Sunday, October 04, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K+H Agri Challenger, Turkey

Singles Final
Saketh Myneni (IND,199) l Farrukh Dustov (UZB,153) 46 46

Saki lose in the final against experienced Uzbek Farrukh Dustov in straight sets ... Saki must be tired and exhausted as this was his fourth match inside 24 hours ... Farrukh broke Saki in 3rd game to lead 1-2 but in next game Saki missed 5 break point opportunities ... Saki again missed 2 more break points in 8th game and then Farrukh kept that advantage for winning the first set ... Farrukh broke Saki in 1st game of the second set but this time Saki immediately broke back for 1-all ... Farrukh took important break in 9th game before holding for winning the title ... Still overall very encouraging performance by Saki as this was his first final outside of India ... Hoping for good Indian challengers leg for Saki.

At $4.7M China Open, Beijing (WTA Premier Mandatory)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bye

This week our pair can expect more challenge as all top pairs r playing in this mandatory Premier tournament.

At $3.9M China Open, Beijing

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ John Isner (USA) vs Pablo Cuevas (URU)/ Viktor Troicki (SRB)
[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ John Peers (AUS) vs (4) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Rohan is playing Isner due to unavailability of Florin ... Interesting to watch this big serving pair's progress ... Lee is partnering Aussie John Peers and facing 4th seed Nestor and Roger-Vasselin.

Squash News

At $50K Women's Carol Weymuller Open 2015, New York, USA

[QF] (Q) Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) bt (Q) Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY,20) 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9

[SF] (Q) Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) vs (WC) Joelle King (NZL,28)

Joshana's terrific run continues as in the quarter she defeated talented young Egyptian Salma Hany Ibrahim in close match ... In the first game Joshana was 2-6 then 4-7 down before she made excellent recovery to win it ... In next two games Salma played excellent short game to win those ... At that time Joshana was 1-2 games down ... Joshana kept fighting and reduced her unforced errors to win the fourth ... In the final game both players matched each other but again Joshana played important points better for a win ... In the semis she is facing former WR #4 Joelle King.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Tennis News

At $2.5M Wuhan Women's Open, China (WTA Premier 5)

Doubles Final
(1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) 62 63

Sania-Martina win their seventh title of the year with another comfortable win, this time against Romanian pair ... Our girls must be hoping for more challenging next China open.

At $50K+H Agri Challenger, Turkey

[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) bt (3) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,114) 76(5) 64

[SF] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) bt Denys Molchanov (UKR,307) 63 36 76(1)

[F] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) vs Farrukh Dustov (UZB,153)

[SF] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l Alexander Igoshin (RUS)/ Yaraslav Shyla (BLR) 46 63 9-11

Saki scores one of the best win of his career beating Russian Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets ... After resuming Saki won the first set tie-break with a single mini-break ... In the second set also Saki took important break to finish this match in two sets ... If he wins all matches then he is going to play three matches in a day ... So very long day for Saki.

Next in the semis Saki beats Ukrainian Denys Molchanov in three sets, in their last meeting Saki lost against him at last year's Fergana challenger ... This was huge win as in October Saki is defending chunk of his ranking points, 123 pts ... From the beginning Saki was keeping pressure on Denys's serve and broke him in 6th game to lead 4-2 ... Saki kept that advantage for winning the first set ... In the second set Saki broke Denys in 1st game to lead 2-0 but after that it was complete Denys show as he broke Saki in 4th and 6th games to lead 2-5 ... This time Denys kept advantage for winning this set ... In the final set Saki broke Denys in 6th game to lead 5-2 but while serving for the match at 5-3 Saki failed to win a single point on his serve, 5-4 ... After that both players hold their respective service games to take this set in tie-break ... In tie-break from 2-1 Saki won next five points for completing important win ... In the final he is facing Uzbek Farrukh Dustov for the title.

Saki and Divij were early break down at 2-3 and failed to overcome that deficit to lose the first set ... In the second set Saki-Divij took crucial break in 8th game and then Saki hold his serve for winning it ... In match tie-break both pair exchanged couple of mini-breaks till 6-all ... Our pair saved a match point on Saki's serve at 8-9 but lost next point to give 2nd match point to Igoshin-Shyla and this time they converted it.

