Friday, December 15, 2017

Badminton News

At $1M Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017, United Arab Emirates (Superseries Premier)

Men's Singles - Group B
Kidambi Srikanth (IND,4) l Shi Yuqi (CHN,8) 17-21 21-19 14-21
Viktor Axelsen (DEN,1) bt Chou Tien Chen (TPE,7) 21-16 14-21 21-15

Women's Singles - Group A
Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,3) bt Akane Yamaguchi (JPN,2) 21-9 21-13
Sayaka Sato (JPN,15) bt He Bingjiao (CHN,9) 21-18 21-16

[SF] Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,3) vs Yufei Chen (CHN,8)
[SF] Akane Yamaguchi (JPN,2) vs Ratchanok Intanon (THA,6)

Sindhu scored a dominating win against World Champion Yamaguchi losing only 22 points ... With this she won the group and facing Chinese Yufei Chen in the semis ... Tzu Ying Tai's challenge got over in the group.

Srikanth lost his third match in a row, though this time he won the second game before losing the final game to Yuqi.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tennis News

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Pune, India

[QF] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,569) l Olga Doroshina (RUS,398) 46 46
[QF] (7) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,286) l (2) Georgina Garcia Perez (ESP,238) 46 36

Karman and Rutuja gave decent performance against their higher ranked opponents in their losses.

At $15K Egypt F38 Futures 2017, Cairo

[R2] Aryan Goveas (IND,757) l Pavel Krainik (CAN,899) 26 36
[R2] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND,612) l (Q) Dominik Barton (CZE,UNR) 26 46

Disappointing losses of Aryan and Arjun against lowly ranked players ... Arjun's loss was more shocking against unranked Czech qualifier.

Badminton News

At $1M Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017, United Arab Emirates (Superseries Premier)

Men's Singles - Group B
Kidambi Srikanth (IND,4) l Chou Tien Chen (TPE,7) 18-21 18-21
Shi Yuqi (CHN,8) bt Viktor Axelsen (DEN,1) 13-21 21-18 21-17

Women's Singles - Group A
Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,3) bt Sayaka Sato (JPN,15) 21-13 21-12
Akane Yamaguchi (JPN,2) bt He Bingjiao (CHN,9) 21-14 13-21 21-8

With a second loss in two days means Srikanth's challenge got over from Superseries Finals.

Sindhu scored a comfortable win over Sato and qualify for the semi-final with Yamaguchi ... Now, winner between them will be topped theis group.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Squash News

At $325K Men's AJ Bell PSA World Championship 2017, Manchester, England

[R3] Saurav Ghosal (IND,16) l (2) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY,4) 12-14, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (59m)

Saurav lost in the four games against defending champion Gawad after winning the first game ... After a long first game both players were tired ... Gawad raised his game after 0-4 down in the second and Saurav failed to match his game ... Overall, a good performance by Saurav in this Worlds.

Badminton News

At $1M Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017, United Arab Emirates (Superseries Premier)

Men's Singles - Group B
Kidambi Srikanth (IND,4) l Viktor Axelsen (DEN,1) 13-21 17-21
Shi Yuqi (CHN,8) bt Chou Tien Chen (TPE,7) 21-19 21-17

Women's Singles - Group A
Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,3) bt He Bingjiao (CHN,9) 21-11 16-21 21-18
Akane Yamaguchi (JPN,2) bt Sayaka Sato (JPN,15) 21-12 21-19

Sindhu won the first match beating Bingjiao in three games ... But Srikanth lost easily against Axelsen, may be his lack of match practice hampered his performance.

Tennis News

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Pune, India

[R2] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,569) bt (Q) Kaja Juvan (SLO,529) 46 62 63
[R2] (7) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,286) bt Valeriya Strakhova (UKR,348) 61 61

[QF] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,569) vs Olga Doroshina (RUS,398)
[QF] (7) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,286) vs (2) Georgina Garcia Perez (ESP,238)

Rutuja scored an upset comeback win over junior WR #5 Kaja Juvan and showed her first round win wasn't a fluke ... Next, she will be faced a tough challenge of in-form Russian Olga Doroshina, who was a winner and finalist in the last two weeks.

Karman scored a dominating win over top-350 Strakhova ... Next, she will be faced top-250 and former top-200 Spanish girl, Garcia Perez.


At $15K Egypt F38 Futures 2017, Cairo

[R1] Aryan Goveas (IND,757) bt (6) Olexiy Kolisnyk (UKR,638) 61 76(5)
[R1] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND,612) bt Mazen Osama (EGY,908) 61 76(3)

Aryan started with the straight sets win over his seeded Ukrainian opponent ... Arjun also started with the straight sets win against former top-500 local player.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snooker News

At £366K Scottish Open 2017, Glasgow, Scotland

[R1] Aditya Mehta (IND,80) l Peter Ebdon (ENG,47) 2-4 (73(69)-2, 70-14, 57-66, 0-89(89), 15-90, 7-86(86))

Aditya failed to capitalize on his good start against former World champion Peter Ebdon ... Aditya started with scoring a 50+ break for winning the first frame ... He continued with his good putting and took 2-0 lead ... In the third, Aditya missed chances of winning the frame and Peter fought back to win it by 9 points ... After that, it was Ebdon's show and he won next three frames comfortably to complete the victory.

