Sunday, September 25, 2016

Golf News

At €300K ANDALUCIA COSTA DEL SOL OPEN DE ESPAÑA FEMENINO, Spain

6 Aditi Ashok (IND) 74 67 75 69 -3 €9,300.00

Aditi gave another top-10 performance on European tour ... In the last round 4 birdies on final 9 helped her to finish 3 under for the tournament.

At €2M Porsche European Open, Bad Griesbach, Germany

T24 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 68 68 69 -10

Decent comeback for Anirban after a month long injury break ... He finished in top-25 in this shorten tournament due to bad weather ... He managed 10 under in this tournament but SSP missed the cut.

Tennis News

At $923K St. Petersburg Open, Russia

Doubles Final
(PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) l (1) Dominic Inglot (GBR)/ Henri Kontinen (FIN) 64 36 10-12

Lee's first ATP tour title in 18 months is still waiting ... Lee-Andre lost in match tie-break against top-seed Inglot-Kontinen ... After winning the first set Lee-Andre lost the second when Lee's service got broke in 8th game ... In match tie-break both pairs exchanged mini-breaks but our pair had a match point at 9-8 on opponent's serve ... Inglot-Kontinen saved that and converted 2nd match point.

At $2.58M Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open 2016, China (WTA Premier 5)

[R1] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bye

Sania-Strycova r 3rd seed at Wuhan open and having bye in the first round.

At $841K Chengdu Open, China

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (3) Dominic Inglot (GBR)/ Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)/ Juan Monaco (ARG)

Rohan and Jeevan r facing Lopez-Monaco in the first round ... Purav-Divij r facing 3rd seed Zimo-Inglot in the first round.

At $641K Shenzhen Open, China

[R1] (PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Malek Jaziri (TUN)

Lee is playing at Shenzhen open with Andre and they r facing pairing of Garcia-Lopez and Jaziri in the first round.

At $250K WTA Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan

[Q2] Ankita Raina (IND,293) l (7) Ipek Soylu (TUR,172) 61 16 26

Doubles
[R1] Nao HIBINO (JPN)/ Prarthana THOMBARE (IND) vs (WC) Polina MERENKOVA (UZB)/ Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR)

Ankita failed to build on her first round upset win over top-150 Russian Ekatetina Alexandrova ... After winning the first set against Ipek Ankita failed to keep momentum and lost next two sets cheaply.

In the doubles Prarthana is playing with Japanese partner Nao Hibino and they r facing wild-card Uzbek-Ukrainian pair.


At $100K Stockton Challenger, California, USA

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,220) vs Darian King (BAR,163)

After six months injury break Yuki is coming back on the tour at Stockton Challenger.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Hua Hin, Thailand

[Q2] (13) Pranjala YADLAPALLI (IND,668) bt (2) Jia-Qi KANG (CHN,473) 64 46 76(5)
[Q2] (10) Natasha PALHA (IND,634) l (3) Na Ri KIM (KOR,501) 06 26
[Q2] (12) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) bt (8) Emilie FRANCATI (DEN,578) 61 62

[R1] (Q) Pranjala YADLAPALLI (IND,668) vs (6) Shiho AKITA (JPN,301)
[R1] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) vs Fang Ying XUN (CHN,392)

Karman scored dominating win over higher ranked Danish player to qualify for main-draw ... Pranjala also joined her with good win over talented top-475 Chinese girl ... After sharing first 2 sets Pranjala was double break up in the third, 4-1 ... But Pranjala failed to keep advantage and scored became 5-all ... In tie-break Pranjala took 4-0 lead but Kang came back, 4-3 ... Pranjala converted 2nd match point for a win.

Karman is facing top-400 Chinese girl Xun and Pranjala is facing top-300 Japanese girl Akita.

