Tag: Badminton

India lose 1-4 to Denmark at Sudirman Cup

Gold Coast, May 22: Star shuttler P V Sindhu’s win was the only bright spot on a dismal day as India suffered a 1-4 loss to Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship here on Monday.

Up against two-time runners-up Denmark, India came a cropper after they lost the first three ties — mixed doubles, men’s singles and men’s double –, to go down 0-3 in the five- match rubber.

Starting the proceedings, the experienced Ashwini Ponnappa and the young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy paired up and displayed good fighting spirit before going down 15-21 21-16 17-21 to the London Olympics bronze-medallist combo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in the mixed doubles match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes here.

A lot was expected from World No.13 Ajay Jayaram after his recent success against Viktor Axelsen at the Malaysia Open but the Mumbai shuttler capitulated 12-21 7-21 in just 27 minutes as India slipped to 0-2.

In the men’s doubles match, Rio Olympians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crossed swords with former Olympic silver- medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

After 33 minutes, it was the Danish pair which emerged victorious 21-17 21-15.

Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu then saved India some embarrassment with a 21-18 21-6 win over Line Kjaersfeldt in a 32-minute women’s singles match.

In the fifth match, the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold runners-up pair of Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy fought hard before losing 21-18 15-21 21-23 to Olympic silver-medalists Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna as Denmark wrapped up the contest 4-1.

India will next face former champions Indonesia on WednesdaY.

source PTI

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.

Badminton – Meiraba Luwang

Meet Meiraba Luwang, a young badminton player from Manipur. He recently won the Under-15 Yonex Sunrise, Junior Grand Prix International tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia, after defeating the number 11 seed Sulistio Tegar of Indonesia in the finals 21-14, 21-15.

Not only in the finals, but throughout the tournament, he was in great form, as he defeated the top seed Muhamad Akbar Firdaus of Indonesia in the semi-final 21-13, 21-19 and third seed Hak Joo Lee of South Korea 19-21, 21-13, 21-17 in the Quarter-final.

Even in the doubles category of the same event, he along with his partner Rafael Gavois of France finished runners-up, after -losing 17-21, 9-21 to the English pair of William Jones and James Penver.

Under-15 Yonex Sunrise, Junior Grand Prix International tournament is widely regarded as one of the top level tounaments in the under-15 age group.

Currently, he is training at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. Earlier, this year in April, he had won the U-15 Boys singles title at the Yonex – BTY Open International Badminton Championships held at Thailand. He had beatyen Hafidz Dzakwan Putra of Indonesia.