Madrid Masters: Bopanna-Ebden pair through to pre-quarterfinals
Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden reached pre-quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters, an ATP1000 event, on Thursday.
The seventh-seeded Indo-Australian pair won 6-3, 7-6(4) against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and Briton Daniel Evans in an hour and 18 minutes.
Bopanna and Ebden, who have won Qatar Open and Indian Wells Masters this season, next face the German-Brazilian duo of Alexander Zverev and Marcelo Melo.
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ATP Rome Challenger: Nagal reaches quarterfinals
Sumit Nagal progressed to the quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Rome on Thursday.
Nagal defeated local wildcard Fausto Tabacco 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 22 minutes in the round of 16.
The Indian will next face Max Houkes of the Netherlands.
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AITA women’s tournament: Kashish, Sonal set up summit clash
Third seed Kashish Bhatia outplayed second seed Sahira Singh 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy in Jhajjar on Thursday.
In the final, Kashish will play Sonal Patil who beat Vanshika Choudhary for the loss of four games.
Kashish made the doubles final with Samriti Punyani and will play Sonal Patil and Chandana Potugari.
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AITA super series juniors: Pandit beats second-seed Rian to reach final
Aarjun Pandit fought his way past his doubles partner and second seed, Rian Sharma, 7-6(4), 6-7(7), 6-1 in the under-18 boys semifinals of the Rajesh Patel memorial AITA Super series junior tennis tournament at the Tennis Vidyalaya on Thursday.
In the final, Aarjun will play top seed Deepam Malik who beat Mayank Sharma in straight sets.
Aarjun and Rian won the doubles title, beating Ayush Sharma and Arjun Abhyankar for the loss of five games.
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Korea Championship: Sharma slips with double bogey on last hole
Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma was cruising along well till he hit a double bogey at the very last hole to slip to tied 31st after the first round at the Korea Championship in Incheon on Thursday.
Placed at three-under through 17 holes on a tight leader board, Sharma started on the tenth and double bogeyed the ninth for a day’s card of 1-under 71.
From being inside the Top-10 he dropped to tied 31st.
Meanwhile, Manu Gandas came back from a hopeless situation with two birdies in the last four holes for a card of 2-over 74 that left him in tied 91st place and he will have a lot of work to do to make the cut.
Sharma looked good for most part of the day as he teed off from the tenth and picked early birdies on 12th and 14th to be 2-under through five holes. He dropped a shot on Par-5 third, which was disappointing, but birdies on fourth and seventh holes saw him get to 3-under before the double bogey on Par-4 ninth.
After a great start to the season with a seventh place in Abu Dhabi, Sharma has missed four cuts in last five starts and is keen to get his rhythm back.
Gandas bogeyed second, sixth, 13th and 14th but birdies on Par-5s at the 15th and the 18th kept his hopes alive.
Antoine Rozner equalled his lowest career 18-hole score as he began with a bogey-free round of 63 to open up a commanding four-shot lead.
The Frenchman started from the tenth tee in the morning and fired six birdies on his front nine before picking up three more shots after the turn to get to nine under par.
Shotgun World Cup: Gurjoat Singh Khangura leads
Gurjoat Singh Khangura shot two perfect rounds to be among the leaders with 50 in men’s skeet in the shotgun World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday.
Anantjeet Singh Naruka shot 24 and 25 to be close to the leaders, while Olympian and World Cup gold medallist Mairaj Ahmad Khan stumbled to a bad start with a round of 19, and recovered with a round of 24.
In women’s skeet, Ganemat Sekhon shot 47, the second-best score along with 10 others, behind the leader Jiang Yiting (50). Maheshwari Chauhan and Darshna Rathore also did well to shoot 45.
The competition will continue for three more rounds of qualification followed by the semifinals for the top eight.
Asian Youth Championships: Priyanshu and Rahul bring gold and silver
India started its campaign on a positive note at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, winning four medals, including a gold on Thursday.
Aarti set the ball rolling for India as she won a bronze in the girls 5km race walk event in the morning session.
The Indian athletes then won a gold and silver in the 1500m track race in the evening session.
India also won a bronze in the girls long jump event.
It was 1-2 for the Indian middle distance runners in boys 1500m. The days honour, however, went to Priyanshu as he out-sprinted compatriot Rahul in the home straight.
Both Rahul and Priyanshu dominated the 1500m race. As the race progressed, 14 competitors strung out as the Indian duo pushed hard.
“I tried hard to catch up to Priyanshu but he was better on the given day and won gold,” Rahul said after winning a silver in the 1500m.
Priyanshu’s gold winning time was 3 minutes 57.37 seconds, while Rahul’s time was 3 minutes 59.43 seconds.
In the girls 1500m, Sejalbel Katara lost the race for the bronze medal in the home straight to eventually finish fourth.
Mubassina Mohammed recorded a jump of 5.90m to swell India’s medal tally to four.
The girls 5km race was dominated by Chinese athletes. Yang Xizhen clinched the gold medal with a time of 22 minutes 32.61 seconds, while compatriot Liu Biling won silver with a time of 22 minutes 56.30 seconds. Aarti’s bronze medal winning time was 24 minutes 29.14 seconds.
Khushbu Yadav, the second Indian in the race, was fourth in the field of seven athletes.
Aarti said her main goal in Tashkent was to repeat her personal best of 24.19 seconds, but three official warnings and a 30 seconds penalty due to loss of contact with the ground spoiled her chances of breaking the 24 minutes barrier.
In the 5km race walk event after the third warning an athlete faces a penalty of 30 seconds. In Aarti’s case the 30 seconds penalty was imposed in the last 100m of the 5km race.
Neha Yadav finished fourth in the girls hammer throw. Her best efforts was 52.91m.
India’s Rezoana Mallick Heena emerged fastest female runner in the 400m heats.
Rezoana’s preliminary round time of 53.65 seconds, which indicate she would be a comfortable winner in the final on Friday.
In the boys 400m, Navpreet Singh and Sharan Meghavarnam advanced to the final.
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