Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tennis News

At French Open 2015, Roland Garros, Paris

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,245) l Jarred Donaldson (USA,156) 26 06
[Q2] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,158) l Tim Puetz (GER,203) 46 36

And turn to be terrible day for Indians ... Yuki and RamK both loss against their respective opponents without doing much ... Their opponents were too strong for them on clay ... So Indian challenge get over in the singles.

At $50K Eskisehir Challenger, Turkey

[R2] (4) Saketh Myneni (IND,196) l Pedja Krstin (SRB,299) 46 26

Disappointing loss for Saki ... As per report he played very casually in this match ... Hoping no injury issue before grass season.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tennis News

At French Open 2015, Roland Garros, Paris

[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,245) bt Guido Andreozzi (ARG,182) 64 76(4)
[Q1] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,158) bt (14) Alexandr Nedovyesov (KAZ,116) 63 36 9-7

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,245) vs Jarred Donaldson (USA,156)
[Q2] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,158) vs Tim Puetz (GER,203)
[Q2] Somdev Devvarman (IND,172) l Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,177) 26 46

And RamK and Yuki join Buji in the second round with contrasting wins ... After resuming their matches RamK broke Andreozzi to up with a break ... But when RamK was serving for the match at 5-4 he failed to hold his serve at that time he was only 2 points away from win, 30-0 ... RamK recovered and played excellent tie-break ... He was up double mini-break and three match points at 6-3 ... RamK converted second for his first grand slam level victory ... Next he is facing American clay court specialist Jarred Donaldson.

Yuki also got immediate break and hold his service games for winning first set ... In the second set Nedo broke Yuki in 4th game to lead 3-1 and this time he hold his service games for winning it ... In the third set both players exchanged early breaks ... After that both players hold respective service games without much hiccups ... At 8-7 Yuki had three match points and he converted third for breaking Nedo's serve and completed victory ... With his first win at French open Yuki gives him good chance of qualifying for main-draw ... Next he is facing German Tim Puetz.

Somi fail to continue with winning form and lose his match in straight sets ... In his second round match Buji got dominated by Donskoy in the first set ... Buji lost the first set with double break ... In then second set Buji got broken in first game and then he failed to recover ... Donskoy hold his service games without facing break point for a win.


At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Wuhan, China (Clay)

[R2] (5) Ankita RAINA (IND,235) l Alexa GUARACHI (USA,425) 57 26

Doubles
[QF] Natasha PALHA (IND)/ Ran TIAN (CHN) l (1) Chang LIU (CHN)/ Jia-Jing LU (CHN) 16 57

Very disappointing loss for Ankita in the singles.

At $50K Eskisehir Challenger, Turkey

[QF] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l Adrien Bossel (SUI)/ Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 46 64 8-10

Divij's poor run in the doubles continue ... He and Saki lose their quarters against Swiss pair in match tie-break.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tennis News

At French Open 2015, Roland Garros, Paris

[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,245) vs Guido Andreozzi (ARG,182) 64 3-4 (stopped due to rain)
[Q1] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,158) vs (14) Alexandr Nedovyesov (KAZ,116) 3-3 (stopped due to rain)
[Q1] Somdev Devvarman (IND,172) bt Enzo Coucaud (FRA,217) 62 46 75

[Q2] Somdev Devvarman (IND,172) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,177)

Buji need three sets to complete win against Frenchman ... After winning the first set easily Buji was 3-1 up in the second set but from here suddenly Buji lost the plot ... He lost the set winning only one more game in that set ... In the final set he was 0-3 and 15-40 down when rain stopped the match ... After restarting he hold his serve and then made real comeback from 3-5 ... Buji saved a match point on Couacaud's serve before breaking him in 9th game and again broke Couacaud in 11th game before serving for the match ... Next he is having tricky match against Russian Donskoy.

RamK took early break and kept that advantage for winning the first set ... Match stopped due to rain.

Yuki is struggling holding his serve as all games went to duece before rain break.


At $50K Eskisehir Challenger, Turkey

[R1] (4) Saketh Myneni (IND,196) vs Nikola Mektic (CRO,354) 75 75

[R2] (4) Saketh Myneni (IND,196) vs Pedja Krstin (SRB,299)

Doubles
[R1] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) bt (WC) Altug Celikbilek (TUR)/ Sefa Suluoglu (TUR) 63 63

[QF] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) vs Adrien Bossel (SUI)/ Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)

Saki is stretch in his straight sets victory over his Croatian opponent ... After winning the first set Saki was down 1-3 ... From 3-5 he fought back to win next four games and the match ... Next he is facing Serbian opponent Krstin.

