Indian sports news wrap, October 19

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on October 19.

Published : Oct 19, 2022 11:07 IST

 Pune Open Golf Championships returns for the sixth edition.
 Pune Open Golf Championships returns for the sixth edition. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 Pune Open Golf Championships returns for the sixth edition. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


Udayan, Rashid among top golfers to tee off at Pune Open golf championship

PGTI regulars, including Olympian Udayan Mane and former Asian tour winner Rashid Khan, will look to put up a good show when they tee off at the Pune Open Golf Championship beginning on Wednesday.

The Rs. 40 lakh tournament will return for its sixth edition at the Poona Club Golf Course with the field comprising 126 players, including 123 professionals and three amateurs.

Besides Udayan and Rashid, some other leading names such as Ajeetesh Sandhu, Viraj Madappa, Veer Ahlawat, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Manu Gandas, Varun Parikh and Om Prakash Chouhan will also be participating in the event.

Former champions Kshitij Naveed Kaul (2019), Anura Rohana (2017) and Harendra Gupta (2016) will also be seen in action here.

Besides Sri Lankan Anura Rohana, the other international names include Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladeshis Jamal Hossain, Badal Hossain and Md Akbar Hossain and Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai.

The host city of Pune will be represented by professionals Rohan Dhole Patil, Gurki Shergill (a former winner on PGTI), Pravin Pathare, Sameer M Shaikh, Rajiv Datar, Sagar Raghuvanshi and Sunil Baburao Galfade as well as amateurs Aaron Rockey and VP Vimal Dev.

The cut will be applied after the first 36 holes. The top 50 players and ties will make the halfway cut and continue to play for another 36 holes.

“I always look forward to playing in my hometown Pune as it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my family as I’m otherwise travelling for most part of the year.

“The season has not been great for me to be honest unlike the past season but I feel that I’m just getting warmed up now. The game, mindset and work ethic is there so it’s just a matter of time before I get back to my best.”



National sub-junior championship

Saumya Ronde overcame an indifferent start to beat top seed Asmi Adkar 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the under-16 girls pre-quarterfinals of the Fenesta National sub-junior tennis championship at the DLTA Complex on Wednesday.

Asmi looked much in control of the proceedings with her technically superior game, but Saumya had the belief and drive to pip her at the post. In the quarterfinals, Saumya will play Sejal Bhutada who beat sixth-seed Sreenidhi Balaji in three sets.

Riya Sachdeva beat second seed Aakruti Sonkusare 6-4, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against Mahika Khanna.

Saijayani Banerjee, Laxmi Siri Dandu, Maaya Rajeshwaran and Aishwarya Jadhav were the others to make quarterfinals.

In the under-16 boys event, Hitesh Chauhan played a robust game to beat third seed Swastik Sharma 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. He will play Aarjun Pandit in the quarterfinals.

Kandhavel Mahalingam who had beaten top seed Tejas Ahuja in the second round, blanked Trishant Dandu, to set up a quarterfinal against Tanussh Ghildyal.

