Saturday, September 23, 2017

Squash News

At $50K Men's Macau Open 2017, Taipa, Macau

[SF] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) bt (1) Simon Rösner (GER,11) 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4 (76m)

[F] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) vs (2) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY,13)

After longtime Saurav scored top-10 type win ... He defeated WR #11 German Simon Rösner in a well fought match ... After three games Saurav was 2-1 up, Rösner saved a matchball in the fourth ... But Saurav proved a better player in the fifth ... In the final, Saurav having a tough match against rising Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar.

Tennis News

At $2.3M Dongfeng Motor Wuhan WTA Open, China (Premier 5)

[R1] (3) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Shuai Peng (CHN) bye

Sania and Shuai r 3rd seeds and received a bye in the first round ... They r in the top-draw with top-seeds Hingis and Chan.

At $731K Shenzhen Open 2017, China

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (2) Alexander Peya (AUT)/ Rajeev Ram (USA)

Lee-Purav r facing 2nd seed Rajeev and Peya.

At $1M Chengdu Open 2017, China

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA)/ Yuichi Sugita (JPN)

This week, Divij is partnering Lu and playing against another Asian pair in the first round.

At $15K India F9 Futures 2017, Coimbatore

[R1] (1) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,501) bt Dalwinder Singh (IND,1063) 62 63
[R1] (Q) Arjun Kadhe (IND,1157) bt Phongsapak Kerdlaphee (THA,1781) 76(1) 62

[R2] (1) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,501) bt (Q) Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,1781) 63 75
[R2] (Q) Arjun Kadhe (IND,1157) bt Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (IND,1109) 62 62

[QF] (1) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,501) bt (5) Cameron Silverman (USA,779) 64 61
[QF] (Q) Arjun Kadhe (IND,1157) bt (2) Colin Van Beem (NED,644) 64 76(4)

[SF] (1) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,501) bt (7) Aryan Goveas (IND,856) 63 64
[SF] (Q) Arjun Kadhe (IND,1157) bt Ching-Yang Meng (TPE,954) 67(9) 61 60

Singles Final
(1) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,501) vs (Q) Arjun Kadhe (IND,1157) 63 64

Doubles Final
(1) Chandril Sood (IND)/ Lakshit Sood (IND) bt Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND) 64 62

Sasi wins back to back futures title after completing the straight sets win over Arjun ... These two titles win will give Sasi much-needed confidence to achieve more on the circuit ... Also turned out to be another excellent week for Arjun as after becoming semi-finalists in last two weeks, he reached in the final beating last two week's finalist and in-form Dutch player, Colin Van Beem, in the quarters ... These three weeks performance has earned him 22 ranking points which will place him around #800-810 from un-ranked in 2nd October ranking.

Sood brothers lifted back to back futures title ... This week, they again defeated Arjun with a different partner, Sasi, in the straight sets.

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[SF] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) l (Q) Takuro Hoki (JPN)/ Sayaka Hirota (JPN) 21-14 15-21 19-21

Pranaav- Sikki failed to keep momentum after winning the first game and lost in the three games against local qualifiers ... Big missed opportunity of playing their first SuperSeries final.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Squash News

At $50K Men's Macau Open 2017, Taipa, Macau

[QF] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) bt (6) Yip Tsz Fung (HKG,31) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)

[SF] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) vs (1) Simon Rösner (GER,11)

Saurav defeated Yip Tsz Fung in the straight games for entering into the semis ... Next, he is having a tough match against WR #11 German Simon Rösner.

Tennis News

At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017, Russia

[SF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l (1) Julio Peralta (CHI) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 64 36 7-10

Lee-Purav lost in the match tie-break against South American pair ... After winning the first set our pair failed to keep momentum.

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[QF] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) l (3) Viktor Axelsen (DEN,2) 17-21 17-21
[QF] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) l (2) Yuqi Shi (CHN,4) 15-21 14-21

[QF] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) bt Seung Jae Seo (KOR)/ Ha Na Kim (KOR) 21-18 9-21 21-19

[SF] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs Takuro Hoki (JPN)/ Sayaka Hirota (JPN)

Prannoy failed to challenge Yuqi Shi and lost in the straight games ... Srikanth also lost in the straight games against WR #2 Viktor Axelsen.

