World Super Series Finals Round 1 Summary: Sindhu Wins, Srikanth Lose

Round 1 matches of BWF World Super Series Finals 2017 saw only three upsets besides Long Chen pulling out due to injury. 2nd seed Srikanth Kidambi lost in Men’s Singles, 3rd seed Sung Ji Hyun lost in Women’s Singles and top seeds from Japan lost in Women’s Doubles. Tomorrow in 2nd matches Kidambi must win to survive while Sindhu’s win could put her foot in second consecutive semifinals.

10th Edition of Super Series Finals: Statistics of Indian Players

In 10 editions of Super Series finals, 5 Indians have participated. 3 in Singles and a pair in Mixed Doubles. Saina Nehwal has been a regular at the Super Series Finals except 2010 when she did not qualify and 2016 when she just returned from an operation. In 2011 she reached the final, while in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 she lost the semifinal. In 2013 and 2015, she was knocked out at Group stage. Indians have never won a medal but have two Runners up. While Saina has been in the finals once, India’s first finalist at Super Series Finals were V Diju and Jwala Gutta. 2nd seed Srikanth Kidambi and 4th seed PV Sindhu are representing India in 10th edition at 2017 Super Series Finals.

HWL 2017 Finals: Akash Chikte and Crowd Make India Do the Unthinkable

Indian Crowd and replacement goal keeper Akash Chikte did the unthinkable as Olympic Silver winner Belgium was shocked in the quarterfinals. Beligium had won last 7 of the 8 matches against India. But, it was the first the combination of Indian Forwards, Midfielders and Defenders that shocked Belgiums by finishing regulation time at 3-3 after taking lead of 2-0. Then, the star of the match goalkeeper Akash Chikte saved multiple shootouts from Belgium to take Indians to an unbelievable semifinals. Indians had not won any of the three matches at group stage, while Belgium was the only team from both groups to have won all three matches at group stage. The two bottom-placed teams of Pool B, India and Australia defeated the top two teams of Pool A to enter semifinals.

India International Challenge: Ruthvika Shivani Gadde Wins 2nd Title, Lakshya Sen Finishes Runners up

After Welsh International, for the second consecutive Indian Women won a title as Indians won 41st title of 2017. Ruthvika Shivani Gadde won her 2nd India International Open Challenge after winning her first title in 2014. This is the 7th instance of Indian winning Men’s Singles title in 10 editions of Tata Open India International Challenge that started in 2008. Lakshya Sen finished Runners up in Men’s Singles, where Indians have won 7 titles in 10 editions. He lost to unseeded opponent from Thailand who knocked out top seed Sourabh Verma in 2nd Round. The tournament did not have Mixed Doubles event in current edition. PC Thulasi has also won the tournament twice, while Sindhu has won in 2010. Ritupurna Das was the top seed in Women’s Singles.

2016-17 Hockey World League Finals: Schedule and Results

2016-17 Hockey World League finals is played at Bhubaneshwar from 1-10 December, the hosts India are placed with Australia, England and Germany in Pool B. Other Pool consists of Belgium, Spain, Argentina and Netherlands. Check complete schedule and results.

Welsh International: Tanvi Lad Wins Title, Gurusaidutt Wins Silver

Tanvi Lad won Women’s Singles title at Welsh International Challenge 2017. Unseeded Gurusaidutt finished Runners up in Men’s Singles losing to 7th seed Irish player in the final. Tanvi Lad was top seed in Women’s Singles event. Gurusaidutt defeated top seed Sam Parsons in the semifinals. Her title was India’s 40th Badminton title of 2017. One more Women’s Singles is assured on Sunday (Dec 3) at India International Challenge where Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Riya Mukherjee have set up an all Indian finals. Check their Road to Final match.

Double World Title in 2017 for Pankaj Advani: Wins Snooker Championship after World Billiards

Pankaj Advani completed a rare double of World Championship in Billiards and Snooker as he won World Snooker Champion 2017 at Doha. Earlier in 2017, he also won World Billiards Championship. This was his 5th World Snooker Championship title and overall 18th World Championship title, winning 13 in Billiards.

Kabaddi Asiam Championships 2017: Double Dhamaal as Indian Teams Win Men and Women Titles

Indians asserted their supremacy in Kabaddi further as they won Men and Women Titles at Kabaddi Asian Championship 2017 held at Iran. Indian Men defeated Pakistan 36-22 while Women’s team defeated South Korea 42-20. Indian Men had thrashed Pakistan 44-18 at group stage too and finished the championship undefeated. Ajay Thakur led the Indian men’s team while Abhilasha Mhatre led the women’s team. Surjeet and Priyanka were respective vice captains of Men’s and Women’s Champions.

World Wrestling Championships Under-23: Vinod Kumar and Bajrang Punia Bag Silver Medals

Asian Champions Bajrang Punia and Vinod Kumar Omprakash bag Silver medals at U23 World Championship. This was India’s third medal at the World Championship. Only other medal was won by Ritu Phogat. In Freestyle, Indian Men’s team earned 21 points to finish 9th 42 teams.

Super Sunday for Indian Badminton: 5 Titles, 6 Runners Up in 3 Tournaments

Indian Badminton celebrated a super Sunday (Nov 26) as the shuttlers won 5 titles and finished Runners up in 6 events of 3 different tournaments. While Sindhu finished Runners up at Hong Kong Open Super Series, Indians bagged 3 titles at India International Series and 2 titles at Para-Badminton World Championships 2017. Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar won two titles, while Lakshya Sen defended his 2016 title and Tanishq bagged the Singles Titles at India International Series that also saw Men’s Doubles team winning. Indians increased their title wins to 39 titles in 2017.

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