Sunday, January 21, 2018

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At $165K Women's Tournament of Champions 2018, New York, USA

[R1] (16) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) l (Q) Mariam Metwally (EGY,22) 13-15 11-13 11-7 9-11 (58m)

Joshna lost in closely fought match against rising 21 yrs. old Metwally in four games ... Metwally won 1st two games in extra points, Joshna tried fightback winning the third ... But Metwally kept her focus to complete win in four games.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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At Australian Open 2018, Melbourne

P.C. to Lee's FB page
[R2] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (5) Jamie Murray (ENG)/ Bruno Soares (BRA) 76(3) 57 76(6)

[R3] (16) Rajeev Ram (USA)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs (1) Lukasz Kubot (POL)/ Marcelo Melo (BRA)
[R3] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (11) Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)/ Robert Farah (COL)

What a win by Lee and Purav over defending AO champions, remembered old days of Lee ... The crowd support was an amazing, as the stadium was almost 70% full and crowd received worth of their time and money ... The match duration was 2 hours and 54 minutes, but not a single dull moment in this match ... In this match, Lee did not face a break point on his serve and Purav played superb return game ... In the first set, Purav lost his serve in the 4th game, 1-3, but they immediately broke back ... Murray and Soares again broke Purav in the 8th game, 3-5, this time also Lee-Purav broke them in the next ... Our pair played solid tie-break to win it comfortably ... In the second set, both pairs hold their respective service games until 10th game ... Murray and Soares broke Purav in the 11th game, 5-6 ... Our pair had a three break point chances in the next game but failed to convert it to lose the set ... In the final set, again our pair had around 5 break point chances which they failed to convert ... In the tie-break, Murray and Soares took a mini-break on the 5th point, 2-3 ... Our pair took mini-break back to make it 5-all ... Murray and Soares had a match point on Purav's serve at 5-6 ... Purav played an amazing last three points using his backhands to perfection ... He won 2 points on his serve for giving 1st match point chance to our pair ... And then hit superb down the line backhand service return for a win ... Our both players played really good doubles game; with a smart shot placing, shot selections and their serve placement ... Though our pair failed to convert numerous break point chances, they kept trying and played their natural game without affecting their game ... Overall impressed by Purav and Lee's approach in this match and their game.

Next, they r facing the 11th seeds Colombian pair ... Divij and Ram will be faced the top-seed Melo and Kubot.


At $15K China F2 Futures 2018, Anning (Clay)

[SF] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,610) l (3) Steven Diez (CAN,312) 63 16 57

A fighting performance by Arjun against experienced Diez ... After winning the first set Arjun failed to keep momentum and lost the second set cheaply ... He tried fightback in the third and was serving for the match at 5-3 but Diez made a superb comeback and won next four games for a win.

At $60K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Andrezieux-Boutheon , France

[Q1] (1) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,287) l Cristina Bucsa (ESP,493) 61 26 16

Bad loss for Karman after winning the first set, so started 2018 season with a loss.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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At Australian Open 2018, Melbourne

[R2] (16) Rajeev Ram (USA)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP) 46 76(4) 62
[R2] (10) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG)/ Joao Sousa (POR) 62 76(3)

[R3] (10) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (7) Oliver Marach (AUT)/ Mate Pavic (CRO)

Juniors
[R1] (Q) Akanksha A Bhan (IND,116) vs (6) Joanna Garland (TPE,17)
[R1] Siddhant Banthia (IND,41) vs (5) Hugo Gaston (FRA,5)

Our both pairs in the third round with a contrasting win ... Divij lost his serve in the first game and with that a single break advantage Fognini and Granollers won the first set ... In the second set, our pair was a break down at crucial stage, 5-6 ... But they broke opponents when Fognini-Granollers were serving for the match ... Divij raised his game and our pair won the tie-break easily ... They kept momentum in the third and up early with a double break at 4-1 ... They kept that advantage for winning the match.

Rohan-Edouard won in the straight sets against Mayer-Sousa ... After winning the first set comfortably, Rohan made too many unforced errors in the second ... But that didn't cost them as they won the tie-break convincingly ... In the third round, they r facing 7th seed Marach and Pavic.

The junior draw is out and our both players facing tough matches ... Siddhant is facing junior WR #5 French boy, Hugo Gaston and Akanksha is facing 6th seed Taipei girl, Joanna Garland.


At $15K China F2 Futures 2018, Anning (Clay)

[QF] (Q) Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,1444) l (3) Steven Diez (CAN,312) 46 06
[QF] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,610) bt (2) Ivan Nedelko (RUS,275)

[SF] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,610) vs (3) Steven Diez (CAN,312)

Arjun scored a biggest win of his career as he defeated top-275 Russian, Ivan Nedelko, in three sets ... Arjun lost the first set when he was serving for staying in the set in the 12th game ... In the second set, Arjun broke Nedelko in the 11th game and hold his serve for winning the set ... Arjun kept momentum in the third and win the set with a single break advantage ... Next, he is facing experienced Canadian, Steven Diez ... Who defeated young Nitin in dominating fashion.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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At $165K Women's Tournament of Champions 2018, New York, USA

[R1] (16) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) vs Qualifier
[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,20) vs (8) Nour El Tayeb (EGY,7)

Dipika having a tough match against Egyptian top-10 player, El Tayeb.

