Saturday, November 01, 2014

Badminton News

At $120K Bitburger Badminton Open 2014 (GP Gold), Saarlandhalle, Germany
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[SF] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) vs (11) Scott Evans (IRL,35)

Prannoy is favorite in this match.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tennis News

At €2.9M BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

[QF] (7) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) l (PR) Marcin Matkowski (POL)/ Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 46 67(3)
[QF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) l (1) Bob Bryan (USA)/ Mike Bryan (USA) 36 36

Our both pair fail to rise for their challenge and lose their matches in straight games.
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At $50K+H Reunion Island Challenger, Reunion Island

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Frederico Gil (POR) l (1) Robin Haase (NED)/ Mate Pavic (CRO) 36 26
[QF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Enrique Lopez-Perez (ESP) l Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA) 64 46 5-10

RamK-Gil lose easily against top-seed pair ... Other hand French pair score upset win over Jeevan and his partner in comeback win.

Badminton News

At $120K Bitburger Badminton Open 2014 (GP Gold), Saarlandhalle, Germany

[QF] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) bt Emil Holst (DEN,57) 21-14 19-21 30-28

[QF] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ Akshay Dewalkar (IND) l (6) Yilv Wang (CHN)/ Wen Zhang (CHN) 11-21 11-21

[QF] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) l (1) Chris Adcock (ENG)/ Gabrielle Adcock (ENG) 19-21 9-21

[SF] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) vs (11) Scott Evans (IRL,35)

Prannoy face tough challenge from Swiss player Emil Holst ... After winning the first game easily Prannoy lost the focus ... Emil won the second game and in the third also he was neck to neck with Prannoy ... Prannoy saved three match points before converting 7th match point for a win ... In the semis he is facing Irishman Scott Evans.

In the doubles Chinese pair prove too strong for Pranaav-Akshay ... In mixed doubles top-seed British pair score straight games win over Ashwini-Vladimir.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Badminton News

At $120K Bitburger Badminton Open 2014 (GP Gold), Saarlandhalle, Germany

[R3] (15) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,48) l Indra Bagus Ade Chandra (ITA,124) 21-15 14-21 18-21
[R3] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) bt (9) Wing Ki Vincent Wong (HKG,37) 21-19 21-18
[R2] Tanvi Lad (IND,56) l (4) Sun Yu (CHN,31) 17-21 12-21

[R2] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ Akshay Dewalkar (IND) bt Frederik Colberg (DEN)/ Niclas Nohr (DEN) 15-21 22-20 21-12

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Siki Reddy N. (IND) l Longfei Shi (CHN)/ Qianxin Zhong (CHN) 15-21 7-21
[R1] Akshay Dewalkar (IND)/ Pradnya Gadre (IND) bt (7) Jacco Arends (NED)/ Selena Piek (NED) 13-21 21-19 21-17
[R1] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Jelle Maas (NED)/ Iris Tabeling (NED) 23-21 21-12

[R2] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Akshay Dewalkar (IND)/ Pradnya Gadre (IND) 21-13 15-21 21-14

[QF] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) vs Emil Holst (DEN,57)

[QF] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ Akshay Dewalkar (IND) vs (6) Yilv Wang (CHN)/ Wen Zhang (CHN)

[QF] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs (1) Chris Adcock (ENG)/ Gabrielle Adcock (ENG)

Akshay-Pradnya score impressive comeback upset win over 7th seed Dutch pair ... Next they faced Ashwini-Vladimir, who beat another Dutch pair in straight games ... Experienced Ashwini-Vladimir prove strong for Akshay-Pradnya, but Akshay-Pradnya managed to stretch them to three games ... Ashwini-Vladimir r facing top-seed British pair in the quarters.

Tanvi fails to create challenge against her Chinese opponent ... In the doubles Manu-Siki also fail to challenge Chinese pair in one-sided loss.

Pranaav-Akshay score excellent comeback win over Danish player after losing first game ... In the second game our pair needed to dig deep but they fought back and after winning the second game they dominated the final game .. Next they r facing seeded Chinese pair in the quarters.

Prannoy score tight two games win over similar ranked Hong Kong player Wong ... Both games were fought till end but Prannoy kept his nerve on important points ... Next he is facing Danish opponent Holst for place in the semis.