Squash News

At $325K Men's AJ Bell PSA World Championship 2017, Manchester, England

[Q1] Vikram Malhotra (IND,69) bt Charlie Lee (ENG,116) 11-8, 11-5, 13-11 (35m)
[Q1] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,73) bt Reiko Peter (SUI,152) 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)
[Q1] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,52) bt Miles Jenkins (ENG,171) 11-7, 11-8, 12-14, 11-5 (49m)

[Q2] Vikram Malhotra (IND,69) l Karim El Hammamy (EGY,74) 11-13, 6-11, 6-11 (43m)
[Q2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,73) bt Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY,84) 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3 (62m)
[Q2] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,52) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN,83) 12-14, 11-2, 11-4, 13-11 (49m)

[R1] (Q) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,73) l (13) Daryl Selby (ENG,15) 8-11, 5-11, 5-11 (36m)
[R1] Saurav Ghosal (IND,16) bt (9) James Willstrop (ENG,10) 11-6 ret. (10m)
[R1] (Q) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,52) l Ben Coleman (ENG,53) 4-11, 6-11, 6-11 (43m)

[R2] Saurav Ghosal (IND,16) bt Ben Coleman (ENG,53) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (45m)

[R3] Saurav Ghosal (IND,16) vs (2) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY,4)

Saurav continues with his recent terrific form as he reached into the third round of the Worlds ... Saurav got lucky break in the first round as former WR #1 James Willstrop retired after losing the first game ... Saurav comfortably won the second round beating Britisher Ben Coleman ... In the third round, he will faced tough match against 2nd seed Karim Abdel Gawad.

Harry and Mahesh qualified for the main-draw but lost in the first round ... Harry lost against similar ranked Coleman in four games and Mahesh lost against former top-10 Selby in straight games.


At $279K Women's AJ Bell PSA World Championship 2017, Manchester, England

[R1] (14) Joshna Chinappa (IND,15) l Salma Hany (EGY,19) 9-11, 13-11, 5-11, 9-11 (44m)
[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,20) l (13) Olivia Blatchford (USA,12) 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 14-12, 8-11 (56m)

Joshna and Dipika failed to cross first hurdle of the Worlds ... Joshna lost in four games against young Egyptian Salma Hany ... Dipika lost in a close match against WR #12 Blatchford ... Dipika saved match-balls in the fourth before winning it but failed to keep momentum in the fifth.

Tennis News

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Pune, India

[R1] (Q) Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (IND,751) l (8) Mai Minokoshi (JPN,291) 67(4) 46
[R1] (WC) Riya Bhatia (IND,541) l (Q) Kaja Juvan (SLO,529) 06 46
[R1] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,569) bt (3) Ankita Raina (IND,275) 63 67(6) 62
[R1] (7) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,286) bt (WC) Mahak Jain (IND,813) 62 64
[R1] (WC) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,502) l Valeriya Strakhova (UKR,348) 46 36

[R2] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,569) vs (Q) Kaja Juvan (SLO,529)
[R2] (7) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,286) vs Valeriya Strakhova (UKR,348)

Rutuja scored a huge upset beating her senior compatriot Ankita in three sets ... Next, she is having real tough match against junior WR #5 Kaja Juvan, who proved too strong for Riya ... Karman also started with a comfortable win over Mahak and next, she will be facing Strakhova, who defeated Pranjala in the straight sets ... Dhruthi lost in straight sets in respectable score against top-300 Japanese opponent ... Zeel Desai withdrew from the tournament as her ankle twisted in the doubles match.

Golf News

At € 1M Joburg Open 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa (European Tour 2018)

Picture Credit to Asian Tour
1 Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 69 61 65 69 -23 € 161,790

Shubhankar Sharma produced a brilliant, nerveless performance in the final round to win his first European Tour title at the weather-delayed Joburg Open and with that, he punched his ticket to The Open (British Open) in 2018 ... Before this, Shubhankar has five wins on the Professional Golf Tour of India and can now add a European Tour victory in just his tenth event, having achieved eight top tens on the Asian Tour including the co-sanctioned UBS Hong Kong Open two weeks ago ... Shubankar is now the first Indian to win in South Africa ... He also holds the record as the first Asian to lift the Joburg Open trophy ... With this win, Shubhankar also sealed the European tour card for next three years and the Asian tour card for two years.

