Monday, October 20, 2014

Tennis News

At $50K+H Pune Challenger, India

[R1] (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,619) bt Yannik Reuter (BEL,292) 76(5) 67(7) 63
[R1] (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,674) vs (WC) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,904)
[R1] (Q) Purav Raja (IND,1386) vs (8) Kimmar Coppejans (BEL,199)

Doubles
[R1] (WC) Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) bt N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) 62 63

[QF] (WC) Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs (1) Sanchai Ratiwatana (THA)/ Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA)

Vishnu score hard fought win over Yannik Reuter in three sets ... After winning the first set in tie-break Vishnu missed couple of match points in the second set but he recovered to win the third set ... In this match we experienced old Vishnu's game who hit 25 aces ... Vijay Sundar and Purav qualify for main-draw with convincing win ... Vijay Sundar is facing Sasi and Purav is facing 8th seed Coppejans.

In the doubles Buji is partnering Vijay Sundar and they started with win over Bala and Ranjeet in straight sets

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

[R1] (Q) Natasha PALHA (IND,492) bt (7) Jia-Jing LU (CHN,318) 61 67(1) 61
[R1] (Q) Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND,596) l Petra UBERALOVA (SVK,367) 16 62 46

[R2] (Q) Natasha PALHA (IND,492) vs Yuuki TANAKA (JPN,450)

Natasha score huge upset win over top-325 Chinese opponent in three sets ... After winning the first set comfortably Natasha lose the second set in tie-break but she immediately responded with winning the final set losing only a game ... Next she is facing almost similar ranked Japanese opponent ... Other hand Nidhi miss opportunity of upsetting Petra ... In the final set Nidhi was 4-2 up before losing four games in a row.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tennis News

At €1.46M Swiss Indoor, Basel, Switzerland

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs Jamie Murray (GBR)/ John Peers (AUS)
[R1] (3) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs Marin Draganja (RO)/ Henri Kontinen (FIN)

Lee is playing with Marcin and Rohan is partnering his next season's partner Daniel Nestor.
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At $50K Indore Challenger, India


Singles Final
Saketh Myneni (IND,453) bt (1) Alexander Nedovyesov (KAZ,118) 63 67(4) 63

On his birthday Saketh lifts his first challenger title beating top-seed and WR #118 Alexander Nedovyesov ... In the first set Saki broke Nedovyesov in 6th game to lead 4-2 ... He kept that lead for winning the first set ... In the second set both players failed to break each other's service games and Nedovyesov won tie-break due to two double faults from Saki for taking match into the decider ... In the third set Saki broke Nedovyesov in fourth game and kept that advantage till end ... While serving for match 5-3 Saki was nervous as he missed four match points before converting fifth one ... This title will push his ranking back inside top-300.
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At $50K+H Pune Challenger, India

[R1] (SE) Saketh Myneni (IND,451) vs Fabrice Martin (FRA,299)
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,260) vs (4) Yuichi Sugita (JPN,146)
[R1] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,183) vs Liang-Chi Huang (TPE,300)
[R1] (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,624) vs Yannik Reuter (BEL,292)
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,328) vs Adam Pavlasek (CZE,242)
[R1] (3) Somdev Devvarman (IND,143) vs (WC) Arjun Kadhe (IND,1418)
[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND,327) vs (6) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP,162)
[R1] Sanam Singh (IND,392) vs Stefano Travaglia (ITA,215)
[R1] (WC) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,907) vs Qualifier
[R1] (WC) Sidharth Rawat (IND,1190) vs (2) Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS,129)

Doubles
[R1] N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) vs (WC) Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND)
[R1] (WC) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Arjun Kadhe (IND) vs Germain Gigounon (BEL)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA)
[R1] (3) Purav Raja (IND)/ Ruben Gonzales (PHI) vs Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)
[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) vs Riccardo Ghedin (ITA)/ Yannik Reuter (BEL)
[R1] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND)

This week our players having little tough matches ... Interesting to see Saki and RamK's performance this week after their excellent performance at Indore .. Alos hoping improvement from Somi and Yuki in their this week's performance.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Badminton News

At $600K Yonex Denmark Open 2014 (Superseries Premier), Odense

[SF] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,28) l (2) Long Chen (CHN,2) 16-21 15-21

Kashyap fail to raise his game against Chen and lose in straight games ... In the first game he was neck to neck till 16-17and Iin the second game Chen take control from 9-all ... Still encouraging performance by Kashyap.

