Kidambi Srikanth reigned supreme in an all-Indian last-8 battle as he defeated HS Prannoy in straight sets to book a semi-final berth in the Indonesia Masters 2021 here in Bali on Friday.
Playing on Court 2, former world number one Kidambi beat the 2014 Indonesia Masters champion Prannoy by 21-7, 21-18 in a 39-minute encounter. After being completely outplayed in the first set Prannoy tried to rally back in the second but Kidambi held his nerves better to deny any chance for his fellow countryman to take the match in the decider.
Kidambi will now take on either Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand or third-seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark in the semi-final.
Earlier in the day, the two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals after crushing Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit 21-13, 21-10 in a 35-minute encounter.
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Chennai beat Bangalore, Dhruvpal emerges as highest goal scorer
Bengaluru witnessed a scintillating evening of polo this past weekend as the Indri Arena Polo Cup was played under floodlights at the ASC Centre & College’s polo arena. In a high-scoring and exciting match, Chennai beat Bangalore 10-8, with Chennai’s Dhruvpal Godara emerging as the highest goal scorer of the match. Chennai players Sameer Mecca and CPO Altaf ably assisted Dhruvpal in the fast-paced match.
The game was very well attended, and the fast-paced arena format of polo was appreciated by the spectators. Bangalore police commissioner Pratap Reddy was also spotted enjoying the game. It was a well-fought contest with Basheer Ali of Bangalore trying his best to get his team to win, but Chennai proved to be consistent throughout the game, ending up triumphant.
Captain Raumik and Dfr Ram Singh were the other players for the Bangalore side. Aficionados of polo are now looking forward to more such arena polo matches at the India Arena Polo League, which takes place later this year.
The Bangalore polo season is currently underway, with action set to shift to Jaipur soon. The game of polo, which originated in India, is fast gaining traction and popularity across the country. As was evident in Bangalore, sponsors seem to be lining up to support the game, and viewers too are flocking to watch the action live and learn more about the game.
Polo was one of the few sports which did not see its seasons disrupted much over the last couple of years in India. Our players too have honed their skills and are regularly seen playing in foreign countries in the summer months when the weather does not permit play in India.
In fact, the Indian team is also gearing up to play in the Polo World Cup next month. Here’s wishing them the best in their efforts to bring the cup back to India.
Suraj’s gold medal win is special, achieved this feat after 32 years
His father worked as a school watchman and his mother used to provide water to the students. The role of a father continued even throughout the COVID epidemic. But his true wish is to see his son, Suraj Vashisht, become a great man, and Suraj recently took the first step in that direction by taking home the gold in the World Cadet Wrestling competition.
Suraj won the gold in the Greco-Roman wrestling style, but before this, India had never won gold in this competition in the last 32 years. An Indian wrestler, Pappu Yadav, achieved this feat 32 years ago.
Suraj defeated the Japanese wrestler with a score of 5-1 and the Uzbekistan wrestler with a score of 7-4 in the competition. He then proved his talent by defeating the Azerbaijani wrestler in the semi-finals by technical superiority and then in the final by defeating the Russian wrestler 9-0.
Suraj lives in a village named Rithal in the Rohtak district of Haryana and is doing his class X studies at an open institution. He lives in Guru Meher Singh Akhada, about 25 km away from his residence. This is his workplace where he practices wrestling every morning and every night.
Suraj says that he has been practicing in this arena for the last six years, and he got a chance to participate in Asian Cadet Wrestling for the first time in Kyrgyzstan. But he lost the match against an Uzbek wrestler and could not win any medals.
At that time, the coach of the Akhada, Ranbir Singh Dhaka, took the responsibility of a psychologist very well and advised Suraj not to get discouraged and to continue preparing for future competitions.
Suraj claims that, in addition to Ranbir Sir, the coaches at the national camp, Shamsher, Indrajit, and Rajveer, guided him through his mistakes and taught him how to avoid repeating them in the future.
Suraj learned from his mistakes and won gold at World Cadet Wrestling this time. Suraj says that his wish is to remain at his best and to become the world champion in the senior category in the future.
Suraj’s discipline, according to coach Ranbir Singh Dhaka, is the secret to his success. He belongs to a very poor family, and they have a desire to reach the top. Sandeep, Kuldeep, and Jasvir, the senior wrestlers of the Akhada, help Suraj by providing a healthy diet.
