World Badminton Championships: PV Sindhu settles for silver

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

India’s wait for a World Champion in badminton was extended in Glasgow after its biggest hope PV Sindhu went down in the final of the World Badminton Championships on Sunday. The Indian, who had reached her first final of this tournament, suffered a 19-21 22-20 20-22 loss in a thrilling, energy snapping match.

Sindhu now has three World Championships medal as she had won two bronze medals at the previous two editions. Her silver is also an addition to the same medal won at the Rio Olympics where she had lost to Carolina Marin in the final.

Back in her “yellow” outfit, Sindhu looked comfortable playing the defensive game and tried to read her opponent. She had faced the Japanese player six times before this. Both players enjoyed a 3-3 head-to-head record.

At the break in the first game, she leads 11-5 and kept the momentum after the break. But suddenly, the young Japan player turned it around and took a 13-11 lead. Sindhu did not give it away to tie it 19-19. This time Nokuhara kept her calm and went on to win the game 21-19.

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The second game was an exhibition of the highest quality of badminton as Sindhu and Okuhara tried fought for every point. Okuhara’s defensive game became frustrating for Sindhu after a time and she had trouble completing her winners.

Sindhu and Okuhara engaged in long rallies and though the Indian quite a few winners, Okuhara’s defense proved too much for the Indian. Yet, she had the lead most times in the second game.

Okuhara went on to tie the second game 20-20 and looked set to claim the match with a stunning comeback. But, Sindhu somehow got the better in the best rally of the match to win the game 22-20.

The second game wore out Sindhu and she took time to get her breath back in the final game. She trailed 5-1 before taking four successive points to make it 5-5. She took an 11-9 lead at the break.

It became a battle for every point thereon. Okuhara kept her defense, Sindhu kept hitting winners. None was successful as both ran to tie the game 17-17.

Okuhara managed to bring herself back in the game every time Sindhu tried running away with it. Her net play, along with some long shots tired Sindhu who was also warned for taking too much time during rallies.

At 19-19, Sindhu made an error on return a net shot. She went too quickly for her shot and slammed it straight into the set to give her opponent first Championships point. The Indian came back with a point and tied it 20-20.

Okuhara’s deceiving game proved the difference as she faked a smash and ended up playing a drop shot to which Sindhu did not reach and lost the match.

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World Badminton Championships: Sindhu beats Chinese opponent to reach final

Blog by: Suryakanr Tripathi

PV Sindhu put in a dominating performance to completely outclass her Chinese opponent and march into her maiden women’s singles final at the World Badminton Championships being held in Glasgow.

Sindhu destroyed Chen Yufei of China 21-13, 21-10 on Saturday night in a match lasting just 48 minutes, thereby assuring herself of at least a silver medal. Sindhu had won the bronze at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014.

Sindhu’s all round game proved too much for the 19-year-old Chinese to handle. India’s star shuttler was in top form and apart from a slow start, she put in a perfect display.

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World Badminton Championships: Saina Nehwal loses in semis

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal as her impressive run at the World Badminton Championships came to an end after a heartbreaking loss against Rio Olympics bronze medallist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s singles semi-finals.

After battling for an hour and 14 minutes, it was the World No. 12 Japanese who managed to eke out a come-from-behind 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 win over the Indian to become the first shuttler from her country to reach the finals of World Championship.

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Badminton World Championships: Saina Nehwal outclasses Kirsty Gilmour to reach semi-finals

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Saina Nehwal dished out a gritty performance to stave off the challenge from local favorite Kristy Gilmour and assure herself of a bronze by entering the semifinals of the World Championship in Glasgow on Friday.

The 27-year-old Indian, who won a silver medal at the last edition at Jakarta, dug deep into her reservoir to eke out a 21-19 18-21 21-15 win over the World No. 31 Gilmour in a match that lasted an hour and 14 minutes. Saina thus joined compatriot and two-time bronze medallist P V Sindhu into the semifinals. The London Olympics bronze medallist will next play seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, who knocked out two-time defending champion Spain’s Carolina Marin 21-18 14-21 21-15 in another match.

