Somdev pulls out of Chennai Open

Indian ace tennis star Somdev Devvarman expressed his emotion after quiting the Aircel Chennai Open owing to his recurring shoulder injury. According to Indian Express news report, he said, “"With great disappointment, I have to inform the fans and organisers of the Aircel Chennai Open 2012 that due to a recurring shoulder injury I will not be able to participate in this year's event,”

“Keeping the Australian Open in mind, my doctors have advised me to take this decision. I wish the tournament all the success and look forward to be back next year -- fitter and stronger," Somdev added.


According to Times of India report, Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, regrowing her confidence from the past year performance, wants to start the year with a good beginning, when she begins her campaign at Korea super series. According to report, 21 year old player  performance in previous year was superb as she qualified four finals in that year.. The Hyderabad girl, who finished runners-up at the season-ending Hong Kong Open, will start 2012 facing Susan Egelstaff of Scotland.

In the qualifiers starting on Tuesday, Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold runners-up Sourabh Verma of Madhya Pradesh will be up against Daren Liew of Malaysia.

Anand Pawar will take on Singapore's Zi Liang Derek Wong, while RMV Gurusaidutt will lock horns against Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei on Tuesday.

In the women's doubles competition, world number 14 Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will face Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon of Malaysia in the first round of the main draw.

Jwala will also combine with V Diju to take on Malaysia's Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh in the opening round.

In men's doubles, veterans Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas will be up against second seeds Jae Sung Jung and Yong Dae Lee of Korea.


According to Times of India news report, Indian women’s hockey team captain Ashunta Lakra sharing her deepest feeling about her earlier days , when she stepped into her brother Bimal Lakra’s old pair of shoes for the sake of practice. "I took my brother Bimal's old pair as practising without a pair of good shoes can lead to injuries on Astroturf grounds," Ashunta said in an interview. "Those days it was difficult even to pay hostel fee regularly, let alone buying a pair of good shoes which cost about Rs 1000," she said.



According to the report mentioned in the The Telegraph, Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards shown his positive support towards Indian iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar to overcome the 100th International Hundred in the ongoing test against Australia.He said, “Of course, I’m a Sachin fan. He’s playing against us, but I’d still like him to get that hundred in this series.”