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800 top executives in 7 cities to participate in Lloyd BT Pro-Am of Champions

By Deepak Arora

Ashish Bagga of India Today and Nipun Singhal of Llyod after unveiling the Pro-Am trophyNEW DELHI, Sept 21: Over 800 top executives in seven cities are expected to participate in the Lloyd Business Today (BT) Pro-Am. The Tournament, now into its 20th year, will be played in seven cities for the first time, covering Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Delhi culminating with the national finals in Delhi on March 12 and 13, 2016, according to Ashish Bagga, Group CEO, India Today Group.

Lloyd Business Today Pro-Am of Champions is one of India's most prestigious corporate Golf tournaments. It is an exclusive invitational event for CEOs and corporate heads across India.

The regional rounds will have the top corporate decision-makers compete with one another at India's finest golf courses.

To make the participating Executives get even more competitive, the tournament format has been tweaked to introduce National Finals for the Team which rises through the ranks in the City Finals. This will see the best team from each city participate in National Finals in Delhi where some of the finest professionals and amateur Women Golfers will team up to win this prestigious title.

L-R Sanjeev Handa (Maruti Suzuki), Nipun Singhal (LLOYD), Ashish Bagga (India Today Group), Navroze Dhondy (Creatigies), Amandeep Drall (Pro Golfer), Vani Kapoor (Pro Golfer), Neha (Pro Golfer) and Vivek Sharma (WGAI).Commenting on the partnership and upcoming season, Nipun Singhal, Director, LLOYD Electric & Engineering Limited, said, “In the 2nd year of this exciting partnership as the Principal Sponsor of the Tournament, there is so much to look forward to. At LLOYD, we are always striving to be bigger and better in what we do, and driving higher value for our customers and partners. This marquee initiative helps the brand at an aspirational and business level."

He said "At Lloyd, we believe in creating long-term partnerships that work as valuable assets for the brand, in a similar way that a customer or a partner of LLOYD looks at building a long term partnership with us through our products and services. We thank Creatigies Communications for sharing our values and guiding us through to manage and leverage this partnership with an eye on the future. Wishing all the participants the very best.”

Sanjeev Handa, Vice President Marketing, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Innovation and continuously re-discovering yourself is a belief at Maruti Suzuki. With S-CROSS, our premium Crossover, we have ventured into a new territory and looking at creating new benchmarks and milestones. We are looking at associating with premium sports such as Golf. This will help us build an emotional connect with the participants. I am sure together BT Golf & S-Cross will offer an Above the Ordinary Experience to the participants.”

Ashish Bagga, Group CEO, India Today Group, said, “We are extremely pleased with our association with Lloyd that has contributed to the success of this Tournament and making it bigger. We are also joined by Maruti Suzuki and other esteemed partners who have shown their faith in this property and ready to T-off this exciting journey. Look forward to a great season ahead.”

Navroze D. Dhondy, Founder and MD, Creatigies Communications, the Marketing Partner of the Event, said, “Marketing Sports events is exciting and challenging at the same time. But this journey becomes so much more rewarding when we come across organisations like Lloyd and Maruti Suzuki who are driven strategically one side and ready to look at the bigger picture on the other.We are confident that this will be a great partnership keeping in mind the similar vibes and energies the brands have. Creatigies is delighted to be working with BT, Lloyd and Maruti Suzuki to find innovative ways of leveraging this opportunity, further enhancing the value of this association.”

The LLOYD-BT Pro Am will be held on October 24 at Kalhaar Blues & Greens in Ahmedabad; November 21 at Hyderabad Golf Club; December 5 at Madras Gymkhana Club, Chennai; January 15 at Willingdon Club, Mumbai; January 30 at Eagleton Golf Resort, Bangalore; February 20 at Tollygunge Club, Kolkata; and March 12 and 13 at Classic Golf & Country Club, Delhi.

Business Today is India’s No. 1 Business Magazine in terms of readership and is bigger than all the other business magazines put together. Its readership encompasses corporate decision makers, institutional and individual investors, businessmen and professional executives. The magazine provides a unique, smart and lively array of analysis and forecasts on markets, companies and the economy maintaining a fine balance between the investigative and the trendy, the informative and the entertaining.

A pioneer in building strong communities and engaging with them through events, forums and Awards that are acknowledged by all of corporate India.

Creatigies Communications, a media, innovations and sports management agency has been instrumental in establishing this partnership. The company has become synonymous with breakthroughs in sports management have been pioneers in creating partnerships for each of the Cricket League teams, the Wisden Awards, Predikta, Superskills and Indian Soccer League.

Sania, Hingis win US Open women's doubles title

NEW YORK, Sept 13: Top seeds Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland beat fourth-seeded pair of Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open women's doubles title in New York on Sunday.

