (11) 579; 4. Surabhi Pathak 10 (13) 577.
Juniors: 1. Simranpreet Kaur Brar 24 (10) 577; 2. Vibhuti Bhatia 21 (12) 571; 3. Divanshi 16 (13) 574; 4. Khushi Kapoor 10 (7) 571.
Junior men: 1. Abhinav Choudhary 591; 2. Abhimanyu Yadav 585; 3. Meshaak Ponnudurai 584.
50m rifle prone:
Women: 1. Ashi Chouksey 624.8; 2. Nischal 616.1; 3. Heena Gohei 616.0.
Juniors: 1. Ashi Chouksey 624.8; 2. Bandhvi Sigh 620.7; 3. Gaayathri Nithyanandam 620.5.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

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