Udayan Nag

  • Wan, Li take the honours at Indian Open badminton 29-04-2012 10:30 PM

    New Delhi: It was fifth time lucky for Wan Ho Shon of South Korea who rallied to overcome world number one, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in a pulsating mens singles final of the 2012 Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series, while second-seed Li Xuerui of China came from behind...
  • Federer's 'loss of confidence' statement rather uncharacteristic

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    Over the years, Roger Federer has not exactly shied away from indulging in an audacious remark or two, be it an insight into his own...

  • One step forward, two steps behind for Whiteford 18-02-2012 10:48 PM

    Gurgaon: Having led the 2012 Avantha Masters at the end of the first two rounds, Scotlands Peter Whiteford had to be content with tied second along with Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France and Germanys Marcel Siem, after finishing the day on an even par-72 for an aggregate of 10-under 206 at...
  • Whiteford takes the lead at Avantha Masters 17-02-2012 07:55 PM

    Gurgaon: Scotland's Peter Whiteford shot a 4-under 68 to take the lead at the end of round two of the 2012 Avantha Masters, at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Friday. Whiteford who shared the lead with Alejandro Canizares of Spain on round one, currently stands at an aggregate...
  • Canizares, Whiteford share Avantha lead 16-02-2012 11:14 PM

    Gurgaon: Alejandro Canizares of Spain and Peter Whiteford of Scotland with scores of 6-under 66 par were joint leaders at the end of round one of the third Avantha Masters golf tournament at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Thursday. Federico Colombo of Italy with a 67 was third,...
  • Nadal's Djokovic jinx taking the men's game forward

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    As painful as it might be for 10-time grand slam winner, Rafael Nadal who lost his seventh successive final to Novak Djokovic in the Australian...

  • Paes conquers final frontier with landmark win 28-01-2012 10:04 PM

    The 2011 men's doubles final at the Australian Open saw Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi team up for the third time in their career in an attempt to lay their hands on something that had eluded them both. However, the opponents on the other side of the net on that...
  • Celebrating 25 years at Melbourne Park

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    The 1988 Australian Open marked a historic occasion in the tournament's history probably more so by the change in surface rather than the shift of...

  • Aus Open: Will Djokovic reassert his supremacy? 15-01-2012 08:19 PM

    The end to Novak Djokovic's 2011 season was by no means an ideal one, but the world number one and winner of three majors last year would still very much be considered as the player to beat at this year's Australian Open which gets underway on Monday at Melbourne Park....
  • Current Oz lineup a likeable lot

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    For long the Aussies have been the ones whom everyone loved to hate; apart from their winning ways post the 1999 World Cup, the fact...

  • Willstrop wins Punj Lloyd title, bags no 1 spot 19-12-2011 12:23 AM

    New Delhi: It was an evening of many delights for 28-year old Yorkshireman James Willstrop, who became the number one ranked player in the world by lifting his maiden Punj Lloyd PSA Masters trophy at the Siri Fort Complex on Sunday. In an emotionally draining final which witnessed a record...
  • Willstrop, Gaultier in Punj Lloyd squash final 17-12-2011 11:44 PM

    New Delhi: Third seed James Willstrop of England notched up his 14th victory in 15 meetings against compatriot Peter Barker, with a convincing 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 win in their last-four clash at the 2011 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters squash tournament on Saturday. Willstrop also stretched his unbeaten run to 14...
  • I am not thinking too far ahead: Ramy Ashour 16-12-2011 11:13 AM

    New Delhi: Former world number one and top seed for the 2011 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, Ramy Ashour is playing the kind of game that could very well hand him his second title in three years in this country. But the squash ace from Egypt who won the inaugural edition...
  • What more could Federer have asked for?

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    Three successive titles at the end of the season, rivals falling by the wayside and a record sixth ATP Finals crown. After not having won...

  • Rafa's story a fascinating tale of self realisation 24-11-2011 06:37 PM

    New Delhi: Rafa My Story, the biography by John Carlin of one of the greatest players in the history of professional tennis, is a true lesson of the benefits that can be derived, if the will to dig deep and get the best out of oneself is taken to the...
  • Dazzling Ivanovic back to winning ways

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    The smiles are back! By successfully defending her Tournament of Champions title at Bali, Ana Ivanovic may just have rediscovered the winning habit, one which...