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At $50K Indore Challenger, India

[SF] Saketh Myneni (IND,453) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,262) 62 62

[F] Saketh Myneni (IND,453) vs (1) Alexander Nedovyesov (KAZ,118)

Doubles Final
(2) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP)/ Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 62 46 3-10

Saki and RamK turn into anticlimax as Saki score very dominating win over RamK for his first challenger final ... RamK must be tired after playing marathon match yesterday against Ti Chen and Saki take full advantage of it for beating him convincingly in 57 minutes ... In the final he is facing top-seed Alexander Nedovyesov.

Divij-Yuki fail to keep momentum after winning the first set easily ... They lost next two sets cheaply ... So Nedovyesov having chance of winning double crown.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Badminton News

At $600K Yonex Denmark Open 2014 (Superseries Premier), Odense

[QF] Srikanth K. (IND,23) l (7) Wan Ho Son (KOR,7) 21-23 17-21
[QF] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,28) bt (3) Jan O Jorgensen (DEN,4) 21-19 21-15
[QF] P V Sindhu (IND,10) l (4) Ji Hyun Sung (KOR,4) 23-25 20-22
[QF] (7) Saina Nehwal (IND,7) l (2) Shixian Wang (CHN,2) 20-22, 15-21

[SF] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,87) vs (2) Long Chen (CHN,2)

Srikanth failed to convert 5 game points from 15-20 in the first game and after losing the first game he struggled adjusting Son's game ... Saina also loose her match against Shixian after losing first game in extra points ... Sindhu loses her both games in extra points ... In both games she had lead which she failed to hold ... And then chances also fail to convert at end of each game.

But in the night matches Kashyap score impressive upset win over local favorite and top-5 player Jan O Jorgensen in straight games ... After winning close first game Kashyap dominated the second for comfortable win over Jan ... In the semi-final he is facing WR #2 Chinese Long Chen.

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At $50K Indore Challenger, India

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,262) bt Ti Chen (TPE,236) 67(6) 76(2) 75
[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,453) bt Sanam Singh (IND,393) 76(5) 63

Doubles
[QF] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) bt Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) 63 76(4)

[SF] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP)/ Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 16 36

RamK score huge win of his career upsetting experienced Ti Chen in 3 hours and 16 minutes match ... This is his first challenger level semi-final and he is facing Saketh, who is also playing his first challenger level semi-final, for place in the final ... In this match also RamK's bigger serve helped him as he served 15 aces ... In the first set both players exchanged early breaks (total 4) but after that both players hold their respective service games to take this set into tie-break ... Ti Chen won this close tie-break ... in the second set also both players hold their respective service games with ease ... This time in tie-break RamK won 6 points in a row to take 6-0 lead and then converted 3rd set point ... In decider Ti Chen broke RamK in 6th game to lead 4-2 but in next game RamK broke back to brought this set on the serve, 3-4 ... RamK take crucial break in 11th game to lead 6-5 and then hold for fighting win.

Before that Saketh score straight sets win over Sanam ... In this match also Saketh's big serve proved crucial as he hit 12 aces ... First set went to tie-break which Saketh won it ... In the second set match's only break went in favor of Saketh for straight sets win.

In the doubles Buji-Jeevan complete straight sets win after winning the second set in tie-break against Saketh-Sanam .. But they fail to continue same form in the semis and lose easily against Nedovyesov and Menendez-Maceiras.

Badminton News

At $600K Yonex Denmark Open 2014 (Superseries Premier), Odense

[R1] Srikanth K. (IND,23) bt Jen Hao Hsu (TPE,30) 21-15 21-12
[R1] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,27) bt Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (INA,26) 21-17 17-21 22-20
[R1] P V Sindhu (IND,10) bt Ksenia Polikarpova (RUS,60) 21-17 21-19
[R1] (7) Saina Nehwal (IND,7) bt Minatsu Mitani (JPN,11) 21-12 21-10

[QF] Srikanth K. (IND,23) vs (7) Wan Ho Son (KOR,7)
[QF] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,87) vs (3) Jan O Jorgensen (DEN,4)
[QF] P V Sindhu (IND,10) vs (4) Ji Hyun Sung (KOR,4)
[QF] (7) Saina Nehwal (IND,7) vs (2) Shixian Wang (CHN,2)

Our all four players score impressive wins for entering into this big SuperSeries tournament ... Most impressive win was from Saina, who defeated WR #11 Mitani losing only 22 points in this match ... Srikanth and Sindhu also scored dominating win over their lower ranked opponents ... Kashyap had tough match against Indonesian Rumbaka ... After winning the first game he lost the second ... In the decider whenever Kashyap take lead Rumbaka managed to catch him ... Rumbaka had match point at 20-19 but Kashyap won 3 points in a row for impressive win ... Next our all players having expected tough matches.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tennis News

