Indian sports wrap, April 14: Doubles title for Arjun and Jeevan in Mexico

Here are all the major updates, scores, and results of Indians in the world of sports on Sunday, April 14. 

Published : Apr 14, 2024 17:56 IST , CHENNAI - 4 MINS READ

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Arjun Kadhe with the Challenger trophy in Mexico.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Arjun Kadhe with the Challenger trophy in Mexico. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Arjun Kadhe with the Challenger trophy in Mexico. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


Challenger tour: Doubles title for Arjun and Jeevan

Third seeds Arjun Kadhe and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat second seeds Piotr Matuszewski and Matthew Romios 7-6(5), 6-4 in the doubles final of the $82,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The champion team collected $4665 and 75 ATP points. The runners-up got $2700 and 50 points.

It was the 33rd doubles title for the 35-year-old Jeevan, and his 12th Challenger doubles title. For the 30-year-old Arjun, it was his 19th doubles title, and sixth Challenger title.

The results
$82,000 Challenger, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Doubles (final): Arjun Kadhe & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Piotr Matuszewski (Pol) & Matthew Romios (Aus) 7-6(5), 6-4.

- Team Sportstar


Akshay slips at end of Round 3 but Scheffler moves into sole lead

Indian American golfer Akshay Bhatia lost a chance to bid for a Top-10 finish after carding a two-over 74 on the third day at the 88th Augusta Masters in Augusta.

The 22-year-old, who won the Valero Texas Open last week, suffered a three-shot loss in a matter of two holes on 16-17 when a under-par round seemed his for taking at the Augusta National.

Bhatia (72-75-74), already a twice winner on the PGA Tour, was 5-over and T-28, while another Indian American Sahith Theegala shot a third straight 74 to get to six-over and T-36.

“This is seven weeks in a row for me playing. It’s just a lot of golf. Then when you come to a major last minute, especially with the highs of winning, it’s pretty challenging,” said Bhatia when asked about mental fatigue.

“So it’s something I haven’t learned to do yet. When I won, I had a week off. Coming to Augusta National is really hard, and trying to prepare but not too much, it’s just a fine balance.” World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler played a roller-coaster of a back nine with two each of birdies and bogeys, besides an eagle and a double in his second nine. With 66-72-71, he is now 7-under and in sole lead.



Fahd Sultan wins trap gold, Prabhat silver

New Delhi, Apr 14 (PTI) Indian marksman Fahd Sultan won the gold medal at the All India Manav Rachna Open Shotgun competition, pushing Prabhat Kumar and Aryavansh Tyagi to second and third spots respectively here on Sunday.

Sultan, who recently competed in the Asian Championships in Kuwait and is the son of Olympian trap marksman Anwar Sultan, shot 42 out of 50 in the final, while Prabhat scored 37 and Aryavansh 31.

The unique thing about the competition was three top male and and an equal number of women trap exponents made it to the six-shooter finals.

The three women shooters who made it to the final were Aadya Tripathi, Bhavna Chaudhdry and Katha Kapoor.

Aadya Tripathi, 22, who has competed in several World Junior Championships in 2021 and 2022, was unlucky to get eliminated on fourth position with a score of 25. She had shot a superb 44/50 in qualification.

“The fact that it was an Open competition, there were no separate categories for men and women, so we competed with the men to enter the finals. The interesting part about today’s competition was that four women could have made it to the finals based on the qualification scores.

“But since an equal number of male and female competitors were allowed in the medal round, one of us missed out on a final berth,” said Aadya.

Asian Championships gold-medallist shot-putter Om Prakash Karhana said, “The purpose of the competition was to give equal platform to both men and women shooters.”



Asian Wrestling championships: Indian women bag four medals

Indian women added four more medals in the Asian wrestling championships at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday.

Anju (53kg) and Harshita (72kg) bagged silver medals, while Manisha (62kg) and Antim Kundu (65kg) claimed bronze.

Anju was beaten 10-0 by North Korea’s Ji Hyang Kim, while Harshita was defeated 5-2 by China’s Qian Jiang in their respective finals.

Manisha recorded a 5-0 win over Philippines’ Arina Carpio in her bronze medal match. Antim got a walkover as her opponent, South Korea’s Soobin Kim, was injured.

Former World championships bronze medallist Sarita Mor crashed out of the medal race in 57kg after losing to Mongolia’s Gantuya Enkhbat 8-4 in the quarterfinals.

-Team Sportstar

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