His family is suffering through a period of acute financial trouble. According to Ranbir Singh, if a healthy diet is set up for this wrestler, he has the ability to become a successful wrestler in the future.
KL RAHUL BEGINS TRAINING FOR ODI SERIES
KL Rahul, India skipper for the Zimbabwe ODIs, has begun preparation for the upcoming series, which gets underway on Thursday.
The first ODI between India and Zimbabwe will be played in Harare. Rahul, who is coming back from a long-term injury, on Wednesday shared a picture on the Koo app where he can be seen sharpening his skills ahead of the opening match.
In another picture, Team India can be seen having an insightful conversation with the coach as the visitors get ready to face Zimbabwe.
Vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan, who is returning to Zimbabwe after nine years, wants the side to not take Zimbabwe for granted.
“I’m sure they’re playing good cricket. It’s good for us because it will keep us on our toes. We can’t take anything for granted or lightly. We’re here to perform against a good team. It’s always about the process, “Dhawan said in a pre-match press conference.
Meanwhile, the All-India Senior Selection Committee named Shahbaz Ahmed as the replacement for Washington Sundar for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Washington Sundar injured his shoulder while playing a county game in England. He has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour.
India’s tour of Zimbabwe will start on Thursday and go on till August 22. It will consist of three ODIs.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed.
We do not consider court as third party says FIH
In a huge relief to Hockey India, the International Football Federation (FIH) today said that it respects the Indian judiciary ruling out the possibility of a ban.
A joint meeting was held today between the FIH and the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Hockey India which turned out to be extremely cordial and productive and was attended by Acting President FIH Seif Ahmed, CEO FIH Mr. Thierry Weil, and the members of the CoA, Justice Anil R Dave, former Judge of the Supreme Court, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India and Mr. Zafar Iqbal, Padmashree awardee and former Olympian as captain of the Indian Hockey team.
The two major points put forward by the FIH were addressed by the CoA. The first draft of the modified constitution of Hockey India, as directed by honourable Delhi High Court, has been submitted today to FIH, and the CoA, Hockey India will have a final draft delivered within the next ten days. Additionally, the process of elections for Hockey India was mutually decided to be completed by 9th October 2022.
Speaking on the occasion and in the context of the Delhi High Court Order with respect to Hockey India, Seif Ahmed, acting president, FIH said, “We don’t consider the court as a third party and respect the judiciary. We believe that the order of a court is not an interference.”
Anil R Dave, member CoA, Hockey India said, “We are very thankful for this visit by the FIH delegation.
The interaction was extremely positive and encouraging. We have been able to conclude and agree on some important next steps to ensure the continued smooth functioning of Hockey in India keeping in mind the foremost importance of the spirit of the sport and the best interest of our athletes.”
Vineel Krishna, Commissioner-Cum-Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha also met with the visiting FIH delegation and made a presentation on the progress of the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar – Rourkela.
The development of infrastructure for the prestigious tournament was appreciated by all and it was agreed upon to conduct a site visit to Rourkela on September 7th, 2022 by the members of FIH and the CoA, Hockey India. This visit will be followed by the official draw for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 to be announced from Bhubaneswar on 8th September 2022.
The members of the CoA and FIH expressed their collective appreciation towards the state government of Odisha and look forward to an exceptional global event taking place on January 13-29th 2023 in Bhubaneswar & Rourkela as a befitting finale to India’s celebrations of 75 years of Independence.
Emma Raducanu defeats Serena Williams
Emma Raducanu started her Western & Southern Open campaign on a high note on Tuesday as she outlasted American legend Serena Williams in a highly anticipated opening-round match.
19-year-old Raducanu was dominating from the start of the match, breaking Williams in the opening game before rolling to a 6-4, 6-0 victory. The 23-time major champion Williams, who announced her retirement from tennis after the US Open, was competing in only her fourth match of the season.
The 40-year-old struggled to find her rhythm. Raducanu, 19, played clean tennis throughout the match. Raducanu shot just one unforced error while Williams misfired on 12 unforced errors to go with 11 winners.
With a set-in hand, the Brit raced away in the second set to collect her 12th win of the season, hitting zero unforced errors to clinch the match. She will face former No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round.
“I think we all need to just honor Serena and her amazing career. I’m so grateful for the experience of being able to play against her and for our careers to cross over. Everything that she has achieved is so inspirational and it was a true honor to share the court with her,” Raducanu told the crowd after the match.
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