Commonwealth Wrestling Championships: Indians Sweep With 19 out of 20 Gold Medals in Two Days, and 17 Silver, 3 Bronze

Commonwealth Wrestling Championships at Johannesburg has been completely dominated by Indians as all their 20 participants won a medal. They have won 19 of the 20 Gold medals at stake in Greco-Roman and Women’s Wrestling events. The only event where Nigerian went ahead of them, they won Silver and Bronze. Overall, 15th Dec saw complete sweep in Greco-Roman with 10 Gold and 10 Silver medals and 16th Dec had 9 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze in Women’s Wrestling. Today, Men’s Freestyle event will take place. India has fielded 20 wrestlers in each category. Check results.

10th World Super Series Finals: Sindhu in Final as India Aims to be 10th Nation to win a title

As PV Sindhu entered her maiden final and India got third entry to finals after Diju / Jwala and Saina Nehwal, BWF World Super Series 2017 saw finalists from 7 nations (out of 9 nations) that included 3 from Japan, 2 from China, 1 each from India, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. While defending Champion Viktor Axelsen and Mixed Doubles Chinese pair entered the finals again, entry of 4-time champion Lee Chong Wei ensures Men’s Singles remains the only event where Dubai World Super Series 2017 will not have a new champion. As in the 10th World Super Series finals, India aims to be the 10th nation to join the elite league of Winners, Hong Kong has a shot at its 2nd title since 2008, while Denmark and Malaysia fight in Men’s Singles to get ahead of each other with 10th title to be at second position behind China, who has two finalists. Japan has maximum three finalists in two events.

World Super Series Finals 2017: China Dominates, Sindhu Only Unbeaten Women’s Singles Player

Despite a comparatively dismal year, China continued its dominance at World Super Series Finals as even in 2017 Dubai World Super Series Finals only China has semifinalists in all events leading others with 6 berths, followed by 4 from Japan as players from 9 countries entered the semifinals. With winning being the only option, third day saw some intense long three set matches and in the end as PV Sindhu entered her second consecutive semifinals at Dubai, there were plenty of surprises with 2nd and 3rd seeds in Women’s Singles being knocked out, 2nd seed Srikanth failing to win any match and some other top seeds tumbling out. This is the third instance of an Indian winning all group matches and 9th semifinals for an Indian. Check the summary of all events.

World Super Series 2017 Race to Semifinals: 5 in Singles, 8 in Doubles as Sindhu Enters 2nd Consecutive Knock Out

After two matches each of all events, Mixed Doubles became the only event to have all four semifinalists ready with one match each spare, while Group A of Women’s Doubles remained the only group where all four teams are still in contention till the last match whereas Group A of Men’s Doubles has 3 teams in contention till the last match. For Indians, it was a mixed day. PV Sindhu entered her 2nd semifinals in World Super Series, while Srikanth lost again and is set to finish at bottom. Overall, so far 4 from China, 2 each from Japan and Denmark, one each from India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong have sealed the semifinal spot.

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.