Category: Badminton

Mixed day for Indians at All England

Birmingham, Mar 8: 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.


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 opponent.

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 Wednesday.

Srikanth will next face Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the second round. Subhankar Dey and Harshit Aggarwal also booked their place into the next round with hard fought wins over their opponents. 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 beat 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 leveling 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.

P V 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.

PV Sindhu crashes out in semis

Dubai, 17  Dec: 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

Sindhu off to a winning start in Superseries Finals

Dubai: 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.

Saina crashes out of the 2016 Macau Open

macau-open-2016Macau, 02 Dec: Saina 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.