Friday, June 24, 2016

Boxing News

At 2016 AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Baku, Azerbaijan

Light flyweight (49 kg)
[R1] Devendro Singh (IND) bye
[R2] Devendro Singh (IND) bt Leandro Blanc (ARG) 3-0
[QF] Devendro Singh (IND) bt Sibusiso Bandla (RSA) 3-0

[SF] Devendro Singh (IND) l Samuel Carmona (ESP) 0-3

Light welterweight (64 kg)
[SF] Manoj Kumar (IND) l Pat McCormack (GBR) 0-3

Middleweight (75 kg)
[SF] Vikas Krishan Yadav (IND) l Arslanbek Achilov (TKM) w/o

Devendro needed a win in the semis for grabbing Olympic quota but he loses to Spanish boxer for missing opportunity ... Manoj Kumar also lose his semi-final bout against his British opponent and Vikas gives walkover to his Tajikistan opponent.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Boxing News

At 2016 AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Baku, Azerbaijan

Middleweight (75 kg)
[R1] Vikas Krishan Yadav (IND) bye
[R2] Vikas Krishan Yadav (IND) bt Makoto Takahashi (JPN) 3-0
[R3] Vikas Krishan Yadav (IND) bt Zaal Kvachatadze (GEO) 3-0
[QF] Vikas Krishan Yadav (IND) bt Lee Dong-yun (KOR) 3-0

[SF] Vikas Krishan Yadav (IND) vs Arslanbek Achilov (TKM)

Light welterweight (64 kg)
[R1] Manoj Kumar (IND) bt Danielito Zorrilla (PUR) 2-1
[R2] Manoj Kumar (IND) bt Eslam Mohamed (EGY) 3-0
[R3] Manoj Kumar (IND) bt Ayrin Ismetov (BUL) 3-0
[QF] Manoj Kumar (IND) bt Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (TJK) 3-0

[SF] Manoj Kumar (IND) vs Pat McCormack (GBR)

Light heavyweight (81 kg)
[R1] Sumit Sangwan (IND) bt Andrew Fermin (TTO) 3-0
[R2] Sumit Sangwan (IND) bt Jonathan Esquivel (USA) 2-1
[R3] Sumit Sangwan (IND) bt Sandagsürengiin Erdenebayar (MGL) 3-0
[QF] Sumit Sangwan (IND) l (1) Petr Khamukov (RUS) 0-3

Our two boxers join Shiva Thapa in Rio ... Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan have won their quarterfinal bouts 3-0 against boxers from Tajikistan and Korea respectively to grab quota places for India for Rio Olympics ... This is really good result for us ... Sumit Sangwan was in the quarters but faced WR #6 and top-seed Russian boxer for grabbing quota place for Rio ... In that bout Russian boxer proved better boxer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tennis News

At Wimbledon Open 2016, London, Great Britain

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,231) l (21) Daniel Brands (GER,130) 67(5) 67(3)

[Q1] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Dustin Brown (GER)/ Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 76(5) 46 6-8

RamK lose really close match against good grass court player Daniel Brands in two tie-breaks ... RamK had multiple break points which he failed to convert in the match ... Tough loss considering all opportunities.

Sad to see in-form pairing of Divij and Purav lose in first qualifying round after giving fighting performance against really good German grass-court pair ... Divij-Purav lost their serve in 1st game but they broke back German pair in 8th games for 4-all ... In tie-break also Divij-Purav were 0-2 mini-break down but they immediately broke back for 2-all ... They had crucial mini-break on 11th point for leading 6-5 and then won next point on their serve for winning this set ... In the second set both players hold their respective service games till 9th game and in 10th game Divij-Purav failed to hold their serve while serving for the set ... In the third set German pair broke Indians in 8th game to lead 3-5 but our pair fought back and broke Germans when they were serving for the match after saving 2 match points ... But German pair took crucial break in 14th game when Divij-Purav were serving for staying in the match and completed victory.

