Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tennis News

At $1M Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan (WTA Premier)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/ Lisa Raymond (USA) 63 36 10-8
[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) bt Belinda Bencic (SUI)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) 64 62

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB)/ Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)

After winning close first round Sania-Cara score more comfortable win over Swiss pair including Martina Hingis in the quarters ... In the semis they r facing unseeded pair of Jankovic-Parra Santonja.
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At $10K Turkey F32 Futures , Antalya

[R1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,306) bt Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA,781) 64 62
[R2] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,306) bt Adrian Bodmer (SUI,991) 67(5) 75 75

[QF] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,306) vs Duck Hee Lee (KOR,578)
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RamK stretch to fullest by Swiss player Bodmer in the second round ... In the quarters he is facing young talented Korean junior Duck Hee Lee.

Asian Games News

At 17th Incheon Asian Games 2014, South Korea

Group A - Women
India l Korea 0-10 (0-5)

Goal Scored - Yoo Younga (KOR) - 4 goals, Jeon Gaeul (KOR) - 3 goals, Jung Seoblin (KOR) - 2 goals, Park Heeyoung (KOR)

Our women thrashed by Korean women in one-sided match ... Our players failed to took a single shot on Korean goal-post, that's told us story of the match ... Only 19% ball possession for Indian girls ... They need huge improvement for game against Thailand for qualifying to quarter-final.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennis News

At $1M Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan (WTA Premier)

[R1] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) vs Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/ Lisa Raymond (USA)

Sania is defending champion here so huge points at stake.
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At $125K Izmir Challenger, Turkey

[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Andreas Siljeström (SWE) l (4) Victor Baluda (RUS)/ Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 64 46 8-10

Another bad loss for Purav with his partner against similar ranked opponents.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Asian Games News

At 17th Incheon Asian Games 2014, South Korea

Group A - Women
India bt Maldives 15-0

Goal Scored - Sasmita Malik (IND) 5', 16', 26', 80' and 87', Kamala Devi (IND) 12', 23', 30', 41' and 66', Bala Devi (IND) 13' and 37', Bembem Devi (IND) 57', Ashalata Devi (IND) 51', Prameshwori Devi (IND) 90+'

Our women score one-sided win over Maldives girls ... In crucial matches India next play hosts South Korea on September 17 before taking on Thailand on September 19 in their last group match ... Three teams from the four-team will qualify for the quarterfinals ... So with this win Indian women qualify for quarter-final.
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Group G - Men
India l UAE 0-5 (0-3)
Goal Scored - Saeed Alkatheeri (UAE) 13', 15' and 64', Al Ahbabi (UAE) 19' and Sandesh Jhingan (IND) OG 82'

Humiliating 0-5 thrashing at the hands of United Arab Emirates in its Asian Games for Indian men ... Indians failed in defending and attacking ... This loss meant that our players could fly back home early from the Games as they play another strong team in Jordan on September 22 in their second and final group match.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tennis News

At Davis Cup - World Group play-off 2014, Bengaluru, India

India l Serbia 2-3

Day One
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) l Dusan Lajivic (SRB,61) 36 26 57
[R2] Somdev Devvarman (IND,144) l Filip Krajinovic (SRB,107) 16 64 36 26

Day Two
[R3] Leander Paes (IND)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) bt Nenad Zomonjic (SRB)/ Ilija Bozolac (SRB) 16 67(4) 63 63 8-6

Day Three
[R4] Somdev Devvarman (IND,144) bt Dusan Lajivic (SRB,61) 16 64 46 63 62
[R5] Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) l Filip Krajinovic (SRB,107) 36 46 46

Somdev completes superb fighting win in 3 hours and 37 minutes against WR #61 Dusan Lajivic in five sets thriller to took tie in fifth rubber ... In the first set Dusan broke Buji twice for taking it comfortably ... In the second set Buji raised his game and matches with Dusan ... Buji saved 8 break points and converted crucial in 10th game for winning this set ... In the third set Buji broke Dusam in 2nd game to lead 3-0 but from 4-1 suddenly dip in Buji's game ... Dusan take full advantage of it and he won next five games breaking Buji in 7th and 9th games for winning this set ... In the start of fourth set Buji was under pressure but after third game both players started to play attacking game ... From 2-1 in Buji's favors we experienced 5 break of service games in a row ... In that Buji broke Dusan in 4th, 6th and 8th games and other hand Dusan broke Buji in 5th and 7th games ... Buji hold crucial service games in 9th game for taking match into decider ... In final set Buji saved couple of break points from 15-40 in 2nd game for 1-all .. After that Buji dominated the set he broke Dusan in 3rd and 7th games and other hand holding his service game comfortably for winning the set and match for India.

