SPORTS - 2017 June

June 1

Mouma-Manika make history at World TT Championships.
India's Manika Batra and Mouma Das has created history by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championships. The event is held in Dusseldorf.
The last edition of the event was held in Suzhou in 2015. The next world TT championships will be held in Budapest in the year 2019.
The duo will now take on the No. 1 and 2 Chinese players, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen in an upcoming match.
The World Table Tennis Championships are being held since 1926. The event is being organized biennially since 1957. Five individual events comprising men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's double and mixed doubles are currently held as a part of the championships.

June 2

Indian wild card Nitin Kumar Sinha wins boys singles title of HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship.
Indian wild card Nitin Kumar Sinha defeated Malaysian player Christian Didier Chin to win the boys singles title of HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship.
Sinha, ranked a lowly 294, defeated Chin 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in a final match held at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge - Balewadi, in Pune.
In girls singles final, second seed Mihika Yadav defeated top seed Mahak Jain in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
Players from 11 countries in the region - Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Iran and India participated in the tournament.
The championship is the second highest tournament anywhere in the world after the junior grand slams, and provides top Indian players a chance to compete against their global counterparts as well as earn valuable ITF points to build on their overall international ranking.

June 3

West Indies cricket team's official name changed to WINDIES.
The cricket board for West Indies, on its 91st anniversary, has re-branded themselves as Cricket West Indies from the former West Indies Cricket board.
The board also announced official website that the cricket team from now on will be officially known as 'WINDIES'.
The name 'Windies' has been associated with the cricket teams that have representing the Carribean islands in a more colloquial way. The team, once regarded one of the most feared units in the game, have been on the decline since the past few years. Key players such as Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy etc have had a long standing differences with the board over remunerations that has forced the team to deal with the absence of these players.

June 4

Real Madrid first to win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles.
Real Madrid made history as they became the first team to win back-to-back European Cups since the Champions League era began in 1992-93.
The Merengues throttled Juventus, in Champions League final, 361 days after they prevailed over Atletico Madrid on penalties in Europe’s ultimate match. They stand alone as the only team in the history of the competition to win back-to-back titles.
Unsurprisingly, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who found himself at the centre of attention in both wins. A year ago, he buried the winning penalty kick to set off the wild celebrations. This time around, he scored a brace to lead Real Madrid to not just their second straight Champions League title, but their third in four seasons.
Real Madrid have 12 European titles, the most ever. And they’re also the first ever Champions League repeat winners.

June 5

B. Sai Praneeth rallies to win Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title.
Ace Indian Shuttler B. Sai Praneeth has clinched Thailand Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in Bangkok.
Earlier, He had defeated the world No. 29 Kidambi Srikanth and clinched Singapore Open Superseries badminton title.
Sai Praneeth had clinched the Canada Open Grand Prix. He had also reached the finals of Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow before winning his Singapore title.
Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold was held at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok in Thailand and had a total purse of $120,000.

Ramkumar Ramanathan wins ITF Futures title in Singapore.
Indian player Ramkumar Ramanathan lifted the $15,000 ITF men's Futures tennis title after outplaying Raymond Sarmiento of the USA in straight sets.
The top seeded Indian hardly broke a sweat on his way to win over the second seeded player from USA in the final of event. It was the first title of the season for Ramkumar and 15th of his career.
Ramkumar, a regular in India's Davis Cup team, had recently competed in the qualifying event of the French Open but failed to make it to the main round of the Grand Slam tournament.

June 6

Daruvala, Maini can reach the top.
It has been five years since he last flew the Indian flag in Formula One, and Narain Karthikeyan believes youngsters Arjun Maini and Jehan Daruvala have what it takes to reach the top.
They have the right backing needed to reach there and they could definitely make a professional career as racing drivers. The 40-year-old was in the city to take part in various activities organised by Bharat Petroleum on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Tendulkar is 'face of the Spice Coast Marathon'.
Sachin Tendulkar has been named the 'face of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon' which will be held in Kochi on November 12.
Apart from the half and full marathons, there will also be a half marathon corporate relay and a family fun run (8km) as part of the programme.
The route for the event the event will run through some of the historical landmarks in Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi and the Naval Base area.

June 7

Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes top 100 paid athletes, Serena Williams lone female athlete.
Captain Virat Kohli is the only Indian who made it among the world's 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list. The list, which is topped by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, has Serena Williams as the only female athlete.
28-year-old Kohli has been ranked 89th with a total pay of USD 22 million that includes USD 3 million from salary and winnings and another USD 19 million from endorsements.
The list that features athletes from 21 countries and 11 sports had Williams as the lone female athlete at No. 51 with $27 million. Maria Sharapova, who normally makes the list, did not appear in the list this year due to reductions in her endorsement contracts after a 15-month doping ban.
Ronaldo topped the list after earning $93 million over the past 12 months to retain the crown of the world's highest-paid athlete for the second straight year.
The top five highest-paid athletes after Ronaldo and James are Lionel Messi ($80 million), Roger Federer ($64 million) and Kevin Durant ($60.6 million). The top five is the same as last year with only James and Messi swapping places.