Badminton News

At $1M Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017, United Arab Emirates (Superseries Premier)

Men's Singles - Group B
1. Viktor Axelsen (DEN,1)
2. Kidambi Srikanth (IND,4)
3. Chou Tien Chen (TPE,7)
4. Shi Yuqi (CHN,8)

Women's Singles - Group A
1. Akane Yamaguchi (JPN,2)
2. Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,3)
3. He Bingjiao (CHN,9)
4. Sayaka Sato (JPN,15)

As expected, Srikanth and Sindhu qualified for year-end Superseries Finals ... Srikanth is in a Group B with Axelsen and Sindhu is in a Group A with Yamaguchi.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hockey News

At Odisha Hockey World League Final 2017, Bhubaneswar, India

Bronze Medal match
India bt Germany 2-1 (1-0)
Goal Scorers - SV Sunil (IND) 20' Harmanpreet Singh (IND) 54' PC, and Mark Appel (GER) 36'

India beat Germany 2-1 to win a second straight bronze at the last edition of HWL Final ... German players won the heart as they played with only available 11 players (other missed due to illness), means no rotation through substitution ... They fought throughout the match ... Both teams showed intensity on the field, despite our first goal, Germans were compact in the defence and superior in the attack ... They had a seven penalty corners which goalkeeper Suraj Karkera's blocks and moreover their first choice dragflicker and captain Martin Haner was missing in action due to illness ... After conceding a goal we converted the 4th penalty corner in the last quarter through Harmanpreet and then kept a goal advantage for a win.

Australia defeated Olympics champion Argentina 2-1 for winning the HWL Final and also Australia replaced Argentina at the top spot in team's rankings.

Tennis News

At $15K Egypt F37 Futures 2017, Cairo

Doubles Final
Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Aryan Goveas (IND) bt Adrian Exposito (ESP)/ Diego Matos (BRA) 75 63

[SF] Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Aryan Goveas (IND) bt (1) Karol Drzewiecki (POL)/ Szymon Walkow (POL) 76(5) 64
[QF] Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Aryan Goveas (IND) bt Roman Boychuk (UKR)/ Oleg Khotkov (UKR) 36 62 10-8
[R1] Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Aryan Goveas (IND) bt Ivan Krivic (CRO)/ Neven Krivokuca (CRO) 63 62

Arjun and Aryan lifted their first futures doubles title ... In the final, they defeated Spanish-Brazilian pair in the straight sets on the clay.

At $15K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Solapur, India

Doubles Final
(2) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND)/ Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) bt Maya Jansen (USA) / Erin Routliffe (NZL) 75 16 10-6

[SF] (2) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND)/ Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) bt (4) YeXin Ma (CHN)/ Kaylah McPhee (AUS) 63 67(7) 10-8
[QF] (2) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND)/ Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) bt Qianxin Kong (CHN)/ Jiakang Li (CHN) 61 76(4)
[R1] (2) Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND)/ Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) bt Sindhu Janagam (IND)/ Arthi Muniyan (IND) 60 61

Pranjala lifted her 4th ITF doubles title of the year in Solapur partnering Ching-Wen Hsu ... They fought hard in the last two matches to come victorious.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Pune, India

[Q1] (16) Zeel Desai (IND,610) bt Snehal Mane (IND,1223) 63 63
[Q1] Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (IND,751) bt (14) Albina Khabibulina (UZB,604) 26 63 64

[Q2] (16) Zeel Desai (IND,610) bt (2) Samantha Murray (GBR,435) 75 26 64
[Q2] Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (IND,751) bt Emily Webley-Smith (GBR,545) 62 26 75

Zeel and Dhruthi qualified for the main-draw with an upset wins over British players ... Zeel defeated former WR #165 Samantha Murray and Dhruthi defeated top-550 Emily Webley-Smith in the three sets.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Golf News

At $500K Omega Dubai Ladies Classic 2017, Dubai, UAE (LET 2017)

T5 Aditi Ashok (IND) 71 68 68 69 -12 € 13,428.88

After so-so first round Aditi responded strongly in next three rounds to finish in top-5 in this year-end LET tournament.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Hockey News

At Odisha Hockey World League Final 2017, Bhubaneswar, India

Semi Finals
India l Argentina 0-1 (0-1)
Goal Scorers - Gonzalo Piellat (ARG) 17' PC

Australia bt Germany 3-0 (0-0)

Argentina converted their lone penalty corner of the night to edge past fighting India 1-0 ... Argentina adjusted to these demanding, persistent rain, wet conditions and defended exceptionally well ... After scoring a goal in an early part of the second quarter, they used crowding defense tactic ... And that gave them desired results ... In the fourth quarter, our players tried hard and did seven circle penetrations but their goalkeeper and defenders were solid ... In this quarter, we had more than 80% possession but failed to score goal ... Still, fighting and quality performance by our team and showing us, they r belong in these top teams ... We r playing against Germany for the Bronze medal.

Badminton News

At $1M Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017 , United Arab Emirates (Superseries Premier) Men's Singles - Group B Kidambi Srikanth (IN...