In the doubles Saki and Divij score straight sets win over local pair ... Next they r facing Swiss pair.


At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Wuhan, China (Clay)

[R1] (5) Ankita RAINA (IND,235) bt Alison BAI (AUS,371) 75 61

[R2] (5) Ankita RAINA (IND,235) vs Alexa GUARACHI (USA,425)

Doubles
[QF] Natasha PALHA (IND)/ Ran TIAN (CHN) vs (1) Chang LIU (CHN)/ Jia-Jing LU (CHN)

Ankita is in the second round with straight sets win ... Next she is having another winnable match against American.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Wuhan, China (Clay)

[R1] Natasha PALHA (IND,557) l Qiu Yu YE (CHN,540) 57 46
[R1] Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND, 620) l Yuxuan ZHANG (CHN,362) 46 16

Doubles
[R1] Natasha PALHA (IND)/ Ran TIAN (CHN) bt Lauren EMBREE (USA)/ Alexa GUARACHI (USA) 64 63
[R1] Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND)/ Jasmin JEBAWY (GER) l (3) Zhaoxuan YANG (CHN)/ Qiu Yu YE (CHN) 57 26
[R1] Aleksandrina NAYDENOVA (BUL)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) l (4) Danielle LAO (USA)/ Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN (THA) 46 57

Though disappointed by these losses but overall expected results for our girls.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tennis News

At $2.2M Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy (WTA Premier Mandatory)

[F] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) l (3) Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 46 36

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt (4) Caroline Garcia (FRA)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 62 76(5)
[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt Julia Goerges (GER) / Sa­lvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 63
[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 61
[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bye

Sania-Martina lose in the final against third seed Babos-Mladenovic ... Though they lost in straight sets but it was well fought match ... So Sania-Martina r in good preparation for French open ... Before this Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza reclaimed the No.1 spot on the Road To Singapore doubles leaderboard from Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova after reaching their fourth final in six tournaments together.

At €3.29M Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea(ROU) l (3) Jean-Julien Rojer (FRA)/ Horia Tecau (ROU) 26 75 8-10
[R2] (6) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Leander Paes (IND) l Pablo Cuevas (URU)/ David Marrero (ESP) 26 46

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea(ROU) bt Leonardo Mayer(ARG)/ Juan Monaco (ARG) 63 64
[R1] (6) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Leander Paes (IND) bye

Rohan-Florin lose in closely fought match against third seed but other hand Lee and Nestor's partnership is not giving any result ... They r having 1-5 win-loss record ... From this week at Geneva open Raven is making comeback, hopefully Lee and Raven will start replaying together.

At At €494K Geneva Open 2015, Switzerland

[Q3] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,173) l (1) Adrian Mannarino (FRA,29) 57 16

[Q2] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,173) bt Lorenzo Giustino (ITA,448) 61 64

[Q1] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,173) bt Oliver Marach (AUT,1182) 75 76(5)
[Q1] N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,401) l Gleb Alekseenko (UKR,836) 36 63 26

Buji and Vijay Sundar play in Geneva open qualifying ... Vijay Sundar lost in the first round but Buji make good use of practice on clay as he won first 2 qualifying matches before losing to top-30 Frenchman after giving fighting performance in the first set.

At €439K Open de Nice Côte d’Azur 2015, Nice, France

[R1] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Martin Emmrich (GER)/ Andreas Siljestrom (SWE)

This week Purav and Fabrice r playing at Geneva open and facing German-Swedish pair ... Interestingly Daniel Nestor is also playing there with Peya.

At $100K+H Bordeaux Challenger, France

[R1] Somdev Devvarman (IND,169) l (7) Norbert Gombos (SVK,109) 36 64 46

Last week Buji failed to start with win against top-110 player on clay.

At $50K+H Samarkand Challenger, Uzbekistan (clay)



[F] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,180) l (1) Teymuraz Gabashvilli (RUS,82) 36 16

[SF] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,180) bt Saketh Myneni (IND,229) 64 75

[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,229) bt (8) Bryden Klein (GBR,205) 64 16 61
[QF] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,180) bt (3) Adrian Menendex-Maceiras (ESP,120) 64 64

[R2] Saketh Myneni (IND,229) bt (Q) Luke Bambridge (GBR,732) 63 62
[R2] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,180) bt Laslo Djere (SRB,209) 16 75 76(1)

[R1] (Q) Divij Sharan (IND,952) l (WC) Djurabeck Karimov (UZB,1113) 64 46 67(6)
[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,229) bt Vladimir Ivanov (EST,450) 63 67(8) 63
[R1] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,180) bt (Q) Ivan Gakhov (RUS,535) 64 63

Doubles
[QF] (1) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l Laslo Duere (SRB)/ Pedja Krstin (SRB) 46 67(4)

[R1] (1) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) bt Vladimir Ivanov (EST)/ Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 63 36 10-8

Turn to be terrific week for Indians on clay ... Yuki and Saki were playing their first clay court challenger but they performed above expectations .. Saki took full advantage of weak draw to reach the semi-final ... Other hand Yuki played some excellent tennis ... Needed to dig deep to reached final ... In the final Gabashvilli prove too good but overall Yuki must be happy with his performance.

