Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tennis News

At $100K+H Biella Challenger, Italy (Clay)

Doubles Final
(3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (1) Andrej Martin (SVK)/ Hans Podipnik-Castillo (CHI) 64 64

Lee lifts Biella Challenger title with his German partner Andre Begemann beating top-seed pair comfortably ... Lee-Andre saved few break points on their serves and converted their first break point chance on Podipnik-Castillo's serve in 9th game for winning the first set ... In the second set Lee-Andre broke Andrej is 5th game for taking 4-2 lead ... And kept that advantage for completing straight sets victory

At $75K+H Segovia Challenge, Spain

Doubles Final
(3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (WC) Joaquin Munoz-Hernandez (ESP)/ Akira Santillan (JPN)



At $125K Chengdu Challenger, China

[R1] (PR) Karunuday Singh (IND,1443) vs (WC) Rigele Te (CHN,971) [R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,390) vs Qualifier

Prajnesh and KU r playing in big Chengdu challenger ... KU used his protected ranking #471 for gaining direct entry in main-draw.

At $10K Vietnam F1 Futures, Thu Dau Mot City

[SF] (8) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,713) l (1) Seong Chan HONG (KOR,439) 06 26
[SF] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,965) bt Renta TOKUDA (JPN,1020) 61 64

Rishab is in the final with convincing win over his Japanese opponent Toduka ... In the final he is facing Korean Davis cupper Hong, who defeated Sasi losing only 2 games.

At $100K Granby Challenger, Canada

[Q1] Sanam Singh (IND,473) vs Hiroyasu Ehara (JPN,601)

Sanam is back on the court ... Hopefully he will be fully fit from his shoulder injury.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tennis News

At $2.7M Roger Cup 2016, Montreal, Canada (WTA Premier 5)

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) l Christina McHale (USA)/ Asia Muhammad (USA) 46 36

Disappointing loss of Sania-Martina against young American pair.

At $100K+H Biella Challenger, Italy (Clay)

[SF] (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (2) James Cerretani (USA)/ Philipp Oswald (AUT) 63 64

[F] (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (1) Andrej Martin (SVK)/ Hans Podipnik-Castillo (CHI)

Leander also in the final with his German partner Andre Begemann ... They scored straight sets win over 2nd seed Cerretani and Oswald ... In the final they r facing top-seed Slovak-Chilean pair.

At $50K Lexington Challenger,, USA

[SF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l (4) Luke Saville (AUS)/ Jordan Thompson (AUS) 57 26

Jeevan-RamK fail to overcome challenge of 4th seed Aussie pair in the semis.

At $10K Vietnam F1 Futures, Thu Dau Mot City

[R1] (8) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,713) bt (Q) Jake DELANEY (AUS,952) 46 63 60
[R1] Mohit Mayur JAYAPRAKASH (IND,737) l (7) Gengo KIKUCHI (JPN,647) 36 46
[R1] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,965) bt (Q) Maciej SMOLA (POL,1052) 62 63

[R2] (8) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,713)bt (Q) Shunrou TAKESHIMA (JPN,2149) 64 61
[R2] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,965) bt (2) Antoine ESCOFFIER (FRA,477) 62 61

[QF] (8) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,713) bt (3) Kento TAKEUCHI (JPN,484) 62 76(0)
[QF] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,965) bt (7) Gengo KIKUCHI (JPN,647) 63 63

[SF] (8) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,713) vs (1) Seong Chan HONG (KOR,439)
[SF] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,965) vs Renta TOKUDA (JPN,1020)

Terrific run for Rishab and Sasi in this Vietnam futures ... Rishab and Sasi really good win over top-500 players for reaching to the semis.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tennis News

At $2.7M Roger Cup 2016, Montreal, Canada (WTA Premier 5)

[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt Naomi Broady (GBR)/ Shelby Rogers (USA) 61 61

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Christina McHale (USA)/ Asia Muhammad (USA)

Expected comfortable winning start for Sania and Martina against young British-American pair ... In the quarters they r facing another young pairing of McHale and Muhammad.