Squash News

At $100K Men's NetSuite Open 2016, San Francisco, USA

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,21) vs (1) Gregory Gaultier (FRA,2)

Tough first round for Saurav against Gregory Gaultier.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tennis News

At $1M Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan (WTA Premier)

From Sania's facebook page
Doubles Final
(2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Chen Liang (CHN)/ Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN)

Sania and Strycova crushed their Chinese opponents for lifting Japan Open title in 51 minutes ... This is their 2nd title in their 3rd tournament as pair and overall 40th title for Sania ... This is also 3rd title of Japan open for Sania before this she had couple of title with Cara Black ... In the first set our pair broke Chinese pairs four times and lost their service game once ... In the second set our pair broke Chinese pair twice.

At $250K WTA Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan

[Q1] Ankita Raina (IND,293) bt (2) Ekatetina Alexandrova (RUS,143) 16 60 63

[Q2] Ankita Raina (IND,293) vs (7) Ipek Soylu (TUR,172)

Terrific comeback upset win by Ankita over top-150 Russian Ekatetina Alexandrova, this must be her career best win on pro tour ... After losing the first set Ankita made strong comeback for winning the second without losing a single game and kept that momentum in the final ... In the final qualifying she is facing top-175 Turkish player Ipek Soylu.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Hua Hin, Thailand

[Q1] (13) Pranjala YADLAPALLI (IND,668) bt (WC) Thitirat KANAPHUET (THA,UNR) 61 62
[Q1] (10) Natasha PALHA (IND,634) bt Wushuang ZHENG (CHN,909) 75 63
[Q1] (12) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) bt Supapitch KUEARUM (THA,UNR) 46 60 61

[Q2] (13) Pranjala YADLAPALLI (IND,668) vs (2) Jia-Qi KANG (CHN,473)
[Q2] (10) Natasha PALHA (IND,634) vs (3) Na Ri KIM (KOR,501)

Good win by Natasha against junior top-20 Chinese player but next she is having tough match against top-500 Korean opponent ... Pranjala also started with expected comfortable win ... Next she is having tough challenge of young Chinese top-475 player Kang ... Other hand surprised to see Karman lost first set against 14 yrs old Thai player before dominating next two sets.

At $10K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[SF] (2) Riya BHATIA (IND,615) bt (7) Britt GEUKENS (BEL,613) 26 63 62

[F] (2) Riya BHATIA (IND,615) vs (6) Ana Bianca MIHAILA (ROM,611)

Really good comeback win from Riya against talented young Belgian Britt Geukens ... After losing the first set Riya made strong comeback for winning next two ... In the final she is facing in-form Mihaila, last week who won the title and before that week she was runner up.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tennis News

At $1M Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan (WTA Premier)

[QF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Miyu Kato (JPN)/ Yifan Xu (CHN) 62 62
[SF] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/ María José Martinez Sanchez (ESP) 46 63 10-5

[F] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Chen Liang (CHN)/ Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN)

Sania-Strycova r in another final with back to back wins in the quarters and the semis ... After winning the quarters easily they needed comeback win over Canadian-Spanish pair in the semis after losing the first set ... In the final they r facing unseeded Chinese pair, who scored upset win over top-seed in first round.

At $923K St. Petersburg Open, Russia

[SF] (PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (WC) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) 63 76(5)

Lee-Andre were early double break up 4-0, but while serving for the set at 5-2 they failed to hold their service game ... But our pair again broke Kudryavtsev in 9th game for winning the first set ... In the second set both pairs failed to take a break ... In tie-break Lee-Andre was 2-5 down from here they won next 5 points for winning the set and match.

At $250K WTA Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan

[Q1] Ankita Raina (IND,293) vs (2) Ekatetina Alexandrova (RUS,143)

Tough qualifying match for Ankita against top-150 player.

At $10K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[QF] (2) Riya BHATIA (IND,615) bt (8) Sri Vaishnavi PEDDI REDDY (IND,733) 64 63

[SF] (2) Riya BHATIA (IND,615) vs (7) Britt GEUKENS (BEL,613)

Riya scored straight sets win over Sri for entering another semis ... In the semis she is facing in-form Belgian girl Britt Geukens.

