Hong Kong Open 2017: Repeat of China Open as Only Saina, Sindhu and Prannoy Enter Round 2

In a repeat of last week’s China Open Round 1 results, today at Hong Kong Open only Saina Nehwal, Sindh and HS Prannoy entered Round 2. Among the Indian contingent, all the doubles team with Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Verma were knocked out. In Round 2 on Thursday, Saina is set to meet 8th seed Chinese for the first time, while Sindhu leads her opponent 2-0 and Prannoy trails his unseeded opponent 0-2. Check today’s Indian results and tomorrow’s Indian schedule in IST.

Hong Kong Open 2017: 2016 Runners up Sindhu and 2010 Champion Saina Carry Indian Hopes

2016 Hong Kong Open saw Sindhu and Sameer Verma finish Runners up. In 2017, while Sameer is not playing and current Indian star Srikanth not participating, Sindhu with 2010 Hong Kong Open Champion Saina hold all Indian hopes. Today on Day 1, Kashyap qualified while Mixed Doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa / Satwiksairaj and Men’s Doubles pair of Arjun / Shlok failed to win the matches of qualification round of Day 1. The Round 1 matches of Mixed Doubles saw 2nd seed Praveen/Debby (Indonesia), 3rd seed Adcocks (England) knocked out with 6th and 7th seed pairs. Check Indian schedule for Round 1 tomorrow in Indian Standard Time.

50th for Kohli and MOM Bhuvi, Sri Lankans Find Light in Darkness

The first test at Eden Gardens was reduced to almost 3-day match. As expected it ended in a draw as the final day finished due to bad light that helped Sri Lankans avoid a certain defeat. Indians wanted to play, Sri Lankans prayed for darkness to get out of Eden Gardens with series levelled. Indians grabbed 7 wickets in just 26.3 overs, but the light meter forced a draw, bringing smile on the face of Islanders. Ironically, they had the upper hand in this test till 3 and half days with Lakhmal dismantling Indian batting line up. But, finally World No. 1 Indians had the last laugh even in the draw as the last day saw Kohli completing his 50th test century and Bhuvneswar Kumar grabbing his 50th test wicket on the way to his magical 4/8 in just 11 overs spell. With a draw, Sri Lankans at least removed the fear of another 9-0 defeat.

Record of Decades fall at Eden Gardens as Indians Justify No. 1 Ranking

The first three days at Eden Gardens in the first test match has been more about Sri Lanka. While first Indians were bowled out for their 2nd lowest in India and overall 4th lowest test score against Sri Lankans, the visiting batsmen with three 50s, specially by Herath gave visitors a rare 122 run lead in India. After 3 and half days, only two results appeared possible. Either a draw, thanks to the weather ruling the first three day or the first test win for Sri Lanka on Indian soil. But, the first ever century stand since 2000 for Indians in second innings has put Sri Lankans on back foot, just on two sessions. Now, on day 5 unless there is an unusual Indian collapse, its the Sri Lankans who would be more worried to save the test now although repeat of 9-0 looks tough now.

SL in Ind Bilateral Series 2-17: Who Will Save Repeat 9-0? Sri Lanka or Rains

As Sri Lankan squad is visiting India for a back-to-back Bilateral series, the biggest question in everyone’s mind is not about the final result but can Sri Lanka save successive 0-9 defeat!! They lost the bilateral series at home by a rare 9-0 margin losing all the matches of tour that included 3 Test matches, 5 ODIs and a T20I. In India, they will play 3 matches in each format. Considering the ease of win and number of records created at Sri Lanka, Indian fans will not be expecting any losses during the tour by Sri Lankans under Chandimal. Probably weather could be the biggest saviour and the venue of first test, Kolkata is already suffering from continuous rains before the starting match of the tour.

Sri Lanka in India 2017 Bilateral Series

Sri Lanka visit India to play back-to-back bilateral series after Indian tour of Sri Lanka few months before in 2017. They will play 9 international matches with 3 matches in each format. Interestingly, Indian squad just completed a rare 9-0 series win during their last Sri Lankan tour. Check Complete schedule and results of Sri Lankan tour to India in 2017.

China Open 2017: Sindhu, Saina and Prannoy in Round 2

From the Indian contingent, Day 1 found three winners from India as Saina, Sindhu and Prannoy won their respective matches, while Sourabh Verma and 5 doubles team bowed out of China Open 2017. First day also saw 3rd seed Lin Dan, 6th seed Nozomi Okuhara, top seed Mixed Doubles Indonesian pair, 3rd and 7th seed Doubles pairs knocked out. HS Prannoy played the longest match of the day to move to Round 2 but Indian Mixed Doubles pair had to bow out after an hour at court. In Round 2, Saina has the biggest challenge in Yamaguchi who has defeated her thrice in 2017. Sindhu and Prannoy wil play much lower ranked Qualifiers for the first time in career.

China Open Super Series 2017: Can China Avoid Humiliation Again? Or Indian Win 4th title in 4 years

China Open 2017 will see defending Champion PV Sindhu lead the Indian contingent that has two representation each in both Singles and Men’s Doubles, while one each in Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. After winning the rare twin title in a Super Series at China Open 2014, Indians have entered the finals for three consecutive years. Saina and Srikanth won the title in 2014. Saina lost the final in 2015 while Sindhu is the defending champion in Women’s Singles winning in 2016, when Saina restarted her international matches after recovering from surgery. Not surprisingly, Saina lost in the 1st round last year. After one year, she is playing much better having shocked Sindhu last week, although not close to her top form. Sindhu is World No. 2 and HS Prannoy has last week defeated World No. 2 Srikanth, who has pulled out. While Indians are hopeful of 4th consecutive finalist and fourth title in 4 years, chinese have a bigger challenge at home having been unable to win any event in last edition. Check Indian schedule for China Open Super Series 2017.

National Badminton Championships 2017: Saina and Prannoy Shock World No. 2, Ashwini Grabs 2 Titles

With 2017 being a successful year for Indian Badminton players, National Championships 2017 appeared no less than an international event. Playing third time at Senior National Badminton, India’s Badminton Queen Saina Nehwal bagged her third title. This title though came after a gap of 10 years but must be more satisfying as India’s first Olympic Medal winner in Badminton defeated the current World No. 2 and India’s first Silver Medal Winner in Badminton, PV Sindhu. Both were fighting for their title at Senior Nationals. In Men’s Singles HS Prannoy shocked World No. 2 Srikanth Kidambi. Ashwini Ponnappa won Women’s and Mixed Doubles, while Sikki Reddy and Satwiksairaj won one and lost one finals. Men’s Doubles was won by Sumeeth and Manu.

Asia Cup Hockey 2017: Indian Women Win 2nd Title, Seal 7th Entry to World Cup

Indians emerged as the complete Asian Hockey Champion as following the foot steps of Men’s Hockey Team, Indian Women also won the Asia Cup Hockey 2017. Indian women won the title after 13 years and only for the second time. Being the Winner of Asia Cup helped Indian Women grab direct berth into 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup where they failed to qualify for the 7th time in the last edition. In the Asia Cup Hockey 2017 finals, Indians edged 2-time champion China to win their second title. An amazing team performance ended with the best finish where the vice captain and Captain ensured that a spot in World Cup is sealed.