Indian sports wrap, May 18: Pranavi, Diksha and Tvesa make cut at German Masters

Here are all the major updates, scores, and results of Indians in the world of sports on May 18. 

Published : May 18, 2024 16:42 IST , CHENNAI - 4 MINS READ

Diksha Dagar in action. (Representative Image)
Diksha Dagar in action. (Representative Image) | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Diksha Dagar in action. (Representative Image) | Photo Credit: Getty Images


Pranavi Urs, Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik were the only ones to make the 36-hole cut at the Amundi German Masters.

Pranavi and Diksha carded 1-over 73 each and were 3-over for two rounds and placed T-30, while Tvesa (77) squeezed inside the cut line at 5-over.

Of the four others, Sneha Singh (75) missed the cut by a shot, Vani Kapoor (77) by three shots and Amandeep Drall (78) by five shots.

Avani Prashanth withdrew midway through the second round. The cut fell at +5, with 66 players making it through to the weekend.

Germany’s Alexandra Forsterling produced a round of 70 (-2) for the second consecutive day to lead by a stroke.

The Berlin native sat in a share of fourth place overnight and began her second round from the 10th tee at Golf & Country Club Seddiner See.

Försterling’s round was built around the three birdies she rolled in between the sixth and the ninth, as she had four birdies and two bogeys.

Since teeing it up at this tournament in 2023, Försterling has won three Ladies European Tour titles.



MOGO Esports Signs India’s Premier Battle Grounds Mobile India Team for 2024 Season

Team Destro.
Team Destro. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Team Destro. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Mobile Global Esports Inc (MOGO), a leading name in Indian esports, signs India’s reigning Battlegrounds Mobile India Series (BGIS) and BGMI Master Series (BGMS) champions, Team Destro,  to represent the organization throughout the 2024 season.

The newly acquired team is captained by in-game leader Ammar Khan, known as “Destro.” The roster also includes players like entry fraggers Justin Nadar (“Justin”), Parth Garg (“DeltaPG”), and versatile support/assaulter Pavan Kumar (“Shogun”). The team is coached by Robin Singh.

Last year, this squad dominated the competitive BGMI landscape, raking in INR 2.5 crores in prize money from top tournaments. Their victories include titles from BGMI Master Series Season 2 and Battlegrounds Mobile India Series 2023. Additionally, they won high-profile third-party tournaments like Nodwin BGMI Champions Cup: Champions and India Today League Invitationals, demonstrating their undeniable skill and cohesion.


Shanker Heisnam clinches ITF Junior singles title

Second seed Shanker Heisnam recovered from being down 0-4 in the third set to beat top seed Kandhavel Mahalingam 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the ITF junior tennis tournament at the Vijay Khand tennis arena on Saturday.

It was the second singles title in the ITF junior circuit for Shanker, following the one he had won in Raipur recently.

In the girls final, top seed Laxmisiri Dandu brushed aside the challenge from Aishwarya Jadhav for the loss of four games. Laxmisiri had earlier won the doubles title with Mahika Khanna.

The results (finals):
Boys: Shanker Heisnam bt Kandhavel Mahalingam 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Girls: Laxmisiri Dandu bt Aishwarya Jadhav 6-3, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA National Series Juniors: Uttam Karthik and Swasti Singh win U-16 titles

Top seeds Uttam Karthik and Swasti Singh won the boys and girls titles respectively in the AITA National Series junior tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Sunday.

The results (finals):
Under-16 boys: Uttam Karthik bt Viraj Choudhary 6-3, 6-2.
Under-16 girls: Swasti Singh bt Sara Hooda 6-1, 6-4.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Billie Jean King U-16: India beaten 2-0 by Kazakhstan, New Zealand

India was beaten 2-0 by Kazakhstan and New Zealand in back-to-back positional matches and got pushed to the eighth spot in the Asia-Oceania Junior Billie Jean King Cup under-16 girls tennis tournament in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

Having placed second in the group during the league phase, India was drawn against top seed Japan in the quarterfinals and went down in the super tie-break of the decisive doubles. It was thus reduced to competing for the fifth to eighth spots.

The results (seventh place)
Kazakhstan bt India 2-0 (Albina Kakenova bt Yashika Shokeen 6-4, 6-3; Ariana Gogulina bt Maaya Rajeshwaran 7-6(4), 6-2).
Position 5-8: New Zealand bt India 2-0 (Lucia Gale bt Diya Ramesh 6-4, 6-0; Aishi Das bt Maaya Rajeshwaran 6-4, 6-2).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

€74,825 Challenger tennis: Top seeds Anirudh, Arjun win doubles final

Top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Arjun Kadhe beat Simon Freund and Johannes Ingildsen 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles final of the €74,825 Challenger tennis tournament in Oeiras, Portugal, on Saturday.

The champion team collected €4,250 and 75 ATP points. The runners-up got €2,450 and 50 points.

It was the 20th career doubles title and seventh Challenger, for the 30-year-old Arjun. It was the ninth doubles title and fourth Challenger for the 25-year-old Anirudh, who had won his three other Challenger titles last year with Vijay Sundar Prashanth.

The results
€205,000 Challenger, Bordeaux, France Doubles (quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri & Albano Olivetti (Fra) bt Theo Arribage (Fra) & Victor Corena (Rou) 6-3, 6-7(5), [10-5].
€74,825 Challenger, Oeiras, Portugal Doubles (final): Anirudh Chandrasekar & Arjun Kadhe bt Simon Freund (Swe) & Johannes Ingildsen (Den) 7-5, 6-4; Semifinals: Anirudh & Arjun bt Pedro Araujo & Joao Domingues (Por) 6-4, 7-6(6).
$15,000 ITF men, Kingston, Jamaica Singles (quarterfinals): Aryan Shah bt John Chin (Jam) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; Doubles (quarterfinals): Leo Borg (Swe) & Aryan Shah w.o. Kiranpal Pannu (Nzl) & Brandon Perez (Ven).
$15,000 ITF men, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Doubles (final): Benjamin Lock & Courtney Lock (Zim) bt Chirag Duhan & Maik Steiner (Ger) 6-3, 7-6(4); Semifinals: Benjamin Lock & Courtney Lock bt SD Prajwal Dev & Adil Kalyanpur 6-4, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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