Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Women hockey team is focusing on speed, coordination and passes: Navjot Kaur

Incheon (South Korea), September 17,  2014: Keeping in mind the magnitude of the upcoming 17th Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, which will secure both Indian men’s and women’s hockey team a spot in the Rio Olympics 2016, both the teams are giving the final touch-up to their preparations during their training sessions here. 

Speaking on Sreejesh’s comments on him being one of the key players for Asian Games, SV Sunil said, “It is purely a team effort at that moment and I will aim to create sufficient tension in the opposite camp so as to sneak the ball in the goal. I will strive to create a strategic game play to make the winning strike. Speedy passing and possession of the ball within the forward line-up is going to help us create more opportunities and currently our practice sessions are focusing on the same.”

S V Sunil further added, “Our Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh is like the pillar of our fort. Sreejesh has always given me tips on how to go through the opponents defence and which I have applied in my games. I have always taken his guidance seriously and it has helped me better myself as a player. ”

On the other hand the women camp is also gearing up for their first clash against Thailand, Mid-fielder Navjot Kaur said “The team is high on morale and we are confident to top our Pool in the group phase. Our training session today was more on speed, coordination and passes. We are confident of starting the tournament on a winning note. The weather is good and we have acclimatized to the conditions here.”

She further added, “Playing with experienced players at the midfield position including our Captain Ritu Rani, Vandana Katariya and Sushila Chanu, I have gained a lot of experience which is helping me grow as a player each day. With a synchronized combination of young and experienced players, I am confident that the team will generate desirable results.”

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Flawless rounds of 66 place Arshpreet Thind and Bhanu Pratap Singh on top

 Arshpreet Thind 
Bhanu Pratap Singh 

Lucknow, September 16, 2014: Gurgaon-based Arshpreet Thind and Delhi’s Bhanu Pratap Singh produced flawless rounds of six-under-66 to set the pace in the opening round of the Ansal API Feeder Tour Championship presented by The Palms Golf Club – Sushant Golf City. Indore’s Aditya Singh Chauhan and Delhi golfer Amarjeet Baisoya were two shots off the lead in tied third place.

The burly Arshpreet Thind had a solid start to the final event of the 2014 Feeder Tour season as he picked up two strokes on the first three holes. The 31-year-old, currently ranked 36th on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit, added another birdie on the seventh and came up with a hat-trick of birdies on the 15th, 16thand 17th to end up with a bogey-free 66.

Thind said, “I hit it close all day and didn’t leave myself anything longer than 10 feet on the greens. I capitalized well on the par-5s, making birdies on three out of four par-5s. I’m quite happy with the effort as I hadn’t played for about two months during the middle of the year due to personal reasons. I was therefore a little rusty and short of practice. This round has set me up well for the remaining two days.”

Bhanu Pratap Singh also posted a bogey-free 66. Some great hitting saw him land birdies on the first, seventh and eighth. He drove the green on the 11th and 17th, both par-4s, and reaped the reward with birdies. The 23-year-old’s longest putt of the day was the birdie conversion from 12 feet on the 12th.

“I was good off the tee today. I created quite a few eagle opportunities, however had to be content with birdies on all those occasions. My eagle putt lipped out on the 11th. I’ve played well in the last three Feeder Tour events as my putting has improved with each passing event. It’s great to start with such a low score. I’ll look to repeat this performance in the next two rounds,” said Bhanu, currently placed 26th in the Feeder Tour.

Amarjeet Baisoya produced four birdies and shared third place with Aditya Singh Chauhan who made five birdies and a bogey on day one.

Delhi golfers Karan Vasudeva and Gulfam occupied joint fifth at three-under-69.

Among the professionals from Lucknow, Sanjeev Kumar, Sheeraz Kalra and Rishi, were the highest placed at tied 12th. The Lucknow trio returned scores of one-under-71 along with four other players.

Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, was in tied 19th place at even-par-72.

Press release

China reign supreme in Asian Junior Table Tennis

Mumbai, September 16, 2014: The Chinese must have, at last, felt at home. They not only captured four of the six titles on offer on the concluding day, but also accomplished the feat at a home-like condition of a filled-to-the-brim Sardar Patel Stadium at the 20th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships today.

South Korea  took the Cadet Boys singles crown while Japan had to be satisfied with the Junior Boys doubles title.

All in all the Chinese domination was, more or less, complete taking into account the total number of medals they won in singles and doubles and in team events to six. They also won five silvers and four bronze to stay atop the medals table.

Korea, with two gold, two silver and five bronze medals are just behind the leader while Japan, with two gold, two silver and three bronze medals are third in the order. Taipei with one gold, one silver and three bronze are next with Hong Kong (0-1-5) and North Korea (two bronze) following them.