June 8

Rohan Bopanna wins French Open mixed doubles title to clinch maiden Grand Slam.
Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski produced a fighting performance to beat their German-Colombian opponents Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in the final to clinch their maiden French Open mixed doubles title in Paris.
Bopanna has become only the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam crown, after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza. Indians have accounted for 20 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Two of those victories belong solely to India with Sania Mirza partnering Mahesh Bhupathi.
Bopanna is the also the fourth Indian to win a mixed doubles crown at the world's premier clay court tournament. Bhupathi won India's first Grand Slam title in 1997 when he partnered Japan’s Rika Hiraki to claim the French Open.

June 9

3 Indian male badminton players in top-15 for first time.
In a first, three Indian male shuttlers - Ajay Jayaram, Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth were in the top 15 of the latest Badminton World Federation Rankings released as they occupied the 13th, 14th and 15th spot respectively.
Sameer Verma and H.S. Prannoy found spots in the top 30 at 28th and 30th place respectively.
Sai Praneeth's has been the most meteoric rise in the rankings as he moved nine places up after winning the men's singles title at the Thailand Open and beating compatriot Kidambi Srikanth to the Singapore Super Series title in April.
In the women's singles ranking, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal maintained their 3rd and 11th places respectively. In the mixed doubles category, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy also moved up one place to make into the top 15.

June 10

International Olympic Committee approves new events for 2020 Tokyo Game.
The International Olympic Committee has approved new events for the 2020 Tokyo Games, including a number of mixed gender competitions. The IOC's Executive Board made the decision at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The choices reflect the IOC's focus on gender equality and appeal to young people. The additions includes a mixed team event for judo. Table Tennis will also get a mixed doubles competition.
The event was featured in the recent world championships in Germany. Three-on-three basketball is an example of the IOC's focus on youth and urban sports.
The IOC has recommended awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time.

Jelena Ostapenko won French Open title 2017.
Jelena Ostapenko won her first Grand Slam title by beating Simona Halep in just under two hours in the women’s final of the French Open 2017. With this win, the unseeded Latvian became the youngest women’s champion at Roland Garros in 20 years.
Ostapenko also recovered from a break behind in the third set and finished the contest with a flashing backhand winner to become the first unseeded player to win the title since Briton Margaret Scriven in 1933.
The French Open is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France.

June 11

Michael Venus-Ryan Harrison clinch French Open men's doubles title.
Michael Venus became New Zealand's first Grand Slam champion since 1974 when he partnered American Ryan Harrison to the French Open men's doubles title.
Venus and Harrison defeated Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and American Donald Young in the final at Roland Garros.
The 29-year-old is just New Zealand's second Grand Slam winner in the modern era after Onny Parun teamed up with Australian Dick Crealy to win the men's doubles crown in Paris 43 years ago.

Rafael Nadal wins 10th French Open title.
Spain's Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French men's Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final (French Open 2017).
Nadal came through against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title. He becomes the first man or woman in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.
Rafael Nadal won his first French Open title at the age of 19 in 2005. Only Australia's Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.
Nadal extended his record at Roland Garros to 79 wins and two losses since his first victory in 2005, the only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.

Kutwal wins gold at world chess championship for differently-abled.
Shashikant Kutwal, a railway employee with Pune Division, has won the gold medal at the 17th World Individual Chess Championship for differently-abled, held in Slovakia.
Kutwal (37), who works as office superintendent, has now attained the title of International Master.
Kutwal, who hails from a village in Baramati tehsil, was appointed with the Central Railway through sports quota in 2000. Since then, he has been representing Central Railway, Indian Railways and India at various chess competitions.

Dhanya­Sanmay win Under­14 Asian junior tennis title.
Dhanya Shah and Sanmay Gandhi have won the Under­14 doubles title of the Asian Junior Tennis Championships.
Asian Junior Tennis Championships held at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune. Second seeded Dhanya and Sanmay defeated Vishesh Patel and Shashidhar Kota in the final.

June 12

Vietnam Grand Master Nguyen Duc Hoa bags Mumbai Mayor Chess title.
Vietnam Grand Master Nguyen Duc Hoa clinched a decisive win against Indian GM Neelotpal Das in the 10th and concluding round to finish and emerge champion of the 10th Mumbai Mayor's Cup International Open Chess Tournament.
The contest between the Nguyen (ELO 2477, rank 10) and Neelotpal (ELO 2438, rank 13), the joint leaders with 7.5 points each after the ninth round, was a close tense affair.
The Vietnamese GM held his nerves and with some clever moves managed to outsmart the Indian GM to snatch a creditable win and the full point which secured him the victory and the top honours in the Rs. 29 lakh prize money tournament.
The champion went home richer with the top prize of Rs. 3 lakhs, while top-ranked Tajikistan GM Farrukh Amonatov (ELO 2635) took home a cheque of Rs. 2 lakhs by finishing runner-up.
Amonatov finished with 8 points following his triumph over Russian GM Deviatkin Andrei (2481) to claim the second spot.

