Daily Archives: November 25, 2015

Ashwini, Jwala Pair Exits In First Round Of 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: The lone and top women doubles pair from India found it hard to progress to the next round in the progressing 2015 Macau Open at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, here in Macau on Wednesday.

The top pair and the second seed here was bundled out by the unseeded Japanese pair Yuki FUKUSHIMA and Sayaka HIROTA 21-16, 21-15 in just 36 minutes.

Jwala & Ashwini.(Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

Jwala & Ashwini.
(Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

The first game saw a good progress in Jwala, Ashwini pair until 7-7 and after that the girls were not in the game and the Japanese girls were moving ahead of the Indian pair comfortably and won the game 21-16. Even though the Indian pair rallied back to catch up with the Japanese pair, the Japanese pair never let the Indian girls to equalize the scores and that made the difference for the Japanese pair winning the first game 21-16.

In the second game, it was a mere battle fought by the Indian pair. The only time the Two team levelled their scores was at 2-2 when the Indian pair started the lead 2-0 against the Japanese pair. It was the replica of the first game where the Japanese girls bundled the second game and the match at 21-15.

Ajay Knocked Out Of 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: Ajay Jayaram is knocked out second round of the progressing 2015 Macau Open here on Wednesday.

Ajay did not play his usual comeback game and went down tamely to the Chinese Guipu LIN 21-11, 21-17 in just 34 minutes.

Ajay Jayaram.(Image Courtesy: www.flickriver.com).

Ajay Jayaram.
(Image Courtesy: www.flickriver.com).

In the first game, Guipu started off the lead to 2-0 when Ajay notched Guipu for a straight lead of 3-2. This was the only moment when Ajay was ahead of Guipu in the first game. As Guipu maintaining a large lead gap, Ajay was not at his usual best and surrendered the game to Guipi 21-11.

In the second game, it was a neck to neck battle for the two till 7-7, after which the Chinese slowly gained the momentum he found in hte first game and went ahead of Ajay. Ajay levelled the scores twice at 10-10 and 17-17. But, from here Guipu sprung to a 4 point lead to eventually finish the game 21-17 and the match.

Sai Praneeth Eases Through To Third Round In 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: One of the promising and upcoming young shuttler B. Sai Praneeth found it easy to enter the third round of the Macau Open 2015 Grand Prix Gold tournament here.

Sai beat Artyom SAVATYUGIN of Uzbekisthan in straight games 21-11 21-8 in 24 minutes.

The first game saw Sai going for the early lead to 3-0. Artuom rallied superbly and equalled the scores at 7-7 but, could not keep up the momentum going and could not match with the speed of Sai and went down fighting 21-11.

The second game was far more reliable for Sai as he had his game right from the start of the second game Playeda good controleld game to wrap the second and the match 21-8.

Sai will now face Andre Kurniawan TEDJONO of Indonesia in his third round match.

Sai Praneeth Fights His Way Into 2nd Round Of The 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: One of the promising and upcoming young shuttler B. Sai Praneeth fought his wau through to the second round in the Macau Open 2015 Grand Prix Gold tournament yesterday here.

It was an overwhelming performance of Sai, that saw him through to the second round over a better opponent Fikri Ihsandi HADMADI of Indonesia in one of the best tournaments like this.

Sai beat Fikri in straight games 21-18, 23-21 in 52 minutes.

B. SaiPraneeth.(Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

B. Sai Praneeth.
(Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

From the first game itself, Sai was determined not to give it up and wanted to wrap up the first game in his favour. However he ended up his dream a reality which proved him positive for struggling and winning the second game ans thus wrapping up the match in his favour.

It was Sai, who was riding hight on the initial part of hte game, but however the Indonesian caught the points equalled at various mements with Sai and even went up to a lead 16-13 ahead of Sai. But Sai kept his composure cool and went neck to neck till 18-18. Sai took a three point advantage of 21-18 to wrap up the game in his favour from here.

In the second game, it was a mere battle between the two, however sai was consistently scoring points until the Indonesian caught up with Sai at 14-14 and again at 20-20. Here, the Indonesian notched up a single point to make the score look 20-21. But Sai was in not mood to give up, made the good use of his feet t oburst 3 points i na row from 20-21 to 23-21 and won the second game and the match.

Sai will meet Artyom SAVATYUGIN of Uzbekisthan in his second round match.

Sindhu Into Second Round Of The 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: In the absence of Sain Nehwal, Sindhu has to be fit mentally and had to fight it to enter into the second round of the Macau Open 2015 Grand Prix Gold tournament here.

Sindhu rallied brilliantly and beat KIM Hyo Min of Korea in straight games 21-13, 22-20 in 41 minutes.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.enewsinsight.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.enewsinsight.com).

The first game it was Kim who started the note and went to an early lead of 2-0, before Sindhu equalling the scores at 6-6 and from here it was no lookback for Sindhu as she consistently scored points and surged ahead of Kim and wrapped up the first game 21-13.

The second game, Sindhu went for the lead 4-1 ahead of Kim, but Kim caught up with Sindhu at 4-4 and went into the lead for the first time to 11-9, Sindhu finally equalling the scores, both were reluctant t ogive away points afer this and the score s went neck to neck upto 15-15 and even upto 20-20 where the Korean girl tried her best to push the game to the decider, but Sindhu took over the control and scored two quick points to wrap up the game 22-20.

Sindhu will now face Lindaweni FANETRI of Indonesia in her third round match.

Sindhu Capable Of Winning A Medal In Rio Olympics: Khanna

Dinesh kanna. (Image Courtesy: lite.epaper.timesofindia.com)

Dinesh kanna.
(Image Courtesy: lite.epaper.timesofindia.com)

NEW DELHI: Former Asian badminton champion and Arjuna awardee, Dinesh Khanna feels Indian shuttlers, including two-time World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu, can win medals at next year’s Rio Olympics.

“Saina and P.V. Sindhu will do well in the Olympics. Sindhu doing really well, but she often comes under pressure,” said Khanna.

“Sindhu defeats most of the players above her ranking, but often she fails with players below her ranking. I think she comes under mental pressure.
“Nerves also play a role in big matches like Olympics. Winning in Olympics depends upon the form of the day,” said Khanna.

Talking about medal prospect in men’s singles in Rio Olympics, Khanna said he is hopeful that K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram will do well.

Ajay, B. Sai and Prannoy Through To The Second Round Of 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: With an early exit of Kidambi Srikanth from the tournament, Ajay Jayaram, B. Sai Praneeth and H S Prannoy all advanced to the second round of the USD 120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold here today.

Ajay-Jayaram (currentaffairs.examfire.in)

Ajay Jayaram.
(Image Courtesy: currentaffairs.examfire.in).

However, Ajay, seeded nine here put a valiant effort to defeat Hong Kong’s Tam Chun Hei 21-6 25-23 in another men’s singles event. Ajay will next face Lin Guipu of China in his second round encounter tomorrow.




Sai Praneeth & H.S. Prannoy.

Sai Praneeth & H.S. Prannoy.

Similarly, Prannoy, seeded seven here pulled out a stunner to outwit Sukamta Evert of Indonesia 21-15 16-21 21-18 in 1 hour and 03 minutes. Prannoy will next face LIN Chia Hsuan of Chinese Taipei in his second round ordeal.

B. Sai Praneeth, a fifteenth seed here also pulled over a stunner to beat Indonesia’s Fikri Ihsandi Hadmadi 21-18 23-21 in 53 minutes of play. while, Sai Praneeth will meet Uzbekistan’s Artyom Savatyugin in his next round.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

P. V. Sindhu, seeded fifth here, will open her women’s singles campaign against Kim Hyo Min of Korea tomorrow.

while, women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, seeded second here, will face Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan tomorrow.

Srikant Exits Early At The 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

MACAU: Top seed K Srikanth was defeated in the first round of USD 120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2015 at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, Macau yesterday with a straight game defeat.

K. Srikanth. (Im age Courtesy: www.newdelhitimes.com).

K. Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: www.newdelhitimes.com).

Srikanth currently ranked at world no.7 and seeded one here, made an early exit in the first round with a 16-21 21-23 loss to Christie Jonatan of Indonesia, ranked 40th in the world.

From the first game itself, Srikanth was under pressure and did little to disturb Jonatan, where Jonatan was in full flow of the game. However, Srikanth equalised the score at 14-14 but, could not get past the Indonesian who gave away only two points to Srikanth to end the first game 21-16.

In the second game, Srikant made an valiant effort to win the game and tried to push the match to a decider to the already set Indonesian. The Indonesian was trailing high until Srikanth equalised the scores at 13-13 after which it was a neck to neck battle till 21-21. Jonatan took two early points from here to 23-21 to end the game and match in his favour, thus eliminating Srikanth.

However, Ajay Jayaram, B. Sai Praneeth and H. S. Prannoy, advanced to the second round.

P.V. Sindhu will play her singles match today.

SAI Join Hands With Gopichand Badminton Foundation


NEW DELHI: Sports Authority of India joined hands with Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGBF) on Tuesday to establish a SAI Gopichand National Badminton Academy at Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

A Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose was signed today in the presence of SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas.

The Academy will help utilize the facilities from National Sports Development Fund assistance at PGBF.

SAI will make sure to use the facilities at the Academy for national training camps and competitions in future.

The Academy will a group of young and talented players in a nation-wide talent search scheme for induction in the age group of 11 to 14 years and SAI will also induct coaches from other government organisations such as Railways, (ONGC) Oil and Natural Gas Commission and other central government or state PSUs, a release said.

Srinivas welcomed the joint initiative and stated that it would serve as a role model to professionalise sports coaching in the country. Gopichand expressed satisfaction that this could help in institutionalising the present collaboration between SAI and his own efforts as a promoter of the sport.

The BAI will also be an active member in the academy.