Saina had come into the match with a 4-0 head-to-head record against the 23-year-old Scotland girl but she didn’t play her in the last three years. In this time, Gilmour had won two silver medals at the European Championship and it was evident from her fighting spirit.

Saina had opened up a 6-2 lead but Gilmour managed to claw back. It was a jump smash that helped her to draw parity at 8-8 and she soon moved into the break with an 11-8 lead after setting it up beautifully with her angled strokes. Saina seemed to lack the length in her returns which could put her rival out of position and she looked frustrated as Gilmour was dictating the turns with her repertoire of strokes. At 8-14, the Indian won a couple of points when Gilmour hit wide and at the net. A precise down-the-line smash and then with Gilmour slipping during a rally meant Saina had reduced the margin to 12-14. Gilmour mixed delayed strokes with deceptive angles and varying pace to set up her points. It worked as she led 17-13.

Saina managed to claw back at 16-17 when Gilmour produced an onrushing return to break the momentum. The Scot made some errors, hitting the shuttle out to allow Saina level par at 18-18. A good serve gave Saina another point as she moved to game point when her rival made an error in judgment at backline and the experienced Indian sealed it when the Scot found the net.

In the second game, Gilmour struggled with the length as few of her lifts went long but Saina was also erratic, allowing Gilmour to led 6-4 at one stage. The Indian then caught her rival at the forecourt to draw parity at 6-6.

However, Gilmour once again had the bragging rights at the break as she took the 11-9 lead. The Scot tried to draw Saina forward and follow it up with a fast-paced return and it helped as she leads 17-11.

The Scot constructed rallies well but she made many unforced errors which helped Saina make it 16-19. Just then Gilmour produced a jump smash to move to game point but experienced Saina played the right net shot to gain another point. Gilmour found the net again but another trick play during the rally helped her to roar back into the contest when the Indian hit the net.

In the decider, Saina dominated the nets to lead 3-0. Gilmour failed to kill the rallies and faltered with her forehand turns. Saina grabbed the opportunity to set up the rallies and moved to 8-3, before grabbing the 11-5 lead at the mid-game interval. She was helped by Scot’s unforced errors. Gilmour produced another towering cross smash and then triggered one at Saina’s body to gain a couple of points. But Saina made some good judgments with the shuttler to move to 14-8. The Indian gave her everything to dominate the rallies and mixed her strokes. But Gilmour was always lurking behind with her equally lethal deceptions and strokeplay.

But the Scot looked sluggish with her movement sometimes and her unforced errors kept coming back to haunt her as the Indian eventually grabbed seven match points with a brilliant return of serve. A fighting Gilmour refused to give up and saved a couple of match points but the Indian sealed the issue when Gilmour found the net.

World Badminton Championships: PV Sindhu enters semi-finals

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

PV Sindhu completed a hat-trick of medals at the World Badminton Championship as she stormed into the semi-finals, lifting India’s spirit after Kidambi Srikanth’s quarter-final exit here.

Sindhu, a silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, assured herself of at least a bronze with a clinical display against world number six Chinese Sun Yu.

The 22-year-old, who has won a bronze at the 2013 and 2014 editions, disposed of Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9 in 39 minutes at the Emirates Arena.

The world No. 4 Indian will next take on another Chinese – world No. 10 Chen Yufei, who saw off former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

Prannoy clinches the U.S.Open

Blog By- Harinadh.A.S

Anaheim: H.S.Prannoy clinched the U.S.Open badminton series beating P.Kashyap of India in the final. Prannoy defeated Kashyap in the 65 minutes game. He defeated Kashyap for 21-15, 20-22 ans 21-12. It was a tough game between the Indian guys in the final. It was Prannoy’s first U.S. grand prix gold.

Both Prannoy and Kashyap will climb up in the world rankings. H.S.Prannoy got 9000$, while the runner-up Kashyap got only 4560$ in his account. In the first set Kashyap had a lead of 7-1, but Prannoy performed well and leveled the score and snatched the first set.

Prannoy entered the final by defeating the Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen for   21-14 21-19. Kashyap played a hard match with Korean Kwang Hee Heo to ensure his final. He overcame the korean challenge for  15-21 21-15 21-16.

