Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tennis News

At US Open 2017, New York, USA

[Q1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,225) vs (24) Yannick Hanfmann (GER,133)
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,156) vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra,213)
[Q1] Yuki BHambri (IND,158) vs (22) Go Soeda (JPN,131)

All our three players having tough matches but the same we can expect in the grand slam qualifying ... RamK is facing former WR #12 ageing Frenchman ... Yuki having challenge of Go Soeda.

At $664K Winston-Salem Open 2017, USA

[R1] (WC) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)/ Franko Skugor (CRO) 76(3) 36 5-10

Lee-Purav partnership started with a loss ... After winning the first set they failed to push advantage for winning the match.

At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Artvin, Turkey

[R1] (WC) Berfu Cengiz (TUR)/ Karman Kaur Thandi (IND) bt Veronika Kapshay (UKR)/ Julia Wachaczyk (GER) 63 46 10-5
[R1] (3) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND)/ Ana Veselinovic (MNE) bt Anastasia Potapova (RUS) / Valeriya Strakhova (UKR) 64 46 10-8
[R1] Gabriela Ce (BRA)/ Ankita Raina (IND) bt Dea Herdzelas (BIH)/ Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) 75 64

In the doubles, our three players started with a win with their respective partners.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Badminton News

At TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017, Glasgow, Scotland

[R1] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) bt Sergey Sirant (RUS,71) 21-13 21-12
[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,29) bt Pablo Abian (ESP,37) 21-8 17-4 retd.

[R1] Rituparna Das (IND,46) bt Airi Mikkela (FIN,54) 2-0 retd.
[R1] Tanvi Lad (IND,93) bt Chloe Birch (ENG,85) 17-21 21-10 21-19

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth B. Reddy (IND) l Chung Eui Seok (KOR)/ Kim Dukyoung (KOR) 20-22 11-21

[R1] Sanjana Santosh (IND)/ Arathi Sara Sunil (IND) bt Natalya Voytsekh (UKR)/ Yelyzaveta Zharka (UKR) 21-15 21-18

[R1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Maneesha K (IND) bt Tam Chun Hei (HKG)/ Ng Tsz Yau (HKG) 24-22 21-17
[R1] Yogendran Khrishnan (MAS)/ Prajakta Sawant (IND) bt Lu Ching Yao (TPE)/ Chiang Kai Hsin (TPE) 21-15 13-21 21-18
[R1] B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Sawan Serasinghe (AUS)/ Setyana Mapasa (AUS) w/o

[R2] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs Lucas Corvee (FRA,63)
[R2] Sameer Verma (IND,29) vs (16) Rajiv Ouseph (ENG,20)

[R2] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,5) vs Hyo Min Kim (KOR,42)
[R2] (12) Saina Nehwal (IND,16) vs Sabrina Jaquet (SUI,36)
[R2] Rituparna Das (IND,46) vs (16) Kirsty Gilmour (SCO,27)
[R2] Tanvi Lad (IND,93) vs (2) Ji Hyun Sung (KOR,3)

[R2] Sanjana Santosh (IND)/ Arathi Sara Sunil (IND) vs (14) Yixin Bao (CHN)/ Xiaohan Yu (CHN)

[R2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Maneesha K (IND) vs (14) Mathias Christiansen (DEN)/ Sara Thygesen (DEN)
[R2] (15) Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs Yogendran Khrishnan (MAS)/ Prajakta Sawant (IND)
[R2] B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs (13) Yilyu Wang (CHN)/ Dongping Huang (CHN)

Expected comfortable winning start for Srikanth against lower ranked Russian ... Next, he is facing below 60 ranked Frenchman, Lucas Corvee ... Saina is facing Swiss girl Jaquet in the second round ... Sindhu is having tricky opponent, Korean Hyo Min Kim ... In their last meeting in 2016, Kim defeated Sindhu in straight games.

Sameer was up 17-4 in the second after winning the first game when his Spaniard opponent Pablo Abian retired from the match ... Next, he is facing local favorite Rajiv Ouseph.

Tanvi scored excellent comeback after losing the first game against a local player, Chloe Birch ... Next. she is facing WR #3 Korean Ji Hyun Sung ... Rituparna also moved to the second round as her opponent retired after playing only 2 points ... Next, she is facing 16th seed Scottish girl, Kirsty Gilmour.

