Sourabh Varma’s performance deserves appreciation from every corridorThomas Cup:Indonesia’s singles stalwart Tommy Sugiarto took the day off which meant Ajay Jayaram got to face Christie Jonatan in what would be his last appearance at the 29th edition of Thomas Cup. Despite the opponents being seeded relatively close to each other, the match failed to deliver as per expectations with the Indonesian having his way via a seamless 2
Saina Nehwal’s clash with Nozomi Okuhara is the match to watch out forThomas Cup 2016:India’s men, so far, have not managed to get a grip on proceedings here at Kunshan. Having lost both their matches with 2-3 scorelines, against Thailand and Hong Kong, they now find themselves languishing at the bottom of standings in Group B. It is in such a scenario that they face fourth seeds Indonesia, in what is likely to be another challenging
19-year-old Ruthvika Shivani Gadde has been excellent in the tournament so far(Photo Courtesy:Badminton Photo)India’s Thomas & Uber Cup campaign continues to be a bittersweet affair as the men’s team were handed a second consecutive victory while our women pulled off another clean sweep at the Kunshan Sports Centre Stadium today.Thomas Cup:In the Thomas Cup, following their opening day loss to Thailand, India would’ve wished
Sourabh Varma secured a win for IndiaA weakened Indian team fought valiantly but it was not enough as they slumped to a 2-3 defeat to Thailand in their Group B opener at the BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2016 in Kunshan, China on Sunday. While Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Varma brought home wins in singles, World No. 21 Ajay Jayaram’s massive effort went in vain.After losing the first game to the 26th ranked Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Jayaram
HS Prannoy had already won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold title in March this yearWith less than a week remaining for the 2016 Thomas Cup to flag off, India’s HS Prannoy has been declared medically unfit to play any further role on the court for the Indian team at the tournament.The 23-year-old shuttler who had already won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold title earlier this year picked up a toe injury towards the end of April. Thoug
Saina Nehwal in action against Tanvi Lad during the India Open 2016 Badminton.There were contrasting fortunes for the two defending singles champions at the $300,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries on Wednesday as Saina Nehwal advanced while Kidambi Srikanth exited in the first round. Joining Nehwal in the second round was the Malaysia Masters champion, PV Sindhu.The second-seeded Saina put up a clinical performance to dismiss compatriot Tan
Carolina Marin has pulled out of India Open SuperseriesThe $300,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries lost two of its biggest stars on its eve as the top seed and reigning world champion Carolina Marin and the All England winner Nozomi Okuhara both pulled out on Monday. World No. 11 PV Sindhu stands to benefit from their withdrawals as Marin was her first round opponent and the third-ranked Okuhara was a potential rival for the quarter-finals.
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
Sai Praneeth had to battle hard for a winHere are the results from Day One of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold:17th March 2016Men’s SinglesTanongsak Saensomboonsuk beat Sameer Verma 21-15 21-19HS Prannoy beat Rajiv Ouseph 21-13 21-18Chou Tien Chen beat Sai Praneeth 21-19 21-16Women’s SinglesSaina Nehwal beat Kristina Gavnholt 21-18 21-17PV Sindhu beat Pai Yu Po 21-16 21-1616th Match 2016Women’s SinglesSaina Nehwal beat K
Saina Nehwal will lead India’s chargeIt may only be a Grand Prix Gold(GPG) event, but with just over 45 days to go for the qualifying dates for Rio 2016 to end, the Swiss Open GPG will assume larger significance for a lot of players.India will have a slightly weakened lineup in the Men’s Singles with last year’s champion Kidambi Srikanth pulling out of the competition and Parupalli Kashyap yet to recover from his injury and so t
Saina Nehwal made it through to the quartersHere are the results from Day 2 of the All England Championships in Birmingham:Men’s SinglesLin Dan beat Sho Sasaki 20-22 21-6 21-8Tian Houwei beat Sameer Verma 10-21 21-12 21-19Jan O Jorgenson beat NG Ka Long Angus 21-13 21-16Kento Momota beat Kidambi Srikanth 21-10 21-13Marc Zwiebler beat Tommy Sugiarto 21-14 21-16Viktor Axelson beat Son Wan Ho 21-19 22-24 21-12Hans-Vittinghus beat Sai Praneeth
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.
Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei is top seeded at the tournamentThe $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold is underway in Kuching, Sarawak. We bring you a roundup of the day’s key results.Round 1:Lee Chong Wei bt Fikri Ihsa Hadmadi 21-14, 21-15K Srikanth bt Wei Feng Chong 21-17, 21-11Subhankar Dey bt Kantaphon Wangcharoe 21-19, 21-16Ajay Jayaram bt Takuma Ueda 21-19, 21-11Sameer Verma bt Sho Sasaki 21-18, 21-18B Sai Praneeth bt Shahzan Misfahul 21
Sai Praneeth clinched a three-game tie in the Men’s SinglesThe Awadhe Warriors, minus their skipper Saina Nehwal defeated the ChennaiSmashers 4-1 in the second match of the double-header at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Monday.Here’s how all the action unfolded:Men’s Singles: Brice Leverdez(CS) vs Tanongsak Saemsomboonsak(AW)The opening game saw Leverdez begin in fantastic fashion as he raced away to a 8-2 lead in the opening
Saina Nehwal clinched her maiden win of the PBL 2016Despite a terrific win in the last rubber, the Delhi Acers narrowly 3-4 to the Awadhe Warriors in the opening day of Lucknow leg of the 2016 Premier Badminton League in Lucknow on Monday.Here’s how all the action unfolded:1.Men’s Singles: Tanongsak Saensomboonsak(AW) vs Tommy Sugiarto(DA)The opening game saw both players win 2 out of the first 4 points respectively before at 2-2 mark