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Sameer Verma reaches the quarter-finals of Thailand Masters
Sameer Verma reaches the quarter-finals of Thailand Masters

The 41st ranked Verma has been in impressive form recentlyIndian shuttler Sameer Verma continues his brilliant run at the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2016 in Bangkok as he booked his place in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The 15th seed made short work of his 19-year-old compatriot Harsheel Dani 21-17, 21-14 in 32 minutes in his third round match at this Grand Prix Gold level tournament.Verma will next face the third-seeded Hu Yun o

Feb 10 2016
Saina Nehwal pulls out of the Thailand Masters
Saina Nehwal pulls out of the Thailand Masters

Saina Nehwal’s last competitive event was the Dubai Superseries FinalsAfter withdrawing from the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, top shuttler Saina Nehwal has now pulled out from the Thailand Masters as well, scheduled to start on Tuesday. The reasons for her withdrawal is yet to be known.The 26-year-old had cited illness for withdrawing from the Lucknow-based competition, a tournament that she had won in 2015 and now has pulled

Feb 8 2016
Saina Nehwal out of 12th South Asian Games
Saina Nehwal out of 12th South Asian Games

Saina doesn’t want to hamper her fitness in any manner given that the Rio Olympics is just 6 months away.In a major blow to India’s chances at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG), World No. 2 Saina Nehwal is the latest big name to pull out of this multi-sporting event to be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 5. Nehwal joins Parupalli Kashyap on the sidelines, who was earlier ruled out due to an abdominal strain he suffered from

Feb 4 2016
Saina, Sindhu to skip South Asian Games?
Saina, Sindhu to skip South Asian Games?

Saina Nehwal didnt feature at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold last weekWith just under 5 days to go for the start of the 12th edition of the South Asian Games, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are apparently not too keen to feature in the event since neither want their preparations for Rio 2016 to be affected by it.A 12-member Indian badminton team led by the World No.2 was picked for the Games last week  that also has the

Feb 1 2016
P.V. Sindhu rises to World No.11 in the latest women's singles rankings
P.V. Sindhu rises to World No.11 in the latest women's singles rankings

Sindhu rose a place from No. 10 to No. 11.India's P.V. Sindhu rose a place in the women's singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday to be ranked No.11. Saina Nehwal remained as the World No. 2.In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy remained at No. 9 and No. 20 respectively as reigning Commonwealth Games champion. Parupalli also went up a place to No.14.Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram dro

Saina to lead full-strength Indian badminton squad for 12th South Asian Games
Saina to lead full-strength Indian badminton squad for 12th South Asian Games

Ace Indian shuttler would lead the 15-member Indian squad for the 12th South Asian Games.World No.2 Saina Nehwal will spearhead India's campaign in women's singles while World No.9 Kidambi Srikanth will be highest-ranked Indian in men's singles as the Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced a strong 15-member squad for the South Asian Games next month.Apart from Saina and Srikanth, double World Championship bronze medallis

Jan 27 2016
2016 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold: Can PV Sindhu clinch a second straight title in two weeks?
2016 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold: Can PV Sindhu clinch a second straight title in two weeks?

Defending champion Saina Nehwal wont be in actionThe 2016 edition of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold has been dealt a big blow ahead of the main draw on Wednesday with World No.2 Saina Nehwal pulling out of the main draw. There were reports of the 25-year-old not having completely recovered from the injury and hence perhaps not competing in the tournament but in the latest draws that have emerged, Tanvi Lad has been added in place of the 2015 World

Jan 25 2016
Saina Nehwal dedicates Padma Bhushan award to coach Vimal Kumar
Saina Nehwal dedicates Padma Bhushan award to coach Vimal Kumar

Saina Nehwal with coach Vinay KumarIndia ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Monday dedicated her Padma Bhushan award to coach U. Vimal Kumar under whose guidance she rose to the top of the world rankings.The 25-year-old Saina has already been a recipient of the Arjuna Award (2009), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2010) and Padma Shri (2010)."I would like to thank the ministry for giving me Padma Bhushan. It is a great feeling, very honoured. I would like

