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Entries for January 2011

Former World No. 20 wins Singapore ATP Challenger

29-year-old and 197-ranked Dmitry Tursunov of Russia kept up his splendid run, serving out fifth seed Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic to win the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011.

A former world No. 20 player in 2006, Dmitry returned from a severe left ankle injury in 2009 to finish in the top 200. He later underwent his third surgery in past two years in February 2010. This kept his rankings at around 197 (current) for the last couple of years. Tursunov, a Moscow native, clinched the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011 title by pulling a win over the 6ft 5 inch Rosol in two sets (6-4, 6-2) in just 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Rosol to face Tursunov in final


25-year-old and 162-ranked Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic scored one of his best career wins as he knocked out 119-ranked and the second seed of the tournament Go Soeda of Japan, to set up a title clash with former world No. 20 Dmitry Tursunov in the Men’s Singles final of the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011.

Rains Force A Packed Final Day

Due to incessant rains all matches scheduled for Saturday 29 January at the 
SINGAPORE ATP CHALLENGER 2011 at the Kallang Tennis Center have been 
rescheduled to start at 10am on Sunday 30 January, making for a very 
packed final day. 

The Order of Play for Saturday was for the Men’s Doubles Finals, between 
Scott Lipsky and David Martin of the USA and Thailand’s Sanchai and 
Sonchai Ratiwatana, to start at 4pm with the two Men’s Semi-Final matches 
to follow after on Center Court.

However, the relentless rain forced those matches to be postponed leaving 
a very packed Sunday morning with both the Semi-Final matches to be 
played concurrently at 10am before the Men’s Doubles Final. The Men’s Final 
will then be played in the afternoon starting at 4pm between the winners of 
the Lukas Rosol vs Go Soeda and Andrej Martin vs Dmitry Tursunov 

Singaporean Jazreel Tan Makes All-American Again

National bowler Jazreel Tan who is currently pursuing her Sports Management
degree in Wichita State University, USA was named as one of the
student-athletes this year to receive the Academic All-American award, an 
academic honor accorded to student-athletes who achieved a cumulative GPA
of 3.50 or higher. Tan who was named Rookie of the Year in 2010 received
the academic All-American award then as well.
“I am happy to receive the award as it gives recognition to student-athletes
like me who have put in the hard work on both studies and sports,” said Tan.
Student-Athletes in Wichita State University like Tan are required to
balance the stress of academics and sports achievements which can be very

Cristabel Goh To Play Alongside LPGA's Best

By a hair’s breadth, Cristabel Goh has earned her place as Singapore’s
envoy at the HSBC Women’s Champions 2011 after finishing at the top spot
of the Local Qualifying Tournament on 27 January.


Goh finished the second day on 79 strokes at the Tanah Merah Country
Club, adding the previous day’s 77 bringing her to the winning score of 156.
But Goh had two contenders hot on her heels with Joey Poh and Amelia Yong
both finishing just one stroke behind.

Seeds Sail Into The Quarterfinals

Singapore born American wildcard entrant Michael Yani celebrated his
homecoming after 22 years by knocking out third seed Italian
Paolo Lorenzi
to enter the quarterfinals in the Men’s Singles at the Singapore ATP


Yani currently ranked 292 and now settled in USA scored pull an impressive
6-3, 6-4
win over the Lorenzi (currently ranked 140). “Its like a dream come
true winning my
matches and making it to the last eight, and I am very glad
to have done it in front a
Singaporean crowd”, said a thrilled Yani after the


Top seed Somdev Devvarman from India and second seed Japanese Go
Soeda led
the other remaining seeds into the last eight. In the second
round match played today,
Devvarman scored easy straight sets victory
over Australian John Millman to enter the
quarterfinals. He will meet Slovak
Andrej Martin in the quarterfinals.


Former world No 20 Dmitry Tursunov of Russia proved too strong for the
other Indian in
action today - wildcard entrant Karan Rastogi. Tursunov,
now ranked 197 served eight
aces in a match marked with long rallies to
end the 332 ranked Rastogi’s campaign at 
the Singapore Challenger.


Presenting Courts Young Lions

Singapore’s largest electrical retailer Courts announced it has signed on to
become the official title sponsor of S.League side, Young Lions. The landmark
sponsorship deal signifies a major shot in the arm for the S.League and at the
same time, a major change in the face of investment in local football.


Courts will commit S$1 million in cash and activation over a period of two
years. Under the deal, Courts will acquire naming rights to the team, which
will be known as the Courts Young Lions. In addition, its logo will be
emblazoned across the front of the team jerseys and throughout Jalan Besar
Stadium on match days for the next two years.