At $50K Lexington Challenger, USA

[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,196) l Andrew Whittingtton (AUS,207) 67(4) 64 46

Doubles
[QF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) bt (2) Dean O'Brien (RSA)/ Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 64 62

[SF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (4) Luke Saville (AUS)/ Jordan Thompson (AUS)

RamK misses huge opportunity of completing win in straight sets as he was two breaks up before losing the first set in tie-break ... RamK took early lead and was up 41 with double break ... Andrew fought back winning next 4 games breaking RamK twice, 4-5 ... RamK managed to take the set in tie-break but here Andrew proved strong ... In the second set also RamK took a break and was serving for the set at 5-3 but this time also he failed to hold his serve in 9th game ... But this time RamK broke Andrew in 10th game for winning this set ... In the final set Andrew broke RamK in 5th game and kept that advantage for winning the set and match.

In the doubles Jeevan and RamK scored dominating upset win over 2nd seed South African pair ... In the semis they r facing 4th seed Aussie pair.


At $75K+H Segovia Challenge, Spain

[SF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (2) Johan Brunstrom (SWE)/ Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) 64 76(2)

Divij-Purav's terrific run continue ... They defeated 2nd seed Swedish pair in tight two sets for entering into the final.

At $100K Astana Challenger, Kazakhstan

[QF] Vishnu Vardhan (IND)/ Toshihide Matsui (JPN) l Alexander Bublik (RUS)/ Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 67(10) 36

Hoping for couple of more wins after their upset win over top-seed in the first round ... But Russian pair dug deep for winning in straight sets.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tennis News

At $4.1M Roger Cup 2016, Toronto, Canada

[R2] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) l Tomas Berdych (CZE)/ Radek Stepanek (CZE) 16 46

4th seed Rohan and Rojer lose in straight sets against Olympics bound Czech pair.

At $100K+H Biella Challenger, Italy (Clay)

[QF] (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Fabricio Neis (BRA)/ Joao Souza (BRA) 64 57 10-8

Lee-Begemann in the semis after winning their quarters against Brazilian pair in match tie-break.

At $75K+H Segovia Challenge, Spain

[QF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (WC) Pablo Irigaray Guarne (ESP)/ Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (ESP) 64 60

[SF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (2) Johan Brunstrom (SWE)/ Andreas Siljestrom (SWE)

Divij-Purav r in the semis with comfortable win over local wild-card pair ... Next they will face 2nd seed Swedish pair.

At $50K Lexington Challenger,, USA

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) bt Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Andrew Whittington (AUS) 76(5) 46 12-10

[QF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (2) Dean O'Brien (RSA)/ Ruan Roelofse (RSA)

Hard fought win for Jeevan and RamK against in-form good players Klein and Whittington ... In the quarters our pair is facing 2nd seed South African pair.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tennis News

At $100K+H Biella Challenger, Italy (Clay)

[R1] (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Michael Linzer (AUT)/ Enrique Lopez-Perez (ESP) 61 64

[QF] (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Fabricio Neis (BRA)/ Joao Souza (BRA)

Comfortable winning start for Lee with his partner Begemann ... Next they r facing Brazilian pair.

At $100K Astana Challenger, Kazakhstan

[R1] Vishnu Vardhan (IND)/ Toshihide Matsui (JPN) bt (1) Konstatin Kravchuk (RUS)/ Denys Molchanov (UKR) 63 46 10-7

Terrific big upset by Vishnu and Matsui in match tie-break against top-seed Eastern European pair.

At $75K+H Segovia Challenge, Spain

[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS)/ Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) 63 76(7)

Purav-Divij get stretched in the second set tie-break after winning the first set easily ... Still good winning start for them.

At $50K Lexington Challenger,, USA

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,196) bt Luke Saville (AUS,230) 46 62 61

Doubles
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Andrew Whittington (AUS)

RamK made strong comeback for dominating last 2 sets after losing the first set against quality player Luke Saville ... After losing the first set RamK played exceptionally well from back of the court for winning next two sets with double break.

RamK and Jeev r playing doubles against Klein-Whittington.


At $50K+H Scheveningen Challenger,, Netherlands (Clay)

[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l (WC) Tallon Griekspoor (NED)/ Tim Van Ruthoven (NED) 63 26 8-10

Surprising loss of our pair against local wild-card pair after winning the first set.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tennis News

At $4.1M Roger Cup 2016, Toronto, Canada

[Q2] (8) Saketh Myneni (IND,152) l (2) Radek Stepanek (CZE,119) 67(5) 76(5) 46

Doubles
[R1] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) bye

Saki played superb fighting match against Radek in his loss in three sets ... After losing the first set in tie-break Saki was break down in the second 2-4 ... He broke back and took the set in tie-break for winning it ... In the decider Saki struggled with his serve and was 2 breaks down 0-4 ... After that he tried fightback and broke Radek in 6th game for 3-4 ... But Radek kept one break advantage for winning this match ... Good big match experience for Saki.

