The major developments from the world of sports on August 9 where Indians took part are as follows:
Prarthana Thombare in quarterfinals
Prarthana Thombare in partnership with Sada Nahimana beat Nuria Brancaccio and Aurora Zantedeschi 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $100,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Maspalomas Gran Canaria, Spain, on Wednesday.
In the $115,000 WTA event in Kozerki, Poland, qualifier Gabriela Knutson beat Ankita Raina 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
Aditi and Diksha ready for another Major test at AIG Women’s Open
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok has become a regular feature at the Majors for women but is yet to make a mark as she has on the Ladies European Tour or even the Ladies PGA.
Aditi, who missed an Olympic medal by a whisker in Tokyo, and Diksha Dagar, who was her teammate in the Tokyo Olympics, are back to make another appearance this week at AIG Women’s Open, two weeks after a none-too-happy outing at the previous Major, the Evian Championships.
Aditi has won four times on the Ladies European Tour since her maiden success on home turf at the Hero Women Indian Open back in 2016, while Diksha has won twice, once each in the Women’s South African Open and Czech Ladies Open.
Aditi, who has played more than 25 Majors so far, has still not been able to crack a winning formula or even finish in Top-10. Her best has been T-22 at the AIG Women’s Open in 2018.
This will be Aditi’s seventh appearance at the Women’s Open and it will be her 27th Major.
Diksha will be making her fourth start at a Major and the second at the Women’s Open. She has yet to make a cut in any Major.
Aditi is paired with Carlota Ciganda and Valentina Rossi and they will be out very early at 7.25 am, while Diksha will play with Celine Borge and Gina Kim and they tee off at 10.37 am from the first tee.
South African Ashleigh Buhai will be back to defend the title as the event is staged at Walton Heath in Surrey.
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