Surprising loss of Sai Praneeth against 125+ ranked Indonesian Italian player Chandra in three games ... After winning the first game Sai failed to keep pressure on Chandra, who take advantage of it winning next two games.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tennis News

At €2.9M BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

[R2] (7) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) bt David Marrero (ESP)/ Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 64 60
[R2] Leander Paes (IND)/ Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) bt (6) Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/ Jack Sock (USA) 61 64

Lee-Stan score solid win over current Wimbledon champions Pospisil-Sock in straight sets ... Nestor-Bops join them in the quarters with solid win over Spanish pair.
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At $50K+H Reunion Island Challenger, Reunion Island

[R2] (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) l (WC) Gregoire Barrere (FRA,536) 46 76(4) 67(1)

Disappointing loss of RamK against Frenchman Barrere ... In the first set RamK take two time lead with a break but both time he failed to build on and then Barrere broke him 10th game for winning it ... In the second set also RamK broke Barrere and serving for the set at 5-4 but again Barrere broke back ... Still RamK managed to win it in tie-break ... In the final set RamK broke Barrere to lead 4-1 but this time also Barrere broke back ... RamK had two match points at 6-5 but he failed to convert it ... And then Barrere proved too strong for RamK in tie-break.

Badminton News

At $120K Bitburger Badminton Open 2014 (GP Gold), Saarlandhalle, Germany

[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,43) bt Matthias Almer (AUT,129) 21-15 21-14
[R1] (10) Sourabh Varma (IND,36) l Junwei Liao (CHN,214) 12-21 18-21
[R1] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) bt Nick Fransman (NED,105) 21-11 21-19
[R1] Anand Pawar (IND,46) l Petr Koukal (CZE,74) 23-25 21-13 18-21
[R1] Ajay Jayaram (IND,55) bt Patrick Kaemnitz (GER,367) 21-10 22-20

[R2] (15) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,43) bt Arnaud Genin (FRA,135) w/o
[R2] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) bt Ajay Jayaram (IND,55) 21-18 21-17
[R1] P. C. Thulasi (IND,41) l (2) Michelle Li (CAN,15) 21-14 10-21 15-21
[R1] Tanvi Lad (IND,59) bt Sannatasah Saniru (MAS,65) 21-13 19-21 23-21

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth Reddy B. (IND) l Andrei Adistia (INA)/ Hendra Aprida Gunawan (INA) 21-8 18-21 22-24
[R1] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ Akshay Dewalkar (IND) bt Raphael Beck (GER)/ Andreas Heinz (GER) 21-12 21-18
[R1] Pradnya Gadre (IND)/ Siki Reddy N. (IND) l Yuanting Tang (CHN)/ Huang Yaqiong (CHN) 13-21 11-21

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Siki Reddy N. (IND) vs Longfei Shi (CHN)/ Qianxin Zhong (CHN)
[R1] Akshay Dewalkar (IND)/ Pradnya Gadre (IND) vs (7) Jacco Arends (NED)/ Selena Piek (NED)
[R1] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs Jelle Maas (NED)/ Iris Tabeling (NED)

[R3] (15) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,43) vs Indra Bagus Ade Chandra (ITA,122)
[R3] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,32) vs (9) Wing Ki Vincent Wong (HKG,34)
[R2] Tanvi Lad (IND,59) vs (4) Sun Yu (CHN,25)

[R2] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ Akshay Dewalkar (IND) vs Frederik Colberg (DEN)/ Niclas Nohr (DEN)

Sai in third round without losing much sweat as he receive walkover in the second round ... I was hoping close match between Prannoy and Ajay but Prannoy win his match in straight games ... Before that in the first round disappointing losses of Sourabh and Anand against lower ranked opponents.

Thulasi and Tanvi had tricky matches though they defeated their opponents in previous meeting ... Thulasi win the first game but fail to keep momentum and lose next two games against Michelle Li ... Tanvi score tight win over her Malaysian opponent ... In the third game she save one match point before winning it ... Next Tanvi having tough match against top-25 Chinese opponent.