Pranaav and Sikki continued with taking advantage of their draw and r in the semis with three games win over ther Korean opponents ... Next, they r facing local pair, it will be interesting to find out when last time our MXD team reached the semis of Superseries tournament ... Before this in 2011, Jwala and Diju reached in the semis of China Superseries.

Squash News

At $50K Men's Macau Open 2017, Taipa, Macau

[R1] (Q) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,66) l (5) Omar Mosaad (EGY,25) 1-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 2-11 (65m)
[R1] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) bt (Q) Mazen Gamal (EGY,56) 5-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (85m)

[QF] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) vs (6) Yip Tsz Fung (HKG,31)

Saurav struggled with his game and poor umpiring in this match and Gamal took full advantage to win first 2 games ... Saurav recovered and made strong comeback for winning last three games ... Next, he is facing Yip Tsz Fung.

Harry managed to win a point in the first game but after that he showed fighting performance against Omar Mosaad and won two games from next three ... But he failed to keep same level of performance in the fifth which Omar Mosaad won comfortably.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tennis News

At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017, Russia

[QF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (4) Marcus Daniell (NZL)/ Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) 62 64

[SF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (1) Julio Peralta (CHI) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

Another comfotable win for Purav and Lee against seeded pair ... Next they r facing top-seed South American pair.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R2] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,153) l Filip Peliwo (CAN,267) 26 16

And today Ramk lost tamely against this lower ranked Canadian ... Turned to be poor challenger for Indians.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[QF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs Hua-Chen Lee (TPE,707) 16 26

This time one-sided loss for Rutuja against Hua-Chen ... Last week, she defeated Hua-Chen for lifting the title ... May be she was tired after playing in the singles and doubles in last two weeks ... But still I consider this as a bad loss.

Squash News

At $50K Men's Macau Open 2017, Taipa, Macau

[Q1] Abhay Singh (IND) bt Wong Chi Him (HKG,88) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (36m)
[Q1] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,66) bt Manuel Chan de Oliveira (MAC,514) 11-1, 11-1, 11-2 (17m)

[Q2] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,66) bt Abhay Singh (IND,426) 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (35m)

[R1] (Q) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,66) vs (5) Omar Mosaad (EGY,25)
[R1] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) vs (Q) Mazen Gamal (EGY,56)

Harry qualified for the main-draw with two straight games win ... In the qualifying, young Abhay Singh also scored a good win over top-100 Hong Kong player ... In the main-draw, Saurav having a winnable match and Harry is facing former WR #3 Omar Mosaad.

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[R2] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) bt Yun Hu (HKG,28) 21-12 21-11
[R2] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) bt Jen Hao Hsu (TPE,27) 21-16 23-21
[R2] Sameer Verma (IND,25) l (2) Yuqi Shi (CHN,4) 21-10 17-21 15-21

[R2] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) l Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,9) 18-21 8-21
[R2] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) l (5) Carolina Marin (ESP,5) 16-21 13-21

[R2] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) l (4) Praveen Jordan (INA)/ Debby Susanto (INA) 27-29 21-16 12-21
[R2] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) bt Yuki Kaneko (JPN)/ Koharu Yonemoto (JPN) 21-13 21-17

[QF] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs (3) Viktor Axelsen (DEN,2)
[QF] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) vs (2) Yuqi Shi (CHN,4)

[QF] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs Seung Jae Seo (KOR)/ Ha Na Kim (KOR)

Prannoy entered into the quarters with straight games win over en Hao Hsu ... Next, he is facing 2nd seed Yuqi Shi, who defeated Sameer Verma in three games ... In that match, Sameer started well and won the first game comfortably but Yuqi recovered and fought back to win next two games.

Dominating win by Srikanth against Yun Hu losing only 23 points ... Next, he is facing WR #2 Danish player, Viktor Axelsen.

