National sub-junior championship results
Aishi Bisht knocked out last year’s finalist Laxmi Siri Dandu 6-2, 6-4 in the under-16 girls semifinals of the Fenesta National sub-junior tennis championship at the DLTA Complex on Friday.
In the final, Aishi will be challenged by Rishitha Basireddy who sweated it out to beat N Harshini in three sets.
The under-16 boys final will be between the crafty Shanker Heisnam and left-hander V Thirumurugan.
In the under-14 boys event, Prakaash Sarran continued to assert his fighting qualities as he battled past Ranvir Singh 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2. He will take on top seed Hruthik Katakam, who won the doubles title with Tavish Pahwa.
Anandita Upadhyay beat the second seed Aleena Farid to set up a title clash with Prisha Shinde in the under-14 girls event.
Under-16 boys (semifinals): Shanker Heisnam bt Pratyush Loganathan 6-1, 6-0; V Thirumurugan bt Prabir Chavda 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles (final): Vraj Gohil & Samarth Sahita bt Kabir Chothani & Arnav Yadav 7-5, 6-2.
Under-16 girls (semifinals): Aishi Bisht bt Laxmi Siri Dandu 6-2, 6-4; Rishitha Basireddy bt N Harshini 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-3.
Doubles (final): Sohini Mohanty & Aakruti Sonkusare bt Nainika Reddy & Ishi Maheshwari 6-4, 6-4.
Under-14 boys (semifinals): Hruthik Katakam bt Anurag Kallambella 6-4, 6-1; Prakaash Sarran bt Ranvir Singh 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2.
Doubles (final): Hruthik Katakam & Tavish Pahwa bt Shaurya Bhardwaj & Ranvir Singh 6-4, 7-5.
Under-14 girls (semifinals): Prisha Shinde bt Shaivi Dalal 6-4, 6-1; Anandita Upadhyay bt Aleena Farid 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.
Doubles (final): Aleena Farid & Aradhyaa Verma bt Aahan & Akanksha Ghosh 6-1, 6-1.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Balaji makes Challenger doubles final
Sriram Balaji in partnership with Andre Begemann beat Constantin Frantzen and Hendrik Jebens 7-6(4), 7-5 in the doubles semifinals of the €145,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Friday.
The Indo-German pair had earlier knocked out the top seeds Romain Arneodo and Sam Weissborn in the quarterfinals.
€145,000 Challenger, Bratislava, Slovakia: Doubles (semifinals): Sriram Balaji & Andre Begemann (Ger) bt Constantin Frantzen & Hendrik Jebens (Ger) 7-6(4), 7-5; Quarterfinals: Balaji & Bejemann bt Romain Arneodo (Mon) & Sam Weissborn (Aut) 7-6(2), 3-6, [10-8]; Ariel Behar (Uru) & Adam Pavlasek (Cze) bt Yuki Bhambri & Philipp Oswald (Aut) 7-6(4), 4-6, [10-8].
$60,000 ITF women, Rancho Santa Fe, USA: Doubles (quarterfinals): Makenna Jones (USA) & Yuliia Starodubtseva (Ukr) bt Maria Kononova & Sahaja Yamalapalli 6-2, 7-5.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia: Singles (quarterfinals): Zeel Desai bt Anja Wildgruber (Ger) 7-6(3), 6-3. Doubles (semifinals): Xenia Bandurowska 9Pol) & Mariia Bergen (Ukr) bt Luana Araujo (Bra) & Teja Tirunelveli 7-6(3), 6-2.
$15,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand: Singles (quarterfinals): Shrivalli Bhamidipaty bt Valery Gynina 6-2, 6-3. Doubles (semifinals): Patcharin Cheapchandej & Punnin Kovapitukted (Tha) bt Laura Cilekova (Svk) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 3-6, 6-1, [10-6].
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Nehru sub-junior tournament results
Six goals each by Nikunj Salvi and Daksh Thapa powered JB Shah English Medium School, Modasa, to a 15-1 victory over SNBP Institute, Pune, in a league match of the Steelbird 40th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Friday.
The results (league):
JB Shah English Medium School, Modasa, 15 (Nikunj Salvi 6, Daksh Thapa 6, Anand Kumar Rathiva, Lucky Kadayak, Alwin Thomas) bt SNBP Institute, Pune, 1 (Shubham Kamanalli).
Ashwini Sports Academy, Coorg, 5 (Aman Kumar 2, Avinash Yadav, Gaurav Kumar Yadav, Shashank Kumar) bt Baruipur HS, 24 South Parganas.
Fr. Agnel HS, Pillar, Goa, 8 (Faizel Fernandes 4, Francis Singh, Famuel Fernandes, Chetan Vajantri, Ryan Remedis Colaco) bt Government SSS, Kurai, Sivni.
Sri Guru Nanak SSS, Rajnandgaon, 8 (Sunni Yadav 5, Yajat Kaushik, Om Kumar Yadav, Mayank Yadav) bt Loyola HSS, Kohima, 2 (Kezholeto Tase, Gwachonilo Khing).
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Chennai school kids enjoy NZ-Ban World Cup match live at stadium
Around 1750 kids from various Chennai schools attended the New Zealand versus Bangladesh Cricket World Cup (CWC 2023) match here at M.A. Chidambaram stadium on Friday.
There were 170 special kids (deaf and dumb) from the St. Louis Institute in Adyar.
As part of the efforts from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to promote the sport to kids and wider audiences, the viewing experience for the 1750 school kids was facilitated. Refreshments, including free packaged drinking water (available for the spectators in general), were provided for the kids throughout the game.
TNCA President Ashok Sigamani and other office-bearers distributed the refreshment packages to the school kids during the game.
Going forward, TNCA is set to host 4000 school kids per match for all the upcoming CWC 2023 matches at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium.
This will include kids from the government schools in the city and kids who are part of the sports program at the SDAT (Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu).
– Team Sportstar
Santosh Trophy Results
Kerala crushes J&K in Santosh Trophy
Midfielder Jithin Gopalakrishnan scored twice as Kerala crushed Jammu and Kashmir 6-1 for its second win in the Group ‘A’ league of the 77 th Santosh Trophy National football championship at the SAG Benaulim Ground, Benaulim, on Friday.
Kerala, which blanked Gujarat 3-0 in its opener on Wednesday, is now on top of the five-team group with six points from two wins. Former champion Kerala meets Chhatisgarh next on October 15.
Gujarat holds Goa
Meanwhile host Goa, which beat Chhatisgarh 1-0 in its opener earlier, was forced to a 1-1 draw by Gujarat in another Group ‘A’ match on Friday. That result should now make Kerala a favourite to top the top.
The group topper will automatically qualify for the 12-team main phase which will be held in Arunachal Pradesh later this year. Three of the best second-placed teams from the six groups will also enter the final phase and joining them will be defending champion Karnataka, last edition’s runner-up Meghalaya and host Arunachal Pradesh.
The result: Kerala 6 (Jithin Gopalakrishnan 8 & 55; E. Sajeesh 14, Muhammed Ashiq Shoukathali 45+1, K. Abdu Raheem 67, Riswanali Edakkavil 74) bt Jammu & Kashmir 1 (Faizal Maqsood Thakur 61).
Goa 1 (Jobern Cardozo 90+9) drew with Gujarat 1 (Chunsaba Bariam 58).
– Stan Rayan