Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tennis News

At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017, Russia

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt James Cerretani (USA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 64

[QF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (4) Marcus Daniell (NZL)/ Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)

The winning start for Lee and Purav ... Next, they r facing 4th seed Demoliner and Daniell.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) vs Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM,341)
[R1] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Sekou Bangoura (USA,386) 76(7) 64

[R2] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) vs Filip Peliwo (CAN,267)

Doubles
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR)

RamK started with straight sets win over Bangoura ... In the first set, RamK had multiple chances for winning the set ... He was two times serving for the set at 5-4 and 6-5, but both time failed to hold ... In the tie-break, he had 2 set points at 6-4 but again failed to convert ... Bangoura committed double fault at 8-7 to help RamK for winning the set ... In the second set, both players exchanged early breaks ... RamK took crucial break in 9th game and this time hold his serve for completing the victory ... Next, he is facing Canadian Filip Peliwo.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Lubbock, Texas, USA

[R2] (2) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,315) vs Alisa Kleybanova (RUS,628) 26 26

And former top-20 Kleybanova proved too strong to Karman as she managed to win only 4 games.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R2] Natasha Palha (IND,755) l (1) Julia Glushko (ISR,292) 26 26
[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) bt (Q) Jiaxue Zang (CHN,1121) 63 64
[R2] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) l (2) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,346) 67(7) 67(4)

[QF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs Hua-Chen Lee (TPE,707)

Rutuja entered into the quarter with straight sets victory and facing Taipei's Hua-Chen Lee, last week Rutuja defeated Lee in the final in closely fought match.

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[R1] Sourabh Verma (IND,33) l (7) Lin Dan (CHN,3) 21-11 15-21 13-21
[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,17) l (Q) Dong Keun Lee (KOR,50) 23-21 17-21 14-21
[R1] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) bt Tian Houwei (CHN,10) 21-15 12-21 21-11
[R1] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) bt Anders Antonsen (DEN,15) 21-12 21-14
[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,25) bt (Q) Khosit Phetpradab (THA,32) 21-12 21-19

[R1] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt Minatsu Mitani (JPN,19) 12-21 21-15 21-17
[R1] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) bt Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA,25) 21-17 21-9

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth B. Reddy (IND) l (8) Lee Jhe-Huei (TPE)/ Lee Yang (TPE) 18-21 15-21
[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) l (3) Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (INA)/ Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) 23-25 15-21
[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) l (3) Ye Na Chang (KOR)/ So Hee Lee (KOR) 17-21 12-21

[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Tinn Isriyanet (THA)/ Pacharapun Chochuwong (THA) 21-17 21-13

[R2] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs Yun Hu (HKG,28)
[R2] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) vs Jen Hao Hsu (TPE,27)
[R2] Sameer Verma (IND,25) vs (2) Yuqi Shi (CHN,4)

[R2] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,9)
[R2] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) vs (5) Carolina Marin (ESP,5)

[R2] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs (4) Praveen Jordan (INA)/ Debby Susanto (INA)
[R2] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs Yuki Kaneko (JPN)/ Koharu Yonemoto (JPN)

Young Satwik with Ashwin started with straight games win over Thai pair ... Next, they r facing top-10 Indonesian pair.

Srikanth scored a really good win against similar ranked Chinese opponent, Tian Houwei, in three games ... Next, he is facing Hong Kong player, Yun Hu ... Thumping straight games win by Prannoy against top-15 Danish player, Anders Antonsen ... Sameer also scored straight games win over his Thai opponent ... Next, Prannoy is facing Jen Hao Hsu and Sameer is facing tough challenge of WR #4 Chinese Yuqi Shi.

Saina started with a comfortable win over Thai girl ... Next match is between two former WR #1 as Saina is facing Carolina Marin ... Sindhu scored an excellent comeback win over local girl Mitani, but her next match is against current World Champion Nozomi Okuhara ... Last week in Korean open Sindhu defeated her but this time with local support Okuhara's challenge will be tougher.

