Sunday, December 04, 2016

Golf News

At $400K Panasonic Open India 2016, New Delhi

Courtesy Asian tour
1 Mukesh Kumar (IND) 67 69 70 -10 $72,000.00
T2 Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 67 72 68 -9 $34,600.00
T2 Rashid Khan (IND) 67 72 68 -9 $34,600.00
5 Honey Baisoya (IND) 73 69 67 -7 $16,400.00
6 Shankar Das (IND) 71 67 72 -6 $13,320.00
T7 Shamim Khan (IND) 67 74 70 -5 $9,350.00
T7 Sanjeev Kumar (L) (IND) 71 69 71 -5 $9,350.00
T7 Kapil Kumar (IND) 68 72 71 -5 $9,350.00
T7 Khalin Joshi (IND) 67 71 73 -5 $9,350.00
Showing only top-10 Indians from the list.

The veteran Mukesh Kumar had a two-shot advantage heading into the third and final round, closed with a two-under-par 70 for a winning total of 10-under-par 206 at the US$400,000 Asian Tour event, which was earlier reduced to 54 holes due to fog disruptions to claim his first Asian Tour title by one shot ... Mukesh Kumar’s victory made him the oldest winner on the Asian Tour at the age of 51 years and 126 days ... Indian duo Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan closed with matching 68s to share second place.

At LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School 2016 - Stage III, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

T24 Aditi Ashok (IND) 73 70 71 71 73 -2

As per rule, Players that finish in the top 20 (no ties) will earn LPGA Tour membership in category 12 while those that finish 21-45 (including ties) will earn membership in category 17. If necessary, there will be a playoff for the final spots in category 12 (full membership) only.

Aditi failed to take advantage of the easier Jones course so she struggled to finish in top-20 for securing full membership ... In the final round she required 2 under round for finishing inside top-20 but in end she managed 1 over round ... So with that she has earned conditional membership in category 17 on LPGA tour.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Tennis News

At AO Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off 2016, Zhuhai, China

[SF] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,284) l (1) Denis Istomin (UZB,121) 26 61 9-11

Doubles
[F] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l (3) Cheng Peng Hsieh (TPE)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) 16 46

Prajnesh missed big opportunity of entering in the final after missing 3 match points in the decider ... After losing the first set easily Prajnesh made strong comeback dominating the second set ... In the decider he took early break in 3rd game, 2-1, but while serving for the match at 5-4 he failed to convert 3 match points ... After that it was game of fitness and Istomin was better ... He broke Prajnesh in 20th game for completing victory ... At 7-all Prajnesh twisted his ankle while returning, so after that he was hobbling.

Jeevan-VSP also missed chance AO wildcard as they lost in straight sets against Taipei pair.


At $10K Indonesia F4 Futures 2016, Jakarta

[QF] Sidharth Rawat (IND,613) bt (7) Kento Takeuchi (JPN,575) 64 67(2) 62
[QF] (6) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,533) bt (Q) Cing-Yang Meng (TPE,1302) 62 64

[SF] Sidharth Rawat (IND,613) l Shintaro Imai (JPN,598) 46 57
[SF] (6) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,533) l (4) Enzo Couacaud (FRA,527) 26 26

Sid scored three sets win over his seeded Japanese opponent for entering into the semis ... Sasi scored comfortable straight sets win over Taipei qualifier ... But in the semifinal our both players failed to overcome challenge of their respective opponents ... Sasi was overpowered by former top-200 type Frenchman and this time Sid failed to overcome challenge of his Japanese opponent ... Still good week for Sid and Sasi.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Badminton News

At $120K Macau Open 2016, Macau (Grand Prix Gold)

[QF] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,37) l Jun Peng Zhao (CHN,125) 19-21 9-21

[QF] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,10) l Yiman Zhang (CHN,226) 12-21 17-21

Our both players lost against unknown Chinese players ... Unheard Yiman Zhang proved surprise package for Saina as Zhang defeated her convincingly in straight games.

Sai also lost in straight games against unheard Jun Peng Zhao in straight games.

