Monday, February 20, 2017

Tennis News

At €691K Open 13 Marseille 2017, France

[R1] (3) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l (WC) Nick Kyrgios (AUS)/ Matt Reid (AUS) 46 46

The first round straight sets loss for Rohan and Jeevan against Aussie pair ... In both sets Aussie pair broke Jeevan in 7th game.

At $599K Delray Beach Open 2017, Florida, USA

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (WC) Philip Bester (CAN)/ Peter Polansky (CAN) 64 36 10-4

Divij-Purav scored a win in the match tie-break against Canadian wild-card pair.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger, Japan

[Q3] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,319) l (1) Lloyd Harris (RSA,294) 36 67(7)

Big serving Harris proved too strong for Prajnesh in crucial stages of the match.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Golf News

At $1.5M ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open 2017, Adelaide, Australia (LPGA Tour)

T52 Aditi Ashok (IND) 74 70 78 73 +3 $4,141.00

Aditi struggled on her first LPGA tour event as she only managed only one under par round ... She finished outside top-50 but this must be good learning experience for her.

At $7M Genesis Open 2017, California, USA (PGA Tour)

T64 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 70 67 76 73 +2 $14,840.00

After two rounds Anirban was five under and was in top 10 standing ... But after rain delayed Anirban struggled on the wet course and he managed 5 over and 2 over in last two rounds for finishing below in the standing.

Tennis News

At €691K Open 13 Marseille 2017, France

[R1] (3) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs (WC) Nick Kyrgios (AUS)/ Matt Reid (AUS)

This week Rohan is playing with Jeevan ... Good result here can push their case for the Davis cup doubles pair spot.

At $599K Delray Beach Open 2017, Florida, USA

[R1] Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (WC) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)/ Taylor Fritz (USA)
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (WC) Philip Bester (CAN)/ Peter Polansky (CAN)

This week Lee is playing with Yen-Hsun Lu and facing American wild-card pair ... Divij-Purav r also facing Canadian wild-card pair.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger, Japan

[Q2] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,319) bt Yusuke Watanuki (JPN,778) 62 64

[Q3] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,319) vs (1) Lloyd Harris (RSA,294)

Another comfortable straight sets win for Prajnesh on indorr court ... Next he is having tough match against top-300 South African Lloyd Harris.

Squash News

At $50K Women's Cleveland Classic 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] (4) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) bt (Q) Hollie Naughton (CAN,38) 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (26m)

[QF] (4) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) l (5) Emily Whitlock (ENG,15) 8-11, 5-11, 5-11

Little disappointed by Joshna's one-sided loss against similar ranked British girl at Cleveland Classic

Table Tennis News

At the 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open, New Delhi, India

[R1] Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND,62) bt Can Akkuzu (FRA,129) 4-1 (11-5, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8)
[R2] Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND,62) bt Yuto Muramatsu (JPN,24) 4-1 (11-8, 11-7, 11-4, 14-16, 11-5)
[QF] Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND,62) bt Paul Drinkhall (ENG,42) 4-3 (11-4, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11)

[SF] Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND,62) l Tomokazu Harimoto (JPN,69) 2-4 (7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 13-11, 9-11, 8-11)

Sharath Kamal Achanta lost in the semis of India open against very talented 13 yrs old Japanese boy Tomokazu Harimoto, he is current Junior World champion ... Before that Sharath scored couple of good wins over WR #24 Yuto Muramatsu and WR #42Paul Drinkhall.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tennis News

At $776K Qatar Total Open 2017, Doha

[SF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) l (4) Abigail Spears (USA)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 36 61 8-10

Another disappointing tournament for Sania-Barbora pairing as one more loss in the semi-final against Spears-Srebotnik in the match tie-break.

At $2.66M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[R1] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bye

They r 4th seed at Dubai and bye in the first round.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Perth, Australia

Doubles Final
(1) Irina Maria BARA (ROU)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) l (2) Junri NAMIGATA (JPN)/ Riko SAWAYANAGI (JPN) 67(5) 64 9-11

Top-seed Prarthana and Irina lost in the final against 2nd seed Japanese pair ... After losing the first set Prarthana-Irina tried fightback winning the second ... But they lost the match tie-break in extra points.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger, Japan

[Q1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,319) bt Ruben Gonzales (PHI,922) 75 64

[Q2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,319) vs Yusuke Watanuki (JPN,778)

Prajnesh is back on the tour after six weeks break and started with a win at Kyoto qualifying.

