Indian sports News- August 20thAugust 20, 2019
Bytes: HS beats Lin Dan, Sushil Kumar qualify for World Championship, India in final of Olympic Test event, Ankita Raina cruises in US Open Qualification, Steve Smith out of 3rd Ashes
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World Championship- India’s HS Prannoy knocked out five-time champion Lin Dan in the second round of the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland on Tuesday. Prannoy, ranked 30th in the world at the moment, overcame the legendary Chinese player 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in 62 minutes to progress to the round of 16. With this win, Prannoy now has a winning record against Lin Dan (3-2) in his career. The Indian shuttler, who was a late addition to the tournament, will now likely face world No 1 and defending champion Kento Momota in the third round.
World Championships- Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar returns to the India squad for World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan after beating Jitender Kumar 4-2 in the 74 kg category. This will be the first time in eight years that the 36-year-old will be a part of the World Championships. Junior world champion Deepak Punia will be a part of the 86kg category. All eyes, though, will on Commonwealth and Asian Games champion Bajrang Punia, who is the best in the world in his category.
Olympic Test- After a tough 1-2 loss against New Zealand in their second match of the Olympic Test event, the Indian hockey team booked their place in the final after defeating Japan 6-3 in their third match of the tournament held in Tokyo at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Tuesday. Mandeep Singh (9’, 29’, 30’), Nilakanta Sharma (3’), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (7’) and Gurjant Singh (41’) scored for India while Kentaro Fukuda (25’), Kenta Tanaka (36’) and Kazuma Murata (52’) got on the scoresheet for Japan.
ISL- Two-time ISL champion Chennaiyin FC on Monday said it has signed former Afghanistan international Masih Saighani for the 2019-20 campaign on a free transfer. The 32-year old Saighani joins Chennaiyin after a season-long stint with Bangladeshi side Abahani Dhaka, a press release said. The versatile Afghanistan player can play as a central defensive midfielder or central defender and has previous experience of playing in India with Aizawl FC.
Junior Track Championship- Indian Esow Alben bagged two medals at the World Junior Track Championship to help India registered its best-ever performance at a global cycling event. India won a gold, silver, and bronze each to finish sixth in the medals tally. Germany, New Zealand, and Greece claimed the top three places respectively.
Nation’s Cup- India’s junior women boxers clinched 12 medals, including four gold, at the third Nation’s Cup in Vrbas, Serbia. The team won four gold, four silver and four bronze medals and claimed the runners-up trophy. Tamanna (48kg), Ambeshori Devi (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg) Priyanka (66kg) notched up the gold medals. Tamanna was adjudged Best Foreign Boxer. She blanked Russia’s Alena Tremasova 5-0 in the final, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said in a statement.
US Open Qualifiers- India No 1 Ankita Raina got off to a solid start on US Open debut knocking out the ninth seed in three sets the first qualifying round in New York.
However, Ramkumar Ramanathan’s quest for a Grand Slam main draw debut was prolonged as he bowed out in the first round. Raina, world No 194, claimed a fighting 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 win over Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium in a topsy-turvy match to reach the second round of the qualifiers on Monday night. The match saw eight breaks of serve, with Raina winning five out six break chances while giving up serve three times and saving five breakpoint.
Rankings- Daniil Medvedev cracked the top five in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career on Monday after claiming his maiden Masters crown. The 23-year-old became the first Russian player in history to win a Masters title, ousting David Goffin in the Cincinnati Open finals on Sunday. The Russian is now fifth in the rankings released Monday and led by Novak Djokovic who he beat in Saturday’s semi finals in Ohio.
Naomi Osaka held on to the top of the WTA rankings on Monday despite injury and elimination from the Cincinnati Masters. Madison Keys jumped eight spots and is ranked 10th after she won Cincinnati on Sunday.
South Zone ranking event- Manush Shah of Gujarat overcame Raegan Albuquerque of Maharashtra 4-3 to lift the youth boys trophy in the UTT National Ranking (South Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the Jimmy George Indoor Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. In the junior boys and junior girls finals, Vishwa Deenadayalan of Tamil Nadu and Anusha Kutumbale of Madhya Pradesh defeated Aadarsh Om Chetri of Delhi (4-2) and Munmun Kundu of West Bengal (4-1), respectively, to pick up their successive trophies.
INDvsWI- India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari scored half-centuries before West Indies A held on to a draw on the final day of the three-day warm-up game at Coolidge on Monday. India declared at 188/5, setting the opposition a target of 305 runs to chase before the hosts batted out for 21 overs to finish the match at 47/3.
Head coach- Former Tamil Nadu and South Zone all-rounder Divakar Vasu was on Monday appointed head coach of the state senior cricket team. Vasu would be the head coach for the season 2019-2020, while former Tamil Nadu batsman R Prasanna would be an assistant coach, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association said in a press release.
Ashes- Australia batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test in Leeds after suffering a concussion during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Cricket Australia confirmed that he would miss the upcoming Test after he sat out the team’s training session that took place on Tuesday. Smith had earlier missed out the Day 5 of second Ashes Test which ended in a draw at Lord’s.