Sasi Kumar Mukund got the better of Chinese wonderkid Yibing Wu but Prajnesh Gunneswaran suffered a shock first-round defeat at the ATP Challenger tournament in Shenzen, China. The 21-year-old Sasi defeated Wu 7-6 (4) 6-2 in one hour and 20 minutes to move into the second round of the $75,000 event on Monday. Wu had won the junior US Open last year and became the junior world No. 1 after his Grand Slam win. Fourth seed Gunneswaran, however, lost 3-6 4-6 to Alejandro Davidovick Fokina from Spain. In the battle of the Indians, third seed Ramkumar Ramanathan fought off qualifier Sumit Nagal 3-6 6-4 7-6(2) in his opening round. Meanwhile, Saketh Myneni conceded his first-round contest against Frenchman Johan Tatlot due to foot blisters.
Boxing Nationals: Mandeep, Satish enter quarters
Former Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) notched up a knockout win to enter the quarterfinals in the senior men’s National Boxing Championships here on Tuesday. Jangra, representing Haryana, knocked out All India Police’s Pawan Kumar in the second round of his pre-quarterfinal bout to enter the last-eight stage. Commonwealth Games silver winner and this year’s Arjuna awardee Satish Kumar (+91kg), who is competing for the Services Sports Control Board, also made it to the quarters after outclassing Madhya Pradesh’s Monish Qureshi in the opening three minutes of his bout. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Naman Tanwar (91kg) eased into the quarters by outpunching Karnataka’s Nagesh.
PCB audit claims crores spent on ex-chief Sethi
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has sent a legal notice to current chairman Ehsan Mani, threatening a defamation suit, after a PCB audit claimed that around seven crore Pakistani rupees were spent on his perks and remuneration.
Advani in final of Asian Snooker Tour event
India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani stormed into the final of the Asian Snooker Tour’s second leg event here on Tuesday after impressive wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the championship. In the quarterfinals, Advani hammered Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh 5-1, and in semis he got the better of Pakistan’s Mohammed Bilal.
ISL: NorthEast United beat Delhi Dynamos
A dominant NorthEast United FC scored two late goals to beat Delhi Dynamos 2-0 in their Indian Super League football match here on Tuesday. The home side failed to create enough chances and were outplayed by the visitors who fired in late goals in the 82nd and 90th minutes.
Gujarat Fortune Giants beat Puneri Paltan in PKL
Gujarat Fortune Giants beat Puneri Paltan 37-27 to continue their impressive form in the Pro Kabaddi League here on Tuesday. — Agencies
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