Thursday, July 20, 2017

Golf News

At $10M 146th The Open Championship 2017, Southport, England

T94 Shiv Kapur (IND) 73 +3
T94 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 73 +3

Our both players struggled on Royal Birkdale course ... Anirban managed 1 egale, 2 birdies but 7 bogeys ... Shiv scored 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and 1 triple bogeys ... they need 3 under for making cut.

Hockey News

At Women's Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017, Johannesbur,g, South Africa

5-8th Position
India l Japan 0-2 (0-2)
Goal Scorers - Kana Nomura (JPN) 7' PC, Naho Ichitani (JPN) 29' PC

Japan dominated the match as they had 10 penalty corners and they converted 2 of them for important win as winner was guranteed place in 2018 World Cup ... Indian team has a tough task as they will need to win Asia Cup for qualification.

Tennis News

At $600K Hall of Fame Open 2017, Newport, USA

[QF] (3) Sam Groth (AUS)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL)
[QF] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Matt Reid (AUS)/ John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 67(5)



At $125K+H Astana Challenger 2017, Kazakhstan

[R2] (Q) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) l (4) Duckhee Lee (KOR,153) 06 46

Doubles
[QF] (1) Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Nikola Milojevic (SRB)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH) 67(3) 64 10-8

[SF] (1) Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Sadio Doumbia (FRA)/ Michal Konecny (CZE)

After receiving bagel in the first set, Saki managed a decent score in the second against Duckhee ... This was his first real test against challenger level player after the long injury layoff so we can say, three wins r a good start.

Hard fought comeback win in the match tie-break for Vishnu-Matsui ... Next, they r facing unseeded pairing of Doumbia and Konecny.


At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Bursa, Turkey

[QF] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274)< bt (3) Dejana Radanovic (SRB,260) 16 75 61

[SF] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274) vs (1) Ipek Soylu (TUR,180)

Ankita scored an excellent comeback win over higher ranked Radanovic ... After losing the first set easily Ankita regrouped and won the second set taking a crucial break in 11th game ... After that Ankita dominated the last set for winning it comfortably ... Next, she is facing top-200 Turkish player Ipek Soylu.

At $25K Turkey F26 Future 2017, Istanbul (Clay)

[R2] (1) Sumit Nagal (IND,306) l Miki Jankovic (SRB,842) 46 26

Surprising loss of Sumit against Jankovic.

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

[R1] (8) Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL(IND,578) bt Andrea KA (CAM,580) 60 62
[R2] (8) Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL(IND,578) bt Sung-Hee HAN (KOR,732) 64 62
[QF] (8) Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL(IND,578) bt (1) Fatma AL NABHANI (OMA,466) 64 61

[SF] (8) Dhruthi TATACHAR VENUGOPAL(IND,578) vs (Q) Hua-Chen LEE (TPE,UNR)

Dhruthi scored some good wins in Thai ITF ... In the quarters, she scored straight sets win over top-seed and very experienced Al Nabhani.

At $15K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,793) vs Ramu Ueda (JPN,914)
[R2] (Q) Snehal Mane (IND,UNR) vs (3) Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (SWE,530)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tennis News

At $226,750 BRD Bucharest Open 2017, Romania

[QF] Jessica Moore (AUS)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) l (1) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Raluca Olaru (ROU) 06 26

Top-seed Romanian pair proved too strong to Prarthana and Moore.

At $75K Gatineau Challenger 2017, Canada

[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,212) bt (3) Blaz Kavcic (SLO,98) 76(1) 3-1 retd

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND,212) vs Alexander Sarkissian (USA,255)

Doubles
[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) l (WC) Filip Peliwo (CAN)/ Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 67(7) 46

Good win by Yuki over the in-form Kavcic, though he retired in the second set ... But Yuki dig deep for winning the first set in tie tie-break and was break up when Kavcic retired from the match ... Next, he is facing American Alexander Sarkissian.