In the final rubber Filip had a good start as he take advantage of Yuki's wayward game to broke him 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... Yuki broke Filip in 5ht game to 2-3 but again lost his service game in next game with unforced errors, 2-4 ... Filip kept that advantage for winning the set ... In the second set Yuki started well and broke Filip in 2nd game to lead 2-0 but afterwards usual Yuki's erratic game came back ... He lost next four games losing his service twice in 3rd and 5th games, 2-4 ... Yuki managed to recover and he broke Filip in 8th game for making 4-all ... After that match stopped due to rain break ... Match continued on Monday and Filip immediately broke Yuki in 9th game ... Then he hold his service game for winning the second set ... Filip take early break in the final set and kept that advantage through out the set despite facing couple of break points ... Filip won the set and match, so with that Serbia manage to keep their place in World Group but other hand India is back in Asia-Oceanic group ... In this match Yuki hit 34 winners and Filip hit 24 winners but Yuki made 66 unforced errors in comparison Filip made 38 unforced errors ... Yuki need to learn of playing percentage tennis whenever needs.

Badminton News

At $125K Yonex-Sunrise Indonesian Masters 2014 (GP Gold), Palembang

Men's Final
(5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) bt Firman Abdul Kholik (INA,UNR) 21-11 22-20

Prannoy lifts his first prestigious GP Gold title and that's also outside India when he beats young Indonesian qualifier Firman Abdul Kholik in two games ... After winning the first game comfortably Prannoy faced tough challenge by Firman in the second game ... Till 16-all they were neck to neck but at that time Prannoy won next 4 points for giving 4 match points ... Firman kept fighting and saved all 4 match points, 20-all but Prannoy earned another match point and converted this for winning this match in 42 minutes.

Shooting News

At 51st ISSF World Championship - All Events, Granada, Spain

Our shooters fail to hit targets and ended lowly in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men ... Gurpreet Singh ended on 21st with 574 pts, Harpreet Singh ended on 27th with 572 pts and favorite Vijay Kumar ended on lowly 36th with only 569 pts.

In Double Trap Men also our player fail to qualify for the final ... Mohammad Asab finished on 11th with 140 hits, Ankur Mittal finished on 16th with 138 hits and Sangram Dahiya finished on 31st with 131 pts..

Tenis News

At Davis Cup - World Group play-off 2014, Bengaluru, India

India vs Serbia 1-2

Day One
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) l Dusan Lajivic (SRB,61) 36 26 57
[R2] Somdev Devvarman (IND,144) l Filip Krajinovic (SRB,107) 16 64 36 26

Day Two
[R3] Leander Paes (IND)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) bt Nenad Zomonjic (SRB)/ Ilija Bozolac (SRB) 16 67(4) 63 63 8-6

Lee scripted another terrific comeback win with Rohan in crucial match against Serbia ... Our pair lost the first set in 18 minutes without much fight ... In the second set Lee-Rohan showed improvement but lost in tie-break against big serving Serbian pair ... At that time Indian pair was only one set away from losing the match and Davis cup tie ... Rohan-Lee showed tremendous fighting spirit from here and won next two sets with identical 6-3 score ... Both pairs played cautiously in the decider but Indian pair take crucial break in 14th game for winning this match after 3 hours match ... This is important win for India as our pair takes tie for another day and giving some fighting chance for Somiand Buji.

Shooting News

At 51st ISSF World Championship - All Events, Granada, Spain

Disappointing day in 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event as Sanjeev Rajput finished on 28th position with 1167 pts and Gagan Narang finished on 32nd position with 1166 pts ... Chain Singh was finished on 42nd position with 1162 pts.

