Monday, July 28, 2014

Tennis News

At $250K Citi Open, Washington DC, USA

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Cara Black (ZIM) bye

Sania-Cara r top-seed in Washington and receive bye in the first round.
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At $100K Vancouver Challenger, Canada

[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Farrukh Dustov (UZB) vs (4) Jordan Kerr (AUS)/ Fabrics Martin (FRA)
[R1] (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Adil Shamasdin (CAN) vs Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)/ James Cerretani (USA)

Purav is playing with Farrukh
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At $50K+H Segovia Challenger, USA

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Antal Van Der Duim (NED) vs (WC) Jose Esteban Blanco (ESP)/ Jorge Hernando Ruano (ESP) 67(6) 76(2) 2-10

Jeevan-Antal lose their close match against local wild-card pair in one-sided match tie-break ... Before that both pairs shared sets in tie-break.
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At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, Nanchang, China

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,285) vs (1) Luksika Kumkhum (THA,110)

Doubles
[R1] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Tamara Curovic (SRB) l (3) Miki Miyamura (JPN)/ Mari Tanaka (JPN) 26 26

This week Ankita is having tough matches ... In the singles she is facing top-seed Thai girl Luksika Kumkhum and in the doubles she with her doubles partner Croatian Curovic lose their match easily against 3rd seed Japanese pair.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Athletics News

At the World Junior Athletics Championships 2014, Eugene, USA

Women's Discuss Throw
Gold - Izabela da Silva (BRA) 58.03m
Silver - Valarie Allman (USA) 56.75m
Bronze - Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (IND) 56.36m

Navjeet Kaur Dhillon became only the second Indian to win a medal in the World Junior Athletics Championships when she won a bronze in women's discus throw in Eugene, USA on Saturday. The only other Indian to win a medal in World Juniors is Seema Antil who claimed the bronze in the same event in Kingston in 2002.

Navjeet's previous best was 53.97m while winning the Junior Federation Cup at Chennai this May.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tennis News

At $1.65M Citi Open, Washington DC, USA

[Q1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,153) l Sekou Bangoura (USA,553) 62 67(1) retd.
[Q1] Sanam Singh (IND,411) l (11) Emilio Gomez (ECU,244) 46 76(5) 16
[Q1] Saketh Myneni (IND,424) l (5) Marius Copil (ROU,162) 16 46

Doubles
[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Samuel Groth (AUS) vs Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/ Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) vs (4) Ivan Dodig (CRO)/ Marcelo Melo (BRA)

Overall tough matches for our players considering Yuki was playing his first match after more than 5 months injury break, Saketh was playing his first match after about 50 days injury break and other hand Sanam is in terrible form.

As per report Yuki played well till late in the second set ... As after winning the first set Yuki was leading 3-0 in the second set ... Bangoura played well in end of the second set but that time Yuki was struggling with leg sprain ... After losing the second set he decide to retire.

For Saki his top-175 Romanian opponent prove too strong and lose in straight sets.

Sanam stretch Emilio Gomez to three sets but in the third set Sanam was not existent.

In the doubles Rohan-Aisam is facing 4th seed and Lee is partnering Australian Samuel Groth.

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At $50K+H Segovia Challenger, USA

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,313) vs (4) Gregoire Burquier (FRA,169)

Doubles
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Antal Van Der Duim (NED) vs (WC) Jose Esteban Blanco (ESP)/ Jorge Hernando Ruano (ESP)

This week Jeevan is playing at Segovia Challenger ... He is having tough match in the singles but facing local wild care pair in the doubles with his Dutch partner.
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At $50K Lexington Challenger, USA

[SF] Sanam Singh (IND)/ Jarmere Jenkins (USA) l Chase Buchanan (USA)/ James McGee (IRL) 16 46

Sanam-Jarmere fail to raise their game in the semis and lose their match in straight sets against Buchanan-McGee.
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At $10K ITF Women's Tournament, Banglore, India