“The FAS is delighted that Courts will support local football and the S.League
through the inception of Courts Young Lions with this significant sponsorship
deal over the next two years,” said FAS President, Zainudin Nordin. “The
S.League needs as much support as possible from Singapore’s private sector
to continue development and will ultimately benefit from more corporate

HSBC Women’s Champions Opens


21-year-old Christabel Goh has shot her way to the top of the leader board after day one of the HSBC Women’s Champions Local Qualifying Tournament. She finished with a score of 77 to hold a two-stroke advantage over Amelia Yong in a rain-interrupted day of play at the Garden Course of the Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC).



Unseeded players score upsets

There were upsets all over at the first round of the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011, that took place today when unseeded players Italian Flavio Cippola and Russian Dmitry Tursunov upset fourth seed Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev and sixth seed Czech player Ivo Minar, respectively, to make it to the
second round. While wildcard entrant Karan Rastogi of India managed to pull a win over Australian Brydan Klein, in a dramatic match which became the longest match of the night, lasting 2hrs and 40 minutes.

“I started well, but lost my game mid way in the match and played a bad second set. It’s great to come back from being broken two times in the third set. I’m also happy to have played with a cool head after having to wait on a couple of occasions with my opponent using time to recover from cramps at crucial moments,” said the Asian Games bronze medallist, Rastogi.

Flavio Cippola (currently ranked 248) of Italy created the biggest upset of the day with a 6-4,6-1 victory over fourth seed and Alexander Kudryavtsev of Russia, ranked 147, in just 1 hour and 10 minutes to make it to the second round. Cippola played consistent tennis from the baseline using the backhand slice effectively to oust the 25-year-old Russian, breaking him four times in the match. 

“I played a solid match and put up aggressive shots whenever I had the chance. I’ve played with him before and I knew his style, so I was trying not to give him the chance to play the match at his pace, and it succeeded,” Cippola said after the match. Another unranked player, former world No 20. Dmitry Tursunov from Russia, took just 1hour and 10 minutes to outplay former European junior champion and six seed of the tournament, Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic, currently ranked 168 to create the third upset of the day.

Tursonov showed his class through the match displaying a mix of aggression and caution to unnerve the 26-year-old Czech, successfully moving on to the second round.

Encouraging Signs Despite Loss

The Singapore Olympic Team went down 2-0 to the Malaysia Olympic Team at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 24 January. However, there were some encouraging signs from the match to suggest the youth being bred into the national football sides will come good given more time.

Stage set for the main draw at the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011

Former world junior No. 1 and currently ranked 303 Yang Tsung-hua of Chinese Taipei toppled fourth seed Mikhail Vasiliev of Russia to become the only Asian to qualify for the main draw at the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011.

In the final round match of the qualifiers played on the centre court, the Taiwanese youngster Yang scored a 6-2,6-3 win over Mikhail Vasiliev in 1hr and 15 minutes to make it to the main draw of the event.

Eighth seed New Zealander Artem Sitak gave the crowd something to cheer for as he toppled top seeded Slovak Pavol Cervenak 6-2,2-6,6-4 coming back from being 2-4 down in the third set in the longest match of the day which lasted over 2 hrs 20 minutes. 

"It was a tough match, and I was 2-4 down in the third set to begin with. I just tried not to over think the score and went all out to win every point,” he said right after his win. “I am not going to put extra pressure by giving myself a target, as a tennis player of course I want to win the tournament. But I am going to take it one step at a time and try to win as many matches as I can.”
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Singapore Adds Two Bronze Medals in Bowling

After drawing blanks in the trios event for the past two days, Singapore
women bounced back on Friday to win the 5-player Team bronze medal of
the 21st Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships.


The day started off with the first block of 3 games of 5-player Team event
over the short oil pattern and as expected, the Korean women took an early
lead with 1074 as Japan and Singapore trailed in second and third.


A sizzling 1122 from Daphne Tan, Tan Yan Ling, Fok Ka Wai, Kristel Oh and
Bernice Lim moved the team into the front to lead Japan by 37 pins as Korea
slipped down to third.

Singapore Olympic Team Face Tough Malaysian Test

The Singapore Olympic team will take on their Malaysian counterparts on 
Monday, 24 January, at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in preparation for their 
upcoming Olympic Qualifiers first-leg away match against Yemen on 
23 February.

