Monday, May 02, 2016

Tennis News

At € 4.8M Mutua Madrid Open, Spain

[R1] (1) Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Sania Mirza (IND) bye
[R2] (1) Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Sania Mirza (IND) vs Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/ Darija Jurak (CRO)

Sania and Martina r facing Croatian-Taipei pair in the second round.

At $50K Rome Challenger, Italy

[R1] (Q) Sumit Nagal (IND,411) vs Hiroki Moriya (JPN,209) 57 0-2 susp.

Sumit was down break in the second when match stopped due to rain ... Before that after 1-4 down Sumit made comeback but lost the first set after late break of serve.

At $50K+H Karshi Challenger, Uzbekistan

[R1] Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Enrique Lopez Perez (ESP) vs (WC) Sanjar Fayziev (UZB)/ Markos Kolvoelonis (RUS)

This week Jeevan is playing with new Spanish partner and they r facing wild-card pair..

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Archery News

At Shanghai 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 1, China

Women's Team Recurve event - Gold medal
(4) India l (7) Chinese Taipei 2-6 (51-55, 55-53, 53-58, 52-57)

Men's Team Recurve event - Bronze medal
(3) India bt (8) Great Britain 6-0 (58-53, 57-55, 55-54)

Mixed Team Recurve event - Bronze medal
(3) India bt Korea 18* 5-4 18

Indian women end with Silver medal ... Chinese Taipei women dominated the final match beating our team convincingly.

Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Champia won the Bronze medal for India in the Recurve Men's team event at the Archery World Cup in China ... Dominant performance from them with Sets score of 58, 57 and 55 to beat Great Britain 6-0.

We also won bronze in Mixed team event when the pair of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das beat a Korean pair in a close match 5-4.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Athletics News

At 2016 Federation Cup National Athletics Championships, New Delhi, India

Sudha Singh also qualified for the Rio Games while winning silver in women's 3000m steeplechase Lalita Babar, who has already qualified for the Olympics in both the 3000m steeplechase and marathon, clocked 9:27.09 for setting new national mark in 3000m steeplechase ... Sudha came up with a timing of 9:31.86 and easily bettered the Rio Games qualification standard of 9:45.00.

Badminton News

At Asian Badminton championships 2016, Wuhan, China

[SF] (5) Saina Nehwal (IND,8) l (6) Yihan Wang (CHN,6) 16-21 14-21

Yihan again proves too strong for Saina as she defeated Saina in straight games.

Tennis News

At Mutua Madrid Open, Spain

[R1] (WC) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA) vs Guido Pella (ARG)/ Gilles Simon (FRA)
[R1] (6) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea (ROU) bye

Mahesh has received wild card with Fabrice Martin in Madrid Masters ... They r facing French-Argentine combination in the first round.

At $100K Busan Challenger, South Korea

[R1] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Sam Groth (AUS) vs Daniel Nguyen (USA)/ Di Wu (CHN)
[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Qualifiers

This week Lee-Sam r playing at Busan ... Purav-Divij r joining them.

At $100K Anning Challenger, China

[SF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) l (7) Mathias Bourge (FRA,193) 06 1-3 retd.

In the semis Saki retire against Frenchman Mathias Bourge in the second set ... From the beginning Saki was struggling in the match and in endhe decided to quit in middle of second set ... As per report his right shoulder was bothering him ... Hoping for not a serious injury.

At $50K Tallahassee Challenger, Florida, USA

[SF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Dennis Novikov (USA)/ Julio Peralta (CHI) 64 36 5-10

Divij and Purav lose in match tie-break against American-Chilean pair ... They started well with winning the first set but after that failed to keep momentum.