Badminton News

At $300K Yonex Open Japan 2016, Tokyo (Superseries)

[QF] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,14) l Marc Zwiebler (GER,15) 21-18 14-21 19-21

This was disappointing loss of Srikanth against German veteran ... Srikanth failed to keep momentum after winning the first game.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Squash News

At $100K Women's Al-Ahram International NewGiza 2016, Giza, Egypt

[R1] Joshana Chinappa (IND,10) vs (3) Raneem El Welily (EGY,5) 8-11, 2-11, 7-11 (26m)

WR #5 Raneem proved too strong to Joshana in the first round.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup Asia/ Oceania 1st Round 2017,

Draw is out and India is 2nd seed ... We are hosing New Zealand and if we wins then in the 2nd round we will face winner between Korea (away tie) and Uzbekistan (home tie).

At $923K St. Petersburg Open, Russia

[QF] (PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) 63 75

Andre-Lee broke Divij-Purav in 4th game and then kept that advantage for winning the first set ... In the second set also Divij-Purav failed to overcome challenge of Lee-Andre and lost crucial service game in 11th game for losing this match ... This was good showcase match for Divij-Purav to check their progress on the tour against seasoned doubles players.

At $125K Kaohsiung Challenger, Taiwan

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) l (WC) Tung-Lin Wu (TPE)/ Ze Zhang (CHN) 67(9) 36

Jeevan lose in the first round win his Taipei partner in Kaohsiung challenger.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Hua Hin, Thailand

[QF] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) l Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN (THA,451) 36 46

Noppawan proved too strong to Karman in her quarter final match ... In the second set Karman was leading 4-2 before losing next 4 games.

At $10K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[R1] Shweta Chandra RANA (IND,1072) bt Theiviya SELVARAJOO (MAS,UNR) 64 62
[R1] Anastasiia GEVEL (UKR,UNR) bt Angella RAMAN (IND,UNR) 63 60
[R1] (6) Ana Bianca MIHAILA (ROU,611) bt Akshara ISKA (IND,UNR) 63 61
[R1] (5) Ola ABOU ZEKRY (EGY,648) bt Eetee MAHETA (IND,775) 64 63
[R1] (7) Britt GEUKENS (BEL,613) bt Teertha ISKA (IND,UNR) 60 60
[R1] Zeel DESAI (IND,UNR) bt Jelena STOJANOVIC (AUS,1148) 64 63
[R1] (8) Sri Vaishnavi PEDDI REDDY (IND,733) bt Elisabeth CHANTRAINE (BEL,UNR) 4-0 retd.
[R1] (2) Riya BHATIA (IND,615) bt Akiho KAKUYA (JPN,UNR) 61 64

[R2] Shweta Chandra RANA (IND,1072) l (1) Guadalupe PEREZ ROJAS (ARG,581) 16 36
[R2] Zeel DESAI (IND,UNR) l (7) Britt GEUKENS (BEL,613) 36 06
[R2] (8) Sri Vaishnavi PEDDI REDDY (IND,733) bt Eden D'OLIVEIRA (RSA,1239) 63 64
[R2] (2) Riya BHATIA (IND,615)) bt Pei Hsuan CHEN (TWN,UNR) 75 75

In the first round on ranking wise Zeel started with upset win over Aussie player ... Next she faced in-form Belgian girl Britt Geukens, whom Zeel defeated her in last week match but interested to see how Zeel perform against her in repeat match ... And my doubt was right as in repeat match Britt blown away challenge of Zeel for dominating win.

Shweta also failed to challenge Argentine ... Expected wins for Sri and Riya in the second round and next they r facing each other.

Badminton News

At $300K Yonex Open Japan 2016, Tokyo (Superseries)

[R2] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,13) bt Ajay Jayaram (IND,19) 21-16 retd.
[R2] H. S. Prannoy (IND,29) l (2) Victor Axelsen (DEN,4) 16-21 19-21

[QF] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,14) vs Marc Zwiebler (GER,15)

Ajay retired from the match after Srikanth winning the first game ... In other match Axelsen proved strong for Prannoy ... Srikanth is facing experienced German player Marc Zwiebler.

