Sports Bar: Bhambri fails to get wild card

Yuki broke Wu at love in the ninth but failed to serve out the set as he was broken at love.

Published: November 24, 2013 4:11:23 am

Bhambri fails to get wild card

Yuki Bhambri created enough chances for himself but failed to cash in on as he bowed out of the Australian Open wild card play-off tournament following a semifinal defeat on Saturday. Second seed Yuki,who was hoping to win a wild card for the first Grand Slam of the season by winning the tournament,lost 6-7 (6) 4-6 to third seed Chinese Di Wu in one hour and 29 minutes. After trading breaks early,the first set was back on serve by the eighth game. Yuki broke Wu at love in the ninth but failed to serve out the set as he was broken at love.

Chithambaram clinches title

FIDE Master VR Aravindh Chithambaram emerged the champion after the final round of the Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess tournament held alongside the World Championship Match on Saturday. Aravindh,for bagging nine points out of a possible 11,took the winner’s trophy and the cash award of Rs 2 lakh. Grandmasters Neverov Valeriy (Ukraine) and SP Sethuraman (India) shared the second spot with 8.5 points.

‘Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna’

Legendary athlete Milkha Singh Saturday said the just-retired cricketer Sachin Tendulkar deserved the Bharat Ratna as he has been a role model of the youth in the country. Milkha said that despite being such a phenomenally successful cricketer,Tendulkar remained grounded as a man of immense humility and that sets him apart from other great sportspersons. “He has been a role model. I have met Sachin Tendulkar several times and whenever I see him,I was amazed at his humility. Despite his immense success as a sportsperson,he remained grounded. His success did not go into his head. That sets him apart,” said Milkha.

Balaji wins Futures

A dogged N Sriram Balaji clinched his second ITF Futures singles title of the season and fourth of his career as he carved out a 7-5 7-5 win over Korean Jung-Woong Na in the hard-fought summit clash of the $15,000 tournament,on Saturday. Playing his second consecutive final,second seed Balaji relied on his net play game to defuse the challenge of third seed Na,who played extremely well from the baseline. Na engaged Balaji in long rallies but struggled to finish the points and the Indian took advantage of this.

Papal warning

Pope Francis has met a large delegation of Olympic leaders,and used the occasion to issue a warning over the commercialization of athletes. Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport “is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost … it risks reducing athletes to mere trading material from whom profits are extracted.” The pope added that “sport is harmony but if money and success prevail as the aim this harmony crumbles.”

Crystal Palace hires Pulis

Crystal Palace has hired former Stoke manager Tony Pulis,hoping he can revive the struggling club and lift it out of last place in the Premier League. The 55-year-old Pulis had been out of work since leaving Stoke last season and will take charge after Saturday’s Premier League match against Hull,with caretaker manager Keith Millen remaining in charge for the match against the Tigers. His first match as in charge will be against Norwich on November 30.

Day storms into lead

Australia’s Jason Day shot a sparkling five-under 66 for a total of 204 to soar to the lead of the $8 million World Cup of Golf after the third round on Saturday. Danish veteran Bjorn found the going tougher but managed to graft to an even-par 71 to lie outright second,with world number seven and defending champion Kuchar a further two strokes adrift.

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