Indian sports News- August 23rdAugust 23, 2019
Bytes: Snooker, Sindhu and Sai advances, Sumit Nagpal advances, Davis Cup in November, Vikas Krishan returns, Ajinkya Rahane to rescue, Archer took 6 in 3rd Ashes test, Komalika reaches final
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World Championship, Day5- In what turned out to be a mixed day for the Indian contingent at the ongoing BWF Badminton World Championships, only two of the five Indian shuttlers – B Sai Praneeth and PV Sindhu – managed to book their places in the quarter-finals of the tournament. As they aim for a spot in the semi-finals on Friday, both Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth are facing high-ranked opponents in the quarters. Two-time silver medalist Sindhu faces second seed Tai Tzu Ying while Sai Praneeth takes on fourth seed Jonatan Christie.
Para Badminton world championship- It was a good day at the office for India as their top Para Badminton shuttlers including World No. 1s Pramod Bhagat and Parul Parmar won all their respective group matches to advance to the knock-out stage of the BWF World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. While Parmar opened her title defence strongly having won all the three matches in straight games in Group A of women’s singles SL3, Bhagat had to battle past Thailand’s Mongkhon Bunsun 26-24, 21-17 in 36 minutes to finish on top in Group A of the men’s section.
INDvsWI: Ajinkya Rahane’s 18th half-century anchored India’s revival to 203 for six on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday. Reduced to 25/3 by opening bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel after they were put in to bat, Rahane underlined his immense value to a star-studded team with a gritty top score of 81 that helped lift the tourists to a more competitive position by the end of a rain-interrupted day.
3rd Test, Ashes- Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Thursday. Fast bowler Archer, in only his second Test, took 6-45 in 17.1 overs – the first time he had taken five or more wickets in an innings at this level after marking his debut with a 92 mph bouncer that concussed Smith and ruled him out of this match in the rain-affected drawn second match of the series at Lord’s. Australia were dismissed inside 53 overs after losing their last eight wickets for a mere 43 runs on a day featuring several weather interruptions.
US Open qualifying- Sumit Nagal, the lone Indian left in contention, reached the third and final round of qualifying and is a win away from the main draw of the US Open. The Indian world No 190 took just over two hours to beat the 192nd ranked Peter Polansky of Canada 7-5, 7-6(0) late on Thursday night in New York. In the final qualifier match, he will play Joao Menezes of Brazil in a bid to qualify for his first-ever Grand Slam. This is Nagal’s first attempt at making the Grand Slam singles main draw this season in which he enjoyed considerable success and broke into the top-200.
Meanwhile, India No 1 Prajnesh got a tough draw to begin the last Grand Slam of the year. He will face fifth seed and recent Cincinnati champion Daniil Medvedev and in the first round.
Davis Cup– The International Tennis Federation announced on Thursday that the India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie, scheduled to be held in the capital of Pakistan, will be postponed to November this year. India had given its nod to travel to Pakistan but yet another collapse in diplomatic ties between the two neighbouring nations forced the All India Tennis Association to request for a change in venue. The tie was originally slated to be played on September 14-15. The ITF, in their statement, announced that that exact dates of the tie will be confirmed by September 9.
US Open– Serena Williams will begin her quest for a seventh US Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory against long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the US Open women’s singles draw was unveiled on Thursday. Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry, winning 19 times with only two defeats, including their past 18 meetings, most recently at the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals, although Sharapova advanced by walkover against Williams in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year.
Friendlies- The Indian women’s football team will play two friendly matches against Uzbekistan as part of its preparation for the AFC Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers. The Indian women’s team, which finished third in the COTIF Cup recently, will play the two matches at the Yakkasary Stadium, Tashkent on August 29 and September 2. As the 29-member squad started training at the preparatory camp here, head coach Maymol Rocky said that “the exposure for the team has been unprecedented, and valuable”.
Albertsons Boise Open- Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri moved within striking distance of getting back his PGA Tour card as he turned in 3-under after the first nine in the opening round of the Albertsons Boise Open in Boise, USA. Lahiri was Tied-5th three shots behind the current leader Tyler Duncan and Grayson Murray. This tournament is the second of three events in the Korn Ferry Series finals.
Tokyo Olympics- Twice he has been to the Olympics and both times he has returned empty-handed. But Vikas Krishan is not giving up on his dream of becoming the second Indian male boxer to win an Olympic medal. Nine months after he made his pro debut in the United States, Krishan is back at the national camp in National Institute of Sports, Patiala in his quest to earn his spot on the Indian team for the Tokyo Olympics. “It’s been a month that I came back and I returned to participate in the Tokyo Olympics,” he said. “I have some back issues so I am recovering. Once that is done, I will start my full training.”
Masters National Championship- Anuj Uppal of Delhi prevailed over seasoned pro Rafat Habib of Railways 5-3 to win the MIG Cricket Club organised 3rd Masters National Snooker Championship in Mumbai on Thursday. In the final, the Delhi cueist Uppal showed better nerves and took his chances against Tamil Nadus Habib who was not at his usual best and was not really up to the challenge for a fight. Uppal was steady and showed better consistency with his potting as he constructed two substantial breaks to run out a worthy winner.
World Youth Championship- Jharkhand’s Komalika Bari assured India of a silver medal in the World Archery Youth Championships after she reached the final in the recurve cadet section in Madrid on Thursday. Trailing 1-5, Bari showed tremendous composure to edge out her Korean opponent Jang Mi in the shoot-off by shooting closer to the centre after a 9-all finish in the tie-breaker. The 17-year-old Indian will face Sonoda Waka of Japan in the fight for the gold on Sunday.
Coleman- United States sprint star Christian Coleman could face suspension after failing to make himself available for three drugs tests, multiple reports said Thursday. Coleman, 23, the fastest man in the world over 100 meters this year and the favourite for next month’s World Championships in Qatar, has missed three separate tests in the past 12 months. Athletes who fail to make themselves available for three drug tests are treated the same as athletes who fail a drug test and face an automatic suspension.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has suspended the accreditation of India’s National Dope Testing Laboratory for six months in a massive blow to the country’s anti-doping programme, the cost of which will rise significantly now. The lab, which got WADA accreditation in 2008, is no longer authorised to carry out testing of the samples as the suspension is effective August 20. The development is a huge setback for India with less than a year left for the Tokyo Olympics. The National Anti-Doping Agency can still collect samples (blood and urine) but will have to get them tested by a Wada-accredited laboratory outside India.