Good to see Pranaav and Sikki taking advantage of the weaker draw for entering into the quarters of Superseries tournament ... They scored straight games win over lower ranked local pair ... Next, they r facing Korean pair.

After longtime our women singles challenge got over in the second round when Sindhu and Saina were plying ... I expected a tough match for Sindhu but she folded easily in the second game against Nozomi Okuhara ... Saina is still long from her top performance as she failed to challenge Carolina Marin in her loss.

Satwik with Ashwin missed a huge opportunity of scoring an upset win over WR #5 Indonesian pair ... In the first game, they had 4 game points at 20-16, which they failed to convert ... They missed total 7 game points before losing the game ... Our pair won the second game with an ease but failed to challenge experienced Indonesian game in the decider.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tennis News

At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017, Russia

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt James Cerretani (USA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 64

[QF] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (4) Marcus Daniell (NZL)/ Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)

The winning start for Lee and Purav ... Next, they r facing 4th seed Demoliner and Daniell.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) l Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM,341) 64 67(5) 0-2 retd.
[R1] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Sekou Bangoura (USA,386) 76(7) 64

[R2] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) vs Filip Peliwo (CAN,267)

Doubles
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR) 57 57

RamK started with straight sets win over Bangoura ... In the first set, RamK had multiple chances for winning the set ... He was two times serving for the set at 5-4 and 6-5, but both time failed to hold ... In the tie-break, he had 2 set points at 6-4 but again failed to convert ... Bangoura committed double fault at 8-7 to help RamK for winning the set ... In the second set, both players exchanged early breaks ... RamK took crucial break in 9th game and this time hold his serve for completing the victory ... Next, he is facing Canadian Filip Peliwo.

In this match from the beginning Yuki struggled with his regular game and was making numerous unforced errors ... He broke Jose in 1st game but was under pressure on his serve ... He saved 7 break points and managed to win the first set with a single break advantage ... In the second set also Yuki broke Jose early to take a lead bu got broken in the 8th game, 4-all ... Yuki broke Jose in 11th game for 6-5 lead but failed to hold his serve while serving for the match ... In the tie-break, he was up 5-2 before losing next 5 points and lost the set ... Yuki got broken in the 1st game of the third set and he retired from the match due to hip injury when he was 0-2 down ... This time almost 12 months Yuki avoided any injury but once again he got injured ... Feeling sad and angry with his injury/ fitness issues as I feel he has got potential of top-75 but instead remains stuck around 125-225 range.

In the doubles, RamK-Prajnesh gave fighting performance against British pair in their straight sets loss.


At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Lubbock, Texas, USA

[R2] (2) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,315) vs Alisa Kleybanova (RUS,628) 26 26

And former top-20 Kleybanova proved too strong to Karman as she managed to win only 4 games.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R2] Natasha Palha (IND,755) l (1) Julia Glushko (ISR,292) 26 26
[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) bt (Q) Jiaxue Zang (CHN,1121) 63 64
[R2] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) l (2) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,346) 67(7) 67(4)

[QF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs Hua-Chen Lee (TPE,707)

Rutuja entered into the quarter with straight sets victory and facing Taipei's Hua-Chen Lee, last week Rutuja defeated Lee in the final in closely fought match.

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[R1] Sourabh Verma (IND,33) l (7) Lin Dan (CHN,3) 21-11 15-21 13-21
[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,17) l (Q) Dong Keun Lee (KOR,50) 23-21 17-21 14-21
[R1] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) bt Tian Houwei (CHN,10) 21-15 12-21 21-11
[R1] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) bt Anders Antonsen (DEN,15) 21-12 21-14
[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,25) bt (Q) Khosit Phetpradab (THA,32) 21-12 21-19

[R1] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt Minatsu Mitani (JPN,19) 12-21 21-15 21-17
[R1] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) bt Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA,25) 21-17 21-9

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth B. Reddy (IND) l (8) Lee Jhe-Huei (TPE)/ Lee Yang (TPE) 18-21 15-21
[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) l (3) Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (INA)/ Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) 23-25 15-21
[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) l (3) Ye Na Chang (KOR)/ So Hee Lee (KOR) 17-21 12-21