At $50K Indore Challenger, India

[R2] (3) Somdev Devvarman (IND,142) l Liang-Chi Huang (TPE,300) 76(4) 46 46
[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,262) bt (6) Yuki Bhambri (IND,184) 76(4) 63

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,262) vs Ti Chen (TPE,236)

Doubles
[QF] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) 63 postponed
[QF] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Hiroki Moriya (JPN)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 76(4) 62

[SF] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt (WC) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) w/o

RamK score upset win over Yuki showing he is improving to challenge Yuki and Buji for India's #1 singles player ... In the first set both players hold respective service games till tie-break but in tie-break Ramk played aggressively for winning it ... In the second set Yuki broke RamK in 3rd game to lead 3-1 but after that RamK won next five games ... In that he broke Yuki in 6th and 8th games, while serving for the match Ramk saved break point before completing straight sets victory ... With this win RamK enter into his first challenger level quarter-final ... Next he is facing experienced Ti Chen.

Buji struggled to break Liang-Chi's serve in first 2 sets ... Buji managed to win first set in tie-break but lost the second when Liang-Chi broke him in this set ... Buji failed to raise his game into decider and lose this set on similar score ... This is really poor loss for Buji against 300 ranked Taipei player.

Yuki-Divij beat Japanese pair in straight set for entering into the semis ... In the semi-final they receive walkover as Vishnu's right knee injury.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Badminton News

At $600K Yonex Denmark Open 2014 (Superseries Premier), Odense

[R1] Srikanth K. (IND,23) bt Xue Song (CHN,59) 21-15 17-21 21-18
[R1] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,27) bt Rajiv Ouseph (ENG,29) 21-15 21-18
[R1] P V Sindhu (IND,10) bt Pui Yin Yip (HKG,22) 21-13 22-20
[R1] (7) Saina Nehwal (IND,7) bt Karin Schnaase (GER,31) 12-21 21-10 21-12

[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ Jwala Gutta (IND) l Eefje Muskens (NED)/ Selena Piek (NED) 17-21 15-21
[R1] (Q) Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) l Yun Lung Chan (HKG)/ Ying Suet Tse (HKG) 18-21 18-21

[R2] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,27) vs Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (INA,26)

Kashyap and Sindhu score comfortable wins in the first round ... Saina surprisingly stretch to three games by German Karin .. Saina started slowly against Karin, she take full advantage of Saina's error-prone game for winning first game ... But Saina recovered and won next two games comfortably for moving in next round ... Srikanth score fighting win against Chinese Xue Song ... This was tricky match as in their last meeting Srikanth lost against him ... Srikanth won the first game but Xue ofught back to win the second ... In the final game Srikanth and Xue were neck to neck till 8-all ... Xue won next 3 point for taking 11-8 lead but again Srikanth caught with him at 11-all ... Xue again take 15-12 lead but Srikanth won next 4 points for taking 16-15 lead ... Again Xue take 18-16 lead but Srikanth kept his cool and won next 5 points for fighting win in 71 minutes.

Ashwini-Ivanov fail to continue with their good run and lose their match against Hong Kong pair in close two games ... Ashwini losses her women's doubles match with Jwala against Dutch pair.

Tennis News

At $50K Indore Challenger, India

[R2] Saketh Myneni (IND,453) bt (7) Kimmar Coppejans (BEL,193) 16 63 76(4)
[R2] Sanam Singh (IND,393) bt (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,760) 46 76(5) 63

[QF] Sanam Singh (IND,393) vs Saketh Myneni (IND,453)

Doubles
[R1] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) bt (1) Sanchai Ratiwatana (THA)/ Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 46 64 10-7
[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) bt (WC) Bhavesh Gaur (IND)/ Aaditya Tewari (IND) 63 63

[QF] (WC) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (3) Purav Raja (IND)/ Ruben Gonzales (PHI) 64 36 10-8
[QF] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND)

Saki score huge comeback win over talented top-200 Coppejans ... In the first set Coppejans outperformed Saki for winning it comfortably ... Saki recovered and raised his game for winning the second set ... In the final set Saki broke in 1st game but Coppejans immediately broke for 1-all ... Then Coppejans take another break and was leading 5-2 ... From here Saki made amazing comeback ... He broke Coppejans when he was serving for the match at 3-5 and then saved couple of match points on his own service game in 10th game for 5-all ... In tie-break Coppejans take early mini-break but Saki responded immediately to take mini-break back ... After that Saki take mini-break and kept that lead for winning this match ... Next he is facing his friend and doubles partner Sanam ... Sanam surprisingly struggled against VSP ... Vijay Sundar won the first set but after that Sanam dig deep for winning the second set in tie-break and kept that momentum for winning the final set.

