May 26 Indian sports wrap: Nazneen to lead India in Margaret Court Cup; Jyothi Yarraji breaks 100m hurdles national record again

May 26 Daily Sports Wrap: Here are all the major developments from Indian sports today.

India will also be fielding men’s teams in the over-35, 40 and 45 sections. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images


Nazneen to be India's captain for Margaret Court Cup

Nazneen Rahman will be the captain of the four-member Indian team that will compete in the ITF Seniors Margaret Court Cup World Championship tennis to be staged in Portugal from July 31 to August 5. A total of 23 teams are scheduled to participate in the over-45 women’s event.

India will also be fielding men’s teams in the over-35, 40 and 45 sections.

The team: Nazneen Rahman (captain), Sonal Vohra, Prerana Apte, Rashmi Mohan.

Karan loses in the pre-quarterfinals of ITF Tunisia

Karan Singh went down fighting to the second seed Skander Mansouri 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Tunisia on Thursday.

The results:

$25,000 ITF men, Mataro, Spain

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Kuzey Cekirge (Tur) & Anthony Genov (Bull) bt Alexey Vatutin & Rishab Agarwal 6-4, 6-1; Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta & Manish Sureshkumar bt Max Alcala Gurri & Bruno Pujol Navarro (Esp) 6-1, 3-6, [10-5].

$25,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Skander Mansouri (Tun) bt Karan Singh 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Yu Hsiou Hsu (Tpe) & Fajing Sun (Chn) bt Shivank Bhatnagar & Dharmil Shah 6-4, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF men, Oran, Algeria

Singles (quarterfinals): Rayan Ghedjemis (Alg) bt Digvijay Pratap Singh 6-0, 6-4j; Robin Bertrand (Fra) bt Ishaque Eqbal 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles (semifinals): Robin Bertrand (Fra) & Mirko Martinez (Sui) bt Ishaque Eqbal & Digvijay Pratap Singh 6-3, 7-5; Quarterfinals: Parth Aggarwal & Tushar Madan bt Viktor Filipenko (Hun) & George Gregoriou (Gre) 6-3, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Alexander Crnokrak (Aus) bt Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-2, 6-3; Khololwam Montsi (RSA) bt Adil Kalyanpur 6-2, 1-0 (retired).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Mousa Alkotop (Jor) & Mohamed Amin Ouesslati (Tun) bt Adil & Abhinav 6-3, 4-6, [12-10].

$25,000 ITF women, Tbilisi, Georgia

Doubles (quarterfinals): Arlinda Rushiti & Tess Sugnauxx (Sui) bt Ayla Aksu (Tur) & Zeel Desai 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia

Doubles (quarterfinals): Mei Hasegawa (Jpn) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi bt Astrid Cirotte & Chloe Cirotte (Fra) 6-4, 6-4; Chiara Girelli & Marie Villet (Fra) bt Hellena Narmont (Est) & Kaaviya Balasubramanian 6-0, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Cancun, Mexico

Singles (first round): Sravya Shivani bt Carly Kunkler (US) 6-4, 6-1.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Abhijeet Gupta (4.5 points) lost his sixth round game and the half-point overnight lead following a 61-move surrender to Romania’s Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the Sharjah Masters chess tournament in Sharjah on Thursday.

Deac shared the lead at five points with UAE’s Salem Saleh and Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Adbusattorov, the reigning world rapid champion.

Prominent among the victorious Indians of the day, it was a third victory for D. Gukesh, second for Arjun Erigaisi and first for Nihal Sarin.

The results (involving Indians):

Sixth round: Abhijeet Gupta (4.5) lost to Bogdan-Daniel Deac (Rou, 5); Gabriel Sargissian (Arm, 3.5) drew with S. P. Sethuraman (3.5); Arjun Erigaisi (4) bt Aryan Chopra (3); Javokhir Sindarov (Uzb, 3.5) drew with S. L. Narayanan (3.5); Robert Hovhannisyan (Arm, 3) lost to D. Gukesh (4); Jules Moussard (Fra, 3.5) drew with Aravindh Chithambaram (3.5); Maksim Chigaev (FIDE, 3.5) drew with Abhimanyu Puranik (3.5); Sanal Vahap (Tur, 3.5) drew with Raunak Sadhwani (3.5); B. Adhiban (3.5) drew with Lucas van Foreest (Ned, 3.5); Aleksandar Indjic (Srb, 3) drew with Adiya Mittal (3); Morani Luca Jr. (Ita, 3) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (3); Nihal Sarin (3) bt Fabian Baenziger (Sui, 2); Ilyass Msellek (Mar, 2) lost to Sankalp Gupta (3).

- Rakesh Rao


Jyothi Yarraji breaks National record again

Jyothi Yarraji broke the women’s 100m hurdles national record for the third time this month, clocking 13.04s while topping the second heat in the Harry Schulting Games at Vught, the Netherlands, on Thursday.

However Jyothi, who had clocked 13.23 in Cyprus on May 10 and improved her national record to 13.11 in Britain on May 22, did not start the final.

The host’s Marijke Esselink won the gold in 13.61s.

Meanwhile Siddhanth Thingalaya, the national record holder with 13.48s, finished third in the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.09s. Mark Heiden of the Netherlands took the gold in 13.89s.

Jeswin Aldrin fifth in Spain

A couple of hours after M. Sreeshankar won the international jumps meet gold in Greece, Tamil Nadu’s Federation Cup long jump champion Jeswin Aldrin finished fifth, with 7.69m, in the Iberoamericano athletics meet at Huelva, Spain, on Wednesday.

Aldrin’s biggest jumps – a personal best 8.26m and a wind-assisted 8.37m – came at the Federation Cup in Malappuram early last month.

Croatia’s Filip Pravdica won the event in Huelva with 7.91m.

- Stan Rayan

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