Tennis News

At $923K St. Petersburg Open, Russia

[R1] (PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (PR) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)/ Viktor Troicki (SRB) 62 64
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (4) Andres Molteni (ARG)/ Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 64 64

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND)

Really good straight sets upset win by Divij and Purav against 4th seed South American pair ... In the quarters they r facing Lee-Andre, who also started with comfortable win against Serbian pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R2] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) bt (WC) Patcharin CHEAPCHANDEJ (THA,1148) 76(4) 63

[QF] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) vs Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN (THA,451)

Karman is in the quarters after more than two hours match win over Thai qualifier ... In the quarters she is facing former top-150 Thai player and former junior Wimbledon champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Football News

At AFC u-16 Championship, Goa, India

Group A
India l Iran 0-3 (0-1)
Goal Scored - Mohammad Gharedi (IRI) 26', Mohammad Sharifi (IRI) 81' P and 90+' P

Iranian boys proved stronger team than our boys on the field ... We managed to hold them in the first half where they managed to score only one goal ... But in the beginning of the second half Boris Singh received his second yellow card of the match so we played with 10 players for last 35 minutes ... Still we hold them till 80' minute ... Iranian skipper scored 2 goals through penalty in last ten minutes for comfortable win for them ... So after this loss we r out of quarter final contention.

Badminton News

At $300K Yonex Open Japan 2016, Tokyo (Superseries)

[R1] B. Sai Praneeth (IND,36) l NG Ka Long Angus (HKG,11) 21-9 21-23 10-21
[R1] Ajay JAYARAM (IND,19) bt Sony Dwi KUNCORO (INA,31) 21-19 23-21
[R1] (8) KIDAMBI Srikanth (IND,13) bt (Q) PARUPALLI Kashyap (IND,74) 14-21 21-14 23-21
[R1] H. S. Prannoy (IND,29) bt Iskandar Zulkarnain ZAINUDDIN (INA,28) 23-21 19-21 21-18

[R2] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,13) bt Ajay Jayaram (IND,19)
[R2] H. S. Prannoy (IND,29) vs (2) Victor Axelsen (DEN,4)

No upset and expected victorious in the first round ... Prannoy was stretched to fullest by similar ranked Indonesian ... As expected close match between Kashyap and Srikanth, though Srikanth won in the end still happy about improving match fitness of Kashyap .. Next another match for Srikanth against Indian opponent Ajay ... Prammoy is facing top-5 Danish player Axelsen.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tennis News

At $1M Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan (WTA Premier)

[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Misaki Doi (JPN)/ Kurumi Nara (JPN) 67(3) 75 10-8

Sania and Strycova started with really tight comeback win against local pair ... After losing the first they needed to dig deep for completing win in match tie-break.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] (Q) Natasha PALHA (IND,633) l (1) Shiho AKITA (JPN,297) 26 26
[R1] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) bt Jia-Qi KANG (CHN,485) 64 57 64

[R2] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) vs (WC) Patcharin CHEAPCHANDEJ (THA,1148)

Karman started with a win against in-form Chinese girl Kang ... Next she is facing Thai girl, who scored upset win over 4th seed Russian ... Other hand expected loss of Natasha against top-seed Japanese.

Badminton News

At $300K Yonex Open Japan 2016, Tokyo (Superseries)

[Q1] PARUPALLI Kashyap (IND,74) bt David OBERNOSTERER (AUT,70) 11-3 Retd
[Q2] PARUPALLI Kashyap (IND,74) bt (4) Anders ANTONSEN (DEN,43) 21-18 21-12

[R1] B. Sai Praneeth (IND,36) vs NG Ka Long Angus (HKG,11)
[R1] Ajay JAYARAM (IND,19) vs Sony Dwi KUNCORO (INA,31)
[R1] (8) KIDAMBI Srikanth (IND,13) vs (Q) PARUPALLI Kashyap (IND,74)
[R1] H. S. Prannoy (IND,29) vs Iskandar Zulkarnain ZAINUDDIN (INA,28)

Good to see dominating winning start for Kashyap after his long injury break ... But in main-draw he is facing compatriot Srikanth.

