July 20, Indian sports news wrap

July 20, sports wrap: Here are all the major developments in Indian sports today.

The Indian men’s team placed fourth with 2113 points, while the women’s team was sixth with 2067 points at the Archery World Cup.

The Indian men’s team placed fourth with 2113 points, while the women’s team was sixth with 2067 points at the Archery World Cup. | Photo Credit: REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE/AFP

July 20, sports wrap: Here are all the major developments in Indian sports today.

ARCHERY

Archery WC stage 4: Bhagwan Das and Pragati lead among the Indian archers

Bhagwan Das and Pragati topped among the Indian archers in the compound qualification rounds of the Archery World Cup Stage-4 in Medellin, Colombia, on Tuesday.

Bhagwan scored 706 points to take the ninth place in the men’s section. He was followed by Priyansh (704, 18th), C.R. Srither (703, 23rd) and Rajat Chauhan (701, 27th) as all male archers of the country got 700-plus scores in windy conditions.

Pragati collected 696 points for the seventh slot among women. She was followed by Srishti Singh (688, 20th), Madhura Dhamangaonkar (683, 24th) and Raginee Markoo (670, 35th).

The Indian men’s team placed fourth with 2113 points, while the women’s team was sixth with 2067 points.

The mixed team was fifth with a total of 1402 points.

-TEAM SPORTSTAR

FENCING

Fencing World Championships Cairo 2022: Bhavani Devi bows out of Round of 32

Indian fencer Bhavani Devi lost her Round of 32 duel, 12-15, against Germany’s Larissa Eifler in the women’s Sabre event at the World Fencing Championships in Cairo on Wednesday.

Devi's exit meant she failed to equal her performance at the 2019 World Championships, where she had reached the Round of 16.

Earlier, she beat Canada’s Gabriella Page 15-14 to advance to the Round of 32.

- TEAM SPORTSTAR

TENNIS

Rohan Bopanna, seeded fourth with Matwe Middelkoop sailed into the doubles quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dustin Brown and Tobias Kamke in the €1,911,620 ATP tennis tournament in Hamburg.

In the quarterfinals, Bopanna and partner will play Nikola Cacic and Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.

In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in Kazakhstan, Ankita Raina was beaten 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-2 by Natalija Stevanovic of Serbia in the first round, but made the doubles quarterfinals with Shavit Kimchi of Israel.

The results:
€1,911,620 ATP, Hamburg, Germany: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) & Rohan Bopanna bt Dustin Brown (Jam) & Tobias Kamke (Ger) 6-3, 6-2.
€45,730 Challenger, Tampere, Finland: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Benjamin Hannestad & Johannes Ingildsen (Den) 6-3, 6-4.
$60,000 ITF women, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan: Singles (first round): Natalija Stevanovic (Srb) bt Ankita Raina 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-2. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Shavit Kimchi (Isr) & Ankita Raina bt Asylzhar Arystambekova & Aiya Nupbay (Kaz) 6-1, 6-4.
$60,000 ITF women, Evansville, US: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Carmen Corley & Paris Corley (US) bt Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) & Riya Bhatia 3-6, 7-5, [10-8].
$25,000 ITF women, Figueira Da Foz, Portugal: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ines Murta (Por) & Vasanti Shinde bt Julia Konishi Camargo Silva (Bra) & Milla Sequeira (Sui) 6-3, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia: Singles (first round): Gaia Parravicini (Ita) bt Tanisha Kashyap 6-3, 6-2; Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Julita Saner (Swe) 7-6(3), 6-1. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Bhuvana Kalva & Jennifer Luikham bt Sonia Cassani & Carola Cavelli (Ita) 6-1, 6-3.
$25,000 ITF men, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sun Fajing & Yu Bingyu (Chn) bt Adan Freire Da Silva (Fra) & Rishab Agarwal 6-4, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF men, Seremban, Malaysia: Singles (first round): Vishnu Vardhan bt Yuttana Charoenphon (Tha) 6-3, 7-6(2); Daisuke Sumizawa (Jpn) bt Dheeraj Srinivasan 6-3, 6-3; Tsung-Hao Huang (Tpe) bt Bharath Kumaran 6-2, 6-1; Kento Takeuchi (Jpn) bt Parth Aggarwal 6-2, 6-2. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Darrshan Suresh (Mas) & Madhwin Kamath bt Ching-Mou Yu (Tpe) & Ivan Zaytsev 6-2, 3-6, [10-7].
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia: Singles (first round): Cyril Vandermeersch (Fra) bt Chirag Duhan 6-2, 6-1; Sun Qian (Chn) bt Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta 6-1, 6-1; Niki Poonacha bt Aziz Ouakaa (Tun) 6-3, 7-5. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Michael Francis Eala (Phi) & Abedallah Shelbayh (Jor) bt Ilia Simakin & Tushar Sharma 6-3, 6-2; Antoine Monaco & Cyril Vandermeersch (Fra) bt Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta & Rishabdev Raman 6-1, 6-4; Maximus Jones (Tha) & Zheng Baoluo (Chn) bt Macyang Li (Can) & Chirag Duhan 6-4, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF men, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Singles (first round): Taketo Takamisawa (Jpn) bt Guhan Rajan 7-6(1), 6-2; Shohel Chikami (Jpn) bt Maanav Jain 6-0, 6-1; Paras Dahiya bt Thehan Wijemanne (Sri) 6-1, 6-2; Digvijay Pratap Singh bt Preston Brown (US) 7-6(4), 2-1 (retired): Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Guyanga Weerasekera (Sri) 6-1, 6-1; Manish Sureshkumar bt Siddhant Banthia 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; Lohithaksha Bathrinath bt Patrik Oplustil (Cze) 6-2, 6-1; Tommy Czaplinski (US) bt Jagmeet Singh 7-6(6), 6-1; Fardeen Qamar bt Adil Kalyanpur 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-4. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): SD Prajwal Dev & Rishi Reddy bt Mao Takada & Taketo Takamisawa (Jpn) 6-1, 6-3; Quentin Folliot (Fra) & Eric Vanshelboim (Ukr) bt Nitin Kumar Sinha & Siddharth Vishwakarma 6-2, 5-7, [10-3].

