Representative Image – G Manish beats Siddharth Arya 6-3, 6-1 in AITA Ranking Tournament final. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
Nitten Kirrtane wins a double crown in Finland
Former National champion Nitten Kirrtane won a double crown in the ITF-700 Seniors Midnight Sun tennis tournament in Helsinki, Finland.
Third seed Nitten beat top seed Salim Benhmda of Morocco 6-0, 6-2 in the over-45 singles final. He dropped only seven games in all in winning the title.
The 48-year-old Nitten won the over-40 doubles title with Dariusz Lewandowski of Poland.
G Manish wins AITA Ranking Tournament
G Manish of Karnataka sustained his fine run and beat Siddharth Arya 6-3, 6-1, in the men’s final of the Rs.5,00,000 AITA ranking tennis tournament at the Singha Sports Academy on Friday.
Manish who was stretched to three sets in the first round by Oges Tejo
did not drop a set thereafter in cruising to the title. Siddharth had beaten the top seed VM Ranjeet in the quarterfinals, but could not respond well to Manish’s game this day.
In the women’s section, Vaishnavi Adkar set up a title clash with Pooja Ingale.
Pooja also made the doubles final with Ishwari Matere and will play Paavanii Paathak and Chandana Potugari.
Men (final): G Manish bt Sidddharth Arya 6-3, 6-1.
Women (semifinals): Vaishnavi Adkar bt Shimreen Ahamed 6-1, 6-1; Pooja Ingale bt Hitakamya Singh Narwal 6-2, 6-1.
Indian team’s trip to Colombia for under-20 Worlds looks doubtful
The Indian team’s trip to Colombia for the World Athletics under-20 championships looks doubtful as tickets are unavailable.
The under-20 Worlds begin in Cali on August 1 but the 33-member team and nearly a dozen officials, including coaches, are waiting anxiously in New Delhi hoping that the situation would change.
“First there were visa issues. Three times they blocked the tickets and cancelled them due to visa issues. Only half the team got visas but yesterday the Colombia Government said that the rest can travel and they would be issued on-arrival visas,” an Athletics Federation of India official told The Hindu from New Delhi on Friday night.
“Now the visa problem is over but we are not getting tickets because flights are full. The federation is trying here and there, we have not got a single ticket.”
And time is running out too.
“Even if we travel on Saturday (July 30), we will be reaching only on Aug 1 and we have mixed relay that day,” said the official.
The team includes star quartermilers Priya H. Mohan, Rupal and Summy, and the championships run till August 6.
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