At $50K Rome Challenger, Italy

[Q1] (8) Sumit Nagal (IND,411) bt (WC) Andrea Del Prete (ITA,UNR) 60 61
[Q2] (8) Sumit Nagal (IND,411) bt Marco Mosciati (ITA,UNR) 62 61
[Q3] (8) Sumit Nagal (IND,411) bt Kevin Kravietz (GER,415) 75 64

Sumit qualify for main-draw at Rome challenger with some good wins ... After winning first 2 matches convincingly Sumit faced real challenge in the final qualifying ... Sumit was 2-5 down in the first set against Kevin Kravietz but Sumit made excellent comeback winning next five games for winning this set ... Sumit kept momentum for winning the second and match.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Badminton News

At Asian Badminton championships 2016, Wuhan, China

[QF] (5) Saina Nehwal (IND,8) bt (3) Shixian Wang (CHN,5) 21-16 21-19

[SF] (5) Saina Nehwal (IND,8) vs (6) Yihan Wang (CHN,6)

Saina scores impressive win over Shixian Wang in closely fought match though it was ended in straight games ... Saina lost her last two matches against Shixian so this was important match for brining her confidence back ... Saina kept her composure after winning the first game for finishing this match in two games ... Next she is facing another Wang, Yihan, against her Saina struggled a lot in the past.

Tennis News

At $100K Anning Challenger, China

[QF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) bt (8) Arthur De Greef (BEL,203) 61 63

[SF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) vs (7) Mathias Bourge (FRA,193)

Saki scores once again impressive win against Belgian clay court player Arthur De Greef in dominating fashion ... Saki won the first set in 21 minutes breaking Arthur twice ... In the second set from 2-3 Saki won next four games again breaking Arthur two times for comfortable win ... In the semis Saki is facing Frenchman Mathias Bourge.

But he and Mahesh lose their doubles match in straight sets against Eastern European pair.

At $50K Tallahassee Challenger, Florida, USA

[QF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (WC) Benjamin Lock (ZIM)/ Marco Nunez (MEX) 64 63

Divij and Purav continue with their winning ways ... In the quarters they beat collegiate pair of Nunez and Lock in straight sets.

At $25K France F9 Futures, Grasse (Clay)

[R2] (1) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND,237) l (Q) Benjamin BALLERET (MON,695) 36 63 46

Ramk get upset by qualifier Benjamin Balleret in three sets ... Last week Balleret defeated De Bakker on the clay but still Ramk needs to win these matches for moving ahead in his career.

Archery News

At Shanghai 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 1, China

Women's Team Recurve event
[R1] (4) India bt (13) USA 6-0
[QF] (4) India bt (5) China 5-4
[SF] (4) India bt (1) Germany 5-3

Men's Team Recurve event
[R1] (3) India bt (14) France 5-3
[QF] (3) India bt (11) Germany 6-2
[SF] (3) India l (2) Netherland 4-5

In the individual Recurve eliminations, our three archers lost in the quarter final, including Deepika Kumari with Laxmi Rani Manhi and Jayanta Talukdar.

Coming out of disappointment of individual performance our recurve archers give excellent performance in team event ... Our women's recurve team has reached the finals with exciting win over powerhouse China in the quarter final ... In the semis they beat qualification top-see Germany ... Now for Gold medal match they r facing Chinese Taipei.

Our men's recurve team lost in the semi finals against qualification 2nd seed Netherlands in close match ... For Bronze medal they r facing British men.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Badminton News

At Asian Badminton championships 2016, Wuhan, China

[R1] (8) KIDAMBI Srikanth (IND,13) l Dong Keun LEE (KOR,19) 21-13 12-21 19-21

[R1] (5) Saina NEHWAL (IND,8) bt Fitriani FITRIANI (INA,49) 21-16 21-17
[R1] PUSARLA V. Sindhu (IND,10) bt Maria Febe KUSUMASTUTI (INA,23) 21-10 21-13

[R1] Jwala GUTTA (IND)/ Ashwini PONNAPPA (IND) l Ye Na HANG (KOR)/ LEE So Hee (KOR) 15-21 11-21

[R1] Pranaav Jerry CHOPRA (IND)/ Akshay DEWALKAR (IND) l Chin Chung OR (HKG)/ Chun Man TANG (HKG) 19-21 17-21
[R1] Manu ATTRI (IND)/ B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND) l (5) Hiroyuki ENDO (JPN)/ Kenichi HAYAKAWA (JPN) 15-21 13-21

[R2] (5) Saina NEHWAL (IND,8) bt Nitchaon JINDAPOL (THA,25) 21-14 21-18
[R2] PUSARLA V. Sindhu (IND,10) l (8) Tzu Ying TAI (TPE,9) 21-13 20-22 8-21

[QF] (5) Saina NEHWAL (IND,8) vs. (3) Shixian WANG (CHN,5)