Sourabh started dominantly against Lin Dan and won the first game comfortably but afterward, Lin Dan recovered and won next two games without much trouble ... Disappointing loss of Sai against Korean qualifier ... After winning the first game Sai failed to keep momentum.

Manu-Summeth lost in straight games against seeded Taipei pair ... Satwik and Chirag gave fighting performance against 3rd seed Indonesian pair in their loss ... Ashwini-Sikki failed to challenge 3rd seed Korean pair.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tennis News

At €540K Moselle Open 2017, Metz, France

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Neal Skupski (GBR) l Treat Huey (PHI)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA) 46 26

Divij and his British partner Neal Skupski lost in the straight sets against Huey and Martin.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,227) l (WC) Martin Joyce (USA,1882) 67(4) 67(1)

Poor loss, somehow Prajnesh has failed to adjust challenger level matches but this match was futures qualifying level ... I don't have any comment about how top-225 ranked player lost against 1800+ ranked player.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Lubbock, Texas, USA

[R1] (2) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,315) bt Thaisa Grana Pedretti (BRA,739) 62 61

[R2] (2) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,315) vs Alisa Kleybanova (RUS,628)

Karman started with a comfortable win over junior top-40 Brazilian girl Pedretti ... Next, she is facing former top-20 singles and former top-10 doubles Russian player, Alisa Kleybanova ... She was Sania's partner when they won Wimbledon Junior Girl's Doubles crown way back in 2003 ... After that in 2011, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cancer), she recovered from it but struggled to fulfill her potential, still very inspiring story.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] Natasha Palha (IND,755) bt (Q) Watsachol Sawasdee (THA,UNR) 75 26 76(6)
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,787) l (5) Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE,510) 46 06
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) bt (8) Ao Gai (CHN,557) 57 60 64

[R2] Natasha Palha (IND,755) vs (1) Julia Glushko (ISR,292)
[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs (Q) Jiaxue Zang (CHN,1121)
[R2] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) vs (2) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,346)

Rutuja continued with her terrific form and scored comeback win over her seeded Chinese opponent ... Natasha saved couple of match points against Thai girl Sawasdee, who reached in the quarters last week, before completing the victory.

In the second round Natasha and Pranjala r facing top 2 seeds and Rutuja is facing an qualifier.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[Q1] Parupalli Kashyap (IND,45) bt Emil Holst (DEN,37) 21-15 21-14
[Q1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) bt Hirokatsu Hashimoto (JPN)/ Hiroyuki Saeki (JPN) 14-21 22-20 21-18
[Q1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Hiroki Midorikawa (JPN)/ Natsu Saito (JPN) 21-13 21-15

[Q2] Parupalli Kashyap (IND,45) l Yu Igarashi (JPN,74) 11-21 21-18 14-21
[Q2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) bt Keiichiro Matsui (JPN)/ Yoshinori Takeuchi (JPN) 21-18 21-12
[Q2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Hiroki Okamura (JPN)/ Naru Shinoya (JPN) 21-18 21-9

[R1] Sourabh Verma (IND,33) vs (7) Lin Dan (CHN,3)
[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,17) vs (Q) Dong Keun Lee (KOR,)
[R1] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs Tian Houwei (CHN,10)
[R1] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) vs Anders Antonsen (DEN,15)
[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,26) vs (Q) Khosit Phetpradab (THA,32)

[R1] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs Minatsu Mitani (JPN,19)
[R1] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) vs Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA,25)

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth B. Reddy (IND) vs (8) Lee Jhe-Huei (TPE)/ Lee Yang (TPE)
[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) vs (3) Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (INA)/ Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA)
[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs (3) Ye Na Chang (KOR)/ So Hee Lee (KOR)

[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs Tinn Isriyanet (THA)/ Pacharapun Chochuwong (THA)
[R1] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) bt Tomoya Takashina (JPN)/ Rie Etoh (JPN) 21-19 17-21 21-15

Big Indian contingent is participating in Japan open ... Saina and Srikanth r back on the court ... Tough matches for Sourabh, Prannoy and Srikanth.

