Daily Archives: December 10, 2015

If Saina Can, Why Can’t Our Men Do It, Asks Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone at the Press meet.(Image Courtesy :http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Prakash Padukone at the Press meet.
(Image Courtesy :http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

MUMBAI: The Indian men shuttlers are yet to reach the top-5 in international badminton. As per the records, three Indian shuttlers, Srikanth (World no. 9), Parupalli Kashyap (14) and H.S. Prannoy (20) are in the top-20 and six shuttlers in the top-50.

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone feels men shuttlers need to work harder to reach the pinnacle.

“There are three players in the top-20, it’s a good sign but they shouldn’t become too complacent. Ideally, they should try to get into the top-5 and remain there. The very fact that we have so many players in those spots means we have good amount of talent. So, with a little more hard work and proper planning they can do better at the world level,” Padukone said after announcing the eighth edition of the Tata Open International Challenge here at the CCI on Tuesday .

“I guess they need to check what Saina and Sindhu are doing (laughs). They shouldn’t be satisfied with their achievements and try to be more consistent. If Saina can do it why can’t men do it? There’s no rocket science to it. If I were in their shoes I would pick important events, give myself proper rest, try to peak around the big events and not worry so much about rankings,” the 1978 Commonwealth Games gold medalist explained.

With Kashyap and Prannoy suffering from injuries, the former All England Champion said that remaining injury-free is the key to good performances.

“I think the key to consistency is to remain injury free. Injuries are part of a sportsman’s career and one should try to reduce the risk. They need to have self-belief that even if they miss out on one or two events they can make up for it by playing events with more ranking points on offer. So that way it will give them more time to recover from niggles,” Padukone said.

Prakash commented that women’s badminton doesn’t have the same depth as the men.

“I am confident about the depth in men’s singles with fresh crop of youngsters ready to take over from the likes of Kashyap and Srikanth once they retire. There is a lot of talent (among boys) in the smaller centres. But the same cannot be said about women’s singles. Apart from Saina and Sindhu, there is no player of international class at present,” the 60-year-old said.

Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth To Head The Indian Challenge For Superseries Final In Dubai

DUBAI: The Hamdan Sports Complex is ready to witness a high voltage badminton action during the Superseries Finals which begins here on Wednesday as the world’s top eight shuttlers fight for their share of the biggest prize money on offer in the sport.

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will be spearheading the Indian challenge.

Saina will have her own fan group `Saina Squad’ to support her in the stadium. The `Saina Squad’ consists of 20 fans selected by Star Sports through a series of contests on social media.

Saina will start her campaign against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Wednesday.

Nithin Bags Double @ The ASA Sub-Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament

BENGALURU: Nithin H.V., seedec fifth in the tournament, won the U-15 singles and doubles titles at the ASA state sub-junior ranking badminton tournament in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The Nithin upset top seed Bhargav S Gowda 21-18, 22-20 in the singles final.

He then joined hands with Bhargav S Gowda to topple top seed Ajinkya Joshi and Saket C.S. 21-18, 14-21, 21-15 to claim the doubles title.

Results (all finals):
Boys: U-15: 5-Nithin HV bt 1-Bhargav S Gowda 21-18, 22-20. Doubles: 2-Bhargav / Nithin bt 1-Ajinkya Joshi / Saket CS 21-18, 14-21, 21-15.
U-13: 2-Saneeth S Dayanand Chiranjeevi Reddy S 21-12, 21-14. Doubles: 1-Suhas V / Vishesh Sharma bt 6-Chiranjeevi / Saneeth 21-14, 22-20.
Girls: U-15: 1-Sheethal D bt 2-Ananya Praveen 21-12, 21-14. Doubles: 1-Ananya / Medha Shashidharan bt 3-Ramya CV / Sheethal D 21-18, 21-15.
U-13: 1-Tanya Hemanth bt 3-Vijetha Harish 21-12, 17-21, 21-16. Doubles: Kisha Kothari/ Kushi Athreya bt 1-Niyati Prabhu N / Shruti Moghe 21-17, 18-21, 21-18.

Lack Of Depth In Women’s Group: Prakash Padukone

TATA OPEN 2015. (Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

(Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

MUMBAI: “I am confident about the depth in men’s singles for the next ten years with so many talented youngsters ready to take over from the likes of P Kashyap once they retire. But the same cannot be said about the women’s singles,” said Prakash at the launch of the 8th edition of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge here on Tuesday.