[R1] (4) Rutuja BHOSALE (IND)/ Dabin KIM (KOR) bt Snehadevi S REDDY (IND)/ Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL (IND) 26 62 10-6
[QF] (4) Rutuja BHOSALE (IND)/ Dabin KIM (KOR) bt Abbie MYERS (AUS)/ Yukina SAIGO (JPN) 36 63 10-3
[SF] (4) Rutuja BHOSALE (IND)/ Dabin KIM (KOR) bt Rushmi CHAKRAVARTHI (IND)/ Natasha PALHA (IND) 61 64
[F] (4) Rutuja BHOSALE (IND)/ Dabin KIM (KOR) bt Nidhi CHILUMULA (IND) / Sung-Hee HAN (KOR) 62 76(2)

Rutuja lifts doubles title with Korean Dabin Kim at Banglore ... In the singles also Dabin Kim lifts title but for Indian only 16 year old Karman Kaur Thandi managed to enter the semis.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tennis News

At $125K Zhong Hong Jiang Xi International Women's Open, Nanchang, China

[R2] Ankita Raina (IND,285) l Ling Zhang (HKG,265) 26 16

Ankita fails to produce any challenge to Hong Kong girl Ling Zhang in one-sided loss.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tennis News

At $50K Lexington Challenger, USA

[QF] Sanam Singh (IND)/ Jarmere Jenkins (USA) bt Austin Krajicek (USA)/ Rhyne Williams (USA) 64 63

Sanam-Jarmere continue with their good performance and score straight sets victory over Krajicek-Williams in straight sets for entering into the semis.
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At $10K Spain F19 Futures, Denia (clay

[R1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,356) l Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP,1275) 57 16

Doubles
[R1] (2) Jaume Pla Malfeito (ESP)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l Joao Domingues (POR)/ Jose Anton Salazar Martin (ESP) 46 36

Some how I was worrying for this result ... After longtime RamK lose to such lower ranked opponent but I think this loss is due to tiredness of last two weeks performance ... So after his doubles loss RamK is getting much deserving longish break.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tennis News

At $648K BB&T Atlanta Open, USA

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Donald Young (USA) l Kevin King (USA)/ Michael Venus (NZL) 16 63 9-11

Divij was needing couple of victories for bringing back his ranking around top-100 ... So this loss is going to hurt him big way as he again ned to play challengers to earn these all points and chances r high that this time he is going to miss US open due to his ranking ... Here after losing the first set easily Divij-Donald fightback to win the second set ... But again in close match tie-break Divij and his partner lose their match.
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At $125K Zhong Hong Jiang Xi International Women's Open, Nanchang, China

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,285) bt (Q) Junri Namigata (JPN,290) 64 26 62

[R2] Ankita Raina (IND,285) vs Ling Zhang (HKG,265)

Doubles
[R1] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Tamara Curovic (SRB) l Gioia Barbieri (ITA)/ Marina Melnikova (RUS) 46 57

In her first WTA match Ankita start with fighting win against in-form Japanese qualifier Junri Namigata in thre sets ... Next she is facing similar ranked Hong Kong player Ling Zhang, who score upset win against 8th seed Ukrainian.

In the doubles Ankita and her Serbian partner Curovic fail to win their first round match.

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At $50K Lexington Challenger, USA

[R1] (1) Purav Raja (IND)/ Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) l Austin Krajicek (USA)/ Rhyne Williams (USA) 16 63 9-11
[R1] Sanam Singh (IND)/ Jarmere Jenkins (USA) bt Andrea Collarini (ARG)/ Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 63

[QF] Sanam Singh (IND)/ Jarmere Jenkins (USA) vs Austin Krajicek (USA)/ Rhyne Williams (USA)

Sanam start with straight sets win in the doubles with his American partner Jenkins.

But Purav-Marcelo fail to give just to their top-seeding and lose in tight match tie-break against American pair.

