Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shooting News

At ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun, New Delhi, India

10m Air Pistol Men
Gold - Tomoyuki Matsuda (JPN) 240.1 (WR)
Silver - Xuan Vinh Hoang (VIE) 236.6
Bronze - Jitu Rai (IND) 216.7

On the fifth day, Jitu Rai won the Bronze in 10m Air Pistol ... He became 6th shooter to get eliminated with 216.7 pts ... Japanese shooter won the Gold after bettering world record with a score of 240.1 ... In Delhi, shooting condition looks favorable as lots of new world records have been created.

In 50m Rifle Prone Men final, Chain Singh finished on 7th position with 141.9 pts, before that he qualified for the final on 7th position with 618.8 pts.

Tennis News

At $2.4M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL) bt (2) Ivan Dodig (CRO)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP) 57 63 11-9

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs Florin Mergea (ROU)/ Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Rohan-Marcin scored superb comeback win over 2nd seed Dodig-Granollers ... After losing the first set they made strong comeback for winning the second and then they won the match tie-break in extra points ... In the quarters they r facing Rohan's ex-partner Florin Mergea and Viktor Troicki.

At $25K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Clare, Australia

[R1] Abbie MYERS (AUS)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) bt (2) Alize LIM (FRA)/ Sherazad REIX (FRA) 36 63 10-6

[QF] Abbie MYERS (AUS)/ Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) vs Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA)/ Genevieve LORBERGS (AUS)

Prarthana with her Australian partner Abbie Myers started with upset win over 2nd seed French pair ... After losing the first set they made excellent comeback for winning the second set and the match tie-break comfortably.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shooting News

At ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun, New Delhi, India

Double Trap Men
Gold - James Willett (AUS) 75 (WR)
Silver - Ankur Mittal (IND) 74
Bronze - James Dedman 56 (WRJ)

On the fourth day, Ankur Mittal won the Silver medal in Double Trap ... He lost in closely fought final by 1 point when Australian James Willett created world record with 75 targets ... Our other finalist Sangram Dahiya eliminated first with 24 targets ... In the qualifying, Sangram Dahiya qualified on 3rd position with 138 targets and Ankur Mittal qualified in 4th place with 137 targets.

In 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women final, Tejaswini Sawant finished on 7th position after qualifying for the final on 8th position with 582 pts.

Also Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu win the Gold medal in the first ever Mixed 10m Air Pistol event at the Shooting World Cup in New Delhi ... This was a new event introduced for the first time by ISSF.

Tennis News

At $2.4M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[Q2] (WC) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Andreas Seppi (ITA) l (2) James Cerretani (USA)/ Philipp Oswald (AUT) 57 36

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Guillerme Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs (Q) James Cerretani (USA)/ Philipp Oswald (AUT)

Jeevan and Seppi lost in the final qualifying round against Oswald and Cerretani ... They will face Lee and Garcia-Lopez in the first round.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Golf News

At $6.4M The Honda Classic 2017, Florida, USA (PGA Tour)

T11 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 65 68 71 71 -5 $147,200.00

Anirban finished outside top-10 at the Honda classic after another 1 over final round ... He was in top-5 standing after first 2 rounds but 1 over third round pushed him down to on tied 8th position ... Still good performance from Anirban and hopefully we will see more fireworks from him in coming tournaments.

Shooting News

At ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun, New Delhi, India

On the third day, in 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men final, Sanjeev Rajput finished on 5th position after qualifying for the final on 8th position with 1159 pts ... In 10m Air Pistol Women final, Harven Saro finished on 7th position after qualifying for the final on 8th position with 379 pts ... So our shooters r reaching in the final but it seems to fail under the pressure of the medal.

Chess News

At FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2017, Tehran, Iran

[SF] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) l (9) Tan Zhongyi (CHN) 4-5

In the last nerve wrecking decisive Armageddon game, Harika failed to win playing with White pieces and game ended after the 99th move ...In Armageddon game, White has to win this game or lose the match and Black only need to draw ... Before that in the tie-break games, the player with White pieces won their matches ... Both blitz games ended in a draw ... In this match, Harika had chances which she failed to take ... So third Bronze medal at World Championship for Harika.

Tennis News

At $599K Delray Beach Open 2017, Florida, USA

[SF] Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/ Leander Paes (IND) l (3) Treat Huey (PHI)/ Max Mirnyi (BLR) 26 16

One-sided and disappointing loss for Lee with Lu against Mirnyi and Huey ... Next, Lee is playing in Dubai open.

At $2.4M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[Q1] (WC) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,335) l (6) Marius Copil (ROU,126) 26 26

Doubles
[Q1] (WC) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt (1) Wesely Koolhof (NED)/ Matwe Middlekoop (NED) 61 46 12-10

[Q2] (WC) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs (2) James Cerretani (USA)/ Philipp Oswald (AUT)

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Guillerme Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Qualifier
[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs (2) Ivan Dodig (CRO)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP)

Prajnesh received qualifying wild-card but failed to challenge his top-125 Romanian opponent. Jeevan has also received the doubles wild-card with Italian Andreas Seppi ... And they started with an upset win over top-seed Dutch pair in the match tie-break ... Next, they r facing 2nd seed Cerretani and Oswald ... The winner of this match will face Lee and his partner Garcia-Lopez in the first round ... Rohan and his partner Matkowski r facing 2nd seed Dodig and Granollers.

At $1.6M Abierto Mexicano Telcel 2017, Acapulco, Mexico

[Q1] (1) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Radu Albot (ROU)/ Mischa Zverev (GER) 16 46

Once again Mischa Zverev with his partner proved too strong for Divij and Purav.

