Monthly Archives: February 2007

Jonathan Atherton – Comedy Nights

Kingfisher Comedy Nights. An evening of stand-up comedy and loads of Kingfisher! Kingfisher Comedy Nights brings to town multilingual Australian, super talented Jonathan Atherton, star of the hit Lonely Planet series that appears in 140 countries on Discovery Channel. He has put together a magical India segment, complete with Munnabhai dialogues and an exciting medley of topical silver bullets. Continue reading


Chinese Taipei duo retains doubles

Discuss the strategy but it did not work out ;(It was a perfect day to start the Chinese New Year. The defending champions from Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang retained their doubles title at Sony Ericsson International, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today by defeating fourth seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 (11-9) at the KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Centre.

By beating the Taipei-Russian duo, Chan-Chuang earned Sony Ericsson trophy, prize money of $7,620 and 140 points, while the runners-up earned $4,020, 100 points and trophy. The trophies were prize by Karnataka Education Minister Shri. R. Ashok and prize money was handed over by Canara Bank Chairman and Managing Director Shri. M.D.N. Rao. Sony Ericsson Communications Manager Sudhir Mathur presented the latest mobile phones to the winners.

In a battle of nerves and serves, the Chang-Chuang players played extremely good tennis and maintained the suspense till the end, though they were out played by Hsieh-Kudryavtseva in the first set 7-6 (7-3).

Going by the first set, the 105-minute battle could have gone either way as the first and fourth seed players broke each other service twice to reach tie-breaker at 6-6. At one stage, Hsieh-Kudryavtseva was leading 4-1. But, Chan-Chuang sprung back and bagged the next three points to place the game evenly at 4-4. Immediately, Hsieh- Kudryavtseva tightened the noose and bagged the next three points and the set (7-4).

However, Chan-Chuang decided to spoil Hsieh-Kudryavtseva party though the game was evenly poised at 2-2 in the second set. The champions played some serious tennis and and broke Hsieh-Kudryavtseva services in the third fifth and seventh fourth game to conquer the next four games 6-2 that forced them to enter the super tie-breaker to determine the winner.

The super tie-breaker looked like a ding-dong battle with Hsieh-Kudryavtseva down from 4-7 raced to level the score at 9-9. Finally, the champions showed their might and retained the title (11-9).

Results of the day:

Doubles Final:

Yung-Jan Chan (Tpe)/ Chia-Jung Chuang (Tpe) bt Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe)/ Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 (11-9).

Mara Santangelo to defend her title at KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Center

Defending champion Mara Santangelo of Italy will compete against Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia today to defend her singles title at Sony Ericsson International Sony Ericsson WTA Tour at KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Center.

Yesterday, Mara Santangelo entered finals by defeating Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 6-1, 6-0 in straight set. Shvedova beat Tzipora Obziler of Israel 7-5, 6-2.

In the doubles, fourth seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Kudryavtseva of Russia will meet top seed Chinese Taipei players Chan Yung-Jan and Chuang Chia Jung today.

Hsieh-Kudryavtseva beat Sania Mirza of India and Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-4, 3-6 (10-5) to enter the finals. Similarly Chan-Chuang bet Jarmila Gajdosova of Slovakia and Christina Horiatopoulos of Australia in straight set 6-3, 6-2.

Yesterday’s results:

Singles Semi Finals:

Mara Santangelo (Ita) bt Olga Savchuk (Ukr) 6-1, 6-0.

Yaroslava Shvedova (Rus) bt Tzipora Obziler (Isr) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles Semi Finals:

Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe)/ Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) bt

Sania Mirza (Ind)/ Mara Santangelo (Ita)

6-4, 3-6 (10-5)


Sania, Kostanic crash out of Sony Ericsson International

Apart from the Defending Champion, Maria Santangelo none of the seven seeded players could make it to the semi finals of Sony Ericsson International, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Main Draw singles, as they were beaten by lower ranked players.

Toady, Santangelo will meet Savchuk, while Yaroslava Shvedova will meet Obziler to claim a berth for the finals.

The biggest upset of the day was the defeat of second seed Sania Mirza of India by Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 4-6 and fourth seed Jelena Kostanic Tosic of Croatia by Olga Savchuk of Ukraine in straight sets 3-6, 4-6 at the KSLTA Kingfisher Signature Tennis Center.