Yu Ziyang proved to be a worthy winner of the Junior Boys gold, beating teammate Liang Jingkun 4-1. It was a quick disposal and unlike the Junior Girls final, did not bring the audience to the edge of the seat. Though the southpaw, who uses powerful forehand for winners, lost the third game he did not allow any liberty to Liang as he completed the task to take the next two and the title.

Gritty Chen
Chen Xingtong saved two match points and when she got the opportunity on match point, simply served and finished with a forehand winner to beat compatriot and No. 6 seed Wang Manyu 4-3 to win the gold in the Junior Girls singles. The gripping final saw the fourth seed in a bit of a tangle in the sixth when she lost very badly to Wang to come too close for her comfort.

In fact, Wang was serving for the match at 10-9 but managed to return the ball on the net. After the deuce, visibly nervous Wang got another chance but frittered it away. All the while, Chen was keeping her cool and with Wang serving she got the vital lead only to server it out soon after for the title and deny her teammate a double here.

Packed house
The Chinese, known to be playing before a packed house, were happy to be cheered by the schoolchildren from different parts of Mumbai occupying the upper tiers. But, at the same time, the table tennis powerhouse may be unhappy to have not taking the other two medals today and also the team titles in Cadet Boys and Girls sections.

In the all-Japan Junior Boys doubles, Kazuhiro Yoshimura and Yuma Tsuboi, after being extended, finally beat compatriots Asuka Sakai and Yuto Kizukuri 3-2 to win the crown.
The match saw excellent rallies and fast paced action on the table with the two pairs complimenting each well. Sakai and Kizukuri heaved a sigh of relief when the former’s forehand winner helped them level the score after several deuces. But Yoshimura and Tsuboi kept their cool and surged ahead in the decider to win the game and the match.

Similarly, in all-China Junior Girls doubles, Wang Manyu and Chen Ke put it across Liu Gaoyang and Chen Xingtong 3-2. Playing typically aggressive game, the teams had their ups and downs with fortunes fluctuating from one extreme to another. Without conceding any ground the two pairs kept engaging themselves and when it reached the climax it was the Wang and Chen pair won the extended decider and the title.

The Results:
Junior Boys Singles (Final): Yu Ziyang (CHN) bt Liang Jingkun (CHN) 4-1 (11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7); Semifinal: Yu Ziyang (CHN) bt Zhou Qihao (CHN) 4-2 (11-4, 12-14, 13-15, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8), Liang Jingkun (CHN) bt Kim Minhyeok (KOR) 4-2 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5).
Doubles (Final): Kazuhiro Yoshimura/Yuma Tsuboi (JPN) bt Asuka Sakai/Yuto Kizukuri (JPN) 3-2 (15-13, 11-9, 7-11, 12-14, 11-5); Semifinal: Asuka Sakai/Yuto Kizukuri (JPN) bt Ho Kwan Kit/Hung Ka Tak (HKG) 3-0 (13-11, 11-5, 11-8), Kazuhiro Yoshimura/Yuma Tsuboi (JPN) bt Lim Jonghoon/Park Jeongwoo (KOR) 3-1 (13-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-5).
Junior Girls Singles (Final): Chen Xingtong (CHN) bt Wang Manyu 4-3 (12-10, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 13-11); Semifinal: Wang Manyu (CHN) bt Liu Gaoyang (CHN) 4-3 (11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 2-11, 12-10, 14-12), Chen Xingtong (CHN) bt Doo Hoi Kem (HKG) 4-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8).
Doubles (Final): Wang Manuy/Chen Ke (CHN) bt Liu Gaoyang/Chen Xingtong (CHN) 3-2 (11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10); Semifinal: Liu Gaoyang/Chen Xingtong (CHN) bt Kim Jin Hyang/Ko Un Gum (PRK) 3-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-7), Wang Manyu/Chen Ke (CHN) bt Lee Zion/Lee Seul (KOR) 3-0 (13-11, 11-4, 11-8).
Cadet Boys Singles (Final): An Jaeyhun (KOR) bt Hwang Minha (KOR) 4-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6; Semifinal:Hwang Minha (KOR) bt Lin Yun-Ju (TPE) 4-3 (11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4), An Jaehyun (KOR) bt Yuto Kizukuri (JPN) 4-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8).

Cadet Girls Singles (Final): Sun Yingsha (CHN) bt Mu Jingyu (CHN) 4-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7); Semifinal: Mu Jingyu (CHN) bt Hirano Miu (JPN) 4-0 (13-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-7), Sun Yingsha (CHN) bt Qian Tianyi (CHN) 4-1 (11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5).

A TTFI Press release