FOOTBALL

Indian women suffer 0-2 defeat at hands of Mexico U-17

The Indian women's team suffered a 0-2 defeat against Mexico in their last match of the 6th Torneo Female U-17 Football Tournament in Vilesse, Italy on Sunday.

Mexico netted one in each half to wrap up the match, with Katherin Sillas and Alice Gallegos getting on the scoresheet.

The game had a rather frantic start as both the sides looked to settle down to a good rhythm.

India custodian Melody Chanu was called into action early on, as she often came off her line to punch Mexican crosses and corners away from danger.

At the 14th minute, Chanu produced another save, but Katherin Sillas was present to turn the rebound into the net.

The first half came to an end as Mexico took their slender lead into the dressing room.

India had a good chance from a free kick but defender Purnima Kumari went over the cross-bar. Minutes later, Chanu was once again called into action as she produced another diving save.

India head coach Thomas Dennerby brought on Misha Bhandari and Pinku Devi in place of Naketa and Nitu Linda, with just a few minutes left on the clock.

However, Mexico soon scored in the third minute of added time through Alice Gallegos to secure the victory.

-PTI

TENNIS-

Champion of the last tournament Karman Kaur Thandi will have the same opponent for the first round, Sahaja Yamalapalli, in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament to be played at the Tennis Project, Baliawas, from Tuesday.

Sahaja had stretched Karman to three sets  and possibly prepared her well for the challenges ahead in the last tournament at the same venue. It will be interesting to see how the two handle the challenge.

Karman figures in the top quarter and could face top seed Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia, if both progress that far.

Rutuja Bhosale joins the event as the sixth seed and will play a qualifier in the first round.

Ankita Raina is the second seed and will have a qualifier in the first round. After being beaten by Vaidehi Chaudhari in the first round last week, Ankita has been training well and better prepared for the second event.

Last week’s runner-up, world No.3 junior Sofia Costoulas of Belgium is in the fourth quarter, in which the two Thais, Luksika Kumkhum and Punnin Kovapitukted face each other in the first round.

The four wild cards were given to Ananyaa Bhargava, Vineetha Mummadi, Kashish Bhatia and Yubarani Banerjee.

The hot and humid conditions took the toll. Shrivalli Bhamidipaty, a quarterfinalist last week, could not recover from her illness and withdrew from the second event. Nidhi Chilumula could not play her second qualifying round on Monday, and gave a walkover to Sanjana Sirimalla.

Overall, players will need a strong game, sound fitness and the ability to tackle the situation to make progress.

The seedings: 1. Diana Marcinkevica (Lat), 2. Ankita Raina, 3. Viktoria Morvayova (Svk), 4. Ekaterina Yashina (Rus), 5. Luksika Kumkhum (Tha), 6. Rutuja Bhosale, 7. Misaki Matsuda (Jpn), 8. Karman Kaur Thandi.

The results:

Qualifying singles (second round): Sahira Singh bt Apurav Vemuri 6-4, 6-1; Ishwari Matere bt Mansi Vadyala (US) 6-2, 3-2 (retired); Farhat Aleen Qamar bt Vanshita Pathania 6-2, 4-6, [10-3]; Anjali Rathi bt Bela Tamhankar 6-4, 6-4; Elena Pridankina (Rus) bt Joell Nichole 6-2, 6-1; Prathiba Narayan bt Sachi Sharma 6-2, 7-6(2); Shreya Tatavarthy t Siri Patil 6-1, 6-1; Suhitha Maruri bt Shria Atturu (US) 6-1 (retired); Sanjana Sirimalla w.o. Nidhi Chilumula; Himaanshika Singh bt Jagmeet Kaur Grewal 7-6(3), 1-0 (retired); Ikumi Yamazaki (Jpn) bt Arthi Muniyan 6-1, 6-2.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

GOLF- Aditi sign off Tied 40th at Women's PGA Championship

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok had another action-packed round with four birdies against six bogeys for a two-over 74 that saw her finish Tied 40th at the Women's PGA Championship.

Aditi, who had two birdies and two bogeys on front nine, ran into a stretch of three bogeys in four holes between 11th and 14th which pulled her down.

She finished 76-71-72-74 at a tough Congressional course for a total of five-over 293.

In Gee Chun rallied after losing the rest of her once-sizeable lead, overcoming a bogey-filled front nine to win the Women's PGA Championship on Sunday as Lexi Thompson faltered with her putter.

- PTI

SNOOKER: All India Snooker: Rayaan, Sourav start campaign on winning note

 Rayaan Razmi and Sourav Kothari won their respective group matches by identical 4-0 margins on the opening day of the NSCI All India Snooker Open ‘Baulkline’ 2022 being played .

In their Group D match, Maharashtra's Rayaan, who is a double junior national champion, after taking the first frame, hit breaks of 33, 45 and 37 in the next three frames to complete a 4-0 (70-30, 85-12, 79-41, and 81-8) victory against state-mate Vishal Gehani.

In a Group E match, the 37-year-old Sourav gave a superb demonstration of excellent shot selection, accurate potting, and shrewd tactical play against 19-year-old Digvijay Kadian of Haryana to seal a 4-0 (65-58, 75-31, 61-58, and 125-0) win.

-PTI