Friday, February 23, 2018

Squash News

At $250K Men's Windy City Open 2018, Chicago, USA

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,14) l (7) Simon Rösner (GER,6) 7-11, 8-11, 4-11 (40m)

Saurav lost in straight games against Rösner ... He tried in the first 2 games but Rösner ws a better player.

At $250K Women's Windy City Open 2018, Chicago, USA

[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,20) l (1) Nour El Sherbini (EGY,1) 5-11, 8-11, 1-11 (20m)
[R1] (15) Joshna Chinappa (IND,17) l Mariam Metwally (EGY,21) 5-11.6-11, 4-11 (26m)

In women's section also our challenge got over in the first round ... Dipika tried hard in the second game but WR #1 El Sherbini proved too strong for her in the third ... Joshna also lost in straight games against young Egyptian Metwally.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tennis News

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) l (3) Ben McLachlan (JPN)/ Hugo Nys (FRA) 63 36 5-10

Divij-Scott lost in the match tie-break against third seeds after winning the first set.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger 2018, Japan

[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,242) l Tim Puetz (GER,293) 67(5) 26

Doubles
[SF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs Go Soeda (JPN)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)

Prajnesh failed to capitalize on his first round win but it seems he lost against a better player on the court ... In the doubles, Bala and Prajnesh r facing experienced Japanese pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Perth, Australia

[R2] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,278) l (8) Tereza Mrdeza (CRO,220) 75 67(3) 57

Doubles
[SF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) l (3) Jessica Moore (AUS)/ Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS) 67(6) 16

Karman lost in the singles and the doubles against seeded players ... In the singles, she fought tooth and nail against experienced and top-225 Mrdeza in her close loss after almost 4 hours match ... Karman won the first set but Mrdeza fought back for winning the second set in the tie-break ... Mrdeza kept momentum to win a close third set ... In the doubles, she lost in straight sets against seeded Aussie pair with her Romanian partner

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tennis News

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scot Lipsky (USA) bt Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL) 76(3) 62

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scot Lipsky (USA) vs (3) Ben McLachlan (JPN)/ Hugo Nys (FRA)

Divij-Scott started with a good win against Sitak-Koolhof, who r very regular pair on ATP tour ... Next, they r facing 3rd seed Japnese-French pair.

At €718K Open 13 Provence 2018, Marseille, France

[QF] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Jamie Cerretani (USA)/ Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 36 76(3) 10-4

Rohan-Edouard in the semis after another comeback win against Cerretani-Shamasdin.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger 2018, Japan

[QF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) bt Zhe Li (CHN)/ Stephane Robert (FRA) 64 64

Bala-Prajnesh r in the semis, they defeated Li-Robert in the straight sets.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Perth, Australia

[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,278) bt (LL) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,370) 63 63

[R2] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,278) vs (8) Tereza Mrdeza (CRO,220)

Doubles
[QF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) bt (1) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND)/ Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) 64 61

[SF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) vs (3) Jessica Moore (AUS)/ Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS)

Karmam scored a comfortable win over Chinese lucky loser Kang in the first round and in the doubles, partnering Adina Cristian defeated top-seeds Prarthana and her Croatian partner in the straight sets ... Next, she is facing experienced Croatian girl, Tereza Mrdeza and in the doubles, they r facing 3rd seed Aussie pair.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tennis News

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Jack Sock (USA)/ Jackson Withrow (USA) 36 26

A bad loss for Lee-Purav ... In this match, they struggled to return Americans serve and American dominated on our players weak serve.

At €718K Open 13 Provence 2018, Marseille, France

[R1] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Ken Skupski (GBR)/ Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 26 63 10-6

[QF] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Jamie Cerretani (USA)/ Adil Shamasdin (CAN)

Rohan-Edouard scored a comeback win over Skupski-Tsitsipas ... Next, they r facing pairing of Cerretani-Shamasdin.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger 2018, Japan

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,242) bt (4) Stephane Robert (FRA,162) 63 16 64

[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,242) vs Tim Puetz (GER,293)

Doubles
[R1] (2) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Christopher Rungkat (INA) l Zhe Li (CHN)/ Stephane Robert (FRA) 36 16

[QF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs Zhe Li (CHN)/ Stephane Robert (FRA)

Prajnesh scored an upset win over in-form and experienced Frenchman Robert in three sets ... With this win Prajnesh opens draw for him, so hopefully he will took advantage of it ... Next, he is facing German Tim Puetz.

A surprising loss for Jeevan-Chris against Li-Robert ... Now, Bala-Prajnesh will be facing Lee-Robert.