Basketball News

At FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, Tehran, Iran

For 7th Position
India bt Chinese Taipei 80-68 (Q1 17-22, Q2 16-10, Q3 19-18, Q4 28-18)

Indian men surprised everyone to finish on 7th position after beating higher ranked Chinese Taipei in classification match ... For us Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scored 22 pts and also 4 assist ... In group stage Chinese Taipei convincingly defeated us so this was sweet revenge.

Before that in Classification 5th–8th match Japan defeated us 66-77 and in the quarters eventual champion Iran toyed with us for 47-77 victory.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Football News

At AFC u-16 Championship, Goa, India

Group A
India dw Saudi Arabia 3-3 (2-1)
Goal Scored - Aniket Jadhav (IND) 6', Aman Chetri (IND) 23', Suresh Singh 90+' P and Aldhuwayhi (KSA) 36', Albrikan (KSA) 82' and 83'

In both matches our boys struggled in last 20-25 mins ... Our high-energy style of game took toll on our players ... Today we were lucky as we managed to squeeze penalty in dying seconds for equalizer ... In this match first 30 mins we dominated but after that Saudi was better team on the field.

In this match Indians started usual dominant style scoring two goals in first 25 minutes ... After that Saudi hit back with their controlled game and our boys struggled in later part of the match ... But in end survived with their never die attitude for earning penalty of last kick of the match.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup World Group Play-off 2016, New Delhi, India

India l Spain 0-5

Day one
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,203) l Feliciano Lopez (ESP,26) 46 46 63 16
[R2] Saketh Myneni (IND,137) l David Ferrer (ESP,13) 16 26 16

Day Two
[R3] Leander Paes (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l Feliciano Lopez (ESP)/ Marc Lopez (ESP) 64 67(2) 46 46

Day Three
[R4] Sumit Nagal (IND,380) l Marc Lopez (ESP,UNR) 36 61 36
[R5] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,203) l David Ferrer (ESP,13) 26 26

In reverse singles India gave chance to Sumit for debut against doubles specialist Marc Lopez ... Sumit gave encouraging performance in first 2 sets but in the third he struggled with humid condition ... Marc took full advantage of it for winning it ... In the last rubber David Ferrer proved too strong to RamK.

At $1M Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan (WTA Premier)

[R1] (2) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Misaki Doi (JPN)/ Kurumi Nara (JPN)

Sania and Strycova r facing Japanese pair in the first round.

At $923K St. Petersburg Open, Russia

[R1] (PR) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (PR) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)/ Viktor Troicki (SRB)
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (4) Andres Molteni (ARG)/ Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

This week three Indians players r playing at St. Petersburg Open ... Purav and Divij r facing 4th seed South American pair in the first round ... Lee and Andre r facing Serbian pair.

At $125K Kaohsiung Challenger, Taiwan

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) vs (WC) Tung-Lin Wu (TPE)/ Ze Zhang (CHN)

Jeevan is playing with Tsung-Hua and they r facing Zhang-Wu.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Hua Hin, Thailand

[Q2] (5) Natasha PALHA (IND,633) bt (16) Ramu UEDA (JPN,1040) 62 64
[Q2] (7) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) bt (12) Nozomi FUJIOKA (JPN,940) 60 62

[R1] (Q) Natasha PALHA (IND,633) vs (1) Shiho AKITA (JPN,297)
[R1] (Q) Karman Kaur THANDI (IND,655) vs Jia-Qi KANG (CHN,485)

Tough first round for Natasha against top-seed and top-300 Japanese girl ... Karman is facing top-500 Chinese player.

At $10K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Singles Final
Zeel DESAI (IND,UNR) l (3) Ana Bianca MIHAILA (ROU,664) 63 57 46

Zeel lost close match against Romanian Ana Bianca Mihaila in three sets ... Zeel won the first set but afterwards Zeel and Ana exchanged multiple breaks in the second ... Zeel was up 5-4 with a break but she failed to hold her serve while serving for the match ... Zeel lost 3 games in a row from 5-4 losing this set ... In the final set also repeated same story ... Firstly Zeel was break down 0-2 but she fought back for 2-all ... Zeel took break in 7th game for leading 4-3 but after that Mihaila won next 3 games, in that she broke Zeel in 8th and 10th games for a win.