Tisha Jasani edges Antara Rakshit in a thrillerJanuary 23, 2018
Maharashtra’s Tisha Jasani overcame a spirited challenge from Antara Rakshit 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10 to enter the girls’ under-13 quarterfinals at the sixth JSW all-India Sunil Verma Memorial squash open at Vashind, Thane.
The results (pre-quarterfinals):
Boys: Under-13: Yuvraj Wadhwani (Mah) bt Aarav Gill (Pun) 11-9, 11-1, 11-4; Vivaan Shah (Mah) bt Ayaan Vaziralli (Mah) 11-5, 11-9, 11-6; Aditya Chandani (Mah) bt Vivaan Bhatia (Mah) 6-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7; Sharan Pbi (Mah) bt Tavneet Singh Mundra (MP) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5; Krishna Mishra ( MP) bt Dhairya Shah ( Mah) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5; Abhishek Paswan (Mah) bt Siddhant Rewari (Mah) 11-4, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4; Ansh Tripathi (Utk) bt Aryan Shah (Mah) 11-0, 11-2, 11-1.
Under-15: Paarth Ambani (Mah) bt Soham Mehta (Mah) 11-5, 11-3, 12-10; Om Semwal (Mah) bt Ahaan Bhansali (Mah) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9; Raunak Singh (Mah) bt Aaryan Agarwal (Mah) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5; Mohit Bhatt (Mah) bt Mihit Mahale (Mah) 11-9, 11-9, 11-3; Shreyas Mehta (Mah) bt Anush Kar (TN) 11-0, 11-2, 11-3; Adhil Mohammed Syed (TN) bt Uday Pandey (Mah) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2; Aaryaman Jaising (Mah) bt Sunny Yadav (Mah)11-6, 11-5, 11-5; Aakash Gupta (Mah) bt Arin Khot (Mah) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4.
Under-17: Diwakar Singh (UP) bt Rahul Dharra (Mah) 11-3, 6-11, 11-1, 11-6; Vishal Rajbhar (Mah) bt Shaurya Verma (Del) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8; Deepak Mandal (Mah) bt Shanay Sanghavi (Mah) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4; Neel Joshi (Mah) bt Rohan Padhye (Mah) 11-9, 11-2, 11-5; Araash Mehta (Mah) bt Yash Salunkhe (GA)11-3, 11-9, 12-10; Sankalp Anand (Del) bt Zahaan Heeramaneck (Mah) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.
Girls: Under-13: Tisha Jasani (Mah) bt Antara Rakshit (Mah) 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10; Aleya Masand (Mah) bt Neelam Rathore (Mah)11-3, 11-4, 11-0; Aaryaa Belsare (Mah) bt Khushi Jaspal (Mah) 11-5, 11-3, 11-1; Sharon Jeffy Doss (TN) bt Niya Jain (Mah)11-2, 11-1, 11-4; Hinal Nimse (Mah) bt Anneisha Shah (Mah)11-7, 11-3, 11-8.
Under-15: Gurlin Kaur (Del ) bt Karina Baitha (Mah) 11-3, 11-4, 11-1; Sarah Vethekar (Mah) bt Himadri Chauhan (MP) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3; Aanchal Rathor (GA) bt Archita Singh (Mah)11-8, 11-6, 11-9; Tanishka Jain (Mah) bt Prini Jain (Mah) 11-0, 11-1, 11-5; Anjali Semwal (Mah) bt Tanishka Singh (GA) 11-2, 11-5, 11-3; Anushka Rawat (GA) bt Saniya Jaggi (Mah) 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8.
Ayaz Bilawala and Shailesh Daga (Greater Mumbai) proved a perfect combination as they defeated Vilas Kuvale and Yogesh Padukone 21-12, 21-11 in the men’s 45-plus final of the ‘Badminton 45’ senior State veterans’ badminton tournament, conducted by the Maharashtra Badminton Association and hosted by the Bombay Gymkhana.
Shailesh went on to clinch the men’s 45-plus singles crown too, overcoming a strong challenge from the unfancied Ashutosh Pednekar (GM) 21-9, 15-21, 21-18.
Leroy D’Sa, partnering Gautam Ashra (GM), bagged the men’s 60-plus doubles crown, setting the pace and winning rallies to come through against the Mumbai Suburban duo of Anil Kulkarni and Vivek Patil 21-14, 21-14.
