Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Tennis News

At US Open 2015, New York

Doubles
[R1] (6) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) bt Austin Krajicek (USA)/ Nicholas Monroe (USA) 63 64

Mixed Doubles
[R1] (4) Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (WC) Claire Liu (USA)/ Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)

Comfortable winning start for Rohan-Florin against American pair.

At $50K Bangkok Challenger, Thailand

[R2] (2) Somdev Devvarman (IND,152) bt (Q) Andrew Whittington (AUS,484) 75 4-2 retd.
[R2] N. Sriram Balaji (IND,427) vs Benjamin Mitchell (AUS,353) 76(4) 26 36

[QF] (2) Somdev Devvarman (IND,152) vs (6) Ti Chen (TPE,196)

Doubles
[R1] James Cluskey (IRL)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l Dane Propoggia (AUS)/ Jordan Thompson (AUS) 46 67(9)
[R1] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jimmy Wang (TPE) l Yan Bai (CHN)/ Riccardo Ghedin (ITA) 46 36

Buji is in the quarters as his Aussie opponent retired in the second set ... In the first set Buji was stretched by Aussie qualifier Andrew Whittington but Buji prevailed and when he was break up in the second set Andrew retired due to heat stroke ... In the quarters he is facing Ti Chen.

Bala lose in three sets despite starting with winning first set ... In the first set Bala was 2-4 down and he made comeback to win the set in tie-break but after that it was all Benjamin's show.

In the doubles Bala-Divij withdrew but our other two pairs lose their matches in the first round.
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At $15K Canada F8 Futures, Calgary

[R1] (6) Sanam SINGH (IND,312) vs Luis PATINO (MEX,707)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Kevin KING (USA)/ Sanam SINGH (IND) bt Jared HILTZIK (USA)/ Aleksandar VUKIC (AUS) 62 62

[QF] (1) Kevin KING (USA)/ Sanam SINGH (IND) vs Damon GOOCH (RSA)/ Wil SPENCER (USA)

This week Sanma is playing in Canadian futures.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Chess News

At The 3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, USA

Round 9 - 01.09.2015
Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) - Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) 1-0
Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) - Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) ½-½
Veselin Topalov (BUL,2816) - Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) ½-½
Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) - Wesley So (USA,2779) ½-½
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) - Anish Giri (NED,2793)

Anand manages expected draw with Carlsen and with that Anand ends this tournament without a single win ... With 3½ pts he finishes on 9th position ... Levon Aronian wins this strongest tournament with one point lead.

Final Standing
1. Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) 6 pts
2. Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) 5 pts
3. Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) 5 pts
4. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) 5 pts
5. Anish Giri (NED,2793) 5 pts
6. Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) 4½ pts
7. Veselin Topalov (BUL,2816) 4½ pts
8. Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) 3½ pts
9. Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) 3½ pts
10. Wesley So (USA,2779) 3 pts

Tennis News

At US Open 2015, New York

Mixed Doubles
[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Bruno Soares (BRA) vs Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)/ Lukasz Kubot (POL)
[R1] (4) Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (WC) Claire Liu (USA)/ Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)
[R1] (2) Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs Belinda Bencic (SUI)/ Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Three of top four MXD seeded pairs having one Indian player ... Hopefully this time Rohan also go deep in MXD with Lee and Sania.

At $50K Bangkok Challenger, Thailand

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND,427) bt Nicolas Meister (USA,378) 64 16 64
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) l Ze Zhang (CHN,217) 36 06

[R2] (2) Somdev Devvarman (IND,152) vs (Q) Andrew Whittington (AUS,484)
[R2] N. Sriram Balaji (IND,427) vs Benjamin Mitchell (AUS,353)

Bala scores three sets win over higher ranked American Meister in three sets ... After winning the first set Bala lost the second convincingly ... Bala recovered to win the third and match ... In the second round he is facing Aussie player Benjamin Mitchell.

In other match RamK lose nine games in a row from 3-all and faced one-sided loss ... In this match he struggled with his serve as he managed to hold only once.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Chess News

At The 3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, USA

Round 8 - 31.08.2015
Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) ½-½
Anish Giri (NED,2793) - Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) ½-½
Wesley So (USA,2779) - Veselin Topalov (BUL,2816) ½-½
Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) - Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) ½-½
Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) - Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) ½-½

All five games are ended in a draw ... But in that Carlsen missed winning opportunity against Nakamura and agreed draw after long 95 moves.

