RoundGlass Academy trainees will get a taste of European competition early in their careers
Coach Aditya Sachdeva led one of the country’s most successful tennis academies, Team Tennis in the Capital, for many years. Having moved to Chandigarh, he is happy to have ”more connection with nature, a peaceful atmosphere to work in”, even as he says, ”I
love the city.
There was a lot of excitement in the air as the effort was to select 20 children for the academy with full scholarship in the under 12, 14 and 16 age groups.
“We have selected 15 children, mostly in the age brackets of 12 and 14. 10 boys and five girls. We don’t want to rush, to fill the numbers. We will wait for the right candidates,” Aditya said. Sachdeva. in a video interaction from Chandigarh.
Even though Yuki Bhambri has been his primary ward over the years guiding him to the Australian Open junior crown and world No. 1 rank among juniors, the coach has also worked diligently with Karman Kaur Thandi for many years.
Joining the conversation, Karman was very positive about the “big move” and stressed that it was a good idea to give young athletes a good start, with all facilities under one roof, such as this was the case for her during training. stays in Canada, France and Germany.
“The focus is also on the welfare of the players, their education and preparation to help them compete at a high level,” said Karman, who expected to return from his elbow injury layoff. , by the end of the month.
After slipping from a career-best singles ranking of 196 in 2018 to the current status of 447, Karman lamented that opportunities were limited during the pandemic and his own injuries kept him away from competition, particularly the recent Asia-Oceania Billie Jean
King Cup team event.
Coach Aditya suggested trainees get a taste of European competition early in their careers so they are better prepared to face the best, in the long run.
“There is no shortage of talent. We need to give them the right exposure from an early age,” he observed.
The tennis center operates at the Chandigarh Club with clay, grass and hard courts.
“I share the vision of Sunny Singh who leads the RoundGlass sports project in football, hockey and tennis. I love the fact that young athletes can cross-train with other sports,” he said. -he declares.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Vani is the best Indian tied for 43rd, Tvesa and Amandeep trail on LET
Vani Kapoor, who flew in from Australia to compete in the Comunidad de Madrid Women’s Open here, opened the week with an even par 72 that included four birdies and four bogeys.
Tied for 43rd, she was the best of three Indians in the field.
Tvesa Malik, who was recently chosen in India’s squad for the Asian Games in September, had a birdie and a double bogey in her 1-of-73 round and was tied for 60th while Amandeep Drall, who like Vani Kapoor , came from Australia. , shot 77 and tied for 109th.
With the Top 60 and the ties making the cut, the Indian trio will have to make a strong second round.
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Maja Stark, who had a great streak, shared the lead with Agathe Sauzon and Jess Karlsson on day one. They shot matching rounds of five under par 67 at Jarama-RACE Golf Club in the Spanish capital.
Race to Costa del Sol leader Stark has recorded two second-place finishes and one win over the past three weeks on the Ladies European Tour and has continued to top the charts with six birdies and a bogey, despite struggling with his driver. .
Sauzon’s round contained five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the 513-yard 11th hole.
Karlsson had eight birdies and three bogeys to share the lead, despite recent illness. The 29-year-old Swede says she still feels tired after contracting the coronavirus in January and was told by medical professionals she likely had long COVID.
The prolonged aftermath means she has only played in one of the first eight LET tournaments of the 2022 Ladies European Tour season, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International.
Four other players are one stroke behind in 68: Tiia Koivisto, Linette Littau Durr Holmslykke and local hopefuls Carmen Alonso and Cayetana Fernandez.
Disappointing start for Shubhankar, Chawrasia at Belfry
Indian golfers Shubhankar Sharma and SSP Chawrasia endured a disappointing first round at the Betfred British Masters and are at risk of missing the cut.
Sharma scored 1 of 73 and four-time Tour winner Chawrasia shot a 2 of 74 in the tournament hosted by Danny Willett.
