Highlights (August 1st) – Day in Sports

August 1, 2019

Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Cricket, BoxingTest Match

YoGems makes sure that you won’t miss a thing in the field of sports, so here is a quick recap to all the happenings from the last 24 hours:

Badminton:
Thailand Open- The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty beat Fajar Alfian-M.Rian Ardianto of Indonesia in straight games to reach the quarterfinals of Thailand Open Super 500. Scoreline: 21-17, 21-19.

Saina Nehwal’s return from injury is cut short in the round of 16 as she blows a lead against world No 18 Sayaka Takahashi to lose 21-16, 11-21, 14-21. Saina pays the price for too many unforced errors in the 2nd & 3rd games.

Just like Saina Nehwal, Srikanth also loses his pre-QF in three games after winning the opener. Unseeded Phetpradab wins 11-21 21-16 21-12 against the Indian, seeded 5th. Elsewhere, Kashyap’s tournament comes to an end too as he loses to the third seed (and in-form) Chou Tien Chen 9-21, 14-21.

Grassroots:
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sought to foster a positive school sports culture, that would in turn facilitate the effective character development of student athletes. In what is expected to nurture sporting talent among school-going children, the leading education council in the country has come up with a plan to introduce a compulsory sports period for students of class 1 to 12, focusing solely on health and physical education.

Boxing:
Asian gold-medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) and world bronze-winner Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), along with two others Indians, entered the semi-finals of the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia.

India Open gold medallist Neeraj (57kg) and former world youth bronze-medallist Jony (60kg) were the other two to make the semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Cricket:
Ashes returns as Australia take on World Champions England at Edgbaston on 1st Test of the Ashes from 1st August 2019. England is keenly looking to retain that famous urn, against an Australian side that is desperate to beat their oldest enemy away from home for the first time since 2001.

Tennis:
India no 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s run at the Los Cabos Open came to an end with a second-round loss early Thursday. Fifth seed Taylor Fritz fought back from a set down to beat world No 90 Prajnesh 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes.

In the doubles, Divij Sharan and his partner Jonathan Erlich reached the quarter-final. The duo beat fourth seeds Ben Mclachlan of Japan and John-Patrick Smith of Australia 7-5, 6-1 in straight sets. They will play Hans Hach Verdugo and Dennis Novikov in the quarters.

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