Category: Badminton

Saina bags year’s first title

Sarawak (Malaysia), Jan 22: Saina Nehwal won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton title here on Sunday.

In the finals, the former World Number One beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 22-20, 22-20 in a 46-minute clash. This was her 23rd title overall and the first after undergoing a knee surgery last year.

Saina struggled to win the first game. With Chochuwong just five points away from winning the first game, Saina unleashed an array of cross court smashes to roar back into the game. After leveling for the first time in the game at 19-19, Saina sealed the game.

In the second game too, Chochuwong took an early 3-0 lead before the Indian clawed back into the game by engaging her Thai opponent in long rallies.

After levelling at eight points, Saina tried to consolidate her lead, but Chochuwong kept the pressure up on the Indian. Saina was a point away from winning the second game before Chochuwong won three points in a row to keep the game in balance at 20-20. Saina, however, held her nerves to wrap up the thrilling final in straights games.

Saina reaches finals of 2017 Malaysia Masters GP

Sarawak (Malaysia), Jan 21: Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal advanced to the finals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at the Sibu Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Saina registered an easy win in the semi-finals, winning her match against Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in just two games 21-13, 21-10 in 32 minutes. She has also won all her previous matches in just two games. She will face Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in Sunday’s final.

Saina took her own time to get her bearing against Yin, who raced to an early 7-5 lead and consolidated her position to reach 11-6 lead at the interval. However, Saina fought back and opened up a four-point gap a few minutes later. She went on to win the game 21-13.

In the second game, Saina continued dominating show as she won the first six points before racing into an 11-5 lead. She closed out the game 21-10 to win the match and book her place in Sunday’s final.

PV Sindhu has won the title twice, in 2013 and 2016.

Saina on course at the Malaysia Masters singles title

Sarawak, Jan 20: Top seed Saina Nehwal advanced to the semifinals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Friday.

In the quarter finals, former World No 1 beat eighth seed Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani in straight games 21-15, 21-14 in a 40-minute contest. This was the Saina’s third win over the World No. 40.

Saina was slow to get off the mark as Indonesian quickly raced to a 4-0 lead. The Indian was trailing 6-11 at the interval. However, she soon started gathering points after the break and caught up with Fitriani at 12-12. Saina soon jumped to a 16-14 lead and then won five straight points to seal the opening game.

In the second game, Saina continued with her dominating show as she took a 4-2 lead early on and then jumped to a 9-5 advantage before entering the breather at 11-6. Yin gave a fightback after the interval and narrowed down the gap to 12-13 but Saina soon marched ahead and pocket the match.

The London Olympics bronze medalist will face Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in the semifinals.

In the men’s singles, World No. 19 Ajay Jayaram found the going tough against Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who beat the sixth seeded Indian 21-13 21-8 in just 28 minutes.

This was Indian’s third defeat to the Ginting, having lost to him at Hyderabad Asia Team Championship and French Open as well.

Saina and Ajay advance into the quarters

Sarawak, Jan 19: Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram moved into the quarterfinals of Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament at Sibu Indoor Stadium on Thursday.

Former world number one Saina defeated Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia in straight games 21-17, 21-12 in 42 minutes. Sixth seed Jayaram dismissed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12, 15-21, 21-15.

However, there was disappointment in Men’s doubles for third seed Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy, as the duo were upset by the unseeded Indonesian pair of Hendra Arpida Gunawan and Markis Kido 17-21, 21-18, 12-21.

Results involving Indians:

Mens’s Singles: Ajay Jayaram dismissed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12, 15-21, 21-15

Womens’s Singles: Saina Nehwal beat Hanna Ramadini 21-17, 21-12

Mens’s Doubles: Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost to Hendra Arpida Gunawan and Markis Kido (Indonesia) 17-21, 21-18, 12-21, Law Cheuk Him & Lee Chun Hei Reginald (Hong Kong) beat Arjun & Ramchandran Shlok 21-14, 21-17

Womens’s Doubles: Aparna Balan & Prajakta Sawant lost to Chiang Kai Hsin & Hung Shih Han (Chinese Taipei) 18-21, 14-21.

Mixed Doubles:  Manu Attri and Jwala Gutta lost to Tontowi Ahmad & Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Indonesia) 18-21, 10-21, Yong Kai Terry Hee & Wei Han Tan (Singapore) beat Prajakta Sawant & Yogendran Khrishnan 21-17, 21-17

BWF Superseries Finals 2016 -PV Sindhu crashes out in semis

@PVSindhu1 crashes out in semis of #DubaiSSF... @BAI_MediaClick To TweetDubai: Rio Olympic Silver medallist PV Sindhu’s campaign  came to an end at the BWF World Super Series Final, as she went down fighting 15-21, 21-18, 16-21 to World No 5 Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the women’s singles semi-finals, today.

