Shruti first Indian to fall
Indians in last 8
Camp at SAI
Mumbai Races/ Easy victory for The Proletarian

Seville, June 3: 
With the early matches on the opening day of the badminton World Championships over, Indians had fared well overall at the San Pablo stadium here.

So far, the only casualty has been 18-year-old Shruti Kurien in the fist round of the ladies’ singles, crashing out to Xiao Luxi of Singapore 11-8, 5-11, 4-11 in a match where she had some good chances.

Kurien’s inexperience of top level badminton was evident in this clash with the world No. 138. Kurien, the national junior and senior doubles champion is playing her first major senior event after the Uber Cup last year.

Manjusha survives

India No. 2 Manjusha Kanwar survived a skin-of-the-teeth round, downing 18-year-old Icelander Ragna Ingolfsdottir 12-13, 13-10, 11-6.

From a 10-3 lead in the opening game, Manjusha fell into a rash of errors, especially on the forehand flank of the opponent where there was some draught.

It was the far court and the draught was something that Manjusha would have factored into her game. But losing point after point on the forehand area and also lifting the bird out of the baseline through flat strokes gave the teenage Iceland shuttler an unexpected lease of life.

After losing four game points at 10 in this game, Manjusha again got to serve at 12-10, but again she went negative for no reasons. Once the game was lost at 12-13, Manjusha looked jittery and in fact said later: “I did not know what happened. I was not playing with any planning and somehow also did not realise at that stage to change some tactics in the game.”

In the second game, however, at start it was Ragna who kept a tight grip to lead 8-5 and also 10-9 match point, but a battling Manjusha finally got her nerves together to hit some pleasing down the line half smashes to win the game.

In the decider she played the right tactics of pushing the bird on deep forehand of Ragna and then brought her to the net fast for setting up an easy opening. The final game took the Indian just 14 minutes to win 11-6.

Madhumita-Jaseel wins

In the morning session Madhumita Bisht and Jaseel Ismail combined to win their first round in mixed doubles against Iceland’s Johannesson and Vigdis Asgeirsdottir 15-13, 10-15, 15-5. Madhumita, almost 38 years old, is still doing Indian badminton proud as the most experienced shuttler in the country.

V. Diju and P.V.V. Lakshmi, was the other mixed doubles pair that advanced to the third round.

Victory for Chetan

Chetan Anand played a great match to down Mathew Hughes of Wales 15-7, 15-8 in 31 minutes to enter the second round of the qualifying events.

A stroke player par excellence, who some say is the finest amongst the younger generation, Chetan at times commits inexplicable errors. He did the same today, taking off after being 0-5 down in the first game.

Most of his strokes went into the net, but once he got his rhythm, he was in command, catching the heavily built Hughes on wrong foot time and again.

Chetan, from Vijayawada, elicited praise from Indra Gunawan, former chief coach of Indonesia, who said: “Chetan has the surest movement on court I have seen in a long time and his strokes have that nice touch. But he needs to be physically stronger to get on top of the world rankings.”

The other Indian player in qualifying, Siddhartha Jain, also won his first round easily,demolishing French player Ragnar Rasmussen. Both these shuttlers have to play two more rounds before they qualify for the main draw

Korn new IBF president

Thailand’s Korn Dabbaransi was elected the new president of the IBF today, less than 24 hours after the federation’s official nominee, the Sultan of Brunei, pulled out, adds Reuters.

Korn beat the remaining candidate, Indonesia’s Justian Suhandinata, by 180 votes to 29. It was the first election for a new president in the IBF’s 67-year history.


Calcutta, June 3: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi marched into the French Open quarter finals today with a straight-set whipping of third seeds Jiri Novak and David Rikl.

According to information received here, the unseeded Indians won their third-round match 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and a quarter. Up next in their path will be another Czech pair Tomas Cibulec and Leos Friedl, who scalped sixth seeds Max Mirnyi and David Prinosil 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

“This was one of our best matches this year,” Paes told The Telegraph shortly after humbling the third seeds. “I felt our tennis today resembled the form we showed in 1999.”

