Category: Badminton

Saina Nehwal moves into second round of the Macau Open 2016

congrats @NSaina on resounding winClick To TweetSaina Nehwal beat Indonesia’s Hanna Ramadini in the opening round of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, on Wednesday.

The former World No. 1 was initially trailing 2-5 against the world no. 44, gradually clawed her way back in the opening game to reduce the deficit before restoring parity at 17-17. With none of the players willing to give in the score soon became 20 – 20. Saina lost the first game 21-23 in 24 minutes.

In the second game Saina took an early lead to race to a 9 – 3 lead. At break, she was leading 11 – 6. Saina brought all her experience in to play to close out the second game 21-14 with relative ease.

In the decider, Saina continued her domination to lead 11 – 6 at the break. In the end, the Indian put too good for her Indonesian opponent as she won the third game 21 – 18 to move into the third round.

Final Score: Saina Nehwal beat Hanna Ramadini 21 – 23, 21 – 14, 21 – 18

Scottish Open 2016 – Pranaav and Sikki Reddy finish runners-up

Top seed Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy went down fighting to the Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai in the summit clash of USD 55,000 Scottish Open Grand Prix 2016, held yesterday in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, Scotland.

The Indian mixed doubles pair lost 13-21, 21-18, 21-16 in a match which lasted for 57 minutes. The Indians were unable to close out the match, after leading 16 – 12 in the final game only to allow the Malaysian pair to win 9 points in a row and with that the match. Even in the second game they squandered the lead, after winning the first game comfortable.

A silver medal finish at the Scottish Open for the pair will certainly help them gain few valuables points as they try to break into top 20. Pranaav and Sikki had won the Brazil Grand Prix in September and Russian Open in October this year.

Last 3 – 4 months have been quite fruitful for them. wishes them success in upcoming events.

YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open Super Series – silver linning for Sameer

YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open Super Series-silver lining for @sameerv2210Click To Tweetfb_img_1480244368937Hong Kong, Nov 27: It turned out to be a heartbreaking end to Sameer Verma’s dream run at the as the Indian shuttler went down fighting to Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong in the summit clash of the YONEX Sunrise Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament here today.

The 22-year-old, National champion suffered a 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 loss against the local favourite in men’s singles final clash.

For Sameer, ranked 43rd in the world, it was his maiden runners-up finish at the Super Series level. He had defeated world number 3 Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen yesterday to reach the finals.

Hong Kong Superseries Tournament – mixed day for Indians

National champion, Sameer Verma cemented his place today as one of the top shuttlers in the world by reaching the semi-finals of the ongoing Hong Kong Superseries tournament. He defeated the Malaysian Wei Feng Chong in straight games 21-17, 23-21.
After winning the first game 21-17 easily, he faced a stiff challenge from Chong who quickly took a 11-5 lead in the second game. But Sameer made a superb comeback and then held his nerve to shut the door on his opponent’s face.
He will be up against recently crowned China Open winner Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark in the semifinal.
However, another Indian in the fray, Ajay Jayaram lost his match today against his opponent Ng Ka Long Angus going down 21-15,21-14.
In the women’s singles Olympic silver medalist, PV Sindhu reached her second consecutive semifinal by defeating Xiaoyu Liang of Singapore 21-17, 21-23, 21-18 in a marathon match in which both athlete’s fitness was tested and Sindhu came on top.
However, just like in the men’s singles, it was a day of mixed fortunes as Saina Nehwal despite making a superb comeback in the second game lost to the home player Ngan Yi Cheung 21-8, 18-21, 21-19.
Saina’s exit from the tournament means that PV Sindhu will qualify for the year ending Dubai Destination Superseries Finals.

YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open 2016

Saina, Sindhu, Sameer Verma, Ajay Jayaram move into quarter finals of YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open 2016Click To Tweet

Four out of five Indian left in fray today advanced to the Quarter-finals of YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open 2016.

Sameer Verma, Ajay Jayaram, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu won their respective matches in contrasting styles to move into the next round.

HS Pranoy lost to Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia, after winning the first set.

Important Results – Round of 16:

Men’s Singles:

H.S. Prannoy lost to Chong Wei Feng (Malaysia) 21 – 15 , 11 – 21 , 15 – 21

Sameer Verma beat Kazumasa Sakai (Japan) 19 – 21, 21 – 15, 21 – 11

Ajay Jayaram beat Huang Yuxiang (China) 21 – 18, 21 – 19

Women’s Singles:

Saina Nehwal beat Sayaka Sato (Japan) 21 – 18, 9 – 21, 21 – 16

P V Sindhu beat Hsu Ya Ching (Chinese Taipei) 21 – 10, 21 – 14