Monday, April 23, 2018

Squash News

At $165K Women's El Gouna International Open 2018, El Gouna Marina, El Gouna, Egypt

[R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,18) l (6) Camille Serme (FRA,6) 10-12 7-11 12-14 (34m)
[R1] Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) bt (WC) Rowan Reda Araby (EGY,31) 8-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-4 (39m)

[R2] Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) bt (8) Nicol David (MAS,9) 11-8 11-8 11-8 (32m)

[QF] Joshna Chinappa (IND,14) vs (4) Laura Massaro (ENG,7)

Joshna completed her first-ever win over legendary and an 8 times World Champion in straight games ... Before that, she defeated local player after losing the first game ... In the quarters, she is facing another former WR #1 Laura Massaro ... Dipika lost in a tight straight games against Frenchwoman Serme.

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At $150K+H Anning Challenger 2018, China

[R1] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) l Andrew Whittington (AUS,273) 46 67(5)

Disappointing loss of RamK against Whittington ... Jaded performance on the court, mostly due to playing continues last few weeks ... This was his 4th week of non-stop tennis and that reflected in his performance ... His returning wasn't deep and lacked attacking instinct in the game.

At $60K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Quanzhou, China

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,194) bt Ayano Shimizu (JPN,237) 46 62 62

Doubles
[R1] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Ayano Shimizu (JPN) vs (2) Naomi Broady (GBR)/ Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

Ankita's good run continues ... Terrific consistency in her results ... After losing the first set she made a strong comeback for winning last two sets comfortably against her doubles partner, Shimizu.

Ankita and Shimizu r facing 2nd seed Broady and Zvonareva.


At $50K+H Francavilla Challenger 2018, Italy

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,219) vs (Q) Antoine Hoang (FRA,243)

Doubles
[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Goncalo Oliveira (POR) vs (WC) Julian Ocleppo (ITA)/ Andrea Vavassori (ITA)

Sumit is facing talented young Frenchman in the singles and in the doubles, he is playing with his Portuguese partner ... They r facing local wild-card pair.

At $75K Tallahassee Challenger 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] Enrique Lopez Perez (ESP)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhhiyan (IND) bt (Q) Erik Crepaldi (ITA)/ Peter Torebko (GER) 64 76(4)

Jeevan with his new Spanish partner, Enrique Lopez Perez, started with a win against qualifiers.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Golf News

At $1.37M the Panasonic Open Golf Championship 2018, Osaka, Japan (Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation)

P.C. to Asian tour
1 Rahil Gangjee (IND) 69 65 68 68 -14 $278,651.31
T10 Ajeetesh Sandhu (IND) 69 69 68 69 -9 $32,323.55
T40 SSP Chawrasia (IND) 69 72 67 73 -3 $5,991.00
T44 Arjun Atwal (IND) 72 69 66 75 -2 $4,737.00
T53 Shiv Kapur (IND) 70 71 68 75 PAR $3,483.00

Rahil Gangjee ended his 14 yrs old barren run with a one-shot victory over Korea’s Hyung-sung Kim and Junggon Hwang at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship ... His last Asian Tour wins in China in 2004 ... Besides a two-year winners’ exemption on the Asian Tour, Gangjee will also earn a two-year exemption on the JGTO ... Despite the immense pressure on 18, Gangjee managed to hit his bunker shot out to within 10 feet of the pin and scored the birdie for a win.

Shiv Kapur won the Panasonic Swing series where he earned the top bonus prize of US$70,000 and an exemption into an event on the European Tour this year.


At $1.5M Hugel-JTBC LA Open 2018, Los Angeles, California, USA

T19 Aditi Ashok (IND) 68 73 69 73 -1 $16,921.00

Aditi had up-down rounds in LA Open ... Her 2 rounds were 2 over and that cost her top-5 finish.

At $6.2M Valero Texas Open 2018, San Antonio, Texas, USA (PGA Tour)

T58 Anirban Lahiri (IND) 76 68 73 72 +1 $13,578.00

Aniran struggles continue on PGA tour ... As after making the cut he posted another disappointing score in last two rounds ... Shubhankar Sharma missed a cut after scoring 4 over the first round.

Tennis News

At €2.5M Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2018, Spain

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (2) Henri Kontinen (FIN)/ John Peers (AUS)

A tough match for Rohan-Edouard against the 2nd seed Peers-Kontinen.