At $15K India F2 Futures, Jorhat

[R1] (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND) bt Aryan GOVEAS (IND) 63 75
[R2] (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND) bt Dalwinder SINGH (IND) 63 67(3) 63
[QF] (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND) bt Mateusz TERCZYNSKI (POL) 60 75
[SF] (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND) bt (4) N. Vijay Sundar PRASHANTH (IND) 63 64

[F] (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND) bt (2) Vishnu VARDHAN (IND) 62 76(1)

Bala lifted his 8th futures title beating Vishnu Vardhan in the final ... Bala won double crown as he also won the doubles title with Vishnu.

Shooting News

At ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun, New Delhi, India

On the second day, in men's Trap, Zoravar Singh Sandhu came agonizingly close to clinching his first World Cup medal in a decade but missed a shot at a crucial juncture to settle for the fourth position ... Neeraj Kumar too failed to finish on the podium despite qualifying for the final in the 25m rapid fire event ... In the final, a series of low-scoring shots saw him crash out first in the six-player final.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Chess News

At FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2017, Tehran, Iran

[SF] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) 1-1 (9) Tan Zhongyi (CHN)

Harika lost in the first game playing with the black pieces against Tan Zhongyi ... But she raised to the challenge and won the marathon second game after 162 moves for forcing the tie-break.

Tennis News

At $2.66M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[SF] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) l (2) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)/ Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 36

Sania and Strycova faced another loss in the semi-final ... Russian pair defeated them comfortably.

At $599K Delray Beach Open 2017, Florida, USA

[QF] Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (1) Mike Bryan (USA)/ Bob Bryan (USA) 76(4) 26, 10-7

[SF] Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs (3) Treat Huey (PHI)/ Max Mirnyi (BLR)

Lee in the company of Lu scored an impressive win over the legendary pairing of Bryan twins in the match tie-break ... Bryan twins were runner-up in Australian open and other hand seeing Lee's struggle with different partners, this result wasn't expected ... Next they r facing Huey and Mirnyi.

Shooting News

At ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun, New Delhi, India

Courtesy OGQ facebook page
10m Air Rifle Women
Gold - Mengyao Shi (CHN) 252.1 pts (WR) (WRJ)
Silver - Lijie Dong (CHN) 248.9 pts
Bronze - Pooja Ghatkar (IND) 228.8 pts

The first World cup of 2017 is started in New Delhi ... On the first day, we have managed to win our first medal ... Young Pooja Ghatkar won her first World cup medal when she won Bronze in 10m Air Rifle Women ... Chinese young girl Mengyao Shi created new World record with 252.1 pts ... Pooja qualified for the final scoring 418 pts which helped her to finish second.

In 10m Air Rifle Men final, Deepak Kumar finished in 5th position and Ravi Kumar finished in 8th position.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tennis News

At $2.66M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[QF] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt (7) Abigail Spears (USA)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 62 75

[SF] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs (2) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)/ Elena Vesnina (RUS)

Sania and Strycova took revenge of their last week's loss with straight sets win over Spears and Srebotnik ... In the semis, they r facing 2nd seed Russian pair.

At $599K Delray Beach Open 2017, Florida, USA

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l (2) Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Rajeev Ram (USA) 57 57

Divij and Purav lost in two tight sets against 2nd seed Rajeev and Raven.

Chess News

At FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2017, Tehran, Iran

[R1] (40) Padmini Rout (IND) 1½-½ (25) Danielian Elina (ARM)
[R1] (4) Harika Dronavalli(IND) 1-1 (61) Shamima Akter Liza (BAN)
[TB] (4) Harika Dronavalli(IND) 1½-½ (61) Shamima Akter Liza (BAN)

[R2] (40) Padmini Rout (IND) 1-1 (8) Zhao Xue (CHN)
[R2] (4) Harika Dronavali (IND) 1-1 (29) Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ)
[TB] (40) Padmini Rout (IND) 2-0 (8) Zhao Xue (CHN)
[TB] (4) Harika Dronavali (IND) 1½-½ (29) Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ)

[R3] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) 1-1 (45) Guramishvili Sopiko (GEO)
[R3] (40) Padmini Rout (IND) 1-1 (9) Tan Zhongyi (CHN)
[TB] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) 2½-1½ (45) Guramishvili Sopiko (GEO)
[TB] (40) Padmini Rout (IND) 1½-2½ (9) Tan Zhongyi (CHN)

[QF] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) 1-1 (5) Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)
[TB] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) 1½-½ (5) Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)

[SF] (4) Harika Dronavalli (IND) vs (9) Tan Zhongyi (CHN)

Harika played four rounds and played four tie-breakers ... But still, she is in the third consecutive semi-final at Women's World Chess Championship ... In the semi-final, she is facing Chinese girl Tan Zhongyi, who scored an upset win over #1 seeded Chinese girl Ju Wenjun in the quarters. Padmini Rout also reached till third round in her first appearance ... She lost in the tie-break against Harika's opponent Tan Zhongyi.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tennis News

At $2.66M Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017, UAE

[R2] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Kiki Bertens (NED)/ Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 75

[QF] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs (7) Abigail Spears (USA)/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)

Sania and Strycova r into the quarters after straight sets win ... Next, they r facing 7th seed Spears and Srebotnik ... Last week our pair lost against the same pair at Doha.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tennis News

At $599K Delray Beach Open 2017, Florida, USA

[R1] Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt (WC) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)/ Taylor Fritz (USA) 76(7) 63

Winning start for Lee with his new partner Yen-Hsun Lu ... After winning the tight first set tie-break they won the second set easily.