The results (finals): Men: 35-plus: Aditya Pandya (MS) bt Abhishek Patil (NSK) 21-15, 21-15; 40-plus: Siddharth Patil (Aur) bt Ajay Salvi (Pal) 21-18, 21-23, 22-20.; 45-plus: Shailesh Daga (GM) bt Ashutosh Pednekar (GM) 21-9, 15-21, 21-18; 55-plus: Bharat Bhosale (PN) bt Anil Bhandari (PN) 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.
60-plus: Vivek Patil (MS) bt Sanjay Parande (PN) 21-16, 21-13; 65-plus: Hubert Miranda (MS) bt Ashok Sharma (MS) 21-15, 21-8; 70-plus: Suhel Ghai (PN) bt Sudam Shahare (BHN) 21-13, 21-6.
Doubles: 35-plus: Mangirish Palekar (GM) & Mitesh Hajirnis (TH) bt Aditya Pandya (MS) & Deepak Jaitly (GM) 21-15, 21-19; 40-plus: Amit Devdhar (PAL) & Mahesh Utgikar (PN) bt Manish Hadkar (PAL) & Sandeep Mohan (MS) 21-10, 21-17; 45-plus: Ayaz Bilawala (GM) & Shailesh Daga (GM) bt Vilas Kuvale (GM) & Yogesh Padukone (GM) 21-12, 21-11.
50-plus: Amol Shah (GM) & Mayur Tawade (MS) bt Ajay Srivastava (MS) & Balakrishna Palapudi (MS) 21-11, 21-17; 55-plus: Bibhash Chatterjee (GM) & Yogesh Sanghavi (MS) bt Harish Angolkar (PN) & Milind Deshmukh (AUR) 21-16, 21-15
60-plus: Gautam Ashra (GM) & Leroy D’Sa (GM) bt Anil Kulkarni (MS) & Vivek Patil (MS) 21-14, 21-14; 65-plus: Ashok Sharma (MS) & Shirish Nadkarni (MS) bt Austin D’Rozario (PN) & Pradeep Harlalka (MS) 21-11, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: 40-plus: Upendra Fadnis (MS) & Nisha Springett (MS) bt Amit Devdhar (PN) & Deanne Rodrigues (MS) 21-15, 21-16; 45-plus: Ashutosh Pednekar (GM) & Naheed Divecha (GM) bt Vilas Kuvale (GM) & Dimple Sinha (PN) 21-13, 21-18.
Hat-trick by Himanshu
Striker Himanshu Rao’s hat-trick helped Air India Western Region beat Sellebrity SC 4-1 in a MDFA league super division match at the Goan Sports Association’s Ground, Cross Maidan.
Himanshu, who broke the deadlock in the 46th minute, scored two quick goals to take his team 3-0 up before Alok Chavan completed the tally.
FCI got past Companeroes SC 4-2 in another match.
Super Division: Air India Western Region 4 (Himanshu Rao 3, Alok Chavan) bt Sellebrity SC 1 (Sidhant Pathak); FCI 4 (Mithilesh Kasare 2, Suraj Bhagat, Harish Solanki) bt Companeroes SC 2 (Zeeshan Shaikh, Praneet Gaikwad); St. Sebastian SC 5 (Umesh Kamble, Joshua Dias, Dalton Wilson, Salman Khan, Anikit Choweta) bt Soccer A-Z 1 (Anuj Kumar).
Sellebrity Football Academy, Bandra, will organise the first Sellebrity Premier League at the Supari Talao Ground, Bandra (W) from January 27 to February 4. The tournament will have events in men, women and boys’ under-16. For details, call Ryan Menezes (97699 79307).
Joga Bonito qualifies
Joga Bonito blanked Mighty Joe Young 3-0 in the city qualifiers’ final of the Neymar Jr.’s Five, a five-a-side football tournament.
Jogo Bonito, which emerged supreme among the 80 teams that competed at the Kock Football Turf, Malabar Hill, will now represent Mumbai in the National finals in March.
RFY Sports Natl. athletics
Mumbai’s best school and college athletes will be pitted against those from all over the country in the first Reliance Foundation Youth Sports National athletics championship to be held at the Sports Authority of India Centre, Kandivali, from Tuesday.
The two-day event will see more than 60 of Mumbai’s athletes from Father Agnel Multipurpose School and Junior College, Vashi; Udayachal High School, Vikhroli and Kishinchand Chellaram College vying for honours in the championship featuring 550 athletes from eight cities.