Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tennis News

At $761K Connecticut Open 2016, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

Doubles Final
(2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)/ Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)



At $721K Winston-Salem Open 2016, USA

Doubles Final
(WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) l Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Henri Kontinen (FIN) 46 67(6) 8-10

In this match Lee and Andre literally pulled defeat from jaws of victory ... Too many missed opportunities for Lee-Andre, in this match they had 15 break points and only 2 converted, from that 11 break points in the second set but our pair converted only 1 ... And then in second set tie-break they had 5 championship points at 6-1 but failed to convert ... In match tie-break their opponents had 33% 1st serve percentage which our players failed to take advantage.

In the first set our pair broke opponent in 3rd game, 2-1, and kept that advantage for winning this set ... In the second set Lee-Andre broke opponent in 1st game, 2-0, but Garcia-Lopez and Kontinen broke them in 8th game, 4-all ... In tie-break Lee-Andre took control with double mini-break but from 6-1 everything changed ... Garcia-Lopez and Kontinen made amazing comeback they won 7 points in a row after saving 5 championship points for winning second set ... In match tie-break they kept couple of points advantage form the start for winning it.


At $25K Poland F6 Futures, Poznan (clay)

[SF] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) bt (8) Maxim Janvier (FRA,390) 63 75

[F] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) vs (2) Daniel Masur (GER,280)

Sumit scored straight sets win over in-form Maxim Janvier in straight sets, Sumit snapped Maxim's 8 match winning streak ... Sumit won the first set with a single break ... In the second set Sumit broke Maxim in 7th game but while serving for the match in 10th game Sumit failed to hold, 5-all ... Sumit immediately broke Maxim in 11th and this time hold his serve for the victory ...

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At US Open 2016, New York, USA

Saki with 'Saki Squad' after his win Courtesy of worldtennismagazine.com

[Q3] (26) Saketh Myneni (IND,143) bt Pedja Krstin (SRB,200) 63 60

[R1] (Q) Saketh Myneni (IND,143) vs Jiri Vesely (CZE,48)

SAKI qualify for US open with dominating win against his Serbian opponent Pedja Krstin ... In the first set Saki broke Pedja in 3rd game but failed to hold his serve in next game ... But from 7th game onward everything changed ... Saki won next nine games in a row for amazing win ... Importantly his opponent wasn't injured but Saki was in superb form with his serves, backhand slice and powerful forehands ... His Serbian opponent Pedja Krstin failed to challenge him.

This is Saki's first main-draw appearance in any grand slam ... Ironically Saki becomes only 9th Indian player to make it in singles MD of grand slam in last two decades after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Nirupama Sanjeev, Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Sania Mirza, Shikha Uberai (though at that time Shikha participated under US flag) and Prakash Amitraj ... On usual Indian players luck Saki is having tough match against top-50 Jiri Vesely but what a heck, with his game Saki can surprise Vesely also ... Go Saki.


Saki's interview after the match - Saketh's interview

At $761K Connecticut Open 2016, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

[SF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) bt (3) Andreja Klepac (SLO)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 26 63 10-8

[F] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)/ Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)

Sania-Monica scored excellent comeback win over 3rd seed Klepac-Srebotnik ... After losing the first set Sania-Monica made superb comeback for winning the next and kept that advantage for winning match tie-break ... In the final they r facing unseeded pairing of Bondarenko and Chuang, who defeated top-seed pair in the semis.

At $721K Winston-Salem Open 2016, USA

[SF] (WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (3) Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) 16 76(5) 10-4

[F] (WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Henri Kontinen (FIN)

What a comeback win by Lee-Andre against 3rd seed Aisam-Lindstedt ... After losing the first set lopsidedly our pair dig deep ... They won the second set tie-break and then dominated match tie-break for entering into the final ... In the final they r facing unseeded Garcia-Lopez and Kontinen.

