Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tennis News

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Karshi, Uzbekistan

[R2] (8) Ankita RAINA (IND,295) bt (Q) Polina MONOVA (RUS,1006) 62 75

[QF] (8) Ankita RAINA (IND,295) vs Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS,362)

[QF] Ankita RAINA (IND)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) l Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS)/ Eva WACANNO (NED) 46 61 6-10

Ankita score straight sets win over Russian qualifier ... Next she is facing another Russian player Sizikova, who score upset win over 2nd seed player.
At $10K Iran F5 futures , Kish

[Q1] (2) Akash WAGH (IND) bt Hesam ESMAIL YAZDI (IRI) 62 60
[Q1] Kshitij KAMAL (IND) bt Abbas DEHGHANI (IRI) 63 61

[Q2] (2) Akash WAGH (IND) bt James ALLEMBY (GBR) 62 63
[Q2] Leo Julien SEBAOUN (JPN) bt Kshitij KAMAL (IND) 60 60

[R1] Ronak Manuja (IND,1215) l (7) Marko Danis (SVK,828) 64 16 0-1 retd.
[R1] (Q) Akash Wagh (IND,1138) bt (LL) Kianosh FAKHARZADEH (IRI,UNR) 62 60

[R2] (Q) Akash Wagh (IND,1138) bt (4) Vadim ALEKSEENKO (UKR,552) 63 63

[QF] (Q) Akash Wagh (IND,1138) vs (5) Colin VAN BEEM (NED,671)

[R1] (4) Ronak MANUJA (IND)/ Akash WAGH (IND) l Bart BEKS (NED)/ Colin VAN BEEM (NED) 36 64 7-10

Akash qualify for main-draw and score huge upset win in 2nd round when he defeated 550 ranked Ukrainian Vadim convincingly ... Next he is facing good clay court top-700 Dutch player, Colin Van Beem.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tennis News

At €2.9M Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) bt Julian Knowle (AUT)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 76(2) 64

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) vs (7) LUkasz Kubot (POL)/ Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Rohan-Aisam had tougher match than they expected against Knowle-Pospisil ... But still winning start and next they r facing 7th seed Kubot-Lindstedt.
At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Karshi, Uzbekistan

[R1] (8) Ankita RAINA (IND,295) bt Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND,404) 64 61

[R2] (8) Ankita RAINA (IND,295) vs (Q) Polina MONOVA (RUS,1006)

[R1] Ankita RAINA (IND)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) bt (ALT) Amina MUKHAMETSHINA (UZB)/ Sarvinoz SAIDHUJAEVA (UZB) 61 62

[QF] Ankita RAINA (IND)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) vs Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS)/ Eva WACANNO (NED)

Expected winning start for Ankita against Prarthana ... Next she is facing Russian qualifier, another winnable match.

In the doubles also Ankita-Prarthana took advantage of weak draw and started with win.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Squash News

At $115K Men's El Gouna International Open 2014, El Gouna Marina, El Gouna, Egypt (World Series Gold)

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,15) l (1) Gregory Gaultier (FRA,1) 2-3 (9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 8-11) (102M)

What a match played by Saurav against WR #1 Frenchman Gregory Gaultier ... After losing the first game Saurav fought back and won next two tight games ... But Gregory used his experience of big matches and dominated the fourth game ... After that in the decider Gregory played smartly and completed comeback victory but creditable performance by Saurav.
At $50K Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open 2014,, Houston, USA (Gold 50)

[F] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) l (Q) Nour El Sherbini (EGY,13) 1-3 (7-11 11-5 7-11 8-11) (48m)

18 yrs old Nour El Sherbini climbing quickly on WSA ladder and Dipika fails to break hold of her as this is her third loss against Nour El Sherbini ... This was Dipika's first $50K (Gold 50) tournament final but it is ended on losing side ... In this loss Dipika gave encouraging performance as after losing first game Dipika fought back to win the second game ... After losing the second game tamely Nour El Sherbini raised level of game from the third game ... Dipika almost matched her but lost next two games after close fight.
At $10K Men's IG Open de Paris 2014, France (Challenger 10)

[R1] (5) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,74) bt (WC) Johan Bouquet (FRA,109) 3-1 (11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5) (73m)

[QF] (5) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,74) l (2) Ivan Yuen (MAS,71) 6-11 10-11 retd.