At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Perth, Australia

[R1] (1) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND)/ Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) bt Chihiro Muramatsu (JPN)/ Ayano Shimizu (JPN) 63 62
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) bt Jia-Qi Kang (CHN)/ Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 64 46 10-7

[QF] (1) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND)/ Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) vs Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU)

The top-seeds Prarthana and Tereza started with a comfortable win against Japanese pair ... In the quarters, they r facing Karman and her partner Adina Cristian, who scored a win in the match tie-break against Asian pair.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tennis News

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] (Q) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) l Donald Young (USA,75) 16 26

I was hoping better performance by RamK but somehow he failed to solve Young puzzle in this match ... Young kept attacking on RamK's serve and was breaking his serve at ease ... A really bad day at office for RamK.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger 2018, Japan

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) bt (WC) Daiki Hayashi (JPN)/ Kosuke Shibano (JPN) 75 61

Bala-Prajnesh started with a straight sets win over local wild-card pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Perth, Australia

[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,278) vs (LL) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,370)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND)/ Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) vs Chihiro Muramatsu (JPN)/ Ayano Shimizu (JPN)
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) vs Jia-Qi Kang (CHN)/ Peangtarn Plipuech (THA)

Karmam is facing Chinese lucky loser Kang in the first round and facing her in the doubles also with their respective partners ... Hoping for a better week for Prarthana with her Croatian partner.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Golf News

At $7.2M Genesis Open 2018, California, USA (PGA Tour)

T26 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 72 69 67 74 -2 $46,996.00

Anirban had a couple of good rounds to push him inside top-15 after three rounds ... But he struggled in the last round to score three over, which pushed him outside top-25 in the end.

At $7.2M Genesis Open 2018, California, USA (PGA Tour)

T53 SSP Chawrasia (IND) 73 69 76 71 +1 € 5,178

The four over third round cost a decent finish for SSP on the European tour.

Tennis News

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[Q2] (8) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) bt (1) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA,109) 63 63

[R1] (Q) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) vs Donald Young (USA,75)

Doubles
[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Jack Sock (USA)/ Jackson Withrow (USA)
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scot Lipsky (USA) vs Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL)

RamK continued with his good performance and scored a comfortable win over top-110 ranked Fratangelo in the straight sets ... Fratangelo never found his rhythm as RamK mixed his backhand slice and net game to unsettle him ... Next, he is facing experienced American Donald Young.

A tough match for Lee-Purav against American pair ... Divij-Scott r having a decent draw.


At €718K Open 13 Provence 2018, Marseille, France

[R1] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Ken Skupski (GBR)/ Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

Rohan-Edouard r the second seeds in Open 13 Provence.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger 2018, Japan

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,242) vs (4) Stephane Robert (FRA,162)

Doubles
[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs (WC) Daiki Hayashi (JPN)/ Kosuke Shibano (JPN)
[R1] (2) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Christopher Rungkat (INA) vs Zhe Li (CHN)/ Stephane Robert (FRA)

Only Prajnesh is in the singles main-draw and having a tough match against 4th seed Robert.

This week, Vishnu is not playing so Bala is partnering Prajnesh and they r playing local wild-cards ... Jeevan and Chris r 2nd seed and our both pairs can face each-other in the quarters if they win the first round.


At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Perth, Australia

[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,278) vs Qualifier

Karman is facing a qualifier in the first round.

Squash News

At $10K Men's 20th Atlanta Open 2018 2018, USA

[R1] (2) Vikram Malhotra (IND,68) bt Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK,161) 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6
[QF] (2) Vikram Malhotra (IND,68) bt (5) Michael McCue (CAN,103) 11-4, 11-0, 11-4
[SF] (2) Vikram Malhotra (IND,68) bt (Q) Edgar Zayas (MEX,212) 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8

Final
(2) Vikram Malhotra (IND,68) bt Mohamed Reda (EGY,58) 13-11, 11-9, 15-13

In the last week, Vikram lifted a $10K title in US after beating higher ranked Egyptian in a closely fought three games.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tennis News

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[Q1] (8) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) bt Stefan Kozlov (USA,158) 63 62

[Q2] (8) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) vs (1) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA,109)

In their last meeting Kozlov defeated RamK losing three games ... This time, RamK turned a table and scored a dominating win over Kozlov ... RamK showed a lot of improvement in his game, so his training stint is showing improvements in his game ... Next, he is facing top-110 Fratangelo for place in the main-draw.

At $733K Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2018, UAE

[Q1] Ankita Raina (IND,253) l (3) Samantha Stosur (AUS,44) 46 46

A decent fight from Ankita against former top-5 player ... In this match, both players created ten break point chances, Stosur converted four and Ankita managed to convert only two.

At $50K+H Chennai Challenger 2018, India

Singles Final
(2) Yuki Bhambri (IND,112) l (1) Jordan Thompson (AUS,107) 57 63 57

Yuki had a poor service day and Thompson took advantage of it to win the title ... In this match, both players had a lot of service breaks, exactly 8 breaks each ... In the first set, both players exchanged couple of breaks and Thompson took a crucial break in the 12th game for winning it ... In the second set, Yuki broke Thompson in the 1st game to lead 2-0 but lost his serve in the 4th game for 2-all ... Yuki again broke Thompson in the 5th game and won the set breaking him in the 9th game when he was serving to stay in the set ... In the third set, Thompson was a double break up after breaking Yuki in the 1st and the 3rd game, 0-3 ... Yuki fought back and broke Thompson in the 4th and the 6th games for 3-all ... Thompson again broke Yuki in the 7th game but this time also Yuki broke him in the next for 4-all ... Yuki missed a match point in the 10th game on Thompson's serve ... Then, Thompson took a crucial break in the 11th game and hold comfortably for a win.

Squash News

At $250K Men's Windy City Open 2018 , Chicago, USA [R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,14) l (7) Simon Rösner (GER,6) 7-11, 8-11, 4-11 (40m) Sa...