At $25K Poland F6 Futures, Poznan (clay)

[QF] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) bt (WC) Adam Majchrowicz (POL,1310) 63 64

[SF] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) vs (8) Maxim Janvier (FRA,390)

Expected comfortable win for Sumit against Polish wild-card player Majchrowicz ... In the semis he is facing 8th seed and in-form Frenchman Maxim Janvier, who is last week's futures winner.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tennis News

At US Open 2016, New York, USA

[Q2] (26) Saketh Myneni (IND,143) bt Mitchell Krueger (USA,221) 76(6) 64

[Q3] (26) Saketh Myneni (IND,143) vs Pedja Krstin (SRB,200)

Saki is in the final qualifying round of US open ... He defeated American Mitchell Krueger in straight sets ... In the first set Mitchell was break up earlier but Saki broke back to level it ... In closely fought tie-break Saki converted first set point ... In the second set Saki broke Mitchell in 3rd game to take 2-1 lead ... Mitchell broke Saki in 6th game for 3-all, but Saki immediately broke him in next game to lead 4-3 ... Saki kept that advantage for completing victory ... He is facing Serbian Pedja Krstin for place in main-draw.

At $761K Connecticut Open 2016, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

[QF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) bt Darija Jurak (CRO)/ Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

[SF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs (3) Andreja Klepac (SLO)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)

Sania-Monica continue with their good run with another comfortable win against Jurak-Rodionova ... Next they r facing 3rd seed Slovakian pair for place in the final.

At $721K Winston-Salem Open 2016, USA

[QF] (WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (1) Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64

[SF] (WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (3) Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)

Another superb upset win by Lee-Andre against top-seed pairing of Zimo-Kubot in straight sets ... In the semis they r facing 3rd seed Aisam and Lindstedt.

Squash News

At $95K Women's Hong Kong Open 2016,

[R2] (10) Joshana Chinappa (IND,12) l (8) Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY,7) 8-11, 10-12, 4-11 (24m)

I was expecting more fighting performance or upset win from Joshana ... But Kawy played important points better than Joshana for straight games win.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tennis News

At US Open 2016, New York, USA

[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,202) l Alessandro Giannessi (ITA,247) 57 16

Disappointing loss of RamK against Italian in straight sets ... As per onlooker he was heat exhausted and physical discomfort due to playing in scorching heat ... Till 10th games both players hold their respective service games ... RamK got broken in 11th and then Giannessi hold for winning the first set ... After close first set Ramk capitulated in the second.

At $761K Connecticut Open 2016, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) bt (WC) Louisa Chirico (USA)/ Alison Riske (USA) 60 63

[QF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Darija Jurak (CRO)/ Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)

Expected comfortable winning start for Sania-Monica against local wild-card pair ... Next they r facing Rodionova-Jurak pairing.

At $25K Poland F6 Futures, Poznan (clay)

[R2] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) bt (1) Kamil Majchrzak (POL,306) 63 64

[QF] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) vs (WC) Adam Majchrowicz (POL,1310)

Impressive win by Sumit in straight sets against top-seed Polish opponent Kamil Majchrzak ... This match wasn't easy as score suggested as in both sets Sumit needed to fightback ... In the first set he was break down at 2-3 and he won next four games for winning the set ... In the second set also he was 2-4 down and again he won four game in a row for winning the set and match ... In the quarters he is facing Polish top-200 doubles specialist Adam Majchrowicz.

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At $95K Women's Hong Kong Open 2016,

[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,19) l (6) Camille Serme (FRA,6) 4-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 6-11 (52m)

Dipika lost close match against French girl Camille Serme ... After losing first 2 games Dipika tried comeback ... She won 3rd and 4th games but failed to keep momentum in the fifth.

At $150K Men's Hong Kong Open 2016,

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,17) l Ramy Ashour 7-11, 6-11, 10-12 (47m)

Saurav failed to challenge former WR #1 Ramy Ashour and lost his match in straight games.

Tennis News

At US Open 2016, New York, USA

[Q1] (26) Saketh Myneni (IND,143) bt (PR) Albano Olivetti (FRA,510) 63 75
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,202) vs Alessandro Giannessi (ITA,247)

[Q2] (26) Saketh Myneni (IND,143) vs Mitchell Krueger (USA,221)

Saki started with a comfortable win over experienced Frenchman Olivetti in straight sets ... In the first set Saki broke Olivetti in 2nd game to lead 3-0 and kept that lead for winning the first set ... In the second set Saki had numerous break points but he failed to convert ... Saki took crucial break in 11th game and then hold for winning the set and match ... In the second qualifying he is facing American Mitchell Krueger.