The Malaysian Olympic team will be travelling with seven players from the 
Tigers’ AFF Suzuki Cup winning squad featuring the likes of defender 
Mohamad Muslim Ahmad and industrious full-back Mahali Jasuli who scored 
in the Tigers 5-1 win over Laos during the group stages.

National coach Radojko Avramovic believes that the match will provide a 
stern test for his charges and is looking forward the challenge.


Singapore deals a wildcard at the ATP Challenger

It was victory in defeat for young Singaporean wildcard entrant Roy Hobbs. Even though the 21-year-old lost his first round qualifying match at the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011, he had played a good first set, but lost his way in the second set to go down to India’s Purav Raja.


Grooming Singapore's sailing future

The expansion and grooming of Singapore’s pool of up-and-coming sailors through the unique Get Kids Afloat (GKA) programme that is offered by the SAF Yacht Club to students aged seven to 17 to nurture young sailors, has received a boost through a $50,000 sponsorship by Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine), a turnkey provider of shipbuilding, ship conversion and ship repair services worldwide.


It’s business time on the track

In May, the warriors of the corporate jungle will get to take off their business ties and put on their racing helmets.
The inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011 is going to be held at the Kartright Speedway in Jurong and will give corporate teams a chance to tear up the 750-metre track in their karts.

Tanjong Pagar Confirmed For 2011 S.League Season

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) yesterday finally revealed what
was probably the biggest open secret in local football this year when they
announced Tanjong Pagar United Football Club as the 12th team for the 2011
S.League season.

Tanjong Pagar were one of founding members of S.League in 1996 and have
a proud history in Singapore football. The high point of their period in the
S.League came in 1998, when they won the Singapore Cup and FA Cup
double in 1998 and were edged out of the S.League title on goal difference.

The Jaguars though, as the team is known after their club mascot, were
forced to retreat after the 2004 season because of financial problems and
their return to the league this season, to replace Chinese side Beijing Guoan
who left the S.League after just one season, has received much positive

Singapore female keglers strive for more

Trios Daphne Tan  Bernice Lim and Tan Yan Ling are currently in the second position after the first block of 3 games in the Women’s Trios competition with a total of 1919 pinfalls, finishing ahead of Japan Trios Misaki Mukotani, Haruka Matsuda and Kanako Ishimine with 1894 pinfalls.

Bowling's Depth

The depth of Singapore bowling was demonstrated yet again when youngsters Daphne Tan (pictured, left) and Bernice Lim (pictured, right) clinched the women's doubles gold medal yesterday (Tuesday, 18 Jan) at the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Abu Dhabi.


The caddies in the spotlight

For the second year running HSBC in tandem with Singapore’s Raffles Design Institute (RDI) are celebrating the unsung heroes of women’s golf.
The caddies will be honoured at the HSBC Caddie of the Year awards for the integral, but often overlooked, contributions to the sport. The Caddy of the Year will be crowned that night for their work.

Girls Strike Gold in the Abu Dhabi Desert

National bowlers, Daphne Tan and Bernice Lim outperformed other prominent
female bowlers from regional powerhouses such as Malaysia, Indonesia and
Korea and came in first in the Women’s Doubles in the 21st Asian Tenpin
Bowling Championship held on Tuesday 19 Jan 2011 at Khalifa Bowling
Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Daphne and Bernice bowled a total of 2703 pinfalls over six games and
finished ahead of Jacqueline Sijore and Siti Safiyah Amiral of Malaysia who
were second and third-placed Sharon Limansantoso and Putty Armein from

Windsurfers hit the waves with new boards

It was a busy week for windsurfing. Just a day after the Asian Windsurfing Championships, the RS:One World Tour and the RS:X Evolution Grand Prix tore up the waters by the Marina Bay.

The corporate challenge begins (registration).

Registration for the eighth annual Singapore J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®, one of the most anticipated fixtures on the local sporting and business calendars, opens on Monday, 17 January 2010.


S.League Stars Rock

*Scape was home to 10 S.League stars and 12 participants from the public who
displayed their singing and dancing abilities.
It was the conclusion of the fourth edition of the S.League H-TWO-O
Ultimate Move where 12 finalists went head to head in a singing
The 10 S-League stars in attendance awed the crowd with a song-dance
medley of two popular songs from Glee and Bon Jovi.


Singapore shuttlers meet Jiangsu in friendly

With Singapore’s national badminton team about to get a revamp, their players flexed their muscles with a friendly against the Jiangsu Provincial Team.

Fickle winds vex windsurfers

Singapore’s Joshua Choo came in eighth on the opening day of the SIM 30th Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championships.
Choo was competing in the RS:X event in conditions that even the best sailors would find taxing as erratic winds at one point dipped to five knots. Choo finished with 22 points.

