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by Varma
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Tennis Player Forums
Topic: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread
Replies: 1242
Views: 138101

Re: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread

wow...that was a huuuuuuuge surprise. I left for an early lunch with colleagues when RamK was down 1-4. I vaguely remember sneaking a peek into my phone for an update and saw a score of 4-5 with the Argentine serving for the set (not sure if this really happened, or I was hallucinating, though). I n...
by Varma
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Tennis Player Forums
Topic: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread
Replies: 1242
Views: 138101

Re: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread

I am not watching the match, but based on Sameer's commentary, looks like it just took one loose game to undo all that hard work in getting the first break back. Why would one come to the net three times in a crucial game? That too on a clay court! :damn: :damn: :damn:

-Varma
by Varma
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Tennis Player Forums
Topic: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread
Replies: 1242
Views: 138101

Re: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread

RamK got his break back! They are even now, with RamK serving 3-4.

- Varma
by Varma
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Mohammad Shahid passed away
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: Mohammad Shahid passed away

prasen9 wrote:Not Dhanraj Pillay?

Huge loss. I remember being spellbound by his stick work as a child.

What did you mean, Prasen?

- Varma
by Varma
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Tennis Player Forums
Topic: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread
Replies: 1242
Views: 138101

Re: Ramkumar Ramanathan thread

He sure did...won it 6-1, 7-5! Next up is James Mcgee, a player ranked 200 with not a great a track record this year. If RamK continues to show this kind of form and hunger, he should win his R2 match.

- Varma
by Varma
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Tennis Player Forums
Topic: Prarthana Thombare thread
Replies: 106
Views: 12934

Re: Prarthana Thombare thread

wow...wow...wow!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

For her perseverance, Prarthana badly needed this kind of a break. She truly deserves one! It will be nice if she and Xun can use this huge upset as a pedestal to go deeper in this Challenger.

- Varma
by Varma
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Tennis Tournaments
Topic: ATP World Tour Masters/ WTA Clay court season 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1165

Re: ATP World Tour Masters/ WTA Clay court season 2017

Looks like they were totally outplayed in both tie-breaks losing them very meekly. In contrast, they won 4 out of last week's 5 matches in MTBs. Except for the one against the #1 pair (where they were stretched to a 13-11 win), they dominated the other 3 MTBs by winning them easily at 2, 6, and 4. N...
by Varma
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Forum members get together to play...
Replies: 268
Views: 19131

Re: Forum members get together to play...

Omkara wrote:Varna, the way suresh wrote it looks like Vatsal lost in the final

Sorry, I think I misread the last sentence of Suresh's post :(. Very impressive run, nevertheless!

Way to go, Vatsal!

- Varma
by Varma
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Tennis Tournaments
Topic: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3766

Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Wait! Otte had to play qualies to get into the main draw last week. He played a total of 7 singles matches (with one walk-over given by his opponent in Q3) for a total of 12 sets. Additionally, he also made it to the doubles finals last week (4 more matches). This guy must be aching all over. I see ...
by Varma
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Tennis Tournaments
Topic: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3766

Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

If Otte is in piping hot form, Prajnesh is not too far behind. Our guy beat a higher ranked Egyptian player yesterday. The day before, he beat Molchanov, who not too long ago was ranked as high as 169. Couple of days prior to that, he fought closely for a set with 118th ranked Canadian, Vasek Posipi...
by Varma
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Forum members get together to play...
Replies: 268
Views: 19131

Re: Forum members get together to play...

Congratulations, Vatsal! Good luck for the finals!

- Varma
by Varma
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: The Badminton Forum
Topic: Indian Badminton Player Rankings
Replies: 81
Views: 8827

Re: Indian Badminton Player Rankings

I am eagerly waiting to see this guy, Swastikraj Rankireddy, go places. A lot is being expected of this 17-year old. Good to see several youngsters choosing doubles very early in their career, which is what Gopi cited as a challenge he faced in not being able to produce any top doubles pair thus far...
by Varma
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Tennis Tournaments
Topic: ATP World Tour Masters/ WTA Clay court season 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1165

Re: ATP World Tour Masters/ WTA Clay court season 2017

Good win by Bops & Cuevas against Rajeev & Klaasen to make it to the quarters at Monaco! In the next match they meet the newly crowned doubles# 1 Henry Kontinen, and his Aussie partner John Peers. [R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. (5) Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-7(6...
by Varma
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Tennis Tournaments
Topic: $25K Men's ITF Uzbekistan - April 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1495

Re: $25K Men's ITF Uzbekistan - April 2017

Vishnu should do something to give serious shot at a doubles career. I know it is very hard to get a steady partner and get to the next level, but there is no point in retiring as a perennial journeyman. He certainly has potential to be a better doubles player. A lot better than where he is ranked a...
by Varma
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Tennis Player Forums
Topic: Mahesh Bhupathi thread...
Replies: 1630
Views: 200635

Re: Mahesh Bhupathi thread...

I have zero hopes of Mahesh grooming the next best thing in Indian Tennis. His academy has been functioning for over a decade and has hardly done anything noticeable. I am not blaming him for not producing results, just saying that my expectations of him are zilch based on the reputation he had buil...

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