August 6, Indian sports news wrap: Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan leads national shotgun selection trials

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports from August 6, 2022.

Mairaj Ahmad Khan during the World Cup in Delhi in March.

Mairaj Ahmad Khan during the World Cup in Delhi in March. | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports from August 6, 2022.

SHOOTING

National shotgun trials: Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan leads

Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan led with 72 after three rounds of skeet in the fifth National shotgun selection trials in Jaipur on Saturday.

Mairaj had rounds of 25, 24 and 23. He was followed by Kuldeep Sanyashi and Olympian Angad Vir Bajwa on 71. Rituraj Bundela and Anantjeet Singh Naruka shot 70.

There will be two more rounds on Sunday, followed by the semifinals and medal round.

In women’s section, it was Areeba Khan leading on 72, followed by Raiza Dhillon and Maheshwari Chauhan on 70. Darshna Rathore (67), Ganemat Sekhon (65), Parinaaz Dhaliwal (64) followed the leading pack.

Rituraj Singh Bundela (70) and Areeba Khan (72) led in the junior men’s and women’s sections respectively.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

TENNIS 

Yuki and Saketh in doubles final

Yuki and Saketh in doubles final Second seeds Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni beat Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles semifinals of the $53,120 Challenger tennis tournament in Lexington.

In the final, the Indian pair was scheduled to take on Gijs Brouwer and Aidan McHugh.

In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in Lexington, Karman Kaur Thandi was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by qualifier Peyton Stearns in the quarterfinals.

In the $25,000 event in Rio, Riya Bhatia reached the singles semifinals and the doubles final.

In the ITF men’s event in Tunisia, Niki Poonacha and Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli won the doubles title.

THE RESULTS:
$53,120 Challenger, Lexington, US Doubles (semifinals): Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni bt Purav Raja & Divij Sharan 6-4, 6-3.
$60,000 ITF women, Lexington, US
Singles (quarterfinals): Peyton Stearns (US) bt Karman Kaur Thandi 6-3, 6-1. $25,000 ITF women, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Singles (quarterfinals): Riya Bhatia bt Romina Couno (Per) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles (semifinals): Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (Col) & Riya Bhatia bt Romina Couno (Per) & Sabastiani Leon (US) 6-3, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia
Singles (semifinals): Yao Xinxin (Chn) bt Jennifer Luikham 6-3, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF women, Kottingbrunn, Austria
Doubles (semifinals): Karolina Kubanova & Ivana Sebestova (Cze) bt Tiphanie Fiquet (Fra) & Zeel Desai 1-6, 6-2, [11-9].
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia
Doubles (final): Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli & Niki Poonacha bt Li Majun & Tang Sheng (Chn) 6-3, 6-4.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

TENNIS

World Junior Tennis: Australia beats India

Sixth seed Australia beat India 2-0 in the positional match for the lower placings in the World Junior Tennis under-14 Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

India was playing Tunisia to avoid finishing at the bottom among the elite 16 countries of the world.

THE RESULTS:
Play-off 9-16: Australia bt India 2-1 (Emerson Jones bt 6-1, 6-4; Tahlia Kokkinis bt Aishwarya Jadhav 6-1, 6-3).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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