RamK having winnable first round against Italian clay courter but in the second qualifying he can meet top-seed and in-form Japanese player Sugita.


At $721K Winston-Salem Open 2016, USA

[R1] (WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Chris Guccione (AUS)/ Andre Sa (BRA) 64 64

[QF] (WC) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (1) Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Comfortable straight sets win for Lee and Begemann against Guccione and Sa ... In the quarters they r facing top-seed Kubot and Zimo.

At $25K Poland F6 Futures, Poznan (clay)

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) bt (WC) Michal Dembek (POL,1086) 46 75 60

[R2] Sumit Nagal (IND,404) vs (1) Kamil Majchrzak (POL,306)

Sumit is playing in Polish futures and again taking tough route ... Last week he lost in the second round and this week also he is having big task against top-seed local player ... Before that in the first round Sumit needed comeback victory against local wild-card player.

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At $95K Women's Hong Kong Open 2016,

[R1] (10) Joshana Chinappa (IND,12) bt (Q) Nadine Shahin (EGY,34) 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (26m)

[R2] (10) Joshana Chinappa (IND,12) vs (8) Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY,7)

Joshana started with straight games win over her Egyptian opponent Shahin ... Next she is facing top-8 Egyptian player, Omneya Abdel Kawy, for place in the quarters.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tennis News

At $2.8M Western and Southern Open 2016, Cincinnati, USA (WTA Premier 5)

Courtesy Sania Mirza
Doubles Final
(7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt (4) Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 75 64

Sania and Barbora Strycova has lifted Cincinnati title in their first outing as pair beating Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe ... In the first Sania-Strycova made amazing comeback ... They were 1-5 down and after Sania-Strycova won next 6 games in a row for winning the first set ... In the second set Sania-Strycova were leading 5-1 after breaking opponent in 3rd and 5th games ... But while serving for the match they failed to hold, 5-3 ... In 10th game Sania-Strycova hold for completing victory.

At $761K Connecticut Open 2016, New Haven, USA (WTA Premier)

[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs (WC) Louisa Chirico (USA)/ Alison Riske (USA)

Sania and Monica r playing wild-card local pair in the first round of Connecticut Open.

Olympics News

At Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil

Wrestling - Men's Freestyle 65kg Qualification
[R32] Yogeshwar Dutt (IND) l Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (MGL) 0-3

Athletics - Men's Marathon
25 Thanackal Gopi (IND) 2:15:25 PB
26 Kheta Ram (IND) 2:15:26 PB

Yogeshwar lost in the first round against Mongolian wrestler Ganzorig in boring match ... Yogeshwar made mistake and Ganzorig took advantage of it scoring 2 points, after that Ganzorig successfully defended.

In Men's Marathon our Thanackal Gopi and Kheta Ram run respectfully and gave their personal best time to finish on #25 and #26 in 155 aesthetes.

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At $150K Men's Hong Kong Open 2016,

[Q1] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,61) bt Henry Leung (HKG,279) 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (55m))
[Q1] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,84) l Nicolas Mueller (SUI,32) 6-11, 11-4, 11-4, 5-11, 2-11 (50m)

[Q2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,61) l Nicolas Mueller (SUI,32) 7-11, 10-12, 4-11 (35m)

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,17) vs Ramy Ashour (EGY,12)

Sandhu lost in 5 games against top-30 type Swiss Nicolas Mueller ... And in the final qualifying round Mueller defeated Mahesh comfortably ... In main-draw Saurav having tough match against former WR #1 Egyptian Ramy Ashour.

At $95K Women's Hong Kong Open 2016,

[R1] (10) Joshana Chinappa (IND,12) vs (Q) Nadine Shahin (EGY,34)
[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,19) vs (6) Camille Serme (FRA,6)

Dipika is facing top-10 French girl ... Joshana will face Egyptian qualifier in the first round.

Olympics News

At Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil

Women's Golf - Final Standing
41 Aditi Ashok (IND) 68 68 79 76 +7

Aditi must be disappointed over her performance as after first two days she was T6, moreover she was in top 10 till first 57 holes ... Last 15 holes pulled her down below top 40 with more than 10 over score ... Aditi is only 18 yrs so this was learning experience for her ... Hopefully she will continue to work on her game and mental setup so we can see a real medal contender in Tokyo 2020.