Wrestling News

At 2014 World Championship, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Greco-Roman - 59kg
[R1] Ravinder SINGH (IND) l Kazuma KURAMOTO (JPN) 1-4

Greco-Roman - 71kg
[R1] K.K. YADAV (IND) bt Vojtech JAKUS (SVK) 5-3

[R2] K.K. YADAV (IND) l Demeu ZHADRAYEV (KAZ) 0-8

Greco-Roman - 80kg
[R1] Harpreet SINGH (IND) l Evgeny SALEEV (RUS) 0-8

Repechage - GR - 80 kg
[R1] Harpreet SINGH (IND) bt Jonas BOSSERT (SUI) 6-1

[R2] Harpreet SINGH (IND) l Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO) 0-5

Greco-Roman - 98kg
[R1] Hardeep SINGH (IND) bt Akira OSAKA (JPN) 4-1

[R2] Hardeep SINGH (IND) l Ardo ARUSAAR (EST) 1-4

Overall decent performance by our second string Greco-Roman wrestlers.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Badminton News

At $50K Yonex-Sunrise Indonesian Masters 2014, Palembang

[R1] (6) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,61) bt Siswanto (INA,215) 21-10 21-9
[R1] (5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) bt Akbar Panji (INA,490) 21-14 21-14
[R1] (14) Ajay Jayaram (IND,69) bt Kaesar Akbar (INA,384) 21-5 21-4
[R1] (4) Anand Pawar (IND,46) bt Nizar Muhammad (INA,827) 21-6 21-7

[R1] Sanjeeth S. (IND)/ Jagadish Yadav (IND) l (7) Ronald Alexander (INA)/ Edi Subaktiar (INA) 21-18 9-21 13-21

[R2] (6) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,61) bt Kian Meng Tan (MAS,217) 21-19 18-21 21-17
[R2] (5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) bt Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu (INA,439) 21-17 25-27 21-18
[R2] (14) Ajay Jayaram (IND,69) bt Alamsyah Yunus (INA,168) 13-21 21-19 21-16
[R2] (4) Anand Pawar (IND,46) bt Joo Ven Soong (MAS,216) 21-19 21-15

[R3] (6) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,61) bt (14) Ajay Jayaram (IND,69) 21-16 14-21 23-21
[R3] (5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) bt (16) Sukamta Evert (INA,125) 21-18 13-21 21-15
[R3] (4) Anand Pawar (IND,46) l Mahbub Thomi Azizan (INA,196) 20-22 19-21

[QF] (6) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,61) l (9) Daren Liew (MAS,67) 15-21 16-21
[QF] (5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) bt (15) Riyanto Subagja (INA,116) 21-13 21-19

[SF] (5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) bt (9) Daren Liew (MAS,67) 21-14 14-21 21-14

[F] (5) H. S. Prannoy (IND,43) vs Firman Abdul Kholik (INA,UNR)

Another week another final for Prannoy ... Prannoy having terrific chance of winning the title as he is facing Indonesian junior #1 Firman Abdul Kholik in the final ... Sai Praneeth also reached in the quarters.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tennis News

At Davis Cup - World Group play-off 2014, Bengaluru, India

India vs Serbia 0-2

Day One
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) l Dusan Lajivic (SRB,61) 36 26 57
[R2] Somdev Devvarman (IND,144) l Filip Krajinovic (SRB,107) 16 64 36 26

India is in deep shit after first day in their Davis cup tie against Serbia after losing both the singles ... In the first match Yuki failed to raise the game as he made 59 unforced errors in this match and managed to convert only 2 break points from 9 chances ... In the third set he had respectable score against Lajivic ... In the second match I had lot more hope but Buji was flat in the first set to lose it easily ... In the second set he raised to win it but after that Buji's game went down ... Krajinovic take full advantage to win next two sets comfortably ... So after day one Serbia in driving seat and we need miracle of tremendous improvement in performance by Indians ... I doubt but at least hoping some face saving win by Lee-Rohan in tomorrow's doubles.
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At $75K Istanbul Challenger, Turkey

[SF] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Marcus Daniell (NZL) l (1) Colin Fleming (GBR)/ Jonathan Marray (GBR) 26 36

Divij-Marcus fail to raise game against top-seed British pair for one-sided loss.

Shooting News

At 51st ISSF World Championship - All Events, Granada, Spain

Today our shooters were off-colors in all three events ... Favorites in 10m Air Pistol Women event, Heena Sidhu and Rahi Sarnobat finishes disappointingly on 16th and 72nd positions ... Heena scored 581 pts and Rahi scored 372 pts, Shweta Chaudhry squeezed in between on 68th position with 373 pts ... In 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women also, Lajja Gauswami ended on #16 with 583 pts ... Anjali Bhagwat finished on #47 with 575 pts ... In Trap Women event our single player fail to finish in top-30 ... Our all three shooters scored identical 67 hits for finishing on #35 Seema Tomar, #36 Shreyasi Singh and #39 Shagun Chowdhary.

