Chetan, Saina win titles
Lucknow: Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand clinched singles titles in their respective categories in the $50,000 Jaypee Cup Syed Modi International Grand Prix Badminton tournament Sunday.
World No. 8 Saina scored a convincing 21-17, 21-13 win over fourth seed compatriot Aditi Mutatkar in the women’s singles final while world No. 17 Chetan overcame a second-game lapse to beat fifth seed Indonesian Dyonisius Hayom Rumbaka 21-17, 19-21, 21-16 in the men’s singles.
New Delhi: Top-ranked Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa were crowned national champions in the Senior National Squash tournament here Sunday. Ghosal beat Harinder Pal Singh 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 while Chinappa outclassed Anaka Alankamony 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5.
Paarl: Britain’s Richie Ramsay won the South African Open defeating Shiv Kapur in a sudden-death playoff at Pearl Valley Golf Estates on Sunday. Ramsay’s first European Tour win came after both he and India’s Kapur were tied at 13 under par at the end of regulation play.
New Delhi: Indian pistol shooters claimed team silver in both senior and junior men’s categories on the third day of the 3rd Asian Air Gun Shooting Championship in Doha Sunday.
Jalandhar: Sushil Kumar led the charge as India made a clean sweep of the men’s freestyle competition by winning all seven gold on offer in the concluding day of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships Sunday. The Indians also won three silver and four bronze medals.
Mumbai: Sevantilal J Parekh has been elected the new president of the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI). Parekh defeated Badal Mittal at the 75th annual general meeting held on December 18-19, a statement from CCI said Sunday. Shrenik Shah was elected unopposed as honorary treasurer.
Melbourne: All-rounder Andrew Symonds has revealed that he is no more in talking terms with one-time close mate and Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke and their friendship is over. “I guess we just didn’t pan out like we would have or should have. I haven’t heard from him,” said Symonds.
Chennai: Veteran Geet Sethi and qualifiers Sandeep Gulati and local player Varun Kumar made it to the pre-quarter finals of the VIP Matrix All-India invitational snooker tournament here Sunday. Sethi scored a fluent 4-2 win over Devendra Joshi of Bharat Petroleum, while Varun Kumar scalped higher rated Sourav Kothari 4-1. Gulati got the better of national junior champion Shabaz Adil Khan.