Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tennis News

At $100K+H Bangalore Challenger 2017, Karnataka, India

[R2] Sumit Nagal (IND,321) bt Brydan Klein (GBR,282) 64 46 75
[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,252) bt Marc Polmans (AUS,322) 62 67(1) 61
[R2] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,122) bt Pedro Martinez (ESP,258) 62 76(0)
[R2] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,139) l Jay Clarke (GBR,279) 76(3) 26 46

[QF] Sumit Nagal (IND,321) vs (1) Blaz Kavcic (SLO,102)
[QF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,122) vs Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,252)

Doubles
[QF] (1) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Elias Ymer (SWE) 63 63
[QF] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 63 63

[SF] (1) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND)

Prajnesh is in the quarters with a good win over young Polmans ... After comfortably winning the first set Prajnesh had an opportunity for completing win in the two sets ... He broke Polmans in 11th game but failed to hold while serving for the set ... Polmans won the tie-break comfortably ... Prajnesh recovered, he broke Polmans in 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... Prajnesh again broke him in 6th game and then hold to complete the victory.

Sumit also joined Prajnesh in the quarters of this big challenger with topsy-turvy win ... After exchanging an early breaks Sumit took crucial break for winning the first set ... In the second set, Sumit was 4-2 up and moving towards a win, but he lost next four games and lost the set ... In the third set also, he was up 4-2 and had a couple of break points on Brydan's serve in the 7th game ... Sumit failed to break and Brydan broke him in 8th game for 4-all ... Sumit took a crucial break in 11th game and this time he hold after saving a break point for a win after almost 3 hours ... In the quarters, Sumit will be facing top-seed Kavcic.

Yuki entered into the quarters with the straight sets win over Spaniard ... After winning the first set comfortably Yuki faced resistant from Martinez in the second ... Martinez broke him in 8th game for 3-5 lead but Yuki broke him immediately when Martinez was serving for the set ... Yuki played near perfect the tie-break and book his match with Prajnesh.

In the first set, RamK and Jay failed to create a break point opportunity on other's serve but RamK dominated the tie-break for winning it comfortably ... In the second set, RamK struggled with his service games and Jay took advantage of it ... He broke RamK twice for winning it comfortably ... In the third set, RamK missed five break point chances on Jay's serve but Jay with a single break advantage completed the victory.

In the doubles, top-seed Divij-Elgin scored the straight sets victory over Sumit-Ymer ... Vishnu-Bala also scored a win with similar scoreline against Prajnesh-RamK ... Next, they r facing top-seed Divij-Elgin.


At $115K L and T Mumbai Open 2017, Maharashtra, India

[R1] (WC) Ankita Raina (IND,281) bt Veronika Kudermetova (RUS,255) 76(2) 63

[R2] (WC) Ankita Raina (IND,281) vs Peangtam Plipuech (THA,245)

Ankita gave much needed win for Indians in the singles ... Ankita started positively and broke Kudermetova in 2nd and 4th game for 4-0 lead ... Kudermetova broke Ankita in 5th game but Ankita immediately broke her in the next, 5-1 ... From here, Ankita lost four games in a row, 5-all ... Ankita recovered to win the tie-break comfortably ... In the second set also, Ankita kept pressure on her serve and broke her three times for winning it ... Next, she will be facing Thai girl, Plipuech.

Badminton News

At $400K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2017, Kowloon (World Superseries)

[R1] (Q) Parupalli Kashyap (IND,47) l Dong Keun Lee (KOR,52) 21-15 9-21 20-22
[R1] Sourabh Verma (IND,58) l Tommy Sugiarto (INA,27) 15-21 9-21
[R1] Prannoy H.S. (IND,10) bt Yun Hu (HKG,24) 19-21 21-17 21-15
[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,16) l (2) Wan Ho Son (KOR,3) 8-21 16-21

[R1] Saina Nehwal (IND,11) bt Mette Poulsen (DEN,44) 21-19 23-21
[R1] (2) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,2) bt (Q) Yuet Yee Leung (HKG,786) 21-18 21-10

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND) l (Q) Khim Wah Lim (MAS)/ Yeon Seong Yoo (KOR) 17-21 17-21
[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) l Dongping Huang (CHN)/ Wenmei Li (CHN) 11-21 21-19 19-21

[R2] Prannoy H.S. (IND,10) vs Kazumasa Sakai (JPN,25)

[R2] Saina Nehwal (IND,11) vs (8) Yufei Chen (CHN,9)
[R2] (2) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,2) vs Aya Ohori (JPN,14)

Sindhu scored comfortable win over a local qualifier ... Saina won in the straight games, but Mette troubled her in both games ... In the second round, Saina will be facing Chinese girl, Yufei Chen and Sindhu will be facing Japanese Aya Ohori.

