World champion Viswanathan Anand’s hunt for an elusive victory continued as he played out a draw with Levon Aronian of Armenia in the third round of Alekhien memorial chess tournament. With his second draw in three games besides the painful loss against Michael Adams of England in the opener, Anand took his tally to one point out of a possible three and his tournament situation did not change much as the Indian remained in joint eighth spot in the 10-player super tournament.
New Delhi: MR Poovamma and Arokia Rajiv emerged victorious in the 400m event of the women's and men's section respectively, on the second day of the 17th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala. But both failed to achieve the qualification mark for the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Poovamma clocked 52.75 seconds while Rajiv’s time was 46.57s.
Top seed Ferrer out
Barcelona: Rafael Nadal restored the balance of clay power at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Carlos Berlocq after top-seeded compatriot David Ferrer was eliminated by Dmitry Tursunov. Nadal, seeded second for the first time ever behind Ferrer, still needed six match points to see off persistent Argentine Berlocq, whom he had beaten on Brazilian clay two months ago. Earlier, Russian qualifier Tursunov stunned Ferrer 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in a major second-round upset.
Bhullar set for ton
Seoul: Gaganjeet Bhullar will be making his 100th start on the Asian Tour when he tees off at the Ballantine’s Championship, starting here today. The 24-year-old has come a long way from the time he had made his debut on the Tour in 2007. Six years on, the four-time Asian Tour winner is now getting ready for the euro 2,205,000 ($2.8 million) event at the Blackstone Golf Club. Bhullar registered two wins last year, in Taipei and Macau.