Squash News

At $50K Women's Carol Weymuller Open 2015, New York, USA

[Q1] Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) bt Coline Aumard (FRA,36) 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4
[Q2] Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY,23) 11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6

[R1] Dipika Pallikal (IND,19) l (1) Raneem El Welily (EGY,1) 6-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 5-11
[R1] (Q) Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) bt (7) Emma Beddoes (ENG,11) 4-11, 16-14, 11-7, 11-4

[QF] (Q) Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) vs (Q) Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY,20)

Joshana Chinappa scores her first win over top English player for entering into the quarters at New York ... Joshana as an qualifier scored upset win over WR #11 Englishwoman Emma Beddoes in four games ... After losing the first game Joshna played smart game, in well fought marathon second game she pipped Emma for winning it ... In the third Joshana used tactics of playing Emma in the front and got benefited from it ... In the fourth Emma failed to challenge Joshana ... Before that Joshana qualified for the main-draw with two well fought wins ... In the quarters she is facing dangerous young Egyptian opponent Salma Hany Ibrahim.

Other hand Dipika lose against new crowned WR #1 Raneem El Welily in five games ... After losing first 2 games Dipika fought back to win next two ... In the fifth Raneem raised her game and Dipika failed to challenge her.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Tennis News

At $2.5M Wuhan Women's Open, China (WTA Premier 5)

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt (4) Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)/ Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) 62 61

[F] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU)

Another dominating win by Sania-Martina against 4th seed Taipei pair ... In the final they r facing unseeded Romanian pair for another title.

At $50K+H Agri Challenger, Turkey

[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) vs (3) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,114) 6-6 (1-0) stopped

Match is stopped due to rain when Saki won 1st point on his serve in tie-break ... Before that Saki saved few break points but Donskoy broke him in 11th game to lead 6-5 ... Then Donskoy had s set points on his serve, 40-0, Saki won next 5 points to take the set in tie-break.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Tennis News

At $2.5M Wuhan Women's Open, China (WTA Premier 5)

[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL)/ Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 63 62

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt (5) Raquel Kops-Jones (USA)/ Abigail Spears (USA) 62 62

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs (4) Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)/ Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)

Sania-Martina need to play two matches in a day and they score comfortable wins in both matches ... They won the second round match losing only five games and in the quarters against 5th seed American pair they lose only four games ... In the semis they r facing 4th seed Taipei pair.

At $50K+H Agri Challenger, Turkey

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) bt (Q) Fedor Chervyakov (RUS,975) 62 61

[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) vs (3) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,114)

[R1] (3) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Matt Seeberger (USA) bt (WC) Petru-Alexandru Luncanu (ROU)/ Yahor Yatsyk (BLR) 64 76(0)
[R1] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Aslan Karatsev (RUS)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH)

[QF] (3) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Matt Seeberger (USA) l Alexander Igoshin (RUS)/ Yaraslav Shyla (BLR) 63 36 5-10
[QF] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Ivan Bjelica (SRB)/ Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 76(4) 36 10-8

[SF] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Alexander Igoshin (RUS)/ Yaraslav Shyla (BLR)

SExpected dominating win by Saki against Russian qualifier losing only three games ... After long time Saki manages to score back to back win in the challenger, last time he scored back to back win in May at Fergana challenger ... Next he is having tough match against top-100 type Russian Evgeny Donskoy ... Another worrying thing is Saki played three matches in a day.

In the doubles our both pairs started with straight sets win ... In the quarters Saki-Divij score hard fought win in match tie-break but other hand Jeevan-Matt lose their match after winning the first set.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tennis News

At $937K Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur

[R1] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)/ Leander Paes (IND) l Rameez Junaid (AUS)/ Jonathan Marray (GBR) 57 61 4-10

Lee-Grigor lose their match in the match tie-break ... This is again showing importance of regular partner on the tour, hopefully Lee is already short-listed probable candidates for next season.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tennis News

At $2.5M Wuhan Women's Open, China (WTA Premier 5)

[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL)/ Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)

Sania-Martina r facing Polish-Aussie challenge in the second round.

At $937K Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur

[R1] (WC) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,216) l Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ,48) 26 26

RamK gets outperformed by Kukushkin in this match ... Very tough lesson for RamK from top-50 player in this one-sided loss.