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At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Phuket, Thailand

[R1] Prarthana Thombare (IND,348) l Peangtarn Plipuech (THA,440) 16 06

Doubles
[R1] Prarthana Thombare (IND)/ Sabina Sharipova (UZB) l (1) Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (THA)/ Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 36 46

Prarthana Thombare seriously need to work more on her game as she is getting hammered by below ranked player outside India.
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At $10K Spain F19 Futures, Denia (clay

[R1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,356) vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP,1275)

Doubles
[R1] (2) Jaume Pla Malfeito (ESP)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Joao Domingues (POR)/ Jose Anton Salazar Martin (ESP)

Here RamK is top-seed in the singles but hopefully he will remain fit in this week after long last two weeks in that he was in four finals and won 2 titles.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tennis News

At $648K BB&T Atlanta Open, USA

Doubles
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Donald Young (USA) vs Kevin King (USA)/ Michael Venus (NZL)

Divij need couple of wins for re-entering in top-100 doubles ranking.
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At $125K Zhong Hong Jiang Xi International Women's Open, Nanchang, China

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,285) vs (Q) Junri Namigata (JPN,292)

Doubles
[R1] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Tamara Curovic (SRB) vs Gioia Barbieri (ITA)/ Marina Melnikova (RUS)

Ankita is getting chance of playing in lowest level of WTA tournament ... In the first round she is facing similar ranked Japanese opponent ... In the doubles she is having Croatian partner and they r also facing unseeded pair.
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At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Phuket, Thailand

[R1] Prarthana Thombare (IND,348) vs Peangtarn Plipuech (THA,440)

Doubles
[R1] Prarthana Thombare (IND)/ Sabina Sharipova (UZB) vs (1) Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (THA)/ Peangtarn Plipuech (THA)

Hopefully Prarthana score some wins this week.
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At $10K Spain F18 Futures, Gandia

Singles Final
(2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,356) l (1) Arthur De Greef (BEL,318) 46 64 36

I was hoping for back to back titles for RamK but still creditable performance by him ... In the final RamK lose his match against top-seed Arthur De Greef in three sets ... Last two weeks Ramk gives encouraging performance on clay winning a title and runner-up.
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At $50K Lexington Challenger, USA

[Q1] (5) Sanam Singh (IND,373) l Richard Gabb (GBR,484) 63 57 46

Another loss for Sanam against lower ranked British player Gabb after winning the first set.

Tennis News

At $727K Claro Open Colombia, Bogota

[SF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Adil Shamasdin (CAN) l (3) Sam Groth (AUS)/ Chris Guccione (AUS) 67(6) 64 17-19

This match was tricky but important for Divij as he was defending load of points as defending champion ... After losing the first set on tie-break Divij-Adil won the second set with a single break advantage ... After that Divij-Adil and Aussie pair played one of the longest match tie-break ... It was continued for 36 points both pairs had match points but Aussie pair managed to convert one for exciting win.
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At $10K Spain F18 Futures, Gandia

[SF] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,356) bt (7) Ricardo Ojeda Lara (ESP) (ESP,476) 76(6) 75

[F] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,356) vs (1) Arthur De Greef (BEL,318)

Doubles Final
(1) Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l Juan-Samuel Arauzo-Martinez (ESP)/ Martin Beran (CAN) 62 67(3) 9-11

RamK continues with his terrific form and enter into another singles final ... Though Ricardo Ojeda Lara stretch him in the semis but RamK completed victory in two tight sets ... In the final he is facing top-seed Belgian Arthur De Greef for second singles title in two weeks.

In the doubles final top-seed RamK and Miguel-Angel started controlling it and managed to win the first set comfortably ... But unseeded Arauzo-Martinez and Beran fought back and won the second set in tie-break ... In closely fought match tie-break top-seed RamK and Miguel-Angel lost in extra points.