At €501K Gazprom Hungarian Open 2018, Budapest, Hungary

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Neal Skupski (GBR) vs Marcin Matkowski (POL)/ Nicholas Monroe (USA)
[R1] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (WC) Attila Balazs (HUN)/ Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

This week, Divij is playing with Skupski and they r facing Monroe and Matkowski ... Purav is playing with Fabrice and they r facing local wild-card pair.

At $150K+H Anning Challenger 2018, China

[Q2] 7) N. Sriram Balaji (IND,630) bt (1) Antoine Escoffier (FRA,369) 63 64
[Q2] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,675) bt (3) Ti Chen (TPE,412) 62 64
[Q2] (5) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) bt (4) Luke Saville (AUS,452) 26 61 64

[R1] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) vs Andrew Whittington (AUS,273)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,266) vs (LL) Hugo Grenier (FRA,386)
[R1] (Q) N. Sriram Balaji (IND,630) vs Zhe Li (CHN,333)
[R1] (Q) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) vs (5) Quentin Halys (FRA,118)
[R1] (Q) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,675) vs Mohamed Safwat (EGY,226)

Doubles
[R1] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bye
[R1] Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Mao-Xin Gong (CHN)/ Ze Zhang (CHN)

Bala, Vishnu and Sasi qualified for the main draw with an upset wins ... They r having a tougher matches in the main draw ... RamK is facing Aussie Whittington and Prajnesh is facing Lucky loser Frenchman Grenier.

In the doubles, Bala-Vishu r the top-seeds and having bye in the first round ... RamK-Roberto can be their next opponents, if they wins their matches.


At $60K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Quanzhou, China

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,194) vs Ayano Shimizu (JPN,237)

Ankita is facing Japanese girl Shimizu.

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At €5.2M Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2018, Monaco

[SF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) l (3) Oliver Marach (AUT)/ Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(4) 64 7-10

Rohan failed to defend his last year's title winning point as he and Roger-Vasselin lost in the semis against Pavic and Marach in the match tie-break.

At $150K+H Anning Challenger 2018, China

[Q1] (7) N. Sriram Balaji (IND,630) bt Matt Reid (AUS,UNR) 76(4) 46 61
[Q1] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,675) bt Tyler Lu (USA,949) 62 63
[Q1] (5) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) bt (WC) Berk Ilkel (TUR,UNR) 62 61

[Q2] (7) N. Sriram Balaji (IND,630) vs (1) Antoine Escoffier (FRA,369)
[Q2] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,675) vs (3) Ti Chen (TPE,412)
[Q2] (5) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) vs (4) Luke Saville (AUS,452)

Sasi, Vishu and Bala r in the final qualifying but having tough matches.

At $15K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[SF] (WC) Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND,929) l Dasha Ivanova (USA,674) 36 46

Sai Samhitha Chamarthi run ended against American, Dasha Ivanova in straight sets.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tennis News

At €5.2M Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2018, Monaco

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Juan Sebastián Cabal (COL)/ Robert Farah (COL) 64 64

[SF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (3) Oliver Marach (AUT)/ Mate Pavic (CRO)

Roahn-Edouard r in the semis with straight sets win over Colombian pair ... In the semis, they r facing the 3rd seed pairing of Pavic and Marach.

At $50K+H Nanchang Challenger 2018, China

[QF] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) l Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ,242) 26 57
[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,266) l (3) Quentin Halys (FRA,118) 46 36

Prajnesh gave decent fighting performance against claycourt specialist Frenchman Halys ... Halys took an early break to lead 1-4, but Prajnesh took advantage of Halys's loose service game in the 7th game and broke him, 3-4 ... Halys broke Prajnesh in the 10th game for winning the set ... In the second set, Halys broke Prajnesh in the 2nd game to lead 0-3 and kept that advantage for winning the match ... Prajnesh hurried to finish the points and other hand Halys played steady tennis for this win ... With this loss, it would be difficult for Prajnesh to qualify for French open qualifying.

RamK struggled with his overall game against Nedo and he took full advantage of it beating RamK in straight sets ... RamK struggled his serve and backhand wasn't working ... Nedo broke him in the 5th and the 7th games for winning the first set comfortably ... In the second set, RamK improved his game but Nedo played consistent tennis and broke him in the 11th game and then held his serve for a win.