In the doubles, Yuki and Uchiyama lost against local pair in straight sets.


At $125K+H Astana Challenger 2017, Kazakhstan

[R2] (Q) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) vs (4) Duckhee Lee (KOR,153)

Doubles
[R1] (3) Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l Sadio Doumbia (FRA)/ Michal Konecny (CZE) 63 46 3-10

Saki-Kudryavtsev lost in the match tie-break ... In the singles, Saki is facing Duckhee.

At $75K+H Poznan Challenger 2017, Poland

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l (2) Rameez Junaid (AUS)/ Igor Zelenay (SVK) 46 46

Disappointing outing for Bala-VSP as they lost in straight sets.

At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Bursa, Turkey

[R2] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274) bt Anastasia Gasanova (RUS,497) 46 63 64

[QF] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274) vs (3) Dejana Radanovic (SRB,260)

Good fighting comeback win for Ankita ... Next, she is facing Serbian girl Radanovic.

At $25K Turkey F26 Future 2017, Istanbul (Clay)

[R1] (1) Sumit Nagal (IND,306) bt Bogdan Borza (ROM,743) 61 62

[R2] (1) Sumit Nagal (IND,306) vs Miki Jankovic (SRB,842)

Expected comfortable winning start for Sumit ... Next, he is facing Serbian opponent.

At $15K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2017, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,793) bt (8) Ola Abou Zekry (EGY,693) 61 64
[R1] (Q) Snehal Mane (IND,UNR) bt (WC) Catherine Shulman (CAN,UNR) 75 62

[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,793) vs Ramu Ueda (JPN,914)
[R2] (Q) Snehal Mane (IND,UNR) vs (3) Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (SWE,530)

Rutuja started with upset win over her Egyptian opponent ... Snehal also joined her in the second round with straight sets win over her Canadian opponent ... Next, Snehal having tough match against 3rd seed Awad and Rutuja is facing Japanese girl Ueda.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hockey News

At Women's Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa

Quarter Final
India bt South Africa 1-4 (0-2)
Goal Scorers - Gurjit Kaur (IND) 57' PC and Giselle Ansley (ENG) 6' PS, Alex Danson (ENG) 13', Susannah Townsend (ENG) 42', Hannah Martin (ENG) 60'

Expected one-sided loss for our ladies ... Hoping to see some improvement in performance of our ladies to avoid 8th place.

Tennis News

At $600K Hall of Fame Open 2017, Newport, USA

[R1] (3) Sam Groth (AUS)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)/ Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 63 76(2)
[R1] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)/ Illya Marchenko (UKR) 75 63

[QF] (3) Sam Groth (AUS)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL)

Wining start for our seeded pairs in Newport ... Lee-Sam r facing conquerors of Jeevan and his partner in the quarters.

At $125K+H Astana Challenger 2017, Kazakhstan

[R1] (Q) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) bt (WC) Grigoriy Lomakin (KAZ,1878) 63 76(4)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (WC) Timur Maulenov (KAZ)/ Denis Yevseyev (KAZ) 75 61

[QF] (1) Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Nikola Milojevic (SRB)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH)

Good to see Saki has taking advantage of weak opponent, but still surprised by this close scoreline ... Means need more match practice before coming back to full match fitness.

Vishnu-Matsui started with straight sets win over wildcard pair ... Next, they r facing pairing of Milojevic and Setkic.


At $75K Gatineau Challenger 2017, Canada

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) bt (2) Luke Bambridge (GBR)/ David O'Hare (IRL) 75 61

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) vs (WC) Filip Peliwo (CAN)/ Denis Shapovalov (CAN)

Yuki and Uchiyama started with dominating upset win over their 2nd seed opponents ... Next, they r facing local wild card pair and chance of firsthand experience of playing against Shapovalov, who can be team member in Canadian Davis cup squad.

At $75K+H Poznan Challenger 2017, Poland

[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND,293) l (Q) Mariano Kestelboim (ARG,410) 46 46

Bala failed on the first hurdle as he lost in straight sets against a Argentine qualifier.

