Host India continued to thrive on the strong game of Shruti Ahlawat to win its second match in the league against Uzbekistan and confirm a berth in the knock-out stage in the Asia-Oceania Junior Billie Jean King Cup under-16 girls tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex on Tuesday.
Shruti won both her singles and doubles matches once again, after captain Archana Venkataraman fielded Riya Bhatia in the first singles without much success.
It was some relief for the hosts to witness Shruti blank Shaknoza Marimova in the second rubber between the No.1 players of the two teams, after Riya had managed to eke out one game from Sabrina Olimjonova.
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The doubles combination of Shruti and Niyati Kukreti continued to deliver, as India won the decisive rubber 6-1, 7-5 against Zlata Chinnova and Shaknoza.
India will play Iran in the last league match on Wednesday. The sixth seeded Iran beat Malaysia 2-1, as Mandegar Farzami and Mehraneh Zohourian recovered from losing the first set in the tie-break to win the second set at love and the match tie-break in a thriller 17-15 against Yu Chi Chan and Jo Leen Saw.
In group-B, second seed Australia was surprised in the second singles by Indonesia, but bounced back to clinch the doubles for the loss of four games.
|The results (league):
Group-A: Japan bt Mongolia 3-0.
Group-B: Australia bt Indonesia 2-1; Thailand bt Sri Lanka 3-0.
Group-C: India bt Uzbekistan 2-1 (Riya Sachdeva lost to Sabrina Olimjonova 0-6, 1-6; Shruti Ahlawat bt Shaknoza Marimova 6-0, 6-0; Shruti & Niyati Kukreti bt Zlata Chinnova & Shaknoza 6-1, 7-5); Iran bt Malaysia 2-1 (Mehraneh Zohourian lost to Yu Chi Chan 6-7(3), 1-6; Mandegar Farzami bt Jo Leen Saw 6-3, 6-3; Mandegar & Mehraneh bt Yu Chi Chan & Jo Leen Saw 6-7(2), 6-0, [17-15]).
Group-D: Kazakhstan bt Vietnam 3-0; Korea bt Singapore 3-0.
-by Kamesh Srinivasan
Parampal Singh Guron shot 120 to make the semifinals, but finished fourth in his group, in men’s skeet in the Shotgun World Cup in Lima, Peru.
Parampal who had shot 73 out of 75 in the first three rounds, dropped three birds in the last two rounds, to be in a shoot-off with six others on 120 for four spots in the semifinals.
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Eventually, Nicolas Pacheco Espinosa of Peru beat Federico Gil of Argentina 4-3 in the shoot-off for the gold, after the two had shot 37. Both had 121 in qualification.
The toppers in qualification, Dustan Taylor of the US and Julio Elizardo Dujarric Lembcke of Dominican Republic, with 122 hits, also crashed out without making it to the medal stage in the semifinals.
India did not field women shooters in skeet, which had a small field of 12, leading to eight semifinalists.
Men’s skeet: 1. Nicolas Pacheco Espinosa (Per) 37(4) 28 (121); 2. Federico Gil (Arg) 37(3) 28 (121); 3. Hayden Stewart (US) 27 (28) 120; 4. Jesper Hansen (Den) 15 (30) 120; 5-8. Parampal Singh Guron 15 (120); 19. Amrinder Cheema 116; 44. Munek Battula 107.
-by Kamesh Srinivasan
Tamil Nadu combined individual brilliance with clinical team-work as the nine-time champion scripted a convincing 99-71 win over Uttarakhand in a Group- C men’s contest of the Senior National basketball championships here on Tuesday.
Tamil Nadu team’s Aravind Kumar (yellow) in action against Uttarakhand at the 71st Senior National Basketball Championship. – Jothi Ramalingam .B
With the win, TN qualified for the second round to be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Similarly, the host women’s side, too, made it to the second round by finishing behind topper Indian Railways in Group-A.
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Generally, ties between Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu are filled with action and intensity. Today, it was anything but that as TN ran riot.
From Muin Bek, who was flawless with his three-pointers and lay-ups to A. Aravind, Aravind Kumar and from P. Jeevanantham to P. Baladhaneswar, everyone contributed in equal measure. Uttarakhand, barring Arjun Singh (19 points) who was consistent with his three-pointers, the rest failed to rise to the occasion.
The eight teams (top four in each Group) in men and women have now qualified for the second round, and the next two days–Wednesday and Thursday–will determine the quarterfinalists.
Men: Group A: Punjab 96 (Kanwar Singh 23, Amritpal Singh 14, Manjot Singh 13, Amjyot Singh 10) bt Telangana 58 (Nikhil Saikumar 10, Billa Nathan 15).
B: Karnataka 69 (Abhishek Gowda 11, Shashank Rai 14, Pratyanshu Tomar 12, Harish Muthu 11) Bt Rajasthan 44 (Ashish Trivedi 14); Services 88 (Joginder Singh 18, Gaurav Chandel 16, Nikhil Kumar 24) bt UP 64 (Tushal Singh 14, Akash Bhasin 11, Kushal Singh 10, Harsh Dagar 10).
C: Tamil Nadu 99 (Siva Balan 12, Arvind Kumar 26, P. Jeevanantham 13, A. Aravind 12) bt Uttarakhand 71 (Vishesh Brighuvamshi 10, Arjun Singh 19, Prashant Rawat 15, Riyanshu Negi 20).
Women: Group-A: Indian Railways 120 (Madhu Kumari 22, Poonam Chaturvedi 11, Avanti Vardhan 18, Sruthi Arvind 22, Shireen Vijay Limya 13, Vaishnavi Yadav 11) bt Delhi 66 (Raspreet Sidhu 26); TN 89 (A. Ashmita 10, K. Sathya 15, S. Rajeshwari 21, Monica Jeyasali 15) bt Maharashtra 68 (Sakshi Pandey 25, Avya 16).
-by Keerthivasan K
SD Prajwal Dev and Digvijay Pratap Singh were beaten 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 by fourth seeded Koreans, Seong Chan Hong and Cheong-Eui Kim, in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Thailand on Tuesday.
$15,000 ITF men, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jisung Nam & Minkyu Song (Kor) bt Adil Kalyanpur & Parikshit Somani 6-4, 6-2; Seong Chan Hong & Cheong-EuiKim (Kor) bt SD Prajwal Dev & Digvijay Pratap Singh 6-2, 3-6, [10-5].
-by Kamesh Srinivasan