Daily Archives: December 1, 2015

The Split Jump

The Split jump. (Image Courtesy: www.youtube.com).

The Split jump.
(Image Courtesy: www.youtube.com).

The Split jump is technique which has to be mastered by a badminton player right from the beginner level, so that it gets straight into one mind.

Every professional player does this every time but, goes unnoticed as he wraps the footwork skills into this jump. his split jump is usually made at the center of the court after every player return a reply and comes to the center and does a split jump and then only readies himself for the next possible opponents return. This whole action phrase is completed in milliseconds, that goes un-noticed by audiences, but well felt by the player himself.

The split jump is called by many names viz., split step, bounce start. They all refer to this same footwork. Usually this Split Jump is made for a quick start towards the direction of the shuttle, so that the player reaches the shuttle early and has time to reply his best to his opponent.

The timing for this split jump is split second and you are start movind towards the direction of the shuttle for the best reply.

The important thing to understand is that must not wait. Your pushing off movement should immediately follow your split jump. Otherwise, the feel of the split jump and your quick movement towards the shuttle is lost.

Doubles specialist Kim EyesPotential Doubles Players From India

(Image Courtesy: in.news.yahoo.com).

Tan Kim Her.
(Image Courtesy: in.news.yahoo.com).

NAGPUR: Tan Kim Her, the specialist doubles coach from Malaysia after guiding players of several countries has signed a five-year contract with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and is now working with several bunch of players for the last three months at the Hyderabad-based Pullela Gopichand Academy.

“I accepted to sign the BAI contract after a long and deep thought. It is quite challenging and I am game for it. In India, there is more focus on the singles. Unlike Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and China, doubles do not get equal importance in India. I have a big task to change that. I need time for this but I am sure by the time my contract expires after five years, India will be a force to reckon with in doubles too just like singles,” said Kim.

“I found lot of young talent in India particularly in the boys section. The present lot of seniors, I can train and improve them but I can’t make them champions now. The younger unit is quite promising. I’m putting my money on them. In one or two years, these youngsters will definitely challenge the seniors. MR Arjun, Satwikraj Krishna, Chirag Shetty and Kuhoo Garg are some of the youngsters I’m very impressed with,” said Kim

“If not this Rio Olympics, next Olympics in Tokyo 2020, I’m sure our players will be in medal contention in all the three doubles events. Youngsters are willing to work hard and ready to go the distance. There are not many top mixed doubles pairs in India in the world rankings. Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan are good and I will try to improve them,” he said.

Chief national coach Gopichand is pleased to have Kim on board. “I am pretty confident that Kim will bring in a revolution. He is an experienced campaigner, having travelled all over the world. He is the right man to do the job for us. I have given him a free hand as far as coaching of doubles players is concerned. Soon he will operate independently at my new academy, which is a couple of kilometres from the present academy. All the Indian doubles players will train at the new academy under Kim,” said Gopichand.

Kim’s future plans would be to focus on Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy and Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa for Rio Olympics, changing on partners on Trial and Erroe basis for better results, has requested BAI to send maximum pairs for various tournaments at the International level as International exposure is a must for talented junior players. And the last, not the least to target medals in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Hope To Be Fit Ahead Of World Superseries Finals: Saina Nehwal

BENGALURU: Saina Nehwal, World championship silver medallist is still recovering from a Achilles tendon injury at the Thaihot China Open 2015, ahead of the prestigious BWF World Superseries Finals to be held in Dubai from December 9.

Saina-Nehwal (www.topnews.in)__1“Still I am on the way to recovery. I’m not hundred per cent fit. I am just doing my recovery and I hope to soon recover from my injury and then, I will speak about my preparations (for the World Super series),” she said.

Saina underwent a scan to diagnose her Achilles tendon problems and is advised with rest for a couple of weeks.

Earlier, Saina had withdrawn from the Hong Kong Open due to this injury.

Replying to a query, Saina said her injury had affected her performance in China Open where she had lost to Tai Tzu Ying of the Chinese Taipei.

“Yes it did (affect my performance). I was actually in pain and by the time I reached the finals it became a little too much. Still, I was very happy I made to the final of China Open again. It is a very big achievement after the world championship,” she said.

“My father took a good decision by investing in a good company. It is about girls and I am very happy to be representing girls in that way. So, I am very proud to be a brand ambassador of such a company, who supports girls especially,” she said.

Saina, who is the brand ambassador for Soothe Healthcare’s Paree sanitary pads.

“Paree is a very good investment. Let us see what will happen in the future. My father will take a decision on future investments,” she added.

Sindhu Hits A Hat-Trick In 2015 Macau Open

Macau Open

Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: www.indiontv.com).

(Image Courtesy: www.indiontv.com).

HYDERABAD: P.V. Sindhu, in the absence of Saina extended her unbeaten reign in Macau and achieved a rare hat-trick at the $120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament with a convincing 21-19, 21-23, 21-14 victory against Minatsu Mitani of Japan in the final on Sunday.

A pleased Sindhu told TOI after the win, “I am really very, very excited. This title came as a big relief. It was my third straight title and somehow I am fond of this place.”

Sindhu started on good note in the first game, even before Mitani got a feel of the conditions, Sindhu finished off the first game at 21-9.

