Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tennis News

At $5.38M Miami Open, USA

[R1] Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Leander Paes (IND) l Simone Bolelli (ITA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA) 46 26

This Italian pair having our pair number ... Another easy win for Italian pair.
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At $10K India F3 Futures, Tiruchirapalli

Singles Final
(4) N. Vijay Sundar PRASHANTH (IND,481) bt (5) Ivan GAKHOV (RUS,617) 63 36 76(8)

Doubles Final
Chandril SOOD (IND)/ Lakshit SOOD (IND) bt (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Ranjeet VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND) 46 75 15-13

Terrific display of courage and big heart to lift second title in two weeks for VSP ... After losing first set Gakhov was all over VSP ... VSP was struggling returning his serve and forehands and in that VSP started struggle with stomach cramps ... VSP hold his nerve and concentrated his service games in the third and in tie-break with little something extra he won it on extra points ... So with this tile win VSP will break inside top-400.

At last Sood brothers lift their first ITF titles ... This title was long due as they were playing well as unit but failing to keep level of game through out the tournament ... Here they won against top-seed Bala and Ranjeet after losing first set ... Importantly they kept their nerves in match tie-break which went to extra points.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chess News

At FIDE World Women's Chess Championship 2015, Sochi, Russia

[QF-M4] Humpy Koneru (IND,2581) 0-1 Mariya Muzychuk (UKR,2524) 1½-2½
[QF-M3] Mariya Muzychuk (UKR,2524) ½-½ Humpy Koneru (IND,2581)

Humpy lose against Ukrainian girl Mariya Muzychuk in tie-break ... In both games Humpy was in control, first game ended in a draw ... In the second game Humpy was in control till 32 moves and then made a mistake to lose the game ... In the semis Harika is facing Ukrainian girl Mariya Muzychuk.

Badminton News

At $275K India Open 2015, New Delhi (Superseries)

[SF] (2) K. Srikanth (IND,4) bt (Q) Xue Song (CHN,43) 21-16 21-13
[SF] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,2) bt Yui Hashimoto (JPN,37) 21-15 21-11

[F] (2) K. Srikanth (IND,4) vs (6) Viktor Axelsen (DEN,6)
[F] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,2) vs (3) Ratchanok Intanon (THA,8)

Before her semi final match began Saina was sure of WR #1 in new ranking update as Carolina Marin lost her semis against Ratchanok ... Saina score dominating win over her Japanese opponent Yui Hashimoto to celebrate her new WR #1 position ... In the final she is facing talented Thai girl Ratchanok Intanon.

Srikanth also enter into the final beating Chinese qualifier in straight games ... After starting cautiously Srikanth dominated match and didn't give much chance to Xue Song with aggressive game ... In the final he is facing Danish Viktor Axelsen.

Tennis News

At $5.38M Miami Open, USA

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt (ALT) Elena Bogdan (ROU)/ Nicole Melichar (USA) 61 60

As expected Sania-Martina start with comfortable win over alternate pair of Bogdan and Melichar ... Next they r facing Canadian-Polish pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Chess News

At FIDE World Women's Chess Championship 2015, Sochi, Russia

[QF-M2] Humpy Koneru (IND,2581) 1-0 Mariya Muzychuk (UKR,2524) 1-1
[QF-M1] Mariya Muzychuk (UKR,2524) 1-0 Humpy Koneru (IND,2581)

[QF-M2] Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492) 1-0 Meri Arabidze (GEO,2374) 1½-½
[QF-M1] Meri Arabidze (GEO,2374) ½-½ Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492)

Humpy bounce back to beat Mariya Muzychuk with White to take this match for tie-break.

Other hand Harika beats defense of Meri Arabidze in long match to qualify for semi-final ... Other three matches are gone to tie-break.

Badminton News

At $275K India Open 2015, New Delhi (Superseries)

[QF] H. S. Prannoy (IND,17) l (6) Viktor Axelsen (DEN,6) 21-16 9-21 18-21
[QF] (2) K. Srikanth (IND,4) bt Takuma Ueda (JPN,23) 21-15 23-25 21-18
[QF] (Q) R. M. V. Gurusaidutt (IND,60) l (Q) Xue Song (CHN,43) 21-15 18-21 13-21

[QF] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,2) bt Hana Ramadhini (INA,77) 21-15 21-12

[SF] (2) K. Srikanth (IND,4) vs (Q) Xue Song (CHN,43)
[SF] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,2) vs Yui Hashimoto (JPN,37)

Saina score expected comfortable win over her Indonesian opponent Hana ... Next she is facing Japanese girl Yui Hashimoto for place in the final and becoming WR #1.