Pranaav and Sikki started with a win over local pair in three games.

Young Satwik with Ashwin qualified for the main-draw with two comfortable wins over local pairs ... In the doubles qualifying, Satwik-Chirag started with comeback win over local pair ... Later in the day, they defeated another local pair and qualify for the main-draw.

Kashyap started with a comfortable win over his higher ranked Danish opponent, but disappointing loss against lower ranked local player in the final qualifying round.

Tennis News

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR)

RamK and Prajnesh r playing in the doubles but having tough match against 2nd seed British pair.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] Natasha Palha (IND,755) vs (Q) Watsachol Sawasdee (THA,UNR)
[R1] Zeel Desai (IND,695) l (4) Yue Yuan (CHN,457) 76(5) 26 26
[R1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) bt Aiko Yoshitomi (JPN,687) 61 64

[R2] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) vs (2) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,346)

Pranjala started with straight sets win ... Next, she is facing top-350 Chinese girl Kang.

Zeel lost in three sets but I don't like the way she lost last two sets easily after winning the first set.

Hockey News

At 10th Asia Cup 2017, Bangladesh

Goalkeepers - Akash Chikte, Suraj Karkera
Defenders - Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar
Midfielders - SK Uthappa, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh, Sumit
Forwards - SV Sunil (Vice Captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh, Satbir Singh.

The team has been announced for 10th Asia Cup ... Midfielder Manpreet Singh will be leading Indian men's hockey team and forward SV Sunil will be his deputy ... Good mixture of experienced and youth in the team ... But I m still not conviced with selection likes Akashdeep, Uthappa and Satbir.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Golf News

At 8.75M BMW Championship 2017, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA (PGA Tour)

T9 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 67 71 68 66 -12 $236,250.00

Anirban finished strongly in his last tournament of the season ... In the final round, he managed six birdies and a bogey to give himself top-10 finish ... So final FedEx standing of Anirban was #51 and only top-30 get participated in Tour Finals.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

India l Canada 2-3

Day One
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 57 76(4) 75 75
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 67(2) 46 76(6) 64 16

Day Two
[R3] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 57 57 75 36

Day Three
[R4] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 36 67(1) 36
[R5] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 64 46 64

RamK struggled with his first serve in this match and considering his return game is a liability then outcome of the match was already written on the wall ... Shapo took an early break to lead but while serving for the set RamK had break points which he failed to convert ... In the second set, at 6-5 RamK had a set point on Shapo's serve but again failed to convert ... He lost the tie-break cheaply ... With a single break of serve Shapo completed victory for the team Canada ... Though in this match, Shapo wasn't sharp and struggled with his first serve.

After this Yuki and Brayden Schnur played the 5th rubber, which didn't make any impact on overall tie ... Yuki kept his motivation of playing for the country and completed win in three sets ... With this loss we r back in Asia/ Oceania Group I.


At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017, Russia

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs James Cerretani (USA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA)

This week Purav and Lee r playing at St. Petersburg and facing Cerretani-Fognini.

At €540K Moselle Open 2017, Metz, France

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Neal Skupski (GBR) vs Treat Huey (PHI)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA)

Divij is playing in Metz ATP with British partner Neal Skupski ... They r facing Huey and Martin.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,227) vs (WC) Martin Joyce (USA,1882)
[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) vs Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM,341)
[R1] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) vs Sekou Bangoura (USA,386)

RamK and Yuki r top-3 seeds but both r in the bottom draw and they can face each other in the semis ... Prajnesh having winnable first round against Joyce.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] Natasha Palha (IND,755) vs Qualifier
[R1] Zeel Desai (IND,695) vs (4) Yue Yuan (CHN,457)
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,787) vs (5) Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE,510)
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs (8) Ao Gai (CHN,557)
[R1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) vs Aiko Yoshitomi (JPN,687)

Zeel, Sowjanya and Rutuja r facing seeded players in the first round.

