Indian sports news wrap, November 23

Here are all the major updates and results from Indian sports on November 23.

Published : Nov 23, 2023 19:18 IST , CHENNAI - 5 MINS READ

Zeel Desai at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour.
Zeel Desai at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour. | Photo Credit: Deepthi Indukuri / KSLTA

Zeel Desai at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour. | Photo Credit: Deepthi Indukuri / KSLTA


Zeel, Rashmikaa, Vaishnavi score upset wins enroute to quarters at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour

Zeel Desai registered the biggest upset victory of her career when she ousted the top seed Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan on a cheerful day for the Indian contingent where two more of her countrymates – Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty and Vaishnavi Adkar, also registered contrasting victories against their fancied opponents as four seeds bit the dust in the pre-quarterfinals of the ITF Bowring Institute ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour, here on Thursday.

Rashmikaa at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour
Rashmikaa at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour | Photo Credit: Deepthi Indukuri / KSLTA

Rashmikaa at ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour | Photo Credit: Deepthi Indukuri / KSLTA

Rahsmikaa toppled her best friend and doubles partner, fourth seeded Vaidehi Chaudhary after dropping the first set 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a match that lasted 2 hours and 58 minutes. Vaishnavi outplayed eight seed Punnin Kovapitukted of Thailand 6-3, 7-6 (1) to advance to the quarterfinals while sixth seeded Jenny Duerst of Switzerland suffered a straight-set loss at the hands of German Antonia Schmidt 3-6, 4-6.

Results  (All Indians unless mentioned; pre-fix denotes seeding)
Women’s singles (Round of 32)
Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty bt 4-Vaidehi Chaudhari 4-6, 7-5, 7-5; 3-Rutuja Bhosale bt Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-4, 6-3; 2-Lanlana Tararudee (THA) bt Suhitha Maruru 6-1, 6-1; Antonia Schmidt (GER) bt 6-Jenny Duerst (SUI) 6-3, 6-4; Vaishnavi Adkar bt 8-Punnin Kovapitukted (THA) 6-3, 7-6 (1); Zeel Desai bt 1-Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 6-4, 6-4; 5- Zhibek Kulambayeva (KAZ) bt Q-Pooja Ingale 6-1 6-3; 5-Diletta Cherubini bt Anna Ureke 7-6 (2), 6-7 (7), 6-4.
Doubles (Quarterfinals)
1-Rutuja Bhosale/Zhibek Kulambayeva (KAZ) bt Pooja Ingale/Sandeepti Singh Rao 6-2, 6-0; 3-Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty/Vaidehi Chaudhari bt WC-Kashish Bhatia/Vanshita Pathania 6-0, 6-3; 2-Jenny Duerst (SUI)/Ekaterina Yashina Vs. Diletta Cherubini (ITA)/Antonia Schmidt (GER) (stopped due to rain and bad light); 4-Punnin Kovapitukted (THA)/Anna Ureke Vs. Sai Samhitha Chamarthi/Soha Sadiq (stopped due to rain and bad light)

- Team Sportstar

$25,000 ITF men’s tournament results

The reigning National champion and National Games champion, Siddharth Vishwakarma fought for nearly three hours to get past qualifier Ryotaro Taguchi of Japan 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the GA Ranade Centre on Thursday.

In a high quality contest, both the players did not drop serve in the first two sets. In the decider, Siddharth ran up a 3-0 lead before dropping serve in the fifth game. Thereafter, he broke the serve of the Japanese in the sixth and eighth games to ensure his quarterfinal berth.

Siddharth served five aces and made two double faults in the match. He converted three of eight breakpoints, and saved four of five breakpoints that he faced in the match.

In the quarterfinals, Siddharth will play sixth Sidharth Rawat. Third seed Ramkumar Ramanathan and seventh seed SD Prajwal Dev also made the quarterfinals, and will meet fifth seed Ryuki Matsuda of Japan and second seed Louis Wessels of Germany respectively.

Both Ramkumar and Prajwal made the doubles semifinals as well, in partnership with Purav Raja and Nitin Kumar respectively.

The results:
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Evgeny Donskoy bt Aryan Shah 6-2, 6-2; Harrison Adams (USA) bt David Pichler (Aut) 6-3, 6-4; Siddharth Vishwakarma bt Ryotaro Taguchi (Jpn) 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-2; Sidharth Rawat bt Raghav Jaisinghani 6-2, 6-2; Ryuki Matsuda (Jpn) bt Jang Yunseok (Kor) 6-3, 6-3; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Dev Javia 6-3, 6-4; SD Prajwal Dev bt Siddhant Banthia 6-3, 6-4; Louis Wessels (Ger) bt Yuichiro Inui (Jpn) 6-4, 7-6(0).
Doubles (quarterfinals): Purav Raja & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt David Pichler (Aut) & Louis Wessels (Ger) 7-6(2), 6-4; Ryuki Matsuda & Ryotaro Taguchi (Jpn) bt Siddhant Banthia & Manish Sureshkumar 6-2, 7-6(3); Harrison Adams (USA) & Vladyslav Orlov (Ukr) bt Karan Singh & Parikshit Somani 6-3, 6-3; SD Prajwal Dev & Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Kazuma Kawachi & Koki Matsuda (Jpn) 6-1, 3-6, [10-4].

- Kamesh Srinivasan

Karan jolts top-seeded Ahbin, to meet Shrikanth in final

Kerala’s Karan Thapa, the third seed, blanked top-seeded C.S. Ahbin 6-0, 6-0 and entered the boys singles final of the Kalyan Jewellers AITA Championship Series under-16 tennis tournament at the Regional Sports Centre here on Thursday.