Srikanth score hard fought win over Japanese Takuma Ueda ... After winning first game Srikanth struggled against Ueda ... He missed three match points before losing second game in extra points but recovered well for winning final game in almost 80 minutes long match ... In the semis he is facing in-form Chinese qualifier Xue Song.

Guru lose to Xue Song in three games ... After winning first game Guru failed to keep momentum and lost next two games ... Same is happened with Prannoy as he also lose in three games against WR #6 Viktor Axelsen ... Prannoy started well when he won first game but he was outplayed by Viktor in second game ... In third game Prannoy tried fightback but Viktor kept his nerve on important points.

Tennis News

At $5.38M Miami Open, USA

[R1] (8) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Daniel Nestor (CAN) l John Isner (USA)/ Sam Querrey (USA) 36 67(4)

Bad start for us as Rohan-Nestor pair lose their match against big serving American pair in straight sets.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chess News

At FIDE World Women's Chess Championship 2015, Sochi, Russia

[QF-M1] Mariya Muzychuk (UKR,2524) 1-0 Humpy Koneru (IND,2581)
[QF-M1] Meri Arabidze (GEO,2374) ½-½ Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492)

Humpy is in trouble as Ukrainian Mariya Muzychuk beats her playing White ... Now Humpy need to win next match to take this match in tie-break ... Other hand Meri Arabidze hold Harika playing with White.

Badminton News

At $275K India Open 2015, New Delhi (Superseries)

[R2] (2) K. Srikanth (IND,4) bt Kento MOMOTA (JPN,15) 21-12 15-21 21-15
[R2] PARUPALLI Kashyap (IND,13) l XUE Song (CHN,43) 17-21 11-21
[R2] H. S. Prannoy (IND,17) bt (1) Jan O JORGENSEN (DEN,2) 18-21 21-14 21-14
[R2] R. M. V. Gurusaidutt (IND,50) bt (Q) Sameer VERMA (IND,231) 18-21 21-19 21-18

[R2] (1) Saina NEHWAL (IND,2) bt (Q) Ruthvika Shivani GADDE (IND,193) 21-16 21-17
[R2] Riya PILLAI (IND,198) l Yui HASHIMOTO (JPN,37) 6-21 14-21

[QF] H. S. Prannoy (IND,17) vs (6) Viktor Axelsen (DEN,6)
[QF] (2) K. Srikanth (IND,4) vs Takuma Ueda (JPN,23)
[QF] (Q) R. M. V. Gurusaidutt (IND,50) vs Xue Song (CHN,43)

[QF] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,2) vs Hana Ramadhini (INA,77)

Prannoy score huge upset win over WR #2 and top-seed Danish player Jan O Jorgensen in comeback win ... After losing the first game Prannoy scored terrific comeback to win next two games comfortably ... Next he is facing another tough challenge of top-10 Danish WR #6 Viktor Axelsen.

Srikanth take revenge of his loss at All England against Japanese opponent Kento Momota in three games ... In the quarters he is facing another Japanese challenge of Takuma Ueda.

Guru score tight win over his compatriot Sameer Verma ... Sameer was 2 points away from a win in second game, 19-all, after winning first game ... But Guru fought back to win next two points and third game ... In the quarters he is having tough challenge of Chinese Xue Song, who beats Kashyap convincingly.

Saina surprisingly stretch by Ruthvika in straight games win ... Next she is facing Indonesian girl Hana Ramadhini ... Other hand expected loss of Riya Pillai against Japanese Yui.

