Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk creates history by winning his first Superseries Premier Title in Denmark!

Dear All,

Recently concluded Denmark open has new men’s singles champion this time. Relatively unknown player from Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk took the world by storm to enter into his maiden Superseries Premier final. He became the Thailand’s first player to win a Superseries title in men’s singles category. It was a nice gesture from him when he dedicated the victory to Thai king who passed away recently.

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Japanese young sensation Akane Yamaguchi won the women’s singles title this time. Having won the Korea open, this is her second consecutive title of the year. In coming years she is THE player to look out for. What a temperament this girl has!

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Winners are:

Women’s doubles – Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi

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Mixed doubles – Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen

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Indians at Denmark open

In the history of Danish open till now, only two Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Prakash Padukone have won this title.

As far as 2016 Danish open Indian performance is concerned H.S. Prannoy fought bravely in the second set of the second round against world number 1 Lee Chong Wei.  Ajay Jayaram too lost in the second round of the tournament. P.V. Sindhu produced the similar result.

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Korea Open Badminton Super series 2016!

Dear readers,

Korea open 2016 badminton super series tournament is concluded recently at Seoul, South Korea. This is Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) eighth super series tournament. Do read my earlier post on BWF here.

Well… Koreans took all the trophies in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles event while men’s single title went to Quia Bin of China and Japanese young sensation Akane Yamaguchi won the  women’s singles championship.

More than anything else this tournament will be remembered for the retirement of Korean men’s doubles specialist Lee Yong Dae. This was his last tournament of his career.  One thing I am still not getting, why on earth at the mere age of 28 he wants to retire? Especially when veterans like Lin Dan and Lee chong Wei are still there and going so strong. Lee Yong Dae holds the world number one ranking in doubles.He has won olympic medals in mixed and men’s doubles events. I do wish him all the best for his new plans and future. Winning the Korea Open is perfect bid adieu for this Korean Hero!

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Do watch out for Denmark open super series tournament from 18th October 2016 on wards. Thank you.

Record 6th time win for Lee Chong Wei at 2016 Japan Open!

Dear Readers,

Japan Open is one of the BWF’s super series tournaments, held in Tokyo, Japan.

Do read my earlier post on BWF super series tournaments here.

Well… Let us get started with the updates from 2016 Japan Open.

Lee Chong Wei has won this title for the record 6th time. In the 70 minute thrilling battle against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, Lee emerged as winner with the score of 21-18, 15-21, 21-16.

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After winning the title , Lee said that he is so proud to be a winner for the 6th time and he is going to cherish this win and hopes that no will break his record. Lee is Olympic silver medal winner in Rio Olympic. The Malaysian has won three Superseries this year — in Malaysia, Indonesia and now Japan .

It was Jorgensen who started well in the first game, Lee started bit slowly initially but still managed to take the opener. Jorgensen kept coming hard and thus he won the second game by 15-21. The match went for the decider. With 6-2 lead in the third game, it looked like Jorgensen is going to be the winner but Lee fought back to take the score to 17-16. It was very crucial moment and Jorgensen started making mistakes which cost him and finally Lee took the decider by 21-16.

It was Rio Olympic  final repeat match for Women’s doubles player but this time Danish pair Christinna Pedersen and  Kamilla Rytter Juhl emerged victorious against  Japanese world number one Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo. Japanese pair took the first game by 21 -19. The second game went to Danish women and they took it by 21-18 and  decider was one-sided affair with the score of 21-12 Overall it was high-intensity match with long rallies. It was a good treat for the spectators like us.

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It was the first super series title for 19 year Chinese player He Bingjiao.  She is currently ranked 13th in the world. In the final, she won against her own country woman sun Yu by 21-14, 7-21, 21-18.  Despite being down 0-7 in the third game, she did not lose her calm and played brilliantly to win her first superseries title in her first attempt.It was good to see Chinese dominance.

Men’s doubles match was not something you would have anticipated. The young Chinese player Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen dominated from the start to their Korean opponents.Koreans Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Gi Jung lost the one-sided match by 21-12,21-12 in straight games in just 37 minutes.

The trouble did not end there for Ko Sung Hyun. He and his mixed doubles partner Kim Ha Na were outclassed by  Chinese Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in just over 30 minutes by 21-10 21-15.

As far as Indian performance is concerned, Srikanth Kidambi’s quest for the title ended in the quarterfinal.

 

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You have to enjoy the suffering says 2016 US Open Champion Stan Wawrinka!

Dear Readers,

Stan the Man is the new US Open champion.!!  Already having Australian and French Open in his trophy collection, US Open is the third Grand Slam for him. I do hope that Stan will be able to complete the Career Grand Slam soon.

