Category: Badminton

Sindhu reaches quarters; Jayaram knocked out

Wuhan, Apr 27: Rio Games silver medallist P V Sindhu notched up a 21-14, 21-15 win over unseeded Japanese Aya Ohori to sail into the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships here at at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium on Thursday.

The third ranked player decimated her opponent in the World with another clinical performance in the second round match that lasted just 40 minutes. Sindhu had defeated Indonesia ‘s Dinar Dyah Ayustine 21-8, 21-18 in the first round of the continental Championship.

However, In the men’s event, it was curtains for Ajay Jayaram after losing 19-21, 10-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao. The Indian had caused a major upset in the first round,when he defeated fifth seed Tian Houwei of China.

The 21-year-old Sindhu is now the only Indian left in fray. In the quarterfinals, she will take on He Bingjiao of China.

London Games bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and the doubles pairs are already out of the tournament, following their loss on the opening day yesterday.

 

India fields 8 member team in Asian Badminton Championship 2017

Wuhan, Apr 25: India have fielded an eight member strong team in the Asian Badminton Championship 2017, which begins today.

Indian team for Asian Badminton Championship

  • Women’s Singles – 2 (P.V. Sindhu & Saina Nehwal)
  • Men’s Singles – 2 (Ajay Jayaram & H.S. Prannoy)
  • Women’s Doubles – 2 (Ashwini Ponappa/ Sikki Reddy & Poorvisha/Meghana)
  • Men’s Doubles – 1 (Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy)
  • Mixed Doubles – 1 (Pranav Chopra/Sikki Reddy)

P.V. Sindhu will be the biggest medal hope for India, as most of the players find themselves tough draws. Last year, Saina Nehwal was the only medal winner in Asian Badminton Championship for India where she finished with Bronze medal. Repeating the things will be quite difficult for Saina as her form is not so great this year & she would meet World no.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the Quaterfinals, making the road more difficult for Former World no.1.

While in the second half of Womens singles category, No.4 seeded P.V. Sindhu has quite a easy draw but she can meet No.6 seed Thailand’s Ratchenok Intanon in semi-finals ! All Indian eyes would be on Sindhu as she will be the biggest medal hope for India in Asian Championship.

Road looks difficult in Men’s Singles too as both the Indian players will be up against seeded players, Ajay Jayaram will start his campaign against fifth seed Tian Houwei of China while H.S. Prannoy will face eighth seed Ng ka Long of Hong Kong.

In Women Doubles Indian pair of Ashwini & Reddy will be up against unseeded Korean pair & if they surpass the Korean Challenge, World no.1 pair of Misaki & Ayaka Takashaki would be waiting for them in second round. Another Indian pair of Meghana & Poorvisha will take on second seed Korean pair of Jung kyung & Shin Seung.

In Men Doubles, Manu Attri & Sumeeth Reddy will face a tough challenge from 5th seed Chinese pair of Fu Haifeng & Zhang Nan.

Indian Mixed Doubles pair will also have a mountain to climb as they will be up against No.1 seed Chinese team of Zheng Siwei & Chen Qingchen in the first round.

Praneeth wins Singapore Open

Singapore, April 16: B Sai Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title with 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 win against Kidambi Srikanth in the final of the $350,000 Singapore Open here on Sunday.

After losing the first game 17-21, Praneeth staged a tremendous come back from being 1-6 in the second game by winning 10 out of the next 14 points, to head into the break leading 11-10. After the break, Praneeth managed to hold on to his lead. A service error by Srikanth gave three game points to Praneeth, as he clinched the second game 21-17.

In the third game, Srikanth opened up a slender two point lead, before Sai won five straight points to take a 5-2 lead. Sai won six out of next nine points to go into the break leading 11-5. After the break Sai ensured that he continued his dominance over his training partner to take the game 21-12 and with that the match in 55 minutes.

Srikanth, who has a fair bit of experience having played in two finals and winning both – the 2015 India Open and 2014 China Open, never looked settled after the first game. It was Praneeth’s all round play and array of strokes that pinned his rival down.

This was Praneeth’s first appearance in a Super Series final, the biggest events of the international badminton calendar. Previously, Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Srikanth had won the coveted crown.

