Category: Badminton

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.

 

Srikanth off to a winning start at German Open

Muelheim, March 1: Kidambi Srikanth defeated Alen Roj of Slovakia in straight games 21-4, 21-11 in the opening round of Yonex German Open Grand Prix Gold here on Wednes. Srikant will next face Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the second round.

Subhankar Dey and Harshit Aggarwal also booked their place into the next round woth hard fought wins over their oponents. Subhankar Dey defeated Zhao Junpeng of China 16-21, 21-17, 21-19 while Harshit Aggarwal overcame some stiff challenge from USA’s Bjorn Segun 18-21, 21-8, 21-6.

In the second round round, Subhankar Dey will face Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus, seeded fifth here. Harshit, on the other hand will take on eighth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong.

However, it was curtains for Siril Verma, Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and Harsheel Dani in men’s singles, while Tanvi Lad also made a first round exit in the women’s singles.

Results (Round 1)

Men’s Singles:

Kidambi Srikanth beat Alen Roj (Slovakia) 21-4, 21-11; Subhankar Dey beated Zhao Junpeng (China) 16-21, 21-17, 21-19; Harshit Aggarwal beat Bjorn Segun (USA) 18-21, 21-8, 21-6; Lin Dan (China) beat Siril Verma 21-13, 21-10; Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) beat Harsheel Dani 21-13, 21-12; Misha Zilberman (Israel) beat Rahul Yadav Chittaboina 21-18, 21-18.

Women’s Singles:

Priskila Siahaya (Indonesia) beat Tanvi Lad 21-14, 21-12.

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.