[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Tinn Isriyanet (THA)/ Pacharapun Chochuwong (THA) 21-17 21-13

[R2] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs Yun Hu (HKG,28)
[R2] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) vs Jen Hao Hsu (TPE,27)
[R2] Sameer Verma (IND,25) vs (2) Yuqi Shi (CHN,4)

[R2] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,9)
[R2] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) vs (5) Carolina Marin (ESP,5)

[R2] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs (4) Praveen Jordan (INA)/ Debby Susanto (INA)
[R2] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs Yuki Kaneko (JPN)/ Koharu Yonemoto (JPN)

Young Satwik with Ashwin started with straight games win over Thai pair ... Next, they r facing top-10 Indonesian pair.

Srikanth scored a really good win against similar ranked Chinese opponent, Tian Houwei, in three games ... Next, he is facing Hong Kong player, Yun Hu ... Thumping straight games win by Prannoy against top-15 Danish player, Anders Antonsen ... Sameer also scored straight games win over his Thai opponent ... Next, Prannoy is facing Jen Hao Hsu and Sameer is facing tough challenge of WR #4 Chinese Yuqi Shi.

Saina started with a comfortable win over Thai girl ... Next match is between two former WR #1 as Saina is facing Carolina Marin ... Sindhu scored an excellent comeback win over local girl Mitani, but her next match is against current World Champion Nozomi Okuhara ... Last week in Korean open Sindhu defeated her but this time with local support Okuhara's challenge will be tougher.

Sourabh started dominantly against Lin Dan and won the first game comfortably but afterward, Lin Dan recovered and won next two games without much trouble ... Disappointing loss of Sai against Korean qualifier ... After winning the first game Sai failed to keep momentum.

Manu-Summeth lost in straight games against seeded Taipei pair ... Satwik and Chirag gave fighting performance against 3rd seed Indonesian pair in their loss ... Ashwini-Sikki failed to challenge 3rd seed Korean pair.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tennis News

At €540K Moselle Open 2017, Metz, France

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Neal Skupski (GBR) l Treat Huey (PHI)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA) 46 26

Divij and his British partner Neal Skupski lost in the straight sets against Huey and Martin.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,227) l (WC) Martin Joyce (USA,1882) 67(4) 67(1)

Poor loss, somehow Prajnesh has failed to adjust challenger level matches but this match was futures qualifying level ... I don't have any comment about how top-225 ranked player lost against 1800+ ranked player.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Lubbock, Texas, USA

[R1] (2) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,315) bt Thaisa Grana Pedretti (BRA,739) 62 61

[R2] (2) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,315) vs Alisa Kleybanova (RUS,628)

Karman started with a comfortable win over junior top-40 Brazilian girl Pedretti ... Next, she is facing former top-20 singles and former top-10 doubles Russian player, Alisa Kleybanova ... She was Sania's partner when they won Wimbledon Junior Girl's Doubles crown way back in 2003 ... After that in 2011, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cancer), she recovered from it but struggled to fulfill her potential, still very inspiring story.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] Natasha Palha (IND,755) bt (Q) Watsachol Sawasdee (THA,UNR) 75 26 76(6)
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,787) l (5) Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE,510) 46 06
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) bt (8) Ao Gai (CHN,557) 57 60 64

[R2] Natasha Palha (IND,755) vs (1) Julia Glushko (ISR,292)
[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs (Q) Jiaxue Zang (CHN,1121)
[R2] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) vs (2) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,346)

Rutuja continued with her terrific form and scored comeback win over her seeded Chinese opponent ... Natasha saved couple of match points against Thai girl Sawasdee, who reached in the quarters last week, before completing the victory.