Buji-Jeevan score huge upset comeback win over top-seed and veteran Ratiwatana brothers ... After losing the first aset Buj0-Jeevan made strong comeback to won the second and kept that momentum for winning match tie-break ... Next they r facing Sanam-Saketh, who score comfortable win ... In quarter-final RamK and Vishnu score upset win over 3rd seed Purav-Ruben in match tie-break.

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At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Bangkok, Thailand

[R1] Ankita RAINA (IND,309) l (1) Misa EGUCHI (JPN,127) 36 36

Ankita fail to create much challenge to Eguchi but decent performance in the loss.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Badminton News

At $600K Yonex Denmark Open 2014 (Superseries Premier), Odense

[Q1] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Jeppe Ludvigsen (DEN)/ Mai Surrow (DEN) 21-18 retd.
[Q2] Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Mathias Christiansen (DEN)/ Lena Grebak (DEN) 21-13 21-17

[R1] Srikanth K. (IND,23) vs Xue Song (CHN,59)
[R1] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,27) vs Rajiv Ouseph (ENG,29)
[R1] P V Sindhu (IND,10) vs Pui Yin Yip (HKG,22)
[R1] (7) Saina Nehwal (IND,7) vs Karin Schnaase (GER,31)

[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ Jwala Gutta (IND) vs Eefje Muskens (NED)/ Selena Piek (NED)
[R1] (Q) Vladimir Ivanov (RUS)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs Yun Lung Chan (HKG)/ Ying Suet Tse (HKG)

Ashwini playing with her Russian partner Ivanov qualify for main-draw beating two Danish pairs ... In main-draw they r facing Hong Kong pair ... In the singles Srikanth having tough match against lower ranked Chinese Xue Song, against whom Srikanth lost in their last meeting at Indian open ... Other three having winnable matches.

Tennis News

At $50K Indore Challenger, India

[R1] (WC) Sidharth Rawat (IND,1201) l (Q) Riccardo Ghedin (ITA,699) 36 46
[R1] (3) Somdev Devvarman (IND,142) bt (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,630) 61 63
[R1] (WC) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,915) l Adam Pavlasek (CZE,242) 46 16
[R1] N.Sriram BALAJI (IND,326) l (8) Stefano Travaglia (ITA,215) 46 64 67(7)
[R1] (6) Yuki Bhambri (IND,184) bt (WC) Ronit Singh Bisht (IND,1108) 64 60
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,262) bt Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA,360) 61 64
[R1] (Q) Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND,945) l Ti Chen (TPE,236) 26 16
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,325) l (7) Kimmar Coppejans (BEL,193) 57 26
[R1] (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,760) bt Karunuday Singh (IND,525) 64 62

[R2] (3) Somdev Devvarman (IND,142) vs Liang-Chi Huang (TPE,)
[R2] (6) Yuki Bhambri (IND,184) vs Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,262)
[R2] Saketh Myneni (IND,453) vs (7) Kimmar Coppejans (BEL,193)
[R2] Sanam Singh (IND,393) vs (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,760)

Doubles
[R1] (3) Purav Raja (IND)/ Ruben Gonzales (PHI) bt Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS)/ Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) 1-1 retd.

[QF] (3) Purav Raja (IND)/ Ruben Gonzales (PHI) vs (WC) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND)

Expected comfortable wins for Yuki and Buji against Ronit and Vishnu respectively ... Vijay Sundar beat rusty Karunuday in straight sets ... RamK score his first win of challenger beating Italian Quinzi comfortably ... Other hand Bala miss opportunity of scoring upset against 8th seed Italian ... Next Yuki is facing RamK, Sanam is facing Vijay Sundar, Saki is facing 7th seed talented Coppejans and Buji is facing Taipei player Liang-Chi Huang.
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At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Bangkok, Thailand

[R1] Ankita RAINA (IND,309) vs (1) Misa EGUCHI (JPN,127)

Doubles
[R1] Ankita RAINA (IND)/ Irina RAMIALISON (FRA) l Varatchaya WONGTEANCHAI (THA)/ Varunya WONGTEANCHAI (THA) 67(10) 63 5-10

Ankita is facing top-130 Japanese Misa Eguchi in the second round ... In the doubles Ankita and her French partner Irina lose against Wongteanchai sisters in close match.