Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tennis News

At US Open 2014, New York, USA

[Q1] (30) Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) vs Laurynas Grigelis (LTU,257)
[Q1] (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,390) vs Flavio Cipolla (ITA,228)

Hoping for better results from Indian players.
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At $15K Canada F8 Futures, Winnipeg

[R1] (7) Saketh MYNENI (IND,429) vs (SE) Omar JASIKA (AUS,890) 76(5)

Doubles
[R1] (2) Dimitar KUTROVSKY (BUL)/ Saketh MYNENI (IND) vs Connor DAVIES (CAN)/ Ty DILELLO (CAN)

Hoping for better week for Saki.
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At $15K Chinese Taipei F1 Futures, Kaohsiung

[R1] Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND,884) l (Q) David Agung SUSANTO (INA,1645) 67(7) 75 16
[R1] (5) N.Sriram Balaji (IND,316) l Yan BAI (CHN,494) 26 36

Doubles
[QF] (3) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND) vs Chih-Jen HO (TPE)/ Tsung-Hua YANG (TPE)

Terrible results for Indians in this Taipei futures.
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At $15K Gabon F1 Futures , Libreville

[R2] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,295) bt Neeraj Elangovan (IND,1663) 63 64
[R2] Sagar Ahuja (IND,1738) bt Stefan Merunka (CRO,1739) 63 64

[QF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,295) vs (Q) Kryce-Didier Momo-Kassa (GAB,UNR)
[QF] Sagar Ahuja (IND,1738) vs (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA,622)

Doubles
[QF] (1) Sam BARRY (IRL)/ Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND) bt Jatin DAHIYA (IND)/ Neeraj ELANGOVAN (IND) 63 62
[QF] Sagar AHUJA (IND)/ Karim KADRY (EGY) l (2) Mark FYNN (ZIM)/ Ruan ROELOFSE (RSA) 26 06

[SF] (1) Sam BARRY (IRL)/ Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND) vs (4) Hassan NDAYISHIMIYE (BDI)/ Arthur SURREAUX (FRA)

Another good win by Sagar for entering into the quarters ... Next having tough match against 3rd seed Ruan Roelofse.

Expected win for Jeevan against Neeraj ... In the quarters he is facing local qualifier ... In the doubles also he beats Neeraj and Jatin with Sam ... Next they r facing 4th seed pair.

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At $10K Iran F8 Futures, Tehran

[R2] (6) Vinayak Sharma KAZA (IND,1083) bt Barkin YALCINKALE (TUR,1286) 60 63

[QF] (6) Vinayak Sharma KAZA (IND,1083) vs Shotaro GOTO (JPN,1303)

Another comfortable win for Vinayak and next he is facing Japanese Shotaro Goto, who upset 4th seed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tennis News

At US Open 2014, New York, USA

[Q1] (24) Somdev Devvarman (IND,143) l Ernesto Escobedo (USA,509) 36 26

Shocking one-sided loss of Buji against 18 yrs old American Escobedo ... Frustrating game from Buji, he was spraying ground-strokes all over place ... I think it was complete lack of focus and concentration from him ... Totally unexplained how he lost this important match against futures level player.
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At $710K Connecticut Open, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE)/ Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 67(3) 76(2) 10-7

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) vs Caroline Garcia (FRA)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU)

Turn to be surprisingly tough match for Sania-Cara against Pliskova twins ... After losing the first set in tie-break they needed to dig deep for winning the second tie-break ... This time they managed to keep momentum in match tie-break for completing the win ... In the quarters they r facing Garcia-Niculescu.
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At $598K Winston-Salem Open, USA
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[R1] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ David Marrero (ESP) l Sam Groth (AUS)/ Chris Guccione (AUS) 67(5) Retd.