Tennis News

At AO Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off 2016, Zhuhai, China

[QF] (8) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,559) l (3) Di Wu (CHN,159) 64 36 46
[QF] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,284) bt Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI,929) 64 61
[QF] (8) Ankita Raina (IND,270) l (2) Kai-Chen Chang (TPE,131) 16 16

[SF] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,284) vs (1) Denis Istomin (UZB,121)

Doubles
[SF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) bt Peng-Xiang Gong (CHN)/ Xi Qi (CHN) 61 62

[F] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs (3) Cheng Peng Hsieh (TPE)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)

Prajnesh scored comfortable win against his Filipino opponent for entering into the semis ... He is having tough match against top-seed Denis Istomin.

VSP started well after winning the first set but then failed to keep same level of game in next two for losing the match ... Ankita failed to challenge top-150 Chang in one-sided loss.

In the doubles, Jeevan and VSP scored comfortable win over unseeded Chinese pair for entering into the final ... They r facing 3rd seed Taipei pair for winning wildcard for Australian open.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Badminton News

At $120K Macau Open 2016, Macau (Grand Prix Gold)

[R3] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,37) bt (5) Wing Ki Vincent Wong (HKG,18) 21-15 21-17
[R3] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,116) l Yu Hsien Lin (TPE,52) 13-21 20-22

[R2] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,10) bt Dinar Dyah Ayustine (INA,51) 17-21 21-18 21-12

[R2] (3) Manu Attri (IND)/ B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND) l Danny Bawa Chrisnanta (SIN)/ Hendra Wijaya (SIN) 20-22 19-22

[QF] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,37) vs Jun Peng Zhao (CHN,125)

[QF] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,10) vs Yiman Zhang (CHN,226)

Saina needed another comeback win over another Indonesian girl after losing the first game, good to see she is winning these tight matches ... Next, she is facing young Chinese opponent, Yiman Zhang.

Sai scored comfortable win over 5th seed Hong Kong's Wing Ki Vincent Wong for entering into the quarters ... Next he is also facing young Chinese opponent Jun Peng Zhao.

Kashyap failed to overcome a challenge of Taipei's Yu Hsien Lin ... Manu-Sumeeth also lost in tight two games against former top-20 doubles players.

Tennis News

At AO Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off 2016, Zhuhai, China

[R1] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,284) bt Xiao Gong (CHN,1218) 46 64 62

[QF] (8) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,559) vs (3) Di WU (CHN,159)
[QF] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,284) vs Francis Casey ALCANTARA (PHI,929)
[QF] (8) Ankita Raina (IND,270) vs (2) Kai-Chen CHANG (TPE,131)

Doubles
[QF] (4) Ankita Raina (IND)/ Sabina Sharipova (UZB) l Chin-Wei Chan (TPE)/ Junri Namigata (JPN) 63 26 8-10

Prajnesh scored comeback win over lowly ranked Chinese opponent after losing the first set ... In the doubles, Ankita with Sabina lost in super tie-break after winning the first set.

At $10K Indonesia F4 Futures 2016, Jakarta

[R2] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,760) l (Q) Lingxi ZHAO (CHN,UNR) 46 67(4)
[R2] Sidharth RAWAT (IND,613) bt (3) Yusuke TAKAHASHI (JPN,453) 64 62
[R2] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,533) bt Yecong HE (CHN,635) 63 63

[QF] Sidharth RAWAT (IND,613) vs (7) Kento TAKEUCHI (JPN,575)
[QF] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,533) vs (Q) Cing-Yang MENG (TPE,1302)

Sid scored impressive win over top-450 type Japanese opponent in straight sets ... Sasi also joined him in the quarters with comfortable win over Chinese opponent ... But disappointing loss of Rishab against top-50 junior Chinese player.

At $10K Qatar F4 Futures 2016, Doha

[QF] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,249) l (8) Jonny O'Mara (GBR,544) 75 26 57

Disappointing loss for RamK against 500+ British player after winning the first set.