Only Saina is remaining in the quarter final of ongoing Asian championship ... Sindhu miss match point at 20-19 of the second game and then failed to challenge in the third ... All other players lost their matches in the first round only .. In the quarters Saina is facing Shixian Wang, in recent matches Saina is failed to beat her.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Squash News

At $185K Women's World Championship 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

[R1] Dipika Pallikal (IND,19) l (11) Annie Au (HKG,10) 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 7-11 (63m)
[R1] (14) Joshana Chinappa (IND,14) bt Victoria Lust (ENG,18) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (39m)

[R2] (14) Joshana Chinappa (IND,14) l (1) Laura Massaro (ENG,1) 3-11, 6-11, 3-11 (26m)

Joshana fails to challenge WR #1 Laura Massaro in the second round of World championship ... Before that in the first round Joshana scored convincing win over similar ranked Victoria Lust ... Dipika lost in the first round after giing fighting performance against WR #10 Annie Au ... After losing first 2 games Dipika tried fightback winning next two games but she failed to keep same momentum in the fifth.

Archery News

At Shanghai 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 1, China

Deepika Kumari matched the world record for the 72-arrow round in qualification at the first leg of the Hyundai Archery World Cup, with a score of 686 ... She matched Korean Ki Bo Bae’s 686-points/720 performance from 2015.

Tennis News

At $100K Anning Challenger, China

[R2] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) bt Nicolas Barrientos (COL,254) 63 76

[QF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) vs (8) Arthur De Greef (BEL,203)

[R1] (4) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l Denys Molchanov (UKR)/ Alexander Nedoyvesov (KAZ) 46 46

Another impressive win by Saki over Colombian Nicolas Barrientos in straight sets ... Saki started confidently taking 3-0 lead in the first set and kept that advantage for winning it ... Nicolas tried fightback in the second but Saki kept his hold for winning the second set in tie-break ... This is really good win considering on clay and against South American ... Next he is facing Belgian Arthur De Greef for place in the semis.

But he and Mahesh lose their doubles match in straight sets against Eastern European pair.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tennis News

At 2016 Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying WJT- Girls-u14, Thailand

India l Thailand 1-2

So with this loss against Thai girls ended our any chance of qualifying for world group ... This time also our #1 Tanisha Kashyap win her match.

At $100K Anning Challenger, China

[R1] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) bt Duckhee Lee (KOR,206) 64 63

[R2] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,151) vs Nicolas Barrientos (COL,254)

Saki scores superb straight sets win over young talented Korean Duckhee Lee ... Duckhee was leading 2-4 in the first set but Saki made strong comeback ... He won next four games breaking Duckhee twice for winning the first set ... He continued with his attacking game for leading 5-2 in the second before winning the match ... Next he is facing Colombian Nicolas Barrientos.

At $50K Tallahassee Challenger, Florida, USA

[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Sakou Bangoura (USA)/ Jose Statham (NZL) 64 76

Divij and Purav start with tight straight sets win over Statham and Bangoura in the first round.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2015, Chiasso, Switzerland (Clay)

[R1] Ankita RAINA (IND,287) l (1) Evgeniya RODINA (RUS,119) 26 06

Rodina proves too strong for Ankita.

At $25K France F9 Futures, Grasse (Clay)

[R1] (1) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND,237) bt Enzo COUACAUD (FRA,588) 76(6) 61

[R2] (1) Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND,237) vs (Q) Benjamin BALLERET (MON,695)

Ramk scores straight sets win over Frenchman Couacaud in the first round ... In the first set RamK was 0-3 down before taking set in tie-break ... In tie-break also RamK saved a set point before winning it, after that he dominated second set ... Next he is facing qualifier Benjamin Balleret.

Rowing News

At 2016 FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament, Chungju, South Korea

Men's Single Sculls Event
2. Dattu Bhokanal (IND) 7 min 07.63 sec

Rower Dattu Bhokanal qualify for Rio Olympics 2016 in Men's Single Sculls Event after winning Silver medal in qualifying tournament in Korea ... He became the only rower from India to qualify for the Rio Olympics ... In the final Dattu Bhokanal was on course for a gold medal finish as he was leading the five-man field till the 1,500m mark but Korean Dongyong Kim smartly paced his race (07 mins 05.13 secs) and overtook him in the final stretch.