Prannoy scored a comeback win over a local player, Yun Hu ... After losing the first game Prannoy fought back for winning next two games ... Next, his opponent is Japanese Kazumasa Sakai, who have winning record against Prannoy, 0-2.

Kashyap lost to similar ranked Korean ... In the final game, Kashyap missed three match points before losing it ... Sourabh also lost in the straight games against Sugiarto ... Son proved too strong for Sai.
In the doubles, Ashwini-Sikki lost in the three games against their Chinese opponents ... Manu-Sumeeth lost in the straight games against Lim-Yoo.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tennis News

At $100K+H Bangalore Challenger 2017, Karnataka, India

[R1] (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,509) l Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP,403) 36 36
[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,122) bt N.Sriram Balaji (IND,355) 63 63
[R1] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,139) bt Hugo Grenier (FRA,412) 46 64 63
[R1] (WC) Suraj R. Prabodh (IND,1208) l (4) Elias Ymer (SWE,147) 46 67(2)
[R1] (LL) Antoine Escoffier (FRA,420) l (WC) Dalwinder Singh (IND,1015) 36 46

[R2] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,122) vs Pedro Martinez (ESP,258)
[R2] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,139) vs Jay Clarke (GBR,279)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA)/ Jay Clarke (ENG) 57 64 10-5
[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Elias Ymer (SWE) bt N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) 64 16 7-10

[QF] (1) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Elias Ymer (SWE)

Saketh withdrew due to injury and Yuki took a medical time-out in his match .. So injury concrens for Indian players continue.

Yuki scored the straight sets win over Bala, though it wasn't straightforward ... RamK scored a comeback win over Frenchman ... After losing the first set RamK recovered for winning next two sets ... Next, Yuki faces Martinez and RamK faces Clarke.

Terrific fighting performance by Suraj against in-form Ymer in his loss ... Vishnu lost in the straight sets against Spanish opponent.

In the doubles, Divij-Elgin scored comeback win over Blancaneaux-Clarke ... Sumit-Ymer scored upset win over Jeevan-VSP.


At $115K L and T Mumbai Open 2017, Maharashtra, India

[R1] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,604) l (Q) Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR,270) 46 36

Doubles
[R1] (WC) Riya Bhatia (IND)/ Natasha Palha (IND) l (1) Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)/ Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 16 26
[R1] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) l (4) Julia Glushko (ISR)/ Priscilla Hon (AUS) 26 36
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) bt Naiktha Bains (AUS)/ Fanny Stollar (HUN) 63 75

[QF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) vs (2) Dalila Jakupovic (SLO)/ Irina Khromacheva (RUS)

Rutuja gave spirited performance against top-300 Israeli opponent ... In the doubles, Karman-Pranjala gave a first win for Indians a they defeated Bains-Stollar after converting 10th match point ... But, Prarthana failed to take home court advantage.

Badminton News

At $400K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2017, Kowloon (World Superseries)

[Q1] Parupalli Kashyap (IND,47) bt Chao Yu Kan (TPE,293) 21-12 21-10
[Q1] (2) Arjun M.R. (IND)/ Ramchandran Shlok (IND) bt Kuen Hon Li (HKG)/ Shing Choi Yeung (HKG) 21-14 21-18
[Q1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) l Hafiz Faizal (INA)/ Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (INA) 18-21 11-21

[Q2] Parupalli Kashyap (IND,47) bt Cheuk Yiu Lee (HKG,50) 21-13 21-19
[Q2] (2) Arjun M.R. (IND)/ Ramchandran Shlok (IND) l Won Ho Kim (KOR)/ Seung Jae Seo (KOR) 19-21 17-21

[R1] (Q) Parupalli Kashyap (IND,47) vs Dong Keun Lee (KOR,52)

[R1] (2) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,2) vs (Q) Yuet Yee Leung (HKG,786)

Kashyap won the final qualifying in the straight games against a similar ranked opponent ... Next, he is facing similar ranked Korean and Sindhu is facing a lowly ranked local qualifier.

