Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tennis News

At $659K Atlanta Open, USA

[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) l Treat Huey (PHI)/ Steve Johnson (USA) 16 36

treat-Steve beat Purav-Fabrice comfortably in the first round.

At $50 Lexington Challenger, USA

[R1] (6) Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) bt (Q) Matija Pecotic (CRO,291) 76(5) 61
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,221) l Brydan Klein (GBR,170) 36 36

[R2] (6) Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) vs Brydan Klein (GBR,170)

Yuki dominates second set after winning first set in tie-break for entering into the second round ... In first set Yuki saved a set point at 5-6, 30-40 to hold ... Then in tie-break he was up 5-1 and then 6-3 ... Yuki converted 3rd set point for winning it ... In second set Yuki broke Matija in 2nd and 4th games to lead 5-0 ... After that he comfortably hold in 7th game for completing win ... Next he is facing British player Brydan Klein, who beats RamK comfortably in first round.

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At $659K Atlanta Open, USA

[R1] (Q) Somdev Devvarman (IND,148) l (Q) Jared Donaldson (USA,166) 16 63 46

Buji lose against talented American 18 yrs old Jared Donaldson in three sets ... Buji nee to win these matches, in this match after losing first set easily Buji tried fightback ato win second set ... Buji failed to keep momentum in the final set and faces disappointing loss.

At $50 Lexington Challenger, USA

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,194) l (7) Liam Broady (GBR,159) 26 16
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) vs (Q) Matija Pecotic (CRO,291) 4-4 stopped

I m disappointed by Saki's performance in this match ... Poor one-sided loss against Broady ... Yuki and Matija match is postponed to tomorrow due to rain interruption but before that Yuki gave up 4-0 lead ... Hopefully tomorrow Yuki show as per his ranking.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Archery News

At World Archery Championships - 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark


Recurve Women Team
[R1] (10) India bt (7) Germany 5-3 (49-56, 55-55, 51-50, 53-52)

[QF] (10) India bt (15) Colombia 6-2 (49-54, 57-48, 52-51, 50-47)

[SF] (10) India bt (6) Japan 5-4 (56-48, 54-55, 47-52, 56-53) 30-27

[F] (10) India vs (5) Russia

Recurve Men's Team
[R1] (15) India l (2) Italy 4-5 (55-52, 51-53, 57-56, 50-52) 26-29

Congratulations to Deepika Kumari, Rimil Buriuly & Laxmirani Majhi - our Indian women's recurve archery team as they qualify for Rio Olympics 2016 and with that we also qualify with 3 women archers for individual event ... Other hand our men lose close match against current Olympics champion Italy in shoot-off.

Indian women came from 1-3 down to beat Germany in topsy-turvy match as our archers struggled in this match ... Second match our archers dominated after losing first set for entering into the semis ... In the semis they face Japan, after winning first set comfortably our women lose close second set ... In third our archers hit wayward arrows but they recover to win fourth set ... In shoot-off our archers score perfect 30 to win the match ... In the final they r facing Russia, Russian girls upset mighty Korean girls in shoot-off ... Good opportunity for our girls for winning their first World Championships Gold medal.

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At $659K Atlanta Open, USA

[Q3] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,148) bt Shuichi Sekiguchi (JPN,423) 63 63

[R1] (Q) Somdev Devvarman (IND,148) vs (Q) Jared Donaldson (USA,166)

Buji qualify for main-draw with comfortable straight sets win over his Japanese opponent Shuichi Sekiguchi ... In main-draw he is facing another qualifier, American 18 yrs old Jared Donaldson, who is coached by Taylor Dent.

At $125K Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open 2015, Nanchang, China

[R1] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,230) l Chang Liu (CHN,256) 26 67(9)

Ankita lose her match in straight sets ... After losing first set Ankita was down 1-4, she tried fightback and won 4 games in a row to lead 5-4 ... In tie-break also Ankita had chance to win this set but failed to do that ... She saved 4 match points before losing long tie-break.

At $50 Lexington Challenger, USA

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) bt (1) Alex Bolt (AUS)/ Andrew Whittington (AUS) 75 57 10-6
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ John Millman (AUS) bt (WC) Jesse Witten (USA)/ Sam Barnett (USA) 60 60

Terrific winning start for Saki and his Bulgarian partner Dimitar Kutrovsky against top-seed Aussie pair in match tie-break ... Other hand expected solid win by RamK and Millman against scratch pair of businessmen.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Golf News

At €2.7M OMEGA European Masters, Switzerland

5 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 67 67 70 64 -12 € 114,480
T24 Shiv Kapur (IND) 68 71 69 67 -5 € 27,270
T24 SSP Chawrasia (IND) 70 66 70 69 -5 € 27,270
T37 Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 68 70 68 71 -3 € 18,090
T68 Rashid Khan (IND) 67 72 74 74 +7 € 5,805

Anirban score superb 6 under round to finish inside top-5 at European Masters ... He wins big prize money with this finish, more than Rs. 80 lacs in Indian currency ... Shiv Kapur scores 3 under to finish inside top-25 with SSP.