In the first game the Korean, who remained unbeaten in the Group stage, entered the break with a slender 11-9 lead. After the break, she extended her lead to 18-14, before closing the game 21-15.

In the second game, at the Interval Sindhu managed a 11-10 lead, after trailing 0-2 initially. Post break, they moved from 11-11 till 18-18, as the duo tried to outdo each other. However, Sindhu managed to take the match to the decider, with some accurate play at net and managing to win couple of rallies.

In the third and final game, Sung took the early lead as she raced to a 4-0 lead, which became 11-6 at the interval in favour of the Korean. The world No. 5 didn’t allowed the Indian to comeback even after the break, as she extended the lead first to 15-9 and then to 18-12.

Two superb smashes by The Indian did produced a couple of superb smashes before, Sung Ji-Hyun converted five match point advantage at the first opportunity to seal her place in the finals.

The match lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes. After today’s match PV Sindhu has a 6-4 win – loss record against Sung Ji Hyun

BWF Superseries Finals 2016 -PV Sindhu beat Akane Yamaguchi in opening game

Congrats @Pvsindhu1 on winning 1st match of BWF Superseries Finals 2016 Click To TweetDubai: World No. 10 PV Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 12-21, 21-8, 21-15 in her opening game of BWF Superseries Finals 2016 in Dubai on Wednesday.

Sindhu was off to a slow start against Yamaguchi, ranked 8th in the world won the opening game 21 – 12. In the second game, both the players were tied at 7 – 7, before the Indian came into her own to win 14 out of 15 points.

In the third and final game, 2016 Rio Olympics Silver medallist took an initial 6 – 3 lead, as she went into the break leading 11 – 7. The Indian maintained her lead after the break to take the game 21-15 and with that also the match.

Sindhu will next meet world number 6, Sun Yu of China in her second Group B fixture on Thursday.

Tata Open India International Challenge – Vignesh Devlekar & Kuhoo Garg in finals

received_1689422841083676Indian pair of Vignesh Devlekar and Kuhoo Garg showed impressive form to beat Bimo Adi Prakoso and Yujia Jin of Singapore to reach the mixed doubles final of the USD 17,500 Tata Open India International Challenge badminton tournament here today.

The duo ousted the Singapore pair 11-8, 11-13, 5-11, 11-9, and 11-9. In the quarter-finals, they had beaten Indonesia’s second-seeded pair of Rinov Rivaldy and Vania Arianti Sukoco 4-11, 11-7, 12-10 and 15-14.

Incidentally, this is 18 year old Kuhoo’s maiden entry in finals of an international championship at senior level.

Saina crashes out of the 2016 Macau Open GP Gold tournament

@NSaina crashes out of 2016 Macau Open GP Gold. Well tried... slowly u r coming back...Click To Tweet

macau-open-2016Saina Nehwal lost to Yiman Zhang of China in the quarter-finals of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold tournament.

In the first game, the former world number 1 was off to a slow start. Just like both her previous matches, she lost the first game 12 – 21.

In the second game, Saina raced to a 5 – 0 lead, only to allow the Chinese to claw her back by reducing the deficit to 7 – 5 and subsequently take 11 – 9 lead. The Chinese, ranked 226 in the world, increases her lead to 17 – 12, before winning the second game 21 – 17.

Incidently, Saina had lost in the quarter finals of the Hong Kong Open as well last month.

Saina reaches quarter-finals of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2016

congrats @NSaina on reaching quarters of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2016. @BAI_MediaClick To Tweetsaina-nehwalMacau: Top seed Saina Nehwal beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia in three games 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 to move into the quarter finals of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold here today.

Saina Nehwal lost the first game 21-17, after leading 10 – 7 at the half way stage. In the second game, the Indian won eight points in a row to take 8 – 3 lead after trailing 0 – 3 initially. However, the Indonesian staged a remarkable comeback to level scores at 18 – 18, after trailing 12 – 18. But the India used her experience to win the second game 21 – 18.

In the third and final game it was the Indonesian ranked 50th in the world, who took the initial lead 3 – 2, but the former world number one from India came back strongly to win the final game comfortably 21 – 12.

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy advance to the next round of the Macau Open 2016

congrats @AtriManu @buss_reddy on reaching nxt roundClick To TweetThe men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon of Hong Kong in three games 21-11, 17-21, 21-9 at the $120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold at Macau on Wednesday.

The Indian pair seeded third here, will face Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya of Singapore in the next round.