Turn to be disappointing day as Lee-Marrero retired from their match after losing the first set tie-break against Aussie pair.
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At $15K Chinese Taipei F1 Futures, Kaohsiung

[R1] (Q) Suraj R PRABODH (IND,1639) l Takashi SAITO (JPN,712) 36 26
[R1] (4) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND,301) l Chih-Jen HO (TPE,1045) 64 57 Retd.

Doubles
[R1] (3) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND) bt (WC) Liang Yu Richard LIN (TPE)/ Tung-lin WU (TPE) 62 63
[R1] Christopher MARQUIS (IND)/ David Agung SUSANTO (INA) l Ting Yu CHUANG (TPE)/ Cheng-Yu YU (TPE) 26 16
[R1] (2) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND)/ Andrew WHITTINGTON (AUS) l Yuichi ITO (JPN)/ Kento TAKEUCHI (JPN) 67(7) 36

RamK is injured and retired from the match after losing the second set ... He also lose his doubles match.
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At $15K Gabon F1 Futures , Libreville

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,295) bt (Q) Emiliano Franco Vecchia (ARG,UNR) 61 61
[R1] Neeraj Elangovan (IND,1663) bt (LL) Jose-Maria Cortes-Gonzalez (ESP) 60 61
[R1] Jatin Dahiya (IND,1736) l (4) Arthur Surreaux (FRA,655) 46 36
[R1] Sagar Ahuja (IND,1738) bt (Q) Paterne Ogombe (GAB,UNR) 61 61
[R1] Neishit Vakil (IND,UNR) l (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA,622) 06 06

[R2] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,295) vs Neeraj Elangovan (IND,1663)
[R2] Sagar Ahuja (IND,1738) vs Stefan Merunka (CRO,1739)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Sam BARRY (IRL)/ Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND) bt Neishit VAKIL (IND)/ Emiliano Franco VECCHIA (ARG) 61 61
[R1] Jatin DAHIYA (IND)/ Neeraj ELANGOVAN (IND) bt Medhir GOYAL (IND)/ Paterne OGOMBE (GAB) 63 62
[R1] Utsarg GROVER (IND)/ Florentin MEYNIE (FRA) l (4) Hassan NDAYISHIMIYE (BRU)/ Arthur SURREAUX (FRA) 26 16
[R1] Sagar AHUJA (IND)/ Karim KADRY (EGY) bt Herve ANTCHANDIE (FRA)/ Darvel Valency LOSSANGOYE (GAB) 46 62 11-9

[QF] (1) Sam BARRY (IRL)/ Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND) vs Jatin DAHIYA (IND)/ Neeraj ELANGOVAN (IND)
[QF] Sagar AHUJA (IND)/ Karim KADRY (EGY) vs (2) Mark FYNN (ZIM)/ Ruan ROELOFSE (RSA)

Jeevan, Neeraj and Sagar r in the second round.
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At $10K Iran F8 Futures, Tehran

[R1] Tejas CHAUKULKAR (IND,UNR) l Shotaro GOTO (JPN,1303) 36 06
[R1] Sidharth RAWAT (IND,1268) bt Anoosha SHAHGHOLI (IRI,1570) 76(4) 67(2) 76(5)
[R1] (6) Vinayak Sharma KAZA (IND,1083) bt Muhammad-Ashaari BIN ZAINAL-ABIDIN (MAS,NR) 60 40 Retd

[R2] Sidharth RAWAT (IND,1268) vs (5) Matteo MARFIA (ITA,1064)
[R2] (6) Vinayak Sharma KAZA (IND,1083) vs Barkin YALCINKALE (TUR,1286)

Sidharth plays epic match against local player for a win and join Vinakay in the second round.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tennis News

At US Open 2014, New York, USA

[Q1] (24) Somdev Devvarman (IND,143) vs Ernesto Escobedo (USA,509)
[Q1] (30) Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) vs Laurynas Grigelis (LTU,257)
[Q1] (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,390) vs Flavio Cipolla (ITA,228)

