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Saturday, September 03, 2005
Unseeded Srichaphan shocks Davydenko.

The way unseeded Paradorn Srichaphan played in his 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko Friday in the second round of the US Open might cause tennis fans everywhere to pay a bit more attention to the brawny 26-year-old Thai .

Srichaphan employed a powerful forehand against Davydenko, tallying 21 forehand winners and controlling most of the match by making the 24-year-old Russian scurry and sometimes shrug in exhaustion at the shots he just could not reach.


Posted at 04:20 am by TennisPro
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Sania closes on to a clash with Sharapova.....
Sania Mirza defeated Marion Bartoli of France 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory over at the Arsmstrong Stadium here today.

Sania's powerful ground strokes proved too hot to handle for the 19-year old Bartoli whose defensive tactics backfired against her aggressive opponent.

Sania will now meet either Russian top seed Maria Sharapova or Julia Schruff of Germany for a berth in the quarterfinals.

Posted at 12:17 am by TennisPro
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Friday, September 02, 2005
Sania out of doubles. Peas & Bhupati advance...
Sania and Australian Bryanne Stewart went down 2-6 4-6 to French woman Emilie Loit and Aussie veteran Nicole Pratt.

Paes and Navratilova, Australian Open and Wimbledon champions in 2003, defeated French pair Tatiana Golovin and Fabrice Santoro 6-3 6-2 to advance to the second round.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova faced formidable challenge from Tiantian Sun of China and Sweden's Simon Aspelin before emerging 4-6 6-3 7-6 (11/9) winners.

Posted at 11:57 pm by TennisPro
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Asagoe wins......
Shinobu Asagoe went thru to the third round of the US Open while Tiantian Sun of China lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.

Shinobu Asagoe (Japan) beat Evgenia Linetskaya (Russia) 6-4 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) beat Tiantian Sun (China) 6-4 7-5.

Posted at 06:41 am by TennisPro
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Results of Poll of the month - SHINOBU ASAGOE is your choice.
We had created this poll for our visitors to check their awareness about the Asian tennis players, through out the month we have seen fluctuating results, we have also noticed some die hard fans of Sania really driving the polls. In one day Sania had been polled 200 times. The final results are.

1. ASAGOE, SHINOBU(JPN) 361

2. PENG, SHUAI (CHN) 346

3. MIRZA, SANIA (IND) 334

4. MORIGAMI, AKIKO 136

5. SUGIYAMA, AI (JPN) 131

6. TANASUGARN, TAMARINE (THA) 75

7. NA, LI (CHN) 26

8. ZHENG, JIE (CHN) 9

9. NAKAMURA, AIKO (JPN) 8

10. CHO, YOON JEONG (KOR) 5

Total number of votes: 1431


We Thank you for your participation. Keep looking forward for more KOOL POLLS and keep coming back


Posted at 01:46 am by David Rajkumar
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Thursday, September 01, 2005
Sania, Sugiyama win
Womens Singles 2nd Round:

Sania Mirza (Ind) bt Maria Elena Camerin (Ita) 6-4 1-6 6-4
(9) Nadia Petrova (Rus) bt Aiko Nakamura (Jpn) 6-2 6-0
(26) Nicole Vaidisova (Cze) bt Jie Zheng (Chn) 6-3 6-0
(30) Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) bt Michaela Pastikova (Cze) 2-6 6-4 6-4

Mens Doubles 1st Round:

(7) Mahesh Bhupathi (Ind) & Martin Damm (Cze) bt Gael Monfils (Fra) & Cyril Saulnier (Fra) 6-1 6-3

Womens Doubles 1st Round:

(10) Shinobu Asagoe (Jpn) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slo) bt Jennifer Hopkins (USA) & Mashona Washington (USA) 6-0 6-1

(3) Conchita Martinez (Spa) & Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spa) bt Rita Grande (Ita) & Tamarine Tanasugarn (Tha) 6-3 7-5