At $10K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2016, Cairo, Egypt

[R2] Bhuvana KALVA (IND,UNR) l Akiho KAKUYA (JPN,UNR) 63 46 36

Failed to continue with her good performance as Bhuvana lost after winning the first set.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Badminton News

At $120K Macau Open 2016, Macau (Grand Prix Gold)

[R1] Sameer Verma (IND,43) bt Milan Ludik (CZE,70) 21-11 21-16
[R1] (7) H. S. Prannoy (IND,25) l Chun-Wei Chen (TPE,213) 2-6 retd.
[R1] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,36) bt Hou Him Lam (MAC,833) 21-3 21-8
[R1] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,110) bt Guo Zheng Sim (MAS,UNR) w/o

[R2] Sameer Verma (IND,43) l Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu (INA,126) 18-21 13-21
[R2] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,36) bt Feixiang Sun (CHN,247) 21-12 21-15
[R2] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,110) bt Chun-Wei Chen (TPE,213) 21-19 21-8

[R1] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,11) bt Hanna Ramadini (INA,44) 21-23 21-14 21-18

[R1] (3) Manu Attri (IND)/ B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND) bt Alan Yun Lung Chan (HKG)/ Kuen Hon Li (HKG) 21-11 17-21 21-9

[R3] Sai Praneeth B. (IND,36) vs (5) Wing Ki Vincent Wong (HKG,18)
[R3] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,110) vs Yu Hsien Lin (TPE,54)

[R2] (1) Saina Nehwal (IND,11) vs Dinar Dyah Ayustine (INA,50)

[R2] (3) Manu Attri (IND)/ B. Sumeeth Reddy (IND) vs Danny Bawa Chrisnanta (SIN)/ Hendra Wijaya (SIN)

Disappointing loss of Sameer in the second round against lowly ranked Indonesian opponent ... Good to see Sai and Kashyap r taking advantage of weaker draw ... Tough comeback win for Saina against Indonesian girl Hanna Ramadini.

Tennis News

At AO Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off 2016, Zhuhai, China

[R1] N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,559) bt Zhao-Tai Li (CHN,1999) 76(6) 60
[R1] (5) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,284) vs Xiao Gong (CHN,1218)
[R1] (8) Ankita Raina (IND,270) bt Jia-Qi Kang (CHN,457)

Doubles
[R1] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) bye
[R1] (4) Ankita Raina (IND)/ Sabina Sharipova (UZB) bye

[QF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) bt Xin Gao (CHN)/ Fajing Sun (CHN) w/o

[SF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs Peng-Xiang Gong (CHN)/ Xi Qi (CHN)

VSP started with a win against local player ... Ankita also won her first round match against top-500 local player ... In the doubles our both pairs had bye in first round and Jeean-VSP received walkover in the quarters ... In the semis they r facing unseeded Chinese pair.

At $10K Indonesia F4 Futures 2016, Jakarta

[R1] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,760) bt (5) Masato SHIGA (JPN,532) 76(5) 62
[R1] Sidharth RAWAT (IND,613) bt Ryota TANUMA (JPN,782) 75 26 62
[R1] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,533) bt Renta TOKUDA (JPN,730) 64 63

[R2] Rishab AGARWAL (IND,760) vs Lingxi ZHAO (CHN,UNR)
[R2] Sidharth RAWAT (IND,613) vs (3) Yusuke TAKAHASHI (JPN,453)
[R2] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,533) vs Yecong HE (CHN,635)

Good winning start for Rishab against top-550 Japanese opponent in straight sets ... Sasi and Sid also joined him in the second round with contrasting win.

At $10K Qatar F4 Futures 2016, Doha

[R1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,249) bt Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT,UNR) 60 60

[R2] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,249) bt Marcin Gawron (POL,671) 63 62

RamK is playing in Qatar futures and started with comfortable wins in first 2 rounds.

At $10K ITF Women's Tournament, Cairo, Egypt

[R1] Bhuvana KALVA (IND,UNR) bt (5) Fiona CODINO (FRA,711) 63 75

Bhuvana is back on ITF circuit after long injury break ... She started with a win against top-725 French girl in the first round.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Badminton News

At $350K Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2016, Kowloon (Superseries)

Men's Singles Finall
Sameer Verma (IND,43) l Ka Long Angus Ng (HKG,14) 14-21 21-10 11-21

Women's Singles Final
Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,9) l (4) Tzu Ying Tai (TPE,3) 15-21 17-21

In the women's singles final Taipei's Tzu Ying Tai proved too strong to Sindhu ... Sindhu tried hard but Tai was too good with her shot-making ... For me Tai was deserving winner in this match.

