Pune: Eighth seeded Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand does not like to speak much and she prefers quick-fire answers like scoring aces. It is her style, where only racquet does all the talking.On Friday, during the NECC Deccan ITF $25,000 women’s tennis tournament at Deccan Gymkhana, the Thai player was 3-0 down against qualifier Alicia Smith of Australia before she regrouped and completed 6-4, 6-3 win to advance into the semi-final.“I am happy to qualify. This is not the first time, but I am excited to be part of top four,” said Peangtaran who once ranked 175 in 2017, but inconsistent game made her stand 349 in the last three years.“I just started to keep the ball inside the court after 3-0 down in the first set and since then it was an easy game,” she said.Smith was unable to dismantle Peangtaran once she kept hitting backhand returns, and managed to return only on few occasions.Smith gave a fight in the second set with … [Read more...] about Eighth seeded Peangtarn hits 8 aces to power into semi-finals
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#MUMBAI Terming them as “boring and neglected” areas of table-tennis, ace paddler Gnanasekaran Sathiyan on Saturday said he was focussing on “services and receives” to improve his overall game. “Service and receives, we have been focusing on, that’s the area which is neglected quite a lot in Indian TT. That is the only stroke which is in your control. At the toplevel I have realised that you don’t get to play your game at all if you don’t serve and receive well,” Sathiyan told reporters at a ‘meet and greet’ event organised by GoSports Foundation here. “That is a very boring part of sport, but I think the more boring thing you play, the better you get in the sport. That is why we started working on that and looking forward to get aggression on my receives and not just try to put the ball into play,” he explained. Sharath Kamal also has a very good serve and third ball attack and most of the Indians have a … [Read more...] about Sathiyan focusing on the basics
Scorecard | ImagesIndia failed to bat out the 50 overs for the third successive match and lost the fourth one-day international against South Africa by 80 runs, in Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday. South Africa, defending a target of 244, dismissed India for 163 runs, in 38.1 overs, to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The first match was rained off. Makhaya Ntini (2 for 34) and Shaun Pollock (2 for 23) once again did the damage upfront, reducing India to 82 for five inside 20 overs. All-rounder Irfan Pathan played a resolute innings of 47 not out, but the knock came too late in the day for the tourists. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also sparkled briefly, hitting a six and four boundaries for 26 runs off 21 balls. Justin Kemp, who failed to get on the board while batting, returned with the ball to grab three wickets and polish off the Indian tail. Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs hit an unbeaten 93 to steer South Africa to a competitive 243 for eight. Gibbs, named man of … [Read more...] about India beaten again without a fight
IMAGE: Mayank Agarwal bats in the nets at a practice session on Friday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter India will have their tails up when they play West Indies in the first One-day International of the three-match rubber in Chennai on Sunday, seeking a 10th straight bilateral ODI series win against the side from the Caribbean. Both teams will have an eye on the weather after rains have lashed the city in the last 24 hours. Heavy overnight rain meant India's training session on the eve of the opener was called off. The home team will miss the services of seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is out with a groin problem and Shikhar Dhawan, who is yet to recover from the injury he suffered during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament. Mumbai's Shardul Thakur, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, has been called up as the replacement for the injured Bhuvneshwar. Virat Kohli's men have the momentum after winning the T20 series with a splendid batting performance in Mumbai where Rohit Sharma … [Read more...] about 1st ODI: Rain could play dampener in Chennai
: After failing to stamp her authority in the first set, fifth seed Naiktha Bains came from one set down to win a 3-setter semi-final against eighth seed Peangtarn Plipuech during the NECC Deccan ITF $25,000 women’s tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana on Saturday. Unlike Bains, her compatriot Emma Raducanu faltered in the second set after winning the first against Russia’s Olga Doroshina. Both the young English women regained their composure at the right time to eliminate their respective opponents.Bains and Plipuech got off to an even start with both players testing the waters early on in the game. Plipuech, who hails from Thailand, managed to break Bains’ serve in the fifth game. Playing her favourite stroke - the double handed backhand, the Thai won the following game with a powerful ace in the end to extend her lead to two points. In the following game, Plipuech managed to defend her serve and further extended her lead to … [Read more...] about Brits keep nerves and break serves as NECC hosts an all English final.