Balaji-Zhang pair loses in quarterfinals in Gstaad
Sriram Balaji in partnership with Zhizhen Zhang of China, went down fighting to the top seeds Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop in the doubles quarterfinals of the €630,705 ATP tennis tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland, on Thursday.
The Indo-Chinese team collected 45 ATP points and €5,220.
In the $60,000 ITF women’s tournament in Evansville, USA, Karman Kaur Thandi and Sahaja Yamalapalli moved into the singles pre-quarterfinals.
$718,245 ATP, Newport, USA
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Anirudh Chandrasekar & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Julian Cash (GBR) & Maxime Cressy (USA) 6-4, 6-3.
€630,705 ATP, Gstaad, Switzerland
Doubles (quarterfinals): Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) bt Sriram Balaji & Zhizhen Zhang (Chn) 6-4, 2-6, 12-10.
€73,000 Challenger, Pozoblanco, Spain
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Rithvik Bollipalli & Arjun Kadhe bt Constantin Kouzmine (Fra) & Adria Barrera (Col) 6-4, 6-4.
$25,000 ITF men, Brazzaville, Congo
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Rishab Agarwal bt Mateo Reyes (Bra) 6-3, 6-2; Seydina Andre (Sen) bt Ishaque Eqbal 7-6(2), 6-0; Alexander Stater (USA) bt Chirag Duhan 6-1, 6-0.
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia
Sinlges (first round): Boris Butulija (Srb) bt Niki Poonacha 5-1 (retired).
$15,000 ITF men, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Yurii Dzhavakian (Ukr) bt Manish Sureshkumar 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Jeong Yeongseok & Lee Jeamoon (Kor) bt Chase Ferguson (Aus) & Raghav Jaisinghani 6-3, 6-1; Palaphoom Kovapitukted (Tha) & Manish Sureshkumar bt Krittin Koaykul & Pawit Sornlaksup (Tha) 6-3, 5-6 (retired).
$60,000 ITF women, Evansville, USA
Singles (first round): Karman Kaur Thandi bt Maria Oliva (Mex) 6-3, 6-2; Sahaja Yamalapalli bt Christina Rosca (USA) 6-1, 7-6(3).
$25,000 ITF women, Roehampton, Britain
Doubles (quarterfinals): Rutuja Bhosale & Sarah Grey (GBR) bt Annabelle Davis & Francesca Davis (GBR) 6-0, 6-1.
$15,000 ITF women, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Lanlana Tararudee (Tha) bt Akanksha Nitture 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Anri Nagata & Kisa Yoshioka (Jpn) bt Akanksha Nitture & Sandeepti Singh Rao 6-2, 6-0.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
AITA National series juniors
Aditi Tyagi beat Ananya Dhankhar 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the under-18 girls quarterfinals of the AITA National series junior tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy in Jhajjar on Thursday.
The results (quarterfinals):
Under-18 boys: Tanishq Jadhav bt Swastik Sharma 7-5, 6-3; Rian Sharma bt Skandha Prasanna Rao 6-4, 4-1 (conceded); Manish Yadav bt Parag Jain 6-3, 7-5; Jason David bt Deepam Malik 6-4, 6-2.
Under-18 girls: Sohini Mohanty bt Presha Shanthamoorthy 6-4, 6-1; Aditi Tyagi bt Ananya Dhankhar 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Riya Sachdeva bt Yashika Shokeen 6-3, 6-2; Shagun Kumari bt Tamanna Panwar 6-3, 6-2.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Reliance Foundation Junior NBA program starts on July 22
The 10th edition of the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA program, will start on Saturday, in 14 cities across the country.
It will feature development events for youth, coaches and teachers nation wide, and also have 3-on-3 tournaments for the first time, in the under-12 and under-14 age groups for boys and girls.
Chennai, Kottayam, Mumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Delhi, Aizawl and Jamshedpur will be the cities hosting the events.
It will culminate with the Junior NBA national championship for under-12 and under-14 boys and girls in Delhi in September.
“We’re especially looking forward to introducing new and impactful formats, programs and clinics this year, which we believe will build on the positive momentum around basketball in India and inspire more youth to learn and play the game”, said Rajah Chaudhry, the head of NBA India.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Junior World C’Ship: Lakhan misses final qualification
Sharanya Lakhan shot 585 and missed qualification for the final on lesser number of inner-10s in the 50-metre rifle 3-position event in the Junior World Championship in Changwon, Korea, on Thursday.
Despite the lack of medals, India stayed second on the medals table with four gold, four silver and three bronze medals. China was on top with six gold, eight silver and four bronze.
In the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event, Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu (289), Sameer Ghulia (288) and Mahesh Anandakumar (288) were in a good position in the first stage of competition, to make the final. The Indian team also had a good chance to strike a team medal.
50m rifle 3-position: Junior women: 1. Vivien Jaeggi (Sui) 457.3 (591); 2. Arina Altukhova (Kaz) 455.7 (587); 3. Emely Jaeggi (Sui) 445.0 (586); 12. Sharanya Lakhan 585; 33. Nupur Kumrawat 579; 49. Nikita Kundu 574; 65. Mahit Sandhu 566; 67. Khushi 562.
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