Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2017, Melbourne

[R1] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Jocelyn Rae (GBR)/ Anna Smith (GBR) 63 61

[R1] (15) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)/ Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) 64 76(4)

[R2] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Samantha Stosur (AUS)/ Zhang Shuai (CHN)
[R2] (15) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs (WC) Alex Bolt (AUS)/ Bradley Mousley (AUS)

Mixed Doubles
[R1] Martina Hingis (SUI)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (WC) Destanee Aiava (AUS)/ Marc Polmans (AUS)
[R1] Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)/ Michael Venus (NZL)
[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Laura Siegemund (GER)/ Mate Pavic (CRO)

Expected comfortable winning start for Sania-Barbora against British pair ... In the second round, they r facing Stosur-Shuai pairing.

Rohan and Cuevas successfully started their campaign with straight sets win over the South American pair in the first round ... Next they r facing local wild-card pair.

MXD draw is out and our all pairs r in bottom draw ... They can face each other from quarter finals.



Also please read superbly written the open letter by Somdev Devvarman about AITA publishing false information and handling Sumit Nagal's case unethically.

Somdev’s Devvarman open letter to AITA: ‘What were you really trying to accomplish there?’

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Squash News

At $150K Women's JP Morgan Tournament of Champions 2017, New York, USA

[R2] (13) Joshna Chinappa (IND,13) l (5) Camille Serme (FRA,4) 8-11, 7-11, 3-11 (36m)
[R2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,26) l (2) Raneem El Welily (EGY,3) 17-15, 8-11, 6-11, 8-11 (44m)

Dipika gave fighting performance against former WR #1 Raneem El Welily ... Dipika won the long first game in extra points but failed to keep momentum as she lost closely fought next three games.

Joshna failed to challenge French girl Camille Serme in straight games loss.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Squash News

At $150K Women's JP Morgan Tournament of Champions 2017, New York, USA

[R1] (13) Joshna Chinappa (IND,13) bt (Q) Fiona Moverley (ENG,32) 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 15-13 (57m)
[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,26) bt (14) Emily Whitlock (ENG,14) 13-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-3 (39m)

[R2] (13) Joshna Chinappa (IND,13) vs (5) Camille Serme (FRA,4)
[R2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,26) vs (2) Raneem El Welily (EGY,3)

Joshna survived big scare from British qualifier in five games ... Joshna won the final game on extra points after saving match balls ... Next, she is facing top-4 French girl Serme.

Dipika started with upset win over WR#14 young Britisher Emily Whitlock in four games ... Good start of the year for Dipika ... Next she will face WR #3 Raneem El Welily.


At $150K Men's JP Morgan Tournament of Champions 2017, New York, USA

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,23) l (Q) Nicolas Müller (SUI,32) 6-11, 8-11, 11-13 (47m)

A disappointing start of the new season for Saurav as he lost in straight games against Swiss qualifier.

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2017, Melbourne

[R1] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Jocelyn Rae (GBR)/ Anna Smith (GBR)
[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Andre Sa (BRA) vs (10) Treat Huey (PHI)/ Max Mirnyi (BLR)
[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Purav (IND) vs Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA)
[R1] (15) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)/ Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)

The doubles draw is out ... Sania is the 4th seed with Strycova and they r facing British pair in the first round.

Lee-Sa r once again facing Huey-Mirnyi in the first round ... Purav and Divij r facing old partner Fabrice Martin with his French partner Eysseric ... Rohan and Cuevas r 15th seed and facing South American pair in the first round.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2017, Melbourne

[Q3] Yuki Bhambri (IND,374) l (21) Ernesto Escobedo (USA,133) 76(2) 26 46

Yuki failed to qualify for the main draw of Australian open after losing to Ernesto in three sets after winning the first set ... In the first set, Yuki was early broken down 1-4 but he broke Ernesto in the 7th game, 3-4 ... Yuki dominated the tie-break for winning the first set ... From the second set, Yuki struggled with his ground strokes and started making too many unforced errors ... In the second set, Ernesto broke Yuki in the 1st game, 0-2, but Yuki broke back in 4th game for 2-all ... After that, Ernesto won next four games breaking Yuki twice ... He broke Yuki in 5th and 7th games for winning the second set ... In the final set, Ernesto took a most crucial break in 3rd game for leading 1-3 ... Yuki had chances in 8th game on Ernesto's serve but he failed to capitalize on it ... So in end, Ernesto hold his service games for winning this match.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tennis News