Tennis News

At $2.8M Western and Southern Open 2016, Cincinnati, USA (WTA Premier 5)

[SF] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt (2) Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)/ Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) 62 75

[F] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs (4) Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

Sania and Strycova continue with their terrific run and defeated 2nd seed Taipei pair in straight sets ... With that Sania is having interesting final against her former partner Martina Hingis with their respective new partners.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Olympics News

At Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil

Courtesy TOI and Hindustan Times
Badminton - Gold Medal match
Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,10) l Carolina Marín (ESP,1) 21-19 12-21 15-21

Wrestling - Men's Freestyle 57 kg Qualification
[R16] Sandeep Tomar (IND) l Victor Lebedev (RUS) 3-7

Women's Golf - Day 3
T31 Aditi Ashok (IND) 68 68 79 +2

Athletics - Men's 50km Race Walk
35 Sandeep Kumar (IND) 4:07:55

Athletics - Women's 20km Race Walk
54 Khushbir Kaur (IND) 1:40:33
Sapana Puniya (IND) Did not finish

Athletics - Women's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 2
7 India (Nirmla, Tintu Lukka, Poovamma Raju Machettira, Anilda Thomas) 3:29.53

Athletics - Men's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 2
India Disqualified

Sindhu won Silver after losing to Carolina Marín in well fought match .. So with that she bettered Saina's Bronze medal haul ... Congrats Sindhu and we all are proud of your performance.

In the first game Sindhu was down 5-9 and 6-10 but she fought back to make it 15-16 ... From 16-19 Sindhu won next 5 points for a winning the game ... Marin raised her game from second game and took huge lead 5-0 and 11-2 ... Sindhu tried to reduce the margin but Marin kept that advantage for winning it ... In the third game both players were playing high quality badminton ... Sindhu was down 3-6 but crawled back to 10-all ... Marcin re-opened the lead 10-13, 12-15 to 14-16 ... Marin kept her cool and played solid game for winning 5 points from next 6 points for completing victory ... In this match Marin was better player, she used deceptive drop shots and half smashes smartly ... She also defended also well and half step faster on the court.

Sandeep Tomar fought well against Russian world championship bronze medalist Victor Lebedev ... But failed to overcome Russian defense as Sandeep started with his usual attacking game ... Russian defended well and took early lead through Sandeep's mistake, 5-0 ... From here Sandeep tried fight back and won 3 points in a row for 3-5 ...And Lebedev turned table on Sandeep on his next move to increase lead to 7-3 ... After that Russian wrestler defended well for a win.

Young Aditi failed to adjust for windy condition on the course and managed 8 over which push her outside top-30 but I m still impressed with her performance.

Sandeep Kumar failed to impress in 50km walk race as he finished on 35th position with more than 4 hours time.

In women's 20km walk race only Khushbir Kaur managed to finish but ended outside top-50.

In 4x400m relays our both teams finished overall 13th in their respective groups but Indian men team disqualified in the final result sheet.

Tennis News

At $2.8M Western and Southern Open 2016, Cincinnati, USA (WTA Premier 5)

[R2] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Christina McHale (USA)/ Maria Sanchez (USA) 64 64
[QF] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt (3) Timea Babos (HUN)/ Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 76(4) 61

[SF] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs (2) Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)/ Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)

Sania and Strycova scored back to back wins on same day ... In the quarters they defeated 3rd seed Shvedova and Babos in straight sets ... After winning the first set in tie-break Sania and Strycova dominated the second ... In the semis they r facing Taipei pair.

Earlier Sania and Strycova scored straight sets win over American youngsters.


At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Westende, Belgium

[QF] (8) Ankita Raina (IND,312) l Magdalena Frech (POL,387) 63 36 16

Ankita failed to overcome challenge of young Polish player after winning the first set ... She needs to win these matches for showing progress in her career.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Olympics News

At Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil

Courtesy TOI
Badminton
[SF] Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,10) bt Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,6) 21-19 21-10

[F] Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,10) vs Carolina Marín (ESP,1)

Women's Golf - Day 2
T6 Aditi Ashok (IND) 68 68 -6

Women's Freestyle 53kg Qualification
[R16] Babita Kumari (IND) l Maria Prevolaraki (GRE) 1-5

AND SINDHU CREATED HISTORY AFTER ENTERING INTO THE FINAL OF BADMINTON WOMEN'S SINGLES ... With that Sindhu secure second medal for India and that will be Gold or Silver as she defeated Japanese top player Nozomi Okuhara in straight games.