Singapore Kids' No.1 Dream Is To Be Footballers

Well, if you want to find real football passion, forget about the floodlit stadiums. Instead look at the neighbourhood football courts and school fields where children practice their technical ball skills.


The fifth annual Adecco Children's Career Survey surveyed 100 children aged seven to 14 years about what they wanted to be when they grew up and found that most children want to be football players.


S.League Chairmen Back FAS President

After the news by FAS president Zainudin Nordin to revamp the national football team grabbed headlines, the chairmen of the S.League clubs have come together to stand behind the decision.
We agree with the FAS (Football Association of Singapore) president that this is the right time for change and to rebuild and rejuvenate the squad,” said S. Thavaneson, vice-chairman of Balestier Khalsa at a press conference.

Windsurfing’s returning tide

Windsurfing may have waned in popularity since the days when it was at the forefront of the national consciousness. That could soon turn around with a brand new tournament - the Asian Windsurfing Championships.


You saw them on the pitch, now see them on the stage

On 15 January, ten S.League players will be putting down their soccer kits and picking up a microphone for the H-TWO-O Ultimate Move, a joint collaboration between H-TWO-O and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).
Entering its fourth year, the competition is an effort to highlight young peoples’ skills, not just on the pitch but also on the stage.

Slingers hang Barracudas to dry

Not only did the Singapore Slingers mete out a humiliating 102-61 defeat to the Brunei Barracudas, it was also the first time in the ASEAN Basketball League’s (ABL) history that a team had crossed the 100-point mark in a game.


680 Canoeists make Marathon a success

On Sunday, 680 bronzed and brawny bodies took to the waters of the Marina Reservoir for the Singapore Canoe Marathon.
Under an overcast sky, the canoeists paddled their way through 28 categories of distances ranging from 18km to 31km. The race, featuring a flat course of 4.3km, was held for the first time in a route that took them past sights such as the Marina Barrage, the Merlion, Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands among other swanky pieces of real estate.

Richard Bradley celebrates a successful rookie season


When Richard Bradley completed his last kart race of 2009, the Formula BMW Pacific 2010 champion and top rookie knew that he would win his rookie formula car racing season - simply because he only races to win. True enough, the 19-year-old sole Singaporean representative in the series sealed the championship before the end of the season.

Aiming for the Asian Tour 2011

Golfer Ang Chin Lian will be taking on the first stage of the 2011 Asian Tour Qualifying School on 12 to 15 January as he fights for a place in the 2011 season.
Compatriots Chang Ren Chiat, Quincey Quek, Goh Kun, Marc Kawasoe and Mitchell Slorach have also been shuttled on to the final stages to take place on the 19 to 22 January.

STTA Kicks Off Their 80th Year with a Bang

They were greeted like pop-stars, first the YOG players Isabelle Li and
Clarence Chew, then followed by the reigning World Team Table Tennis
Women’s Champions Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei and
Yu Mengyu, as the crowds packed the floor of Jurong Point Shopping Centre
to catch a glimpse of the country’s sporting pop idols at the Singapore Table
Tennis Association’s (STTA) event hosted by radio station Captial 95.8FM.
The event was to kick start a year of celebrations, to commemorate the
STTA’s 80th anniversary, which will have a host of fun events for the masses
like the Fun Table Tennis Event on 20 August that could see players on up to
80 tables playing concurrently at Suntec City.
The STTA also took the opportunity to announce another new sponsorship
agreement as Mitsubishi Electric Asia signs on for a three-year sponsorship
deal worth S$300,000, which will see their company logo emblazoned on the
side of the national players’ jerseys, must currently be Singapore’s hottest
sporting property.

Singaporeans in the running for Optimist World Champion

Singaporean Ryan Lo, 13, stays in the running for the Optimist World Champion title despite ending the day in fifth overall on 6 January after coming in 44th, second and 19th. Lo had finished second on the previous day after 11 races, just 15 point behind the leader, Thailand’s Noppakao Poonpat.

Reaching New Heights

Rachel Yang will leave for Guangzhou to attend a seven-month long training regime in hopes of a medal at the upcoming South-east Asian Games.

With a sour taste of leaving the Asian Games without even clearing the starting height of 3.60 metres, pole-vaulter Rachel Yang was at brink of giving up.

13-year-old Ryan Lo finishes second

13-year-old sailing star Ryan Lo came in second after 11 races at the International
Optimist Dinghy Association World Sailing Championships.

