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Gulbarga (Karnataka), Sep 29 (IANS): Unseeded Prerna Bhambri capped her fine run by defeating fourth seed Zi Yang of China 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the $10,000 ITF Gulbarga Open Women's Futures tennis championship here Saturday.

In the final lasting over an hour, Prerna with a dominant display, outplayed Yang who struggled to get going in the match.

Yang, who sparkled in the second set, however, made lot of unforced errors and failed to stay in the hunt while Prerna showcased her all-round game for a deserving victory.

In the doubles final Friday evening, Hae-Sung Kim and Ju-Eun Kim beat Pei-Chi Lee and Chia Hsien Yang 6-1, 6-1.

Gulbarga: Unseeded Prerna Bhambri and fourth seed Zi Yang of China set up a title clash with resounding wins in the semi-final of the $10,000 ITF Gulbarga Open women`s Futures tennis championship here Friday.

Prerna, ranked 803 in the world, outplayed the 970th ranked Nan Nan Zhang of China 6-2, 6-2 in 76 minutes. Zi Yang (590) routed top seed Wing Yau Venise Chan of Hong Kong (371) 6-0, 6-0 in 48 minutes.

"I played my natural game but the match was easier than expected," said Prerna, the 20-year-old from Delhi who did not allow Zhang to engage in any prolonged rallies and kept looking for the right openings to come up with winners with her strong forehand.

Prerna kept Zhang on the move all the time with her deep and angled placements. The Chinese, who often struggled with her first serve, failed to break even once. 

Prerna broke her rival in the third and seventh games for the first set, and had two more service breaks in the second to wrap up the match.
Gulbarga: A gritty Prerna Bhambri clawed her way into the semis of the US$10,000 ITF Gulbarga Open women`s futures tennis championship at the expense of injured Emily Webley Smith of Great Britain here at the Dr. Chandrashekar Patil Stadium Thursday.

Seeded second, Emily, who lost the first set 5-7 and led 2-1 in the second, twisted her ankle while going for a return from baseline.

The Brit sought a medical timeout and got back into action but could hardly move and conceded the match to Prerna.

The first set was marked by back-to-back breaks. Prerna stayed afloat with her steady returns while Emily struggled with her first serve.

Prerna held herself for a 6-5 lead and broke Emily decisively in the twelfth game to take the set.

Rushmi Chakravarthi`s campaign also came to an end as she lost to her Chinese rival Nan Nan Zhang 6-7(2), 0-6 in the quarters.

The two traded breaks in the first two games and Rushmi had a great chance when she went 5-4 up with another break in the ninth game.

But the set went into a tie breaker and Zhang dominated the show as Rushmi netted thrice in a row to trail 2-5 and ultimately lost 2-7.

The second set was a whitewash as a resurgent Zhang simply out-hit her rival and won 6-0.

Chinese fourth seed Zi Yang also cruised into the semis with 6-1, 6-0 victory over wild card Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy.

Hard-hitting Ukranian teenager Oleksandra Korashivilli gave a torrid time to top seed Wang Yau Venise Chan with some aggressive tennis before going down 6-2, 6-7(0), 6-7(3).

Oleksandra, 16, set the pace in the first set winning 6-2 with two successive breaks in fifth and seventh games, respectively.

But Chan hit back in the second set to lead 5-2 before Oleksandra rallied to make it 5-all.

In the tie-breaker, the Ukranian girl`s errors proved costly and dropped it without taking a point.

In the decider, Chan led 5-1 before Oleksandra battled to level at 5-all.

The 16-year-old then lost the tie-breaker 3-7.

In Friday`s semifinals, top seed Chan meets the fourth seed Zi Yang while Prerna Bhambri meets Nan Nan Zhang of China.

Quarterfinal results:

Prerna Bhambri bt Emily Webley Smith 7-5, 2-1 retired; Nan Nan Zhang bt Rushmi Chakravarthi 7-6(2), 6-0; Zi Yang bt Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy 6-1, 6-0; Wang Yau Venise Chan bt Oleksandra Korashivilli 2-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(3). 


