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Badminton Asia Championships 2016: Can a strong India raise their games and perform?
Badminton Asia Championships 2016: Can a strong India raise their games and perform?

Saina Nehwal will be playing her 1st competition since the Malaysia Super seriesA 11-member Indian contingent will take to the courts at the Badminton Asia Championships 2016 in Wuhan, China, starting on Tuesday. Kidambi Srikanth, who missed last year’s event, will be the sole Indian Men’s Singles contender at the event.The World No.13 hasn’t had the best of times in 2016, particularly since he won the Syed Modi Grand Prix

Apr 25 2016
China Masters: Indian challenge comes to an end
China Masters: Indian challenge comes to an end

PV Sindhu fell to the World No. 18 Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of ThailandThe Indian challenge came to an end at the 2016 Bonny China Masters as PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, as well as the pair of Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa, all crashed out in the quarter-finals of this Grand Prix Gold event in Jiangsu, China on Friday.Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold winner HS Prannoy met the World No. 1 Chen Long for the second straight week after losing a marathon three-ga

Apr 22 2016
China Masters: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy reach quarter-finals
China Masters: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy reach quarter-finals

PV SindhuIndian shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy put up commanding performances to sail into the quarter-finals of the 2016 Bonny China Masters in Jiangsu, China on Thursday. In women’s doubles, the country’s top pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa too booked their places in the last-eight but it was all over for Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar in men’s doubles.Fourth-seeded Sindhu was rock solid in her second round

Apr 21 2016
China Masters: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy progress in the next round
China Masters: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy progress in the next round

Sindhu will next face World No. 159 Chien Hui Yu of Chinese Taipei for a place in the last-eightPV Sindhu and HS Prannoy continue to fly the Indian flag high in singles at the 2016 Bonny China Masters as both of them entered the pre-quarter-finals of this Grand Prix Gold event held in Jiangsu, China on Wednesday. While the fourth-seeded Sindhu demolished Natsuki Nidaira of Japan, 21-16, 21-12, the seventh-seeded Prannoy comfortably beat the

Apr 21 2016
Saina, Sindhu reach quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei out of India Open
Saina, Sindhu reach quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei out of India Open

PV Sindhu in action at the India Open on Thursday (image courtesy: BAI)The top two Indian women’s singles shuttlers – Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu – booked their places in the quarter-finals of the $300,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries on Thursday but curtains shockingly came down on the campaigns of superstars Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei in men’s singles.Second seed and defending women’s singles champion Saina N

Indian campaign comes to an end at the New Zealand Open
Indian campaign comes to an end at the New Zealand Open

 Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to unseeded Australian pair of Setyana Mapasa and Gronya SomervilleThe Indian campaign came to a screeching halt at the $120, 000 Skycity New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold in Auckland on Friday as none of the three doubles pairs managed to advance past the quarter-finals.2010 Commonwealth Games women’s doubles gold medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa fought hard in the first game but w

Mar 25 2016
New Zealand Open: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa enter quarter-finals
New Zealand Open: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa enter quarter-finals

Jwala Gutta (left) and Ashwini Ponnappa in action at the New Zealand Open (image courtesy: NZ Badminton Open Twitter)On a mixed day for India, fourth-seeded women’s doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa led men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri/B Sumeeth Reddy and the mixed team of Pranaav Jerry Chopra/N Sikki Reddy into the quarter-finals of the $120, 000 Skycity New Zealand Open in Auckland on Thursday. However, the men’s

Mar 24 2016
New Zealand Open: Good start for Indian shuttlers
New Zealand Open: Good start for Indian shuttlers

Ashwini Ponappa is through to the second round partnering Manu Attri in the mixed doubles.Indian shuttlers got off to a thunderous start at the $120, 000 Skycity New Zealand Open as four doubles pairs made it to the second round of this Grand Prix Gold event at North Shore Events Centre in Auckland on Wednesday.Ashwini Ponnappa and Manu Attri, who qualified for the mixed doubles main draw, overcame a tough challenge from the Australian duo of Rob