Mahesh played in $10K challenger tournament at Paris but got injured in the quarter-final against Malaysian opponent ... Hoping for quick and complete recovery for Mahesh.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Snooker News

At Dafabet World Championship Qualifiers 2014, Sheffield, England

[QR3] Pankaj Advani (IND,62) l Robbie Williams (ENG,68) 7-10 (23-80, 78(78)-0, 58-66, 74-35, 31-84(51), 77(73)-22, 59(50)-15, 51-33, 72-51, 80-49, 66-21, 0-80(62), 35-65, 51-62(56), 21-100(67), 40-81, 29-68(56))

Robbie and Pankaj were neck to neck in first 8 frames, 4-all ... After that Pankaj won next four frames and and take 7-4 lead ... At that time momentum was with Pankaj but suddenly he lost concentration and struggled to score big break ... Robbie Williams take full advantage of it and won shockingly next six games with little ease for upset win.

Squash News

At $50K Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open 2014,, Houston, USA (Gold 50)

[SF] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) bt (2) Madeline Perry (IRL,8) 3-2 (11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-4) (75m)

[F] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) vs (Q) Nour El Sherbini (EGY,13)

Dipika in the final beating 2nd seed and top-10 Irish player Madeline Perry in long tight match ... Dipika started well and won the first game without much trouble ... Next two games were closely fought as both players were tried hard ... These two games shared by each player in extra points ... In the fourth game Dipika was dominating rallies and had three match balls at 10-7 ... Suddenly Dipika lost her focus and made numerous mistakes to lose next five points ... Dipika recovered immediately and take control of the decider taking 6-1 lead ... Dipika kept her advantage and comfortably won this game and the match ... In the final she is having challenge of 18 yrs old young talented Egyptian Nour El Sherbini ... Last month Nour El Sherbini become the youngest player in history to reach the WSA World Championship final, she scored a series of upsets in Malaysia including beating WR#1 Nicol David ... Dipika is having 0-2 win-loss record against Sherbini.

Tennis News

At €2.9M Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) vs Julian Knowle (AUT)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Only Rohan is playing at Monte_Carlo Masters ... He and Aisam r unseeded and facing Knowle-Pospisil in the first round.
At At $100K Sarasota Challenger, Florida, USA (clay)

[Q1] (6) Sanam Singh (IND,374) l Costin Paval (ROU,764) 63 26 67(3)

Sanam showing inconsistency regularly.

Snooker News

At Dafabet World Championship Qualifiers 2014, Sheffield, England

[QR3] Aditya Mehta (IND,59) l Jamie Jones (WAL,47) 5-10 (4-108(108), 62-46, 38-67, 66-27, 25-108(68), 71-40, 55-73, 38-89(50), 27-64, 30-80, 75-24, 92-34, 0-82(65), 47-54, 47-59)

Aditya lose in the third qualifying round of World championship in decent match against Jamie Jones ... First 6 frames were shared by both players, 3-all ... In seventh frame Aditya was leading 51-10 before losing it ... Aditya lost concentration and lost next four frames, 3-7 ... Aditya won 11th and 12th frames before losing 13th frame. 5-8 ... In 9th frame also Aditya failed to finish it ... He was leading 47-1 before missing his shot and then Jamie Jones fought back and won this frame by mere 7 points ... And same repeated in 15th frame as Aditya was leading 47-28 before missing his shot ... Jamie scored 31 points break for winning this frame by 12 points ... So Aditya had opportunities but he struggled on the table as he failed to score single fifty plus break in this match.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shooting News

At the 2014 ISSF World Cup Stage - Shotgun, Tucson, AZ, USA

Trap Men
Gold - Manavjit Singh Sandhu (IND)
Silver - Michael Diamond (AUS)
Bronze - Alexey Alipov (RUS)

Gold Medal match
Manavjit Singh Sandhu (IND) bt Michael Diamond (AUS) 13-9

Competition Stage - Semi Final
1. Michael Diamond (AUS) 15 QG
2. Manavjit Singh Sandhu (IND) 14 Shoot-off: 6, QG
3. Alexey Alipov (RUS) 14 Shoot-off: 5, QB
4. Aaron Heading (GBR) 14 Shoot-off: 2, QB
5. Derek Burnett (IRL) 13
6. Rodrigo Bastos (BRA) 12

The 2006 World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu won Trap Men finals at Tucson, before this Manavjit Singh Sandhu had won his last world cup stage four years ago, back in 2010.

