Indian sports news wrap, February 4

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports from February 4, 2023.

FILE PHOTO: Indian golfer Arjun Atwal.

FILE PHOTO: Indian golfer Arjun Atwal. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports from February 4, 2023.


Asian under-14 tournament

Anurag Sourya Kalambella beat Dhananjay Tibrewal 6-1, 1-6, [12-10] in the boys final of the Asian under-14 tennis tournament at the Modern School courts, Barakhamba Road, on Saturday.

In the girls final, Aahan beat Prachi Malik for the loss of two games.

The results:
Boys (final): Anurag Shourya Kalambella bt Dhananjay Tibrewal 6-1, 1-6, [12-10]; Semifinals: Anurag bt Tavish Pahwa 1-6, 6-1, [12-10]; Dhananjay bt Shlok Chauhan 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles (final): Hruthik Katakam & Tavish Pahwa bt Vanshraj Jalota & Dhananjay Tibrewal 6-0, 6-2.
Girls (final): Aahan bt Prachi Malik 6-1, 6-1; Semifinals: Aahan bt Anandita Upadhyay 6-2, 6-4; Prachi bt Tanishca Bhatnagar 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles (final): Prachi Malik & Suryanshi Shekhawat bt Aahan & Meha Pati 6-3, 6-2.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

$15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament

SD Prajwal Dev in partnership with Nathan Seateun of France beat Egor Agafonov and Vladislav Ivanov 6-3, 6-7(8), [10-7] in the doubles final of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday.

It was the third doubles title in the professional circuit for the 26-year-old Prajwal.

The results:
$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Doubles (final): SD Prajwal Dev & Nathan Seateun (Fra) bt Egor Agafonov & Vladislav Ivanov 6-3, 6-7(8), [10-7].

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Atwal struggles in windy conditions at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

FILE PHOTO: Arjun Atwal of India plays his shot.

FILE PHOTO: Arjun Atwal of India plays his shot. | Photo Credit: Getty Images via AFP

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal struggled in windy conditions as he shot 3-over 75 in the second round at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

With rounds of 73-75, Atwal is now 4-over and way down at 130th place on the leader board at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour event.

Kurt Kitayama moved into sole lead after opening with 10 straight pars before having three birdies against one bogey for a 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach.

Kitayama was at 9-under 134 and led by one over Keith Mitchell, Brandon Wu, Joseph Bramlett and Hank Lebioda.

The weather forecast on the Monterey Peninsula looks like it’s going to be tough for the next two days also. Players play three different courses on the first three days playing Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey before coming back to Pebble Beach Links for the final round.

Of the leading 10 players, only four have won on the PGA TOUR and Scott Stallings is the only multiple winner.

Starting times for the third round were moved up one hour because of strong wind.

Lebioda was leading most of the day until a double bogey on the par-3 fifth hole brought him down and he played 72. Lebioda moves over to Spyglass Hill and that will be his 11th consecutive PGA TOUR round on his 11th different course.

Mitchell (67-68), Wu (69-66) and Bramlett (68-67) all played at Monterey Peninsula.

Seamus Power of Ireland delivered the low round of a day that began with rain. He shot 64 at Monterey Peninsula to get within two of the lead.

Viktor Hovland, playing this tournament for the first time, shot 67 at Monterey Peninsula and was three shots to par behind. Jordan Spieth (68), at Monterey, was five behind.


Sharma top Indian in Saudi International golf

FILE PHOTO: Shubhankar Sharma of India in action.

FILE PHOTO: Shubhankar Sharma of India in action. | Photo Credit: AP

Shubhankar Sharma was the top Indian and one of the four to make the halfway cut at the USD 5 million Saudi International golf tournament in Kaec.

Besides Sharma (67-69), the other Indians who survived the 36-hole cut, which fell at even par, were Shiv Kapur (67-71), Rashid Khan (70-70) and Anirban Lahiri (71-69).

Ajeetesh Sandhu (74-70), Gaganjeet Bhullar (73-73) and Veer Ahlawat (76-72) missed the cut.

Some of the big names and Major winners, including Cameron Smith (73-69), missed the cut.

The others missing the cut were Bubba Watson (76-66), Phil Mickelson (70-71), Bryson DeChambeau (72-75). Dustin Johnson had earlier pulled out of the event.

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer added a four-under-par 66 to his first round 63 to stay in the lead. He is now 11-under par at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. He is one shot ahead of American Cameron Young, who shot 65.

Australian Marc Leishman (64), Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana (66) and Louis Oosthuizen (67) from South Africa are tied for third, three behind the leader.

Thailand’s teen amateur Ratchanon ‘TK’ Chantananuwat carded a 66 and is a stroke further behind with Australian Lucas Herbert, who came in with a 65.

Defending champion Harold Varner III from the United States made a strong move, carding a 66 and is six back from Ancer.



I-League: Sreenidi Deccan moves to top after 3-0 win over Churchill Brothers

Sreenidi Deccan moved to the top of the I-League table after recording a comfortable 3-0 victory over Churchill Brothers at the Deccan Arena on Saturday.

The Deccan Warriors now have 31 points from 15 matches, a point ahead of RoundGlass Punjab which has a game in hand. The standings can change on Sunday when Punjab plays Sudeva Delhi.

All the goals came in the second half. Captain David Castaneda (55th minute) was on target from the spot to net his 13th goal of the season before substitutes Ramhlunchhunga (70th) and Louis Ogana (90+3) added their names to the scoresheet as Sreenidi picked up three important points for the 15th round match.

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