Sanam receive wild-card of US open when yesterday he wins 'US Open National PlayOff - Qualifying Wild-Card' tournament beating American Jeff Dadamo, 62 62, in the final ... Buji and Yuki r having lower seedings so winnable first match in their first qualifying match ... Sanam also having opportunity as he is not facing seeded opponent in the first qualifying round.
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At $710K Connecticut Open, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) vs Karolina Pliskova (CZE)/ Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)

Sania-Cara r playing at Connecticut and they r again playing Czech Pliskova twins.
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At $598K Winston-Salem Open, USA

[R1] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ David Marrero (ESP) vs Sam Groth (AUS)/ Chris Guccione (AUS)
[R1] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Daniel Nestor (CAN) l Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL) 67(2) 67(3)

Lee and Rohan r partnering different players and they r top 2 seeds but Rohan-Nestor lose in the first round against Colombian pair in two tie-breaks ... So bad preparation for Rohan for US open.
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At $15K Chinese Taipei F1 Futures, Kaohsiung

[R1] Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND,884) vs (Q) David Agung SUSANTO (INA,1645)
[R1] (5) N.Sriram Balaji (IND,316) vs Yan BAI (CHN,494)
[R1] (Q) Suraj R PRABODH (IND,1639) vs Takashi SAITO (JPN,712)
[R1] (4) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND,301) vs Chih-Jen HO (TPE,1045)

Doubles
[R1] (3) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND) vs (WC) Liang Yu Richard LIN (TPE)/ Tung-lin WU (TPE)
[R1] Christopher MARQUIS (IND)/ David Agung SUSANTO (INA) vs Ting Yu CHUANG (TPE)/ Cheng-Yu YU (TPE)
[R1] (2) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND)/ Andrew WHITTINGTON (AUS) vs Yuichi ITO (JPN)/ Kento TAKEUCHI (JPN)

Good opportunity for Bala and RamK to garner important ranking points.
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At $15K Gabon F1 Futures , Libreville

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,295) vs (Q) Emiliano Franco Vecchia (ARG,UNR)
[R1] Jatin Dahiya (IND,1736) vs (4) Arthur Surreaux (FRA,655)
[R1] Sagar Ahuja (IND,1738) vs (Q) Paterne Ogombe (GAB,UNR)
[R1] Neishit Vakil (IND,UNR) vs (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA,622)
[R1] (Q) Utsarg Grover (IND,UNR) vs Sylvain Anibie (CIV,2175) 16 06

Doubles
[R1] (1) Sam BARRY (IRL)/ Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND) vs Neishit VAKIL (IND)/ Emiliano Franco VECCHIA (ARG)
[R1] Jatin DAHIYA (IND)/ Neeraj ELANGOVAN (IND) vs Medhir GOYAL (IND)/ Paterne OGOMBE (GAB)
[R1] Utsarg GROVER (IND)/ Florentin MEYNIE (FRA) vs (4) Hassan NDAYISHIMIYE (BRU)/ Arthur SURREAUX (FRA)

Lots of Indians r playing here but only real hope is Jeevan.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Squash News

At Men's WSF World Junior Championship 2014, Windhoek, Namibia

[SF] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) vs (1) Diego Elias (PER) 0-3 (5-11, 7-11, 4-11) (42')

Kush gives his best against top-seed Diego but in end that wasn't enough ... Overall promising performance by Kush in World Junior championship.

