Drall shares lead with Aditi

With Aditi Ashok in top form, Amandrall Drall, the talented golfer from Chandigarh, would certainly like to stay ahead of the former when the action resumes on Sunday in the Usha Eastern India Ladies golf championship at Jamshedpur. On Saturday, Amandeep (74) was sharing the lead with Aditi (71) at 148.

Overnight leader, Amandeep Drall added a second straight 74 and she had one birdie on the par-4 sixth. She was done in by a double bogey on par-5 seventh. Meanwhile, shrugging aside the jetlag and tiredness of having just traveled from Turkey, where she played in the World Amateur Team Championships, Aditi turned in a brilliant even par 71 that carried her to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the second round of the championships on Saturday.

Behind Aditi and Amandeep are Millie Saroha (75, 75) in third place, just two shots adrift. Another one shot behind is Raksha Phadke (75, 76), also a member of the National Squad like the top three.

Gurbani Singh (76, 77) was fifth at 153, while Nanaki Chadha (73) made up for her lacklustre first day round of 82 with a good round of two-over to move to sixth place at 155.

This season, Gurbani has won the Usha Southern India Ladies title, while Millie Saroha won the Usha Northern India Ladies title and Aditi is the reigning All India Ladies Amateur champion, so the competition will be really keen in the final stages of the tournament. The lead was unchanged even in Category D, where Tanishka Kumar (84, 91) led second-placed Vasundhara Tihara (89, 91) by seven shots.

Sanam Singh wins

Chandigarh:City tennis player Sanam Singh advanced to the second round of the qualifying in the Tashkent Challenger at Tashkent on Saturday. Along with Vishu Vardhan who played a stellar role in India's 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand in the Davis Cup tie at CLTA Stadium last month, Sanam easily managed to defeat the opponents. In the first round of the USD 125,000 ATP Challenger Series qualifiers, third seed Vardhan defeated Uzbek wildcard Sardor Rakhimov 6-4 6-2 while sixth seeded Sanam thrashed another local wildcard Pavel Tsoy 6-2 6-2.Meanwhile Somdev Devvarman, Divij Sharan and Vijaykant Malik bowed out in the opening round. Devvarman, making a comeback following an injury, looked rusty as he lost to top seed Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Ukraine. Nedovyesov, ranked 227 in the world, won 6-4 7-6(3).

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