Indian sports wrap, May 25: Diksha likely to make cut at Jabra Ladies Open


Diksha likely to make cut at Jabra Ladies Open

Diksha Dagar could be the only Indian golfer making the cut at the weather-hit Jabra Ladies Open after being placed tied 26th, even as Sneha Singh waits in suspense.

Diksha was 1-over through 12 holes in the second and was 2-over for the tournament following her first round 1-over 72.

Diksha was provisionally placed tied 26th, even as the other Indians had finished and were waiting for the cut line to be decided.

With the cut likely at 5-over or 6-over, Sneha Singh (74-74) was 6-over and tied 68th, while it looked bleak for Tvesa Malik (77-72) at 7-over and T-74. It was a sure missed cut for Amandeep Drall (76-76), while Pranavi Urs and Vani Kapoor withdrew after the first rounds of 79 and 81.

Morgane Metraux of Switzerland holds a five-stroke overnight lead over France’s Agathe Sauzon after the second-round play was suspended for the day. Play was suspended for the first time due to inclement weather at 2.55pm on Friday and, after a one-hour delay, for a second time at 6.08pm, as thunderstorms moved across the Evian Resort.

Starting from the sixth – players start from the first and the sixth and the 15h at the Evian Resort Golf Club this week – Diksha parred her first six holes before dropping a shot on the 12th hole.

She got back that loss with a birdie on the 13th but gave another shot away on the 18th.

At six-under-par, Sauzon is three strokes ahead of five other players. Jana Melichova and Moa Folke were in the clubhouse, with Chiara Tamburlini, Lauren Walsh and Nastasia Nadaud yet to complete their rounds.


Sharma makes cut comfortably in Belgium, Elvira in lead

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma hit four birdies in a row on his first nine to ensure a smooth passage into the weekend rounds of the Soudal Open.

The two-time DP World Tour champion, Sharma, who missed the cut when he played the event last two times, followed up his first round 69 with a second round 67 to get to 6-under.

He was tied-23rd at the halfway stage, but eight shots behind the leader, Spain’s Nacho Elvira (64-64).

The other Indian in fray, Om Prakash Chouhan continued to struggle as he missed the cut with 72-74.

Chouhan, who came to the DPWT by topping the Indian Tour Order of Merit, has made just one cut in nine starts on the DPWT and one in two starts on the Challenge Tour.

Spaniard Elvira will take a one-shot lead into the weekend after consecutive rounds of 64 in Antwerp.

The Spaniard went bogey-free over the opening two days to get to 14-under par as he chases a second DP World Tour title at the Rinkven International Golf Club.

Sharma, playing alongside the leader, Elvira, began from the 10th and had five birdies and a bogey on the back nine of the layout. It included four birdies in a row from 15th to the 18th. On his second nine had one birdie and one bogey.


Atwal will survive cut in senior PGA Championships, Jeev to miss out

India’s Arjun Atwal will survive the 36-hole cut at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship despite a closing double bogey in a second round of 4-over 75 after a first round 69.

However, fellow Indian Jeev Milkha Singh had a disappointing second day with a 79 following his 69. Jeev will miss the cut.

England’s Richard Bland, playing his first event for Over 50s, shot 5-under 66 on Friday and took a one-shot lead over recent Champions Tour winner Scott Dunlap (65) into the weekend at Harbor Shores.

Atwal, India’s only winner on the PGA Tour, opened with a bogey and ended with a double but in between birdied third and the 15th and dropped shots on the eighth, 11th and the 13th.

This is his second season on the Champions Tour and in 2023 he had seven starts with one Top-10 and in 2024 he has made the cut in each of his three starts before this week.

Starting from the 10th, Jeev had five birdies and two doubles on the Par-5 15th and Par-4 17th, sixth and eighth holes. His only birdie of the day came late in the round on the eight, his 17th hole of the day.

The 51-year-old Bland, who won his first DP World title of his career (2021 British Masters), made six birdies against a lone bogey to get to 12-under 130 at Harbor Shores.



