Indian sports news wrap, October 4


Unnati, Ayush continue to shine as Indians maintain dominance at Badminton World Junior Championships

Unnati Hooda and Ayush Shetty continued their winning form as Indian junior shuttlers won 10 of their 12 ties in the round of 64 on day two of the BWF World Junior Championships in Spokane, USA early on Wednesday.

In the boys’ singles section, Ayush Shetty defeated second seed Eogene Ewe of Malaysia in a close contested match that ended with a score of 21-17, 21-17.

In the girls’ singles match, Unnati Hooda cruised to victory against Joanna Podedworny of Poland by 21-14, 21-9 in just 22 minutes.

The mixed doubles pair of Samarveer and Radhika Sharma secured a convincing 21-12, 21-11 win against Estonia’s Andrei Schmidt and Emili Pärsim. Meanwhile, Sathwik Reddy Kanapuram and Vaishnavi Khadkekar dominated their match against Portugal’s Tiago Bernguer and Marta Sousa enroute their 21-15, 21-6 victory.

In the girls’ doubles category, the duo of Vennala Kalagotla and Shriyanshi Valishetty overcame a first-game loss against Indonesian pair Nabila Cahya Permata Ayu and Reva Olivia Damayani and won the next two games to win the tie by 13-21, 21-19, 21-11. Whereas,Tanvi Sharma and Radhika Sharma secured a convincing 21-16, 21-8 victory against Tahiti’s Heirautea Curet and Maeva Giallard in just 20 minutes.

Lokesh Reddy Kalagotla and Devika Sihag gave their best in their respective matches but faced defeat. Lokesh suffered a 18-21, 16-21 defeat against Rui Sato of Japan whereas Devika went down fighting against DAI Qin Yi of China in a close match that ended with a scoreline of 18-21, 21-18, 20-22.

Tushar Suveer (boys’ singles), Tara Shah (girls’ singles), along with the doubles pairs of Tushar Suveer and Nicholas Raj, and Divyam Arora and Mayank Rana, also secured victories and earned their spots in the round of 32. The round of 32 matches will be played later in the day.

– Team Sportstar


Nehru U-17 girls hockey: Ritu smashes 10 goals to guide UNACCO School to win against Vidya Devi Jindal School

Ritu Devi smashed 10 goals to power UNACCO School, Imphal, to a 25-0 victory over Vidya Devi Jindal School, Umra, in a superleague match of the Charanjit Rai 29th Nehru under-17 girls hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Wednesday.

The results (superleague):
Punjab Institute of Sports, Bathinda, (Kamaldeep Kaur 3, Harjot Kaur 2, Jaisikdeep Kaur 2, Harpreet Kaur) bt Government CoEd. SSS, Dwaraka, 8-0.
Naharkatia HSS, Assam, (Ashmita Tigga 3, Sunita Rajput 2, Maxima Xalxo, Milka Surin, Monisha Ptra) bt Government GV Raja Sports School, Thiruvananthapuram, (Shanusha PM) 8-1.
UNACCO School, IMphal, (Ritu Devi 10, Eleena Devi 4, Henthoi Chanu 3, Chingkhei Nganbi 2, Sonika Devi 2, Tanu 2, Diana, Priya Devi) bt Vidya Devi Jindal School, HIsar, 25-0.
Government Girls SSS, Umra, (Jyoti 2, Vishakha 2, Radhika) bt Round Glass Hockey Academy, Punjab, (Sukhpreet Kaur) 5-1.

– Team Sportstar


Yuki Bhambri makes it to doubles quarterfinals in Challenger tennis tournament

Yuki Bhambri in partnership with Philipp Oswald of Australia beat Sander Arends and Sem Verbeek 4-6, 7-6(1), [10-8] to move into the doubles quarterfinals of the €118,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Mouilleron-le-Captif, France, on Wednesday.

In the $10,046,270 ATP Masters in Shanghai, China, Sumit Nagal was beaten 6-3, 6-2 in the first qualifying round by Luke Saville of Australia. Sumit collected $5,150.

The Results:
$10,046,270 ATP, Shanghai, China Qualifying singles (first round): Luke Saville (Aus) bt Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-2.
€118,000 Challenger, Alicante, Spain Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Niki Poonacha & Divij Sharan bt Svyatoslav Gulin & Lukas Pokorny (Svk) 7-6(4), 2-6, [12-10]; Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) bt Maximilian Neuchrist (Aut) & Vladyslav Orlov (Ukr) 6-4, 6-3.
€118,000 Challenger, Mouilleron-le-Captif, France Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Roman Jebavy & Petr Nouza (Cze) bt Purav Raja & Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 7-6(5); Yuki Bhambri & Philipp Oswald (Aut) bt Sander Arends & Sem Verbeek (Ned) 4-6, 7-6(1), [10-8].
€73,000 Challenger, Lisbon, Portugal Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jaime Faria & Henrique Rocha (Por) bt Parikshit Somani & Connor Thomson (GBR) 6-4, 6-0.
$25,000 ITF women, Cairns, Australia Singles (first round): Maddison Inglis (Aus) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti 6-2, 6-3; Ivana Popovic (Aus) bt Smriti Bhasin 6-4, 7-5.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Elena Micic & Anja Nayar (Aus) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti & Sravya Shivani 6-1, 4-6, [10-6].
$25,000 ITF women, Baza, Spain Doubles (quarterfinals): Nefisa Berberovic (BIH) & Vasanti Shinde bt Soumeya Anane (GBR) & Marleen Tilgner (Ger) 6-1, 6-2.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia Singles (first round): Tanisha Kashyap bt Diana Chehoudi (Tun) 6-1, 7-5; Elisabeth Iila (Est) bt Jennifer Luikham 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Astrid Cirotte (Fra) & Jennifer Luikham bt Anjali Rathi & Mirabelle Tahiri (USA) 7-6(4), 6-1.
$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Zuzanna Pawlikowska (Pol) & Alyssa Reguer (Fra) bt Karina Jumazhanova (Kaz) & Prathyusha Rachapudi 6-4, 6-3

– Team Sportstar


AFI moves National Open from Jamshedpur to Bengaluru

With just a week to go for the event, the Athletics Federation of India has changed the venue of the National Open athletics championships which was scheduled to be held in Jamshedpur from October 11 to 14.

“Due to unavoidable reasons, the venue of the 62 nd National Open has been changed and the same will now be held at the Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru,” said an AFI release on Wednesday evening.

However, the dates remain the same.

– Team Sportstar


Akshay, Karan shine on day one of J&K Open

Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma and Karan Pratap Singh of Faridabad fired identical cards of four-under 68 to grab the joint lead after the opening round of J&K Open in Jammu on Wednesday.

The Delhi trio of Saarthak Chhibber, Kapil Kumar and Harshjeet Singh Sethie as well as Bengaluru’s Mari Muthu R were tied second at three-under 69.

Akshay, fresh from two top-3 finishes in the last two events, continued his hot streak with some outstanding chipping and putting at the Jammu Tawi Golf Course.

Akshay’s seven birdies included three brilliant chips that led to tap-ins and four conversions on the green from a range of 10 to 35 feet. Sharma also dropped three bogeys.

Karan, playing at JTGC for the first time, had a bogey-free day that featured two 15-feet birdie conversions. He also capitalized on two of the par-5s, the eighth and 18th, with good approach shots that led to birdies.

TATA Steel PGTI Rankings leader Om Prakash Chouhan and last week’s winner Aman Raj were both in tied ninth place at 71.

Pawan Parihar (79) was the highest-placed among the J&K-based players as he ended the day in tied 73rd place.



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