Before that, Surprising loss of Satwik and Ashiwini in the first qualifying round ... Kashyap and Arjun-Ramchandran easily moved into the final qualifying round.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tennis News

At $100K+H Bangalore Challenger 2017, Karnataka, India

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,321) bt (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,588) 62 60
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND,252) bt (6) Evan King (USA,197) 64 64
[R1] (Q) Sidharth Rawat (IND,524) l Jay Clarke (GBR,279) 36 36

[R2] Sumit Nagal (IND,321) vs Brydan Klein (GBR,282)
[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,252) vs Marc Polmans (AUS,322)

Doubles
[R1] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (ALT) Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP)/ Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) 60 63
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) bt (WC) Suraj R. Prabodh (IND)/ Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND) 62 62
[R1] (WC) Kunal Anand (IND)/ Anvit Bendre (IND) l Ivan Sabanov (CRO)/ Matej Sabanov (CRO) 76(3) 46 7-10
[R1] (WC) Chandril Sood (IND)/ Lakshit Sood (IND) l (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Marc Polmans (AUS) 26 57

[QF] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)

Prajnesh took revenge of his last week's loss and defeated King in the straight sets ... In the both sets, with a single break advantage he completed a win ... Prajnesh needs these points as Austalian open qualifying cut-off is near on 4th December.

Sumit demolished VSP inside an hour for a win ... Next, Sumit and Prajnesh r facing Klein and Polmans respectively.

Sid lost in the straight sets against superior Jay Clarke.

In the doubles, expected comfortable wins for our higher ranked doubles pair ... Bala-Vishnu scored comfortable win over their Spanish opponents ... RamK-Prajnesh also scored dominating win over Suraj and Nitin ... Next, RamK-Prajnesh r facing Vishnu-Bala ... Kunal-Anvit started well against Sabanov twins but failed to keep the momentum until end ... Sood twins gave fighting performance against 2nd seed pair.


At $115K L&T Mumbai Open 2017, Maharashtra, India

[R1] (WC) Zeel Desai (IND,790) l (7) Carol Zhao (CAN,150) 36 16
[R1] (WC) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,312) l Dalila Jakupovic (SLO,242) 26 46

Doubles
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND)/ Ankita Raina (IND) l Victoria Rodriguez (MEX)/ Bibiane Schoofs (NED) 46 36

Carol Zhao proved too strong to Zeel in her match ... Karman also failed to overcome the challenge of 'retriever' Jakupovic.

In the doubles also, our pair lost against Mexican-Dutch pair in the straight sets.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Golf News

At $2.5M CME Tour Championship 2017, Naples, Florida, USA (LPGA Tour 2017)

61 Aditi Ashok (IND) 71 75 75 72 +5 $5803.00

After the first round, Aditi struggled in the Tour Championship and finished below 60 in the final standing.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tennis News

At $50K+H Pune Challenger 2017, Maharashtra

Courtesy of Kamesh Srinivasan FB page
Singles Final
(3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) bt (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) 46 63 64

This was Yuki's 1st Challenger title of 2017 and overall the 6th Challenger title ... It was an interesting match between India's top 2 players, Yuki scored a comeback win over RamKafter losing the first set ... In the first set, after exchanging early breaks RamK took crucial break in the 10th game when Yuki was serving for staying in the set ... In the second set, RamK committed five double faults to get broken in the 3rd game ... Yuki again broke RamK when he served for staying in the set in the 9th game for winning this set ... RamK played much control game in the third set ... At 5-4 Yuki took a medical timeout and after restarting he completed a win breaking RamK in the 10th game.

In this match, RamK tried too many things on the court ... He tried to finish point as early as possible, and tried to serve big ... Trying that he made a lot of unforced errors and committed double faults ... Other hand, Yuki played his normal game ... He constructed points and was hitting some excellent passing shots ... A medical time out was worrying sign but hopefully, that was minor injury issue ... So hoping for another cracking final between these two in Banglore.