With this performance Yuki will be India's #1 player with his ranking in 160s and Saki will be join Yuki and Buji after entering into top-200.


At $50K Eskisehir Challenger, Turkey

[Q1] Divij Sharan (IND,955) l (8) Filip Veger (CRO,560) 26 26

[R1] (4) Saketh Myneni (IND,229) vs Nikola Mektic (CRO,354)

Doubles
[R1] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) vs (WC) Altug Celikbilek (TUR)/ Sefa Suluoglu (TUR)

This week Divij fails to provide any upset ... In the singles Saki is 4th seed and facing Croatian opponent ... In the doubles with Divij he is facing local wild-card pair.

At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Wuhan, China (Clay)

[R1] (5) Ankita RAINA (IND,235) vs Alison BAI (AUS,371)
[R1] Natasha PALHA (IND,557) vs Qiu Yu YE (CHN,540)
[R1] Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND, 620) vs Yuxuan ZHANG (CHN,362)

Doubles
[R1] Natasha PALHA (IND)/ Ran TIAN (CHN) vs Lauren EMBREE (USA)/ Alexa GUARACHI (USA)
[R1] Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND)/ Jasmin JEBAWY (GER) vs (3) Zhaoxuan YANG (CHN)/ Qiu Yu YE (CHN)
[R1] Aleksandrina NAYDENOVA (BUL)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) vs (4) Danielle LAO (USA)/ Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN (THA)

Only Ankita is having winnable match ... Otherwise tough matches for our players.

Shooting News

At The ISSF Shooting World Cup Rifle/ Pistol, Fort Benning, USA


50 m Rifle Prone Men
Gold - Michael Mcphail (USA) 208.8 pts FWR
Silver - Ole Kristian Bryhn (NOR) 206.3 pts
Bronze - Gagan Narang (IND) 185.8 pts

Gagan Narang wins world cup bronze and Rio 2016 Quota Place for India ... He becomes third shooter who grabs Olympics quota.

Before that Gagan qualified for the final on final eighth place with 626.3 points ... Our other shooters fail to qualify for the final in any event.

Badminton News

At VIVO BWF Sudirman Cup 2015, Dongguan, China

Sudirman Cup - Level 1 Grop D

India l Malaysia 2-3

Manu Attri Arya Pankaryanira (IND)/ Sumeeth Reddy B. (IND) l Goh V Shem (MAS)/ Tan Wee Kiong (MAS) 15-21 16-21
Saina Nehwal (IND,2) bt Tee Jing Yi (MAS,56) 24-22 21-13
Srikanth Kidambi (IND,4) l Lee Chong Wei (MAS,46) 16-21 15-21
Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ Jwala Gutta (IND) bt Vivian Kah Mun Hoo (MAS)/ Woon Khe Wei (MAS) 21-18 19-21 21-15
Siki Reddy N. (IND)/ Arun Vishnu (IND) l Chan Peng Soon (MAS)/ Goh Liu Ying (MAS) 14-21 18-21

India l Korea 1-4

Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ Akshay Dewalkar (IND) l Kim Gi Jung (KOR)/ Kim Sa Rang (KOR) 10-21 19-21
Saina Nehwal (IND,2) bt Bae Yeon Ju (KOR,13) 22-20 17-21 21-13
Kashyap Parupalli (IND,13) l Son Wan Ho (KOR,5) 21-13 14-21 13-21
Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ Jwala Gutta (IND) l Chang Ye Na (KOR)/ Jung Kyung Eun (KOR) 21-18 12-21 12-21
Siki Reddy N. (IND)/ Manu Attri (IND) l Kim Ha Na (KOR)/ Ko Sung Hyun (KOR) 12-21 20-22

Overall disappointing results for Indians in Sudirman cup as they failed to win a single tie ... We were in tough group with Korea and Malaysia ... In first tie Saina won her match and then Jwala-Ashwini gave unexpected win ... But we failed to take advantage as Srikanth lost against former WR #1 Lee Chong Wei, who is making comeback after a year ban and frankly speaking our mixed doubles team is non-existent ... In second tie against Korea, only Saina managed to win her match and we lost all other matches of the tie.

