SYDNEY: Rio- bound Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth registered straight-game wins to reach the quarterfinals of the women’s and men’s singles events, respectively, at the $750,000 Australian Open Super Series here on Thursday.
Saina outclassed Malaysia’s Jin Wei Goh 21-12 21-14 in a 37-minute clash to set up a quarterfinal battle with 2013 world champion and second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Srikanth defeated Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-19 21-12 in 34 minutes. He will face Korean qualifier Kwang Hee Heo next.
FEDERER BEATS FRITZ ON RETURN
STUTTGART: Roger Federer survived a stern examination by American teenager Taylor Fritz in Stuttgart on Thursday to win his first match since withdrawing from the French Open with a back injury. The Swiss resumed leading 4-3 in the opening set after rain curtailed play at the Mercedes Cup the previous day and he eventually prevailed 6-4 5-7 6-4.
CARTER’S ‘B’ SAMPLE TESTS POSITIVE
KINGSTON: Jamaican Olympic relay gold medallist Nesta Carter’s “B” sample for the use of a banned stimulant at the 2008 Beijing Games has returned positive, two sources familiar with the case said.
The Jamaica Olympic Association said last Friday it had received notification from the IOC that one of its competitors had returned an adverse analytical result but did not name the athlete.
Carter, who has helped Jamaican 4x100 metre relay teams to Olympic and world championship titles, returned a doping violation for the banned stimulant methyl hexanamin in a re-test of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games ordered by the IOC.
LEE REGAINS NO 1 SPOT AHEAD OF RIO GAMES
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei on Thursday reclaimed the world No 1 ranking he lost 18 months ago following a positive doping test. Lee knocked China’s Chen Long from the summit of the BWF rankings.
INDIA READY FOR GERMANY TEST
LONDON: India will look to make the most of the Hockey Champions Trophy, the final major tournament before the Rio Olympics, when they kick off their campaign in the six-nation tournament against reigning champions Germany here on Friday. Of the six teams competing in London, five will be in action in the Rio Games, to be held between August 5-21, and the players will get a great opportunity to present their case |of being in the 16-member squad for the quadrennial extravaganza.