BOXING

Chandigarh, UP boxers make strong start at youth boxing nationals

Led by the 2021 Asian junior champion Rohit Chamoli, four Chandigarh boxers registered comprehensive victories on the opening day of the 5th Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championships.

Rohit beat Chhattisgarh's Tushar Dhruw quite comfortably by 5-0 margin in a lopsided men's 51kg opening round contest. Besides Rohit, Ashish Kumar, Neha and Parineeta Sheoran also produced dominating performances to complete easy wins.

While Ashish (75kg) and Neha (54kg) claimed Referee Stopping Contest (RSC) victories against Orissa's Jayprakash Sanapati and Jharkhand’s Naina Kachhap respectively, Parineeta outpunched Madhya Pradesh's Luxmi by unanimous decision in the women's 48kg.

Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh pugilists also had impressive outings on Thursday.

The current junior national champion Devika Ghorpade led Maharashtra's domination with RSC win over Kerala's Anatte Thomas in the women's 52kg. Janhavi Churi (48kg) also moved into the second round with a convincing 5-0 over Manipur's Venika Yumnam.

Simran Verma (50kg) and Niraj Rajbhar (54kg) were the other two Maharashtra boxers to make progress after winning by 'RSC' margins against Assam's Mary Moran and Kerala's Muhammed Fahil respectively in the women's and men's category.

Meanwhile seven boxers from Uttar Pradesh, including three women, began their campaigns on winning note. Kusum (50kg) and Shraddha (63kg) notched up RSC wins against their respective opponents from Telangana, Ashiwin Kulkarni and Vennela Gandamalla.

Whereas, Varsha Singh got the better of Maharashtra's Swapna Chavan 4-1 in the women’s 54kg bout. Bhupendra Kumar (51kg), Rohit Yadav (57kg), Sumit Singh Dhakare (75kg) and Rockey Chaudhary (80kg) made winning starts for Uttar Pradesh in the men's section.

Sanjana (48kg), Dolly (52kg) and Siya (54kg) were the three Delhi boxers who progressed into the next round with contrasting wins. Siya and Sanjana secured easy 5-0 and RSC wins against Karnataka's Anupriya A and Syeda Salma Jahan of Telangana respectively.

On the other hand, Dolly had to work hard in a thrilling 3-2 win against Tamil Nadu's Madhumitha H. P.

- PTI

TENNIS

Asian under-14 tournament

Fourth seed Tavish Pahw beat the top seed and doubles partner Om Verma 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Asian under-14 tennis tournament at the Tennis Project, Baliawas, on Thursday.

In the final, Tavish will play wild card entrant Prakaash Sarran who beat third seed Rudra Batham for the loss of four games.

In the girls section, wild card Vennela Gaarugupati beat Sri Lakshmi Purmani 6-1, 6-3 to set up a title clash against second seed Aleena Farid.

The results (semifinals):

- Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA tournament

Sonal Patil recovered from a slow start to beat Kavya Khirwar 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals of the Rs 100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Thursday.

In the final, Sonal will play Hitakamya Singh Narwal, who knocked out second seed Shefali Arora for the loss of five games.

The duo of Medhavi Singh and Ayushi Singh won the doubles title.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA Championship series juniors

Bhicky Sagolshem beat Svarmanyu Singh 6-1, 6-3 to make the under-18 boys final of the AITA Championship series junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Thursday.

In the final, Bhicky will face Anirudh Sangra. In the under-12 girls final, Rabiah Dullet beat Ananya Sharma  6-3, 6-2.

The results:

- Kamesh Srinivasan

Ankita, Prarthana in doubles semifinals

Ankita Raina in partnership with Rosale Van der HOek beat Amina Anshba and Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles quarterfinals of the $100,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Germany on Thursday.

Prarthana Thombare also made the doubles semifinals in partnership with Emily Appleton.

The results:

- Kamesh Srinivasan

GOLF

Sharma, Lahiri fail to build on good starts at Scottish Open

India's Shubhankar Sharma promised a good start at the Genesis Scottish Open with three birdies in first five holes against just one bogey here on Thursday.

Thereafter a couple of three putts and additional bogeys on sixth and 18th meant only a modest 1-under 71 on a course, where his playing partner American Cameron Tringale shot a stunning 9-under 61 to open a three-shot lead.

The third player in the group, Mito Pereira, shot 4-under 66 at the Par-70 Renaissance Golf Club.

Anirban Lahiri, looking for a solid result to get a place in next week's Open, started from the 10th and had three birdies in a row from 12th to 14th to get to a superb 3-under after five holes.

However, he bogeyed the Par-5 16th and dropped a double on the difficult Par-4 18th to go from 3-under after five holes to even par after nine. Half the field was yet to finish.

Sharma had birdies on first, third, fifth and 11th and dropped shots on fourth, sixth and 18th.

"I played well, though the score was not as such. I started well but a couple of three-putts. I was still 2-under when I came to 18th and hit a great tee shot. But a disappointing shot from the rough ahead of the green led to a bogey on the tough 18th." "I think I am coming back fine after some hiccups. I had a slight back problem, then changed some clubs and then after a good finish at Dutch Open, I had COVID. So the focus is also on getting my health better as I play along," added Sharma.

-PTI

Amandeep emerges as top Indian in Ladies European event in Spain

Looking to get over her run of missed cuts on the Ladies European Tour, India's Amandeep Drall began with a steady even par 72 in the first round of the Estrella Damm Ladies Open golf.

Amandeep, who had two birdies against a double bogey, was the best Indian at T-35, though some of the players were yet to finish their opening round.

Vani Kapoor (73) was at T-56, while Tvesa Malik's struggles continued as she shot five-over 77 that included a triple bogey and just one birdie.

Tvesa, who was 19th on the Order of Merit in 2021, will now need a solid second round to stay in the tournament for the weekend rounds.

Neha Tripathi started bogey-bogey but rallied to even par within the next four holes and was even after six, while Diksha Dagar was one-over through eight holes. Ridhima Dilawari was four-over through 10.

-PTI