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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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.

 

 

Andy Murray and Serena Williams are the Wimbledon Champions -2016!

Hello My Readers,

Finally the runner up man is the Winner of this year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam. Yes, yes Andy Murray is the Wimbledon Champion for the second time. In the final he beat Milos Raonic of Canada.

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I am so happy for Andy. After all it has been his 11th Grand Slam final in his tennis career so far. Being runner up so many times, it must be so relieving experience after winning the Wimbledon title for Andy.

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I remember, when he was the winner of Wimbledon for the very first time 3 years back, it was so much of pressure but this time I am sure he must have enjoyed a lot better.

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My favorite Serena Williams has won the 7th Wimbledon title and record 22nd Grand slam of her career. Thus she has matched Steffi Graf’s record of highest grand slam title wins. Serena and her sister Venus are the Wimbledon doubles winners as well. I doubt how many players are there who are so good and dominating in singles and doubles events? Serena is a true champion and a real fighter.

I am sure Milos Raonic and Angelique Kerber will come up with more solid plans to take it one step further in near future.

Congratulations to one and all.

Andy you are awesome!!!

 

A Lion’s Heart – Leander Paes!

Hello Everyone!

I am back with our second Olympian winner Leander Paes. Do read my earlier post on Indian Olympians Here.

For now, Let us cherish and revisit the history and feel the proud moment, Leander has created for all of us.

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“Life is lot like Tennis. You need to put your goals on the sidelines and focus on how to deal with what’s at hand.”

– Leander Paes

As It happened

August 03, 1996, Atlanta, USA

Leander Aged 24 and ranked 126th in the world worked slowly and steadily to move to further rounds. His play improved through every match. Then he beat many top ranked guys before losing in semifinal to eventual champion Andre Agassi.

Leander won the singles Bronze medal in Tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for India. Back then, he was ranked 126th in the world. This medal came after a long gap of 44 years.

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He won the Bronze medal match in a tough three setter by 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Playing his worst tennis, he pulled off his best win.

Life Of The Champion

Leander Paes was born in a family of Athletics. His Mother captained India in Basketball, and Father won a Bronze medal in hockey in 1972 Olympics. Since childhood Leander wanted to emulate his parents. He achieved this by wining an individual Olympic medal for India.

Leander has won 18 Grand slam titles in Tennis. He is the elite player who has won all grand slam titles both in mixed and men’s doubles event. But still His Olympic win is close to his heart. Playing for the country has always been his number one priority. He played it like a lion as his name depicts  Leander  – ‘a lions-heart.’

Leander is playing professional tennis since more than two decades now. His athleticism is like a young player who has just turned pro. For Leander age is just a number. He always has been a mentor and a true source of inspiration for young generation of players.

After going through a life threatening brain surgery; Leander never looked back. In fact it turned out to be a blessing. His fans and well wishers enjoy watching him play and always wish him to be top on his game. He is a real craftsman deeply passionate about his work.