At $15K ITF Women's Tennis Tournament 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[R1] (WC) Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND,929) bt (Q) Nidhi Chilumula (IND,963) 64 61
[R2] (WC) Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND,929) bt (Q) Jelena Stojanovic (AUS,821) 63 63
[QF] (WC) Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND,929) bt (4) Julia Terziyska (BUL,552) 75 2-2 retd

[SF] (WC) Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND,929) vs Dasha Ivanova (USA,674)

Sai Samhitha Chamarthi had a terrific run in Egypt futures ... With three good wins she is in the semis and facing higher ranked American, Dasha Ivanova.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tennis News

At €5.2M Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2018, Monaco

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt (7) Jamie Murray (GBR)/ Bruno Soares (BRA) 36 64 11-9

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Juan Sebastián Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)

A superb comeback victory by Roahn-Edouard against the 7th seed Murray and Soares ... After losing the first set Rohan-Edouard fought back to win the second ... In the match tie-break, Soares-Murray had 3 match points at 6-9 but Rohan-Edouard won next 5 points for an excellent win.

At $50K+H Nanchang Challenger 2018, China

[R2] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) bt Vaclav Safranek (CZE,257) 75 61
[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,266) bt Alex Bolt (AUS,177) 76(5) 61

[QF] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) vs Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ,242)
[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,266) vs (3) Quentin Halys (FRA,118)

Impressive win by Prajnesh and RamK for entering into the quarters ... Prajnesh having a tough match against clay court specialist Frenchman and RamK having a winnable match against Nedo.

Prajnesh faced in-form Alex Bolt and both players held their service games for taking into the tie-break ... In the tie-break, Prajnesh was 0-4 down with a double mini-break but he made a superb comeback and won next 6 points and converted the 2nd set point for winning the set ... In the second set, Prajnesh dominated from the start as he broke Alex in the 2nd and the 4th games to lead 5-0 and then comfortably held his serve in the 7th game for winning the match.

In the first set, Safranek was putting pressure on RamK's serve ... He broke RamK in the 5th game to lead 2-3 ... RamK broke Safranek in the 10th game when Safranek was serving for the set ... He again broke Safranek in the 12th game for winning the set ... In the second set, RamK broke Safranek in the 2nd game to lead 3-0 ... He again broke Safranek in the 6th game and held his serve in the next for straight sets win ... RamK raised his game from 3-5 down in the first set, as he won 10 out of next 11 games.


At $100K Sarasota Challenger 2018, Florida, USA

[QF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l Luke Bambridge (GBR)/ Jonny O'Mara (GBR) 57 26

Jeevan-Purav struggled against British pair and lost in straight sets.

At $125K Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open 2018, China

[QF] Prarthana Thombare (IND)/ Fang Ying Xun (CHN) l (3) Naomi Broady (GBR)/ Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 16 16

One sided loss for Prarthana and Fang against their 3rd seed opponents.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tennis News

At $50K+H Nanchang Challenger 2018, China

[R1] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) bt (WC) Yibing Wu (CHN,337) 46 62 63
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,266) bt Cem Ilkel (TUR,244) 64 64

[R2] (LL) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) l Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP,319) 46 26
[R2] (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,116) vs Vaclav Safranek (CZE,257)
[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,266) vs Alex Bolt (AUS,177)

Doubles
[QF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l Kamil Majchrzak (POL)/ Toshihide Matsui (JPN) 75 46 5-10

A gutsy comeback win by RamK against Chinese wonder-kid Yibing ... In their previous meeting in Davis Cup, Yibing defeated RamK so he had psychological advantage ... He started well and won the first set, but after that RamK made strong comeback ... He won next two sets comfortably for entering into the second round ... Next, he is facing Czech player Safranek.
Prajnesh continued with his good performance from our Davis Cup tie ... He scored straight sets win over Turkish player Ilkel ... Next, he is facing Aussie Alex Bolt.

Spaniard Ortega-Olmedo proved too strong to Sasi in the second round.

In the doubles, Vishnu-Bala lost after winning the first set ... Their Polish-Japanese opponents made a comeback for winning the second set and they comfortably won the match tie-break against Indian pair.


