Sarita bows out of boxing Worlds
Bowling: Ulan-Ude: Former champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) was on Sunday knocked out of the World Women’s Boxing Championships after being upstaged by Russia’s Natalia Shadrina on a disappointing day for India here. The fourth seed, who got a first-round bye, frittered away a strong start to bow out with a 0-5 loss. There was more disappointment for the country when in the last bout of the day, debutant Nandini (81kg) proved to be no match for Germany’s Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger and was out-punched 0-5. Sarita, a gold-medallist in the 2006 New Delhi edition of the showpiece, was chasing her maiden world medal in over a decade.
Nagal goes down in semis in Brazil:
Sumit Nagal went down 4-6, 1-6 to Argentine Juan Pablo Ficovich in the semifinals of the $54,000 ATP Challenger men’s tennis event on clay in Campinas, Brazil, on Saturday.
The effort will see the 22-year-old Indian rise to 129 in world rankings.
Late double bogey pushes Sandhu to second:
Ajeetesh Sandhu had to be satisfied with a Tied-second place after he blew his chances with a late double bogey in the final round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters here on Sunday. Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai, who began the day one shot behind the leaders -- Ajeetesh Sandhu of India and Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena -held his nerve in a tight finish with an even par back nine to card 70 and held out for his career’s biggest prize cheque.