“Apart from Saina and Sindhu, there is none of international class at present. The same is true of the pairs events. A lot of work needs to be done in ladies singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” said the former All England champion.

“There is a lot of talent (among boys) in the smaller centres, which is a very good sign for the growth of the game. According to me, badminton has to be ranked in the top 3 sports in India based on popularity, standard and new courts. We are on the right track,” said Prakash.

“The Tata Open is growing bigger by the day. Next year I am told even Gopi (National coach Pullela Gopichand) is going to conduct a tournament (at this level) and then players will have the chance not to have to travel too much as our tournament will be followed by Gopi’s at Hyderabad and the one in Bangladesh,” he said.

Prakash said his academy (PPBA), which has completed twenty years of existence, has shifted its focus to the younger groups so that there’s no duplication with the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad which caters to the seniors.

“I am glad that in the junior nationals the under 17 (Lakshya Sen, Arintap Dasgupta) and 19 (Chirag Sen, Ansal Yadav) winners and runners-up are from our academy though they are from different states. Maisnam Meiraba, the Manipur boy who won the U15 title, is also from our academy,” he said.

He, however, put the onus on verification of the correct age of players on the state associations and the Badminton Association of India, saying his academy is “only for training talented players.”

The Bengaluru based academy is conducting the Tata Open at the Cricket Club of India where 200 shuttlers from nine countries, including hosts India are participating. The finals are scheduled on December 13.

The countries that would be represented along with the hosts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uzbekistan.

A total of 144 Indians would take part and the hosts’ challenge in men’s and women’s events. Sameer Verma, world no 53 and Salil Rane, world no 52 are heading the tournament.

World no. 71 Anand Pawar is also to take part in men’s singles along with Malaysian world no. 85 Joo Ven Soong and Thai world no. 95 Khosit Phetpradab.

World no. 80 P. C. Thulasi, who won an earlier edition, is another leading Indian woman player who would be in action along with Malaysian world no. 30 Jing Yi Tee, the top seed, and world no. 39 Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

In men’s doubles, Thien How Hoon and Khim Wah Lim of Malaysia are the top seeds followed by the second seeded Indian pair of Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

In women’s doubles, a Thai and Malaysian pairs are the top two seeds.

Malaysia will have 28 players in the draw, Singapore 12, Thailand 9 and Indonesia 8, while two players each from Uzbekistan, Lanka and Nepal and one from the Vietnam.

The main draw commences on December 10.

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Eyes Good show At BWF Super Series Finals


DUBAI: After a much-needed rest following a feet injury, Saina Nehwal will face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in her opening Group A women’s singles match at the Hamdan Sports Complex on Wednesday.

(Image Courtesy: httptimesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: httptimesofindia.indiatimes.com).

“It is always difficult to fight with the top players in badminton. I will give my best to show my performance,” said Saina, who had to undergo a scan to diagnose her Achilles tendon problems and was prescribed rest.

Saina Nehwal is grouped under Carolina Marin of Spain and Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in Group A.

Srikanth will face Japan’s Kento Momota, in his first match against whom he has a 3-3 record.

“It has been a difficult season in the second half. I hope to do well in the season-ending event,” said Srikanth, who lost to Tommy Sugiarto in the finals of Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold last Sunday.

The 2011 finalist, Saina has a 4-0 record against Nozomi, having beaten her twice this season at the Badminton Asia Championship in April and China Open last month.

In men’s singles, World No. 9 Srikanth will be up against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen during the Group B round-robin matches.

Srikanth had beaten Chou at the Hong Kong Open last year, while against Axelsen, he has a 2-0 record, having defeated the Danish twice this year at Swiss Open and India Open.

Two players will qualify from each group in the round-robin stage to compete in the semifinals.

It is noteable that Saina and Srikanth had reached the semi-finals of the prestigious event last year.

Double Movement Deception


This double movement deception can be focused both on racquet skills as well as with ones footwork skills. This can be mastered only by a professional player. The double movement over ones footwork can be done by having a strong body language. Say, for example, a player may jump and hit a straight smash, but his body may be angled and facing cross court as if he is playing a cross-court smash. This is an excellent example for a double movement inaccordance with the footwork.

The double movement with racquet involves two quick actions beforehand one actually hits the shuttle with a particular stroke with the second action stroke. Here, the opponent gets ready and moves in accordance with the first racquet move, where in the player with his quick second action actually plays the shuttle in another direction. so his opponent gets stranded when moved inaccordance with the fast first racquet move.