Squash News

At Women's Allam British Open 2015, , Hull, England

[R1] Joshana Chinappa (IND,24) l (3) Laura Massaro (ENG,4) 1-3 (11-13, 13-11, 8-11, 7-11) (50m)
[R1] (9) Dipika Pallikal (IND,18) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG,23) 3-2 (9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4) (57m)

[R2] (9) Dipika Pallikal (IND,18) l (6) Camille Serme (FRA,6) (5-11, 3-11, 2-11) (26m)

Joshana gives fighting performance against top-5 player Massaro in her loss ... Other hand Dipika gets stretched to fullest against young British girl Whitlock in the first round before she receive thrashing from French girl Serme in the second round ... Dipika managed to win mere 10 points in that match.

At Men's Allam British Open 2015, , Hull, England

[Q1] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,46) l Greg Lobban (SCO,52) 0-3 retd. (5-11, 5-11, 3-9) (30m)

[R1] (2) Saurav Ghosal (IND,21) l Borja Golan (ESP,12) 0-3 (9-11, 9-11, 6-11) (56m)

Overall forgettable outing for our men players ... Mahesh wasn't fully recovered from injury and he conceded match in the third frame ... Saurav got match as his Spanish opponent Golan plays same style game ... Saurav lost in three frames but the match was going for almost an hour.

Tennis News

At €4.2M Mutua Madrid Open, Spain


Doubles Final
Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea(ROU) bt (5) Marcin Matkowski (POL)/ Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 62 67(5) 11-9

New pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea stopped spirited fightback from Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic to capture their first ATP World Tour team title in Madrid ... Rohan-Florin saved a match point in match tie-break before winning this title ... After winning the first set Rohan-Florin were leading 4-1 in the second set tie-break but Zimo-Marcin won six points from next seven for winning this set ... In match tie-break also Rohan-Florin took early lead of 6-0 but again Zimo-Marcin caught them at 7-all ... Our pair saved a match point at 8-9 before converting on their first match point at 10-9 ... This is Rohan's 12th ATP tour title and third ATP Masters title.

At $50K+H Samarkand Challenger, Uzbekistan (clay)

[Q2] Divij Sharan (IND,952) bt (8) Denis Yevseyev (KAZ,803) 62 75

[Q3] Divij Sharan (IND,952) bt (1) Denis Matsukevich (RUS,454) 61 36 62

[R1] (Q) Divij Sharan (IND,952) vs (WC) Djurabeck Karimov (UZB,1113)
[R1] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,186) vs (Q) Ivan Gakhov (RUS,535)

Once again Divij qualify for main-draw ... This time he beats top-500 Russian player for qualification ... He is facing tricky first round against local wild-card player ... Other hand Yuki is facing Russian qualifier in the first round.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Tennis News

At €4.2M Mutua Madrid Open, Spain

[SF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea (ROU) bt (6) Marcel Granollers (ESP)/ Marc Lopez (ESP) 67(4) 63 11-9

[F] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea (ROU) vs (5) Marcin Matkowski (POL)/ Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Rohan and Florin score impressive comeback win over seeded Spanish pair in match tie-break ... In the final they r facing experienced doubles players, Marcin and Zimo.

At $50K+H Karshi Challenger, Uzbekistan


Doubles Final
Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) bt (2) Sergey Betov (BLR)/ Mikhail Elgin (RUS) 57 63 10-8

Yuki lifts doubles title with his Spanish partner Adrian Menendez-Maceiras beating 2nd seed Betov and Elgin ... Yuki-Adrian score comeback win after losing the first set.

At $50K+H Samarkand Challenger, Uzbekistan (clay)

[Q1] Divij Sharan (IND,952) bt Dmitry Resnyanskiy (KAZ,1967) 64 60

[Q2] Divij Sharan (IND,952) vs (8) Denis Yevseyev (KAZ,803)

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,239) vs Vladimir Ivanov (EST,450)
[R1] (7) Yuki Bhambri (IND,186) vs Qualifier

Divij is in the qualifying and in main-draw Yuli is 7th seed.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Tennis News

At €4.2M Mutua Madrid Open, Spain

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Mergea(ROU) bt Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)/ Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 63 62

Rohan-Florin win their semi-final against Cabal-Mannarino comfortably in straight sets.

At $75K+H Aix en Provence Challenger, France

[SF] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) l (2) Nicholas Monroe (USA)/ Artem Sitak (NZL) 46 46

Purav-Fabrivce lose their semi-final against 2nd seed Monore-Sitak in straight sets.