At $75K Champaign Challenger 2017, Illinois, USA

Doubles Final
(1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR) 63 67(5) 10-5

Lee-Purav lifted their second Challenger title in two weeks ... They defeated Roelofse-Salisbury in the match tie-break ... These two titles will keep Lee and Purav around 60s in the ranking ... This was Lee's 5th challenger title of the year and Purav's 3rd Challenger title.

At $100K+H Bangalore Challenger 2017, Karnataka, India

[R1] (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,513) vs Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP,395)
[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,328) vs (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,622)
[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) vs N.Sriram Balaji (IND,352)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND,253) vs (6) Evan King (USA,197)
[R1] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) vs Hugo Grenier (FRA,431)
[R1] (Q) Sidharth Rawat (IND,527) vs Jay Clarke (GBR,288)
[R1] (WC) Suraj R. Prabodh (IND,1219) vs (4) Elias Ymer (SWE,146)
[R1] (WC) Saketh Myneni (IND,912) vs (WC) Dalwinder Singh (IND,1015)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA)/ Jay Clarke (ENG)
[R1] N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Elias Ymer (SWE)
[R1] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Pedja Krstin (SRB)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (WC) Suraj R. Prabodh (IND)/ Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND)
[R1] (WC) Kunal Anand (IND)/ Anvit Bendre (IND) vs Ivan Sabanov (CRO)/ Matej Sabanov (CRO)
[R1] (WC) Chandril Sood (IND)/ Lakshit Sood (IND) vs (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Marc Polmans (AUS)

The main draw is out, this week also Yuki and RamK r different draw and can meet in the final only ... Prajnesh is again facing Evan King ... Saki is facing another wildcard entrant Dalwinder ... Vishnu is facing Spaniard Vilella Martinez ... RamK is facing below 400 ranked Frenchman Hugo ... Yuki is facing Bala in the first round ... VSP and Sidharth qualified for the main draw taking advantage of a weaker draw ... VSP is facing Sumit and Sid is facing Jay Clarke.

In the doubles, our seeded pairs and all top doubles players r in the top draw ... So, chances r high of Indian pair in the final from the top draw ... Sood twins have received a wild card but facing 2nd seed pair.


At $115K L&T Mumbai Open 2017, Maharashtra, India

[Q1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,497) l (1) Ana Bogdan (ROU,110) 06 06
[Q1] (WC) Natasha Palha (IND,767) l (2) Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR,270) 16 06
[Q1] Nidhi Chilumula (IND,871) l (7) Anna Morgina (RUS,330) 16 36
[Q1] Riya Bhatia (IND,544) l (5) Alize Lim (FRA,305) 36 06

[R1] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,604) vs (Q) Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR,270)
[R1] (WC) Ankita Raina (IND,281) vs Veronika Kudermetova (RUS,255)
[R1] (WC) Zeel Desai (IND,790) vs (7) Carol Zhao (CAN,150)
[R1] (WC) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,312) vs Dalila Jakupovic (SLO,242)

Doubles
[R1] (WC) Riya Bhatia (IND)/ Natasha Palha (IND) vs (1) Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)/ Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND)/ Ankita Raina (IND) vs Victoria Rodriguez (MEX)/ Bibiane Schoofs (NED)
[R1] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) vs (4) Julia Glushko (ISR)/ Priscilla Hon (AUS)
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) vs Naiktha Bains (AUS)/ Fanny Stollar (HUN)

In main draw, we can hope upsets from Karman and Ankita ... Zeel and Rutuja having lot tougher matches considering their current level of play.

In the doubles, Prarthana and her Japanese partner r facing 4th seed pair ... Rutuja and Ankita can be a good pair, let's see how they perform ... Another interesting pairing is of Karman and Pranjala, they r facing Bains-Stollar.

Feeling bad that the organizers didn't give main draw wild card to Pranjala ... She faced a tough match against the last-minute enterant top-100 type Bogdan and bagelled by her ... Our all players lost in the one-sided matches.


