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Ritwick moves into semi-finals

Jaipur: National champion Ritwick Bhattacharya on Friday demolished Gautam Sharma 9-0, 9-0, 9-3 to enter the semi-finals of the all-India Harish Chandra Golecha Memorial squash tournament.

Meanwhile, women’s top seed Mekhala Subhedara and second seed Sohani Kumari and men’ second seed Gaurav Nandrajog won their respective quarter final ties.

Mekhala blanked Bhawini Singh 9-0, 9-0, 9-0, while Sohani beat Surabhi Jain 9-0, 9-0, 9-0. Raghvi Kharel defeated Mayri Mathur 9-5, 9-3, 9-1 and local girl Surabhi Mishra trounced Sadia Ahmad 9-0, 9-0, 9-0 to complete the semi-final line-up.

Nandrajog thrashed Amjad Khan 9-1, 9-0, 9-0, while Gajendra Singh beat Supreet Singh 6-9, 9-5, 9-5, 9-2 and Dhiraj Singh defeated Shakti Singh 7-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-4 to join Ritwik in the last four.

I’ll be fit for Monza: Ralf

London: Williams’ Ralf Schumacher, still an outside contender for the Formula One title, says he will be fit for next week’s Italian Grand Prix after a big crash at Monza on Tuesday.

“The most important thing for me now is to concentrate on getting back to 100 per cent fitness,” the German said in a team preview on Friday. “The accident as such does not bother me and I do not have any concerns that I will not be fit for the race next weekend.”

Williams, who lead champions Ferrari in the constructors’ standings by eight points with three races left, have said that the accident was caused by a problem with the car's left rear suspension.

Ralf is fourth overall, 14 points behind older brother and world champion Michael who leads Williams’ Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya by one point.

Libya, Tunisia in joint bid

Tunis: Libya will launch a joint bid with Tunisia to stage the 2010 World Cup soccer finals, Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader, said on Friday.

South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria are the other nations bidding for the World Cup which will definitely be held in Africa under the Fifa scheme to give each continent a turn as host.

Seles aims for Aussie return

New York: Monica Seles has ruled out making a comeback before next January’s Australian Open as she is still recovering from a stress fracture in her left foot.

Attending the US Open for a sponsor event on Thursday, Seles said she is still unable to run and practice and that her foot needs another two-and-a-half months to heal.

“Playing the Australian Open is my goal but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably return in Miami (in-mid March),” the 29-year-old Seles said.

Indians finish 7th

New Delhi: India finished seventh in the Asia Pacific amateur golf championship for the Nomura Cup in Port Dougles, Australia, according to an Indian Golf Union release on Friday.

The hosts finished on top for a third time in-a-row while South Korea finished second. New Zealand and Japan settled for joint third.

The individual event was won by James Nitties.

Diouf sorry

London: Liverpool’s El-Hadji Diouf has issued a public apology for the spitting incident that earned him a £5,000 ($8,000) fine.

The Senegal international had pleaded guilty to assault under provocation of spitting on Celtic fan Dominic Shiavone during a UEFA Cup match on March 13 when he appeared before a Glasgow court on Thursday.

“I want to say again how sorry I am for what happened at Celtic Park,” said a statement released by Liverpool.

“It was wrong and is a mistake I’ll not make again.”

Sport on Screen

Cricket, Bangladesh in Pakistan: Third Test, Day IV, live from 10.30 am on TEN Sports
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