Sameer tried hard against local player Ka Long Angus Ng but lost in three games ... After losing the first game Sameer tried fightback winning the second comfortably ... Sameer failed to keep momentum in the third with raised game by Ka and lost it easily ... Still creditable performance by Sameer as he reached his first final of SuperSeries.

Boxing News

At the AIBA Youth World Championships 2016, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Courtesy Lakshy facebook page
Men's Light flyweight (46-49kg)
[R64] Sachin Singh (IND) bye
[R32] Sachin Singh (IND) bt Gustavo Antonio Perez Alvarez (MEX) 5-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-28)
[R16] Sachin Singh (IND) bt Cosmin Petre Girleanu (ROU) 5-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
[QF] Sachin Singh (IND) bt Cheng-Yu Hsu (TPE) 3-2 (29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
[SF] Sachin Singh (IND) bt Carlo Paalam (PHI) 4-1 (29-28, 27-30, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

For Gold Medal
Sachin Singh (IND) bt Jorge Grinan (CUB) 5-0

Men's Heavyweight 91 kg
[R32] Naman Tanwar (IND) bye
[R16] Naman Tanwar (IND) bt Marijan Brnic (CRO) 5-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
[QF] Naman Tanwar (IND) bt Cristian Razvan Filip (ROU) 5-0 (30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

[SF] Naman Tanwar (IND) l Dainier Christian Pero Justiz (CUB) 0-5 (27-30, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30)

Sachin Singh won Gold in Light flyweight category with a stunning unanimous victory over Cuban national champion Jorge Grinan in Youth World Boxing Championship at St Petersburg, Russia ... With this Sachin becomes the youngest Junior World Champion at age of 17 ... The 17-year-old outpunched his more fancied rival 5-0 to record a rare Indian win over a Cuban boxer ... In the final, Sachin once again put his powerful left jab to good use, displayed brilliant ringcraft against his shorter and often clueless opponent.

India thus finished the tournament on tied 4th position with one gold and a bronze, a marked improvement from the solitary bronze won in the 2014 edition ... Naman Tanwar (91kg) had settled for a bronze after losing in the semifinal against his Cuban boxer.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Golf News

At $500K Qatar Ladies Open 2016, Doha, Qatar

Courtesy of Qatar open twitter
1 Aditi Ashok (IND) 70 66 68 69 -15 € 75,000.00
T23 Neha Tripathi (IND) 74 70 72 70 -2 € 6,180.00

Aditi has won the Qatar open, this is her back to back title on European tour ... Aditi showed consistency in all four rounds ... In the first round she managed 2 under, in the second 6 under, in the third 4 under and in the final round 3 under score ... In end Aditi won the title by three strokes ... This win put her at the 2nd spot on the 2016 European Order of Merit list.

Badminton News

At $350K Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2016, Kowloon (Superseries)

[SF] Sameer Verma (IND,43) bt (3) Jan O Jorgensen (DEN,3) 21-19 24-22

[SF] Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,9) bt Ngan Yi Cheung (HKG,26) 21-14 21-16

[F] Sameer Verma (IND,43) vs Ka Long Angus Ng (HKG,14)

[F] Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,9) vs (4) Tzu Ying Tai (TPE,3

Sindhu enters into the final with comfortable win over Hong Kong's Ngan Yi Cheung ... In both games Sindhu took control from middle of the game for a win ... In the final she is facing Taipei's Tzu Ying Tai for back to back second SuperSeries title.

Sameer scored impressive win over in-form Danish player Jan O Jorgensen in straight games ... In the first game Sameer took 7-1 early lead but Jan caught with him at 9-all ... From 16-17 Sameer won next 4 points for 20-17 lead, Jan won next 2 points but Sameer converted 3rd game point for winning first game ... In the second game Sameer was 5-11 down but he fought back for catching Jan at 12-all ... Again Sameer was 17-20 down but this time also he saved 3 game points to take 21-20 lead ... Jan saved first match point and gave himself another game point, 21-22 ... Sameer saved 4th game point and won three points for winning this match ... In the final he is facing Hong Kong's Ka Long Angus Ng for his first SuperSeries title.