Before that in the first round couple of creditable wins by Indians ... Sameer Verma defeated Danish WR #9 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in straight games ... And Guru defeated WR #30 Korean Dong Keun Lee in tight three games after saving one match point ... Our doubles pairs fail to cross second round.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chess News

At FIDE World Women's Chess Championship 2015, Sochi, Russia

[R3-M4] Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS,2529) ½-½ Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492) 2½-1½
[R3-M3] Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492) 1-0 Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS,2529) 2-1

[QF-M1] Mariya Muzychuk (UKR,2524) vs Humpy Koneru (IND,2581)
[QF-M1] Meri Arabidze (GEO,2374) vs Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492)

Harika completes victory after winning with White in first game of tie-break and then with Black she hold Kosteniuk for entering into the quarters.

In the quarters Humpy is facing Ukrainian Muzychuk and Harika is facing Georgian Arabidze ... In first match our both players r playing with Black pieces.

Tennis News

At Miami Open, USA

[R1] (8) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Daniel Nestor (CAN) vs John Isner (USA)/ Sam Querrey (USA)
[R1] Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Really tricky match for Lee-Raven against last week's Indian Wells runner up Italian pair against whom our pair lost in second round ... I think it is opportunity of taking revenge.

Other hand Rohan-Daniel is facing big serving American pair of Isner-Querrey.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chess News

At FIDE World Women's Chess Championship 2015, Sochi, Russia

[R3-M2] Alisa Galliamova (RUS,2484) 0-1 Humpy Koneru (IND,2581) 0-2
[R3-M1] Humpy Koneru (IND,2581) 1-0 Alisa Galliamova (RUS,2484)

[R3-M2] Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492) 0-1 Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS,2529) 1-1
[R3-M1] Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS,2529) 0-1 Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492)

Humpy is in the quarters with another clean win over her opponent ... Today she beats Galliamova with Black ... Other hand Harika fail to hold Kosteniuk with White so with win Kosteniuk draw their match ... Now they will need to play tie-break.

Tennis News

At Miami Open, USA

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Marina Erakovic (NZL)/ Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Sania and Martina will try to continue with their good form and facing pairing of Erakovic and Petkovic in first round.
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At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Quanzhou, China

[R1] Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) l (2) Chin-Wei CHAN (TPE)/ Yi-Fan XU (CHN) 26 36

Expected loss and with that Ankita's challenge get over in this tournament.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chess News

At FIDE World Women's Chess Championship 2015, Sochi, Russia

[R3-M1] Humpy Koneru (IND,2581) 1-0 Alisa Galliamova (RUS,2484)

[R3-M1] Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS,2529) 0-1 Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492)

[R2-M2] Humpy Koneru (IND,2581) 1-0 Tingjie Lei (CHN,2444) 2-0
[R2-M1] Tingjie Lei (CHN,2444) 0-1 Humpy Koneru (IND,2581)

[R2-M2] Irina Krush (USA,2477) ½-½ Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492) 1-1 (Harika won 2½-1½ in tie-break)
[R2-M1] Dronavalli Harika (IND,2492) ½-½ Irina Krush (USA,2477)

[R1-M2] Ayah Moaataz (EGY) 0-1 Humpy Koneru (IND) 0-2
[R1-M1] Humpy Koneru (IND) 1-0 Ayah Moaataz (EGY)

[R1-M2] Dronavalli Harika (IND) 1-0 Tatev Abrahamyan (USA) 2-0
[R1-M1] Tatev Abrahamyan (USA) 0-1 Dronavalli Harika (IND)

[R1-M2] Mary Ann Gomes (IND,2354) ½-½ Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS,2483) 1-1 (Gomes lost in tie-break 3-4)
[R1-M1] Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS,2483) ½-½ Mary Ann Gomes (IND,2354)

Good start for Humpy and Harika in pre-quarterfinal ... Humy wins her first match with White against Russian Galliamova ... Other hand Harika beats higher ELO rating Russian opponent Kosteniuk in first match with Black ... Before that Harika needed tie-break for win in second round ... In first round Mary Ann Gomes lost close match in tie-break against Tatiana Kosintseva.

Tennis News

At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Quanzhou, China

[Q3] (2) Ankita RAINA (IND,255) l Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE,289) 57 06

Doubles
[R1] Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) vs (2) Chin-Wei CHAN (TPE)/ Yi-Fan XU (CHN)

Very disappointing loss of Ankita against Hsu ... In the doubles also Ankita with Dalila facing tough 2nd seed Chinese-Taipei pair.