Manu-Sumeeth fail to win against their Indonesian pair after missing the chances ... In the third game Manu-Sumeeth were leading 19-16 and then had two match points which they failed to convert ... Pranaav-Akshay score straight games win over local pair.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tennis News

At $50K+H Reunion Island Challenger, Reunion Island

[R1] (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) bt (Q) Luca Margaroli (SUI,944) 75 63

[R2] (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) vs Gregoire Barrere (FRA,536)

Doubles
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Frederico Gil (POR) bt (WC) Filip Horansky (SVK)/ Stefan Merunka (CRO) 62 75
[R1] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Enrique Lopez-Perez (ESP) bt (WC) Frantz Jessin (FRA)/ Valentin Poterlot (FRA) 61 61

RamK start with straight sets win over Swiss qualifier ... Next he is facing 530-odd ranked Frenchman.

In the doubles RamK and Jeevan with their respective partners score comfortable win against wild-card pairs.

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At $15K ITF Women's Tournament, Phuket, Thailand

[R1] (Q) Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND,593) l Katie BOULTER (GBR,427) 63 36 46
[R2] Natasha PALHA (IND,504) l (7) Alyona SOTNIKOVA (UKR,355) 26 16

Nidhi win the first set but lose next two sets ... Natasha fail to challenge her seeded Ukrainian opponent.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tennis News

At €2.9M BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP)/ Max Mirnyi (BLR) 61 26 10-7
[R1] (7) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) bye

[R2] Leander Paes (IND)/ Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (6) Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/ Jack Sock (USA)

Lee and Stan win their match so winning start for Lee with his 99th partner ... Next they r having tough match against in-form Pospisil-Sock.
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At $50K+H Reunion Island Challenger, Reunion Island

[R1] (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) vs (Q) Luca Margaroli (SUI,944)
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,318) l Karen Khachanov (RUS,351) 36 36

Jeevan face 18 yrs talented 6'6" Russian giant Khachanov ... Khachanov score comfortable win over Jeevan.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tennis News

At $6.5M BNP Paribas WTA FINALS 2014, Singapore


Doubles Final
(2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) bt (2) Shuai Peng (CHN)/ Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 61 60

Cara Black and Sania Mirza needed just 59 minutes to defeat defending champions Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, 6-1, 6-0, in the doubles final at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore ... This was the last tournament for Sania and Cara as partner, Cara is already declared she will sit out in 2015 season for giving more time to her family ... So this was fairytale ending for Sania-Cara partnership to lift year-end tournament title ... With this Sania become first Indian player to lift year-end title.

In their previous two matches Sania-Cara needed to save match points before winning these matches ... In the final they had different plan ... Peng-Hsieh won first game but afterwards it was one-way traffic ... Sania-Cara won next twelve games in a row for this dominating win breaking their opponents six times in the match.


Sania Mirza - "That's tennis, it gives you another chance. You've got to fight and this just proves it, and today we won the tournament. It's been an amazing ride, an amazing journey."

Cara Black - "We started off with a bang and now we're ending with a bang. We've had such an amazing year and had so much fun and built a great friendship, which is so special too. It's sad that this is our last tournament, but it's great to have these moments to share."
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At $50K+H Reunion Island Challenger, Reunion Island

[R1] (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,226) vs Qualifier
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,318) vs Karen Khachanov (RUS,351)

Doubles
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Frederico Gil (POR) vs (WC) Filip Horansky (SVK)/ Stefan Merunka (CRO)
[R1] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Enrique Lopez-Perez (ESP) vs (WC) Frantz Jessin (FRA)/ Valentin Poterlot (FRA)

Only RamK and Jeevan r playing in this challenger and both having winnable first round matches.
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At $15K ITF Women's Tournament, Phuket, Thailand

[R1] (Q) Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND,593) vs Katie BOULTER (GBR,427)
[R2] (Q) Natasha PALHA (IND,504) vs (7) Alyona SOTNIKOVA (UKR,355)

Both having tough matches this week.

Golf News

At $900K Venetian Macau Open, Macau (Asian Tour)


1 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 61 73 67 66 -17
8 Shiv Kapur (IND) 73 67 67 67 -10
T15 Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 66 74 68 70 -6
T26 Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 71 69 73 68 -3
T32 SSP Chowrasia (IND) 66 73 73 70 -2

Anirban Lahiri complete sensational win by a stroke when leader Australia's Scott Hend bogeyed the last hole ... This is his second title of the year ... Lahiri started this tournament with record breaking 10 under round but after 2 over round in the second round he was chasing leader ... On last day he scored 5 under and then Hend mistake gives him deserving title.