At $776K Apia International Sydney 2017, Australia

Doubles Final
(1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) l Timea Babos (HUN)/ Anastasia Pevlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 46

Sania failed to lift her second title of 2017 season in the second week ... She with her partner Barbora Strycova lost their match in straight sets against Babos and Pevlyuchenkova.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2017, Melbourne

[Q2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,381) bt Pedja Krstin (SRB,216) 63 64

[Q3] Yuki Bhambri (IND,381) vs (21) Ernesto Escobedo (USA,133)

Yuki is in the final qualifying round with another impressive win over Serbian Pedja Krstin ... In this match Yuki's placement of serve was on the spot ... In the first set he broke Pedja in 6th game for leading 4-2 and then kept that break advantage for winning the set ... In the second set Yuki took crucial break in 5th game for 3-2 lead and again he kept one break advantage for winning this match ... Next he is facing in-form American ex-collegite Ernesto Escobedo for place in the main draw.

At $776K Apia International Sydney 2017, Australia

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt (4) Vania King (USA)/ Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 61 62

[F] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Timea Babos (HUN)/ Anastasia Pevlyuchenkova (RUS)

Sania-Strycova r in the final with dominating win over 4th seed King-Shvedova ... In the final, they r facing unseeded pairing of Timea Babos and Anastasia Pevlyuchenkova.

At $508 Auckland Classic 2017, New Zealand

[QF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Andre Sa (BRA) l (WC) Marcus Daniell (NZL)/ Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) 36 67(4)

Lee-Sa lost their match after giving fighting performance against Daniell-Demoliner ... After losing the first set they were break down at 5-6 but they broek Demoliner in 12th game for taking match into tie-break ... But Daniell-Demoliner tooke crucial mini-break on 9th point for winning the match in straight sets.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2017, Melbourne

[Q1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,381) bt (7) Stefan Kozlov (USA,117) 61 64
[Q1] Saketh Myneni (IND,199) l Peter Gojowczyk (GER,157) 06 26

[Q2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,381) vs Pedja Krstin (SRB,216)

Excellent start for Yuki as he scored dominating win against America's one of brightest youngster in straight sets ... In the first set Kozlov failed to hold his serve but broke Yuki once ... In the second set also Yuki was crusing for one-sided score, 4-1, but suddenly he started to make few unforced errors ... Kozlov took this opportunity for making it 4-all ... Yuki broke Kozlov in 9th game and then hold for easy win ... Next he is facing Serbian Pedja Krstin.

Saki was injured in this match as he took medical time out in between ... I am worried about Saki's injury as it is hampering his progress in the beginning of year.


At $776K Apia International Sydney 2017, Australia

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt (WC) Medison Brengle (USA)/ Arina Rodionova (AUS) 63 64

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs (4) Vania King (USA)/ Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Sania-Strycova r in the semis with straight sets win over wild-card pair ... Next, they r facing 4th seed King-Shvedova.

At $495K Apia International Sydney 2017, Australia

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Pablo Cuevas (URU) l Florian Mayer (GER)/ Philipp Petzschner (GER) 67(5) 76(4) 9-11

Rohan lost agonisingly close match against German pair in Sydney with his new partner Pablo Cuevas.

At $508 Auckland Classic 2017, New Zealand

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Andre Sa (BRA) bt (1) Treat Huey (PHI)/ Max Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 63

[QF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Andre Sa (BRA) vs (WC) Marcus Daniell (NZL)/ Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)

Lee-Sa started with upset win over top-seed Huey-Mirnyi in straight sets ... Next they r facing Daniell-Demoliner.

At $50K+H Bangkok-2 Challenger, Thailand

[R2] (Q) N.Sriram Balaji (IND,417) l Jurgen Zopp (EST,339) 26 26

Bala failed to challenge former top-100 player Zopp in his loss.

At $50K Canberra Challenger, Australia

[QF] Corentin Moutet (FRA)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l (3) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 26 75 5-10

VSP and his French partner lost their match in the match tie-break against 3rd seed German pair.