  • Indian GP dispels country's sporting myths 30-10-2011 11:41 PM

    New Delhi: Everyone was a winner at the end of the day as the first ever Indian Grand Prix which promised much, eventually managed to live up to its expectations in grand style. The man of the moment once again turned out to be Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but one...
  • Indian GP: The world watches with a hawk's eye 30-10-2011 11:15 AM

    New Delhi: It seems that the dust needs to settle down even before the start of the highly anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix; having said that as long as the dusty affair does not snowball into a stormy one, it should be a happy ending for the organisers of the...
  • Indian GP: Vettel all set to continue golden run 29-10-2011 09:25 PM

    New Delhi: It would take a brave if not foolhardy soul, to bet against Sebastian Vettel clinching his 11th win of the season, in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, come Sunday. Having secured his 13th pole position of the season on Saturday, Vettel will be in no mood to relent...
  • Raikkonen to be missed in inaugural Indian GP 29-10-2011 12:05 AM

    New Delhi: With new Formula One circuits coming up with a fair degree of regularity over the last decade, the upcoming Indian Grand Prix represents yet another such venture undertaken by the F1 fraternity, in its search for greener pastures. Since the inaugural Chinese GP was won by Rubens Barichello...
  • Tommy Haas: still going strong at ripe old age of 33

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    Requiring a wild card to enter the Stockholm Open with a world ranking of 290, German tennis veteran Tommy Haas was probably not expected to...

  • Countdown begins for maiden Indian GP 01-10-2011 08:43 AM

    New Delhi: With about a fortnight to go for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, expectations will be rife in the racing fraternity but what exactly can one expect from the racing extravaganza in terms of the future of the sport in the country? Well, for starters all the F1 stars...
  • Yet another opportunity lost for Saina 24-09-2011 02:16 PM

    New Delhi: It was not a million years ago that Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal was ranked number two in the world, and there was talk about her getting to the numero uno position sooner rather than later; however her defeat at the hands of Germany's Juliane Schenk, in the...
  • Somdev, please let you racquet do the talking 23-09-2011 12:48 PM

    New Delhi: There could be good reason for three time grand slam finalist Andy Murray to voice his opinion on the issue of players being overburdened with their commitments; but someone who has never gone past the second round of a major should ideally focus on the task ahead which...
  • Scheduling controversy, injuries dominate tennis headlines

    From the sidelines |  Udayan Nag
    Being a point away from getting knocked out of the US Open did not prevent the effervescent Novak Djokovic from indulging in a wry grin...

  • Hang on, Federer not done as yet 14-09-2011 01:10 PM

    New Delhi: A two sets to love advantage followed by two match points in the fifth and deciding set, the winner of 16 majors, Roger Federer just could not bring himself to put the final nail in the coffin which would have sealed a place in the mens singles final...
  • Messi, Argentina and the hapless Nigerians 07-09-2011 02:46 AM

    New Delhi: Argentina's 3-1 victory over Nigeria in a Fifa friendly at Dhaka on Tuesday once again brought to light the domination that the two time world champions have exercised over the Super Eagles in the last couple of decades. Captain Lionel Messi whose corner kick led to Argentina's solitary...
  • An Indian double whammy at the US Open 05-09-2011 04:16 PM

    New Delhi: Unfortunately the bottom half of the men's doubles draw at this year's US Open have all the Indians stacked up against each other, because of which the number four seeds, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will be clashing swords with Davis Cup teammate Somdev Devvarman and his Filipino...
  • The Messi euphoria lives up to its hype 03-09-2011 04:32 PM

    New Delhi: He might have dodged the crowd at the Kolkata airport and given a miss to the press conference but when it mattered most, Argentine and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi made sure that the thousands that had gathered at the Salt Lake stadium for the Argentina, Venezuela friendly got...
  • US Open: Can Somdev knock over Andy Murray? 31-08-2011 01:09 PM

    New Delhi: Crushing the title hopes of one of the pre-tournament favourites might be asking for too much from India's very own Somdev Devvarman, but then it's not beyond the realm of possibility to expect such a giant killing act from a player who has had consistent results going his...