(9) Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) & Dinara Safina (Rus) bt Zi Yan (Chn) & Jie Zheng (Chn) 6-2 6-3
Chia-Jung Chuang (Tpe) & Akiko Morigami (Jpn) bt Marissa Irvin (USA) & Jamea Jackson (USA) 6-4 6-3

Janet Lee (Tpe) & Shuai Peng (Chn) bt Marta Domachowska (Pol) & Silvija Talaja (Cro) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2
Ting Li (Chn) & Sheng-Nan Sun (Chn) bt Emmanuelle Gagliardi (Swi) & Marlene Weingartner (Ger) 2-6 7-5 6-0

Mens Singles 1st Round:
Paradorn Srichaphan (Tha) bt Younes El Aynaoui (Mor) 6-4 6-3 6-0

Posted at 04:05 pm by TennisPro
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Zheng, Nakamura, Sugiyama, Asagoe and Sania lead the Asian challenge at US Open
Asian Players at the US Open

Winners
Shinobu Asagoe (Jpn) bt Stephanie Cohen Aloro (Fra) 6-1 6-4
Aiko Nakamura (Jpn) bt Marissa Irvin (USA) 6-3 6-3
Sania Mirza (Ind) bt Mashona Washington (USA) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4
Jie Zheng (Chn) bt Iveta Benesova (Cze) 6-2 3-6 6-0
Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) bt Alyona Bondarenko (Ukr) 5-7 6-4 6-3

Losers
Nicole Pratt (Aus) bt Akiko Morigami (Jpn) 6-7 (0-7) 6-0 ret
(10) Venus Williams (USA) bt Rika Fujiwara (Jpn) 6-3 6-1
Emma Laine (Fin) bt Shuai Peng (Chn) 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2
(8) Serena Williams (USA) bt Yung-Jan Chan (Tpe) 6-1 6-3,

Questionable Victory

Sania Mirza - India
Sania struggled to defeat 65 ranked Mashona, Sania went up, breaking Mashona in the very first game but the American bounced back with two successive breaks to go up 4-2. But serving for the set, Mashona was broken. In the tie-breaker, Mashona's nerves frayed and she let go a two set point advantage to Sania. The second set was a ding-dong battle that saw Sania fail to close the match after going 3-1 up. Mashona did well to come back twice from a break behind while Sania hanging to avert a break in the 12th game and pushed the set into the tie-breaker.

Commendable Loss

Yung-Jan Chan. - Chinese Taipei
The rookie from Taipei got her first taste of gritty Grand Slam tennis, thrown into the fire at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Serena Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion. Chan fought valiantly in the second set and gave Williams a scare before the former champion rebounded to finish off the match with a flourish.

Not your day - Hard Luck

Akiko Morigami - Japan
Akiko Morigami left Flushing Meadows in a wheelchair after being overcome by heat against Australian Nicole Pratt as temperatures soared above 30 degrees Celsius. She had won the first set.....

Posted at 09:20 pm by TennisPro
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Sunday, August 28, 2005
Sania knocked out in finals
Indian tennis sensation and third seeded Sania Mirza was defeated by unseeded Lucie Safarova(CZE) who is currently ranked 65 in the world. She won the match in three sets.

Sania got to a good start by wining the first set 6-3 but Lucie got her act together to win the second set 7-5 and the third at 6-4.
Sania plays a lower ranked Mashona Washington of US in the first round of US Open.

Posted at 02:54 am by TennisPro
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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Sania in Forest Hills Finals.....
Sania Mirza defeated 15-year-old wild card Alexa Glatch 6-4, 6-4 Friday to advance to the final of the Forest Hills Women's Classic. She will face Lucie Safarova who defeated Iveta Benesova 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Posted at 12:21 pm by TennisPro
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From the desk of Mustafa Kamal......
Thank God!!!! I have someone out there who agrees with me. I have always discussed the role of a proactive media in sports. Please check out the link, even though I do not agree that Sania Mirza was ignored because her media coverage is more than her achievements still overall the article is good.
Unbalanced Sports Coverage in the Indian Media Case Study:Sportstar


Posted at 08:49 am by TennisPro
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