The races, taking place in Langkawi, Malaysia, will conclude tomorrow with four more to go.
Lo, who won a Bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, was beaten by Thailand’s Noppakao Poonpat who leads by 15 points, despite Lo finishing first and second out of three races.



New homes for bowling

Singapore’s bowlers had much to celebrate last night at the Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) Commendation Awards dinner.
Shayna Ng and Krishna Darshini were awarded Bowler of the Year and Youth Bowler of the year respectively, while William Woo was bestowed the honour of Coach of the Year.

Local Young Lions get to step up

The Young Lions are undergoing a radical makeover as they drop foreign players in favour of home grown talent.
Bidding farewell to the team will be Serbian Luka Savic and South Koreans Kim Seong and Kyu Seo Su Jong, and there is no rush to fill up the vacuum with more foreign players despite being allowed up to four per S-league team.

A Marathon on the Waters

This Sunday the waters of Marina Reservoir will be stirring with activity as
hundreds of canoeists flag off for the annual Singapore Canoe Marathon.


The event, which drew 570 participants last year, certainly demands ample
brawn as the 12 categories, ranging of distances from
22km to 36km, are
expected to take up to two to three hours on a 4.3km flat course lap.



$12m Table Tennis Centre in the Works

With the growing popularity of table tennis and continued progress of the
national table tennis team, a new state-of-the-art training centre is in the

The centre, slated to be a $12million revamp of the Singapore Table Tennis
Association’s (STTA) current headquarters in Toa Payoh, will match those in
countries like
China and Germany.


Quotes: From The Asian Para Games Bronze Medal Winning Tenpin Bowling Teams

“This is my first international event and I think it was fairly good that I
managed to come back with a medal, a bronze. But I think I can do better
and if I will train ever harder, I know I will get better results, especially if
the existing bodies continue to port us all the way.” 
- Ismail Hussain (third from the left), who together with Thomas Yong (second
from the left) won the Tenpin Bowling
Doubles TPB 1 + TPB 3 finals

Better Than Gold

She’s the current World Record Holder for her S3 class for the 50m 
Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke. At the 2008 Beijing
Paralympic Games, Yip won the Gold for the 50m Backstroke and clocked a
personal best time on her way to winning the Silver for the 50m Freestyle.
She went one better in the following two years in that event as she won Gold
in the 2009 Asian Youth Para Games and again in the 2010 IPC Swimming
World Championships. Thus, going into the first ever Asian Para Games in
Guangzhou, China, the student from Republic Polytechnic had to be a shoo-in
for a medal, if not the Gold at the recently concluded games.

Coaches' corner: Kate Carpenter

With more than 13 years of experience coaching netball, New Zealander
Kate Carpenter has a lot to offer Singapore’s netball team.


And with a less than optimal performance at last year’s Nations Cup where
they came in fourth, the team will need to dig deep for every ounce of
advantage they can muster for the World Netball Championships (WNC).
Luckily, Singapore will have Carpenter at the helm.

Taking It To The Next Level

Latest: Race Registration is extended till 7 January 2011!!!
“Take it to the next level - make the transition” says the slogan;
Run-Bike-Run is how it goes.
The Singapore Duathlon 2011 coming up on 23 January, is one of four
major endurance events that the Triathlon Association of Singapore (TAS)
organises each year, whose stable of events also include the OSIM
Singapore International Triathlon, the Inter-School Aquathlon and
the OSIM Corporate Triathlon.  

Another Glorious Year Ahead

If there was one thing that 2010 has given us, it’s experience. After all,
we had our athletes taking part in major international sports meets such
as the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the Asian Games in Guangzhou
and of course the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held right here in

So without a doubt we can look forward to 2011 being a year when our
sportsmen and women ply the lessons they have learnt throughout those
gruelling weeks and months.

Sailing Gets Bigger

The sport of sailing is about to get even bigger with the introduction of a
$1.9 million race coming to the waters of Marina Bay next year.


The World Match Racing Tour, started in 1988, offers a world championship
title, the only one of its kind. It has five day events across three continents
and nine months.

SPH Floors Young Sport with a Gift for the New Year

Floorball, just recognised as an official sport in 2007 by the Singapore
Primary School Sports Council, has been given a boost through a
partnership with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).


SPH will be sponsoring the 5th National Primary Schools Floorball
Championships, which will be renamed the SPH National Primary Schools
Floorball Championships to be held from next January to April.


“SPH’s support will help us build the public profile of the sport and create
greater awareness and interest among primary schools,” said the president
of the Singapore Floorball Association (SFA), Sani Mohd Salim.