Young Lions win England's first world title in 51 years.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored and Freddie Woodman saved a penalty as England beat Venezuela to win the Under-20 World Cup, ending the Nation's 51-year wait for a global trophy.
Everton striker Calvert-Lewin became only the third England player to score in a World Cup final after Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters in 1966 – the last time England won a world title at any level.
England captain Lewis Cook, who plays for Bournemouth, received the trophy from FIFA president Gianni Infantino before hoisting it high above his head to spark frenzied celebrations from England's Young Lions.

Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian GP for sixth time, Mercedes secure one-two finish.
Lewis Hamilton revived his bid for a fourth driver's world title when he cruised to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.
It was the three time champion's sixth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he claimed his maiden triumph in 2007 as well as his third this season and the 56th of his career.
Hamilton took full advantage of his 65th pole position and led from lights to flag to finish 15 seconds clear of Finn Bottas who, in turn, was 15 seconds ahead of third-placed Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.

Heena Sidhu, Jitu Rai win ISSF World Cup mixed team 10m gold in Gabala.
Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.
However, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu narrowly missed out making to the finals of the individual men's and women's 10m air pistol event. While Jitu Rai finished 12th, Heena Sidhu finished 9th in their respective qualification rounds. Only top 8 are eligible to compete in the finals.
Significantly, mixed team events have been approved as medal events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This win is the Indian pair’s second World Cup gold together.

Three Asian teams in Champions Trophy semis for first time.
The ongoing eighth edition of Champions Trophy will have three Asian teams competing in the semifinals for the first time in the tournament's 19-year history.
Hosts England and defending champions India qualified by topping their groups respectively, while Bangladesh has reached semifinals of an ICC tournament for the first time. Pakistan confirmed the fourth spot by defeating Sri Lanka.

June 13

Rafael Nadal rises to second, Novak Djokovic drops in ATP charts.
Rafael Nadal's magnificent run to a 10th French Open title has earned the Spaniard a move into second in the latest ATP world rankings.
The 31-year-old clinched his record-breaking Roland Garros crown by demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a one-sided final for a 15th Grand Slam crown.
The Top Ten players in the list are
(1) Andy Murray
(2) Rafael Nadal

(3) Stan Wawrinka

(4) Novak Djokovic

(5) Roger Federer
(6) Milos Raonic
(7) Marin Cilic
(8) Dominic Thiem
(9) Kei Nishikori

(10) Alexander Zverev

Virat Kohli reclaims top spot in ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.
India captain Virat Kohli reclaimed the world number one position in the ODI batting rankings, according to the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings released. Josh Hazlewood of Australia achieved the top spot in the bowlers rankings.
The 28-year-old captain was 22 points behind former number one ODI batsman AB de Villiers. The South African had been at the top since February 2017.
Virat also overtook Australia’s David Warner, who was at the second position at the start of the tournament. His knock of 81 against arch rivals Pakistan and 76 against South Africa helped him jump over two batsmen to sit on the number one spot.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan is the only other Indian batsman in the top 10 spots of the ICC ODI rankings, while Rohit Sharma (13th) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (14th) complete India's presence in the top 15 list.

Golden State Warriors crowned NBA Champions for fifth time.
Golden State Warriors have been crowned NBA Champions for the fifth time after defeating LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant, playing his first season as a Warrior, was named the Finals' Most Valuable Player. Notably, this was the first-ever instance in NBA history that the same teams reached Finals for three straight seasons.

June 14

Yuvraj Singh becomes 5th Indian to feature in 300 ODIs.
Yuvraj Singh became the fifth Indian to play 300 One-Day Internationals as India play Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston.
Yuvraj joined Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin in the elite club.
Yuvraj, who began his ODI career in the Champions Trophy in 2000, has scored over 8,900 runs and picked over 100 wickets in his 17-year-long ODI career.

Sunil Chhetri becomes 4th highest active int'l scorer, surpasses Wayne Rooney.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri became the fourth highest goal scorer for their nation among active players. With the 54th goal in his bucket against the Kyrgyz Republic, Sunil Chhetri surpassed England's star player Wayne Rooney.
The list of highest active goal scorers in International Football is led by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo followed by Argentina's Lionel Messi. Clint Dempsey holds the third spot on the list.
The goal per match ratio of Sunil Chhetri is 0.57 which is better than Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina captain Lionel Messi. In fact, the Indian men's football team had also achieved the 100th spot in the latest FIFA world rankings their best rating in more than two decades.