Jan 25 2016
Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza to be conferred with the Padma Bhushan;Deepika Kumari to be conferred with Padma Shri
Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza to be conferred with the Padma Bhushan;Deepika Kumari to be conferred with Padma Shri

Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza were brilliant for India in 2015Racquet sports in India  especially in the last 12 months, has seen an upward curve and two players who have had a major hand in this have been Saina Nehwal in badminton and Sania Mirza in tennis.Acknowledging their stellar exploits during the course of their career, the Government of India have decided to confer both of them with the country’s third highest civilia

Jan 25 2016
5 things we learned from the 2016 edition of the Premier Badminton League
5 things we learned from the 2016 edition of the Premier Badminton League

The inaugural edition of the 2016 Premier Badminton League came to a close on Sunday night with the Delhi Acers emerging as the winners on home turf. The two-week long tournament provided several moments of joy for the fans, who thronged the stands and turned the event into a real carnival. As with any high-profile event, of course, there were several lessons to take away with regard to the players and the sport in general. Here are 5 things tha

Jan 18 2016
BAI Chief reiterates Saina was not forced to play PBL
BAI Chief reiterates Saina was not forced to play PBL

Saina Nehwal had been plagued by injury for the most of 2015Saina Nehwal's unexpected and dismal loss in the semi-final of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on Friday led to the chairman of the six-team tournament, Akhilesh Das Gupta, facing some stinging questions here on Saturday.Das Gupta who is also the president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), was asked if India's top shuttler was forced to take to the court in spite of

Jan 17 2016
Badminton expected to bring India at least 2 medals from Rio 2016
Badminton expected to bring India at least 2 medals from Rio 2016

Saina Nehwal is odds-on favourite to clinch her 2nd Olympic medal at RioBadminton Association of India (BAI) President Akhilesh Das Gupta said on Saturday that the country's shuttlers will bring home not one but at least two medals from the Rio Olympics later this year.Saina Nehwal became the first and only Indian to win an Olympic medal in badminton when she brought home a bronze from London in 2012."India will win at least two medals i

Jan 17 2016
Why India urgently needs an influx of Women's Singles players
Why India urgently needs an influx of Women's Singles players

For how long can we keep our hopes pinned on Saina Nehwal?We are nearing the end of the 2016 Premier Badminton League. The fortnight-long tournament has seen some of the most well-known players grace Indian courts over the length and breadth of the country, providing great entertainment for the large crowds that have filled the stadia.One of the major reasons why the League has seen such a good response has been its format. 15 points with a

Jan 16 2016
2016 Premier Badminton League: Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors 3-0 to enter the final
2016 Premier Badminton League: Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors 3-0 to enter the final

Saina Nehwal suffered her 1st defeat in the competition and that proved to be her death nailThe Mumbai Rockets beat the Awadhe Warriors 3-0 in the second semifinal at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad to join the Delhi Acers in the final of the Premier Badminton League on Sunday.Here’s how all the action unfolded:t1.Mixed Doubles: Vladimir Ivanov/Kamilla Juhl(MR) vs Bodin Issara/Christina Pederson(AW)It was a high-intensi

Jan 15 2016
2016 Premier Badminton League: Can Awadhe avenge their league defeat to  Mumbai?
2016 Premier Badminton League: Can Awadhe avenge their league defeat to Mumbai?

Saina Nehwal will in all probability play the Trump Match for the WarriorsIf the Saina Nehwal-led Awadhe Warriors needed more motivation to avenge their 1-2 opening match defeat to the Mumbai Rockets, it cannot be better than this. With just one win, they will get a chance to vie with the Delhi Acers for the Premier Badminton League (PBL) crown.Saina could not lead her team the last time around and it is highly expected that she will be

Jan 15 2016
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