The Indian team stepped up its game and won both its singles matches for the first time in getting past Iran and top the group in the Asia-Oceania Junior Billie Jean King Cup under-16 girls tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex on Wednesday.
Niyati Kukreti overcame a shaky start to outclass Nili Atfi 7-5, 6-0. Being receptive to the suggestions from captain Archana Venkataraman, Niyati was able to recover from being 1-4 to get a grip on her game and the match.
Shruti Ahlawat continued to assert her confident game as she outplayed Mandegar Farzami for the loss of one game.
April 5: Indian sports news wrap of the day
In the inconsequential doubles, the Indian team retired after four games, with Riya Sachdeva complaining of cramps.
With only three teams qualifying from the zone, India will have its task cut out in the knock-out stage, as it plays the quarterfinals against the second team from group-A, Hong Kong.
Japan topped the three-member group-A without any trouble and will play Uzbekistan, which qualified as the second team behind India.
India finds itself in the same half as Korea and Thailand. Australia was pushed to the second spot by Thailand, while Korea finished second to Kazakhstan.
It should be an interesting battle between Australia and Kazakhstan. The heat was already having an impact on the players, and whichever team handles the energy sapping conditions better will have the best chance of progress.
|The results (league):
Group-A: Hong Kong bt Mongolia 2-1.
Group-B: Thailand bt Australia 2-1; Indonesia bt Sri Lanka 3-0.
Group-C: India bt Iran 2-1 (Niyati Kukreti bt Nili Atfi 7-5, 6-0; Shruti Ahlawat bt Mandegar Farzami 6-0, 6-1; Niyati & Riya Sachdeva lost to Nili Atfi & Mehraneh Zohourian 3- 1 (retired)); Uzbekistan bt Malaysia 2-1.
Group-D: Kazakhstan bt Singapore 3-0; Korea bt Vietnam 2-1.
-by Kamesh Srinivasan
The Indian trio of Amrinder Cheema, Parampal Guron and Munek Battula shot 207 and missed the chance to fight for a medal by four points in men’s skeet team competition in the shotgun World Cup in Lima, Peru.
The top four teams in qualification, Italy, Puerto Rico, Peru and Argentina eventually finished in that order after the medal matches. Host Peru and Argentina were tied on 211 with US, but had pulled through to the bronze medal match after the shoot-off.
There were only two teams in the women’s skeet team event, and the US beat Italy 6-0 to take the gold.
Men’s skeet team: 1. Italy 6 (218); 2. Puerto Rico 4 (213); 3. Peru 6 (211); 4. Argentina 4 (211); 7. India (Munek Battula, Amrinder Cheema, Parampal Singh Guron) 207.
-by Kamesh Srinivasan
Defending champion Punjab suffered a 84-101 loss to Services in a second round match of the men’s event in the 71st Senior National Basketball Championship here on Wednesday.
In another upset result, Uttarakhand defeated a strong Indian Railways team 101-92 with Vishesh Bhriguvanshi leading the way with 48 points.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu men beat Haryana 75-48 in a Group F match.
Men’s Group E: Services 101 (Akhilesh Kumar 29, Gaurav Chandel 26, Nikhil Kumar 20) beat Punjab 84 (Amjyot Singh 33, Kanwar Gurbal Singh Sandhu 17).
Kerala 81 (Antony Johnson 27, Sajin Mathem 15) beat Karnataka 71 (Shashank Raj 21, Pratyanshu Tomar 20).
Group F: Uttarakhand 101 (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 48, Prashant Rawat 21) beat Indian Railways 92 (Santhosh Mani 19, Anto Bethel 19, Kamran 18).
Tamil Nadu 75 (Muin Bek 19, Aravind Kumar 11) beat Haryana 48 (Sunil Rathee 14).
Group G: Uttar Pradesh 77 (Harsh Dagar 18, Vishalkumar Gupta 16) beat Telangana 69 (A Vijay 23).
Women’s Group E: Indian Railways 94 (Vaishnavi Yadav 20, Sruthi Arvind 12) beat Madhya Pradesh 38 (Priya Sharma 12). Kerala 63 (Stephy Nelson 16, Minnu Maria 13) beat Tamil Nadu 49 (J Ishwarya 13).
Group F: Punjab 72 (Kavya Singh 21) beat Assam 37 (Reena Patel 11). Telangana 90 (Aswathy S Thampi 21, Priyanka 23) beat Karnataka 53 (Mohanbala 10).
Group G: Maharashtra 75 (Sakshi Pandey 36, Suzzane Pinto 14) beat Uttar Pradesh 66 (Barkha Sonkar 26).
Group H: Rajasthan 78 (Kavita P 39) beat Odisha (Lipramayee Satapathy 36).