Indian sports news wrap, November 15: Saurav Ghosal exits Singapore Open in first round


Saurav exits Singapore Open in first round

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Saurav Ghosal lost to Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng in the opening round of Singapore Open on Tuesday.

Ng came from 1-2 down to beat Ghosal 3-2 (12-14, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12, 11-1) in a match that lasted one-and-a-half hours.

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Ghosal had recently beaten Ng in the semifinals of the Asian Team Championships in Cheongju, Korea.

“In the third and fourth games, I lost a little bit of focus, and at match ball down, I knew I had to keep fighting, I had nothing to lose and to be honest, I am not really sure what happened at the end of the fourth. I just kept fighting and just kept running. I was really edgy when he hit a high volley drop and I just tinned it. Luckily, I was slightly stronger physically in the fifth game,” Ng told after the win.

Later in the day, Ramit Tandon will face England’s Patrick Rooney in his opening round match.

– Team Sportstar


Pooja sets U16 high jump national mark, Sanyam’s win brings along best athlete title

Haryana’s Pooja created a under-16 high jump national record while Sanyam too impressed in winning the U-20 men’s shot put title in the 37th AFI National Junior Athletics Championships on Tuesday.

Sanyam’s winning effort of 19.10m in his opening attempt also enabled him to emerge as the best male athlete in his age group.

However, Pooja had the distinction of being the only one to claim a national record. She cleared 1.76m to improve on the 1.73m mark set by Pavana Nagaraj at the Sarusajai Stadium here last year. The others who won the best athlete awards were Shaili Singh (Uttar Pradesh) in U-20 women, Atul (Haryana) and Unnathi Aiyyappa (Karnataka) in U-18 men and women, Ommkar Prasad Nanda (Odisha) and Rezoana Mallick Heena (West Bengal) in U-16 boys and girls and Nishchay (Haryana) and Tanu Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh) in the U-14 boys and girls.

On the final day of the championships which saw 39 finals across the four age groups, as many as six meet records were broken.



PGTI regulars to vie for honours at IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf tournament

Olympian Udayan Mane and former Asian tour winner Khalin Joshi will be among the top names as the 22nd edition of the IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf tournament begins on Wednesday.

The Rs 75 lakh event will feature a field of 120 players including 118 professionals and two amateurs. The top 50 players and ties will make the cut after round two.

The Pro-Am event will be held on November 20 at the scenic Digboi Golf Links.

Apart from Mane and Joshi, defending champion Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Manu Gandas, former champions Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Shankar Das, Harendra Gupta will also be in the fray.

National Games silver medallists Abhinav Lohan (individual event) and Trishul Chinnappa (team event) and bronze medallists Sunhit Bishnoi (individual event) and Sachin Baisoya (team event) will also compete in the tournament.

The foreign challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja, Anura Rohana and K Prabagaran, Bangladesh’s Md Akbar Hossain as well as Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai.

The local challenge is being led by Digboi-based players including professionals Biren Karmakar, Deven Bhumij, Sunil Mura, Dulal Kalowar and Deepraj Chetia as well as amateurs Alok Barua and Naveen Kumar Kisalay.

“This new development is set to give a major boost to golf in the North-Eastern region as the pristine Digboi Golf Links will be showcased to viewers across the country. We wish the players all the best,” Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said.


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