Tennis News

At US Open 2015, New York

Doubles
[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs (WC) Kaitlyn Christian (USA)/ Sabrina Santamaria (USA)
[R1] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Florian Mayer (GER)/ Frank Moser (GER)
[R1] (6) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) vs Austin Krajicek (USA)/ Nicholas Monroe (USA)

Doubles draw is out ... Lee-Verdasco r facing German pair in the first round and if they win this then they can face Bryans in the second ... Rohan-Florin r in bottom draw and facing American pair.

Sania-Martina r facing American wild-card pair.


At $50K Bangkok Challenger, Thailand

[R1] (2) Somdev Devvarman (IND,152) bt (WC) Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA,882) 64 62

Expected winning start for Buji against lowly ranked Thai opponent.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chess News

At The 3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, USA

Round 7 - 30.08.2015
Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) - Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) 0-1
Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) - Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) 0-1
Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) - Wesley So (USA,2779) ½-½
Veselin Topalov (BUL,2816) - Anish Giri (NED,2793) ½-½
Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) ½-½

Anand manages another draw with So playing with white ... His early mistakes kept him from controlling the game ... But day's upset score by Grischuk and sole leader Aronian, who defeated Carlsen and Nakamura respectively playing with blacks ... Aronian took advantage of mistakes by Nakamura but other hand Grischuk troubled Carlsen with his end game and Carlsen made blunder to resign after 68 moves.

Athletics News

At 15th IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China

Women's Marathon
18. O. P. Jaisha (IND) 2:34:43 NR
19. Sudha Singh (IND) 2:35:35 PB

In Women's marathon, O. P. Jaisha finishes creditable 18th place with new national record of 2:34:43 bettering her own record of 2:37:29 ... Sudha Singh also timed her personal best of 2:35:35 for creditable 19th place ... With this timing Sudha Singh also qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics, her timing was well below qualifying mark of 2:42:00, O. P. Jaisha already qualified for Rio Olympics.

Tennis News

At $50K Bangkok Challenger, Thailand

[Q2] Divij Sharan (IND,878) l (6) Ricardo Ghedin (ITA,491) 57 26

Doubles
[R1] James Cluskey (IRL)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Dane Propoggia (AUS)/ Jordan Thompson (AUS)
[R1] (3) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Cheng-Peng Hsieh (TPE)/ Andrew Whittington (AUS)
[R1] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jimmy Wang (TPE) vs Yan Bai (CHN)/ Riccardo Ghedin (ITA)

Give fighting performance in his loss by Divij.

Our three pairs r in the doubles ... Interesting to watch Bala-Divij performance as a pair.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Chess News

At The 3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, USA

Round 6 - 29.08.2015
Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) - Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) 1-0
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) - Veselin Topalov (BUL,2816) 1-0
Anish Giri (NED,2793) - Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) ½-½
Wesley So (USA,2779) - Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) 0-1
Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) - Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) ½-½

In sixth round total three decisive games but for Anand another draw, this time against Anish Giri ... Anand played solid Slav defense to hold Anish after 32 moves ... Maxime surprised Topalov with his perfect Berlin endgame ... Nakamura played excellent game with black to beat So ... Grischuk took advantage of mistake by Caruana for superb victory.

Hockey News

At 2016 Rio Olympics,

Congratulations to Indian Women Team on officially making it to Rio Olympics 2016, so after 36 years our women will be part of Olympics ... Netherlands and England women teams are entered into the final of European championship ... Both teams are already qualified for Rio Olympics so available European champion place our women team qualify as they were the best ranked team in Women's Hockey World League after qualified teams.

Tennis News

At $50K Bangkok Challenger, Thailand

[Q1] Divij Sharan (IND,878) bt Jirat Navasirisomboon (THA,1108) 63 76(3)

[Q2] Divij Sharan (IND,878) vs (6) Ricardo Ghedin (ITA,491)

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND,427) vs Nicolas Meister (USA,378)
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) vs Ze Zhang (CHN,217)
[R1] (2) Somdev Devvarman (IND,152) vs (WC) Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA,882)

Good draw for our players ... RamK is facing top Chinese player Ze Zhang.

At $10K India F11 Futures , Chennai

Singles Final
Sumit NAGAL (IND) bt Ronit Singh BISHT (IND) 63 64

[SF] Sumit NAGAL (IND) bt (6) Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND) 63 61
[QF] Sumit NAGAL (IND) bt (2) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND) 36 63 64
[R2] Sumit NAGAL (IND) bt (8) Vinayak Sharma KAZA (IND) 62 62
[R1] Sumit NAGAL (IND) bt Timur KHABIBULIN (KAZ) 62 61

Doubles Final
(1) Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar PRASHANTH (IND) bt (2) Mohit Mayur JAYAPRAKASH (IND)/ Vinayak Sharma KAZA (IND) 64 76(5)

In young players final between 18 year old Sumit Nagal and 19 year old Ronit Bisht, Sumit lifts his second futures title ... In this futures Sumit gave dominated performance, his only tough match was against 2nd seed Balaji which went to 3 sets.