He will meet his State-mate Shrikanth Menon in Friday’s final.

Meanwhile, the girls final will be an all-Tamil Nadu affair between Lanika Ramu and Bawya Sri.

The results:
Boys: Singles semifinals: Karan Thapa (Ker) bt C,S. Ahbin (Ker) 6-0, 6-0; Shrikanth Menon (Ker) bt Shourya Ghodke (Mah) 6-3, 6-3. Doubles final: Karan Thapa & Abel Joe Manoj bt Shrinath &Shrikanth 6-3, 6-0.
Girls: Singles semifinals: Lanika Ramu (TN) bt Aleena Manoj (Ker) 6-0, 6-4; Bawya Sree (TN) bt Lekshmi Sahana (TN) 6-2, 6-0. Doubles final: Nehal Maria Mathew & Bawyasri bt S. Lakshmi & Lenika 6-3, 6-3.

- Team Sportstar

 ITF junior tennis tournament results

Rishitha Basireddy outplayed second seed Leila Akhmetova 6-1, 6-1 in the girls quarterfinals of the ITF junior tennis tournament here on Thursday.

In the semifinals, Rishitha will play third seed Aishwarya Jadhav. The other semifinal will be between top seed Sohini Mohanty and Snigdha Kanta.

In the boys section, top seed Rethin Pranav, Kashit Nagrale, Sehaj Singh Pawar and second seed Juan Kim of Korea made the semifinals.

The results (quarterfinals):
Boys: Rethin Pranav bt Moise Kouame (Fra) 6-1, 6-2; Kashit Nagrale bt Aradhya Kshitij 7-6(2), 3-0 (retired); Sehaj Singh Pawar bt Sriniketh Kannan 6-2, 6-3; Juan Kim (Kor) bt Vraj Gohil 7-6(5), 6-2.
Girls: Sohini Mohanty bt Durganshi Kumar 6-1, 6-1; Snigdha Kanta bt Yashika Shokeen 6-3, 6-2; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Laxmi Siri Dandu 6-4, 6-3; Rishitha Reddy bt Leila Ahmetova 6-1, 6-1

- Kamesh Srinivasan

CBSE National tennis championship to be hosted ASN Senior Secondary School

The CBSE National tennis championship, featuring under-19 and under-17 events for boys and girls, will be hosted by the ASN Senior Secondary School, Mayur Vihar, from November 24 to 28.

Teams from across the country and a few from abroad will compete in the championship that is scheduled to feature singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

$80,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament results

Ankita Raina in partnership with Darya Astakhova beat Fangzhou Liu of China and Erika Sema of Japan 4-6, 7-5, [10-3] in the doubles quarterfinals of the $80,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday.

The results:
€118,000 Challenger, Valencia, Spain Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Riccardo Bonadio & Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) 6-3, 7-6(5). $80,000 ITF women, Brisbane, Australia Doubles (quarterfinals): Darya Astakhova & Ankita Raina bt Fangzhou Liu (Chn) & Erika Sema (Jpn) 4-6, 7-5,[10-3].
$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Teja Tirunelveli bt Yasmine Wagner (Ger) 6-1, 7-6(4).

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Khelo India Para Games to be in December

The Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has announced the conduct of the inaugural Khelo India Para Games in the Capital from December 10-17.

Commending the athletes for winning 111 medals in the recent Para Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, the sports minister stressed that the platform of Khelo India Para Games would help identify more talent for adequate support and guidance.

Some of the stars of the recent Para Asian Games, including archer Sheetal Devi, are expected to compete in the 12th Khelo India Games, set to witness an assembly of more than 1350 athletes from across the country.

So far, five Khelo India Youth Games, three Khelo India University Games and three Khelo India Winter Games have been hosted from 2018,

The Khelo India Para Games will feature athletics, shooting, archery, football, badminton, table tennis and weightlifting. The competition will be staged in the Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium and the Dr. Karni Singh shooting range.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Ganemat Sekhon fifth in women’s skeet World Cup Finals

Sekhon qualified on top with 120 out of 125, but eventually ended fifth in women’s skeet in the World Cup Finals in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Ganemat was on par with Dania Jjo Vizzi, after five rounds of qualification 24, 24, 24, 23 and 25.

In the final, Assem Orynbay of Kazakhstan, who had to win a shoot-off against Sarah Mohammed of Qatar, after being tied on 116 for the last spot, went on to win the gold, beating Chiara Di Marziantonio of Italy 51-50. Vizzi won the bronze.

Multiple Olympic gold medalist and World Champion, Kimberly Rhode placed fourth ahead of Ganemat, while Jiang Yiting of China finished sixth.

In men’s trap, Prithviraj Tondaiman shot 115 and placed 13th, as he missed qualification for the final by four points.

The results:
Women’s skeet: 1. Assem Orynbay (Kaz) 51 (116); 2. Chiara Di Marziantonio (Ita) 50 (119); 3. Dania Jo Vizzi (USA) 41 (120); 5. Ganemat Sekhon 23 (120).

- Kamesh Srinivasan

National shooting championship results

Manvi Jain shot 566 and beat Naamya Kapoor by five points to clinch the gold in junior women’s standard pistol in the 66th National shooting championship at the Madhya Pradesh Academy in Bhopal.

Purvi Pratap won the bronze with 560, three points ahead of Rhythm Sangwan.

The results:
25m standard pistol: Junior women: 1. Manvi Jain 566; 2. Naamya Kapoor 561; 3. Purvi Pratap Kachhawaha 560.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

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