Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tennis News

At € 1.7M ABM Amro World Tennis Championship, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[QF] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) l Nicolas Mahut (FRA)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 63 16 8-10

Surprising loss of Rohan-Florin in hands of Mahut and Pospisil after winning the first set.

At $10K Tunisia F5 Futures, Hammamet (Clay)

[R2] Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,584) bt (6) Federico CORIA (ARG,392) 67(9) 62 64
[R2] (8) Sumit NAGAL (IND,420) l Riccardo BONADIO (ITA,503) 26 62 36

[QF] Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,584) vs Pol TOLEDO BAGUE (ESP,652)

Sasi scores excellent comeback win over top-400 Argentine player Coria ... In the first set also Sasi had multiple set points in tie-break including he was 6-4 up ... But after losing tight tie-break he dominated the proceeding ... In the quarter he is facing local player.

Other hand shocking loss of Sumit in three sets ... After losing the first set Sumit came back strongly but he struggled with his serve in the third as Bonadia broke him thrice in this set.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tennis News

At $693K Memphis Open 2016, USA

[R1] (PR) Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)/ Leander Paes (IND) l Oliver Marach (AUT)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA) 57 16

Lee-Lukas lose in straight sets against Marach and Martin ... Lee really need to start winning these matches for his Olympics bid.

At $75K+H Santo Domingo Challenger, Dominican Republic (Green clay)

[R1] (2) Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Purav Raja (IND) l James Cerretani (USA)/ Victor Hanescu (ROU) 46 61 4-10

Purav's struggle on the clay continues ... TThis week Purav again lose in the first round with Roelofse ... After losing the first set they made strong comeback n the match but failed to keep that momentum in match tie-break.

At $10K Tunisia F5 Futures, Hammamet (Clay)

[R1] (8) Sumit NAGAL (IND,420) bt (Q) Ameur BEN HASSEN (TUN,1565) 63 62

[R2] Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,584) vs (6) Federico CORIA (ARG,392)
[R2] (8) Sumit NAGAL (IND,420) vs Riccardo BONADIO (ITA,503)

Expected comfortable winning start of 2016 season for Sumit ... Next our both players r facing clay court specialists.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Tennis News

At € 1.7M ABM Amro World Tennis Championship, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[R1] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL) 67(7) 63 10-7

[QF] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

This is really good comeback win over experienced Polish doubles players by Rohan-Florin ... After losing tight first set in tie-break Rohan-Florin fought back to win the second ... They kept momentum in match tie-break ... In the quarters they r facing French-Canadian pair.

At $50K+H Bergamo Challenger, Italy

[R1] (1) Yuki Bhambri (IND,100) l (ALT) Peter Gojowczyk (GER,199) 64 36 16

Another disappointing loss of Yuki after winning the first set against German Peter Gojowczyk ... After winning the first set Yuki was up with a break in the second set, 1-0 ... But afterwards all was downhill as he struggled with his game and managed to win only 3 games from next 17 games for losing this match.

At $10K Tunisia F5 Futures, Hammamet (Clay)

[R1] Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,584) bt Karim HOSSAM (EGY,788) 67(4) 60 63
[R1] (8) Sumit NAGAL (IND,420) vs (Q) Ameur BEN HASSEN (TUN,1565)

Excellent comeback win by Sasi against former top-400 Karim Hossam ... Sumit is facing local qualifier in the first round.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Golf News

At $ 6.5M Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Arizona (PGA Tour 2016)

T33 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 66 74 71 69 -4 $35,912.50

After poor second and third rounds Anirban managed 2 under final round to finish for tied 33rd at Phoenix open.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Tennis News

At Fed Cup Asia / Oceania Group I, Hua Hin, Thailand

For 5th place

India bt Kazakhstan 2-0

[S1] Prerna Bhambri (IND,399) bt Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ,UNR) 62 46 62
[S2] Ankita Raina (IND,307) bt Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ,83) 76(2) retd.

Ankita and Prerna continues with their terrific performances as they win their respective singles matches for helping India to finish one of their best-ever #5 placing in recent Fed Cup Asia / Oceania Group I outing ... Heartily congratulation to our girls and Zeeshan Ali.

Prerna faced former top-50 player Galina Voskoboeva, who is making comeback on the tour ... After winning the first set Prerna lost the second but he recovered well enough for winning the final set comfortably for giving winning start for India ... Next Ankita faced Shvedovav ... In closely fought first set Ankita managed to win it in tie-break ... After that Shvedova retired from the match for giving winning lead to Indian team.


