India beat Kazakhstan; Yuki in quarterfinal

Jeev Milkha Singh missed four shots in a span of four holes on second nine.

Published: November 1, 2013 4:00:43 am

Yuki in quarterfinal

* Yuki Bhambri recovered well from a poor start to beat New Zealand’s Michael Venus in a three-setter and advance to the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Challenger event in Traralgon,Australia. The eighth seed Indian overcame the challenge of the Kiwi player 1-6 6-3 7-6(4) in the second round match of the USD 50,000 hard court tournament. Yuki dropped his serve twice in the opening set but came back strong as he broke Venus in the second set to take the match to full length. There was no break-of-serve in the deciding third set,in which Yuki prevailed in the tie-breaker after one hour and 56 minutes contest. The 277-ranked Yuki will now face 172-ranked Japanese Tatsuma Ito,who is leading head-to-head record 1-0.

Bhullar eyes upset

* India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar is hopeful of causing an upset after he opened his campaign with a three-under-par 69 to take a share of eighth place at the USD 8.5million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Although Bhullar trails first round leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland by four shots,India’s sole representative at the Shanghai showpiece is confident of upstaging the star-studded field that have gathered at the Sheshan International Golf Club. “There’s still a lot of golf left and my hopes are really high. I’m playing well and striking the ball really well and I guess anything and everything is possible over the next three days,” said Bhullar.

Sedate start for Jeev

* Jeev Milkha Singh missed four shots in a span of four holes on second nine and dropped to an one over 72 for tied 44th after the first round of the Mynavi ABC Championship on Japan Tour in Hokkaido. Jeev,who has been battling injuries and indifferent form and is playing in Japan to keep his card for 2014,was two-under through the first nine after starting on the tenth. He had birdies on 10th,13th and 15th and one bogey on 12th. On the second nine,he birdied first to go three-under,but then bogeyed the fourth and seventh and double bogeyed the fifth.

India beat Kazakhstan

* Indian eves registered their first-ever Level 1 victory at the FIBA Asia Championship for Women when they secured a nail-biting win over Kazakhstan in Bangkok. In a pulsating match that went into overtime,India staved off a stiff challenge from Kazakh girls before prevailing over 65-62 in their final preliminary round fixture. India took an 11 point lead at half time. Kazakhstan fought back in the third quarter tying the game at 45 points. The fourth quarter saw India take a two point lead with 8 seconds left on the clock but Kazakhstan tied at 55 points at the end of regulation time. Anitha’s 18 points and an equally good performance by Jeena Skaria (14) saw India through.

Boost for Mexico

* Mexico gave themselves a much-needed boost for their World Cup playoff against New Zealand with a 4-2 win over Finland in a friendly. Veteran defender Rafael Marquez opened the scoring in the 11th minute at the Qualcomm in San Diego,California on Wednesday in coach Miguel Herrera’s debut in charge. Mexico scored further goals through midfielder Carlos Pena and strikers Oribe Peralta and Jesus Escoboza with Finland hitting back through Jarkko Hurme and an own goal by defender Juan Carlos Valenzuela. Mexico meet New Zealand over two legs,at home on Nov. 13 and away a week later,for a berth at the 2014 finals in Brazil. “”I’m very satisfied and happy with the team’s performance and although we must correct errors that brought goals (for the opposition) the team showed a clear idea,” Herrera said.

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