TENNIS – ITF Women’s Tennis
Karman Kaur Thandi put up a majestic game and mustered energy for a spectacular sprint to the finish line in her 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 victory over World No. 3 junior Sofia Costoulas of Belgium in the final of the USD 25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Tennis Project in Baliawas, Gurugram, on Sunday.
More than her ability to play the big game, serving solid and hammering winners, the 24-year-old Karman won everyone’s heart with her fighting spirit, while capturing her second title at this level.
After a good start, she recovered from being down 2-4 in the first set, to seal it at 6-4. In the second, the 17-year-old Belgian showed what she was capable of, with her athleticism and intelligent game.
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In the three-hour battle, the key was the dash to the finish and Karman got it perfect. After taking a shower that gave her a cool mind – the ITF heat rule allowed a 10-minute break before the
decider – Karman had the resolve to take charge.
The wiry Karman broke Sofia’s serve in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead and tightened her grip after that, closing out the match without any further drama.
“I am very happy. It is a new beginning for me. I had no expectations coming into this tournament. I just wanted to get on court and play my game. I did have the niggles and pain, but am happy to have pulled through,” said Karman, quick to thank her physio Diksha and long-time
coach Aditya Sachdeva for the support from the RoundGlass Academy.
“Whatever chances I got, I converted. Taking the lead was important in that third set,” Karman said.
Having endured a roller coaster ride for the last two years, Karman was in tears on clinching the match point. She was quite emotional as she hugged her father Chetanjit Singh for long, as he had done everything possible to keep her on the professional circuit around the world.
“Karman showed excellent skill and tenacity. Am sure she will build on this success,” said coach Aditya Sachdeva.
For the moment, the 497th ranked Karman, who gained 50 WTA points, will have another tournament at the same venue next week, to try and climb the ranking ladder.
Singles (final): Karman Kaur Thandi bt Sofia Costoulas (Bel) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Nichole beats Shefali
Joell Nichole beat Shefali Arora 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 10-7 in the first qualifying round of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Tennis Project, Baliawas, on Sunday.
The second successive tournament at the venue attracted more good players, leading to better competition.
Qualifying singles (first round):
Apurva Vemuri bt Ananya Yadav 6-2, 6-4; Sahira Singh bt Sudipta Kumar 6-4, 6-2; Mansi Vadyala (US) bt Anusha Kondaveeti 7-5, 6-1; Ishwari Matere bt Yashika Venu 6-0, 6-2; Farhat Aleen Qamar bt Paavanii Paathak 6-2, 7-5; Vanshita Pathania bt Chandana Potugari 6-4, 4-6, [10-7]; Bela Tamhankar bt Abhaya Vemuri 7-6(4), 6-1; Anjali Rathi bt Mirudhula Palanivel 6-4, 6-4; Elena Pridankina (Rus) bt Hitakamya Singh Narwal 6-4, 6-0; Joell Nichole bt Shefali Arora 7-6(5), 6-7(3), [10-7]; Sachi Sharma bt Tanushri Pandey 7-5, 6-2; Prathiba Narayan bt Suhani Gaur 6-3, 6-2; Shreya Tatavarthy bt Vanshika Choudhary 6-4, 7-5; Siri Patil bt Ritu Rai 6-3, 6-3; Suhitha Maruri bt Srinidhi Sridhar 6-1, 6-0; Shria Atturu (US) bt Kavya Khirwar 6-3, 7-6(5); Nidhi Chilumula bt Laalitya Kalluri 6-2, 6-1; Sanjana Sirimalla bt Ritu Ohlyan 6-1, 6-2; Ayushi Singh bt Kriti Tomar 6-2, 6-3; Avishka Gupta bt Radhika Yadav 7-5, 7-6(1); Jagmeet Kaur Grewal bt Kundali Majgaine 6-4, 6-4; Himaanshika Singh bt Mehar Kohli 6-0, 6-2; Arthi Muniyan bt Riya Uboveja 6-4, 6-3; Ikumi Yamazaki (Jpn) bt Priyanshi Bhandari 6-1, 6-0.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Anirudh and Vijay win doubles title in Belgium
The top seeded pair of Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth beat second seeds Constantin Frantzen and Tim Sandkaulen 7-6(5), 6-4 in the doubles final of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Belgium.
While it was the fifth doubles title for Anirudh, it was the 22nd for Vijay.
In the $25,000 women’s event in Serbia, Prarthana Thombare and Zhibek Kulambayeva won the doubles title with a walkover in the final.
$25,000 ITF men, Arlon, Belgium
$25,000 ITF women, Prokuplje, Serbia
– Kamesh Srinivasan
VOLLEYBALL – India beats Malaysia
The Indian senior women’s volleyball team defeated Malaysia 3-0 in its preliminary third league match of the 21st Princess Cup in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
India won 25-17, 25-16, 25-22.
The tournament, which started on June 24, will conclude on June 30.
From the Indian side, attacker Anushree K. P. and blocker Soorya shone with goals.
Achyuta Samanta, president of Volleyball Federation of India (VFI), congratulated the team for its third successive win in the championship.
SWIMMING – Mihir, Aneesh continue golden run
Mihir Ambre and Aneesh Sunilkumar Gowda continued their good run in the Singapore National swimming championships in Singapore on Sunday.
Mihir emerged as the fastest swimmer of the championship, winning the 50m freestyle gold, while Aneesh took the 1500m freestyle title to add to the golds they had won earlier in the event.
Results (Indian medallists only):
Men: 50m freestyle: 1. Mihir Ambre (23.26s). 1500m freestyle: 1. Aneesh Sunilkumar Gowda (16:01.72s). 200m individual medley: 3. Siva Sridhar (2:06.69s). 4x100m medley relay: 2. Dolphin Aquatics (3:51.73s).
– Stan Rayan