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Indian sports news wrap, May 22


Aditi cards superb 69 to finish T-15 in Florida

West Palm Beach: Indian golfer Aditi Ashok shot a brilliant 3-under 69 on the final day to finish a creditable T-15 at the Aramco Team Series.

Aditi was T-39 after the first two rounds.

The Indian, who has been having a fine season, stays on top of the Race to Costa Del Sol, the Ladies European Tour rankings, having played just four events, of which she won one.

India’s other two women stars, Diksha Dagar and Amandeep Drall, carded 74 each and ended T-38th.

As Diksha is slowly finding her feet this season with a third straight cut, Amandeep was making her second cut. Vani Kapoor missed the cut this week.

Czech Republic’s Klara Davidson Spilkova produced a round of 74 (+2) to finish in second place in Florida on one-under-par.

Germany’s Olivia Cowan produced the joint-best round of the day with a 68 (-4) to finish with a share of third place on even par alongside world number three Lydia Ko.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda won the individual title as she began the final round one off the lead but started with two bogeys in her opening three holes at Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach. She soon rolled in three birdies on six, seven and nine to be in control at the midway mark of her day.


Pranavi, Madan miss cut in Florida

Longwood: Pranavi Urs and Nishtha Madan of India missed the cut as the USA’s Jenny Coleman won the IOA Golf Classic, which was shortened to 36 holes after inclement weather made the course unplayable, here.

Though the final round did start, a little after that the players were taken off the course, and the tournament was officially reduced to two rounds.

At the end of the second round, three players — Jenny Coleman, Sophie Hausmann and Dottie Ardina — were all tied at –10 and went into a playoff to decide the champion.

Coleman finished her second round on Saturday, while the rest of the field went out to complete their round early Sunday morning and into the afternoon at the Alaqua Country Club.

Coleman had to wait longer than expected before finally stepping onto the course. Play was suspended before she hit her first ball for the final round.

When hole 18 was finally ready for playoff, Coleman hit her approach to five feet and made the putt for birdie to win ahead of Hausmann and Ardina.

Roberta Liti (-9) and Allison Emrey (-8) finished the tournament in fourth and fifth place, respectively.



Shotgun World Cup: Rathore shoots second best score

Darshna Rathore shot the second best score of 71, following rounds of 23, 23 and 25, to be No.3 in women’s skeet after three rounds in the shotgun World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Monday. Emmanouela Katzouraki of Greece was leading with 72.

Ganemat Ssekhon (69) and Maheshwari Chauhan (67) were in the 10th and 18th place in a field of 35 shooters.

In men’s skeet, Gurjoat Singh Khangura (72) and Anantjeet Singh Naruka (70) were in the 18th and 33rd spots in a field of 75 shooters. Mairaj Ahmad Khan had shot 23 and 25 in the first two rounds and had interruption early in the last round.

There were five shooters leading on 74 in the men’s section.

The competition will resume on Tuesday for two more rounds, before the final.

-Team Sportstar


National sub-juniors

Lucky loser Neev Kothari Maharashtra beat sixth seed Kabir Chothani of Gujarat 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the DY Patil National sub-junior tennis championship organised by MSLTA at the KDLTA Complex on Monday.

The results (first round)

Boys: Dhiraj Reddy bt Rohith Gobinath 6-3, 6-1; Sreenivas Kurapati bt Pranav Mishra 6-1, 6-0; Praneel Sharma bt Ssrivaant Mumadi 6-0, 6-0; Nithik Sivakumar bt V Dattatreya 5-7, 7-5, 6-4; Aashravya Mehra bt Archit Dhoot 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-3; Ayaz Aahil bt Lethaessh Kombila 6-1, 6-2; Neev Kothari bt Kabir Chothani 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Srikar Doni bt Veer Madan 6-1, 6-7(1), 6-0; Arnav Paparkar bt Abhi Kalluri 6-0, 6-1; Arjun Rathi bt Mannan Agrawal 6-2, 6-2; Shivtej Shirfule btt Kevin Johnson 6-3, 6-2; Pratyush Loganathan bt Neeraj Rigangaonkar 6-3, 6-4; Rahul Lokesh bt Swantatar Kajall 6-2, 6-3.

Girls: Pal Upadhyay bt Sherey Sharma 7-6(5), 6-3; Rituja Shah bt Krishna Raj 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; Janvi Asawa bt Shreya Pathare 6-3, 6-2; Keerthika Vangala bt Adrika Rajkumari 6-2, 6-3.

-Team Sportstar

Table Tennis

World Championships: Sharath-Sathiyan progress

The Indian men’s doubles pair of Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan defeated the Hungarian duo of Anders Lind and Bence Majoros 11-5, 11-4, 15-13 to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the WTT World table tennis championships in Durban on Monday. G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra, too, reached the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals, with an 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 victory over Brazil’s Eric Jouti and Luca Kumahara

 However, Sharath lost his singles match in the second round to Lee Sang Su of Korea 4-11, 11-13, 8-11, 10-12. Ying Han of Germany, World No.10, dispatched of Sreeja Akula 11-2, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 in a women’s second round contest.  

The results (Second round): 

Men: Singles: Lee Sang Su (Kor) bt Sharath Kamal 11-4, 13-11, 11-8, 12-10; Doubles: Shunsuke Togami & Yukiya Uda (Jpn) bt Harmeet Desai & Manush Shah 11-4, 11-3, 11-8; Sharath Kamal & G. Sathiyan bt Anders Lind & Bence Majoros (Hun) 11-5, 11-4, 15-13.  

Women: Singles: Ying Han (Ger) bt Sreeja Akula 11-2, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4; Doubles: Sun Yingsha & Wang Manyu (Chn) bt Sreeja Akula & Diya Chitale 11-8, 11-8, 13-11.   

Mixed doubles: G. Sathiyan & Manika Batra bt Eric Jouti & Luca Kumahara (Bra) 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6. 

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