In first game Sindhu started with attacking game and was leading 6-4 then 11-6 ... From here Sindhu started to play little tentatively on the net and while attacking she was missing line ... Okuhara tried to take advantage of it, 10-12, 12-14 ... From 18-17 both players won a point alternatively, 19-17, 19-18, 20-18, 20-19 and 21-19 ... Both players were playing nervy game and making error but Sindhu kept her lead for converting second game point ... In the second game Sindhu took 3-0 lead but Okuhara caught her at 6-7 ... After that both players were neck to neck till 10-all ... After that Sindhu won 11 points in a row for complating win ... Sindhu played really well but Okuhara suddenly making tight and was looking under pressure .... SHe made numerous unforced errors for gifting hte match ... In the final Sindhu is facing in-form WR #1 Carolina Marín fir the Gold.

Aditi played sublime second round of another three under to remain inside top-10 ... She had 5 birdies and unnecessarily 2 bogeys ... Good to see young Aditi keeping herself in mix.

Disappointing loss Babita Kumari after excellent yesterday on the mat by Sakshi Malik.

In other sad development, Narsingh Yadav is banned for 4 yrs by CAS under doping ... This is huge setback for us and Narsingh ... This is what posted on CAS site.

Rio 2016 - Wrestling (FS 74KG): N. Yadav suspended 4 years (PDF of the decision at the CAS site)

Tennis News

At $4.3M Western & Southern Open 2016, Cincinnati, USA

[R2] (7) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Florin Meargea (ROM) l Treat Huey (PHI)/ Max Mirnyi (BLR) 67(3) 46

As expected Rohan-Florin lose their match in straight sets against Treat and Max.

At $2.8M Western & Southern Open 2016, Cincinnati, USA (WTA Premier 5)

[R1] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Darija Jurak (SRB)/ Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 63

[R2] (7) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Christina McHale (USA)/ Maria Sanchez (USA)

Comfortable winning start for Sania with her new partner Strycova ... In the second round they r facing young American pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Westende, Belgium

[R2] (8) Ankita Raina (IND,312) bt Diana Marcinkevica (LAT,358) 62 63

This is superb dominating win by Ankita against former top-200 Latvian player for reaching into the quarters.

Squash News

At World Doubles Championship 2016,, Darwin, Australia


Mixed Doubles Final
(2) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)/ Saurav Ghosal (IND) l (3) Joelle King (NZL)/ Paul Coll (NZL) 8-11 8-11 (34m)

In MXD, Dipika and Saurav lost the final against New Zealand's Joelle King and Paul Coll in straight games ... Our pair scored very tight win against same pair in the Pool but in the final they failed to execute their plan on the court.

So with this silver we also won couple of bronze medals from women's double and mixed doubles.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympics News

At Rio Olympics 2016, Brazil

Courtesy Hindustan Times and Deccan Chronicle
Women's Freestyle 58kg - Bronze medal match
Sakshi Malik (IND) bt Aisuluu Tynybekova (KYR) 8-5

Women's Freestyle 58kg Repechage
[R2] Sakshi Malik (IND) bt Orkhon Purevdorj (MGL) 12-3

Wrestling - Women's Freestyle 58kg Qualification
[R32] Sakshi Malik (IND) bt Malin Mattsson (SWE) 5-4
[R16] Sakshi Malik (IND) bt Mariana Cherdivara (MDA) 5-5 (PP- Decision by Points)

[QF] Sakshi Malik (IND) l Valeriia Koblova Zholobova (RUS) 2-9

Badminton
[QF] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,11) l Dan Lin (CHN,3) 6-21 21-11 18-21

Women's Golf - Day 1
T7 Aditi Ashok (IND) -3

Athletics - Women's 800m Round 1 heat 3
6. Tintu Luka (IND) 2:00:58 (SB)

Wrestling - Women's Freestyle 48kg Qualification
[R16] Vinesh Phogat (IND) bt Emilia Vuc (ROM) 11-0

[QF] Vinesh Phogat (IND) l Sun Yunan (CHN) victory by injury

SAKSHI MALIK WON BRONZE MEDAL IN WOMEN'S FREESTYLE 58KG ... First any color medal for us ... What a bout Sakshi played, simply legendary ... I am remembering one famous line for Sakshi - 'Heroes Are Just Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things In Extraordinary Times.'