At € 520K Open Sud De France, Montpellier, France

[SF] (PR) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/ Jonathan Marray (GBR) l (WC) Alexander Zverev (GER)/ Mischa Zverev (GER) 62 26 3-10

Mahesh and Jonathan run ended in the semis against Zverev brothers ... After winning the first set comfortably Mahesh-Jonathan failed to keep momentum and Zverev brothers made strong comeback for winning next two ... This performance will help Mahesh to improve hi ranking and he will be in top-300 in next week's rsnking.

At $75K Launceston Challenger, Australia

[SF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,175) l (WC) Blake Mott (AUS,721) 16 46

Turn to be bad day at office but also Saki misses big opportunity of lifting challenger title in Australia ... In this match Saki struggled with his game ... His serving was poor, his shot-making was out of place and was failing to finish the point ... After losing the first set in 25 minutes Saki recovered and was leading 4-2 in the second ... But again he started making multiple UFEs and lost the match losing next four games.

At $693K Memphis Open 2016, USA

[Q1] Somdev Devvarman (IND,186) l (8) Adrian Menendez Maceiras (ESP,160) 36 46

Doubles
[R1] (PR) Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Oliver Marach (AUT)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA)

Buji fails to challenge Adrian and lose his match in straight sets.

This week Lee is playing his old partner Lukas Dlouhy and hoping for some good results from them.


At € 1.7M ABM Amro World Tennis Championship, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[R1] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) vs Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL)

Rohan and Florin r playing at Rotterdam.

At $50K+H Bergamo Challenger, Italy

[R1] (1) Yuki Bhambri (IND,100) vs (ALT) Peter Gojowczyk (GER,199)

Yuki is top-seed at Bergamo and he is facing German Peter Gojowczyk in the first round.

At $75K+H Santo Domingo Challenger, Dominican Republic (Green clay)

[R1] (2) Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs James Cerretani (USA)/ Victor Hanescu (ROU)

This week Purav is playing with Roelofse in Dominican Republic challenger.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Tennis News

At Fed Cup Asia / Oceania Group I, Hua Hin, Thailand

Pool A

India bt Uzbekistan 3-0

[S1] Prerna Bhambri (IND,399) bt Sabina Sharipova (UZB,239) 61 61
[S2] Ankita Raina (IND,307) bt Nigina Abduraimova (UZB,217) 61 60
[D] Sania Mirza (IND)/ Ankita Raina (IND) bt Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)/ Arina Folts (UZB) 62 60

Indian girls perform above their ranking to score thumping win over favorite Uzbek team ... Prerna gave terrific start beating Sharipova comfortably losing only 2 games ... Ankita kept her good performance and defeated top-225 Abduraimova losing a single game ... In the doubles Sania partnered Ankita and they also scored win losing only two games ... With this win we secure our place of remaining in Group I as we r avoided relegation play-off ... Now for 5th place we r playing against Kazakhstan, who r having 3 top-100 girls in their team with top-5 doubles player Shvedova.

At € 520K Open Sud De France, Montpellier, France

[QF] (PR) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/ Jonathan Marray (GBR) bt (1) Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL) 76(2) 62

[SF] (PR) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/ Jonathan Marray (GBR) vs (WC) Alexander Zverev (GER)/ Mischa Zverev (GER)

Mahesh and Jonathan score upset win over top-seed Polish pair in straight sets ... After winning the first set in tie-break Mahesh and Jonathan dominated the second set ... In the semis they r facing German Zverev brothers.

At $75K Launceston Challenger, Australia

[QF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,175) bt Benjamin Mitchell (AUS,233) 64 62

[SF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND,175) vs (WC) Blake Mott (AUS,721)

Saki scores confident win over his top-250 Aussie opponent Benjamin Mitchell ... In previous two rounds he stretched to three sets by his lowly ranked opponents so this win was confident boosting ... In the semis he is facing Aussie giant-killer Blake Mott for place in the final.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Tennis News

At Fed Cup Asia / Oceania Group I, Hua Hin, Thailand

Pool A

India l Japan 1-2

[S1] Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND,523) l Eri Hosumi (JPN,206) 26 16
[S2] Ankita Raina (IND,307) bt Nao Hibino (JPN,56) 63 61
[D] Sania MIRZA (IND)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) l Shuko AOYAMA / Eri HOZUMI (JPN) 57 36

After Prarthana's one-sided loss Ankita scores biggest win of her career ... She beats top-60 Japanese Hibino in easy straight sets ... But in the doubles shocking loss of Sania with Prarthana in straight sets against Japanese pair ... I am still feeling Sania should try to play with Karman as we never knows that she can be a good partner for Sania at Rio.

At $75K Launceston Challenger, Australia

[SF] (1) Andrey Golubev (KAZ)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l Dayne Kelly (AUS)/ Matt Reid (AUS) 36 36

Saki and Golubev fail to overcome in their third match against Aussie pair and lose it cheaply.