Friday, May 25, 2018

Tennis News

At French Open 2018, Roland Garros, France

[Q3] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) l (13) Elias Ymer (SWE,122) 36 46

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,94) vs (LL) Ruben Bemelmans (BEL,111)

Prajnesh lost in straight sets against Ymer ... In this match, Prajnesh failed to play his regular game and allowed Ymer to control in this match ... Still really a good performance by Prajnesh in this French Open qualifying.

Yen-Hsun Lu withdraws, so Yuki is playing against lucky loser Ruben Bemelmans in the first round ... A bit tougher match for Yuki as Ruben played few tournaments on clay in preparation for French Open.


At €501K Lyon Open 2018, France

[SF] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l Nick Kyrgios (AUS)/ Jack Sock (USA) 57 46
[SF] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Roman Jebavy (CZE)/ Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 57 16

Our both pairs lost in straight sets against their respective opponents.

Squash News

At $15K Men's Arnold Homes Tring Open 2018, Tring, Herts, England

[Q1] Abhay Singh (IND,107) bt Michael Harris (ENG,216) 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)
[Q2] Abhay Singh (IND,107) bt Emyr Evans (WAL,129) 11-9, 5-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-7 (64m)

[R1] (Q) Abhay Singh (IND,107) l (1) Adrian Waller (ENG,44) 7-11, 14-16, 6-11 (41m)
[R1] (7) Ramit Tandon (IND,65) bt Ahsan Ayaz (PAK,87) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (27m)

[QF] (7) Ramit Tandon (IND,65) l (1) Adrian Waller (ENG,44) 6-11, 9-11, 9-11 (46m)

Young Abhay Singh qualified for main-draw with fighting wins ... But top-50 player Adrian Waller won against him in the first round and he defeated another Indian Ramit in the quarters.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tennis News

At €501K Lyon Open 2018, France

[QF] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (3) Julio Peralta (CHI)/ Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 75 64
[QF] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) l Roman Jebavy (CZE)/ Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 75 46 7-10

[SF] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS)/ Jack Sock (USA)
[SF] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Roman Jebavy (CZE)/ Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

Purav-Fabrice scored straight sets win over 3rd seed South American pair for entering into the semis ... They will face Jebavy and Middelkoop, who defeated Rohan and Edouard ... Rohan-Edouard started with winning the first set but failed to capitalize on that ... Divij and Garcia-Lopez will be facing Kyrgios and Sock.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tennis News

At French Open 2018, Roland Garros, France

[Q2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) bt (32) Marcelo Arevalo (ESA,146) 64 61

[Q3] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) vs (13) Elias Ymer (SWE,122)

What a match Prajnesh played against higher ranked Arevalo ... He wasn't made much-unforced errors and played perfect clay court game ... In the first set, both players held their respective service games till 8th game ... Prajnesh broke Arevalo in the 9th game and then held his service game comfortably for winning the set ... In the second set, after 0-1 Prajnesh won next 6 games breaking Arevalo in the 3rd, 5th and 7th games ... He won 8 games of last 9 games played for a dominating win ... So now only Ymer is in-between of entry in French Open main-draw for Prajnesh.

At €501K Lyon Open 2018, France

[QF] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Ken Skupski (GBR)/ Neal Skupski (GBR) 67(7) 76(8) 10-8

Divij is in the semis with Garcia-Lopez ... They scored hard-fought comeback win after saving multiple match points to beat Skupski brothers in almost 2 hours match ... After losing the first set in the tie-break Divij-Guillermo won the second set tie-break on extra points ... They kept momentum in the match tie-break for completing this exciting win.

At $100K Loughborough Challenger 2018, England

[R1] (1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Matt Reid (AUS) l Robert Galloway (USA)/ Nathaniel Lammons (USA) 76(7) 26 8-10

The top-seeds, Jeevan and Matt Reid lost in the match tie-break against American pair in the first round of Loughborough Challenger ... They started with winning the first set in a long tie-break but failed to keep momentum.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tennis News

At French Open 2018, Roland Garros, France

[Q1] Ankita Raina (IND,181) vs (10) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS,116) 36 67(2)

[Q2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) vs (32) Marcelo Arevalo (ESA,146)

Ankita lost in her first grand slam match against experienced Rodina ... After losing the first set Ankita took a lead and she was double break up at 5-2 ... But Rodina used her all experience and fought back and dominated the tie-break for completing win in straight sets ... Still, decent performance by Ankita on this big stage.

Prajnesh is facling clay courter Marcelo Arevalo in the second qualifying.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2018 - World Group Playoff,

Serbia has decided to play tie on an indoor clay court in Kraljevo on 14-16 September 2018 ... The tie was tough but after court selection becomes lot tougher.

At French Open 2018, Roland Garros, France

[Q1] Sumit Nagal (IND,226) l (10) Martin Klizan (SVK,121) 64 46 16
[Q1] (12) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,124) l Jay Clarke (GBR,228) 36 75 16
[Q1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) bt Salvatore Caruso (ITA,229) 64 64

Prajnesh scored straight sets win over Italian Caruso ... In both sets, Prajnesh took a break advantage and kept that winning the match ... After winning the first set he broke Caruso in the 5th game to lead 3-2 and kept that advantage for winning the match.