So are they confident of title No. 2 at Roland Garros? “See, there are a number of good teams hungry for success in the second week of a Grand Slam. It won’t be easy for us, but I can say that the Indian Express is back on track,” quipped the senior partner of the two-time Grand Slam champions.

The first set was tight, with a single break deciding the outcome. It came in the sixth game when Novak lost serve.

It was Novak again who was broken in the first game of the second set. Then Rikl lost serve in the third game as well as the seventh — after nine deuces — to hand the Indians victory.

Paes and Bhupathi’s biggest test should be in the semis, against top seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge — provided of course both teams survive till then.


Calcutta, June 3: 
A camp for juniors, organised by Badminton Players’ Association (West Bengal), will be held at SAI from Monday to June 17. Forty players (23 boys and 17 girls) have been selected for the camp to be conducted by Subrata Banerjee and others.

CCCC champions

Calcutta Cricket Coaching Centre won the Rajdanga Club Samannay Committee-organised under-14 meet, beating Bournvita Cricket Academy by 49 runs.

BRIEF SCORES: CCCC 123/8 (Dibyendu Ganguly 25). Bournvita CA 74. CCCC won by 49 runs.

CLT table tennis

The CLT table tennis meet will be held at Khudiram Anusilan Kendra from June 18-20.

Competitions will be held in U-10, U-12 and U-14 categories for boys and girls. Entries close June 10.

Souvik Kar won the cadet boys’ title at the Hooghly District table tennis meet, beating Pritam Bose 21-18, 14-21, 21-19.


Mumbai, June 3: 
Coming with a late run in the home straight, The Proletarian — from Imtiaz Sait’s yard — galloped to an easy victory in the Karnataka Cup, the main event at the Bangalore races held on Sunday. Rajinder partnered the four-year-old gelding by Conquering Hero out of Nica Libre.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Fair Haven Plate 1,100m: (9-3-2) Senora Jade (Ruzaan) 1; Prowl 2; Native Red 3. Won by: SH; 4; (1-10.2). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 14; 11; 16; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 193. Fav: Prowl (3).

2. Mamma’s Mink Plate 1,600m: (3-1-6) Brave Deed (Md Shafiq) 1; Silvanus 2; Anzac 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1/2; (1-43.6). Tote: Win Rs 100; Place: 27; 13; 15; Quinella: 127; Tanala:696. Fav: Anzac (6).

3. Karnataka Cup 1,600m: (6-2-9) The Proletarian (Rajinder) 1; Tempt Me Not 2; Hello Brother 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 4-1/4; (1-38.6). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 18; 24; 14; Quinella: 377; Tanala: 1,506. Fav:Hello Brother (9).

4. Sir M. Vishvesvaraya Memorial Cup 1,400m: (5-3-9) Spark Of Life (P. Ramesh) 1; Spirito 2; Saujas 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 3-1/4; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 234; Place: 51; 14; 35; Quinella: 543; Tanala: 21,845. Fav: Spirito (3).

5. Abdul Wajid Memorial Plate 1,600m:(7-6-1) Alassio (M. Narr-edu) 1; Arduous 2; Donna Mia 3. Won by: 2; 3/4; (1-42.1). Tote: Win Rs 111; Place: 26; 16; 52; Quinella: 291; Tanala: 7,551. Fav: Superbe Asset (4).

6. Melbourne Plate 1,200m: (3-2-7) Samanzar (Shobhan B.) 1; River Bed 2; Dusty Street 3. Not run: Jabel (4). Won by: 1-1/4; 1; (1-18.1). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 27; 18; Quinella: 164; Tanala: 835. Fav: Samanzar (3).

Jackpot: Rs 1,14,828 (Carried over); (C) Rs 9,842.

Treble: (i) Rs 4,705; (ii) Rs 23,987.

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