Nehwal Facing Super Series Finals Exit


DUBAI: Saina Nehwal, looks certain to depart early from the Super Series finals in Dubai.

Nehwal lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-14, 21-6.

Saina.(Image Courtesy: www.thenational.ae).

(Image Courtesy: www.thenational.ae).

Nehwal admitted she has not been able to train since injuring an Achilles tendon three weeks ago, and her movement was just not light enough or enduring enough against Okuhara who, as she said, “gets everything back”.

Saina is is featuring in the group containing Carolina Marin of Spain, and the title holder Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan.

Both of them look in decent shape, and both of them she would probably have to beat to be able to qualify for the semi-finals.

“I’m not putting myself under any pressure to win these,” she said.
“It’s going to be very, very, very tough.”

Earlier, in the tournament Marin fought back from behind in the first game before winning it 21-16, 21-9 over Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying.

“They were too slow,” Marin explained. “I had to get the speed changed and that made a difference.”

The other women’s winners were Wang Yihan, the former world champion, who won in three games against Wang Shixian.

Ratchanok, who saved four match points 19-21, 23-21, 21-14 and claimed victory over Sung Ji-Hyun, the world number four from South Korea.

Three of them came in a row from 17-20 in the second game.

“I just tried not to think too much,” Intanon said, when asked how she coped with the crises. “That’s what I do in training. I don’t think then.”

Bhavya Defeated In Round Two Qualifier

MUMBAI: Bhavya Rishi of India lost in the second qualifying round of the women’s singles at the $15,000 Tata Open International Badminton Challenge here on Wednesday.

Bhavya Rishi(Image Courtesy: tadpoles.in).

Bhavya Rishi
(Image Courtesy: tadpoles.in).

Bhavya, in her first round qualifying match defeated Sima Fatma Kusuma of Indonesia in three games 21-19, 20-22, 21-12 in a 52-minute battle, but then the best girl player at the 24th Krishna Khaitan Memorial all India Juniors held in Chandigarh in October lost her second qualifying round to Mugdha Agrey 16-21, 6-13 (retired).

Shreyanshi Pardeshi, another upcoming shuttler, battled for a three-game victory with another Indonesian girl, Guniarti Rafika Mutiara and won won 13-21, 21-14, 21-11 in 30 minutes.

Shreyanshi then won the second qualifying round to win against Harika Veludurthi in two games to enter into the main draw.

However, Vaishnavi Kaari lost to Indonesia’s Erlina Kurnianti in three games for 56-minutes. Other girls who got into the main draw are Mayuri Yadav, Vaishnavi Bhale and Anura Prabhudesai.

Thirteen Indian boys also won the first qualifying round and leading the list was Ashish Sharma who got the better of Jin Lei Chuang of Singapore 20-22, 21-13, 21-13 in 50 minutes.

The others were K Ajay Kumar, Kabir Kanzarkar, Oscar Bansal, Siddharth Jakhar, Ansal Yadav, Talar Laa, Ketan Chahal, C Rohit Yadav, Arun Kumar Ashok, Harshit Aggarwal, Sachin Rawat and Chirag Sen.

Ajay Kumar ousted Kanzarkar, Bansal for Jakhar and Yadav got the better of Laa to enter the men’s main draw.

The main draw commences on Thursday.

Aryamann, Anoushka Excel In Junior Nationals

HYDERABAD: Aryamann Tandon and Anoushka Parikh won bronze medals at the 40th Junior National Championships that concluded in Jaipur on Sunday.

Aryamann Tandon. (Image Courtesy: www.ahmedabadmirror.com).

Aryamann Tandon.
(Image Courtesy: www.ahmedabadmirror.com).

Aryamann, stormed into under-17 boys semifinals where he was defeated by second seed Arintap Dasgupta 21-13, 21-15 in straight sets. Aryamann won the third place and settled for the Bronze medal. Aryamann trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy, Bangalore.

The 12th seed Aryamann’s enthraling victory came in the quarterfinals when he upset fifth seed Kartikey Gulshan Kumar of Delhi 21-19, 19-21, 22-20 in a match that lasted for about an hour and 20 minutes, the longest of the tournament.


Anoushka_parikh. (Image Courtesy: www.badmintoninindia.com).

(Image Courtesy: www.badmintoninindia.com).

Anoushka, her last junior category tournament saw her winning the bronze medal partnering Sanjana Santosh of Air India in under-19 doubles category. However, they are defeated in the semifinals by the seventh seeds Ashwini Bhatt and Mithula UK of Karnataka 20-22, 19-21.