Snooker News

At €125K European Tour Event One 2014, Riga, Latvia

[R1] Aditya Mehta (IND,49) bt (A) Iosh Boileau (ENG,UNR) 10-4 (69-26, 73-42, 75-15, 69-60)
[R2] Aditya Mehta (IND,49) bt Liam Highfield (ENG,75) 4-0 (58-46, 61-20, 54-21, 65-42)
[R3] Aditya Mehta (IND,49) bt Michael White (WAL,25) 4-2 (97-36, 1-119(107), 49-57, 64(57)-51(50), 96(96)-0, 76-0)

[R4] Aditya Mehta (IND,49) l Mark Selby (ENG,1) 2-4 (15-66, 63-50, 64-1, 1-99(89), 37-68, 56(56)-63)

Aditya gives very encouraging performance in Euro Tour event ... He won the first three rounds convincingly and in fourth round he gave fighting performance against current WR #1 Mark Selby.
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At Shanghai Masters Qualifiers 2014, Barnsley, England

[R1] Aditya Mehta (IND,59) l Chris Wakelin (ENG,72) 4-5 (69(55)-23, 72-50(50), 14-60, 79-47, 22-59, 20-67, 63-29, 30-70(54), 17-60)

Aditya shows his inconsistency and lost his match after leading 4-3 frames.

Squash News

At Men's WSF World Junior Championship 2014, Windhoek, Namibia

[R1] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) bt bye
[R2] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) bt Luke Michael Mannion (ZIM) 11-0, 11-7, 11-4
[R3] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) bt Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
[R4] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) bt Darren Chan (MAS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (27m)
[QF] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) bt (5/8) George Parker (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (40m)

[SF] (3/4) Kush Kumar (IND) vs (1) Diego Elias (PER)

Kush Kumar beat Britisher George Parker in straight games, 11-6 11-8 11-8, to becomes the first Indian boy to reach the semifinals of World Junior Championships ... In this tournament till now he doesn't lose a single game but next he is facing big challenge of the top seed and championship favourite Diego Elias of Peru, who is already in top-100 of world ranking.

Other hand in boys only Madhav Dhingra managed to reach in the third round and in girls section Harshit Kaur Jawanda managed to reach in the third round before losing to 2ns seed Egyptian Nouran Gohar, who is already in top-30 world ranking.

Tennis News

At $2.6M Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, USA

[R2] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) l Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)/ Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 36 36

With this loss end of terrible week for Indian tennis players ... Sania-Cara fail to repeat their last week's Roger Cup's performance and lose in straight sets in the second round.
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At $15K Canada F7 Futures, Calgary

[R2] (7) Saketh Myneni (IND,430) l Bjorn Fratangelo (USA,392) 57 63 36

Expected struggle for Saki against in-form Bjorn Fratangelo ... After losing the first set Saki fought back to win the second ... In the third Saki failed to keep momentum and lose the match.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tennis News

At Davis Cup - World Group play-off 2014, Banglore, India

Indian Team
Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni
Reserve - Ramkumar Ramanathan and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
Captain - Anand Amritraj
Coach - Zeeshan Ali

India selects expected team for this Davis cup tie ... Serbia are also expected to send weak team as WR #1 Novak Djokovic is planning to skip this tie ... Still Serbian side having strong team like WR #60 Dusan Lajovic, WR #110 Filip Krajinovic and WR #182 Ilija Bozoljac with doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic .. Other hand Yuki is coming out of almost 6 months heel injury ... Buji is struggling with his game and that is showing in his inconsistent results ... Rohan is struggling with his form and Saki is also coming out of couple of months injury break ... So Serbia will be favorite for this tie.
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At $3.1M Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati Masters, USA

[R2] (5) Leander Paes (IND)/ Radek Stepanek (CZE) l Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/ Jack Sock (USA) 16 64 8-10

Current Wimbledon champion pair Sock-Pospisil beat Lee-Radek in match tie-break ... After losing the first set Lee-Radek fought back to win the second but failed to keep momentum in match tie-break ... So this week our both pairs, Rohan-Aisam and Lee-Radek, fail to overcome Pospisil-Sock.
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At $15K Canada F7 Futures, Calgary

[R1] (7) Saketh Myneni (IND,430) bt Marcus Daniel (NZL,517) 60 62

[R2] (7) Saketh Myneni (IND,430) vs Bjorn Fratangelo (USA,392)

