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India enter last 8

New Delhi: India created history on Wednesday by booking their maiden quarter final berth in the WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship after an upset 2-1 victory over eighth seeds The Netherlands at Nimes, France.
Anaka Alankamony beat Milou van der Heij 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 while Dipika Pallikal lost 8-11, 4-11, 3-11 to Natalie Grinham. But Joshna Chinappa’s 5-11, 11-9, 8-1, 11-2, 11-3 win over Orla Noom helped India qualify for the quarters.

Mixed day

New Delhi: PV Sindhu lost a gallant fight in her opening round but P. Kashyap defeated Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen 21-15, 21-15 to reach the second round of the China Open in Shanghai on Wednesday. Ajay Jayaram suffered a 18-21, 21-16, 14-21 loss to Malaysia’s Daren Liew.

Humpy loses

Khanty Mansiysk: GM Koneru Humpy suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine in the first game of the second round of World Women’s Chess Championship here on Wednesday.
GM D. Harika made early inroads to the pre-quarter finals, defeating Elina Danielian of Armenia in her first game of the second round.

Good show

Fujairah: Debashish Das came up with a fantastic effort to beat Ni Hua of China in the first round of Fujaira International Open chess tournament here on Wednesday.
V. Saravanan also did well to hold Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia.

India held

Johor Bahru: After posting two impressive wins, India were held to a goalless draw by Pakistan in their third round-robin league match at the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament here on Wednesday.

Rashid shines

Aamby Valley City: Rashid Khan maintained his lead in round two of the PGTI Players Championship after carding a one-under-71 at the Aamby Valley Golf Course here on Wednesday.
His total score is seven-under 137. Abhinav Lohan hit a bogey-free 65 to stay one stroke behind the leader in tied second place along with Harendra Gupta.

Friendlies

Krasnodar: Mix Diskerud scored four minutes into stoppage time as the United States twice fought back from a goal down to hold Russia to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling friendly on Wednesday.
In another match, Australia defeated South Korea 2-1.

Soccer meet

Calcutta: The British Deputy High Commission blanked The Park 5-0, while ITC defeated Siemens 3-0 in the Rangers Mercantile five-a-side soccer tournament, here, on Wednesday. In other matches, Panchwati got a walkover from ATOS, while MN Dastur drew 0-0 with Andrew Yule.