Wrestling News

At 2014 World Championship, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Greco-Roman - 66kg
[R1] Sandeep Tulsi YADAV (IND) bt Matous MORBITZER (CZE) 5-2

[R2] Sandeep Tulsi YADAV (IND) l Hasan ALIYEV (AZE) 5-6

Greco-Roman - 75kg
[R1] Gurpreet Singh (IND) bt Amanaly ATAYEV (TKM) 8-6
[R2] Gurpreet Singh (IND) bt Ricardo GIL (ESP) 12-4
[R3] Gurpreet Singh (IND) bt Petr NOVAK (CZE) 9-2

[QF] Gurpreet Singh (IND) l Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) 5-7

Greco-Roman - 85kg
[R1] Manoj KUMAR (IND) l Laimutis ADOMAITIS (LTU) 0-8

Greco-Roman - 130kg
[R1] Dharmender DALAL (IND) l Nurmakhan TINALIYEV (KAZ) 0-6

First encouraging performance by Indian wrestler ... Gurpreet Singh misses a medal match by one bout in 75kg Greco-Roman ... Gurpreet won three bouts including close win against Atayev ... In the quarters he lose very close match against Datunashvili ... In 66kg category Sandeep Yadav loses close second round bout against Aliyev.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tennis News

At Davis Cup - World Group play-off 2014, Bengaluru, India

India vs Serbia

Day One
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) vs Dusan Lajivic (SRB,61)
[R2] Somdev Devvarman (IND,144) vs Filip Krajinovic (SRB,107)

Day Two
[R3] Leander Paes (IND)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs Nenad Zomonjic (SRB)/ Ilija Bozolac (SRB)

Day Three
[R4] Somdev Devvarman (IND,144) vs Dusan Lajivic (SRB,61)
[R5] Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) vs Filip Krajinovic (SRB,107)

India is having chance in this tie after Novak Djokovic withdrawal from this tie ... But still our players need to perform above their ranking ... Buji is coming out of bad form and other hand Yuki is recovering from carer threatening injury ... Still hoping for upset.
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At $75K Istanbul Challenger, Turkey

[QF] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Marcus Daniell (NZL) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN)/ Jimmy Wang (TPE) 63 64

[SF] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Marcus Daniell (NZL) vs (1) Colin Fleming (GBR)/ Jonathan Marray (GBR)

Comfortable straight sets win for Divij-Daniell against singles specialists Jaziri and Wang ... In the semis they r facing tough challenge of top British pair.

Shooting News

At 51st ISSF World Championship - All Events, Granada, Spain

50m Rifle Prone Men
6. Gagan Narang (IND) 124.2

Gagan Narang misses Olympics quota place by 0.6 points when he finishes sixth in 50m Rifle Prone Men event ... I was thinking top-6 shooters out of the 8 finalists were awarded an Olympic Quota place but in this event they awarded to top 5.

Before that Gagan finished 7th in qualifying 625.5 pts to qualify for the final ... Hariom Singh finished on #45 with 620.9 pts ... In the final Gagan became third shooter to get eliminated when his score was 0.6 pt less than 5th number shooter.

In 10m Air Pistol Men event, Prakash Nanjappa misses Olympics quota place by 1 point as all finalists receive Olympic quota as two are already secured quota in 50m Air Pistol ... Prakash and Jitu Rai were unlucky as they missed the final by a single point as both ended on 9th and 10th places respectively with 581 pts ... Om Prakash finished on #56th with 572 pts.

Wrestling News

At 2014 World Championship, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Freestyle Women - 53kg
[R1] Nirmala DEVI (IND) l Sumiya ERDENECHIMEG (MGL) 0-4

Freestyle Women - 58kg
[R1] SARITA (IND) l Lisset ANTES (ECU) 2-6

Freestyle Women - 63kg
[R1] Navjot KAUR (IND) l Danielle Suzanne LAPPAGE (CAN) by TF, 0-10

Freestyle Women - 75kg
[R1] Anshu TOMAR (IND) l Stanka ZLATEVA (BUL) 0-2 by VT - 01:39

Not total one-sided losses for Indian girls.