At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Bursa, Turkey

[R1] (Q) Kyra Shroff (IND,784) l Ana Vrljic (CRO,461) 26 26

[R2] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274) vs Anastasia Gasanova (RUS,497)

Kyra lost in straight sets against Vrljic.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Tianjin, China

[R1] (SE) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) l (4) Yafan Wang (CHN,144) 16 36

Karman failed to challenge Yafan in her one-sided loss.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tennis News

At $600K Hall of Fame Open 2017, Newport, USA

[Q2] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,168) l Matthew Ebden (AUS,249) 64 16 57

Doubles
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Hugo Nys (FRA) l Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL) 57 64 3-10

After winning the first set, Ramk Was dominated by Matthew for winning it comfortably .. In the decider, Matthew broke him in 1st game but immediately got broken, 1-all< ... Matthew again broke him in 5th game, 2-3, but RamK broke him when he was serving for the match at 4-5 ... Matthew again broke RamK in 11th game and this time hold for completing the win ... RamK must be tired after continuously playing all over continents ... This was his 14th consecutive week on the tour without any break.

Jeevan-Nys lost in the match tie-break against Sitak-Koolhof.


At $226,750 BRD Bucharest Open 2017, Romania

[R1] Jessica Moore (AUS)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) bt Nicoleta Dascalu (ROU)/ Isabella Shinikova (BUL) 64 62

[QF] Jessica Moore (AUS)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) vs (1) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/ Raluca Olaru (ROU)

Prarthana with Jessica started with comfortable straight sets win over Dascalu and Shinikova ... Next, they r having tough match against top-seed local pair.

At $75K Gatineau Challenger 2017, Canada

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,212) bt Tatsuma Ito (JPN,181) 63 62

Doubles
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) vs (2) Luke Bambridge (GBR)/ David O'Hare (IRL)

Yuki started with confident win over former WR #60 Tatsuma Ito in straight sets ... Yuki played really high p[ercentage tennis in this match ... He is playing in the doubles with Uchiyama and they r facing 2nd seed pair.

At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Bursa, Turkey

[Q1] Kyra Shroff (IND,784) bt Inci Ogut (TUR,UNR) 64 62
[Q2] Kyra Shroff (IND,784) bt (7) Aleksandra Pospelova (RUS,647) 62 62
[Q3] Kyra Shroff (IND,784) bt (3) Melis Sezer (TUR,498)

[R1] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274) bt Vanda Lukacs (HUN,404) 1-2 retd.
[R1] (Q) Kyra Shroff (IND,784) vs Ana Vrljic (CRO,461)

Ankita received lucky break as her opponent retired from the match after mere 3 games ... Other hand, Kyra qualified for the main-draw with couple of upset wins.

Golf News

At $7M Scottish Open 2017, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland

T32 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 76 67 76 66 -3 $48,955

This week's British open preparation, Anirban played at Scottish open ... He had mixed rounds, in the first round he scored 4 over and was over 125 in standing ... Next day, he responded with 5 under to make the cut, but again he scored 4 over in the third round to find himself outside top-50 ... In the final round, he scored 6 under to finished inside top-35 ... Hopefully, we will see a more consistent performance from Anirban at the Open.

Hockey News

At Women's Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pool B
India l Argentina 0-3 (0-3)
Goal Scored - Rocio Sanchez (ARG) 2', Maria Granatto (ARG) 14', Noel Barrionuevo (ARG) 25' PS

India lost 0-3 to title contenders Argentina in their last group stage encounter ... With this defeat, India finished at the fourth spot in the points table ... India will next take on England's Golden girls in the quarter-finals on July 18.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Squash News

At $10K Victorian Open 2017, Melbourne, Australia


Men's Final
(3) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,77) bt (1) Rex Hedrick (AUS,61) 12-14, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7

Harinder lkifted his 4th consecutive title on PSA tour and 9th overall ... In the final, he defeated Australian top-seed Rex in four games ... After losing the long first game Harinder played superb attacking game which didn't gave much chance to Rex ... In the fourth game Harinder had 7 match balls, Rex saved four but Harinder converted 5th for memorable victory.