This year, the Indian final was there in many opens. In the Singapore open Sai Praneeth and Srikanth met in the final. In the Syed Modi Grand Prix Sameer Verma and Sai Praneeth met each other.

Indian badminton association announced cash rewards for both the Indians!

Kidambi in the top-10

Blog By- Harinadh.A.S

Vijayawada: Indian Badminton Player and Australian open super series winner Kidambi Srikanth came back to the top ten in the world badminton Rankings. He lifted the Australian and Indonesian Open Badminton, which helped him to come back to the top ten. He is in the World no. 8. After 2016 October, this is his best position. His best position in his life was at world no. 3. He was in 11th before the Australian Open, but he came back to the top ten after this. He became the first Indian to clinch two Super Series title consecutively.

He has a total collection of 58583 points. He got 50 lakh rupees from Andhra Pradesh government. He is also offered with a Job opportunity in the government group. In Amaravathi government will also provide land for a new house. He is the 24 year guy from Gundur.

let is look through other Indian badminton players’ position. Sai Praneeth is in 15th and Ajay Jayaram is ranked in 16. H.S.Prannoy is in 23rd position. Women players are also in good rankings. P.V.Sindhu is in 5th position from early 4th and Saina Nehwal is in 15th ranking.

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Kidambi Srikanth beats Chen Long to win Australia Open Super Series

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Olympic champion Chen Long in a dominating fashion to win the Australia Open Super Series men’s singles title on Sunday. Srikanth won in straight games 22-20, 21-16 to win his career’s fourth Super Series title.

This is world no 11 Srikanth’s second straight title victory in a week after he won the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier last Sunday.

Srikanth had reached the final of the Singapore Open in April and Indonesia Open before this tournament and has thus become only the fifth player in the world and the first Indian male shuttler to contest three consecutive Super Series finals.

The opening game was an evenly contested affair with the two opponents exchanging the lead. At the start, the rallies were a bit long but both resorted to an attacking game from thereon.

However, aided by his deceptive shots and searing smashes, Srikanth took 11-9 lead at the break. After the resumption, Long crawled back with three straight points to take lead at 12-11. The game went down the wire with the Chinese saving a game point with a cross court smash but the 24-year-old Indian eventually prevailed to win it 22-20 and take 1-0 lead in 23 minutes.

He was in red-hot form in the second game where he bossed over Long after a engrossing rally to win the first point with a 323 kph winner.

But Srikanth raced to a 6-2 lead over the current All England Champion and in a similar fashion to the opening game, took a 11-9 lead at the short break. Unlike the first game where Long launched a comeback, here Srikanth was in no mood to relent, opening a five-point lead at 19-15. And then sealed the game and the title at 21-16 to win the singles title.

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Kidambi Srikanth @ semi Final

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Sydney: Kidambi Srikanth of India reached Semi Final of Australian open Super Series beating Sai Praneeth of India in the Quarter final on 23rd June. He defeated Sai Praneeth for 25-23 and 21-17.  This is his third consecutive semi final in the Super series badminton. His next opponent is Chinese player Shi Yuki in the Semi final. Shi Yuki is the world no.4 player.

Srikanth is showing his best performance in the recent days. He defeated World no.1 player Son Wan Hoen in the Indonesian open. Srikanth clinched the Indonesian open recently.

Srikanth got a boost in the World Rankings after his victory in the Indonesian open. He improved his 22nd position to 11th in the recent rankings. Indian player H.S.Prannoy also improved his position from 25th to 21st. Other Indian players in the world rankings are Ajay Jayaram in 15th and Sai Praneeth in the 16th positions respectively. In the women’s rankings India’s P.V.Sindhu is in the 4th position. Saina Nehwal is in 16th position.

P.V.Sindhu lost his way to semifinals in front of world no.1 player Tai Tzu Ying of Taipei. The score was 10-21, 22-20 and 21-16. This was Sindhu’s seventh lose to Tai Tsu Ying in the badminton matches. Saina Nehwal also lost in the Quarter finals. She lost to Sun Yu of China for 21-17, 10-21 and 21-17.  Saina was the defending champion of Australian open Super series. She won it in 2016.

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