At $15K Vietnam F2 Futures 2017, Thu Dau Mot City

[SF] (4) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,426) l Jonathan Gray (GBR,650) 16 16

The one-sided bad loss for Sasi.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hockey News

At Hockey World League Final 2017, Bhubaneswar, India

Indian Team
Goalkeepers - Akash Anil Chikte, Suraj Karkera
Defenders - Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra
Midfielders - Manpreet Singh (Capt), Chinglensana Singh (Vice-Capt), SK Uthappa, Sumit, Kothajit Singh
Forwards - SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh.

The Indian team for HWL Final announced ... Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra made comebacks for the tournament, but experienced mid-fielder Sardar Singh was dropped from India's 18-member squad ... Some good mixture of youth and experience in the team ... But, I am still not convinced by couple of selections; like Akashdeep, Mandeep and Uthappa.

India are grouped with Australia, England and Germany in Pool B

Badminton News

At $700K TAHOE China Open 2017, Fuzhou (World Superseries Premier)

[QF] (2) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,2) l (Q) Fangjie Gao (CHN,89) 11-21 10-21

So with this poor result, Indian challenge got over in this on-going Chinese Superseries .. Hoping for better performance in Hong Kong Superseries.

Tennis News

At $75K Champaign Challenger 2017, Illinois, USA

[SF] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Christopher Eubanks (USA)/ Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 64 64

[F] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR)

Another comfortable outing for Lee-Purav against Eubanks and McDonald ... In the final, they r facing 3rd seed Roelofse and Salisbury.

At $50K+H Pune Challenger 2017, Maharashtra

[SF] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) bt (WC) Saketh Myneni (IND,912) 63 62
[SF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) bt (2) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP,127) 62 64

[F] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) vs (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150)

Doubles
[SF] (PR) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l Pedro Martinez (ESP)/ Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) 46 46

Yuki scored convincing win over Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in the straight sets ... In the first set, Yuki broke Adrian in 5th and 7th games to win it comfortably ... In the seond set Adrian gave fight, Yuki saved a break point in 4th game and he immediately broke Adrian in 5th game ... Adrian saved 4 match points in 9th game but Yuki hold for completing win.

RamK joins Yuki in the final with very dominating win ... He played perfect match against Saki ... In this match, he played percentage tennis and kept ball into play ... He served big and used passing shots smartly ... Saki struggled with fitness aa this was his fourth match in the singles and he already played two doubles matches this week ... He wasn't looking match-fit but still, this was great week for him as next week, he will be rising 300 places, around #615.

I was expecting this result after seeing struggled of Saki in the singles ... Spanish pair played smart tennis to beat Indians ... After losing the first set our pair were 2-0 up but Spanish pair won next four games, 2-4, and kept that break advantage for winning the match.


At $15K Vietnam F2 Futures 2017, Thu Dau Mot City

[QF] (4) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,426) bt (Q) Jakub Paul (SUI,1184) 63 64

[SF] (4) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,426) vs Jonathan Gray (GBR,650)

Sasi moved to the semis with the straight sets win over Swiss qualifier ... Next, he is facing Britisher Jonathan Gray.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Squash News

At $140K Women's Hong Kong Open 2017, Hong Kong China

[R1] (11) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) bt (Q) Hollie Naughton (CAN,32) 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (46m)
[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,20) l (13) Nour El Tayeb (EGY,8) 4-11, 4-11, 8-11 (17m)

[R2] (11) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) l Nouran Gohar (EGY,5) 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 1-11 (50m)

Joshna stretched WR #5 Nouran Gohar to five games in the second round ... Before that, she needed five games to beat Canadian qualifier ... Dipika failed to challenge El Tayeb in a one-sided loss.

At $165K Men's Hong Kong Open 2017, Hong Kong China

[Q1] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,69) bt (4) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY,33) 18-16, 11-5, 11-3 (51m)
[Q2] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,69) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY,56) 11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 11-5 (59m)

[R1] (Q) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,69) l Paul Coll (NZL,9) 11-9, 3-11, 5-11, 1-11 (44m)
[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,21) l (Q) Declan James (ENG,35) 9-11, 6-11,9-11 (49m)

I expected a better result from Saurav with his recent form but he lost in the straight games against British qualifier ... Harry qualified for the main draw with back to back upset wins over higher ranked Egyptian players and in the main draw he took WR #9 Paul Coll to four games.