The win marked the Indo-Swiss pair's second Grand Slam title as a team this season after their title triumph at Wimbledon. This was also the season's fifth title for Mirza and Hingis, who got joined forces earlier this year in March. In addition to Wimbledon, the pair won the Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as well as the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States.

"From the start we hit it off...winning three in a row and then Wimbledon. For me, all of this is just a bonus," said Hingis at the post-match trophy ceremony.

For Hingis, the win ensured her 20th Grand Slam crown. She has five singles titles, 11 doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles, three of them this season. Hingis has won five majors this season alone.

Mirza said: "It has been a great year for us. To win Wimbledon was a great year. Then to come back and back it up to win the US Open, we feel like we're a really solid team. And we came through again today."

Mirza now has five Grand Slam titles, two in women's doubles and three in mixed doubles. She won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012, with Mahesh Bhupathi. She also won the mixed doubles at last year's US Open, with Brazil's Bruno Soares.

In the first set, Mirza served to begin the proceedings, holding comfortably for 1-0. Dellacqua and Shvedova were forced to save two break points in the next game for 1-1. At 1-2, the Australian-Kazakhstan pair went down 0-30, and Hingis then came up with a putaway volley smash to bring up three break points, converting on the first as Dellacqua netted a forehand to hand the top seeds the service break and a 3-2 lead. However, the fourth seeds broke right back in the next game.

At 30-30, in the next game, another volley smash brought up a break point, which Mirza and Hingis duly converted. This time, on Hingis' serve, the pair consolidated the service break for 5-2. Despite going down 15-30 on Mirza's serve, a forehand winner from Mirza and a volley smash from Hingis helped the top seeds claim the set. They won two of four break points, while the fourth seeds won the sole break point chance they had.

With Shvedova serving to open the second set, the fourth seeds immediately went down 0-40, but saved all three break points, only for Hingis to bring up a fourth with a volley into the open court. The top seeds converted for a 1-0 lead and Mirza then held her serve to love to consolidate the service break. Dellacqua was stretched to deuce in her next service game but held on for 2-1. Shvedova and Mirza held their respective serves for 4-2.

Mirza came up with a big forehand winner to bring up three break points, and Hingis came up with a smash to convert for a double-break lead. However, with Hingis serving for the championship, the fourth seeds broke back in the next game for 3-5.

The top seeds weren't done trying to close out the match quickly. With Shvedova serving to keep her team in the championship, Hingis and Mirza took the game to deuce before a double fault brought up championship point. Hingis put away a final smash to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win.

"It has been great," Dellacqua said. "Slava and I get along well off the court. Our games complement each other. The more we keep playing together the more we will improve."

Shvedova, 28, said she delayed her wedding so she could play in the final. "I will be flying home tomorrow, landing home Tuesday, getting married Wednesday and then flying to another tournament," Shvedova said. "To my American family, save my bachelorette party for later."

Leander Paes, Hingis win US Open mixed doubles title

NEW YORK, Sept 12: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes scripted history by notching up the US Open mixed doubles title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis to become the format's most successful male player in the Open era.

The fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pair edged past unseeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in a tricky final to win their third Major title together this season.

The 42-year-old Paes has now won nine Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, surpassing compatriot and former partner Mahesh Bhupathi's record of eight titles.

He is now behind only the legendary Martina Navratilova, who won 10 mixed doubles trophies. Of those 10, two came with Paes when they won Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2003.

With this win, the Paes-Hingis duo, which also won the Australian Open and the Wimbledon titles early this season, have become the first mixed doubles team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same year.

It was Paes' 17th Grand Slam title overall and Hingis' 19th. Hingis has won four Grand Slam titles and all of them have come with Indians.

She won her first mixed doubles trophy with Mahesh Bhupathi when they won 2006 Australian Open.

Hingis is also in contention in women's doubles, where she is partnering Sania Mirza. The two had earlier won the Wimbledon this year.

They are up against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Casey Dellacqua of Australia in the summit clash.

Paes and Hingis broke Mattek-Sands at love to take a 2-1 lead in the opening set as the Swiss hit a forehand passing shot to secure the break. That break was all they needed, as Paes easily closed the set out at 5-4 when Hingis hit a volley winner.

A lone break of serve also decided the second set, as Mattek-Sands hit two straight winners to break Hingis' serve as the Americans led 3-1.

Hingis saved three set points on her serve at 2-5, but Querrey easily held in the next game to send the contest into a deciding super tiebreak.

The unseeded Americans were cruising as they created a 4-1 cushion when they won both the points on Hingis' serve to grab the first mini-break. But Hingis and Paes took the mini-break back on Mattek-Sands' serve at the next opportunity.

The crucial point of the match came at 7-7, when Paes blocked Querrey's serve for a clean passing-shot winner. He then won both points on his serve to close out the match, hitting an overhead winner on their first match point and then lifting Hingis in celebration.


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