Advani, Chawla, Mehta off to winning starts
Multiple world champion Pankaj Advani, along with Aditya Mehta, and Kamal Chawla, made winning starts in the 6-Red snooker event of the National Billiards & Snooker Championships here on Wednesday.
The event resumed on Wednesday following a two-day interruption due to Cyclone Michaung.
Representing PSPB, Advani, who won a record 26th ISBF world title in Doha last month, had breaks of 41, 44 and 34 to brush aside Karnataka’s Sufyan Ahmed 4-0 in a group A clash.
A former champion, Advani had ended up as the runner-up to Ishpreet Singh Chadha of Maharashtra in the previous edition.
Last year’s semi-finalist Kamal Chawla (RSPB) sailed past Hassan Badami (Maharashtra) 4-0 in group B, whereas Aditya Mehta (PSPB) beat Vijay Nichani (Tamil Nadu) 4-1 in group G.
Sixty-four players are divided into 16 groups for the main draw round-robin league, with the top two from each qualifying for the knock-outs.
Gadre Marine ITF junior tennis: Pranav beaten by doubles partner Kouame, Maaya beats Aishi
Hiromasa Koyama of Japan knocked out the top seed Ivan Iutkin 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the boys pre-quarterfinals of the Gadre Marine ITF junior tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana courts on Wednesday.
Rethin Pranav, who had beaten Koyama in the final last week in Delhi, was beaten by his doubles partner Moise Kouame of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
In the girls section, Maaya Rajeshwaran continued with her fine run and beat the champion of the Delhi event, Aishi Bisht, 7-5, 6-4.
The results (pre-quarterfinals)
Priyanshi stus top seed in AITA Women’s Tournament
Priyanshi Bhandari knocked out top seed Sonal Patil 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Rs.2,50,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Ace Academy, Padolia, on Wednesday.
In the semifinals, Priyanshi will play third seed Yubrani Banerjee.
Vidula Amar beat the second seed Nemha Sarah Kispotta 7-6(3), 7-5 to set up the other semifinal against Pooja Ingale.
The results (quarterfinals):
Prarthana and Anastasia sail into semifinals of $100,000 ITF women
Prarthana Thombare in partnership with Anastasia Tikhonova beat Emily Appleton and Alicia Barnett of Britain 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles quarterfinals of the $100,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Dubai, UAE, on Wednesday.
Sapana wins Khelo India women’s weightlifting title
Sapana Devi convincingly won the 81kg title at the Asmita Khelo India women’s weightlifting championships here on Wednesday. Sapana totalled 195kg to beat her nearest rival by 32kg.
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Vijayveer strikes gold at the National Championship
Vijayveer Sidhu won the men’s and junior gold medals in 25-metre standard pistol in the 66th National shooting championship at the Madhya Pradesh Academy on Wednesday.
Ankur Goel and Vijayveer Sidhu had tied at 575, but the latter got the gold on the basis of his better score of inner-10s, 15-13. Vijayveer was joined on the podium by his twin brother Udhayveer Sidhu with the bronze medal in the junior section.
Bhavya-Namita of Delhi Audit sails into Inter-Ministry badminton final
Bhavya Rishi and Namita Pathania of Delhi Audit set up a title clash against Lalita Dahiya of Finance and Megha Bora of Communication in women’s doubles in the Inter-Ministry badminton tournament at the AIIMS Gymkhana courts on Wednesday.
The final will be played later along with the singles finals on the last day of competition.
Punjab keeps its dominance intact in the National Basketball Championship
Punjab continued to assert its strength as it beat Rajasthan 77-59 in the men’s group-A league match of the 73rd National Basketball Championship at the Guru Nanak Dev Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
Punjab and Tamil Nadu were joined by Services and Railways in confirming their quarterfinal spots in the men’s section. Kerala women topped group-B after outplaying Punjab 75-33.
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