Tennis News

At $600K Hall of Fame Open 2017, Newport, USA

[Q1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,168) bt Christopher Eubanks (USA,455) 64 36 61

[Q2] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,168) vs Matthew Ebden (AUS,249)

Doubles
[R1] (3) Sam Groth (AUS)/ Leander Paes (IND) vs Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)/ Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
[QF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Hugo Nys (FRA) vs Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL)
[R1] (4) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)/ Illya Marchenko (UKR)

RamK started with three set win over American Eubanks ... Next, he is facing experienced Aussie Matthew Ebden.

In the doubles, Lee is partnering Sam Groth and they r 3rd seed ... Purav and Divij r 4th seed, Jeevan is partnering Frenchman Hugo Nys.


At $75K Gatineau Challenger 2017, Canada

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,222) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN,181)

Yuki is facing Tatsuma Ito, this year he had a win over Ito at Quanzhou challenger.

At $125K+H Astana Challenger 2017, Kazakhstan

[Q3] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) bt (5) Altug Celikbileg (TUR,448) 64 75

[R1] (Q) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) vs (WC) Grigoriy Lomakin (KAZ,1878)

Doubles
[R1] (1) Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs (WC) Timur Maulenov (KAZ)/ Denis Yevseyev (KAZ)
[R1] (3) Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) vs Sadio Doumbia (FRA)/ Michal Konecny (CZE)

Good win for Saki, so he is getting his rhythm back ... In main-draw, he is facing local wild card player.

In the doubles, Saki is playing with Kudryavtsev ... Vishnu is also playing and he is top-seed with Japanese Matsui.


At $75K+H Poznan Challenger 2017, Poland

[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND,291) vs (Q) Mariano Kestelboim (ARG,410)

Doubles
[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs (2) Rameez Junaid (AUS)/ Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Bala is facing Argentine qualifier in the first round ... In the doubles, he is facing 2nd seed pair with VSP.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Naiman, China

Singles Final
Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) l Jing Jing Lu (CHN,315) 26 16

Jing Jing proved too strong for Karman in the final ... Still progressive week considering couple of huge top-200 wins for Karman in this tournament.

At $60K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Bursa, Turkey

[R1] (5) Ankita Raina (IND,274) vs Vanda Lukacs (HUN,404)

Ankita is playing in Turkey and having winnable first round match.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Tianjin, China

[R1] (SE) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) vs (4) Yafan Wang (CHN,144)

The tough first round match for Karman.

Squash News

At $10K Victorian Open 2017, Melbourne, Australia

[SF] (3) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,77) bt (2) Piedro Schweertman (NED,71) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (35m)

[F] (3) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,77) vs (1) Rex Hedrick (AUS,61)

Harinder is in the final as he scored upset win over 2nd seed Dutch player, Piedro Schweertman, in straight games ... In the final, he is facing Australian top-seed Rex Hedrick.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Athletics News

At IAAF u-18 World Athletics Championships 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Boys' Hammer Throw

Gold - Mykhaylo Kokhan (UKR) 82.31m
Silver - Damneet Singh (IND) 74.20m
Bronze - Raphael Winkelvoss (GER) 71.78m

Damneet Singh grabbed a silver in boys' hammer throw event after throwing his personal best throw, 74.20m, to give India their first medal in u-18 World Athletics ... Nitesh Poonia finished 10th with a best throw of 65.79m.