This week Rohan is playing with Rojer and they r 4th seed receiving bye in the first round.


At $2.7M Roger Cup 2016, Montreal, Canada (WTA Premier 5)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bye

Sania-Martina receive first round bye at Roger cup.

At $100K+H Biella Challenger, Italy (Clay)

[R1] (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Michael Linzer (AUT)/ Enrique Lopez-Perez (ESP)

Lee is playing with German partner Andre Begemann in Italian Biella Challenger ... They r facing Spanish-Austrian pair in the first round.

At $100K Astana Challenger, Kazakhstan

[Q3] (3) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,459) l (6) Mikhail Elgin (RUS,534) 26 63 36

Doubles
[R1] Vishnu Vardhan (IND)/ Toshihide Matsui (JPN) vs (1) Konstatin Kravchuk (RUS)/ Denys Molchanov (UKR)

Vishnu lose in the final qualifying round after winning the first set ... In the doubles he and Matsui having tough match against top-seed.

At $75K+H Segovia Challenge, Spain

[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Alex De Minaur (AUS)/ Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP)

Divij-Purav r playing against Australian-Spanish pair.

At $50K Lexington Challenger,, USA

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,214) vs Luke Saville (AUS,230)

RamK is facing experienced Australian Luke Saville in the first round.

At $50K+H Scheveningen Challenger,, Netherlands (Clay)

[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs (WC) Tallon Griekspoor (NED)/ Tim Van Ruthoven (NED)

This week Bala with Vijay Sunder r playing doubles in Dutch challenger at Scheveningen ... They r facing local wild-card pair in the first round.

Hockey News

At America tour 2016, Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA

Fourth Game
India bt Canada 3-1 (1-1)
Goal Scorers - Poonam Rani (IND) 19' PC, Renuka Yadav (IND) 32' PC, Anuradha Thokchom (IND) 58' and Natalie Sourisseau (CAN) 22'

Indian girls continue with their good performance and scored second win over Canadian girls in American tour.

Athletics News

At the U-20 World Championships 2016, Bydgoszcz, Poland



Gold - Neeraj Chopra (IND) 86.48m (JWR)

Young Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra creates history, becomes first Indian world champion in athletics ... Neeraj sets World U-20 and senior national records with throw of 86.48m that wins gold at U-20 Worlds ... The 18-year-old broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres.

Olympics News

At Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil

In shocking development our Olympic bound World championship bronze medalist wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tennis News

At $4.1M Roger Cup 2016, Toronto, Canada

[Q1] (8) Saketh Myneni (IND,152) bt (ALT) Fabrice Martin (FRA,978) 76(2) 62

[Q2] (8) Saketh Myneni (IND,152) vs (2) Radek Stepanek (CZE,119)

Saki is having opportunity of playing in Masters qualifying at Roger cup ... In the first qualifying round he has expected winning start ... Now in the final qualifying he is having real test against tough nut Radek.

At $50K Binghamton Challenger,, USA

[SF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,214) l Mitchel Krueger (USA,239) 26 46

RamK's terrific run in this Binghamton challenger ended after his straight sets loss against American Krueger ... Still overall good start of US hard court season for RamK.

At $100K Astana Challenger, Kazakhstan

[Q2] (3) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,459) bt Roman Khassanov (KAZ,1156) 63 63

[Q3] (3) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,459) vs. (6) Mikhail Elgin (RUS,534)

Comfortable winning start for Vishnu.

Hockey News

At America tour 2016, Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA

Third Game
India bt Canada 5-2 (1-1)
Goal Scorers - Vandana Katariya (IND) 9' and 51', Deepika (IND) 38' and 49', Poonam Rani (IND) 58' PC and Stephanie Norlander (CAN) 17' PC, Brienne Stairs (CAN) 42'

Indian girls scored impressive win against Canadian girls to score their second consecutive win of the tour ... In the first 3 quarters both teams matched each other but in the last quarter our girls pressed pedal hard and scored three goals.