At $777K Aegon International Eastbourne 2016, Great Britain (grass) (WTA Premier)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE)/ Samantha Stosur (AUS) 61 26 10-4

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) l Darija Jurak (CRO)/ Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 36 36

Not a best preparation for Wimbledon for Sania and Martina, as after winning first round match against experienced players they lose in the quarters in straight sets.

At $25K USA F21 Futures, Tulsa

[R2] Arjun KADHE (IND,1418) l Ryan HAVILAND (USA,1070) 06 16

Arjun fails to raise his game against Ryan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tennis News

At Wimbledon Open 2016, London, Great Britain

[Q1] Saketh Myneni (IND,148) l Tristan Lamasine (FRA,206) 64 67(2) 16
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,231) bt Marek Michalicka (CZE,241) 75 67(2) 64

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,231) vs (21) Daniel Brands (GER,130)

RamK starts with a win against his experienced Czech opponent ... In the first set both players exchanged break but RamK took crucial break in 12th game for winning the set ... In the second set both hold respective service games to take in tie-break ... RamK played terrible tie-break for lose this set ... In the final set RamK broke Marek in 5th game for leading 3-2 and then kept this one break advantage for winning the set and match ... In second qualifying he is playing good grass court German player Daniel Brands.

Heartbreaking loss for Saki against Frenchman ...In the first set Saki broke Tristan in 7th game for winning the first set ... In the second set Saki broke Tristan in 1st game and kept that advantage till 5-4 ... While serving for the match Saki was only 2 points away from a win at 30-15 ... Saki lost his serve and after that everything went southward ... I have feeling mostly his right shoulder injury acted up as suddenly his game was worst ... He lost tie-break and managed winning a single game in the final set ... Terrible time to be injured for Saki.

At $25K USA F21 Futures, Tulsa

[R1] Arjun KADHE (IND,1418) bt (WC) Ezekiel CLARK (USA,1544) 63 64

[R2] Arjun KADHE (IND,1418) vs Ryan HAVILAND (USA,1070)

Good to see Arjun is having winning start in US futures.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tennis News

At Wimbledon Open 2016, London, Great Britain

[Q1] Saketh Myneni (IND,148) vs Tristan Lamasine (FRA,206)
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,231) vs Marek Michalicka (CZE,241)

[Q1] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Dustin Brown (GER)/ Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)

Wimbledon qualifying draw is out ... I am going one match by one so on paper Saki and RamK having winnable matches ... Other hand Divij-Purav r facing tough challenge of German pair, which includes grass court specialist Dustin Brown.

Hockey News

At Valancia Six Nation Cup 2016, Spain

Goalkeepers - PR Sreejesh (VC), Vikas Dahiya
Defenders - Rupinderpal Singh, VR Raghunath, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra
Midfielders - Danish Mujtaba, Chinglensana Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sardar Singh (C), SK Uthappa, Devindar Walmiki, Harjeet Singh
Forwards - Talwinder Singh, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah

The team is announced for the six nations tournament which is starting from next week ... Sardar Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra and Oltmans favorite Ramandeep Singh r back in the team .. Here we r playing against Argentina, New Zealand, Germany, Spain and Ireland ... So good for us test our metal against Argentina and New Zealand with Germany.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tennis News

At $777K Aegon International Eastbourne 2016, Great Britain (grass) (WTA Premier)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Lucie Safarova (CZE)/ Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Sania-Martina r playing at Eastbourne tournament in preparation for Wimbledon.

At €648K Aegon Open, Nottingham, Great Britain

[Q1] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,229) l Jan Hernych (CZE,325) 36 16

RamK fails on his first match on the grass and he faced one-sided loss against Hernych.

At $50K+H Fergana Challenger, Uzbekistan

Doubles Final
Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l (4) Yannick Jkovits (FRA)/ Luca Margaroli (SUI) 46 67(4)

Vishnu and Toshihide lose in the final in straight sets against 4th seed French-Swiss combination.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Fergana, Uzbekistan

Doubles Final
Prerna BHAMBRI (IND)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) l (3) Polina MONOVA (RUS)/ Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS) 67(0) 26

Ankita-Prerna fail to overcome challenge of 3rd seed Russian pair in the final ... Still overall good performance from them.