In the final he beat world’s top ranked player Novak Djokovic in 4 sets. Djokovic took the first set and it looked like it is going to be one sided match. But Stan is very dangerous player. I feel rising to the occasion is Stan’s specialty now. So he fought against odds and ultimately he is our champion. J

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The journey to the final was not that very easy for him. In the third round he was down with match point against Daniel Evans. During semifinal – it was raining and newly made stadium roof was being closed which might have made Stan lose his focus. In the final, during fourth set when Djokovic took medical time out twice, Stan had his own problems and he was suffering quietly. After facing all these obstacles victory seems so special in the end.

My dear readers, I would like to share what Stan said after winning Champions Trophy.

You have to accept to suffer and you have almost to enjoy to suffer. Because I think this Grand Slam was the most painful, physically and mentally Grand Slam that I ever player. As I said, I was feeling tired already at the beginning of the match. I was feeling the cramp coming in the third set. In the fourth set I had some pain but most important was what was clear with Magnus (his coach) before was not to show anything. Not to show anything. Give everything and keep fighting and go try to win it.

 

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2016 US Open: Angelique Kerber is the new Champion and world number one too!

Dear Readers,

I was not keeping well so could not post any new posts recently. Now I am back on track. 🙂 Let us get started.

The recently concluded US Open has new women’s champion this time. The German Angelique Kerber wins US open for the first time by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Due to time difference, I was unable to watch the live match. That is one of the biggest drawbacks of living in different continent. I wish I could time travel. 🙂

For those who have missed the match like I did, here are the highlights:

Highlights – Kerber

  • This is Angelique Kerber’s first US Open title.
  • Angelique is the First German after Steffi Graf to win the US open since 1996
  • Angelique has won this year’s Australian Open title as well. Read more here
  • She was runner up in Wimbledon 2016.
  • With US open title in her kitty, she is now ranked as the new world number Tennis player.
  • At the start of the year, Angelique was ranked 10th in the world and now she has reached to the top.
  • She is silver medalist in Rio 2016 Olympics.

“It means a lot to me. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming to be the number one player in the world and to win Grand slams and today’s the day!”

-Angelique Kerber

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Highlights – Karolina

  • Karolina Pliskova 6’ 2” is a Czech player.
  • She is WTA tour player who is leading with 450 aces this year.
  • On her route to the US open final, she managed to outplay both William sisters.
  • This is Karolina’s first Grand Slam major Final.

“I found out, I can play my best Tennis on the big stages!”

-Karolina Pliskova

Nothing succeeds like success! Welcome Angelique!

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You Go Girls!!!

Hello Everyone!

Last two weeks were full of sports events. There were so many record broken, new records set and what not. I cheered for my country and many other players across the world. Olympics are not just for winning but for a true spirit of sportsmanship as well.

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I am little bit disappointed as we were unable to match our London Olympics medal tally. Shooting was the sports where we did not win a single medal this time but nevertheless our sports heroes put on tremendous efforts.

The fact that Indian Women showed the courage, the fighting spirit, the fearless and dominating attitude, and the guts was beyond compare. Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu are the heroines of this Rio Olympics for India. Being a woman especially an Indian woman, I feel so proud that girls of my country are making a mark on the world map.

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Citius, Altius, Fortius!

This is a Latin expression which means “Faster, Higher, and Stronger.”

The important thing in the Olympic Games is to win but even more important thing is to take part and fight hard and to give it all. The essential thing is to fight and do well. This relates to our daily life where sometimes  and many other times we have to struggle hard but we never say NO and we keep on going and this is the spirit of life.

I am dedicating this post to all those players from my own country, even though they did not win the medal but they fought hard and I am proud of them.

You all are an inspiration to us.

Abhinav Bindra was the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Indian Contingent and he has personally written letters to encourage our players. In Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, he finished 4th in 10 meter air rifle shooting. He missed the medal by a whisker.

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Dipa Karmakar became the first ever Indian female gymnast to participate in Olympics. She finished 4th in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event.

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Atanu Das is an Indian archer. He finished an impressive 5th in the ranking round of men’s individual archery event and he was the lone participant from Indian side.

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Dattu Baban Bhokanal is a rower who represented India in 2016 Rio Olympics. He was ranked 13th in mens single sculls event. He had faced many obstacles and poverty to reach to the international stage. His life story from a well digger to becoming a world class rower is an inspiration to everyone.

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Kidambi Srikanth lost to Chinese two times Gold winner Lin Dan in a hard fought quarterfinal match. I am sure Kidambi Srikanth is going to climb even higher achievements in near future.

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Lalita Shivaji Babar is a long distance runner. She finished 10th in women’s 3000 meter steeplechase event. Running is in her blood. This Maharashtrian girl has made all of us proud.

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Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were eying for the first mix double Olympic medal in tennis but they lost in Bronze medal match to Czech Republic.

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Indian hockey team fought hard in the quarterfinal match against Belgium but could not win. The way team India lost in preliminary rounds against Germany, Canada was heartbreaking. Our boys put up a brave show and I am proud of them. Hockey is our national game. I think from Rio 2016 experience we are going to learn much more and improve further.

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A big Thank you to our Heroes.