Manavjit Singh Sandhu beat Australia's two-time Olympic Champion Michael Diamond in the Gold medal match by 13 to 9 hits, after scoring 14 out of 15 targets in the semi-final ... The 2004 Olympic Champion Alexey Alipov finished in third place beating Great Britain's 26-year old Aaron Heading by 12 to 10 hits in the Bronze medal match ... Before that Manavjit Singh Sandhu qualified for the final on tied 2nd place with 121 hits from 125 shots.

Squash News

At $50K Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open 2014,, Houston, USA (Gold 50)

[QF] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY,19) 3-2 (11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5) (64m)

[SF] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) vs (2) Madeline Perry (IRL,8)

Surprisingly tough match for Dipika against Nicolette ... Shen started well and won first 2 games comfortably but from third game Nicolette take advantage of Dipika's mistakes ... Nicolette won next two games on extra points ... Dipika regained her focus and improved her level of game for winning the final game convincingly ... In the semi-final she is facing top-10 experienced Irish girl Madeline Perry.

Badminton News

At $300K Singapore Open 2014, (Superseries)

[SF] Srikanth K. (IND,25) l Lee Chong Wei (MAS,1) 19-21 18-21

Srikanth gives creditable fighting performance against WR #1 Lee Chong Wei ... But I would say Srikanth missed opportunity as in the first game both players exchanged leads ... Srikanth was leading 19-16 but failed to win it as Lee won next 5 points for winning this game ... In the second game Lee take 11-6 lead and then Srikanth did catching game ... Lee maanged to keep lead and completed victory in two games.

Squash News

At $50K Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open 2014,, Houston, USA (Gold 50)

[Q1] Daksha Pathak (IND,UNR) l Victoria Lust (ENG,37) 0-3 (4-11, 3-11, 1-11)

[R1] Joshana Chinappa (IND,21) l (8) Rachael Grinham (AUS,16) 0-3 (8-11, 5-11, 5-11) (24m)
[R1] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) bt (Q) Donna Urquhart (AUS,26) 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-5) (36m)

[QF] (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND,12) vs Nicolette Fernandes (GUY,19)

I was expecting better fighting performance from Joshna in this match ... But she lose this one-sided match in 25 minutes ... Other hand Dipika started confidently in her match though Urquhart stertched her in first 2 games ... Next she is facing Nicolette Fernandes ... In qualifier 14 yrs old Daksha Pathak played, may be she is from local academy.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Badminton News

At $300K Singapore Open 2014, (Superseries)

[QF] Srikanth K. (IND,25) bt Yun Hu (HKG,14) 17-21 21-14 21-19
[QF] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,45) l (5) Pengyu Du (CHN,9) 15-21 15-21
[QF] (8) P.V. Sindhu (IND,10) l (2) Yihan Wang (CHN,2) 19-21 15-21

[SF] Srikanth K. (IND,25) vs Chong Wei Lee (MAS,1)

Srikanth score another comeback win over top-15 player and enter into the semis of Singapore Superseries ... After losing the first game Srikanth made strong comeback for winning second game comfortably ... In the decider both players matches other's game but in end Srikanth prevailed ... In the semis he is facing WR #1 Malaysian Chong Wei Lee.

Sindhu gave fighting performance against Yihan Wang but that wasn't enough and she lost in straight games ... Pengyu Du proved too strong for Sai.

Tennis News

At $540K U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Houston, USA

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)/ Chris Guccione (AUS) 26 46

Divij-Purav fails to built on their first round win against third seed ... Hewitt and Guccione defeats them comfortably in straight sets ... Our pair managed to broke them 2 times but Aussies broke them 5 times in this match ... Still good week but they needs some solid performance in coming weeks to improve their ranking in top-50.

