August 27, Indian sports wrap

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on August 27, 2022.

Aditi Ashok plays a shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland Country Club on July 14, 2022, in Midland, Michigan. (File Photo)

Aditi Ashok plays a shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland Country Club on July 14, 2022, in Midland, Michigan. (File Photo) | Photo Credit: AFP

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on August 27, 2022.

GOLF

Aditi Ashok likely to miss cut in Canada

Ottawa: India's Aditi Ashok is likely to miss out on the weekend action at the CP Women’s Open, which saw play being suspended due to darkness with 36 golfers left to finish their second rounds.

Aditi, who shot 1-over 72 on first day, was 1-over through 13 holes in the second round for a total of 2-over on Friday.

With the cut likely to fall at 2-under, it may well be difficult for Aditi to make up four shots in the remaining five holes.

South Korea’s Narin An, a LPGA Tour rookie, currently sits atop the leader board at 13-under, two strokes ahead of compatriot Hye-Jin Choi, Paula Reto of South Africa and former Rolex Rankings No. 1 Nelly Korda.

An is bogey-free so far in Canada, following her first-round 64 with a 6-under 65. She found all 13 fairways on Friday and missed just one green.

-PTI

Shubhankar Sharma likely to miss cut in Switzerland

Crans Montana: Shubhankar Sharma endured another disappointing week as he is likely to miss the cut after being 1-over 71 in the second round when play was suspended due to thunderstorms at the Omega European Masters here.

Sharma seemed to have a chance to make the cut before he had a double bogey seven on Par-5 15th on Friday.

He had one hole left when play was suspended but at 1-over for 35 holes he was sure to miss the cut, which is likely to fall at 3-under.

It has been another rough week for the Indian, who has missed a string of cuts on the DP World Tour.

Alejandro Cañizares and Thriston Lawrence still share the lead after round two was disrupted due to thunderstorms.

The first round leaders teed off shortly after a three hour weather delay at Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre, and they both managed to move to 13 under par before darkness brought proceedings to a halt.

South African Lawrence made six birdies and a single bogey in his first 14 holes, while Spain’s Cañizares carded an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys after 13 holes.

Morning starters Nacho Elvira and Marcel Siem were the leaders in the clubhouse, three shots back further back.

Spaniard Elvira was in buoyant mood after recently welcoming a baby daughter, and he set the target at ten under par after posting six birdies and an eagle.

He was joined at the summit by Siem, with the German birdieing the last to match Elvira’s back-to-back rounds of 65.

George Coetzee became the second player this week to make a hole-in-one on Friday after Aaron Cockerill achieved the feat a day earlier.

The South African holed his tee-shot at the short 13th using a six iron to win a new OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M, worth CHF 18,400.

-PTI

Smriti Mehra misses cut at US Women’s Senior Open

Kettering: The first Indian to compete at the US Women's Senior Open, Smriti Mehra missed the cut after carding rounds of 84 and 79 here.

Smriti, who has many firsts to her name in Indian women’s pro golf, and played on the LPGA Tour, plans to play more Senior events.

Helen Alfredsson, the 2019 champion, is leading the way at 6-under-par 140.

Alfredsson, who has cards of 70-70, is being chased by a number of greats.

Occupying the two spots just below Alfredsson on the leader board are Leta Lindley, who is one stroke back at 141 after a 72 on Friday, and defending champion Annika Sorenstam, who is in third at 143.

First-round leader Tammie Green is at 144 with Catrin Nilsmark and Jill McGill at 145 and Trish Johnson at 146.

Juli Inkster, 2018 champion Laura Davies and Jacqueline Gallagher-Smith are at 147.

-PTI

SHOOTING

Harpreet Singh shot 576 and won the 25-metre standard pistol event in the fifth National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.

Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar, who has asserted his class by regaining his place in the national team for the ensuing World championship in rapid fire pistol, finished second with 572.

Pradhyumn Singh (571) finished third in the men’s event, and topped the junior section, one point ahead of Udhayveer Sidhu.

In the women’s 50-metre rifle prone event at the Madhya Pradesh Academy in Bhopal, Sunidhi Chauhan topped the field with 627.6, beating Olympian Anjum Moudgil by 0.7 point. Ashi Chouksey topped the junior section with 619.0.