Badminton News

At $600K VICTOR Korea Open 2017, Seoul (Superseries)

Women's Singles Final
(5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt (8) Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,9) 22-20 11-21 21-18 (83m)

Sindhu became first Indian to win Korean Superseries title beating World Champion Nozomi Okuhara in a quality match ... With that Sindhu took a revenge of World Championship loss against the same player in the final.

In the first game, Sindhu took an early couple of points lead but Nozomi caught her and then both players were neck to neck till 17-all ... Nozomi had two game points at 18-20, but Sindhu kept fighting and won next four points to capture this game ... Nozomi took control of the second game from the beginning and won it comfortably ... In the final game, from 4-all Sindhu took a control with her half smashes and better net game ... At the changeover, she was leading 11-5, but World champion Nozomi raised her game and made sure every point extended to long rally ... Sindhu was visibly tired but kept fighting and at 18-16 she won 56 shots long rally ... Sindhu had 3 match points at 2017 and she converted 2nd when Nozomi hit out.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

India vs Canada 1-2

Day One
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 57 76(4) 75 75
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 67(2) 46 76(6) 64 16

Day Two
[R3] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 57 57 75 36

Indians failed to overcome the challenge of Canadians and lost in the four sets ... Now, RamK having Hercules task to beat in-form Shapo to keep Indian challenge alive after the fourth rubber ... About this match, Vasek Pospisil was the best player on the court ... He carried the team well and he helped legend Nestor a lot ... Purav was playing his first Davis cup tie so he was nervous but I felt, Rohan didn't help him much for coming out of it ... Canadians played as per their plan and put pressure on Purav's serve from the start ... They won the first two sets despite losing their own serve as they were breaking Purav's serve as per their liking ... In the third set, Bopanna-Raja saved match point and came back from a break down to win it ... But Canadian again took control and broke Purav in the fourth ... After that Canadian kept holding their service games to give important rubber point for the Canadian team.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Badminton News

At $600K VICTOR Korea Open 2017, Seoul (Superseries)

[SF] (5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt (7) Bingjiao He (CHN,7) 21-10 17-21 21-16

[F] (5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs (8) Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,9)

Sindhu is in the final with three games win over Chinese girl, Bingjiao He ... After easily winning the first game Sindhu lost the second but she recovered and won the final game ... In the final, she is facing Japanese girl, Nozomi Okuhara ... Repeat of World Championship final.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

India vs Canada 1-1

Courtesy Davis cup site
Day One
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 57 76(4) 75 75
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 67(2) 46 76(6) 64 16

RamK gave gutsy performance for winning this tight first rubber in four sets ... The debutant Schnur gave a fighting performance against experienced RamK ... Schnur won the first set and after that RamK needed to dig deep for fightback ... RamK gave huge efforts for winning the second set in the tie-break ... In the fourth set also both players were playing the matching game ... RamK saved six set points to even things up at 5-all and then immediately broke Schnur in the next game ... RamK holds it to take 2-1 sets lead ... In the fourth set, both players traded early breaks ... RamK was serving for the match at 5-4 but Schnur showed grit and broke for 5-all ... RamK again broke him in 11th game and then hold for giving India 1-0 lead in this tie.
Ramkumar Ramanathan - "To play a Davis Cup is something special. I fought hard for every point. It could have gone either way, especially in that third set. I kept going. That paid off. Victory feels good when you have your team. I like team competition. Denis (Shapovalov) is playing really well, but he’s going to feel the pressure a little bit because they are down 1-0. It’s a good place to be at for us now."