In the doubles, Sanjana and Arathi started with straight games win against Ukrainian pair ... Other hand, Sumeeth, and Manu lost in the first round against Korean pair..

Our all three MXD pairs started with a contrasting win ... Sumeeth-Ashwini received walkover from their Aussie pair but facing seeded Chinese pair in the second ... Satwik-Maneesha started with straight games win over Hong Kong pair and facing Danish seeded pair in the second round ... Prajakta with her Malaysian partner started with three games win over Taipei pair ... Next, they r facing Indian seeded pair Pranaav-Sikki.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Golf News

At $5.8M Wyndham Championship 2017, Greensboro, North Carolina (PGA Tour)

T28 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 65 66 68 72 -9 $36,153.00

Again last round cost Anirban top-10 finish ... After the end of the third round he was T11 but in the last round he scored 2 over and got slide below top-25.

At $1.5M Fiji International 2017, Natadola Bay (European Tour)

T20 Rahil Gangjee (IND) 69 72 70 72 -5 $11,496
T24 Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 75 71 69 69 -4 $9,968

Rahil and Shubhankar finished inside top-25 standing in Fuji tournament.

Tennis News

At $664K Winston-Salem Open 2017, USA

[R1] (WC) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)/ Franko Skugor (CRO)

Purav and Divij have split and both r participating with different partners in US Open ... Divij will be playing with German Andre Begemann and Purav will be playing with Leander.

This week Purav and Lee have received wild card in Winston-Salem Open, so here they can honed their skill before US Open.


At $710K Connecticut Open 2017, New Haven, USA (Premier)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs (WC) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)/ Sloane Stephens (USA)

This week Sania is playing with Monica Niculescu and they r facing good singles players Stephens and Bouchard in the first round.

At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Artvin, Turkey

[R1] (6) Ankita Raina (IND,271) vs (WC) Basak Akbas (TUR,UNR)
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,340) vs Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR,409)

Ankita is facing local teenager in the first round ... Karman is facing former top-150 Ukrainian player, Anastasiya Vasylyeva.

Badminton News

At TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017, Glasgow, Scotland

[R1] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs Sergey Sirant (RUS,71)
[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,29) vs Pablo Abian (ESP,37)
[R1] (15) Sai Praneeth B. (IND,19) vs Wei Nan (HKG,44)
[R1] (13) Ajay Jayaram (IND,17) vs Luka Wraber (AUT,114)

[R1] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,5) bye
[R1] Rituparna Das (IND,46) vs Airi Mikkela (FIN,54)
[R2] (12) Saina Nehwal (IND,16) bye
[R1] Tanvi Lad (IND,93) vs Chloe Birch (ENG,85)

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth B. Reddy (IND) vs Chung Eui Seok (KOR)/ Kim Dukyoung (KOR)
[R1] Arjun M.R. (IND)/ Ramchandran Shlok (IND) vs Liao Min Chun (TPE)/ Cheng Heng Su (TPE)
[R2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) vs Hiroyuki Endo (JPN)/ Yuta Watanabe (JPN)

[R1] Sanjana Santosh (IND)/ Arathi Sara Sunil (IND) vs Natalya Voytsekh (UKR)/ Yelyzaveta Zharka (UKR)
[R1] N. Sikki Reddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs Ririn Amelia (INA)/ Anna Ching Yik Cheong (MAS)
[R1] Meghana Jakkampudi (IND)/ Poorvisha S Ram (IND) vs Eefje Muskens (NED)/ Selena Piek (NED)

[R1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Maneesha K (ND) vs Tam Chun Hei (HKG)/ Ng Tsz Yau (HKG)
[R1] (15) Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) bye
[R1] Yogendran Khrishnan (MAS)/ Prajakta Sawant IND) vs Lu Ching Yao (TPE)/ Chiang Kai Hsin (TPE)
[R1] B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs Sawan Serasinghe (AUS)/ Setyana Mapasa (AUS)

In this World Championship, we r participating with the biggest contingent and here we can except multiple medals considering our players recent performances.

