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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.

Saina – Sindhu keep Indian hopes alive at All England

Birmingham, Mar 9: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarterfinals of the All England Badminton Championships 2017 at the Barclaycard Arena here on Thursday.

PV Sindhu beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine in straight games 21-12, 21-4 in a match that lasted 39 minutes. After a scratchy start, Sindhu took an early 4-3 lead in the first game. The Indian won seven out of the next nine points, as she went into the first game interval with a 11-5 lead. The Rio silver medallist maintained the momentum after the break also to seal the first game 21-12.

In the second game, the Indian took a 9-0 lead early on and just simply destroyed her Indonesian opponent to win the game 21-4 and with that the match.

Former world number one, Saina Nehwal beat Germany’s Fabienne Deprez 21-18, 21-10 in 35 minutes in the pre quarterfinals. In the opening game, Saina was off to a good start Saina as she went into interval leading 11-6. her German opponent tried to comeback into the game as she levelled the score at 15-15. However, the Indian used all her experience and class to clinch the opening game 21-18.

In the second game Saina took a 11-6 lead against Deprez at the break. After the break the London Olympic bronze medallist continued from where she left as she won 5 out of last 7 points to win the second game 21-10.
However, in men’s singles India’s campaign came to end as HS Prannoy’s lost to Tian Houwei 21-13, 21-5.

Men’s Singles

Tian Houwei beat HS Prannoy 21-13, 21-5

Women’s Singles

PV Sindhu beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine (Indonesia) 21-12, 21-4; Saina Nehwal beat Fabienne Deprez (Germany) 21-18, 21-10

Mixed day for Indians at All England Badminton Championship

Birmingham, Mar 9: 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.

Results:

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

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