In this match, #NextGen rising star Denis Shapovalov was a favorite against Yuki, but Yuki stretched him to five setter after losing first 2 sets ... In the first set, Yuki hanged up with Shapo to take it into the tie-break ... Shapo played perfect tie-break for winning it comfortably ... In the second set, Shapo managed to put extra pressure on Yuki and took an important break in 7th game ... That break was enough for Shapo for winning this set ... In the start of the third set, Yuki played a loose game for 0-1 down, but Yuki fought back and broke Shapo for the first time in the match for 1-all ... Yuki saved few break points on his serve but Shapo broke him in 7th game when Yuki played another loose game ... But this time also Yuki raised his game to broke Shapo in the next game, 4-all ... The match went to the tie-break, Shapo was a mini-break up at 3-0 but Yuki got back at 3-all ... Shapo again took a mini-break at 5-3 but again Yuki equalled at 5-all ... Yuki saved a match point at 5-6 and then converted a first set point on Shapo's serve for taking this match into the fourth ... In the fourth set, Yuki saved a break point in the 2nd game and then broke Shapo in next game with excellent defensive game, 2-1 ... After that Yuki served really smartly and mixed a lot ... He hold his service games comfortably, in 10th game Shapo saved 2 set points but Yuki converted 4th set for 2 sets-all ... After the fourth set Yuki took almost 10 mins MTO and I felt after that momentum shifted ... Shapo broke Yuki in 4th game for 1-3 lead and Shapo took full control on the set as he again broke Yuki in 6th game with good shots making and unforced errors from Yuki, 1-5 ... And Shapo hold it comfortably to make 1-all for Cananda.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

Courtesy to Rutuja
Singles Final
Rutuja Bhosale (IND,743) bt Hua-Chen Lee (TPE,708) 64 26 75

Doubles Final
Zeel Desai (IND)/ Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) bt (2) Rutuja Bhosale (IND)/ Alexandra Walters (AUS) 62 75

Rutuja won her 2nd ITF title beating in-form Taipei player, Hua-Chen Lee ... In the final, after winning the first set Rutuja lost the focus to lose the second set easily ... Rutuja was leading 5-2 in the third before losing next three games, in that losing her serve twice ... Rutuja broke Hua-Chen in 11th game and then hold for completing the victory.

No double crown for Rutuja as she and her Aussie partner lost against young Indian duo of Pranjala and Zeel ... Good title win for our youngsters.


At $15K At $15K India F8 Futures 2017, Chennai

[R1] (2) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,486) bt (Q) Vijayant Malik (IND,1582) 61 64
[R2] (2) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,486) bt Dalwinder Singh (IND,1038) 61 63
[QF] (2) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,486) bt (6) Haadin Bava (IND,758) 75 76(6)
[SF] (2) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,486) bt (WC) Arjun Kadhe (IND,UNR) 62 60

Singles Final
(2) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,486) bt (4) Colin van Beem (NED,725) 46 63 63

Doubles Final
[R1] (1) Chandril Sood (IND)/ Lakshit Sood (IND) bt (WC) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Rishabdev Raman (IND) 46 63 12-10

Sasi lifted another futures title after a long gap ... In the final, after losing the first set Sasi made strong comeback for winning next two ... This week also Arjun had a good week ans he lost in the semis, which will helped him to be back in top-1000 rankings.

Sood won their naother futures title ... They scored comeback win over Arjun and Rishabdev in the match tie-break.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Badminton News

At $600K VICTOR Korea Open 2017, Seoul (Superseries)

[QF] Sameer Verma (IND,26) l (1) Wan Ho Son (KOR,1) 22-20 10-21 13-21

[QF] (5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt Minatsu Mitani (JPN,19) 21-19 16-21 21-10

[QF] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) l (3) Takeshi Kamura (JPN)/ Keigo Sonoda (JPN) 14-21 21-17 15-21

[SF] (5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs (7) Bingjiao He (CHN,7)

Sameer started well against WR #1 Wan Ho Son, but afterwards Son proved too strong for him.

Sindhu reached into the semis with three games win over Minatsu Mitani ... Next, she is facing Chinese girl, Bingjiao He.

Another impressive performance by young Satwik and Chirag against WR #4 Japanese pair in their loss.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

Day One
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) vs Brayden Schnur (CAN,202)
[R2] Yuki BHambri (IND,157) vs Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51)

Day Two
[R3] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Day Three
[R4] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) vs Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51)
[R5] Yuki BHambri (IND,157) vs Brayden Schnur (CAN,202)

The schedule is out and the Canadian team give surprised playing unheard Brayden Schnur in the singles ... He will play RamK in the first rubber and Yuki is facing in-form Shapovalov in the second rubber ... The Canadian team's plan is simple, if require then Vasek Pospisil can replace Schnur for the fifth rubber.