In the second round Natasha and Pranjala r facing top 2 seeds and Rutuja is facing an qualifier.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Badminton News

At $325K YONEX Japan Open 2017, Tokyo, Japan (Superseries)

[Q1] Parupalli Kashyap (IND,45) bt Emil Holst (DEN,37) 21-15 21-14
[Q1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) bt Hirokatsu Hashimoto (JPN)/ Hiroyuki Saeki (JPN) 14-21 22-20 21-18
[Q1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Hiroki Midorikawa (JPN)/ Natsu Saito (JPN) 21-13 21-15

[Q2] Parupalli Kashyap (IND,45) l Yu Igarashi (JPN,74) 11-21 21-18 14-21
[Q2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) bt Keiichiro Matsui (JPN)/ Yoshinori Takeuchi (JPN) 21-18 21-12
[Q2] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) bt Hiroki Okamura (JPN)/ Naru Shinoya (JPN) 21-18 21-9

[R1] Sourabh Verma (IND,33) vs (7) Lin Dan (CHN,3)
[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,17) vs (Q) Dong Keun Lee (KOR,)
[R1] (8) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,8) vs Tian Houwei (CHN,10)
[R1] Prannoy H.S. (IND,18) vs Anders Antonsen (DEN,15)
[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,26) vs (Q) Khosit Phetpradab (THA,32)

[R1] (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs Minatsu Mitani (JPN,19)
[R1] Saina Nehwal (IND,12) vs Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA,25)

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth B. Reddy (IND) vs (8) Lee Jhe-Huei (TPE)/ Lee Yang (TPE)
[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) vs (3) Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (INA)/ Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA)
[R1] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs (3) Ye Na Chang (KOR)/ So Hee Lee (KOR)

[R1] (Q) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) vs Tinn Isriyanet (THA)/ Pacharapun Chochuwong (THA)
[R1] Pranaav Jerry Chopra (ND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) bt Tomoya Takashina (JPN)/ Rie Etoh (JPN) 21-19 17-21 21-15

Big Indian contingent is participating in Japan open ... Saina and Srikanth r back on the court ... Tough matches for Sourabh, Prannoy and Srikanth.

Pranaav and Sikki started with a win over local pair in three games.

Young Satwik with Ashwin qualified for the main-draw with two comfortable wins over local pairs ... In the doubles qualifying, Satwik-Chirag started with comeback win over local pair ... Later in the day, they defeated another local pair and qualify for the main-draw.

Kashyap started with a comfortable win over his higher ranked Danish opponent, but disappointing loss against lower ranked local player in the final qualifying round.

Tennis News

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR)

RamK and Prajnesh r playing in the doubles but having tough match against 2nd seed British pair.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] Natasha Palha (IND,755) vs (Q) Watsachol Sawasdee (THA,UNR)
[R1] Zeel Desai (IND,695) l (4) Yue Yuan (CHN,457) 76(5) 26 26
[R1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) bt Aiko Yoshitomi (JPN,687) 61 64

[R2] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) vs (2) Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,346)

Pranjala started with straight sets win ... Next, she is facing top-350 Chinese girl Kang.

Zeel lost in three sets but I don't like the way she lost last two sets easily after winning the first set.

Hockey News

At 10th Asia Cup 2017, Bangladesh

Goalkeepers - Akash Chikte, Suraj Karkera
Defenders - Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar
Midfielders - SK Uthappa, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh, Sumit
Forwards - SV Sunil (Vice Captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh, Satbir Singh.

The team has been announced for 10th Asia Cup ... Midfielder Manpreet Singh will be leading Indian men's hockey team and forward SV Sunil will be his deputy ... Good mixture of experienced and youth in the team ... But I m still not conviced with selection likes Akashdeep, Uthappa and Satbir.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Golf News

At 8.75M BMW Championship 2017, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA (PGA Tour)

T9 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 67 71 68 66 -12 $236,250.00

Anirban finished strongly in his last tournament of the season ... In the final round, he managed six birdies and a bogey to give himself top-10 finish ... So final FedEx standing of Anirban was #51 and only top-30 get participated in Tour Finals.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

India l Canada 2-3

Day One
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 57 76(4) 75 75
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 67(2) 46 76(6) 64 16

Day Two
[R3] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 57 57 75 36

Day Three
[R4] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 36 67(1) 36
[R5] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 64 46 64

RamK struggled with his first serve in this match and considering his return game is a liability then outcome of the match was already written on the wall ... Shapo took an early break to lead but while serving for the set RamK had break points which he failed to convert ... In the second set, at 6-5 RamK had a set point on Shapo's serve but again failed to convert ... He lost the tie-break cheaply ... With a single break of serve Shapo completed victory for the team Canada ... Though in this match, Shapo wasn't sharp and struggled with his first serve.