At $165K Men's Tournament of Champions 2018, New York, USA

[Q1] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,49) l Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT,34) 8-11, 2-11, 7-11 (35m)
[Q1] Ramit Tandon (IND,80) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX,44) 11-7, 11-13, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 (77m)

[Q2] Ramit Tandon (IND,80) l Adrian Waller (ENG,38) 5-11, 11-7, 3-11, 2-11 (44m)

[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,16) l (Q) Tom Richards (ENG,40) 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 7-11 (49m)

A surprising loss of Saurav against Britsh journeyman Waller in four games ... It seems, Saurav didn't settled in the match.

Ramit lost in the final qualifying but scored hard fought win over Salazar in the first qualifying ... Saurav is facing a British qualifier.

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At Australian Open 2018, Melbourne

[R1] (16) Rajeev Ram (USA)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt Marius Copil (ROU)/ Viktor Troicki (SRB) 76(5) 64
[R1] (10) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Ryan Harrison (USA)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 62 76(5)
[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)/ Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 62 63

[R2] (16) Rajeev Ram (USA)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP)
[R2] (10) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)/ Joao Sousa (POR)
[R2] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (5) Jamie Murray (ENG)/ Bruno Soares (BRA)

Juniors
[Q2] (10) Akanksha A Bhan (IND,116) bt (8) Rina Saigo (JPN,111) 62 64

Rohan-Edouard started with the straight sets win over potentially dangerous floaters ... Lee-Purav started with a confident win over Basilashvili and Haider-Maurer ... Rajeev-Divij also crossed the first hurdle with a straight sets win over Troicki and Copil.

Akanksha Bhan qaulified for the main-draw with a comfortable win over her Japanese opponent.


At $15K China F2 Futures 2018, Anning (Clay)

[R2] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,610) bt Cing-Yang Meng (TPE,931) 62 62

[QF] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,610) vs (2) Ivan Nedelko (RUS,275)

Arjun is in the quarters with a dominating win over his Taipei opponent ... Next, he is facing top-300 experienced Russian player, Ivan Nedelko.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2018, Melbourne

Mixed Doubles
[R1] (5) Timea Babos (HUN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs (WC) Ellen Perez (AUS)/ Andrew Whittington (AUS)

Juniors
[Q1] (10) Akanksha A Bhan (IND,116) bt Lisa Mays (AUS,216) 63 36 61

[Q2] (10) Akanksha A Bhan (IND,116) vs (8) Rina Saigo (JPN,111)

Only Rohan is playing in the MXD ... He is partnering Hungarian Timea Babos and they r facing Australian wild-card pair in the first round.

Good to see Akanksha Bhan is participating in the junior qualifying ... She started with a win against local player ... In the final qualifying, she is facing higher ranked Japanese girl, Rina Saigo.


At $50K+H Koblenz Challenger 2018, Germany

[R1] (WC) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l (WC) Jan Choinski (GER)/ Marvin Moeller (GER) 46 67(7)

Vishnu-Bala's new season didn't started on the right note, as another first round loss for them against local wild-card pair.

At $15K China F2 Futures 2018, Anning (Clay)

[R2] (Q) Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,1444) bt Mats Rosenkranz (GER,951) 76(4) 67(2) 60

[QF] (Q) Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,1444) vs (3) Steven Diez (CAN,312)

Another upset win by young Nitin against top-1000 ranked his German opponent ... The first 2 sets went to the tie-breaks, which both players split ... But Nitin runaway in the third and bagelled his opponent ... In the quarters, he is facing top-300 type Canadian Diez.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tennis News

At $15K China F2 Futures 2018, Anning (Clay)

[Q1] (7) Nitin Kumar SINHA (IND) bye
[Q2] (7) Nitin Kumar SINHA (IND) bt He FENG (CHN) 64 60
[Q3] (7) Nitin Kumar SINHA (IND) bt (11) Haitong XIA (CHN) 62 60

[R1] Manish SURESHKUMAR (IND,1033) l (4) Yan BAI (CHN,474) 26 46
[R1] (Q) Nitin Kumar SINHA (IND,1444) bt (WC) Aoran WANG (CHN,1132) 63 63
[R1] (5) Arjun KADHE (IND,610) bt Huixin WANG (CHN,1543) 63 64

[R2] (Q) Nitin Kumar SINHA (IND,1444) vs Mats ROSENKRANZ (GER,951)
[R2] (5) Arjun KADHE (IND,610) vs Cing-Yang MENG (TPE,931)

Nitin qualified and won the first round ... Arjun also started with a win.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tennis News

At Australian Open 2018, Melbourne

[R1] (Q) Yuki Bhambri (IND,121) l Marcos Baghdatis (CYP,101) 67(4) 46 36

Yuki had a numerous opportunities against Marcos Baghdatis in the first round, but he failed to capitalize ... In the first set, Yuki started confidently and broke Baghdatis in the 1st to lead 2-0 ... Baghdatis broke him in the 4th, then Yuki broke him in the 5th, but failed to hold the next game, 3-all ... Yuki broke Baghdatis again in the 9th but failed to hold in the 10th when serving for the set ... In the tie-break Yuki was up 3-1 but again lost the momentum to lost the set ... This missed chances continued in the next two sets ... Baghdatis broke him in the 9th game and then hold his serve for winning the second set ... And then lost the third set easily ... Yuki committed 54 unforced errors in this match and poor 1st serve percentage which tells the story of the match

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At $165K Women's Tournament of Champions 2018 , New York, USA [R1] (16) Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) l (Q) Mariam Metwally (EGY,22) 13-15...