At $75K+H Istanbul Challenger 2017, Turkey

[SF] (3) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l (2) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) 46 46

The straight sets loss for Jeevan-Divij against 2nd seed pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Redding, California, USA

[QF] (5) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,324) l Robin Anderson (USA,369) 76(6) 16 36

Former top-200 Anderson proved a strong player for Karman ... Karman won the first set in a tight tie-break but afterward, Anderson gave a solid performance.

At $15K ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[SF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,743) bt Lulu Sun (SUI,1004) 61 67(3) 63

[F] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,743) vs Hua-Chen Lee (TPE,708)

Rutuja is in the final after beating Swiss girl Lulu in three sets ... After comfortably winning the first set Rutuja was up with an early break in the second set .. But she failed to close it as Lulu broke back and won this set in the tie-break ... Rutuja recovered in the final set after 0-3 down ... She won the final six games in a row for completing excellent win ... Next, Rutuja is facing in-form Hua-Chen Lee, who already won the title at same venue.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Badminton News

At $600K VICTOR Korea Open 2017, Seoul (Superseries)

[R2] (Q) Parupalli Kashyap (IND,46) l (1) Wan Ho Son (KOR,1) 16-21 21-16 16-21
[R2] Sameer Verma (IND,26) bt Wing Ki Vincent Wong (HKG,14) 21-19 21-13
[R2] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,17) l (7) Tzu Wei Wang (TPE,12) 13-21 24-26

[R2] (5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt Nitchaon Jindapol (THA,16) 22-20 21-17

[R2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) bt (7) Jhe-Huei Lee (TPE)/ Yang Lee (TPE) 23-21 16-21 21-8

[QF] Sameer Verma (IND,26) vs (1) Wan Ho Son (KOR,1)

[QF] (5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs Minatsu Mitani (JPN,19)

[QF] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) vs (3) Takeshi Kamura (JPN)/ Keigo Sonoda (JPN)

Sameer scored another excellent solid straight games win over top-15 opponent ... Next, he is facing WR #1 Wan Ho Son, who required three games to beat Kashyap ... Sai lost in two games against Wang, Sai missed couple of game points in the second game.

Sindhu scored straight games win over her tricky Thai opponent, Nitchaon Jindapol ... Next, she is facing Japanese girl, Minatsu Mitani.

Impressive upset win by young Satwik and Chirag against WR #9 Taipei pair in three games ... Next, they r facing WR #4 Japanese pair.

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At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

Change of the nomination for India ahead of the #DavisCup World Group play-off against Canada with Purav Raja replacing Saketh Myneni.

At $75K+H Istanbul Challenger 2017, Turkey

[QF] (3) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt (ALT) Robin Kem (GER)/ Marc Sieber (GER) 46 60 10-8

[SF] (3) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs (2) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)

Excellent comeback win by Divij and Jeevan ... After losing the first set our pair made a strong comeback for winning next two ... In the semis, they r facing 2nd seed Begemann and Eysseric.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Redding, California, USA

[R2] (5) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,324) bt (WC) Anna Bright (USA,UNR) 61 61

[QF] (5) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,324) vs Robin Anderson (USA,369)

Karman scored dominating win over un-ranked Anna Bright .. Next, she is having first real test against former top-200 player, Robin Anderson.

At $15K ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[QF] Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND,986) l Lulu Sun (SUI,1004) 67(5) 46
[QF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,743) bt Mi Zhuoma You (CHN,995) 62 61

[SF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,743) vs Lulu Sun (SUI,1004)

Rutuja is in the semis with dominating win over her Chinese opponent You ... Next, she is facing Swiss girl Lulu Sun, who scored straight sets win over Sai.

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At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017 , Russia [R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt James Cerretani (USA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 64 ...