Hyderabad: South Central Railway has announced that it will run special trains for Hazrath Khaja Banda Nawaj Urs at Gulbarga.  The Urs is a famous celebration and people from all walks of life come to participate in it irrespective of caste and creed.  It is a three day celebration and people from all over India assemble to seek the blessings of Hazrath Khaja Banda Nawaz.  The special trains introduced by South Central Railway are as follows –

  • Train no. 7178: This train will leave for Gulbarga from Hyderabad on 1st October at 10.00 pm and reach Gulbarga the next morning at 4.15 am.  It again starts from Gulbarga at 5.25 am on the same day and reach Hyderabad at 11.30 am.
  • No. 7180: This service begins at 5.30 am from Hyderabad and reaches Gulbarga at 11.20 am. It begins its return journey to Hyderabad at 12.55 noon from Gulbarga and reaches Hyderabad at 6.35 pm.  This train travels via Begumpet, Sanath Nagar, Hafizpet, Lingampally, Nagaulapalli, Shankarpalli, Ravulapalli kalan, Gollaguda, Chittigidda, Vikarabad, Godamguda, Mylaram, Rukmapur, Tandur, Mantati, Kurgunta, Seram, Malked Road, Chittapur, Sulehalli and Wadi stations.
Railway is also running special trains between Nanded and Jammu-tawi between 1stOctober, 2012 and 28th November, 2012.  Train no. 02422 will begin from Jammu-Tawi on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd October and 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of November, 2012 at 9.45 and reaches Nanded on the next day at 11.45 pm.  From Nanded it will start it journey on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st of October and 7th , 14th, 21st and 28th of November, 2012 at 11.00 am and reach Jammu-tawi the next day.


Karnataka’s Spurti Shivalingaiah clinched the women’s singles title in the AITA Pro Circuit championship on Friday without playing the final and semifinal after walkovers from her opponents — who opted out to play the ITF Gulbarga Open Futures championship qualifying rounds — turned it into a farcical finish.    

Spurti’s semifinal opponent Riya Bhatia and the other finalist Eetee Mehta decided not to play their matches, giving priority to the ITF tournament starting on Monday. The women’s doubles semifinalists also desisted from entering the court and chose to play the tournament in Gulbarga. 

Kiran Nandakumar, CEO of Stalwart Sports, organisers of the tournament said they will take up the matter with the AITA. “It is just not proper, we have taken a serious view of these mass walkovers and will be reporting to AITA,’’ he added. 

Meanwhile, veteran Nitin Kirtane of Railways registered a hard-fought 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Rohan Gide to enter the men’s singles final at the KSLTA stadium.  
Kirtane will take on Vinod Sridhar, who progressed to the summit clash after opponent Vijay Kannan did not take field citing toe injury and blisters.

Results (all semifinals): Men’s singles: Nitin Kirtane bt Rohan Gide 6-0, 1-6, 6-4; Vinod Sridhar w/o Vijay Kannan. Doubles: Tariq Jacob/ Elvin Antony bt Tejas Chaukulkar/ Yogesh Phogat 6-1, 6-2; Nitin Kirtane/ Saurav Sukul bt Vaidikh Munshaw/ Lakshith Sood 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. 

Women’s singles: Eetee Mehta bt Niku Amin 6-1, 6-1; Spurti Shivalingaiah w/o Riya Bhatia. 


After a gap of four years, international tennis returns to the historic city of Gulbarga as the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association, in association with Zygosports Unlimited, is set to conduct the USD 10,000 ITF Gulbarga Open Women's Futures from September 24 to 29.

Gulbarga twice hosted ITF Men's tournament in the past, but it is the first time that an ITF Women's Futures is being held in the city, some 589 kms away from here, KSLTA secretary C S Sunder Rajum told reporters.

