Here are all the major updates in Indian sports on Wednesday, March 8.
Ganemat Sekhon, Mairaj Ahmad Khan misses out on medal in Shotgun World Cup
Ganemat Sekhon and Mairaj Ahmad Khan shot 143 and missed the chance to fight for a medal by one point in mixed skeet team event in the shotgun World Cup in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday.
The other Indian pair of Maheshwari Chauhan and Anantjeet Singh Naruka shot 141 for the 12th place among 32 teams.
The formidable American duo of Kimberly Rhode and Vincent Hancock outplayed the French team of Lucie Anastassiou and Eric Delaunay 6-0 for the gold, after the two teams had tied on 148 in qualifying for the gold medal match.
Kabir Hans beats SD Prajwal Dev in ITF tournament in Iran
Qualifier Kabir Hans beat sixth seed SD Prajwal Dev 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Kish Island, Iran, on Wednesday.
$15,000 ITF men, Kish Island, Iran: Singles (first round): Kabir Hans bt SD Prajwal Dev 6-4, 6-4; Ishaque Eqbal bt Kiyan Kasemi (Ger) 6-1, 6-1.
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia: Singles (first round): Dominik Boehler (Ger) bt Karan Singh 7-5, 6-3
$25,000 ITF women, Pretoria, South Africa: Singles (first round): Manon Leonard (Fra) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ashmitha Easwaramurthi & Kira Pavlova bt Tyra Panaino & Suzanie Pretorius (RSA) 6-1, 6-2.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jennifer Luikham & Wang Jiaqi (Chn) bt Valeria Koussenkova (Esp) & Svetlana Samardzic (Ger) 6-1, 6-2.
Top seed Gaikwaiwari ousted in ITF juniors
Ariana Goguina of Kazakhstan beat the top seed Ruma Gaikaiwari 7-6(6), 7-6(4) in the girls pre-quarterfinals of the ITF junior tennis tournament at the Tennis Project, Baliawas, on Wednesday.
In the boys section, Aarjun Pandit beat the second seed Pratyaksh 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals.
The results (pre-quarterfinals):
Boys: Tejas Ahuja bt Baishik Reddy 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3; Sacha Lefebure (Fra) bt Navya Verma 6-4, 4-6, 6-0; Vihaan Reddy bt Pratyush Loganathan 6-1, 6-0; Samarth Sahita bt Swastik Sharma 6-2, 6-3; Smit Patel bt Siddhant Sharma 2-6, 7-5, 6-4; Deepam Malik bt Parv Patel 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3); Fateh Singh bt Shanker Heisnam 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Aarjun Pandit bt Pratyaksh 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Girls: Ariana Gogulina (Kaz) bt Ruma Gaikaiwari 7-6(6), 7-6(4); Amodini Naik bt Riya Sachdeva 6-1, 6-0; Anastasiya Krymkova (Kaz) bt Aleena Farid 6-1, 6-1; Maaya Rajeshwaran bt Alisha Kumar (Aus) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Samaira Phawa bt Satima Toregen (Kaz) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Nainika Reddy bt Albina Kakenova (Kaz) 6-1, 6-2; Jaya Kapoor bt Aanya Choubey (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Snigdha Kanta bt Durganshi Kumar 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
AITA lines up more events in March
After six women’s ITF tournaments and three Challengers for men, the All India Tennis Association has lined up four more men’s tournaments from next week.
The first three will be $25,000 ITF men’s events to be held in Delhi, Lucknow and Mysuru in that order from March 13. The fourth tournament will be a $15,000 ITF men’s tournament in Chennai.
So far this season, the women have had three $40,000 tournaments, one $25,000 event and three $15,000 tournaments, spread across Bengaluru, Bhopal, Pune, Jhajjar and Gurugram.
The three $130,000 Challengers were held in Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune, after the $713,495 ATP Tour event in Pune.
There are also four ITF junior tournaments lined up from this week in Gurugram, Dehra Dun, Bhilai and Madurai.