Athletics News

At 15th IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China

Men's Discuss Throw
9. Vikas Gowda (IND) 62.24m

Poor throw from Vikas Gowda in the final of the Men's Discuss Throw ... He was out of the final after first 3 throws.

In Men's 50km walk, Sandeep Kumar finishes at 26th place with his season best timing of 3:57:03 while Manish Singh finishes at 27th place with his personal best timing of 3:57:11 ... Their timing is below 2016 Rio Olympics qualifying mark of 4:03:00, so two more quota places are earned by our athletes for Rio Olympics.

Our women 4x400m relay team posted a season best 3:29:08s but finished lowly 14th out of the 16 teams.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chess News

At The 3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, USA

Round 5 - 27.08.2015
Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) - Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) ½-½
Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) - Wesley So (USA,2779) 1-0
Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) - Anish Giri (NED,2793) ½-½
Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) ½-½
Veselin Topalov (BUL,2816) - Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) 0-1

Another draw for Anand, this time against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave playing with white ... Anand had an advantage against Maxime but in end forced to draw ... In shocking result Caruana upset Topalov playing with black ... So Carlsen joins Aronian in the top with win over So.

Tennis News

At US Open 2015, New York

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) l (30) Facundo Bagnis (ARG,137) 36 62 67(4)

RamK gives fighting performance in his loss against top-140 Argentine Facundo Bagnis ... After losing the first set RamK made strong comeback and won the second set with double break ... In the decider both players were holding their service games though RamK hold in 9th game after multiple deuce ... In tie-break RamK started well with mini-break he was up 4-1 but from here Bagnis won next six points in a row in that he won 2 points on RamK's serve for completing the victory ... As per stat RamK was better that Bagnis in all stats expect win % on 1st serve ... That means Bagnis return game was better that RamK and he played important points well ... RamK needs to learn from these experience but overall above expectation performance by RamK.

2015 Athletics

At 15th IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China

Vikas Gowda qualify for the finals of the Men's Discuss Throw in 7th position ... He qualified with 63.86m throw ... Frankly below par performance as I m hoping for 65m throw from him.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chess News

At The 3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis, USA

Round 4 - 26.08.2015
Alexander Grischuk (RUS,2771) - Veselin Topalov (BUL,2798) ½-½
Fabiano Caruana (ITA,2808) - Viswanathan Anand (IND,2816) ½-½
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA,2731) - Hikaru Nakamura (USA,2814) ½-½
Anish Giri (NED,2793) - Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2876) ½-½
Wesley So (USA,2779) - Levon Aronian (ARM,2765) 0-1

Another draw for Anand ... In an Anti-Meran Gambit game where Anand seemed to be doing well but he was concerned with inaccuracies creeping into his game again, so he decided to avoid the risk ... Only Aronian score win with a black against So and joins leader Topalov in the top position.

Tennis News

At US Open 2015, New York

[Q1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,144) l (23) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN,127) 46 61 26
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) bt (PR) Pedro Sousa (POR,768) 62 63

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) vs Facundo Bagnis (ARG,137)

Yuki struggled against no-nonsense game from Nishioka ... In the first set both players hold their respective service games till 8th game though Yuki was struggling ... In 9th game Nishioka broke Yuki and in 10th game Yuki had couple of break points opportunity but he failed to convert ... In the second set Yuki started well as he broke Nishioka in 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... Yuki again broke him in 6th game and then hold for winning this set comfortably ... In the third set Nishioka broke Yuki in 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... Nishioka again broke Yuki when he was serving for staying in the match in 8th game ... Very disappointing performance by Yuki and Buji in US qualifying.

At last RamK gives a win for us against weakest player in the draw still in end win is a win ... Moreover this is RamK's first win in the grand slam ... RamK won the first set comfortably with double service break ... In the second set he was up with a break at 4-2 when Pedro broke his serve, 4-3 ... RamK immediately broke Pedro in 8th game and then hold his serve for completing his victory ... Next he is facing top-140 Argentine Facundo Bagnis.

Athletics News

At 15th IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China

Women's 3000m Steeplechase
8 Lalita Babar (IND) 9.29.64

Lalita Babar finishes creditable 8th place in the final ... Almost till 2000m she was leading but couldn't continue in the end ... But really good experience for Lalita on this big stage which is good for her development.

Tintu Luka runs her season best timing of 2.00.95 sec in Women's 800m, but that was way down for qualifying for semi-final but still with this timing she qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics.