Sai Praneeth will look to continue his fine run After one week of exciting Badminton in New York, the focus now shifts to Calgary in Canada for the start of the Canada Open Grand Prix. India had a credible finish to the US Open Grand Prix Gold with the Men’s Doubles pairing of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy reaching the finals while Sai Praneeth in the Men’s Singles and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the Men’s Singles an
For a long time, cricket was considered to be the only sport in India which brought laurels and produced champions on a consistent basis. But there has been a shift in that norm in the last few years with badminton emerging as a strong contender, following the performances of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu etc on the global stage. However, the encouraging aspect about badminton is the emergence of a newer crop of players, who have been doing equally
Varma won gold at the National Games in the badminton event Injuries can be a dampener for a player, but there are times when a player derives an extra dose of inspiration and steps up his game by a few notches. Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma apparently did the same winning the men’s singles gold medal for his home state Madhya Pradesh at the 35th National Games – the only gold for his state – getting the better of Har
Sindhu, Kashyap, Gopichand and Nehwal The might of China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, China and Denmark held sway over world badminton for many years. India was seemingly doing all the ‘catching up’ it could. We saw the likes of Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand proving that they were second to none over the past few decades, not to speak of the stellar run of Saina Nehwal. It was as if only individual brilliance catapulted
Saina Nehwal and K. Srikanth pose after winning the China Open 2014 was a fabulous year for Indian badminton. There are two singles players in Top 5 of World Badminton Ranking at the end of the year. Seven men’s singles players are part of Top 50 of World Badminton Ranking. The year also saw seven men’s singles winners in eight different tournaments, four women’s singles winners in five different tournaments. The Wome
P.V.Sindhu will lead the Indian charge 2014 Macau Open Badminton is starting tomorrow at the Macau Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion in Macau, Hong Kong. It’s a popular tournament of the circuit with prize money of $120,000. 9 players from India will take part in the tournament. Let’s take a quick look at their chances. In men’s doubles, the unseeded Indian pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar will take on the
Saina and Srikanth will lead the Indian Uber and Thomas Cup teams respectively New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Reigning national badminton champion Kidambi Srikanth and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will lead the Indian challenge in the May 18-25 Thomas and Uber Cups, respectively, to be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) Wednesday selected a 10-member contingent each for both competitions compri
Auckland, April 15 (IANS) Indian shuttlers Sourabh Varma and Arvind Bhat Tuesday entered the men’s singles second round in emphatic fashion at the $50,000 New Zealand Open Grand Prix being played at the North Shore Events Centre here. Second seed Varma took exactly half an hour to ease past local shuttler James Eunson 21-16, 21-14 in their first ever match. Varma, who hails from Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, will face another New Zealander Dylan
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Malaysian badminton legend Rashid Sidek feels that India’s best bet in the sport Saina Nehwal is currently struggling for form. Though the World No.8 ended her 15-month title drought by winning the India Grand Prix Gold in January, she failed to make an impact against top shuttlers in the subsequent All-England and Swiss Open, losing in the quarterfinals of both. “Saina is still struggling with her form.
Johor Bahru (Malaysia), March 30 (IANS) Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma gave a fantastic fight but eventually went down to Indonesian 15th seed Simon Santoso in the men’s singles final of the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold here Sunday. Despite leading a large chunk of the match, the eighth seeded Indian went down 21-15, 16-21, 19-21 in a marathon encounter which lasted an hour and nine minutes at the Stadium Perbandaran Pasir Gudang here.
Johor Bahru (Malaysia), March 29 (IANS): Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma entered the men’s singles final of the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold as he got a walkover from his opponent in the last-four match at the Stadium Perbandaran Pasir Gudang here Saturday. The eighth-seeded Indian did not get to start his encounter against second-seeded local player Wei Feng Chong as the Malaysian withdrew from the match. Varma, who hails from Dhar in
Johor Bahru (Malaysia), March 28 (IANS): Shuttler Sourabh Varma kept alive the Indian challenge at the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold by entering the men’s singles semi-finals at the Stadium Perbandaran Pasir Gudang here Friday. However, it was disappointment for all other Indians who had to bite the dust in their respective quarter-final rounds. The eighth seeded Varma upset Chinese Taipei’s third seed Tien Chen Chou 22-20, 18-21,
Gurusaidutt in action RMV Gurusaidutt, Sourabh Varma and PC Thulasi have all qualified for the round of eight of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton at Pasir Gudang on Thursday in Nagpur. While Gurusaidutt breezed past his Malaysian opponent Seng Zoe Yeoh in straight games (21-17, 21-13), Varma had to do it the hard way against the difficult ninth seed Kazumasa Sakai of Japan, in what turned out to be a marathon qualifier (21-15, 1
Johor Bahru (Malaysia), March 27 (IANS) Indian shuttlers R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, P.C. Thulasi and Sourabh Varma entered the quarter-finals of their respective categories at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold here Thursday. While Thulasi overcame compatriot Tanvi Lad 21-2, 17-21, 21-18 in a one-hour and eight-minute marathon women’s singles match, eighth-seeded Varma ousted Japanese ninth seed Kazumasa Sakai 21-15, 17-21, 21-19 in an equally tough
Johor Bahru (Malaysia), March 27 (IANS): Indian shuttlers P.C. Thulasi and Sourabh Varma entered the quarter-finals in their respective categories at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold here Thursday. While Thulasi overcame compatriot Tanvi Lad 21-2, 17-21, 21-18 in a one-hour and eight-minute marathon women’s singles match, eighth seeded Varma ousted Japanese ninth seed Kazumasa Sakai 21-15, 17-21, 21-19 in an equally tough men’s singles ma