Tennis News

At $75K Winnetka Challenger 2017, USA

Single Final
(5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,184) l Akira Santillan (JPN,197) 67(1) 26

Santillan proved better player on the court, so RamK's wait for his first challenger title is extended ... In the first set, both players were holding their respective service games but Santillan was putting more pressure on RamK's serve ... He broke RamK in 8th game for leading 3-5 but RamK immedietly broke him when he was serving for the set, 4-5 ... Santillan dominated the tie-break for winning it comfortably ... In the second set, Santillan broke RamK in 1st and 3rd game for 0-4 lead ... RamK took medical break for his left foot heel but after re-starting failed to put pressure on Santillan's serve for losing the match ... Still good week for him as he reached in the final with some solid performances.

At $50K Bastad Challenger 2017, Sweden

Doubles Final
N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l Tuna Altuna (TUR)/ Vaclav Safranek (CZE) 16 46

Bala-VSP lost in straight sets against Altuna and Safranek in the final ... Altuna and Safranek proved too strong for them.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament 2017, Naiman, China

[SF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) bt (5) Xinyu Gao (CHN,210) 61 61

[F] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) vs Jing Jing Lu (CHN,315)

Karam gave thrashing to her higher ranked Chinese opponent for reaching in the final of this big Chinese ITF tournament ... Karman played flawless tennis with huge serves, powerful foreheads and solid all court game ... In this match, she didn't gave any chance of setting to Gao ... In the first set, she broke Gao twice and in the second set, she broke her thrice for solid win ... In the final, Karman is facing another experienced Chinese girl, Jing Jing Lu, who is a former top-200 player.

At $125K+H Astana Challenger 2017, Kazakhstan

[Q1] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) bye
[Q2] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) bt Beibit Zukayev (KAZ,NR) 64 62

[Q3] (2) Saketh Myneni (IND,432) vs (5) Altug Celikbileg (TUR,448)

Good to see Saki is playing in the qualifying for getting match-fit ... Next, match against top-500 will be a real test for him.

Squash News

At $10K Victorian Open 2017, Melbourne, Australia

[R1] (3) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,77) bt Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT,195) 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)
[QF] (3) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,77) bt (7) Rhys Dowling (AUS,137) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)

[SF] (3) Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND,77) vs (2) Piedro Schweertman (NED,71)

Harinder in the semis with straight games win over his opponents ... In the semis, he is facing similar ranked Dutch opponent, Piedro Schweertman.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tennis News

At $75K Winnetka Challenger 2017, USA

[SF] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,184) bt Tommy Paul (USA,355) 46 63 62

[F] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,184) vs Akira Santillan (JPN,197)

RamK again showed his new found desire of keep fighting and winning these matches ... In the semis, he got broken in the first game for losing the first set ... From the middle of second set, he made tactical changes in his game plan and countered Paul's tactics ... He won the second set with a break and then started dominatingly in the third ... He broke Paul in 1st and 3rd games to lead 4-0 and kept that advantage for entering into the final ... In the final, RamK is facing young Japanese challenge of Akira Santillan.

At $50K Bastad Challenger 2017, Sweden

[SF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) bt (3) Sergio Galdos (PER)/ Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 36 64 10-1

[F] N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs Tuna Altuna (TUR)/ Vaclav Safranek (CZE)

Bala-VSP scored dominating comeback win after losing the first set ... They won the match tie-break losing only single point ... In the final, they r facing unseeded pairing of Altuna and Safranek.

At $25K ITF Womens Tournament 2017, Naiman, China

[QF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) bt (2) Fangzhou Liu (CHN,134) 64 76(4)

[SF] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,405) vs (5) Xinyu Gao (CHN,210)

Karman scored her first win over top-150 player ... She defeated Fangzhou Liu in straight sets ... In this match Karman's serving was really good and she fired an aces in crucial moments ... In the tie-break, she took 6-1 lead before converting 4th match point ... Next, she is facing in-form Chinese girl Xinyu Gao.

Golf News

At $10M 146th The Open Championship 2017 , Southport, England T94 Shiv Kapur (IND) 73 +3 T94 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 73 +3 Our both playe...