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At $769K Claro Open Colombia, Bogota

[SF] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) l (3) Mate Pavic (CRO)/ Michael Venus (NZL) 64 36 9-11

Another missed opportunity for Purav and Fabrice in Bogota semi-final ... After winning first set they lost second with early break ... In match tie-break they were mini-break up and had couple of match point at 9-7 ... Purav failed to win point on his serve and they lose four points in a row for losing this match.

At $50K+H Recanati Challenger, Italy


Doubles Final
(2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Ken Skupski (GBR) bt (4) Ilija Bozoljac (SRB)/ Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 46 76(3) 10-6

Divij lifts his first title of 2015 and 7th challenger title of his career at Recanati challenger ... He and Ken win the title beating in-form pairing of Bozo and Cipolla ... They took complete advantage of rain-break as after losing first Divij-Ken were down 2-4 in the second ... From there they made excellent comeback to win second set in tiebreak ... They kept momentum in match tie-break for winning it comfortably.

At $659K Atlanta Open, USA

[Q1] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,148) bye
[Q2] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,148) bt Treat Huey (PHI,UNR) 75 63

[Q3] (6) Somdev Devvarman (IND,148) vs Shuichi Sekiguchi (JPN,423)

Doubles
[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) vs Treat Huey (PHI)/ Steve Johnson (USA)

Buji is playing in the singles qualifying ... He had first round bye and then face his ex-UVa teammate and ex-doubles partner Treat Huey in the second round ... Buji score straight sets win over Treat and facing Japanese Shuichi Sekiguchi for place in main-draw.

Purav-Fabrice r playing in the doubles and facing Treat and Steve Johnson in the first round.


At €494K Swiss Open Gstaad, Switzerland

[Q1] Vijay Sunder Prashanth (IND,381) l Gerald Melzer (AUS,181) 26 26

No luck for Vijay Sunder as Melzer proved too strong for him.

At $50 Lexington Challenger, USA

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,194) vs (7) Liam Broady(GBR,159)
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,151) vs Qualifier
[R1] (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,221) vs Brydan Klein (GBR,173)

At Lexington challenger Yuki, Saki and RamK r playing ... Saki and RamK having toughh first round matches.

At $125K Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open 2015, Nanchang, China

[R1] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,230) vs Chang Liu (CHN,256)

Doubles
[R1] Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS)/ Ankita Raina (IND) vs Na-Lae Han (KOR)/ Su Jeong Jang (KOR)

Ankita is playing in this $125K series and facing similar ranked Chinese opponent ... Hopefully she has winning start and in the doubles she is facing Korean pair with her Russian partner.

At $15K ITF Women's Tournament, Hong Kong

[SF] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) bt (Q) Beatrice GUMULYA (INA,UNR) 63 62

[F] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) vs. (1) Ayaka OKUNO (JPN,326) 46 06

Prerna's terrific run ends in the final against top-seed and top-325 Japanese girl Ayaka Okund ... Though Okund scored one-sided win still creditable performance by Prerna ... This week she won six matches in a row before losing into the final.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tennis News

At $769K Claro Open Colombia, Bogota

[QF] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS)/ Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 64 64

[SF] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) vs (3) Mate Pavic (CRO)/ Michael Venus (NZL)

Purav-Fabrice score comfortable win over Ebden-Mannarino showing their first round win against top-seed wasn't a fluke ... In the semis they r facing 3rd seed pairing of Pavic and Venus.

At $50K+H Recanati Challenger, Italy

[SF] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Ken Skupski (GBR) bt (WC) Matteo Berrettini (ITA)/ Edoardo Eremin (ITA) 62 64

[F] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Ken Skupski (GBR) vs (4) Ilija Bozoljac (SRB)/ Flavio Cipolla (ITA)

Divij-Ken score comfortable win over local wild-card pair and move into the final ... After longtime Divij is in the final at challenger level ... In the final they r facing in-form 4th seed pair of Bozo-Cipolla.