At $10K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Grand Baie La Croisette, Mauritius

[R2] (1) Snehadevi S REDDY (IND,511) bt Vicky GEURINCKX (BEL,1257) 61 64
[R2] (5) Kyra SHROFF (IND,687) bt Nicole DZENGA (ZIM,NR) 60 64
[R2] (6) Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL (IND,695) bt Claudia WILLIAMS (NZ,1257) 76(5) 64
[R2] (7) Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND,715) l Pauline PAYET (FRA,728) 26 16

[QF] (1) Snehadevi S REDDY (IND,511) bt (8) Fiona CODINO (FRA,711) 75 57 75
[QF] (5) Kyra SHROFF (IND,687) l (3) Chayenne EWIJK (NED,596) 57 26
[QF] (6) Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL (IND,695) l (4) Estelle CASCINO (FRA,661) 46 26

[SF] (1) Snehadevi S REDDY (IND,511) bt (3) Chayenne EWIJK (NED,596) 64 76(3)

Singles Final
(1) Snehadevi S REDDY (IND,511) bt (2) Valeria BHUNU (ZIM,563) 64 46 63

Good to see as per seeding Snehadevi wins ITF tournament at Mauritius beating her 2nd seed Zimbabwean opponent Valeria in three sets.

Hockey News

At Men's Champions Trophy 2016, London, Great Britain

India l Australia 0-0 (0-0) PS 1-3

Indians fail to win Gold but still this is our best performance in Champions trophy to win Silver ... Very fascinating final match as Indian players matched intensity of Aussie players on the field ... Both teams had multiple opportunities but both failed to score in full time ... For India Sreejesh was rock solid in front of the goal ... Aussie had nine penalty corners, in that 7 was in first half and they also missed one penalty stroke early of second quarter ... Indians also had five penalty corners which they failed to convert ... Aussie players were frustrated and made multiple fouls but Indians failed to take advantage of extra body on the field ... In penalty strokes Indians failed to score through Uthappa and Sunil as both hit wide hits and Aussie players scored on both hits ... Sreejesh saved third Australian hit and then Harmanpreet Singh converted third hit for India ... Again Aussie converted 4th stroke and on fourth chance again Surinder hit wide for giving Aussie team victory ... But today we had more possession than Aussie on the field and in the second half better team on the field ... Tough loss but heart warming performance by our team.

Following an official protest from India against a situation which occurred in the shoot-out, there was a delay in the official confirmation of the result ... The protest - in relation to an unintentional foul that had lead to the shoot-out being retaken - was rejected by the Technical Delegate.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tennis News

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Fergana, Uzbekistan

[QF] (6) Ankita RAINA (IND,306) l (WC) Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ,739) 57 75 36

[SF] Prerna BHAMBRI (IND)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) bt Veronika KAPSHAY (UKR)/ Natasha PALHA (IND) 60 63

[F] Prerna BHAMBRI (IND)/ Ankita RAINA (IND) vs (3) Polina MONOVA (RUS)/ Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS)

Ankita misses opportunity of going deep in this tournament ... She lost in three sets against Gozal in topsy-turvy match ... Ankita lost the first set after leading 4-1, won the second after being down 0-4 ... Failed to keep similar momentum in the final set ... In the doubles Ankita is in the final with her partner Prerna after dominating win over Natasha and her partner ... In the final they r facing 3rd seed Russian pair.

At $25K+H ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Montpellier, France

Doubles Final
(1) Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND)/ Eva WACANNO (NED) bt (3) Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO (ESP)/ Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 75 26 11-9

Prarthana continues with her terrific run in ITF tournaments as she lift another $25K+H title with her Dutch partner Eva Wacanno ... In the final after winning the first set they lost momentum for losing second set easily ... But they fought hard in match tie-break for winning it in extra points against Spanish-Swiss pair.