Snooker News

At Dafabet World Championship Qualifiers 2014, Sheffield, England

[QR2] Pankaj Advani (IND,62) bt Li Hang (CHN,93) 10-9 (60-27, 58(52)-70, 2-100(67), 62-25, 0-140(116), 56(55)-67(67), 28-70(52), 62-51, 1-128(120), 72-42, 72-59, 7-68(61), 1-100(85), 78-54, 87-0, 73(67)-1, 20-82, 73-12, 64-1)

[QR2] Aditya Mehta (IND,59) bt (a) Christopher Keogan (ENG) 10-4 (90(53)-13, 85-22, 64-44, 10-80, 33-70, 90(70)-0, 7-61, 97(81)-4, 103-12, 94-6, 54-70, 111(72)-2, 83-9, 74-20)

[QR3] Pankaj Advani (IND,62) vs Robbie Williams (ENG,68)
[QR3] Aditya Mehta (IND,59) vs Jamie Jones (WAL,47)

Aditya and Pankaj r first time playing in World championship of pro tour ... As per their current ranking they received first qualifying round bye ... In the second qualifying round Aditya faced British amateur player Christopher Keogan, who scored upset win over #92 ranked Scottish player in the first round ... Keogan troubled Aditya and early but from 4-3 frames Aditya won 6 out of next 7 frames for victory in this best of 19 frames match ... His third qualifying round opponent is top-50 Wales player Jamie Jones.

Pankaj faced Chinese opponent Li Hang and he really needed to dig deep for this hard fought win ... On the break Pankaj was down 3-5 frames ... Hang was scoring big breaks in this match, he scored two hundred plus and five fifty plus breaks in 8 frames ... On 6th frame Pankaj was leading 56-0 but Hang scored 67 points break and won this frame 67-56 ... Match continues with see-saw but each time Hang takes lead and Pankaj tried to catch him ... Hang take 8-5 frames lead but this time Pankaj won next 3 frames to make it 8-all ... Hang again won 17th frame to lead 8-9 but this time also Pankaj fought back and won next two frames for exciting win ... Next he is facing similar ranked British player.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Badminton News

At $300K Singapore Open 2014, (Superseries)

[R2] Srikanth K. (IND,25) bt (7) Tien Minh Nguyen (VIE,8) 18-21 21-15 21-8
[R2] Prannoy H. S (IND,44) l (5) Pengyu Du (CHN,9) 17-21 21-18 12-21
[R2] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,45) bt Zi Liang Derek Wong (SIN,47) 24-22 21-19
[R2] (8) P.V. Sindhu (IND,10) bt Shizuka Uchida (JPN,123) 21-17 17-21 21-16
[R2] Thulasi P. C. (IND,68) l (2) Yihan Wang (CHN,2) 19-21 7-21
[R2] Alwin Francis (IND)/ Arun Vishnu (IND) l (1) Mohammad Ahsan (INA)/ Hendra Setiawan (INA) 17-21 22-24

Indian players dominance over Tien Minh Nguyen continue ... Today Srikanth beats him in three games after losing the first game ... After losing the first game Srikanth dominates next two games ... In the quarters he is facing Hong Kong's Yun Hu.

Sai joins him in the quarters with tight straight sets win over similar ranked local player Wong ... In the quarters he is facing Chinese top-10 player Pengyu Du, who defeated Prannoy in three games.

Sindhu struggle against her top-150 ranked Japanese girl Shizuka Uchida ... She needs three games for victory and next she is facing WR #2 Yihan Wang, who beat Thulasi in the second round.

Young Arun Vishnu and Alwin Francis gives creditable fighting performance against WR #1 Indonesian pair ... So they show that their win over top-25 Taiwani pair was,'t fluke.

Tennis News

At $540K U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Houston, USA

[R1] Somdev Devvarman (IND,88) l (6) Juan Monaco (ARG,42) 67(4) 26

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (3) Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) 75 62

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)/ Chris Guccione (AUS)

After losing the first set in tie-break Buji was outplayed by Monaco ... In the first set both players were on serve till 6th game but Monaco broke Buji in 7th game to lead 4-3 ... While serving for the set at 5-4 Monaco got broken but he controlled tie-break from beginning for winning it without much hiccup ... Monaco started the second set more aggressive manner and broke Buji in 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... He again broke Buji 6th game to lead 5-1 but this time also he failed to hold his serve while serving for the match, 2-5 ... Monaco again broke Buji in 8th game and completed victory.

Divij-Purav started confidently and take 4-1 early lead ... They missed couple of break points in 6th game and lost their serve in 7th game, 4-all ... Divij-Purav take crucial break in 12th game for winning the first set ... After winning the first set they dominated the second set ... They won it with double break ... So with that really good upset win by Divij-Purav against 3rd seed Santiago Gonzalez-Scott Lipsky ... In the quarters they r facing Aussie Davis cup pair of Hewitt-Guccione..