Indian teams shine in South Asia under-12

Indian boys and girls teams were shining bright, winning the gold in the South Asia under-12 tennis championship in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Indian boys and girls teams with coaches Asha Sharma and Indra Kumar Mahajan celebrate their triumph in the South Asian under-12 tennis in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Indian boys and girls teams with coaches Asha Sharma and Indra Kumar Mahajan celebrate their triumph in the South Asian under-12 tennis in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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The Indian boys and girls teams with coaches Asha Sharma and Indra Kumar Mahajan celebrate their triumph in the South Asian under-12 tennis in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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The Indian boys team of Puneeth Manohar, Aarav Chhallani and Yuvaan Garg beat Pakistan 2-0 in the final, after having beaten Sri Lanka 3-0 in the semifinals.

In the league phase, India beat Bangladesh and Maldives 3-0 each, dropping just one game in six matches.

The girls team of Srishti Kiran, Khushi Kadian and Sarena Gahlot, won the title by topping the round-robin league, beating Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal, dropping one set in all.

The top two teams from the competition will make it to the Asian under-12 championship to be hosted later in Kazakhstan.

“We are immensely proud of our young athletes. Their dedication, team work and spirit have led to this remarkable achievement. We look forward to seeing them succeed in Kazakhstan”, said the secretary general of AITA, Anil Dhupar.

The results:

Boys (final): India bt Pakistan 2-0 (Puneeth Manohar bt Rashid Ali 6-0, 6-0; Aarav Chhallani bt Muhammad Shayan 6-4, 6-3).

Semifinals: India bt Sri Lanka 3-0 (Puneeth bt Akilesh Thalammeharage 6-0, 6-0; Aarav bt Buvindu Jayawardhana 6-1, 6-1; Yuvaan Garg & Puneeth bt Revaan Amarasinghe & Akilesh 6-2, 6-2).

League: India bt Bangladesh 3-0 (Puneeth bt Muhammad Haider 6-0, 6-0; Aarav bt Md. Jobair Islam 6-0, 6-0; Yuvaan & Puneeth bt Muhammad Haider & Md. Islam 6-0, 6-1).

India bt Maldives 3-0 (Puneeth bt Yousuf Salaam 6-0, 6-0; Aarav bt Alson Mohamed 6-0, 6-0; Yuvaan & Puneeth bt Alson & Luke Muzzamil 6-0, 6-0).

Girls (league): India bt Sri Lanka 2-0 (Srishti Kiran bt Sanuthi Liang Wong 6-0 (retired); Khushi Kadian bt Sahansa Pelandage 5-7, 6-3, 6-3).

India bt Maldives 3-0 (Srishti bt Kanza Hameed 6-0, 6-0; Khushi bt Clara Asif 6-0, 6-0; Sarena Gahlot & Srishti bt Kanza Hameed & Maisha Madhih 6-0, 6-0).

India bt Bangladesh 3-0 (Srishti bt Sara Al Jasim 6-0, 6-1; Khushi bt Jannat Howlader 6-0, 6-0; Sarena & Srishti bt Mastora Afrin & Sara Jasim 6-0, 6-1).

India bt Nepal 3-0 (Srishti bt GC Aayusha 6-0, 6-0; Khushi bt Anushree Dhoju 6-2, 6-0; Sarena & Srishti bt Anushree Dhoju & Sara Panta 6-1, 6-0).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Tavish Pahwa defeated Shivtej Shirfule in the National subjunior tennis championship

Tavish Pahwa outplayed Shivtej Shirfule 6-0, 6-2 to set up a title clash against Prateek Sheoran in the Ramesh Desai memorial National subjunior tennis championship at the KDLTA Complex on Saturday.

The girls final will be between Parthsarthi Mundhe and Ranjhana Sangram.

The results:

Under-16 boys (semifinals): Prateek Sheoran bt Hruthik Katakam 5-7, 5-2 (conceded); Tavish Pahwa bt Shivtej Shirfule 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles (final): Hruthik Katakam & Tavish Pahwa bt Mannan Agarwal & Prakaash Sarran 3-6, 6-0, [10-6].