In the second game, Sindhu too did not show any urgency and played a flawlwss game by keeping the shuttle in the court. The Indian could have finished the match in the second game itself. But at 21-20, Sindhu hit the bird twice into the net and her racquet strings also got snapped.

In the decider, Sindhu raced to a 9-3 lead and never looked back.

Mitani had defeated both Sindhu and Saina at the Japan Open in the first two rounds.

“She is playing very well now. I am happy with the way she managed some of the difficult returns. It is a very good win for her,” said Pullela Gopichand, adding that he was impressed with the way she remained patient on the court.” Staying calm and patient are some of the areas we are working on with her. The way she fought back after the second game’s loss and the manner she controlled the contest will help her in the long run,” Gopi said.

“I am happy to have regained full fitness. I have no issues now,” Sindhu said, adding that her best performance this year was reaching the final of the Denmark Superseries Premier.

“Though I won my third title here, my best performance this year was at Denmark. I beat double world champion Carolina Marin, Wang Yihan and Tai Tzu Ying before losing in the final to Li Xuerui. I could have won the title but I was happy as that was the first tournament I played with full fitness,” Sindhu, who had beaten Xuerui at the Worlds in August, said.

My immediate Target Now Is Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu

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

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

NEW DELHI: After the come back from a Navicular fracture in her heel that made her from out of action for atleast 3 to 4 months, not able to participate in some of the major tournaments, one being the All-England Open The two-time World Championship bronze-medallist clinched her first trophy of the season at the Macau Open 2015 on Sunday.

She also finished runners-up at Denmark Open in her first Super Series final appearance.

“It was a great win. I am really happy for the victory. My immediate target now is Indonesia,” Sindhu told PTI.

“It was a hat-trick of titles at Macau and overall it was a good performance. Mitani is a good player. I lost to her at the Japan Open but I am happy I could beat her.
“I could have finished it off in the second game but I played two smashes into the nets at crucial moments and it was very disappointing. However, in the third game, I took a lead and maintained it,” she added.

Asked about the conditions in the stadium, Sindhu said: “I think judging a shuttle is different everywhere, so there is a drift but you have to be used to it. We can’t complain as I think it is same for all.”

Asked about the season ahead, Sindhu said: “In January, I am starting with the IBL and then there are so many tournaments like the Syed Modi, Indian Open etc. Also being an Olympic year, each and every tournaments will be important. I wish to improve more and perform well.”

Talking about the season, Sindhu said: “Season has been fine. After coming from injury, it has not been that great but I have been playing well. Touch wood, I m completely fine now. Recently in Denmark I played the final, it was my first super series final and also winning Macau was great.

“What hurts most is whenever I am leading and then I lose the match, it is disappointing and there are so many such matches.

“Injuries are part of life, we can’t decide on that. I could not play for 3-4 months. It was really very difficult. I think patience is the key. When you are injured, you need to strengthen yourself very well to make a comeback very confidently. It takes some time but I am happy that I am back now,” she added.

Sindhu has now set her eyes on the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold starting December 1.

BAI To Gift Sindhu Rs.10 Lakh For 2015 Macau Open Win


NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for P.V. Sindhu in recognition of her impressive Hat-Trick victory run at the Macau Open 2015.

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

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


P.V. Sindhu, currently ranked 12th in the world, beat World no. 6 Minatsu Mitani from Japan 21-9, 21-23, 21-14 in the final to retain her title for the third time in a row.




Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

“She has yet again made us proud because of her play and determination to prove herself on the International platform. We were confident that she will retain the title and she has stood up to our expectations from her as a player who has a bright future ahead. We at Badminton Association of India are proud of her and wish her to win more such tournaments in the future,” Akhilesh Das Gupta, President, BAI said.

Top Indian Shuttlers Target 2015 Indonesia Masters Title

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (Indonesia): The Indonesian Masters Tournament a is all set to start at the Gedung Graha Cakrawala, Malang, Indonesia with the qualifying rounds on 01-Dec-2015.

R.M.V GurusaiDutt, H.S. Prannoy, Srikanth & P.V. SIndhu.

R.M.V GurusaiDutt, H.S. Prannoy, Srikanth & P.V. SIndhu.

From India, top shuttlers P.V. Sindhu, a first seed here in the tournament, Srikanth, a top seed here, third seed H S Prannoy, and RMV Gurusaidutt, seeded eight here will take part in this Grand Prix Gold USD120,000 tournament.

After achieving a rare feat of the Hat-Trick title at The Macau Open, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu is now focussing her eyes at the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament.

“My immediate target is Indonesia Masters,” Sindhu had said last night after winning the Macau Open.

The main draw starts on 2nd of December 2015.

Sindhu will face Gregoria MARISKA of Indonesia.

Srikanth is going through a rough patch but Srikanth, who has qualified for the BWF Super Series Final at Dubai for the second successive time, will also set his pace to give a breakthrough in this tournament.

Srikanth will face Indonesia’s Wibowo Setyaldi Putra in the men’s singles competition.

Prannoy will face Panji Ahmad MAULANA of Indonesia, while R.M.V will face Muhammad Ahdial Octa KHAIRULLOH in their respective first round encounters.