Tag: Saina Nehwal

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.

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.

PV 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.

Saina and Ajay advance into the quarters

Sarawak, Jan 19: Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram moved into the quarterfinals of Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament at Sibu Indoor Stadium on Thursday.

Former world number one Saina defeated Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia in straight games 21-17, 21-12 in 42 minutes. Sixth seed Jayaram dismissed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12, 15-21, 21-15.

However, there was disappointment in Men’s doubles for third seed Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy, as the duo were upset by the unseeded Indonesian pair of Hendra Arpida Gunawan and Markis Kido 17-21, 21-18, 12-21.

Results involving Indians:

Mens’s Singles: Ajay Jayaram dismissed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12, 15-21, 21-15

Womens’s Singles: Saina Nehwal beat Hanna Ramadini 21-17, 21-12

Mens’s Doubles: Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost to Hendra Arpida Gunawan and Markis Kido (Indonesia) 17-21, 21-18, 12-21, Law Cheuk Him & Lee Chun Hei Reginald (Hong Kong) beat Arjun & Ramchandran Shlok 21-14, 21-17

Womens’s Doubles: Aparna Balan & Prajakta Sawant lost to Chiang Kai Hsin & Hung Shih Han (Chinese Taipei) 18-21, 14-21.

Mixed Doubles:  Manu Attri and Jwala Gutta lost to Tontowi Ahmad & Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Indonesia) 18-21, 10-21, Yong Kai Terry Hee & Wei Han Tan (Singapore) beat Prajakta Sawant & Yogendran Khrishnan 21-17, 21-17

Saina crashes out of the 2016 Macau Open GP Gold tournament

@NSaina crashes out of 2016 Macau Open GP Gold. Well tried... slowly u r coming back...Click To Tweet

macau-open-2016Saina 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.

Saina reaches quarter-finals of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2016

congrats @NSaina on reaching quarters of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2016. @BAI_MediaClick To Tweetsaina-nehwalMacau: Top seed Saina Nehwal beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia in three games 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 to move into the quarter finals of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold here today.

Saina Nehwal lost the first game 21-17, after leading 10 – 7 at the half way stage. In the second game, the Indian won eight points in a row to take 8 – 3 lead after trailing 0 – 3 initially. However, the Indonesian staged a remarkable comeback to level scores at 18 – 18, after trailing 12 – 18. But the India used her experience to win the second game 21 – 18.

In the third and final game it was the Indonesian ranked 50th in the world, who took the initial lead 3 – 2, but the former world number one from India came back strongly to win the final game comfortably 21 – 12.

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

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

YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open 2016

Sameer Verma, HS Pranoy, Ajay Jayaram, Saina, Sindhu move into nxt round of YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open 2016Click To Tweet

Sameer Verma, HS Pranoy, Ajay Jayaram, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu won their respective matches to move into the next round of YONEX Sunrise HongKong Open 2016.

Important Results – Round of 32:

Men’s Singles:

Sameer Verma beat Takuma Ueda (Japan) by 22-20, 21-18 in 51 mins.

H.S. Prannoy beat Q Bin (China) by 21-16, 21-18 in 48 mins.

B.Sai Praneeth lost to Jan O Jorgensen [3] (Denmark) by 18-21,18-21 in 33 mins.

Ajay Jayaram beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia) by 21-15, 13-21, 21-16 in 56 mins.

Women’s Singles:

Saina Nehwal beat Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) by 13-21, 21-19, 21-17 in 56 mins.

P V Sindhu beat Susanto Yulia Yosephin (Indonesia) by 21-13, 21-16 in 32 mins.

Men’s Doubles:

Solgyu Choi & Ko Sung Hyun(South Korea) beat Manu Attri & B. Sumeeth Reddy by 21-15, 21-8 in 30 mins.

Round of 16 Schedule

Men’s Singles:

Sameer Verma vs Kazumasa Sakai (Japan)

H.S. Prannoy vs Chong Wei Feng (Malaysia)

Ajay Jayaram vs Huang Yuxiang (China)

Women’s Singles:

Saina Nehwal vs Sayaka Sato (Japan)

P V Sindhu vs Hsu Ya Ching (Chinese Taipei)