Under-16 boys: Kandhavel Mahalingam bt Trishant Dandu 6-0, 6-0; Tanussh Ghildyal bt Dhiraj Reddy 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; Hitesh Chauhan bt Swastik Sharma 6-3, 1-6, 6-1; Aarjun Pandit bt Deepam Malik 6-1, 6-4; Samarth Sahita bt Vraj Gohil 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1; Arjun Rathi bt Samprit Sharma 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; Dhruv Sachdeva bt Simardeep Sawhney 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Debasis Sahoo bt Aradhya Kshitij 7-6(5), 7-6(2).
Under-16 girls: Saumya Ronde bt Asmi Adkar 1-6, 7-5, 6-4; Sejal Bhutada bt Sreenidhi Balaji 6-3, 2-6, 6-1; Saijayani Banerjee bt Yashika 6-1, 7-5; Laxmi Siri Dandu bt N Harshini 6-1, 6-4; Maaya Rajeshwaran bt Pehal Kharadkar 6-4, 6-1; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Niyati Kukreti 6-4, 6-4; Mahika Khanna bt Janvi Asawa 6-1, 6-2; Riya Sachdeva bt Aakruti Sonkusare 6-4, 6-1.
Under-14 boys: Arnav Paparkar bt Hruthik Katakam 6-1, 6-0; Tavish Pahwa bt Tejas Singh Bhatia 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5; Praneel Sharma bt M Diganth 7-5, 7-5; Showrya Samala bt Karan Thapa 3-0 (retired); Shivtej Shirfule bt Srikar Doni 3-6, 7-5, 2-0 (retired); Aradhya Kshitij bt Kanishk Khathuria 6-2, 6-3; Aditya Mor bt Ojas Mehlawat 7-6(2), 6-4; Samarth Sahita bt Amogh Damle 6-1, 6-2. Under-14 girls: Harithashree Venkatesh bt Anandi Bhutada 6-2, 6-3; Nainika Bendram bt Aahan 6-3, 6-4; Aakruti Sonkusare bt Janvi Asawa 6-0, 6-7(11), 6-1; Kashvi Sunil bt Shravya Numburi 6-4, 4-1 (retired); Manognya Madasu bt Prisha Shinde 6-2, 6-2; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Trisha Thakkar 6-1, 6-1; Diya Ramesh bt Anandita Upadhyay 6-1, 6-1; Savitha Bhuvaneswaran bt Princy Mandagall 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Karman Thandi in second round

New Delhi: Karman Kaur Thandi beat the second seed, Robin Anderson of the USA, in the first round of the $60,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Saguenay, Canada.

In the $159,360 Challenger in Busan, Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cheong-Eui Kim and Ji Hoon Son of Korea.

The Results:
$159,360 Challenger, Busan, Korea
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni bt
Cheong-Eui Kim & Ji Hoon Son (Kor) 6-3, 6-2.
$53,120 Challenger, Ambato, Ecuador
Singles (first round): Milijan Zekic (Srb) bt Sriram Balaji 6-4, 7-6(9).
$53,120 Challenger, Coquimbo, Chile
Singles (first round): Sumit Nagal bt Daniel Altmaier (Ger) 6-2, 7-6(7).
€45,730 Challenger, Vilnius, LIthuania
Singles (first round): Laurent Lokoli (Fra) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Singles (first round): Nico Hornitschek (Ger) bt Rishab Agarwal 6-4, 6-3.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Yuvraj Wadhwani beats Sandhesh 

Mumbai: Yuvraj Wadhwani bounced back from the brink of defeat to beat PR Sandhesh 10-12, 5-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 in the under-17 boys quarterfinals of the Shoppers Stop National junior squash championship at the Bombay Gymkhana on Wednesday.

The results (quarterfinals):
Under-17 boys: Rohan Arya bt Vivaan Bhatia 11-6, 11-5, 11-6; Avalokit Singh bt Karan Yadav 11-8, 12-10, 12-10; Yuvraj Wadhwani bt Sandhest PR 10-12, 5-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4; Aaan Vaziralli bt Tavneet Singh 11-6, 12-10, 11-9.
Under-17 girls: Kaavya Bansal bt Khushboo 11-3, 11-5, 11-9; Nirupama Dubey bt Yashi Jain 11-8, 11-8, 11-1; Diya Yadav bt Tisha Jasani 11-1, 11-3, 11-5; Tiana Parasrampuria bt Amritha Rajalakshmi 11-1, 11-5, 11-2.
Under-15 boys: Priyaan Thakker bt Ishaan Dabke 11-5, 11-2, 11-5; Aryaveer Dewan bt Darshil Parasrampuria 11-7, 11-3, 11-8; Gurveer Singh bt Agastya Bansal 11-3, 11-4, 11-2; Mitansh Jain bt Rahul Balakrishnan 11-9, 11-5, 11-6.
Under-15 girls: Anahat Singh bt Eesha Shrivastava 11-1, 11-2, 11-2; Unati Tripathi bt Aradhya Porwal 11-7, 11-9, 11-6; Akanksha Gupta bt Ananya Narayanan 11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 10-12, 11-4; Sehar Nayar bt Sanvi Batar 13-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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