Mar 23 2016
Thomas and Uber Cup: Indian male shuttlers get good draw, not so easy for the women
Thomas and Uber Cup: Indian male shuttlers get good draw, not so easy for the women

Indian team players celebrate with their Bronze medals at the Thomas & Uber Cup 2014.India were placed in a relatively easy group in the women's section but the men's team did not prove to be as lucky at the draw for the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup Finals badminton tournament that was held here on Monday.In the men's section -- the Thomas Cup -- the Indian team have been drawn along with 13-times winners Indonesia and strong c

Mar 22 2016
Saina Nehwal drops to No. 6; Sameer Verma rises to career-best 36th
Saina Nehwal drops to No. 6; Sameer Verma rises to career-best 36th

Saina fell three places in the latest BWF World RankingsThere were various highs and lows for Indian shuttlers in the latest BWF World Rankings released on Thursday. India’s golden girl Saina Nehwal suffered a slide of three places to drop down to No. 6 after succumbing in the quarter-finals of the All England Championships last week.The start of the 2016 season has not been kind to Nehwal who turned 26 on Thursday. She was forced to withdr

Mar 18 2016
2016 All England Championships- 5 takeaways for India
2016 All England Championships- 5 takeaways for India

The 2016 edition of the All England Championships in Birmingham concluded on Sunday and India, unlike last year, failed to enter into the final in any of the categories. It was a disappointing outing for most of our shuttlers who failed to raise their games when it mattered the most.Here ar 5 takeaways for India from the All England Championships: 

Mar 14 2016
2016 All England Championships: Sai Praneeth causes a huge upset as India end on a positive note
2016 All England Championships: Sai Praneeth causes a huge upset as India end on a positive note

Sai Praneeth in actionThe biggest upset on Day 1 of the main draw of the All England Championships came at the fag end of the day when unseeded Indian Sai Praneeth defeated the second seed and former winner Lee Chong Wei in straight games 24-22 22-20 to knock the Malaysian out of the competition.Reacting to the defeat, the former World No.1 expressed shock and praised Sai for his performance.“I can’t believe I lost in the first round.

Mar 10 2016
2016 All England Championships: Parupalli Kashyap faces a tough opening test, Sindhu-Xuerui contest likely in 2nd round
2016 All England Championships: Parupalli Kashyap faces a tough opening test, Sindhu-Xuerui contest likely in 2nd round

Can Saina Nehwal go one step further this time?The draws for the 2016 edition of the prestigious All England Championships were announced on Tuesday. India will have a total number of 6 participants in the Singles category and 4 in Doubles.Here’s a look at draws for each of them:1.Men’s Singles: Kashyap faces the biggest challengeFour Men’s Singles contenders will be part of the main draw and among them, Paruaplli Kashyap will b

Feb 21 2016
Men through, women unlucky at Badminton Asia Team Championships quarter-finals
Men through, women unlucky at Badminton Asia Team Championships quarter-finals

India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were unsuccessful todayThe Indian contingent at the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad saw mixed fortunes today.While the men progressed to the semi-finals, beating their Malaysian rivals 3-2, the women were not as lucky, with their Korean rivals winning the first three matches of the tie on the trot, with the result that the final two were not necessary. Men’s results:The

Feb 19 2016
Jwala Gutta expresses concern over the lack of depth in doubles in India
Jwala Gutta expresses concern over the lack of depth in doubles in India

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in actionIndian doubles specialist Jwala Gutta has come down hard at the state of  the doubles game in the country, saying she was the concerned about its state once she and her partner Ashwini Ponnaapa left the scene and asked the authorities to alter their attitude."After Ashwini and I, there is nobody and that is the plain truth. It's the doubles I'm more worried about," The 32-yer-old &n

Feb 9 2016
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