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Indian sports wrap, May 20: Indian Open Surfing to kick off on May 31


Indian Open Surfing to kick off on May 31

The fifth edition of the Indian Open Surfing (IOS) will be held at the Sasihithlu Beach here from May 31 to June 2, the sport’s governing body SFI announced on Monday.

The three-day surfing competition will include four categories — Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Groms (U-16) Boys and Groms (U-16) Girls.

“Indian Open Surfing will be the 2nd stop of the National Championship series of the 2024 calendar year, following the International Surfing Festival Kerala 2024, held in March at the beautiful cliff beach of Varkala,” the Surfing Federation of India (SFI), the governing body for the sports of surfing and stand-up paddling in the country, said in a media release.

The IOS will feature intense rivalry between surfers from the east and west coasts, as these championships carry important ranking points that will determine the surfers’ standings at the end of the season.

“Our goal is simple, we want to elevate India to the top in surfing. After a successful start to the National Series in Kerala, we are glad to continue the championships in Mangaluru before the championship tour moves to the East Coast,” SFI president Arun Vasu said.

Ramesh Budihal, Harish M, Srikanth D, and Manikandan M will be the surfers to watch out for in the men’s category, having performed exceptionally well in the last national championship recently held in Kerala.

In the women’s category, Kamali Moorthy, Srishthi Selvam, and Sandhya Arun are among the participants competing for the top honours.

Teenage sensation Kishore Kumar will have all eyes on him, having stunned everyone with his recent performances.



Diksha finds form, finishes Tied-24th along side Pranavi and Tveasa in German Masters

Indian golfer Diksha Dagar finally returned to form, finishing tied-24th alongside compatriots Pranavi Urs and Tvesa Malik at the 2024 Amundi German Masters here.

Diksha finally got her mojo back as she fired six birdies on the second nine, which was the front side of the Golf & Country Club Seddiner See.

After being one-over for her first nine holes, Diksha had six birdies in the next eight holes and finished with a 67 for a total of 1-under 287.

Pranavi, who was tied-second after the first round, shot 69 which included a streak of four birdies from the 13th to 16th.

Tvesa, who made the cut on the line, finished with 71 that had two birdies and one bogey. She was also 1-under for four days.

The three Indian golfers, all of whom are multiple winners on their home turf at the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, will next play at the Jabra Ladies Open.



AITA men’s tournament: Parv Nage beats Sarthak Gulati to enter pre-quarters

Parv Nage fought his way past Sarthak Gulati 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to set up a pre-quarterfinal duel against top seed Neeraj Yashpaul in the HPCL Mittal Rs.100,000 AITA men’s ranking tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Monday.

The results (first round):

Neeraj Yashpaul bt Gurbaaz Narang 7-6(3), 6-2; Parv Nage bt Sarthak Gulati 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Vatsal Manikantan bt Shorya Jishtu 6-1, 6-0; Eklavya Singh bt Raghav Singh 6-0, 6-1; Vlasier Khate bt Yash Baghel 6-1, 7-6(2); Rakshit Dhankar bt Tanik Gupta 6-2, 6-3; Rohan Mittal bt Utkarsh Tiwari 7-5, 6-3; Moksh Puri bt Prag Sheoran 7-6(2), 6-1; Nirav Shetty bt Omar Sumar 6-3, 6-1; Paramveer Bajwa bt Trishan Dhawan 6-1, 6-1; Joy Das bt Aditya Ralhan 6-4, 6-1; Rhythm Malhotra bt Abhimanyu Sharma 6-1 (conceded); Ajay Kundu bt Sahajpreet Singh Bajwa 6-1, 6-3; Jaishnav Shinde bt D Pagalavan 6-1, 6-4; Bhushan Haobam bt Azmeer Sshaikh 7-6(5), 6-2; Suraj Prabodh bt Alok Hazare 6-1, 6-2.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Aryan Shah loses in ITF men’s tennis tournament final

Aryan Shah was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by third seed Kiranpal Pannu of New Zealand in the final of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.

It was his maiden entry in the singles final of the professional circuit for the 18-year-old Aryan who was ranked a career best 39 in the world among juniors last year.

Aryan had also done well to make the doubles final with Leo Borg of Sweden, in only his seventh entry in a doubles event, out of the 17 tournaments he has played singles in the professional circuit.

The results:

$15,000 ITF men, Kingston, Jamaica

Singles (final): Kiranpal Pannu (Nzl) bt Aryan Shah 6-1, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Junior Davis Cup: India beats Jordan in league match

Samarth Sahita and Aaradhya Kshitij helped India beat Jordan 3-0 in a group-B league match of Asia-Oceania Junior Davis Cup under-16 boys tennis tournament in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, on Monday.

India will next play Indonesia and Hong Kong over the next two days in the league phase.

The top two teams from four groups will qualify for the knock-out stage. The top four teams from the zone will qualify for the World Group stage.

The results (league):

India bt Jordan 3-0 (Samarth Sahita bt Amir Jaber 6-3, 6-2; Aaradhya Kshitij bt Malek Al-Qurneh 6-1, 6-2; Aaradhya & Samarth bt Malek & Amir 6-4, 3-6, [10-3].

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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