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Forecourt Deception: Lifts Or Hold & Flick


The forecourt is the most vital area for playing a deceptive stroke, because you can play shots with a short racket swing.

Forecourt deception can be used to fake a soft shot with a more powerful one and vice versa. You can play a series of deceptive shots near the net more quicker to deceive your opponent.

The basic idea is to play the lifts or lob with a very short hitting action. Move towards the shuttle as if playing a net reply or net shot. Now, try to hold this net shot posture as long as you can. This shot is often called as “hold-and-flick”. when your opponent moves towards the net assuming you are playing a net shot, flick your wrist at the last moment, so that the shuttle lifts back.

As an alternative, this deceptive stroke can be reversed like swinging the arm as if going for a lift and suddenly stopping the racquet like an underarm block, so that you play a net drop instead of playing the lift.

Srikanth Defeated At The BWF-Superseries Finals


DUBAI: Srikanth was ousted at the progressing BWF-Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex at Dubai on Friday.

srikanth..(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

.(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Srikanth, who had already exited after losing Thursday’s match, continued with his poor run as he suffered his third successive defeat in the men’s singles in the tournament featuring big talents od badminton scross the globe.

Srikanth was down 2-0, as he played his last league round against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien chen, a must win match but, lost miserably 17-21, 13-21 in a 32-minute contest.

Srikanth proved no match to his opponent, winning just 30 points as compared to 42 by the Taipei shuttler.

In the opening game, the Taipei player straight away opened up a 3-0 lead and kept on extending it, even as Srikanth played the catch-up game to eventually lose it 17-21.

The Second game was a neck to neck affair, as Srikanth was crawling back for a fightback in the second game till the scores tied at 11-11. But, after the interval, Tien-chen won staright away five points to surge still ahead of Srikanth. Although managed scoring couple of points, the Taipei shuttler did not give the Indian any more chance to make a comeback, by again bagging four more successive points to seal the match in his favour.

It is noteable that Srikanth had earlier beaten the Taipei player at the Hong Kong Open 2015 and has a 1-0 head to head before this tournament.

With this loss Srikanth is out of the BWF-Superseries Finals.

Saina Nehwal Crashes Out Of The BWF Superseries Finals


DUBAI: India’s challenge ended at the BWF Superseries Finals after Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective women’s and men’s singles matches on Friday in the progressing BWF-Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex, here in Dubai.

Saina. (Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Having won one match and lost one match on her cards, Saina had to win her final league match against Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan but she went down after winning the first game but, could not make it and bowed out of the tournament 21-16, 18-21, 14-21 that lasted 50 minutes.
Okuhara, having won all three matches, emerged on top of Group A in the women’s Singles category, while Marin is the second best. in the group.

Saina had everything to play as she showed determination in the match, but unfortunately could not maintain the tempo till the end.

The opening game was a closely-fought affair. Although Saina opened up a 3-1 lead, her rival kept breathing down her neck to catch her up first at 5-5 and then at 9-9 before the Indian went into the break with a slender 11-9 edge. From here Saina used her net play and smashes effectively, which was sidelined by her opponent’s unforced errors. When Saina was in the game point 13-21 Tzu Ying saved three match points, but Saina maintained her composure to seal the opening game with a cross court smash to run away with the game 21-16.

In the second game, Saina owing to a number of unforced errors was behind Tai at 5-11 at the brea and Tai moved up to 13-5. But Saina fought her way back and won four points to reduce the points gap to 9-13 and then another four points to further lessen the margin to 14-16 before equalling at 16-16. Tzu Ying was also frequently hitting the shuttle on the net.

However, the Taipei girl kept her nerves intact to secure three consecutive points to once again take a 20-16 lead. Saina saved two game points, but Tzu Ying bagged that one important point to take the match to the decider.

Saina completely ran out of steam in third game. Tzu Ying started the third game with a 4-1 lead and then continued to surge ahead to 17-9 before wrapping it up rather comfortably in the end.

With Saina losing two out of three matches, Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara have advanced to the next round.