-Kamesh Srinivasan

NATIONAL GAMES 2022

36 sports in 36th National Games; to be held in Gujarat

The 36th National Games, to be held in Gujarat from September 27 to October 10, will have 36 disciplines including indigenous sports - mallakhamba and yogasana.

According to a release on Wednesday, the National Games will have the following disciplines: aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, golf, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, kho-kho, lawn bowl, mallakhamba, netball, roller skating, rowing, rugby sevens, shooting, soft ball, soft tennis, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, wushu and yogasana.

There were 33 sports on the roster of the 35 th Games in Kerala in 2015.

The Games, which will be held in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar, will witness the participation of 28 states and eight union territories. The competition will seek to promote the theme, ‘Sports for Unity.’

“These are going to be the best ever National Games. The Gujarat Government, their State Olympic Association and other officials are already working day and night to make the Games a spectacle for the fans. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will stand steadfastly by them to ensure proper coordination in technical matters and sharing of experience and expertise,” said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.

-TEAM SPORTSTAR

GOLF

Jeev sets sights on another career milestone with Senior Open debut

Indian golfing legend Jeev Milkha Singh is on the threshold of yet another career milestone as he is all set to become the first Indian to tee off at this year’s Rolex Senior Open.

The 50-year-old has played in as many as 14 Majors, the last of which was the US Open back in 2016.

His chequered career includes a slew of other milestones such as being the first Indian to play at the Masters in 2007 to playing all Majors in a single year.

He also made the cut in each of them at least once (in 2012) and also won multiple titles on European Tour, Japan Tour and Asian Tour.

“I have always loved Scotland. Links golf is my favourite, and it is a true test of golf. I came to the European Tour in 1997 and it is quite appropriate that I am now on the Legends (as Seniors Tour is called in Europe) exactly 25 years later,” Jeev said.

Jeev said that while he played at the Gleneagles many a times, he never played at the King’s Course, where the Senior Open is being held.

“The Scottish Open, which I won in 2012 was at Inverness up in the north and I never played the Bells Scottish Open, which is what is it was it was called till around 1990. I came to the European Tour in 1997,” he said.

Jeev, who was Tied-third at the Winstongolf Open last week in Germany, admitted that he is in great shape.

“My game is in great shape now. Played in Switzerland and last week in Germany. It was great and the game is looking good,” he said.

Jeev has been given a marquee pairing with Germany’s Bernhard Langer, a four-time winner of the Senior Open, and it was his club where Jeev was third last week.

The 64-year-old Langer is the most successful golfer in senior’s golf with 11 Senior Majors.

The third player in the group is New Zealander Steve Alker, who is the current leader on the Charles Schwab rankings for Seniors 2022.

Alker also won the first senior Major of 2022 at the KitchenAid Senior PGA tournament in May this year.

“It is a great honour to be paired with Bernhard and Steve. I am really enjoying my rookie year, it is like being a newbie once again. The atmosphere is amazing and so relaxed,” Jeev said.

-PTI

Neha shares lead with Seher after first round in 10th leg of Hero WPGT

Neha Tripathi carded a two-under 70 in the opening round to enjoy a share of the lead in the 10th leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.

Neha, who has not won on the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour since the first leg of the 2019 season, shared the lead with Seher Atwal at the Prestige Golfshire.

Three players, amateur Vidhatri Urs, Sneha Singh and Ishvari Prasanna carded one-under 71 each, while two other players, Nayanika Sanga and Shweta Mansingh scored even par 72 each to be tied sixth.

Gaurika Bishnoi, who had a triple bogey eighth on the Par-5 third and Ananya Datar, were Tied-eighth with 73 each, while Saaniya Sharma and Gauri Karhade shot two-over 74 each to be Tied-10th.

Neha, who has been playing on-and-off on the Ladies European Tour, had five birdies on first, sixth, ninth, 11th and 16th and dropped shots on eighth, 13th and 15th.

Seher, who won last year in Pune and was runner-up in her last two starts, also shot 70 despite suffering a double bogey on the Par-5 16th, which was her only blemish on the day.

She had four birdies on first, sixth, 10th and 14th, at which point she was four-under before the double bogey saw her drop.

Four-time winner this season, Pranavi Urs had a rough day as she had three double bogeys and a bogey against three birdies in a card of four-over 76 that placed her T-13.

However, Pranavi has shown an ability to fight back over the last two days and this may well be yet another occasion.

- PTI

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