Seasoned archer Jayanta Talukdar caused two upsets in a row before crashing out of the recurve men’s individual competition in the Archery World Cup Stage-4 in Medellin, Colombia, on Friday.
Talukdar, who was placed 25th in the ranking round, saw off Olympics bronze medallist Mexico’s Luis Alvarez 6-0 (28-27, 30-28, 29-28) in the first round and American superstar and multiple World and Olympic medallist Brady Ellison 6-4 (29-27, 28-28, 30-29, 28-29, 29-29) in the second.
However, Talukdar lost to another American Matthew Requa 6-4 (26-29, 26-25, 29-28, 28-30, 30-26) in the third round. A ‘7’ in the second set spoiled Talukdar’s campaign.
Kapil and Aditya Choudhary exited in the first round.
Dipti Kumari, who got the better of compatriot Aditi Jaiswal 6-0 in the opening round, was beaten by Italian Tatiana Andreoli 6-5 (10-8) in the second round of the recurve women’s individual competition. Ishita made it to the second round, while Komalika Bari’s campaign ended in the first.
The 12th-ranked Indian recurve mixed team, consisting of Talukdar and Dipti, beat Argentina 6-0 before losing to fifth-placed Mexico 6-0.
The compound mixed side, ranked fifth, defeated Brazil 155-139. It was edged out by USA 153-153 (20-19) in the following round.
India finished the fourth stage without any medal.
– Y. B. Sarangi
Sharan-Raja pair reaches Indianapolis Challenger final
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja won 3-6, 6-3, [10-8] against the third-seeded all-American pair of Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson to reach the final of the $53,120 Challenger event in Indianapolis on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Purav Raja (right) and Divij Sharan (left)
| Photo Credit: RAGU R
Vaidehi Chaudhari reached the third singles final of her career on the ITF circuit with a 6-3, 7-6 (11) win over Korean Dayeon Back in the $15k event in Monastir, Tunisia.
The 22-year-old Indian has previously lost to compatriot Rutuja Bhosale and Thailand’s Punnin Kovapitukted in the finals of $15k events in Solapur and Gurugram, respectively.
Second-seeded Vaidehi will take on unseeded Indonesian Prisca Madelyn Nugroho in the summit clash on Sunday.
On the men’s side, Manish Sureshkumar made it to the $15k final in Colombo after beating second-seeded Ukrainian Eric Vanshelboim 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
However, Manish and Parikshit Somani lost the all-Indian doubles final 5-7, 3-6 to S D Prajwal Dev and Rishi Reddy.
$53,120 ATP Challenger, Indianapolis, Doubles (semifinal): Divij Sharan/Purav Raja bt Robert Galloway (USA)/Alex Lawson (USA) 3-6, 6-3, [10-8]
$46,704 ATP Challenger, Pozoblanco, Spain, Doubles (semifinal): Albano Olivetti (FRA)/Dan Added (FRA) bt Arjun Kadhe/Piotr Matuszewski (POL) 6-2, 6-4
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia, Singles (semifinal): Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Dayeon Back (KOR) 6-3, 7-6 (11)
$15,000 ITF men, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Singles (semifinals): Manish Sureshkumar bt Eric Vanshelboim (UKR) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; Digvijay Pratap Singh lost 3-6, 6-1, 2-6 to Quentin Folliot (FRA)
Doubles (final): S D Prajwal Dev/Rishi Reddy bt Manish Sureshkumar/Parikshit Somani 7-5, 6-3
– Team Sportstar