Hop­ing to get visa in time for Den­mark Open: Saina

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - New Delhi:

Top In­dian shut­tler Saina Ne­hwal on Tues­day said her visa ap­pli­ca­tion was be­ing pro­cessed and she is hop­ing to get the same in time for her par­tic­i­pa­tion in next week’s Den­mark Open tour­na­ment.

The Olympic bronze-medal­list had tweeted on Mon­day that she was fac­ing visa is­sues for her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the BWF Su­per 750 tour­na­ment. She had sought help of the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs (MEA) to sort out the mat­ter. “Got the visa ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cessed to­day in Hy­der­abad. Thanks @san­jg2k1 (min­istry of home af­fairs of­fi­cial) for mak­ing the im­pos­si­ble hap­pen & @VFSGlobal for go­ing the ex­tra mile along with @Den­mark­inIn­dia even on a hol­i­day! Hope to get the visa in time for flight on Fri­day,” Saina tweeted on Tues­day. The Den­mark Open will be played at Odense from Oc­to­ber 15 to 20.

Ki­ran, Rahul en­ter main draw of Dutch Open:

In­dian shut­tlers Ki­ran Ge­orge and BM Rahul Bharadwaj pro­gressed to the men’s sin­gles main draw af­ter notch­ing up straight-game wins in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion round of Dutch Open Su­per 100 tour­na­ment. Ki­ran saw off Aram Mah­moud, a Syr­ian player who cur­rently plays un­der the Dutch flag, 21-15, 21-19, while Rahul thrashed Eng­land’s Hin Shun Wong 21-7, 21-7. In the main draw, Ki­ran will take on Gergely Krausz, while Rahul faces China’s Ren Peng Bo.

In­dia con­tinue fine run on Day 2 of ju­nior badminton Worlds:

Tas­nim Mir and mixed dou­bles pair of Ishaan Bhat­na­gar and Tan­isha Crasto led In­dia’s charge on the se­cond day of the in­di­vid­ual event at the BWF World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. Mixed dou­bles duo of Satish Ku­mar K and Ramya Venkatesh also en­tered the next round. Three other In­dian girls — Aditi Bhatt, Tr­isha Hegde and Un­nati Bisht — also qual­i­fied for the round of 32.

Rohit shocks Ashish to en­ter semis; Sachin, Shiva ad­vance:

Rohit Tokas (75kg) stunned Asian Cham­pi­onships sil­ver medal­list Ashish Ku­mar to en­ter the semi­fi­nals on the fifth day of the on­go­ing 4th Elite Men’s Na­tional Box­ing Cham­pi­onships. Top box­ers Sachin Si­wach (57kg) and Shiva Thapa (63Kg) also com­fort­ably sailed into the last four here. Rohit from the Rail­ways adopted a counter-at­tack­ing strat­egy against his taller op­po­nent from Hi­machal. He suc­ceeded in land­ing more punches to un­set­tle Ashish with a mix of close-range at­tack. Rohit landed more clear punches in the third round to reg­is­ter an up­set 4-1 win over Ashish. “It is my first tour­na­ment in the new weight cat­e­gory and de­feat­ing a big player is a huge morale booster,” said Rohit, who had won gold medal in the last edi­tion. “I worked a lot on my strength and did a lot of weight train­ing in my prepa­ra­tion ahead of the Na­tional. I am glad that my coun­ter­at­tack­ing strat­egy worked to­day. Hope­fully, I will win the gold medal again.”

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