Sports Correspondent

MADURAI: R. Dorai was made to sweat by Senthil Kumar to win 8-6 in the first qualifying round of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association State-ranking tennis tournament on Saturday.

The results (first qualifying round):Men: Mohd Niaz bt Sai Sathya Narayanan 8-2; Mohd. Farook bt Vishnuvi Raj 8-3; R. Dorai bt Senthil Kumar 8-6; U.M. Guganvarma bt S. Somasundaram 8-6; Priyesh bt Vairavan 8-4; S. Prasanth bt N. Venkatesan 8-1; Vijay bt R. Nagarajan 8-1; P. Arun Suganeswar bt Jagan Somasundaram 8-5; K. Eswaran bt D. Ramakanth 8-5; Balaji Bharathram bt Mohd. Oomer 8-1; Tejus Manohar bt S. Nithin 8-5; Arun Suresh bt S. Musthafa 8-6.

AITA Championship series: Boys u-16: Mustafa Ali bt B. Dilipkumar 4-1, 5-3; Mohd. Ashraf bt N. Ashwin Bhasharan 4-2, 4-1; Ishwar Prasad bt A. Rego Jackson 4-0, 4-0; G. Krishna bt Mohd. Akram 4-1, 5-3; R. Avinash bt P. Arun Suguneswar 4-2, 4-1; Mohd. Yunis bt Deepak Pradeepkumar 4-1, 4-1; T.G. Subhas Kaushik bt Samuel Johnson 4-0, 4-1; G. Dhiraj bt K. Sailurya 5-3, 4-2; T.V. Sri Vishnu bt J. Venkataraman 4-0, 4-0; Tejus Manohar bt S. Gautham 4-0, 4-0; Tanveen Hassan bt S. Jegan Somasundaram 4-0, 4-0; Monish Rajer bt Vikram Naidu 4-1, 4-1; B. Ram Praveen bt V. Gowri Sankar 4-2, 4-2; V. Adhiyan bt S. Sivabalan 4-2, 4-0; K. Pratheesh bt S. Rahul 4-1, 4-2.

Boys u-14: A.P. Roshan bt S. Sivabalan 4-1, 4-1; R. Bala Ramesh bt A. Rego Jackson 4-1, 4-0; Sri Avinash bt S. Vinothkumar 4-1, 4-1; G. Dhiraj bt P. Dinesh 4-1, 4-1; J.A. Sriram bt L.M. Keerthi 4-0, 4-0; V. Vinesh Raja bt S. Gautham 4-0, 4-0; M. Kiran Kumar bt S. Deepak 4-2, 4-0; K. Saisurya bt L.K. Sai 4-0, 4-0; N. Bala Vignesh bt R. Sachin 5-3, 4-1; Vikram Naidu bt V. Swamianthan 4-0, 4-1; S.A. Venkatesh bt V. Dilipkumar 4-2, 1-4, 4-2; N. Samuel Johnson bt R. Vignesh 4-2, 4-5(6) 4-1; T.G. Subha Kaushik bt Somesh Misra 4-1, 4-0; Solomon G. Thomas bt A.S. Hari Dutt 4-0, 4-2; Murtaza Ali bt L. Srinivas Arunachalam 4-0, 4-2; K. Vishal bt Arun Regupathy 4-0, 4-2; K. Tanvir Hassan bt Mohd. Akram 5-3, 4-2; V. Gowrisankar bt S. Raheel 5-3, 2-4, 4-0; S. Gautam bt J. Venkataraman 4-0; R. Sabaresh bt R. Sibmimon 4-0, 0-4, 4-2; V. Adhiyan bt M. Arjun Mohan 4-2, 5-3; G. Rakesh bt G. Krishnan 2-4, 4-1, 4-1; A. Veerabadran bt Arjun Aditya 4-0, 4-0.

Chess championship

The Neyveli Chess Club & NLC Sports Control Board will organise the NLC Golden Jubilee Year 19th Tamil Nadu State under-9 chess championship at Neyveli from January 31 to February 6. The top two boys and girls will represent Tamil Nadu in the National under-9 championship.For details, contact FIDE Master A. Pavanasam on 04142253051 or 09443998399.

Shooting competitions

The Madurai Rifle Club will conduct the Madurai district rifle and air rifle shooting competitions in Madurai on Jan. 28 and 29. Contact Guhan MHSS on 2311604 or 3956161 for further details.

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