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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)

Premier Badminton League’s (PBL) Season 2 Auctions

Olympic gold medalist Spain’s Carolina Marin was the most sought-after player at the Premier Badminton League’s (PBL) second edition of auctions held on Wednesday, as she attracted maximum price of Rs 61.5 million. On the other hand, London Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu was retained by Chennai Smashers at a surprisingly low price of Rs 39 lakh, while Saina Nehwal who made first round exit at Rio 2016 was bought by Awadh Warriors for Rs 33 lakh.

PBL’s second season will begin in Hyderabad from 1st January and the final will be on 14 January. Each team in the auction had purse of Rs 1.93 crore. Every team had to buy 10 players, including an icon player and a maximum of six overseas players. The winners of the league will get Rs 3 crore while the runners-up Rs 1.5 crore. The losing semi-finalists will get Rs 75 lakh each.

Complete list of players drafted to the six teams

Awadhe Warriors – V Shem Goh (Malaysia – Rs 33 lakh), Kidambi Srikanth (India – 51 lakhs), Savitree Amitrapai (India – 20 lakhs), Saina Nehwal (India – 33 lakhs), Wong Wing Ki Vincent (17 lakhs), Rituparna Das (India – 6 lakhs), Bodin Isara (17 lakhs), Markis Kido (India – 10 lakhs), Prajakta Sawant (India – 3 lakhs), Aditya Joshi (India – 3 lakhs)

Mumbai Rockets – Lee Yong Dae (South Korea – Rs 37.5 lakh), Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea – Rs 60 lakh), Nadiezda Zieba (India – 18 lakhs), Ajay Jayaram (India – Rs 19 lakh), HS Prannoy (India – 22 lakhs), Nipitphon Phusnhphupet (India – 17 lakhs), Manu Atri (India – 7 lakhs), Shreyansh Jaiswal (India – 3 lakhs), Vrushali G (India – 3 lakhs), Mohita Sehdev (India – 3 lakhs)

Delhi Acers – Son Wan Ho (Rs 39 lakh), Jan o Jorgensen (Denmark – 59 lakhs), Jwala Gutta (India – 10 lakhs), Nithchaon Jindapol (17 lakhs), Ivan Sozonov (17 lakhs), Vladimir Ivanov (27 lakhs), Akshay Dewalkar (India – 7 lakhs), Maneesha K (India – 5 lakhs), Akarshi Kashyap (India – 3 lakhs), Siril Verma (India – 4 lakhs)

Hyderabad Hunters – Carolina Marin (Spain – 61.5 lakhs), Wee Kiong Tan (Malaysia – Rs 33 lakh), Chau Hoi Wah (17 lakhs), Rajiv Ouseph (17 lakhs), B. Sai Praneeth (17 lakhs), Satwik Sairaj (3 lakhs), Sameer Verma (11.5 lakhs), Krishna Priya (3 lakhs), Meghna J (3 lakhs), Boon Heong Tan (23 lakhs)

Bengaluru Blasters – Viktor Axelsen (Denmark – 39 lakhs), Yoo Yeon Seong (Rs 39 lakh), Ashwini Ponnappa (India – 15 lakhs), Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (22 lakhs), Ruthvika Gadde (India – 7 lakhs), Sourabh Verma (India – 13 lakhs), Pranaav Chopra (India – 22 lakhs), Ko Sung Hyun (India – 33 lakhs), Sikki Reddy (India – 5 lakhs), Boonsak Ponsana (10 lakhs)

Chennai Smashers – Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia – Rs 26 lakhs), P V Sindhu (39 lakhs), Gabrielle Adcock (26 lakhs), Tanongsak S (30 lakhs), P Kashyap (India – 8 lakhs), Chris Adcock (26 lakhs), Mads Pieler Kolding (25 lakhs), B Sumeeth Reddy (India – 5 lakhs), Ramya Tulasi (India – 3 lakhs), Arundhati Pantawane (India – 3 lakhs)