Tennis News

At $125K Taipei OEC Open 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

[QF] Luksika Kumkhum (THA)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) l (3) Monique Adamczak (AUS)/ Naomi Broady (GBR) 26 64 8-10

Prarthana and her Thai partner Kumkhum gave fighting performance against 3rd seed Aussie-British pair ... They lost in the match tie-break.

At $75K Champaign Challenger 2017, Illinois, USA

[QF] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Nathaniel Lammons (USA)/ Alex Lawson (USA) 63 61

[SF] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Christopher Eubanks (USA)/ Mackenzie McDonald (USA)

Another comfortable outing on the court for Lee-Purav ... Next, they r facing paring of Eubanks and McDonald.

At $50K+H Pune Challenger 2017, Maharashtra

[QF] (WC) Saketh Myneni (IND,912) bt (1) Blaz Kavcic (SLO,102) 76(5) 76(5)
[QF] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) bt (5) Nikola Milojevic (SRB,161) 61 75
[QF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) bt Jay Clarke (GBR,288) 64 60

[SF] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) vs (WC) Saketh Myneni (IND,912)
[SF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) vs (2) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP,127)

Doubles
[QF] (PR) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) bt (WC) Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) 60 63

[SF] (PR) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs Pedro Martinez (ESP)/ Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP)

Turned to be a terrific day for our players ... I think this is the first time 3 of 4 semi-finalists r Indian players.

Saki scored an excellent upset win over top-seed Blaz Kavcic ... But the match had usual ups and downs, Saki was up 3-1 but got broken in the next, then he was up 5-3 but while serving for the set he failed to hold ... In the tie-break, he was 5-2 up but lost next 3 points before winning next two points to win the set ... The second set was almost similar liked the first set ... In this set also both players exchanged a couple of breaks ... In the tie-break, he was up 5-1 but Kavcic made it 5-4 ... Saki converted 2nd match point for entering into the semis.

Yuki played some beautiful tennis in his convincing win over Clarke ... In this match, Yuki broke Clarke in the 1st game but he made unforced errors to lose the 4th game, 2-all ... Yuki took a crucial break in 7th game for winning the set ... In the second set, Yuki dominated with superb tennis and cut unforced errors ... He broke Clarke 1st, 3rd and 5th games for a convincing win ... Next, he is facing experienced Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.

RamK scored straight sets win over Milojevic ... In the first set, RamK ran 5-0 lead and won the set losing only a single game ... In the second set, Milojevic put solid fight ... He was matching with RamK until 10th game but RamK broke him in the 11th game and held to win the match ... Next, he is facing Saki.

An expected dominating win by Saki and Jeevan against Sumit and his partner ... In the semis, Saki-Jeevan r facing Spanish pair.


At $60K+H ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Toyota, Japan

[R2] Ankita Raina (IND,283) l (5) Miharu Imanishi (JPN,223) 36 26

Ankita lost in the straight sets against Imanishi.

Badminton News

At $700K TAHOE China Open 2017, Fuzhou (World Superseries Premier)

[R2] Prannoy H.S. (IND,11) l Cheuk Yiu Lee (HKG,53) 19-21 17-21

[R2] Saina Nehwal (IND,11) l (5) Akane Yamaguchi (JPN,4) 18-21 11-21
[R2] (2) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,2) bt (Q) Yue Hen (CHN,105) 21-15 21-13

[QF] (2) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,2) vs (Q) Fangjie Gao (CHN,89)

Only Sindhu managed to win her match as she convincingly defeated Chinese qualifier ... In the quarters, she is facing another Chinese qualifier.

Disappointing loss of Prannoy against Hong Kong's Cheuk Yiu Lee in the straight games ... Maybe Prannoy was tired after yesterday's long match but still poor result from his standard.

Saina also lost in the straight games against Yamaguchi ... After running close, in the first game, Saina was outperformed by Yamaguchi in the second.

Tennis News

At $100K+H Bangalore Challenger 2017 , Karnataka, India [R2] Sumit Nagal (IND,321) bt Brydan Klein (GBR,282) 64 46 75 [R2] Prajnesh Gun...