In Bronze medal match, Sakshi started on back-foot against Aisuluu Tynybekova ... Aisuluu pinned Sakshi couple of times for taking 0-5 lead after first 3 minutes ... With two back-to-back pin down Sakshi made it 4-5 at 4:30 mins mark ... When 15 seconds remaining she captured 1 more point for 5-all ... And then when 2 seconds remaining she earned 2 more points which Aisuluu challenged ... Sakshi earned 1 more point for Aisuluu failed challenge for completing one of the best comeback victory.

In the repechage second round Sakshi faced Mongolian wrestler, who defeated her earlier this year at Asian qualification tournament ... Sakshi was very attacking on the mat ... She multiple times pinned down Purevdorj for convincing win for moving into Bronze medal match.

Earlier Sakshi surprised everyone after reaching in the quarters ... In the first round she was 0-4 down against her WR #3 and European champion Swedish opponent when 2 minutes remaining ... After that she turned table as she took score to 3-4 and then when 7 seconds remaining she scored 2 points for tight win ... In PQF she faced Moldovan wrestler ... In this match also Sakshi was 1-3 down but after that Sakshi won 4 points in a row for 5-3 lead ... This time Moldovan wrestler caught her at 5-all before end of the bout ... Sakshi declared winner as she won more continuous points (four) ... In the quarter Sakshi faced tough Russian opponent ... In this bout she was outperformed but got chance of playing repechage as Russian wrestler into the final.
Srikanth gave valiant efforts against Lin Dan in his loss ... After losing the first game easily Srikanth dominated the second for taking match into decider ... In the final game Srikanth took early couple of points lead, at that time he had 13-10 lead ... Lin Dan used all his experience and took lead ... Lin Dan converted 2nd match point in fighting win.

Aditi Ashok played excellent golfing round for ending first day inside top-10 with three under score.

Tintu Luka gave her season best timing but that wasn't enough for qualifying for semi-final in 800m.

In the quarter-final Vinesh's knee got twisted as her Chinese opponent was getting on top of her ... Vinesh was seriously injured as she stretchered out ... Before that Vinesh scored dominating win over Romanian wrestler when match was stopped in the second period when she took 11-0 lead ... So after this win we had lots hope but Vinesh was unlucky to get injured.

Squash News

At World Doubles Championship 2016,, Darwin, Australia

Women's Doubles
[SF] (1) Joshna Chinappa (IND)/ Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) l (2) Rachael Grinham (AUS)/ Donna Urquhart (AUS) 5-11 10-11 (29m)

Mixed Doubles
Pool A
(5) Joshna Chinappa (IND)/ Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) l (4) Donna Urquhart AUS)/ David Palmer (AUS) 11-7, 5-11, 8-11 (41m)

Pool B
(2) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)/ Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt (6) Catalina Pelaez (COL)/ Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-4, 11-5
(2) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)/ Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt (11) Jenny Haley (WAL)/ Joel Makin (WAL) 11-9, 11-7 (21m)
(2) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)/ Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt (3) Joelle King (NZL)/ Paul Coll (NZL) 11-10, 8-11, 11-8 (46m)


[SF] (2) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)/ Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt (5) Joshna Chinappa (IND)/ Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 10-11, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)

[F] (2) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)/ Saurav Ghosal (IND) vs (3) Joelle King (NZL)/ Paul Coll (NZL)

In women's doubles semis Dipika and Joshana lost against 2nd seed Aussie pair in straight game.

In MXD, Dipika and Saurav scored comeback win over their Indian compatriots Joshana and Sandhu for entering into the semis ... In the final they r facing New Zealand pair Joelle King and Paul Coll, they defeated same pair in tight match in pool ... Before that Dipika and Saurav scored three more wins in the pool but Joshana and Sandhu lost in their last pool match.