Bengaluru Tigers lock horns with Mumbai Wolves in GPBL opener
Hosts Bengaluru Tigers will face Mumbai Wolves in the opening match of Grand Prix Badminton League Season 2 beginning August 27.
The opening day will also see Chennai Superstarz taking on the Northeast Rhinos.
Hyderabad Hounds, Pune Panthers, Gujarat Lions and Northeast Rhinos are the other teams in fray. Some of the top national and international players will be seen in action in the 13-day League.
The league has introduced a new format with eight participating teams being placed in a single group, where they will compete in a series of matches. Each team will play five matches in the League Stage.
One of the highlights of this season is the ingenious draw, ensuring teams do not face each other twice in the league stage.
Teams will earn a point for each game won (11 points) while making it mandatory for the players to play all the three sets in every match.
An additional point will be awarded for winning the tie. If a team wins all its matches including the trump match, it would net a total of 18 points while losing all the matches would end in a score of minus one.
The points of each of the five ties will be accumulated to decide the team standings.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the league stage will secure their coveted spots in the semifinals with the top placed team taking on the last placed team in the first semifinal, while the 2nd and 3rd placed teams will clash in the other last four clash.
ITF women’s tennis tournament: Rutuja Bhosale in second round
Rutuja Bhosale beat Daria Kudashova 7-6(4), 6-3 in the first round of the $40,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
She was joined by her doubles partner, qualifier Vaidehi Chaudhari who got past Guo Hanyu of China. Vaidehi led 4-6, 6-1, 4-0 when the Chinese retired.
S. P. Sethuraman unleashed a lethal queenside offensive to shut out N. R. Visakh in just 25 moves to retain his half-point lead with a tally of 7.5 points from eight rounds of the National chess championship here on Wednesday.
On a day when the top three boards saw winners emerge from behind the black pieces, P. Iniyan, Diptayan Ghosh Aronyak Ghosh and Neelash Saha stayed half a point behind Sethuraman. Three more rounds remain.
P. Iniyan upstaged second seed Abhimanyu Puranik by punishing a pawn-capture on the 34th move to close the game six moves later.
In the battle involving two young Bengal youngsters, Diptayan Ghosh asserted his supremacy over Mitrabha Guha in just 25 moves.
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