At $100K Sarasota Challenger 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] Andrea Arnaboldi (ITA)/ Sathi Reddy Chirala (IND) l Luke Bambridge (GBR)/ Jonny O'Mara (GBR) 26 16

[QF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Luke Bambridge (GBR)/ Jonny O'Mara (GBR)

An expected loss of Sathi with Andrea against British pair.

At $125K Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open 2018, China

[QF] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Su Jeong Jang (KOR) l (4) Yingying Duan (CHN)/ Yafan Wang (CHN) 46 36

Yingying with his partner Wang defeated Ankita and Su in straight sets.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tennis News

At €5.2M Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2018, Monaco

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS)/ Milos Raonic (CAN) 61 75

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (7) Jamie Murray (GBR)/ Bruno Soares (BRA)

Roahn-Edouard started with comfortable straight sets win against Raonic- Khachanov ... Next, they r facing the 7th seed Murray and Soares.

At $125K Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open 2018, China

[R1] (Q) Ankita Raina (IND,194) l (5) Yingying Duan (CHN,103) 36 75 36

Doubles
[R1] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Su Jeong Jang (KOR) bt (WC) Ran Tian (CHN)/ Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) 61 61

[QF] Ankita Raina (IND)/ Su Jeong Jang (KOR) vs (4) Yingying Duan (CHN)/ Yafan Wang (CHN)
[QF] Prarthana Thombare (IND)/ Fang Ying Xun (CHN) vs (3) Naomi Broady (GBR)/ Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Ankita gave another gutsy performance against higher ranked Yingying ... After losing the first set Ankita was a match point down at 3-5, from here Ankita tried superb comeback ... She won next 4 games for winning the set ... But Yingying recovered to win the decider ... Ankita will get another chance against Yingying as she and her Korean partner scored dominating win in the doubles ... They r facing 4th seed Yingying and Yafan in the quarters.

At $100K Sarasota Challenger 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (WC) Robert Galloway (USA)/ Mitchell Krueger (USA) 63 36 10-7

Purav-Jeevan scored a win in the match tie-break against wild-card pair.

At $50K+H Nanchang Challenger 2018, China

[R2] (LL) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) vs Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP,319)

Doubles
[R1] Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l Mao-Xin Gong (CHN)/ Ze Zhang (CHN) 36 75 11-13

[QF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Kamil Majchrzak (POL)/ Toshihide Matsui (JPN)

RamK and Roberto lost against Chinese top pair in a closely fought match tie-break.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tennis News

At ATP and WTA latest rankings,

After big title win at Taipei, Yuki climbed to his career best ranking, WR #83 ... And with this he secures place in next three grand slams main-draw; French Open, Wimbledon and US Open ... Reaching final also helped Ramkumar to climb his career best ranking, WR #116 ... This rank will helped him to get top-16 rankings in French Open qualifying ... Ankita Raina also climbs to her career best ranking on WTA tour, WR #194, after her consistent performance ... She also almost secure qualifying entry at French Open and Wimbledon.

At $50K+H Nanchang Challenger 2018, China

[R1] (LL) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,514) bt Ze Zhang (CHN,248) 64 64

Doubles
[R1] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (WC) Aoran Wang (CHN)/ Hao Wu (CHN) 67(7) 76(4) 10-8

Sasi entered as a lucky loser and utilized this opportunity ... He defeated Chinese top player Ze Zhang in straight sets ... In the both sets, both players exchanged early breaks but Sasi took crucial break in the 10th game for a win.

Bala-Vishnu scored hard fought win over local Chinese pair in the match tie-break.


At $125K Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open 2018, China

[R1] Prarthana Thombare (IND)/ Fang Ying Xun (CHN) bt Xiaodi You (CHN)/ Lin Zhu (CHN) 63 76(2)

Prarthana scored a victory with her Chinese partner Fang Ying Xun against Chinese pair.

At $100K Sarasota Challenger 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (WC) Robert Galloway (USA)/ Mitchell Krueger (USA)
[R1] Andrea Arnaboldi (ITA)/ Sathi Reddy Chirala (IND) vs Luke Bambridge (GBR)/ Jonny O'Mara (GBR)

Jeevan and Purav r playing together in Sarasota Challenger and they r facing local wild-card pair ... Another Indian Sathi Reddy Chirala receive wild-card with Italian in the doubles draw.

Squash News

At $165K Women's El Gouna International Open 2018 , El Gouna Marina, El Gouna, Egypt [R1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND,18) l (6) Cami...