Football News

At the AIFF Tri-Nation Series 2017, Mumbai, India

India bt Mauritius 2-1 (1-1)
Goal Scored - Robin Singh (IND) 37', Balwant Singh (IND) 62' and Mervyn Jocelyn (MAU) 15'

India came back from a goal down to beat Mauritius 2-1 in the opening game of the AIFF Tri-Nation series at the Mumbai Football Arena ... The Indians next face Caribbean side St. Kitts & Nevis on Thursday.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tennis News

At $5M Cincinnati Masters 2017, USA

[QF] (7) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Ivan Dodig (CRO) l (2) Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Marcelo Melo (BRA) 16 76(5) 7-10

Rohan-Ivan lost in the match tie-break against 2nd seed Kubot and Melo.

At $2.5M Western & Southern Open 2017, Cincinnati, USA (Premier 5)

[SF] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Shuai Peng (CHN) l Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/ Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 67(6)

Sania and Peng lost in the straight sets against Niculescu and Hsieh.

At $15K Thailand F6 2017, Nonthaburi

Singles Final
(6) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) vs Jacob Grills (AUS,652) 67(4) 57

VSP lost in the tight two sets against his Aussie opponent Grills ... I was expecting for the title for VSP as he defeated convincingly the same opponent in JUne.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tennis News

At $5M Cincinnati Masters 2017, USA

[R2] (7) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA) 57 75 10-8

[QF] (7) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs (2) Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Marcelo Melo (BRA)

Rohan-Ivan scored comeback win against Cabal and Fognini ... In the quarters, they r facing 2nd seed Melo-Kubot.

At $2.5M Western & Southern Open 2017, Cincinnati, USA (Premier 5)

[QF] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Shuai Peng (CHN) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Raluca Olaru (ROU) 63 67(1) 10-3

Sania and Shuai Peng r into the semis after beating their Romanian opponents in the match tie-break.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Nonthaburi, Thailand

[SF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,337) l (1) Luksika Kumkhum (THA,179) 67(1) 36

Karman gave fighting performance against top-200 Thai girl Kumkhum in her loss ... Recently Karman has showed some an encouraging performances.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Leipzig, Germany

[QF] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,271) l (3) Valentyna Ivakhnenko (RUS,240) 26 64 36

Ankita produced creditable performance against higher ranked Russian girl ... After losing the first set she tried fightback winning the second, but Russian girl proved better player in the third.

At $15K Thailand F6 2017, Nonthaburi

[SF] (6) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) bt (WC) Pruchya Isarow (THA,969) 61 67(4) 63

[F] (6) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) vs Jacob Grills (AUS,652)

VSP stretched to three sets by his Thai opponent, Pruchya Isarow ... In the final set, while serving for the match VSP saved a break point before winning it ... Next, he is facing Aussie player, Jacob Grills.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Badminton News

At $8K Eurasia Bulgarian Open 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria (International Series)

[R1] Lakshya Sen (IND,167) bt (1) Sam Parsons (ENG,90) 21-17 21-9
[R2] Lakshya Sen (IND,167) bt (Q) Kiran George (IND,385) 21-12 21-10
[QF] Lakshya Sen (IND,167) bt Dinuka Karunaratna (SRI,171) 21-19 21-14
[SF] Lakshya Sen (IND,167) bt Michal Rogalski (POL,203) 20-22 21-18 21-15

Men's Singles Final
Lakshya Sen (IND,167) bt (2) Zvonimir Durkinjak (CRO,102) 18-21 21-12 21-17

16 yrs old Lakshya Sen lifted his first International Series title outside India ... Overall this was his 2nd International Series title as before this he won Indian International Series title in late 2016 ... Here in Bulgaria, he defeated British top-seed in the first round and Croatian 2nd seed in the final for comeback win ... I am having big hopes from this young lad.

Tennis News

At $5.6M Cincinnati Masters 2017, USA

[R2] (LL) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,180) l (WC) Jared Donaldson (USA,60) 46 62 46

RamK lost in three sets against Donaldson ... Few weaknesses were visible in this match though this was fighting performance ... RamK needs to mix his game, don't need to rush to the net for serve and volley for every serve, need to work hard on his backhands as against top-100 player his backhand weakness is a liability and he needs to be patient in constructing the point.

