May 5: Indian sports news wrap of the day

May 5 Daily Sports Wrap: Here are all the major developments from Indian sports today.

Hansini won the U-13 championship defeating Romania's Andreea Baisu 11-3, 7-11, 9 -11 ,11-0 ,11-8 in a thrilling final. (Representative Image)   -  GETTY IMAGES


Indian paddler Hansini Mathan Rajan has returned with two medals, including a gold in the U-13 girls event, from the World Table Tennis Youth Contender tournament held in Linz, Austria.

The tournament was held from May 1-3.

She won the U-13 championship defeating Romania's Andreea Baisu in a thrilling final. The final scoreline read 11-3, 7-11, 9 -11 ,11-0 ,11-8 in the Indian's favour.

She secured bronze in the U-15 category after stunning Choi Hosea of South Korea 3-0 in the quarterfinals. However, Hansini was overpowered by another South Korean, Yoo Yerin, in the semifinals.

Lee Seuengeun won the U-15 title beating compatriot Yoo Yerin in five games.


GOLF - Khalin Joshi tied 5th at Maekyung Open

Khalin Joshi compiled a three-under 68 to finish tied-fifth after the first round of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Seongnam, South Korea, on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Khali Joshi carded a three-under 68. - SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT


While the first four places were all occupied by local South Korean stars, there were eight players from seven different countries tied for fifth place.

Joshi, who won an Asian Tour title in New Delhi back in 2018, started from the 10th hole and had four birdies against one bogey. He was three shots behind the leader, South Korean Dongmin Lee, an experienced player with almost two decades in pro golf.

It was Lee who took the first-round lead with a six-under-par 65 at the Namseoul Country Club.

Joshi, who was tied-eighth in his first event of 2022 at the Singapore International, was the best Indian, while Gaganjeet Bhullar and Karandeep Kochhar carded 1-under 70 each and were tied 26th. Bhullar had two birdies against one bogey, all in a span of five holes from 13th to 17th holes. Kochhar had five birdies against four bogeys.

Veer Ahlawat and Viraj Madappa, who recently sealed a berth on the Indian Asian Games team, shot 71 each and were T-41st.

Honey Baisoya (72) was T-58, S. Chikkarangappa (73) was T-85, Shiv Kapur (76) was T-124 and Aman Raj (80) was T-141st.

Joshi, starting on the 10th, birdied the 14th but gave away the gain on 16th. On his second nine he birdied first, third and fourth and parred the rest for 68. Madappa had an eagle on Par-5 fourth, two birdies and four bogeys in his 71.

While Lee led the field with 65, his compatriot Hyungjoon Lee came in with a 66 in an event which marks return of an Asian Tour event in South Korea since 2019. Junggon Hwang and Bio Kim are tied for third at 67.


GOLF - Yashas Chandra seventh in Phuket Challenge

Yashas Chandra, an upcoming pro on Indian Tour, completed a fine week with a top-10 finish following a five-under 65 on the final day of USD 75,000 Laguna Phuket Challenge in Phuket.

The tournament is jointly co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and MENA Tour.

Yashas, one of the eight Indians in the field, had earlier shot rounds of 68-67. At 10-under for three rounds, he was tied seventh.

Yashas was also T-10 at the DGC open last month in New Delhi. Kartik Sharma (71) was T-33, M Dharma (71) was T-39 and Ricky Jaswal (76) was T-56. Karan Vasudeva, Chiragh Kumar, Yuvraj Sandhu and Rohan Kathuria missed the cut.

Tom Sloman, a 25-year-old from England (63-65-63) totalled 19-under 191 and won by five shots over Poosit Supupramai of Thailand, who had cards of 67-63-66 for 14-under.

The eight Indians, who took part this week, will be back for the Laguna Phuket Cup on Sunday and it will also be a 54-hole event with a USD 75,000 purse on the Asian Development Tour.


TENNIS - Ramkumar in quarterfinals

Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Salvatore Caruso 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to set up a
quarterfinal against top seed Benjaminn Bonzi in the EUR 90,280 Challenger tennis tournament in France on Thursday.

Ramkumar also made the doubles semifinals with Yuki Bhambri by beating
the top seeds Austin Krajicek and Hugo Nys 6-3, 7-6 (5).

The results

EUR 90,280 Challenger, Aix-en-Provence, France

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Salvatore Caruso
(ITA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri & Ramkumar bt Austin Krajicek
(US) & Hugo Nys (Mon) 6-3, 7-6 (5).

USD 60,000 ITF women, Koper, Slovenia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Cristina Dinu (Rou) & Andrea Lazaro
Garcia (Esp) bt Adrienn Nagy (Hun) & Prarthana Thombare 6-1, 1-6,

USD 25,000 ITF women, Nottingham, Britain

Doubles (quarterfinals): Fanny Stollar (Hun) & Wang Yafan (Chn) bt
Rutuja Bhosale & Ankita Raina 6-7 (5), 4-1 (retired).

USD 25,000 ITF women, Daytona Beach, U.S.

Singles (first round): Alexa Graham (USS) bt Riya Bhatia 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Rachel Gailis & Qavia Lopez (US) w.o.
Elizabeth Halbauer (US) & Riya Bhatia.

USD 25,000 ITF women, Tossa de Mar, Spain

Singles (first round): Ioana Loredana Rosca (Rou) bt Zeel Desai 6-2, 5-7, 6-0.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

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