Vishvanath, Akash and Preet storm into Asian U-22 Youth Boxing Championships 2024 semis

Indian boxers Vishvanath Suresh, Akash Gorkha and Preet Malik progressed into the men’s U-22 semi-finals with convincing victories at the ASBC Asian U-22 & Youth Boxing Championships 2024 in Astana, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Reigning youth world champion Vishvanath (48kg) led the charge for India as he dominated Iran’s Hassani Seyedarsham in what turned out be a one sided-affair as he clinched a comfortable 5-0 win. Senior national champion Akash (60kg) followed the similar suit as he outclassed Ebadi Arman of Iran with an identical 5-0 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Preet (67kg) also didn’t take much time before finishing the bout with a Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) decision in the first round itself against Vietnam’s Nguyen Duc Ngoc.

Kunal (75kg), however, bowed out after losing 0-5 against Iran’s Mahshari Mohammad in the quarter-finals.

The U-22 semi-finals will be played on Saturday.

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Odisha, Maharashtra register commanding wins on opening day of National Women’s Hockey League

Odisha and Maharashtra registered commanding wins against Haryana and Manipur respectively on the opening day of the National Women’s Hockey League here on Tuesday.

Odisha outclassed Haryana 4-1, while Maharashtra was a 5-1 winner against Manipur.

In the opening match of the tournament, it was Haryana which drew first blood in the third minute when Shashi Khasa capitalised on a fumble made by Odisha’s goalkeeper Bhabhika Majhi during a penalty corner and netted the ball in from a point-blank range.

Haryana managed to maintain its 1-0 lead till the half-time break, following which Odisha turned the tide in its favour.

Rambha Kujur (33rd minute) deflected in a penalty corner to restore parity. After that, momentum swung decisively in Odisha’s favour when Sonali Ekka (38th, 49th) netted a brace, while captain Dipi Monika Toppo (57th) converted a penalty corner in the dying minutes to ensure Odisha’s commanding 4-1 victory.

In the second match of the day, Maharashtra was ahead through Tanushree Dinesh Kadu’s penalty corner conversion in the 14th minute. Sanika Chandrakant Mane (25th, 33rd) extended its lead with two field goals.

Despite Manipur’s late surge in the final quarter, marked by Laishram Ritu Devi’s (51st) field goal, Maharashtra maintained their dominance. Sanika Chandrakant Mane (53rd, 56th) sealed the deal with two more quick goals towards the end, securing a resounding win for Maharashtra.



ITF Women’s tennis: Ankita Raina beaten in first round

Second seed Ankita Raina was beaten 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) by Daria Kudashova in the first round of the $40,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Lopota, Georgia.

Ankita, however, made the doubles quarterfinals in partnership with Snehal Mane.

The results:
$25,000 ITF men, Margherita di Pula, Italy

Singles (first round): Kai Wehnelt (Ger) bt Manas Dhamne 7-5, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Samir Reguig & Mohamed Makhlouf (Alg) bt Abraham Asaba (Gha) & Karan Singh 6-7(2), 7-6(4), [10-7].

$40,000 ITF women, Lopota, Georgia

Singles (first round): Daria Kudashova bt Ankita Raina 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5).

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Snehal Mane & Ankita Raina bt Christine Gouws (RSA) & Georgia Kalamaris (Fra) 6-1, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Kursumlijska Banja, Serbia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Michaela Bayerlova (Cze) & Wakana Sonnobe (Jpn) bt Kiara Cvetkovic (Sui) & Annika Kannan 6-1, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF women, Antalya, Turkey

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sofya Gapankova & Varvara Pansshina bt Florencia Moron (Arg) & Bela Tamhankar 6-1, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (first round): Vaishnavi Adkar Liu Le Yi (Chn) 7-6(3), 6-1; Zeel Desai bt Merna Refaat (Egy) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan