April 15: summary of the Indian sports news of the day


Monte-Carlo Masters: the Bopanna-Murray duo advance to the semi-finals

Rohan Bopanna and his British partner Jamie Murray, former world number one in doubles, continued their impressive journey to reach the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Friday.

Bopanna and Murray beat Spanish-Argentinian third seed Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6(8), 7-6(8) in the quarter-final which lasted one hour 59 minutes.

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The Indo-British pair had beaten seventh seeds Wesley Koohlof of the Netherlands and Murray’s compatriot Neal Skupksi 2-6, 6-3 [12-10] in his first round match before managing to pass the American duo of Taylor Fritz and Sebastian Korda with a 6-4, 6-7 (7), [10-7] win in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the semi-finals, Bopanna and Murray will face the winner of the last eight games between the American-British duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury and the German-Kiwi duo of Tim Puetz and fifth-seeded Michael Venus.

The results:

ATP1000 Monte Carlo

Doubles (quarter-finals): Rohan Bopanna & Jamie Murray (GBR) v Marcel Granollers (ESP) & Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 7-6 (8), 7-6 (8)

Challenger ATP Sarasota

Doubles (quarter-finals): Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni lost 7-6 (3), 3-6, [10-7] to Alex Lawson (USA) & Reese Stalder (USA); Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Gijs Brouwer (NED) lost 6-2, 6-4 to Andre Goransson (SWE) & Nathaniel Lammons (USA)

$15,000 ITF Men, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Singles (Quarter-final): Sidharth Rawat lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to Seong Chan Hong (KOR)

Doubles (semi-final): Adil Kalyanpur and Sidharth Rawat lost 6-4, 6-2 to Shinji Hazawa (JPN) and Takuto Niki (JPN)

– Nihit Sachdeva

Junior Davis Cup: India beat Kazakhstan, face Japan in the final

Rushil Khosla provided a stunning touch to India’s World Group qualification by highlighting his athleticism and striking ability as he beat Danir Kaldybekov 7-5, 6-0 to secure a final entry for the host in the Asia-Oceania Junior Davis Cup Under-16 Boys’ Tennis Tournament at New Delhi’s LTAD Complex on Friday.

With the region’s top three teams qualified for the world stage, India secured a place by winning both singles and conceding defeat in the doubles without consequence.

Bushan Haobam previously fought for two hours and 40 minutes and rallied from a 2-4 loss in the third set to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 over Amir Omarkhanov.


India’s Rushil Khosla in action during the Junior Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Under-16 Tournament semi-final against Kazakhstan at New Delhi’s LTAD complex on Friday. -KAMESH SRINIVASAN

Captain Sajid Lodi provided the energy and guidance to Bushan as he struggled in the third set to finally pull him to a momentous victory. The strong messages from the captain helped Bushan provide a solid foundation for the host.

In the second round, Rushil had some anxious moments in the first set, but once he mastered the contest, he just blew the Kazakh away with his shrewd play and big headbutts.

In the other semi-final, the Japanese offered a brilliant prize to rob Australia of last place.

The Australians did remarkably well to win the second singles through Hayden Jones after losing the first set 1-6. It was Australia at their best fight, but in the deciding doubles the Japanese took a 10-6 lead in the super tie-break.

With the goal achieved, it should be interesting to see how well India will face Japan in the final the next day.

The results (semi-finals):

Japan bt Australia 2-1 (Naoya Honda bt Charlie Camus 6-2, 6-4; Yuta Tomida lost to Hayden Jones 6-1, 4-6, 3-6; Honda & Tomida bt Camus & Jones 7-6( 4 ), 4-6, [10-6]).

India v Kazakhstan 2-1 (Bushan Haobam v Amir Omarkhanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Rushil Khosla v Danir Kaldybekov 7-5, 6-0; Bushan and Rushil lost to Amir and Vitaliy Zatsepin).

– Kamesh Srinivasan


Mehuli Ghosh came top in the Women’s Air Rifle in the Third National Shooting Trials by beating Tilottama Sen 16-8 at Dr Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad on Friday.

Top qualifier Elavenil Valarivan (632.0) finished third ahead of Shreya Agrawal, Zeena Khitta, Natasha Jhaveri, Ramita and Shreya Saksena.

In the junior event, Zeena Khitta dominated by defeating Ramita. Nancy, who placed third in the juniors, topped the youth section beating Isha Taksale 16-4.

The results:

Air rifle 10m:

Women: 1. Mehuli Ghosh 16 (261.9) 629.1; 2.Tilottama Sen 8(261.6)629.1; 3. Elavenil Valarivan 260.3 (632.0).

Juniors: 1. Zeena Khitta 17 (262.8) 629.1; 2. Ramita 11 (263.9) 628.6; 3. Nancy 261.5 (627.8).

Youth: 1. Nancy 16 (261.5) 627.8; 2. Isha Taksale 4 (261.8) 626.6; 3. Yukti Rajendra 261.2 (626.4).

– Kamesh Srinivasan


Madappa rides T-12, Diksha T-60 at Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge

India’s Viraj Madappa shot five birdies against a bogey for a fine third round to be ranked T-12, with one more round to go in the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge golf tournament in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday.

The other Indians – Rashid Khan (21 points) had five birdies against three bogeys in the third round and was T-36, while Veer Ahlawat (21 points), with an eagle and three birdies against a bogey, was also T-36 .

Shiv Kapur, with five birdies against two bogeys and a double, added five more points to make it 16 and was T-56.

The only Indian woman in the scrum, Diksha Dagar had three birdies against two bogeys and was T-60 with a total of 15 points. Tvesa Malik missed the cut.


Yuvraj Singh Sandhu Wins PGTI Players Championship

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu continued his scorching form with his third victory in five months at the Rs. 50 lakh TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship in Chandigarh on Friday.

Sandhu (70-67-65-69), playing on his home run, shot a resolute three-under 69 in the final round to end up with a one-shot win at 17-under 271. The 25-year-old, who picked up his second win of the 2022 season and a prize check worth Rs. 8,08,250 to go with it, cemented his position in the PGTI Order of Merit despite continuing to to be ranked second.

Bangladeshi Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (67-66-69-70), the overnight co-leader with Sandhu, missed his 15ft birdie putt by a whisker on the final hole and thus the opportunity to convert the playoff game.


Gangjee misses the cut on their first release of the year in Japan

India’s Rahil Gangjee gave a double bogey on the very last hole of his second round to miss the cut midway through the Kansai Open Golf Championship in Hyogo, Japan on Friday.

The lone Indian on the Japan Tour played sets of 70 and 74 and at two of 144 he missed the cut, which fell to one under.


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