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Indian sports wrap, May 19: Tvesa rises to T-21 with a superb 67 in German Masters


Tvesa rises to T-21 with a superb 67 in German Masters

Indian golfer Tvesa Malik carded her best round on the Ladies European Tour in almost four years with a 5-under 67 that carried her from the cut line to T-21 at the end of the third round of the Amundi German Masters at Golf & Country Club Seddiner See.

Tvesa, seeking to regain her card on the LET, had an eagle and five birdies against two bogeys.

While this was her best show on LET since late 2021, Tvesa had recorded a 65 on the Sunshine Ladies Tour in South Africa, while winning the SuperSport Ladies Challenge in February this year.

India’s other two players to make the weekend, Pranavi Urs (71) and Diksha Dagar (73) were T-31 and T-43. The remaining four Vani Kapoor, Amandeep Drall, Sneha Singh and amateur Avani Prashanth did not make the cut.

Austrian Emma Spitz (66) and Alexandra Försterling (69) shared the lead on seven-under-par going into the final round.

Tvesa, former Order of Merit winner on Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour in India, began from the tenth began in an electric manner with four birdies in first six holes and turned in 4-under.

On her second nine, the front side of the course, She eagled the first but dropped a shot on second. A birdie on the fifth was erased by a bogey on seventh but her 67 saw her rise up the leader board from T-55 to T-21, Pranavi had seven birdies against four bogeys and a double, while Diksha had three birdies against four bogeys in her 73.

The 24-year-old Spitz began her round with a birdie on the first before adding another on the third and a further birdie on the sixth. Spitz dropped a shot on the 12th but bounced back immediately with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 before rolling in two more on 16 and 18 to seal her round of six-under.

Three-time LET winner Försterling, who led at the midway mark of the competition, had one birdie on her front nine before dropping her only shot of the day on 11 and as usual, she finished strongly with birdies on 13, 16 and 18 to join Spitz at the top of the leader board.



Yuki crashes out in doubles semifinals in France

Yuki Bhambri in partnership with Albano Olivetti was beaten 6-4, 7-6(7) by Quentin Halys and Nicolas Mahut in the doubles semifinals of the €205,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Bordeaux, France.

The Indo-French pair colelcted €4,070 and 60 ATP points.

In the ITF men’s event in Kingston, Jamaica, Aryan Shah made the Singles final and lost the doubles final in partnership with Leo Borg of Sweden.

The results:

€205,000 Challenger, Bordeaux, France: Doubles (semifinals): Quentin Halys & Nicolas Mahut (Fra) bt Yuki Bhambri & Albano Olivetti (Fra) 6-4, 7-6(7).

$15,000 ITF men, Kingston, Jamaica: Singles (semifinals): Aryan Shah bt Ezekiel Clark (USA) 6-1, 6-2. Doubles (final): Jody Maginley (Ant) & Joshua Sheehy (USA) bt Leo Borg (Swe) & Aryan Shah 4-6, 7-5, [10-2].

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Sporting Club wins Goswami Ganesh Dutt tournament

Sparkling batting by Deepak Punia and Rishabh Drall and their unbeaten 93-run partnership helped Sporting Club to a four-wicket victory over Sahgal Club in the final of the 49th Goswami Ganesh Dutt cricket tournament at the Khalsa College ground in New Delhi on Sunday.

Opener Ravi Thakur hammered 134 runs with 17 fours and four 6s off 87 balls to help Sahgal CC post 336. However, Sporting CC was able to reach the target with 1.5 overs to spare, as almost all the players made their contribution and paced the innings well.

The scores:

Sahgal CC 336/5 in 40 overs (Ravi Thakur 134, Ankit Dabas 60 n.o., T Laksh 46 n.o., Chetan Bisht 39, Manish Sehrawat 3/60) lost to Sporting CC 339/6 in 38.1 overs (Hardik Sharma 76, Deepak Punia 74, Bharat Sharma 63, Arun Chaprana 36).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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