RamK started breaking Jay to lead 2-0 but afterwards Jay took a control and won six games of next seven games for winning the set ... In the second set, RamK broke Jay in the 7th game, 4-3, but lost his serve in the next game, 4-all ... RamK again broke Caruso in the 11th and then held his serve for taking the match into decider ... But after that RamK struggled with his game and lost the final set easily.

Sumit was in control for one and half sets against in-form Klizan but after that Klizan played a very high quality tennis to win it ... He simply showed why he was junior French open champion and former top-25 player ... In the first set, Sumit broke Klizan in the 3rd game but failed to hold his serve in next game, 2-all ... Sumit again broke Klizan in the 7th game, 4-3, this time he managed to hold this break advantage for winning the set ... In the second set, Sumit broke Klizan in the 3rd game to lead 2-1 but when Sumit was 4-2 up Klizan raised his game ... He won next nine games, so won the second set 4-6 and was leading 0-5 ... Klizan won the final set comfortably, but still it was good outing for Sumit to take positives from this match as he stretched this quality clay court specialist.


At €501K Lyon Open 2018, France

[R1] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)/ Jackson Withrow (USA) 76(6) 76(5)
[R1] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt (WC) Gregoire Barrere (FRA)/ Tristan Lamasine (FRA) 36 61 10-5

[QF] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Ken Skupski (GBR)/ Neal Skupski (GBR)
[QF] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Roman Jebavy (CZE)/ Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

Fabrice-Purav scored a hard fought win over Podlipnik-Castillo and Withrow in two tie-breaks.

Rohan-Edouard made a strong comeback after losing the first set ... They won the second and the match tie-break comfortably ... Next, they r facing Dutch-Czech pair.

In the quarters, Divij and Garcia-Lopez r facing Skupski brothers.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Golf News

At $7.7M AT andT Byron Nelson 2018, Dallas, Texas, USA (PGA Tour)

T26 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 68 67 72 67 -10 $55,825.00

The third cost Anirban top-20 finish, but still decent performance to finish inside top-30 after poor last few weeks.

Tennis News

At French Open 2018, Roland Garros, France

[Q1] Sumit Nagal (IND,226) vs (10) Martin Klizan (SVK,121)
[Q1] (12) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,124) vs Jay Clarke (GBR,228)
[Q1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) vs Salvatore Caruso (ITA,229)

The qualifying draw is out ... RamK is the 12th seed and facing young Jay Clarke in the first qualifying ... Prajnesh is facing Italian Caruso in the first qualifying ... A tough match is for Sumit as he is facing in-form Martin Klizan ... In his last two tournaments, he qualified and reached the quarter-finals in Munich Open and Barcelona Open ... In those tournaments, he had notable wins over Novak Djokovic, Feliciano Lopez, Florian Mayer etc and losses against Rafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung.

In another update, Divij is going to partner Yuki in the doubles ... This can be a good partnership but I hoped they played one of the tournament before French Open.


At €501K Lyon Open 2018, France

[R1] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt (1) Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)/ Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) 64 62
[R1] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)/ Jackson Withrow (USA)
[R1] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (WC) Gregoire Barrere (FRA)/ Tristan Lamasine (FRA)

This week, Rohan, Divij, and Purav r playing at Lyon with their respective partners ... Purav-Fabrice r playing against American-Chilean combination, Withrow, and Podlipnik-Castillo ... Rohan and Edouard r the 2nd seed and they r facing French pair.

Divij is playing with Spaniard Garcia-Lopez and had a tough first round against experienced veterans; current top-10 player Jean-Julien Rojer and his partner Aisam ... But, Divij and Garcia-Lopez started with straight sets win over the top-seeds ... A really good win for Divij.


At $250K Internationaux de Strasbourg 2018, France

[R1] Monique Adamczak (AUS)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) l Qiang Wang (CHN)/ Yafan Wang (CHN) 16 26

Prarthana played in Strasbourg tournament partnering Australian Adamczak and another one-sided loss against Chinese pair in the first round.

At $100K Loughborough Challenger 2018, England

[R1] (1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Matt Reid (AUS) vs Robert Galloway (USA)/ Nathaniel Lammons (USA)

Jeevan is the top-seeds with Matt Reid and they r playing American pair in the first round of Loughborough Challenger.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tennis News

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2018, Uzbekistan

[SF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (4) Timur Khabibulin (KAZ)/ Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) 76(1) 63

Doubles Final
(1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Denis Istomin (UZB) w/o

Vishnu-Bala lifted another challenger level title as they received walkover from Elgin-Istomin due to Elgin medical condition ... This is their one of the biggest title ... Before that, they defeated 4th seed pair in straight sets.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Wuhan, China

[SF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,445) l Yue Yuan (CHN,403) 46 46

Another loss in $25K tournament semi-final for Rutuja against higher ranked Chinese girl, Yue Yuan ... Rutuja failed to repeat her previous rounds performance, but still good tournament for her as after a week her ranking will be first-time inside top-400.

Tennis News

At French Open 2018 , Roland Garros, France [Q3] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) l (13) Elias Ymer (SWE,122) 36 46 [R1] Yuki Bhambri (IN...