At $15K ITF Women's Tournament, Hong Kong

[QF] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) bt Ji-Hee CHOI (KOR,480) 64 64

[SF] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) vs (Q) Beatrice GUMULYA (INA,UNR)

Prerna continues with her terrific run and score another straight sets upset win over top-500 Korean player ... Next she is facing Indonesian girl Gumulya, who was pro player but currently playing US college tennis ... So tough match for Prerna.

At $15K China F11 Futures, Xi'an

Doubles Final
[F] (2) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Zhe LI (CHN) l (3) Yan BAI (CHN)/ Cheng-Peng HSIEH (TPE) 76(4) 36 7-10

Close loss in match tie-break for Bala and Zhe Li after winning first set in tie-break against Taipei pair.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tennis News

At $769K Claro Open Colombia, Bogota

[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) bt (1) Rajeev Ram (USA) / Treat Huey (PHI) 16 63 10-5

[QF] Purav Raja (IND)/ Fabrice Marting (FRA) vs Matthew Ebden (AUS)/ Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

Terrific upset comeback win by Purav-Fabrice against top-seed and in-form Rajeev and Treat ... After losing first set Purav-Fabrice fought back to win second ... And kept that momentum for winning match tie-break comfortably ... Next they r facing Aussie-French pair.

At $15K ITF Women's Tournament, Hong Kong

[R1] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) bt Chiaki OKADAUE (JPN,536) 64 36 62
[R1] Rishika SUNKARA (IND,550) l Pei-Chi LEE (TPE,511) 63 46 67(5)

[R2] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) bt (7) Kyoka OKAMURA (JPN,392) 61 16 10-5

[QF] (Q) Prerna BHAMBRI (IND,828) vs. Ji-Hee CHOI (KOR,480)

Prerna is in the quarters after back to back upset win over higher ranked opponents after qualifying for main-draw ... Rain disrupted schedule and that's why first time seeing match tie-break in the singles ... Prerna was lucky to win it in second round against top-400 Japanese player ... In the quarters she is facing Korean girl Ji-Hee Choi ... Other hand Rishika lost close match against similar ranked Taipei player.

At $15K China F11 Futures, Xi'an

[R1] (2) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Zhe LI (CHN) bt Jui-Chen HUNG (TPE)/ Wei-De LIN (TPE) 63 63
[QF] (2) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Zhe LI (CHN) bt Wishaya TRONGCHAROENCHAIKUL (THA)/ Zhicheng ZHU (CHN) w/o
[SF] (2) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Zhe LI (CHN) bt Hiroki KONDO (JPN)/ Kento TAKEUCHI (JPN) 61 62

[F] (2) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Zhe LI (CHN) vs (3) Yan BAI (CHN)/ Cheng-Peng HSIEH (TPE)

Bala is another doubles final with his Chinese partner Zhe Li ... They r having smooth ride till the final and in the final they r facing third seed Bai and Hsieh.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K+H Recanati Challenger, Italy

[QF] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Ken Skupski (GBR) bt (WC) Salvatore Caruso (ITA)/ Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 76(4) 62

Divij-Ken score straight sets win over their Italian opponents and enter into the semis ... In first set both pairs failed to take a break but in tie-break Divij-Ken took control from beginning to win it ... After winning first set Divij-Ken dominated second set and won it with double break.

At $50 Binghamton Challenger, Italy

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,198) l Mitchell Krueger (USA,338) 46 36

Saki was listless in his match ... May be due to jet lag from New Zealand but he need to win these matches to move ahead in ranking.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Zhengzhou, China

[R1] (7) Ankita RAINA (IND,230) l Ling ZHANG (CHN,239) 64 36 67(8)

How Ankita lose her match is big puzzle ... She had ample chances to finish the match but she failed ... She was serving for the match in the third set at 5-4 and then 6-5 but both time failed to hold ... In tie-break also she had 3 match points but she failed to cross the line.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tennis News

At Davis Cup - World Group - Playoff 2015, India

Again bad draw for us as we are facing top-seed Czech Republic for place in World group ... This is home tie for us but facing WR #6 Tomas Berdych, WR #44 Jiri Vesely and WR #54 Lukas Rosol in the singles is a tough challenge for our players.

At $50K+H Recanati Challenger, Italy

[R1] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Ken Skupski (GBR) bt Mohammed Safwat (EGY)/ Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) 63 64

[QF] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Ken Skupski (GBR) vs (WC) Salvatore Caruso (ITA)/ Stefano Napolitano (ITA)

Divij-Ken start with comfortable straight sets win over Safwat-Weissborn ... Next they r facing local wild-card pair Caruso-Napolitano.