July 5, Indian sports news wrap

ATHLETICS

Arokia Rajiv tells AFI he will not be able to compete in retrial for World Championships

Quarter-military Arokia Rajiv has told the Indian Athletics Federation (AFI) that he will not be able to compete in the rerun for a place in the 4x400m relay for the upcoming World Championships.

Sources in the know about things have informed that Rajiv is not feeling well and is ready to miss the retrial despite it earning him a place in the Indian team for the World Championships from July 15-24 in Eugene, USA , could cost.

“He has informed AFI that he will not be able to attend the second trial in NIS Patiala on July 8,” said a top source on the development PTI under conditions of anonymity.

Rajiv, quarter-military Aishwarya Mishra and long jumper Jeswin Aldrin had “unimpressed” at the trials convened by AFI on Monday in Thiruvananthapuram.

AFI President Adille Sumariwalla had said all three athletes were given another chance to prove themselves at the NIS Patiala on Friday.

“The performances of all three were not up to par, nothing impressive. They were not up to standards,” said Sumariwalla on Monday.

“But we gave them another chance. They can come and have another test on Friday at NIS Patiala, where the World Junior Championships test will take place that day,” he had said.

Sumariwalla had said that Rajiv would only be selected for the World Cup if his performance during the retrial in Patiala was satisfactory.

“We will only select him (Arokia) if his performance meets the requirements. Otherwise we can only pick five athletes for the 4x400m relay,” said Sumariwalla.

Rajiv had clocked 47.89 seconds, well short of his personal and season bests. Aishwarya, who was included in the World Championship squad, finished Monday’s race in 53.15 seconds.

Aldrin, who was not named on the team because his performance has steadily declined after jumping 8.26m during the Federation Cup in April, could only jump a personal best of 7.99m while the regulation mark is close to 8.10 m lay.

– Press Trust of India

BADMINTON

CWG-tied women’s doubles pair Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand exit the Malaysia Masters

Kuala Lumpur, 5th July (PTI) – Indian doubles duo Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand belonging to the Commonwealth Games were eliminated in the first round of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament, losing to local pair Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan here on Tuesday.

The Indian pair were outplayed by the Malaysians 14-21, 14-21 in the opening round match that lasted just 33 minutes.

Neither Indian won a match on Tuesday, two other women’s doubles also had to be beaten in the first round.

The combination of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam lost to Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 7-21, 10-21, while Pooja Dandu and Arathi Sara lost to Bulgaria’s Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva 17-21 and 17-21.

In the women’s singles, Malvika Bansod also suffered a 10-21, 17-21 loss to the host country’s Goh Jin Wei in 33 minutes to be eliminated from the Super 500 tournament.

Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will take part in the first round matches in women’s singles on Wednesday.

Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth will also open their men’s singles campaigns on Wednesday.

-PTI

TENNIS

Asian U14 Tournament

Wild card entrant Prakaash Sarran defeated second seed Saksham Bikram Shah of Nepal 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the boys’ preliminary quarterfinals of the Asian U14 tennis tournament at Tennis Project, Baliawas on Tuesday.

In the quarterfinals, Prakaash meets fifth seed Praneeth Doragari, who lost Tanussh Gureja by one game.

In the girls’ group, Diya Chaudhary defeated fourth seeded Hirwa Rangani 7-5, 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals. She will face off against Saanvi Reddy, who defeated 8th seed Manvi Gupta 6-3, 6-1.

Miraya Agrawal passed third seed Nandini Kanssal as the latter resigned in the third set.

The results (before quarterfinals):

Boys: Om Verma v Chandra Kopparapu 6-0, 6-0; Shashank Sai Prasad
Karnati vs. Kanishk Dhingra 6-3, 6-3; Tavish Pahwa bt Amrit Dhankar
6-4, 6-3; Mohhd. Shees v Mrigank Rawat 6-3, 6-1; Kushagra Arora bt
Ayan Dahiya 6:0, 6:4; Rudra Batham v Aarav Dhekal 6-2, 6-2; Praneeth
Doragari v Tanush Gureja 6-1, 6-0; Prakaash Sarran b Saksham Bikram
Shah (Nep) 7-6(4), 6-1.

Girls: Vennela Gaarugupati v Ridhima Singh 6-1, 6-2; Neelakshi foam
bt Vaishnavi Singh 6:2, 6:1; Miraya Agrawal bt Nandini Kansal 4-6, 6-3
(retired); Sri Lakshmi Purmani v Sarah Chaudhary 6-1, 6-2; saanvi
Reddy beats Manvi Gupta 6-3, 6-1; Diya Chaudhary vs. Hirwa Rangani 7-5,
6-2; Snigdha Ruhil v Aura Malik 6-3, 6-0; Aleena Farid b Rujula
Dublin 6-4, 6-2.

Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA women’s tournament

Lucky loser Kavya Khirwar beat qualifier Harnoor Kaur Sidhu 6-0, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Rs.100,000 AITA women’s ranking tennis tournament at Joygaon Academy on Tuesday.

In the quarterfinals, Kavya meets the seventh Shruti Gupta, who beat Sanjami Arora 6-2, 6-4.

Another lucky loser, Joell Nichole, defeated sixth-seeded Ritu Ohlyan 6-3, 6-3 to advance to a quarterfinal match against second-seeded Shefali Arora.

The results:

Singles (Before Quarterfinals): Sonal Patil bt Abhilasha Bista 6-2, 6-0; Hannah Nagpal v Sanjivani Kutwal 6-3, 6-1; Kavya Khirwar vs. Harnoor Kaur Sidhu 6-0, 6-1; Shruti Gupta vs. Sanjami Arora 6-2, 6-4; Riya Uboveja v Medhavi Singh 6-4, 6-1; Hitakamya Singh Narwal v Gia Alana Pereira 6-1, 6-2; Joell Nichole v Ritu Ohlyan 6-3, 6-3; Shefali Arora
bt Kanupriya Rajawat 6-1 (conceded).

Kamesh Srinivasan

Sumit falls in the first round

Sumit Nagal was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-3 by Ukraine’s Oleksii Krutykh in the first round of the €134,920 Challenger tennis tournament in Germany on Tuesday.

The results:

€134,920 Contenders, Braunschweig, Germany singles (first round): Oleksii Krutykh (Ukr) v Sumit Nagal 7-6(4), 6-3.

$25,000 ITF Men, Getxo, Spain

Doubles (Before Quarterfinals): Alejandro Garcia & Alex Martinez (Esp) bt
Ssean Hess (Arg) & Adil Kalyanpur 2-6, 7-6(4), [10-3].

$15,000 ITF Men, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (first round): Aziz Ouakaa (Tun) vs. Niki Poonacha 7-5, 7-5.

Kamesh Srinivasan

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