In the first set, till 8 games both players hold their respective service games ... Donaldson broke RamK in the 9th game and then hold for winning the set ... RamK won the second set comfortably as he broke Donaldson in the 4th and 8th games ... In the final set, Donaldson kept a lot of pressure on RamK's serve ... He took a crucial break in the 3rd game to lead 1-3 ... In the 10th game RamK saved 3 match points and had a break point but Donaldson holds with some big serve and completed victory.


At $2.5M Western & Southern Open 2017, Cincinnati, USA (Premier 5)

[R2] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Shuai Peng (CHN) bt Julia Goerges (GER)/ Olga Savchuk (UKR) 75 64

[QF] (4) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Shuai Peng (CHN) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Raluca Olaru (ROU)

Sania and Peng r in the quarters with straight sets win over Goerges and Savchuk ... Next, they r facing Romanian pair, Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Nonthaburi, Thailand

[QF] (Q) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,732) l (1) Luksika Kumkhum (THA,179) 26 06
[QF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,337) bt Kyoka Okamura (JPN,397) 63 62

[SF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,337) vs (1) Luksika Kumkhum (THA,179)

Karman scored a comfortable win over Japanese Okamura for entering into the semis ... She is having the tough challenge of top-200 Thai girl, Luksika Kumkhum ... Luksika scored dominating win over young Pranjala ... Pranjala was a break up at 2-0 but afterward lost next 12 games in a row.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Leipzig, Germany

[R2] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,271) bt Alice Matteucci (ITA,396) 63 64

[QF] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,271) vs (3) Valentyna Ivakhnenko (RUS,240)

Ankita entered into the quarters with straight sets win over Italian girl ... Next, she is facing top-250 Russian girl, Valentyna Ivakhnenko.

At $15K Thailand F6 2017, Nonthaburi

[QF] (6) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) bt Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA,558) 63 64

VSP into the semis with straight sets win over Thai Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tennis News

At $5.6M Cincinnati Masters 2017, USA

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Alexander Zverev (GER) l Feliciano Lopez (ESP)/ Marc Lopez (ESP) 62 67(2) 6-10

Lee and Sascha lost in the match tie-break against Spanish pair ... They started well after winning the first set comfortably but failed to complete the win.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Nonthaburi, Thailand

[R2] (Q) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,732) bt (8) Yuuki Tanaka (JPN,322) 61 67(3) 62
[R2] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,337) bt (4) Shiho Akita (JPN,247) 63 75

[QF] (Q) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,732) vs (1) Luksika Kumkhum (THA,179)
[QF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,337) vs Kyoka Okamura (JPN,397)

Pranjala scored impressive win over 8th seed Japanese girl, Yuuki Tanaka ... Pranjala won the first set comfortably and was up 3-0 in the second, but from here she lost the focus ... Yuuki fought back for winning the second se in the tie-break ... In the third, both players exchanged early break but afterwards Pranjala dominated for winning it comfortably.

Karman also scored huge straight sets win against top-250 Japanes opponent, Shiho Akita ... After winning the first set Karman was double break up in the second, 5-2 ... Twice she failed to hold while serving for the match but she again broke Shiho in 11th and then hold for completing the victory.


At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Leipzig, Germany

[R1] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,271) bt Bibiane Schoofs (NED,288) 63 2-3 retd.

[R2] (7) Ankita Raina (IND,271) vs Alice Matteucci (ITA,396)

Ankita is in the second round when her opponent Bibiane Schoofs retired in the second set .... But before this Ankita won the first set ... Next, she is facing Italian girl, Alice Matteucci.

At $15K Thailand F6 2017, Nonthaburi

[R2] (7) Sidharth Rawat (IND,505) l (Q) Blake Ellis (AUS,1386) 26 64 57
[R2] (6) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) bt Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN,649) 76(2) 36 63

[QF] (6) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) vs Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA,558)

VSP needed three sets for completing win over his Japanese opponent, Yamasaki ... Next, he is facing Thai Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul ... Sid lost against Aussie Junior top-25 player, Blake Ellis, in three sets.

Tennis News

At US Open 2017 , New York, USA [Q1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,225) vs (24) Yannick Hanfmann (GER,133) [Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,156...