Indian Badminton touched a new high when Praneeth and Srikanth competed in the final, as India became only fourth country to have players on both sides of the court.China, Indonesia and Denmark are the other three.

Its all India final at Singapore Open

Singapore, Apr 15: B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth today created history by winning their respective semifinal matches at the Singapore Open here on Saturday.

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India will become only fourth country in the world after China, Indonesia and Denmark to have had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event.

B Sai Praneeth scored a comfortable 21-6, 21-8 win over three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee in an one sided semifinal match that lasted 38 minutes.

Praneeth, had reached the finals at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January this year.

Former World No. 3 Srikanth then notched up a 21- 13, 21-14 win over World No. 26 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting to reach the third Super Series final of his career.

Praneeth has a 4-1 head-to-head record against his more illustrious compatriot, who had clinched the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics.

Sindhu wins Indian Open

PV Sindhu defeated Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final to win her maiden Indian Open Super Series title on Sunday.

Sindhu, who won the TOISA badminton player of the year as well as overall player of the year awards, avenged her Olympic final defeat to Marin in an imperious fashion with a straight game 21-19, 21-16 win at a packed Siri Fort Sports Complex.

This was the Sindhu’s Second Successive victory over the top seed since her loss to Carolina in the famous 2016 Rio Olympics final. Sindhu had also beaten Carolina in the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December 2016. However, this was the Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s second Superseries title after also winning the China Open in November 2016.

Only two other Indians — Saina Nehwal (women’s singles) and Kidambi Srikanth (men’s singles) — have won the India Open previously, both clinching their respective titles in 2015.

World No. 5 Sindhu, who was seeded third in the tournament, bettered her record to 4-5 against the World No.3 Carolina Marin.

In Men’s Singles, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark downed Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-13, 21-10. Sunday’s win is Dane’s first Indian Open title, after he had finished runners up in 2015 and 2016.

In the all-Chinese mixed-doubles final, defending champions Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong beat Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 22-24, 21-14, 21-17.

In the women’s doubles final, Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto beat their Japanese compatriots Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 16-21, 21-19, 21-10 to win the title.

In an all-Indonesian affair, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo beat Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama 21-11, 21-15.

Subhankar Dey enters final of 52nd Portuguese International

New Delhi, Mar 12: Fifth seed Subhankar Dey enters into the final of 52nd Portuguese International by beating Hungary’s 8th seed Gergely Krausz by 19-21,21-16,21-18 in 61 minutes. His opponent in final will be 4th seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark.

Earlier in quarterfinals Dey defeated Manuel Vazquez of Spain by 21-15,21-15 in just 29 minute.

While in Women’s Category Sali Rane lost a hard fought match to Yee Yap (Malaysia) in quarterfinals in 55 minutes by 16-21, 21-19, 17-21.

Saina – Sindhu keep Indian hopes alive at All England

Birmingham, Mar 9: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarterfinals of the All England Badminton Championships 2017 at the Barclaycard Arena here on Thursday.

PV Sindhu beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine in straight games 21-12, 21-4 in a match that lasted 39 minutes. After a scratchy start, Sindhu took an early 4-3 lead in the first game. The Indian won seven out of the next nine points, as she went into the first game interval with a 11-5 lead. The Rio silver medallist maintained the momentum after the break also to seal the first game 21-12.

In the second game, the Indian took a 9-0 lead early on and just simply destroyed her Indonesian opponent to win the game 21-4 and with that the match.

Former world number one, Saina Nehwal beat Germany’s Fabienne Deprez 21-18, 21-10 in 35 minutes in the pre quarterfinals. In the opening game, Saina was off to a good start Saina as she went into interval leading 11-6. her German opponent tried to comeback into the game as she levelled the score at 15-15. However, the Indian used all her experience and class to clinch the opening game 21-18.

In the second game Saina took a 11-6 lead against Deprez at the break. After the break the London Olympic bronze medallist continued from where she left as she won 5 out of last 7 points to win the second game 21-10.
However, in men’s singles India’s campaign came to end as HS Prannoy’s lost to Tian Houwei 21-13, 21-5.