Results
25m standard pistol:
Men: 1. Harpreet Singh 576; 2. Vijay Kumar 572; 3. Pradhyumn Singh 571. Juniors: 1.Pradhyumn Singh 571; 2. Udhayveer Sidhu 570; 3. Sameer Ghulia 569.
50m rifle prone:
Women: 1. Sunidhi Chauhan 627.6; 2. Anjum Moudgil 626.9; 3. Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar 623.4. Juniors: 1. Ashi Chouksey 619.0; 2. Heena Gohei 617.0; 3. Nupur Kumrawat 616.2.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

TENNIS

Rutuja wins doubles title in Roehampton

Rutuja Bhosale won the doubles title in partnership with Erika Sema of Japan, by beating the British duo of Naiktha Bains and Maia Lumsden 4-6, 6-3, [11-9] in the final of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Roehampton on Saturday.

It was the third doubles title of the season and 19th overall for the 26-year-old Rutuja in the professional circuit. It was also the second successive title with Erika Sema.

RESULTS
$25,000 ITF women, Roehampton, Britain
Doubles (final): Erika Sema (Jpn) & Rutuja Bhosale bt Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden (GBR) 4-6, 6-3, [11-9];
Semifinals: Erika & Rutuja bt Shavit Kimchi (Isr) & Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) 4-6, 6-4, [10-4]; Naiktha & Maia bt Mana Ayukawa (Jpn) & Ankita Raina 7-6(5), 6-7(5), [10-5].
$15,000 ITF women, Cancun, Mexico
Singles (quarterfinals): Solana Sierra bt Prathyusha Rachapudi 6-2, 6-3.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

National Series U-16

Divya Ungrish receiving the trophy from referee Anton Dsouza in the AITA National series under-16 tennis tournament in Jalandhar on Saturday.

Divya Ungrish receiving the trophy from referee Anton Dsouza in the AITA National series under-16 tennis tournament in Jalandhar on Saturday.

Divya Ungrish beat Kumkum Kumari 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the girls title in the AITA National series under-16 tennis tournament at the Singha Sports Academy on Saturday.

It was a double crown for Divya who had earlier won the doubles title in partnership with Shavi Dalal.

In the boys final, Arnav Yadav beat Daksh Kukreti 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 and thus denied him a double crown. Daksh had won the doubles title with Kanishk Jetley.

RESULTS
Under-16 boys
Arnav Yadav bt Daksh Kukreti 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Under-16 girls
Divya Ungrish bt Kumkum Kumari 6-4, 6-4.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

RACKETLON

Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar wins World Championship gold medals

Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar won four gold medals in seniors World Championship.

Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar won four gold medals in seniors World Championship.

Captain Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar of Navy won three gold medals in the Racketlon World Seniors Championship in Vienna last week, and added a fourth by guiding the Indian team to the elite division in the World Championship in Graz, Austria.

Ashutosh won the over-50 singles and doubles titles and combined with Katrin Maldre of the US to win the over-45 mixed doubles gold medal.

In the fascinating sport of Racketlon, which features table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis in that order, in 21-point format each, Ashutosh was quite dominant in winning by big margin. He beat many top players including the defending champion Jacob Steinmetz and multiple seniors world champion Levente Nandori in style. He was so authoritative that he did not have to show his prowess in tennis, by taking unbeatable margin which ensures the end of the contest.

It was a satisfying outing over a fortnight in Europe for Ashutosh, winning four gold medals.

Ashutosh guided the Indian team in the open category to its maiden victory in the Nations Cup. The team had won the Challenger Cup in 2019 and graduated to the second division. India has now been promoted to the first division, the elite level, for the next edition.

RESULTS
Over-45 mixed doubles
Katrin Maldre (US) & Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar bt Nora Barta-Bancz & Istvan Sagi (Hun) +27 (21-8, 21-7, 16-16).
Over-50 singles
Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar bt Levente Nandori (Hun) +29 (21-16, 21-8, 21-10).
Doubles: Monesh Mashruwala & Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar bt Martin Bartos & Jan Port (Cze) +19 (17-21, 21-3, 21-16, 3-3).

- Kamesh Srinivasan

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