The championship offers a great chance for Indian girls to earn ITF points at home and enhance their ability to step into the big league of WTA, he said.Wang Yu Vanise Chan of Hong Kong, who is ranked 366, heads the main draw list followed by Emily Webley of Great Britain, who is ranked 388. Another notable contender is Zi Yang of China (610).

The Indian challenger will be spearheaded by Kyra Shroff, ranked 535 and other Indian girls, who are in the main draw, include Rishika Sunkara, Ankita Raina, Nidhi Chilmula, Rutuja Bhosle, Shivika Buran, Natasha Palha, Prerna Bhambri and Shwetha Rana.

Bharati Cements, ACC Ultra Tech Cements and Chettinad Cements are the associate sponsors for the championship, he said adding that the venue will be Dr Chandrashekar Patil Stadium, which has three synthetic courts and is being spruced up for the event in a big way.

Zygosports CEO and tournament director Sunil Yejaman said, "We have seen high quality entries into the tournament which goes a long way to prove that Karnataka has become the tennis destination in India."

Principal secretary to chief minister and KSLTA vice president, Laxminarayana said it has been a constant endeavour of KSLTA to promote tennis in rural and moffusil areas in the state and holding the ITF women's championship in Gulbarga reflects that philosophy.

"I hope more and more children in Gulbarga take up the game after witnessing the event," he added.

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Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge urged Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa to make the tri-weekly Solapur- Yeshwantpur Superfast Express which was flagged off on Sunday more frequent.

 The train was flagged off by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Sindhe at Solapur at 4 pm and as Solapur and Gulbarga come under the Central Railway Zone there was no formal flag off function at Gulbarga Railway Station.

 Kharge told reporters that the newly inaugurated train would see a lot of rush and people of the district are demanding a regular train.  He also demanded that Muniyappa, who was present at the function, to complete Bidar-Gulbarga railway line as per schedule as Gulbarga DC has handed over the land needed in the district.

 He requested him to complete the work of widening of railway bridge near Mother Theresa School in Gulbarga, railway bridge on Afzalpur Road and on Jewargi Road in the district.

 Muniyappa agreed to consider the requests of Kharge to run an express train between Gulbarga and Pune and to establish a railway terminal at Gulbarga.

 The minister said that he would place the demand before Railway Board for getting approval.  Muniyappa rejected the demand of stopping Mumbai Nagarkoil train at Yalahanka for few minutes

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A Cabinet meeting scheduled in Gulbarga on October 4 will discuss issues related to Hyderabad Karnataka, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said here on Sunday. “We were unable to hold a Cabinet meeting in Gulbarga last year owing to unavoidable reasons. But we have decided to organise the meeting this year on October 4. Senior officials have been instructed to begin preparations,” he told presspersons. Mr. Shettar thanked the Union government for tabling the Bill to amend Article 371 of the Constitution to provide special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region. This will ensure better human resource development in this region and improve infrastructure in the six districts. The State government was implementing all central-sponsored schemes effectively and transparently. Our progress in health, education, drinking water and other central schemes is good, Mr. Shettar said. Later, during a drought review meeting the Chief Minister instructed officials to employ a larger number of people under the MNREGA. Officials should not only focus on ensuring the quality of works, but should also make sure that the wages are paid within a week. He sought periodic progress reports from officials about this. He asked officials to take up drinking water projects and set up of fodder banks in all affected areas. Mr. Shettar received grievances from the public at a Janata Darshan. He distributed taxis to beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes. The Chief Minister visited the Khaja Bande Nawaz Dargah and the Sharana Basaveshwar temple. District in-charge Minister Revu Naik Belamagi, Infrastructure Development Minister Sunil Valyapure, Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai, Gulbarga Urban Development Authority Chairman Vidyasagar Kulkarni, MSIL chairman Vikram Patil, legislators Doddappagouda Patil, Valmiki Naik, Shashil Namoshi, K. B Shanappa and others were present.

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