Saki start with very confident win losing only two games against Daniel ... Next Saki is facing higher ranked American opponent Bjorn Fratangelo, who won US futures two weeks back ... So tough opponent, who win two futures titles in last one month.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tennis News

At $3.1M Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati Masters, USA

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) l Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/ Jack Sock (USA) 57 26

[R2] (5) Leander Paes (IND)/ Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/ Jack Sock (USA)

Current Wimbledon champions Pospisil-Sock prove better pair than Rohan-Aisam in their straight sets win ... Pospisil-Sock r facing Lee-Radek in the second round ... Tricky match for Lee-Radek.
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At $2.6M Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, USA

[R1] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) bye

Here r also they r 4th seed and having bye in the first round.
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At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Westende-Middelkerke, Belgium

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,277) l (3) Marina Melnikova (RUS,228) 26 26

Doubles
[R1] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Jia-Jing Lu (CHN) l (3) Marina Melnikova (RUS)/ Evgeniva Rodina (RUS) 75 16 4-10

Tough matches were lined up for Ankita in the singles and doubles .. Ankita lose one-sided match in the singles against Marina Melnikova ... In the doubles Ankita-Lu were down 3-5 before winning next 4 games for winning the first set ... But afterwards Russian pair dominated the match ... They broke Raina-Lu thrice for winning the second set and then comfortably won match tie-break.
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At $15K Canada F7 Futures, Calgary

[R1] (7) Saketh Myneni (IND,430) vs Marcus Daniel (NZL,517)

Doubles
[R1] (4) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Patrick Davidson (GBR) l Tyler Hochwalt (USA)/ Joshua Milton (GBR) 46 46

Interesting to see how Saki perform in the singles after his injury break.

Last week's futures title winning pair of Saki-Patrick lose their match in straight sets against Hochwalt-Milton.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tennis News

At $3.1M Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati Masters, USA

[Q1] Somdev Devvarman (IND,132) l (14) Tim Smyczek (USA,104) 16 36

Doubles
[R1] (5) Leander Paes (IND)/ Radek Stepanek (CZE) bye
[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/ Jack Sock (USA)

Buji played this match after long five and half hours flight and that reflected in his performance as he lost one-sided match against Tim Smyczek.

In the doubles Lee-Radek receive bye as seeded ... Next they r facing winner between Rohan-Aisam and Pospisil-Sock.

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At $2.4M Rogers Cup, Montreal, Canada

Doubles Final
(4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) l (1) Sara Errani (ITA)/ Roberta Vinci (ITA) 67(4) 36

Sania-Cara lose in tight match against WR #1 Italian pair ... Sania-Cara had their chances in this match ... In the first set Sania-Cara were leading 5-4 and 30-all, but failed to win the set ... In the second set they broke Italian in 1st game to lead 2-0 and in 3rd game they had a break point to lead 3-0 ... But again they failed to convert and lose six games from next seven games.
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At $100K Aptos Challenger, USA

Doubles Final
(4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) l (WC) Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)/ Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 64 9-11

Wild-card pairing of Ruben Bemelmans and Laurynas Grigelis win the doubles title after beating Purav and Sanam in extra points match tie-break ... After losing the first set Purav-Sanam fought back to win the second set ... But they failed to keep momentum in match tie-break and lose close match tie-break.
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At $10K USA F23 Futures, Edwardsville

Singles Final
(1) Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) l Mitchell Frank (USA,606) 67(5) 26

Doubles Final
(2) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Patrick Davidson (GBR) bt (1) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)/ Mitchell Krueger (USA) 63 64

Yuki lose against current UVa top player and #2 NCAA ranked player Mitchell Frank in straight sets ... Till final Yuki had comfortable wins so expecting another win for Yuki ... But Mitchell showed his class and after winning the first set in tie-break he dominated the match.

Saketh lifts the doubles title with his partner Patrick Davidson beating top-seed American pair comfortably in straight sets.