Two-time DP World Tour winner Sharma is T-76 and Chawrasia is T-96. Both will need a strong second round to make the cut.
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Sharma, 25, started with three bogeys and then birdied twice for 73, while Chawrasia, who started on 10, closed with a double bogey in the eighth and a bogey in the ninth to finish with a 74.
Ryan Fox and Thorbjorn Olesen had six under-par 66 rounds to share the first-round lead.
Olesen, who represented Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup, set the club goal after an unblemished round at the Brabazon course with Fox leveling him late in the day to join them at the top of the standings .
The pair are one step ahead of Germany’s Hurly Long, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and China’s Ashun Wu, who each had five rounds under par of 67.
Sharma, who started 2022 with a second-place finish at the Rolex Series Abu Dhabi HSBC event, has had just one more Top 15 in Kenya since then.
As for Chawrasia, he has missed six cups in nine starts and only one of the three cups has come outside of India.
Rasmus Hojgaard, who won the British ISPS HANDA Championship at The Belfry in 2020, is a shot further alongside Italian Edoardo Molinari and South African duo Brandon Stone and Justin Walters.
Tournament host Danny Willett shot a round 73 over par but raised 4,000 pounds for the tournament’s official charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
Title sponsor Betfred has pledged to donate £1,000 for every birdie and £2,000 for every eagle made by the 2016 Masters tournament champion, with Willett scoring four birdies on day one.
GS Caltex Maekyung Open: Madappa lands hole-in-one en route to 65, sits 4th in Korea
Indian golfer Viraj Madappa landed an ace on his way to the best six-under-65 card of the day to move into a tie for fourth halfway through the GS Caltex Maekyung Open on Friday.
Madappa, who shot even 71 on day one, is now 6 under and a shot behind Korea’s top three Bio Kim (67-68), Dongmin Lee (65-70) and amateur Minhyuk Song (69 -66). ).
It was a good day for the Indian contingent as seven of the nine goflers present were retained.
Khalin Joshi added 68 on his first round 71 and at three under was T-11, while Veer Ahlawat (71-71) was T-27.
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Honey Baisoya (72-71) hit his last hole to get to T-38, while Gaganjeet Bhullar (70-74) was fine until he found a double bogey and finished with a round of 74 and was now T-51 alongside S Chikkarangappa (73-71).
Karandeep Kochhar (70-75) snuck inside the cut line and was T-63. However, Shiv Kapur (76-72) and Aman Raj (80-75) missed out on the weekend’s action.
Madappa, who was also part of India’s squad for the now-postponed Asian Games, was pleasantly surprised by the hole-in-one.
“It was actually disappointing because I thought the ball was long but it ended up going in the hole. We were actually looking for the ball and ended up looking in the hole, luckily. As for the leaders, Bio Kim said had five birdies and a double bogey, while Dongmin Lee had three birdies and two bogeys. Minhyuk had six birdies and a birdie in his 66.
Kim grew up playing top amateur golf at the legendary Namseoul Country Club course and made his Asian Tour debut when he finished fourth at the 2007 GS Caltex Maekyung Open before finishing tied for third the following year. . Either way, he was still an amateur.
And as a member of the pro ranks, he also posted five other top-five finishes on top of his victory a decade ago when the event was not on the Asian Tour schedule.
Dribble Academy edges Noida Nightmares
Dribble Academy beat Noida Nightmares 12-11 in the INBL 3×3 Basketball League Women Under 18 Final at Bal Bharti Public School, Ganga Ram Marg recently.
The four champions of the men’s, women’s and under-18 sections, drawn from a field of 142 teams, will face off in the national 3×3 league which will take place in Bangalore from May 27-29.
|The results (final):
Men: Haryana Dudes v Delhi Triple Aces 21-11.
Women: Royal Warriors v Royal Cagers 16-10.
Men under 18: Northern District bt Bulls 20-16.
Women under 18: Dribble Academy by Noida Nightmares 12-11.
– Kamesh Srinivasan