Maria Santangelo had cakewalk over Yurika Sema of Japan 6-1, 6-4, while Tzipora Obziler of Israel defeated Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). With this win, Obziler ranked 117th now joins two other Israeli’s, who are in Top 100 club. Shvedova described her win over Sania as thrilling. “I had a game plan to attack her back hand as it was not strong as forehand. This worked in my favour.”

153th ranked Olga Savchuk upset 78th ranked Jelena Kostanic Tosic in straight sets within 50 minutes. Right from the beginning the Ukrainian had an upper hand. Even before Kostanic could warm up, she had taken a lead of 5-0. After few more games, the first set ended 6-3. The second set was evenly poised at 3-3, but Savchuk outplayed Kostanic through powerful shots and made it to the last four.


Quarter Finals Singles:

Yaroslava Shvedova (Rus) bt Sania Mirza (Ind) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4

Tzipora Obziler (Isr) bt Melinda Czink (Hun) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Mara Santangelo (Ita) bt Yurika Sema (Jpn) 6-1, 6-4

Shvedova: Champion at the Sony Ericsson International

BEING THE top seed and defending champion has its pros and cons, Mara Santangelo of Italy en route to the final enjoyed luxury of pros. However, she realized the cons when she was put under tremendous pressure and lost 6-4, 6- 4 to unseeded and dark horse Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia in the singles final of the $ 1,75,000 tier III level Sony Ericsson Bangalore WTA event here at the Karanataka State Lawn Tennis Association Signature Kingfisher tennis centre on Sunday. Shvedova hard ball

In the end it was the 19-year-old Russian, who scripted a fairytale, came out in flying colours when the 36 th ranked Italian’s backhand died in the net on the fifth match point at 5-4 in the second set after an hour and 35 minutes. Coincidentally the doubles final also lasted the same duration.

Playing in her fourth title, Shvedova showed determination, courage and great attitude to destroy Santangelo. Shvedova, who had three match points on Santangelo’s service, had to dig deep for her maiden title.

Shvedova will take home the prize money of $ 25,840 and 140 points, while Santangelo’s bank account will be credited by $ 13,520 and will gain 100 points.

Shvedova, who defeated Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals, started dropping her backhand bombs right from the word go. The 143 rd ranked player was in no mood to give up a single point and chased each and every point.

Her efforts were rewarded when Santangelo served a double fault to give a window of opportunity for crowd favourite in the third game. Shvedova fired her trademark backhand winner to go 2-1 up.

Santangelo managed to get back that break immediately in the next game when she started returning deep in the corner. A nervous Shvedova committed a double fault on break point. That was the only high point for Santangelo in the entire match.

However, the momentum was with Shvedova as she was comfortable on her own serves and got her incentive when she got another break in the seventh game.


Sony Ericsson International WTA – Sania-Mara win doubles match

by Press Trust Of India: The top two seeds in singles, Italian Mara Santangelo and Indian Sania Mirza won their doubles match against A. Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus in the opening round of Sony Ericsson International WTA tennis tournament.

Sania-Mara pair won the match by 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Their victory thrilled the 600-odd crowd.

The way Sania-Mara pair took over after both combinations broke back in the first two games, the match should have been over much quicker than it eventually took.

The winning pair did enjoy breaks in third and seventh games to quickly take the first set in 30 minutes. But the second set took close to 50 minutes with Sania-Mara duo going down on their percentage of break points won.

The match would not have gone to the tie-breaker had the winning duo held on to the serve in the 12th game.

“We both did commit mistakes but then that’s part of doubles. But the good thing is we won eventually,” said Sania at the end of the match.

Winner takes it all –

here we go: with over 60 pictures from Mast Mumbaikar on ground contest, the ‘2birdies’ take home the mast mumbaikar online winner title as most frequented picture! Congratulations to Kasturi and her mate! Closely followed by the ‘mast mumbaikar couple’ as 2nd runner up – we’d still need to figure out the contact details of the couple, for any information please contact Team KINGFISHER will get in touch with the winners. Hope to see you next year again! Wanted – Alive: mast mumbaikar couple