At $15K India F1 Futures, Chandigarh

[R1] (1) Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt Kunal Anand (IND) 61 62
[R2] (1) Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt Aryan Goveas (IND) 63 63
[QF] (1) Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt Sanam Singh (IND) 61 63
[SF] (1) Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt (7) Sidharth Rawat (IND) 61 61

Singles Final
(1) Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND) 62 62

As expected Yuki wins another future title ... Not a single Indian player manged to challenge his game as he won all his matches comfortably ... It was his 12th Futures singles title for Yuki who have five singles and six doubles titles at the Challenger level.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - Asia/ Oceania Group I - 2nd Round, Bangalore, India

The venue has been decided ... The Asia Oceania 2nd round between India and Uzbekistan would be played at Bangalore from 7-9 April 2017 ... So home debut for Mahesh as non-playing captain.

At $776K Qatar Total Open 2017, Doha

[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Raquel Atawo (USA)/ Yifan Xu (CHN) 62 64

[QF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/ Darija Jurak (CRO) 64 63

[SF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs (4) Abigail Spears (USA)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)

Sania and Strycova r in the semis with back to back two wins in a day ... In the quarters they defeated Dabrowski and Jurak in straight sets ... Before that, in the first round, they started with comfortable win against American-Chinese pair ... In the semis they r facing 4th seed Spears and Srebotnik.

At €1.8M ABM Amro World Tennis Tournament 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Tomas Berdych (CZE) l (3) Ivan Dodig (CRO)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP) 36 46

Rohan with Berdych lost in the quarters against 3rd seed pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Perth, Australia

[R1] (1) Irina Maria BARA (ROU)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) bt Masa JOVANOVIC (AUS)/ Alexandra WALTERS (AUS) 63 61
[QF] (1) Irina Maria BARA (ROU)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) bt Naiktha BAINS (AUS)/ Abigail TERE-APISAH (PNG) 46 62 10-7
[SF] (1) Irina Maria BARA (ROU)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) bt Jennifer ELIE (USA)/ Sherazad REIX (FRA) 64 64

[F] (1) Irina Maria BARA (ROU)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) vs (2) Junri NAMIGATA (JPN)/ Riko SAWAYANAGI (JPN)

Prarthana is playing $25K ITF tournaments in Australia ... She and her Romanian partnerIrina Maria Bara r top-ssed ... They r in the final and facing 2nd seed Japanese pair for the title.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tennis News

At $720K Memphis Open 2017, USA

[R1] (4) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Leander Paes (IND) l Brian Baker (USA)/ Nikola Mektic (CRO) w/o (Garcia-Lopez illness)
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Jonathan Erlich (ISR)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) 36 46

Turn to be disappointing Memphis open for Indian players as nobody left in a draw after first round ... I was expecting much better performance from Divij and Purav as they lost in straight sets ... Lee was again unlucky as this week he gave walkover due to Garcia-Lopez illness ... And last week Lee withdrew due to leg injury.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tennis News

At €1.8M ABM Amro World Tennis Tournament 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Tomas Berdych (CZE) bt (WC) Robin Haase (NED)/ Glenn Smits (NED) 62 62

Rohan with Berdych started with dominating win against local wild-card pair.

At $720K Memphis Open 2017, USA

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Jordan Thompson (AUS) l Sam Querrey (USA)/ Donald Young (USA) 63 36 3-10

Jeevan-Jordan lost their match in the match tie-break against Americans ... After winning the first set their challenge fizzled out in next two.

At $75K Tempe Challenger, Arizona, USA

[R1] Nikola Milojevic (SRB)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l Denys Molchanov (UKR)/ Dennis Novikov (USA) 16 46

In the doubles also straight sets loss for RamK with his Serbian partner.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Snooker News

At £366K Welsh Open 2017, Cardiff, Wales

[R1] Aditya Mehta (IND,96) l Jimmy Robertson (ENG,38) 3-4 (55-45, 85-8, 11-92(92), 114(114)-12, 24-101(101), 26-58, 16-113(107)

Aditya missed a huge opportunity of scoring an upset win as he was 3-1 frames up but Robertson made strong fightback and scored two 100+ breaks in last three frames for a win.

Tennis News

At $776K Qatar Total Open 2017, Doha

[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Raquel Atawo (USA)/ Yifan Xu (CHN)

This week Sania is playing at Qatar open with Strycova.

At $75K Tempe Challenger, Arizona, USA

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,264) l (1) Ernesto Escobedo (USA,120) 26 36

Doubles
[R1] Nikola Milojevic (SRB)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Denys Molchanov (UKR)/ Dennis Novikov (USA)

In end RamK was no match to Escobedo in this one-sided loss ... RamK really needs to work on his game; like constructing the point, backhand and volleying for moving ahead in his stagnant career.

In the doubles also RamK is facing top-seed pair with his Serbian partner.