July 22 Indian sports news wrap: Bopanna-Middelkoop duo reaches Hamburg Open final

TENNIS

The pair Bopanna-Middelkoop reaches the final of the Hamburg Open

Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop came out of defeat to beat top seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the semifinals of Friday’s ATP500 event in Hamburg, Germany.

The Spanish-Argentinian duo of Granollers and Zeballos won the opening set 6-3. However, the fourth-placed Indo-Dutch pair, who reached the French Open semifinals that year, won the second set by the same score to level things out before winning the match tiebreak 10-3.

In the final, Bopanna and Middelkoop meet either third-placed Tim Pütz and Michael Venus or unseeded pair Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

This will be Bopana’s fourth tour level finale of the year. While the 42-year-old Indian, world number 21. in doubles, with his compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan won the ATP250 titles in Adelaide and Pune, he lost the summit duel in Doha with Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

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Juniors of the AITA National Series

Top seed Aryan Arora beat Tanishq Jadhav 9-6 to reach the AITA National Series U18 Boys’ Tennis Tournament semifinals at Joygaon Academy.

Skandha Prasanna Rao, Jason David and Kavin Karthik were the others to reach the semi-finals of the boys’ event. For the girls, Samaira Malik, Riya Sachdeva and Asmi Adkar had reached the semi-finals.

The monsoon rains have upset the schedule and left a big question mark over the completion of the event on the clay courts, as was the case with a similar tournament at the same venue last week.

The results

U18 Boys (Quarterfinals): Aryan Arora bt Tanishq Jadhav 9-6; Skandha Prasanna Rao vs. Siddhant Sharma 9-6; Jason David beats Vansh Nandal 9-7; Kavin Karthik vs. Deepam Malik 9-2. Pre-Quarterfinals: Aryan bt Sagar Kumar 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Tanishq v Mayank Sharma 2-6, 6-3, 6-1; Skandha vs. Pranav Mishra 6:2, 6:1; Siddhant bt Parag Jain 6-1, 6-3; Vansh v Madhav Sharma 6-3, 6-1; Jason beats Ritvik Nadikude 6-3, 6-4; Deepam bt Swastik Sharma 6-4, 6-4; Kavin v Manish Yadav 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. U18 Girls (Quarterfinals): Samaira Malik bt Raja Sarvagnya Kilaru 9-2; Riya Sachdeva vs. Mahika Khanna 9-4; Asmi Adkar beats Ishi Maheshwari 9-2. Pre-Quarterfinals: Samaira bt Bhumika Rohilla 6-4, 3-6, 6-1; Raja Sarvagnya v Aarushi Raval 6-4, 1-6, 6-2; Aakruti Sonkusare vs. Diva Malik 6:4, 6:3; Laxmi Sri Dandu v Kkaira Chetnani 7-5, 6-0; Mahika vs. Harleen Kaur Dhanda 6:2, 6:3; Riya vs. Suhani Gaur 6:1, 6:2; Ishi bt Harnoor Kaur Sidhu 6-2, 7-6(7); Asmi beats Kumkum Kumari 6-2, 6-1.

Kamesh Srinivasan

BADMINTON

Kashyap and Tanisha lose at Taipei Open, India’s campaign over

The Indian campaign ended at the Taipei Open badminton tournament on Friday after Parupalli Kashyap and Tanisha Crasto suffered narrow defeats in the quarterfinals of the singles and doubles events respectively.

Kashyap’s impressive run as third-place finisher ended in a 12-21, 21-12, 17-21 loss to Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven in a 55-minute game of the Super 300 tournament.

Tanisha also had a disappointing day, suffering losses in both mixed and women’s doubles.

Tanisha and Ishaan Bhatnagar, who were seeded sixth, lost 19:21, 12:21 to Malaysia’s Hoo Pang Ron and Toh Ee Wei in the 32-minute mixed doubles.

