Badminton

Gopichand wants consistency from his wards

Pullela-GopichandNew Delhi, April 22 : National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand wants more consistency from his trainees at the India Open that starts here Tuesday.

Gopichand is worried about the lack of consistency of his wards and expects them to show more maturity in their play.

Saina excited, a bit nervous about playing Sindhu

P-V-Sindhu-Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, April 22 : World No. 2 Saina Nehwal says she is excited as well as nervous at the prospect of playing compatriot P. V. Sindhu in the women's singles quarterfinals at the India Open starting here Tuesday.

"I think it will be an interesting, good match. I am also very excited to play against her. It will be very exciting for the spectators as well. I am also a little nervous being a top player but I will give my best," said Saina, at the $200,000 India Open Super Series opening press conference, Monday.

Chong Wei aims to reclaim India Open badminton

Lee-Chong-WeiNew Delhi, April 18 : World No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is aiming to reclaim his title at the forthcoming India Open which he won in 2011.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist said he is excited about playing the Indian leg of the BWF World Super Series starting here at the Siri Fort Complex from April 23 to 28.

"I'm training extra for India Open and hoping to win the tournament. I am excited about playing the tournament because there are so many badminton fans and supporters in India," said Chong Wei, who recently became father.

Shuttler Sindhu beats former World No.1, in quarters

P-V-SindhuTaipei, April 18 : Rising Indian shuttler P. V. Sindhu added another feather to her cap after defeating former World No. 1 Shixian Wang of China at the Badminton Asia Championships here Thursday.

In the process, the 17-year-old progressed to the women's singles quarter-finals of the continental event.

It took Sindhu a marathon effort to beat the third seeded Chinese 15-21, 21-14, 22-20 in their first ever encounter which lasted one hour and two minutes at the Taipei Arena. The Hyderabadi will next face Japanese seventh seed Eriko Hirose, who has beaten Sindhu in their only meeting so far.

Saina, Kashyap retain rankings

Saina-Nehwal-Parupalli-KashyapNew Delhi, April 18 : World No. 2 Saina Nehwal retained her place in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings released Thursday.

City-mate P. V. Sindhu currently playing in the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei also kept her 16th place.

London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap, Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram and Sourabh Verma also retained their positions in the men's singles rankings.

While Kashyap is at a career-best No. 7, Jayaram and Verma are 30th and 38th, respectively.

Kashyap, Sindhu advance in Badminton Asia Championships

BadmintonTaipei, April 17 : Parupalli Kashyap and P. V. Sindhu led the Indian charge at the Badminton Asia Championships winning the opening rounds of their respective categories here at the Taipei Arena Wednesday.

Seeded fourth, Kashyap had a tough match against South Korean Ji Hoon Hong which went right down to the wire. The Indian, however, held on to his nerves to pick the last two points and win the match 18-21, 21-15, 22-20 in one hour and nine minutes. This was Kashyap's second victory in as many outings against the World No. 106 Korean, who had also lost the last match at the same tourney in 2009.

Shuttlers Jayaram, Bhat advance in New Zealand

NZ-Open-Grand-PrixAuckland, April 11 : Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Arvind Bhat moved into the men's singles third round of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix here at the North Shore Events Centre Thursday.

However, it was the end of the road for fifth seed Anand Pawar, 14th seed Chetan Anand, fourth seed R. M. V. Gurusaidutt, and for Sarada Jasti in women's singles.

Kashyap achieves career-best ranking of No.7

Parupalli-KashyapNew Delhi, April 11 : London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap jumped to a career-best ranking of World No. 7 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

The Hyderabadi jumped a place, overtaking Chinese Chen Jin, to be in the top-7 in the men's singles rankings while Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram retained his ranking of 30th.

In the women's singles, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal also kept her No. 2 position behind Olympic champion Li Xeurui while rising shuttler P. V. Sindhu, who beat Li last year, also retained her No. 16.

Saina in running for BWF Women's Player of the Year

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, March 28 : India's Olympic medal-winning shuttler Saina Nehwal has been nominated for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Female Player of the Year.

Besides Saina, who won the bronze in the 2012 London Olympics, other female players who are in the race are World No. 1 Li Xuerui of China, who bagged eight titles in 2012, including the Olympic and year-end crowns. Li's compatriot, Wang Yihan, the Olympic silver medallist, has also been nominated along with the winning Olympic Women's doubles pair Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei (China).

Saina nominated for BWF Female Player of the Year award

Saina-NehwalKuala Lumpur, March 27 : India's Saina Nehwal was Wednesday nominated for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Female Player of the Year award for 2012.

Along with Saina in the reckoning are World No. 1 Li Xuerui of China, who copped eight titles in 2012 including the Olympic and year-ending crowns.

Li's compatriot Wang Yihan, who won the Olympic silver in London, has also been nominated besides the winning Olympic women's doubles pair of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei (China). Should a pair win, they will share the annual award.

Saina reaches semis of Swiss Open

Saina reaches semis of Swiss OpenBasel, March 16 - Two-time defending champion Saina Nehwal booked her berth in the women's singles semifinals of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here at St. Jakobshalle Friday.