Men’s Singles

Tian Houwei beat HS Prannoy 21-13, 21-5

Women’s Singles

PV Sindhu beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine (Indonesia) 21-12, 21-4; Saina Nehwal beat Fabienne Deprez (Germany) 21-18, 21-10

Mixed day for Indians at All England Badminton Championship

Birmingham, Mar 9: P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy advanced to the second round of the All England Open Badminton Championships 2017 here on Wednesday.

PV Sindhu beat Denmark’s Mette Poulson in straight games 21-11, 21-10 in 29 minutes. In the round of 16, she will meet Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia.

Former world number one, Saina Nehwal knocked out defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-15, 21-14. In the next round she will meet Fabienne Deprez.

In Mens singles, HS Prannoy won a three set thriller against Quiao Bin of China 17-21, 22-20, 21-19. The match that lasted an hour and 22 minutes. In the next round he will face 7th ranked Houwei Tian. Other, there was disappointment for India in other men’s singles matches as Kidambi Srikanth suffered a first-round exit at the hands of China’s Zhao Junpeng 19-21, 21-19, 12-21. Another Indian in the fray, Ajay Jayaram was sent home packing by Huang Yuxiang of China in straight games 21-19, 21-13.

Earlier in the day, Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha Ram lost to Chinese Taipei pair of Hsu Ya Ching and Wu Ti Jung 21-19. 21-12. In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy went down fighting to qualifiers  Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden in a 47 minute encounter.

All England Open Badminton Championships 2017 is being at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.

Results:

Men’s Singles:-

HS Pronnoy beat Quiao Bin (China) 17-21, 22-20, 21-19; Kidambi Srikanth lost to Zhao Junpeng (China) 19-21, 21-19, 12-21; Ajay Jayaram lost to Huang Yuxiang (China) 19-21,13-21

Women’s Singles:-

PV Sindhu beat Mette Poulson (Denmark) 21-11,21-10; Saina Nehwal beat Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) 21-15,21-14

Men’s Doubles

Manu Attri / B.sumeeth Reddy lost to Peter Briggs / Tom Wolfenden (Denmark) 19-21, 21-10, 18-21

Women’s Doubles

Jakkampudi Meghana / Poorvisha Ram lost to Hsu Ya Ching/Wu Ti Jung 19-21, 12-21

Srikanth goes down fighting

Muelheim, March 3: Kidambi Srikanth went down fighting to Chen Long of China in the pre-quarterfinals of Yonex German Open Grand Prix Gold at Innogy Sporthalle here on Friday. The Indian lost the match in straight sets 21-19, 22-20 in 47 minutes.

In the opening game, Srikanth had opened up a 3-0 lead early on and jumped to a  12-6 and 16-12 leads in the two games to go down against the second seed from China, who is also a two-time World champion and All England champion.

In the second game, Chen moved ahead 9-5 but Srikanth reeled off seven straight points to grab the lead. He kept his nose ahead till 16-12 when the Chinese marched ahead with a six-point burst and despite some desperate attempts by Srikanth, but the Chinese shuttler closed out a tight contest.

Indian challenge came to an end at the German Open following Srikanth’s loss. Friday’s loss is the fourth loss for the Hyderabad based shuttler in as many matches against Chen Long.

Srikanth reaches German Open pre-quarters

Muelheim, March 2: Kidambi Srikanth defeated Yusuke Onodera of Japan in straight games 21-17, 21-18 in the second round of Yonex German Open Grand Prix Gold here on Thursday. Srikant will next face Chen Long of China in the pre-quarterfinals.

Former world number 3, Srikanth has so far lost all the previous three encounters to his Chinese oponent.

However, it was curtains for Subhankar Dey and Harshit Aggarwal. Subhankar Dey went down fighting to Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus 21-14, 21-8 while Harshit Aggarwal lost to Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-15, 21-11

Results (Round 2)

Men’s Singles:

Kidambi Srikanth beat Yusuke Onodera (Japan) 21-17, 21-18; NG Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong) beat Subhankar Dey 21-14, 21-8; Hu Yun (Hong Kong) beat Harshit Aggarwal 21-15, 21-11.