At $50K+H Agri Challenger, Turkey

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) bt Matija Pecotic (CRO,267) 75 61
[R1] (WC) Divij Sharan(IND,881) l Dennis Novak (AUT,257) 36 26

[R2] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) vs (Q) Fedor Chervyakov (RUS,975)

Saki take revenge of his last week's loss against Pecotic ... After winning the tight first set Saki dominated the second taking 5-0 lead ... In next round he is facing Russian qualifier Fedor Chervyakov ... These r important wins for Saki as he is defending chunk of points ... Other hand expected loss of Divij against top-250 type player.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Squash News

At $35K Men's JSW Kolkata RC International 2015, India

[R1] (3) Saurav Ghosal (IND,15) bt (Q) Nathan Lake (ENG,116) 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 (47m)
[R1] (7) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,52) bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,56) 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (75m)
[R1] (5) Zahed Mohamed (EGY,36) bt (Q) Kush Kumar (IND,115) 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (38m)

[QF] (3) Saurav Ghosal (IND,15) bt (7) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,52) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (35m)

[SF] (3) Saurav Ghosal (IND,15) bt (2) Stephen Coppinger (RSA,15) 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (45m)

Singles Final
(3) Saurav Ghosal (IND,15) bt (1) Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY,12) 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (43m)

Saurav Ghosal lifts $35K International title in his hometown with very convincing win over top-seed Egyptian Marwan Elshorbagy ... Before that in the semis Saurav scored dominating win over 2nd seed South African Stephen Coppinger ... Saurav wins this tournament without losing a single game ... Before this last week in Mumbai he was runner-up at $35K CCI International ... There he lost to top-seed Spanish opponent Borja Golan in four games, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 5-11 (68m) ... These performances will going to help him to push his ranking upwards in coming weeks.

Billiards News

At the 2015 IBSF World Billiards Championship, Adelaide, Australia

The 2015 IBSF World Billiards Championship was completed with the final of the Timed event where Pankaj Advani won his 14th World title defeating Peter Gilchrist (Singapore) 2408-1240 by 1168 points difference.

Peter Glichrist had already won the 150Up defeating Pankaj earlier in the week, so sweet revenge for Pankaj to defend his Timed title.

Tennis News

At $125K+H Kaohsiung Challenger, Taiwan

Singles Final

(4) Yuki Bhambri (IND,125) l (2) Hyeon Chung (KOR,73) 57 46

Despite good shot-making Yuki lose in the final against Korean wonder kid Hyeon Chung ... Chung played terrific defensive game while beating Yuki ... Yuki started well and broke Chung in 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... Yuki was up 5-2 and had 2 set points on Chung's serve but from here Chung turned table on Yuki ... From here Chung played amazing solid defensive game, he was returning everything Yuki was throwing at him ... First few games Yuki was coming on the net regularly but surprisingly he didn't repeat the same afterwards ... Chung broke Yuki in 9th and 11th games for completing superb comeback for winning this set ... In the second set till 4-all both players hold their respective service games ... Chung broke Yuki in 9th game and then hold for completing victory ... This is Chung's 4th challenger title of the year.

At $50K+H Agri Challenger, Turkey

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) vs Matija Pecotic (CRO,267)
[R1] (WC) Divij Sharan(IND,881) vs Dennis Novak (AUT,257)

[R1] (3) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Matt Seeberger (USA) vs (WC) Petru-Alexandru Luncanu (ROU)/ Yahor Yatsyk (BLR)
[R1] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Aslan Karatsev (RUS)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH)

Rematch for Saki against Pecotic, hoping for better performance in the singles after his doubles title win this week ... Surprisingly Divij manages to get wild-card and facing Austrian Dennis Novak.

In the doubles Saki and Divij r 2nd seeds ... Jeevan is playing in the doubles with his American partner Matt Seeberger and they r 3rd seeds.

At $15K Canada F11 Futures, Ontario

Singles Final
(2) Sanam SINGH (IND,329) bt (1) Frank DANCEVIC (CAN,220) 64 62

Sanam score impressive win over top-seed Frank Dancevic for lifting $15K futures title ... This also means 3rd time lucky for Sanam against Dancevic as he lost in previous two meetings against Dancevic ... After winning the first set Sanam dominated the second to break Dancevic's 19 matches winning streak ... This win will push Sanam's ranking 260s to his career best ... This is also Sanam's 2nd title of the year and both his titles come in tough North American futures.