The top seed made short work of her Chinese Taipei opponent Tzu Ying Tai in straight games in the quarterfinal of the tier three tournament.

Saina beat the sixth seed 21-11, 21-12 in half an hour.

With this match, the World No. 2 extended her lead over Tzu to 5-2 in career meetings.

Saina in quarters, others exit from Swiss Open

Saina in quarters, others exit from Swiss OpenBasel, March 15 - Defending champion Saina Nehwal remained the lone bright spot for India as all her compatriots took the exit route, in the pre-quarterfinal stage, from the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Thursday.

Parupalli Kashyap, H. S. Prannoy and P. V. Sindhu lost their respective matches here at St. Jakobshalle in the tier three tournament.

Saina regains No.2, Kashyap at career-best No.7

Saina-Nehwal-Parupalli-KashyapNew Delhi, March 14 : Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the second spot in women's singles rankings while Parupalli Kashyap jumped two places in men's singles to reach a career-best No. 7 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

Saina reclaimed the No. 2 ranking by pushing current World Champion Yihan Wang of China to third as she trails World No. 1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui by quite a margin. Meanwhile, city-mate P. V. Sindhu retained her 16th position.

Saina & Co. advance in Swiss Open

Saina & Co. advance in Swiss OpenBasel, March 14 - It was a good day in office for Indian shuttlers here Wednesday as all participants progressed to the next round in their respective categories at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.

Leading the Indian challenge was top seed Saina Nehwal, who overcame a stiff challenge from French Sashina Vignes Waran in her first round women's singles tie in the tier three tournament.

The World No. 3 won 13-21, 21-15, 21-12 in 47 minutes at St. Jakobshalle to take a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the World No. 40 French girl.

Shuttlers Sindhu, Prannoy advance in Swiss Open

Shuttlers Sindhu, Prannoy advance in Swiss OpenBasel, March 14 - Indian shuttlers H. S. Prannoy and P. V. Sindhu caused upsets in their respective matches to advance to the next round of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here Wednesday.

Sindhu's women's singles match lasted only two minutes as her South Korean opponent Ji Hyun Sung, seeded third, retired when the score was 7-2 in favour of the Indian. With this, Sindhu now has a 2-0 head-to-head against the World No. 5.

The 17-year-old Pullela Gopichand protege will next play Japanese qualifier Yui Hashimoto in their first ever encounter in the second round.

Kashyap advances in Swiss Open

Kashyap advances in Swiss OpenBasel, March 13 - World No. 9 Parupalli Kashyap was the lone bright spot as all other Indian shuttlers lost their respective matches Tuesday here at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.

In men's singles action at St. Jakobshalle, only fifth seed Kashyap managed to advance to the second round while Sourabh Varma and K. Srikanth ended their campaign in the first round of the tier three tournament.

All England Open: Where the dream starts

All-England-OpenBirmingham, March 11 : Before the All England Open, if Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan walked in a street few would recognise them.

In fact, their photos were missing on the official website of All England Open and many from the Chinese media were not sure about the correct character in Qiu's first name, reports Xinhua.

But in the men's doubles final Sunday afternoon when they beat the fourth seeded Japanese pair Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa overwhelmingly, the world was amazed to see two fledgling shuttlers rising.

This result was unexpected even to them.

Saina exits All England

Saina-NehwalBirmingham, March 9 : It was heartbreak for India's Saina Nehwal as she again exited the All England Open Badminton Championships at the semifinal stage after losing her match against Thai teenager Ratchanok Intanon here Saturday.

It was probably Saina's best opportunity to win the prestigious Super Series Premier tournament which her coach Pullela Gopichand had won in 2001. However, it was not to be.

The eighth seeded Ratchanok overcame the World No. 3 Indian 21-15, 21-19 in 40 minutes in the women's singles encounter at the National Indoor Arena. This was the 18-year-old's third career win in seven career meetings against Saina.

Saina reaches quarters of Korea Open

Saina-NehwalSeoul, Jan 10 : World No. 3 shuttler Saina Nehwal reached the women's singles quarterfinals at the $1 million Korea Open Super Series Premier while compatriots P. V. Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap faltered in the second round here Thursday.

Saina defeated Mingtian Fu of Indonesia, for the fourth time in as many meetings, in straight games. The Hyderabadi won 21-16, 21-9 in 36 minutes at the S. K. Handball Stadium here in the first and most expensive tournament of the season.

Saina, Kashyap, Sindhu advance in Korea Open

Parupalli-Kashyap-P-V-Sindhu-Saina-NehwaSeoul/New Delhi, Jan 9 : It was a good day in office for Indian shuttlers as Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and P. V. Sindhu advanced to the second round of the $1 million Korea Open Super Series Premier in Seoul, Wednesday.

Saina, seeded third, came out on top in a tough 58-minute clash with Thailand's Sapsiree Taerattanachai 17-21, 21-9, 21-19 to advance to the women's singles pre-quarter-finals of the first and most expensive tournament of the season.

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