Under-16 girls (semifinals): Parthsarthi Mundhe bt Swasti Singh 6-3, 6-0; Ranjhana Sangram bt Swanika Roy 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles (final): Parthsarthi Mundhe & Akansha Ghosh bt Anandita Upadhyay & Ranjhana Sangram 4-6, 7-5, [11-9].

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Bhambri and Olivetti pair lose in doubles final €651,865 ATP tennis tournament

Yuki Bhambri in partnership with Albano Olivetti was beaten 3-6, 7-6(4), [10-8) by Harri Heliovaara and Henry Patten in the doubles final of the €651,865 ATP tennis tournament in Lyon, France, on Saturday.

The champion team collected €30,610 and 250 ATP points. Yuki and Albano won €16,380 and 150 points.

In the $25,000 ITF men’s event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, National champion Siddhant Vishwakarma beat Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe 7-6(6), 6-3 in the semifinals. He will play PhilipHenning of South Africa in the final.

The results:

€651,865 ATP, Lyon, France Doubles (final): Harri Heliovaara (Fin) & Henry Patten (GBR) bt Yuki Bhambri & Albano Olivetti (Fra) 3-6, 7-6(4), [10-8].

$25,000 ITF men, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Singles (semifinals): Siddharth Vishwakarma bt Benjamin Lock (Zim) 7-6(6), 6-3.

Doubles (final): Benjamin Lock & Courtney Lock (Zim) bt SD Prajwal Dev & Adil Kalyanpur 3-6, 6-3, [10-8]; Semifinals: SD Prajwal Dev & Adil Kalyanpur bt Siddhant Banthia & Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-4, 7-6(3).

$15,000 ITF men, Kingston, Jamaica Singles (quarterfinals): Kiranpal Pannu (Nzl) bt Aryan Shah 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles (semifinals): Adhithya Ganesan (USA) & Aryan Shah bt Kosuke Ogura & Leo Vithoontien (Jpn) 6-4, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF women, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Singles (second round): Mia Horvit (USA) bt Riya Bhatia 4-6, 6-2, [10-5]; Alexandra Bozovic (Aus) bt Saumya Vig 6-0, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia Singles (semifinals): Daria Khomutsianskaya bt Zeel Desai 6-4, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Australia beat India in Junior Davis Cup under-16 boys

Australia beat India 2-0 for the fifth place in the Asia-Oceania Junior Davis Cup under-16 boys tennis championship in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, on Saturday.

India had earlier beaten China 2-0 in the positional play-off for the fifth to eighth places.

The top four teams, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and host Kazakhstan had already confirmed their qualification for the World Group competition to be staged later.

The results:

Fifth place: Australia bt India 2-0 (Cameron Burton bt Samarth Sahita 6-2, 6-3; Cruz Hewitt bt Aradhya Kshitij 6-3, 2-6, [10-7]).

Position 5-8: India bt China 2-0 (Samarth Sahita bt Zichen Shao 1-6, 7-5, 6-3; Aradhya Kshitij bt Liang Liang 6-3, 6-1).

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Senthilkumar, Abhay bow out in QSF 3 squash quarters in Doha

National champion Velavan Senthilkumar extended Egyptian top seed and world No 8 Tarek Momen to four close games before bowing out in the quarterfinals of the prestigious USD 53,500 QSF 3 squash – a PSA World Tour Bronze event – in Doha.

World No 55 Senthilkumar won the second game after a close opener before the experienced Momen won the next two to advance with a 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 victory on Friday.

Meanwhile, Asian Games medallist Abhay Singh, ranked 67 in the world and contesting his maiden World Tour quarterfinals, went down to third seed and world No 15 Eain Yow Ng, with the Malaysian winning 11-6, 11-9, 11-4.

-Team Sportstar

Om Semwal sails into finals of PSA Challenger

Om Semwal recovered from the brink of defeat to beat third seed Shamil Wakeel 11-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 in the men’s semifinals of the HCL $6000 PSA Challenger squash tournament at the Daly College on Saturday.