After this Yuki and Brayden Schnur played the 5th rubber, which didn't make any impact on overall tie ... Yuki kept his motivation of playing for the country and completed win in three sets ... With this loss we r back in Asia/ Oceania Group I.


At $1M St. Petersburg Open 2017, Russia

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs James Cerretani (USA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA)

This week Purav and Lee r playing at St. Petersburg and facing Cerretani-Fognini.

At €540K Moselle Open 2017, Metz, France

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Neal Skupski (GBR) vs Treat Huey (PHI)/ Fabrice Martin (FRA)

Divij is playing in Metz ATP with British partner Neal Skupski ... They r facing Huey and Martin.

At $75K Columbus Challenger 2017, Ohio, USA

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,227) vs (WC) Martin Joyce (USA,1882)
[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) vs Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM,341)
[R1] (2) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) vs Sekou Bangoura (USA,386)

RamK and Yuki r top-3 seeds but both r in the bottom draw and they can face each other in the semis ... Prajnesh having winnable first round against Joyce.

At $15K ITF Women Tournament 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

[R1] Natasha Palha (IND,755) vs Qualifier
[R1] Zeel Desai (IND,695) vs (4) Yue Yuan (CHN,457)
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,787) vs (5) Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE,510)
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,738) vs (8) Ao Gai (CHN,557)
[R1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,618) vs Aiko Yoshitomi (JPN,687)

Zeel, Sowjanya and Rutuja r facing seeded players in the first round.

Badminton News

At $600K VICTOR Korea Open 2017, Seoul (Superseries)

Women's Singles Final
(5) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) bt (8) Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,9) 22-20 11-21 21-18 (83m)

Sindhu became first Indian to win Korean Superseries title beating World Champion Nozomi Okuhara in a quality match ... With that Sindhu took a revenge of World Championship loss against the same player in the final.

In the first game, Sindhu took an early couple of points lead but Nozomi caught her and then both players were neck to neck till 17-all ... Nozomi had two game points at 18-20, but Sindhu kept fighting and won next four points to capture this game ... Nozomi took control of the second game from the beginning and won it comfortably ... In the final game, from 4-all Sindhu took a control with her half smashes and better net game ... At the changeover, she was leading 11-5, but World champion Nozomi raised her game and made sure every point extended to long rally ... Sindhu was visibly tired but kept fighting and at 18-16 she won 56 shots long rally ... Sindhu had 3 match points at 2017 and she converted 2nd when Nozomi hit out.

Tennis News

At Davis Cup 2017 - World Group Play-off, Edmonton, Canada

India vs Canada 1-2

Day One
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,154) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN,202) 57 76(4) 75 75
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,157) l Denis Shapovalov (CAN,51) 67(2) 46 76(6) 64 16

Day Two
[R3] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 57 57 75 36

Indians failed to overcome the challenge of Canadians and lost in the four sets ... Now, RamK having Hercules task to beat in-form Shapo to keep Indian challenge alive after the fourth rubber ... About this match, Vasek Pospisil was the best player on the court ... He carried the team well and he helped legend Nestor a lot ... Purav was playing his first Davis cup tie so he was nervous but I felt, Rohan didn't help him much for coming out of it ... Canadians played as per their plan and put pressure on Purav's serve from the start ... They won the first two sets despite losing their own serve as they were breaking Purav's serve as per their liking ... In the third set, Bopanna-Raja saved match point and came back from a break down to win it ... But Canadian again took control and broke Purav in the fourth ... After that Canadian kept holding their service games to give important rubber point for the Canadian team.

Squash News

At $50K Men's Macau Open 2017 , Taipa, Macau [SF] (4) Saurav Ghosal (IND,28) bt (1) Simon Rösner (GER,11) 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-13, 1...