19-year-old Tanisha, who was born in Dubai, then put up a brave fight with Shruti Mishra, her women’s doubles partner, but couldn’t get past Hong Kong’s sixth-place finishers Ng Tsz Yau and Tsang Hiu Yan, losing 16-21, 22: 20, 18:21 in just over an hour.

-PTI

GOLF

Seher Atwal wins Stage 10 of Hero WPGT with a birdie on the final hole

Seher Atwal kept his nerve and fired a birdie on the last hole to win her first title of the season here on Friday on Stage 10 of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour.

Seher has been second in her last two starts.

A dramatic battle ensued on the final day at the Prestige Golfshire with no fewer than four contenders for the title.

Seher (72) lost her lead early overnight in the front nine and Sneha Singh led at the turn with a two-under-34 front nine.

Then Nayanika Sanga (70) made an attack to set the clubhouse goal. For Neha Tripathi the putts would not fall. She finished with a par on the 18th and a straight par 72, although a birdie on the final hole would have forced a playoff with Seher, whose last 10 holes with three birdies and no bogeys settled the problem.

Nayanika Sanga, a Gurgaon golfer who turned 18 last month, put in a good performance and finished 2 under 70. She finished behind Seher and was second with Neha Tripathi (72).

Seher started a shot ahead of Neha on the final day but lost three shots in first, third and sixth place, while Neha in fifth place had just one bogey. At this point, Neha Seher was a beat ahead. Neha fucked the eighth.

The fight got intense when Seher birdied the ninth and Neha bogeyed him for a two-shot swing that got them level, but both were two shots behind third player in the last group, Sneha. She played an excellent front nine of 2-under 34 with four birdies and two bogeys.

Seher shagged in 11th place, Neha equalized with a birdie in 12th place, and the duo were tied through 18th place. Seher made a birdie, Neha missed.

Sneha’s chance ended with a bogey in 17th place, and she parried in 18th place for a card of 72 with five birdies and five bogeys. She finished 2-under 214 in fourth place.

Neha, who had a stake in the first-round lead, paid the price for two bogeys in the front nine, although she also had a birdie.

On the back nine, Neha had just one birdie and ended up on par in 18th place, where she needed a birdie to get into a playoff with Seher.

-PTI

Atwal, Theegala start with 73 each in 3M Open

It wasn’t the best start for Indian Arjun Atwal or Indian-American Sahith Theegala as they each shot 2 for 73 to finish 73rd after round one at the 3M Open on the PGA Tour in Blaine.

Atwal had a birdie and three bogeys while Theegala, down at 4-over, completed a birdie birdie to give himself a chance to get into the weekend.

Indo-Swede Daniel Chopra had a rough time at 7-over-78.

While Atwal and Theegala need to make sure they get decent second rounds, Chopra needs a mind-blowing round to stay in the money rounds.

Scott Piercy and Sungjae Im lead at 6-under. Tony Finau was two down after three close birdie misses in his last four holes.

Finau finished third in 4-under alongside Brice Garnett, Emiliano Grillo, Tony Doug Ghim and Tom Hoge. A large group of nine players, including Adam Hadwin and David Lingmerth, finished in 3rd place in 8th place.

Atwal hit 12 of 18 greens to finish with 2 overs. He bogeyed the par 3 13th but got the shot on the 451 yard par 4 15. hole with a 22-foot putt back to birdie.

After a tee shot onto the green at the 202-yard par-3 17th, Atwal suffered from a hard three-putt. Then he had another bogey on the ninth par 4.

Theegala didn’t find half of the fairways and only had nine of the 18 greens in regulation. However, his putting with great accuracy to within 10 feet saved him many shots.

Piercy, 43, who has four career wins to his name, changed his caddy, swing coach, driver and putter last week.

24-year-old Sungjae Im, 19th in the FedEx Cup standings and 24th in the world, has birded four of his last six holes. He finished eighth at the Masters that year.

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