In the final, Om will play top seed Ravindu Laksiri of Sri Lanka. In the women’s section, top seed Rathika Suthanthira Seelan will be challenged by Pooja Arthi.

The results (semifinals):

Men: Ravindu Laksiri (Sri) bt Vedant Patel 11-5, 11-4, 14-12; Om Semwal bt Shamil Wakeel (Sri) 11-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.

Women: Rathika Suthanthira Seelan bt NIrupama Dey 11-6, 11-7, 11-3; Pooja Arthi bt Akanksha Gupta 11-8, 11-9, 11-6.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Navya beats Aradhya to reach quarterfinal of HCL Indian Open junior squash championship

Top seed Navya Sundararajan fought her way past Aradhya Porwal 8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 in the under-17 girls quarterfinals of the HCL Indian Open junior squash championship at the Daly College on Saturday.

The results (quarterfinals):

Boys: Under-19: Yuvraj Wadhwani bt L Meyyappan 11-4, 11-8, 11-8; KS Arihant bt Avalokit Singh 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-1; Anish Tripathi bt P Sandhesh 3-11, 12-10,11-9, 171-5; Tavneet Singh Mundra bt Karan Yadav 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.

Under-17: Shiven Agarwal bt Ishaan Dabke 11-5, 11-5, 14-12; Aryaveer Dewan bt Darshil Parasrampuria 11-3, 11-5, 13-11; Subhash Choudhary bt Vedant Chheda 11-9, 16-14, 11-9; Erwin Kros (USA) bt Yusha Nafees 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8.

Girls: Under-19: Anahat Singh bt Diya Dhillon 11-1, 11-1, 11-1; Yashi Jain bt Aishni Pathak 11-6, 13-11, 2-11, 11-6; Reiva Nimbalkar bt Chhavi Saran 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-0; Aryaa Dwivedi bt Nirupama Dubey (retired).

Under-17: Navya Sundararajan bt Aradhya Porwal 8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6; Rudra Singh bt Sanvi Batar 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10; Unnati Tripathi bt Ananya Narayanan 11-3, 11-6, 12-10; Akanksha Gupta bt Karina Phipps 11-7, 11-3, 11-5.

Kamesh Srinivasan


Indian junior women’s hockey team emerges victorious against Belgium in shootout

The Indian junior women’s hockey team registered an emphatic victory against Belgium, winning the shootout 4-2 after the score was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time, as they continued their Tour of Europe. Kanika Siwach scored an impressive brace to lead India’s efforts in front of goal.

The Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team was quick to find their form and assert themselves in the first quarter. An early penalty corner for India resulted in Kanika Siwach sounding the boards to take the lead. Soon after, Kanika scored her second goal for the night in the same quarter to make it 2-0.

Maintaining their momentum, India saw through a goalless second quarter to restrict the Belgian unit and find themselves in a commanding position at halftime. Belgium found opportunities in the third quarter, including a crucial penalty corner, however, the Indian defensive unit managed to restrict Belgium and maintain the surplus.

In the final quarter, Belgium finally broke the shackles, scoring twice in quick succession to tie the score at 2-2, minutes before fulltime. In the ensuing shootout, India emerged victorious to win the contest 2-2 (4-2 SO).

The Indian team will play their next match against Germany in Breda on 26th May.

-Team Sportstar


 AVC Challenge Cup for Women 2024: India loses to Australia 1-3

Australia clinched its second victory in Pool A at the 2024 AVC Challenge Cup for Women after a tough 3-1 match (26-24, 25-16, 19-25, 29-27) against India. 

Caitlin Tipping topped the scoreboard, amassing 27 explosive points to power the Volleyroos to victory on Saturday evening in front of a packed Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Australia completed its 3-1 win by dominating on all scoring fronts, charting 58 attacks, 16 blocks and 11 service winners. 

Amidst the many plot twists and turns, captain and setter Mikaela Stevens commended the team in responding well. 

Australia will face Iran on Sunday. Meanwhile, India has wrapped up all their matches in the Preliminary Round and now await the full results for its rank in Pool B. 

-Team Sportstar

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