Daily Archives: December 22, 2015

Where To Smash!

Flat Vs Steep Smash.(Image Courtesy: www.how-to-play-badminton.com).

Flat Vs Steep Smash.
(Image Courtesy: www.how-to-play-badminton.com).

As we all know, Smashes are one of the vital weapons to scores points in badminton although it is a continuous and tiring process. A technically sound player will direct the smash to the sidelines of his opponent as it makes the opponent difficult to cover the whole width of the court or may be to stretch his whole body to the direction of the smash.

Smashing to the body of your opponent is a perfectly valid tactic. In this case, you’re hoping that he will have difficulty getting his racket into an effective hitting position. This is more usually played as an attempted winning shot.

Straight smashes are more safer than a cross court as they limit the opponent’s angles of reply more effectively.On the other hand, straight smashes also travels much faster since, they have a shorter distance to travel.

To account for this, your opponent will bias his base towards covering the straight smash, leaving more open space for the cross court smash. Because of this open space, cross court smashes often do more damage than straight smashes. Unfortunately, they also expose you to greater movement pressure if your opponent is able to play a good reply.

Before you attack your opponent with a cross court smash, it is viable to consider your own position. If you attack cross court when you are off-balance, you will have great difficulty covering a straight block, which forces you to travel the long diagonal and may end up with a weak reply.

Another disadvantage of smashing cross court is that your opponent may reply with a simple straight block. When you hit a straight smash, there is a chance of the bird hitting the net while angling a cross court block which is more difficult.

City Shuttlers Fare Well In West Zone Junior Badminton

JBC Metlife 2015_1

NAGPUR: Malvika Bansod, Ashani Joshi, Aditi Sadhankar and Nikita Joseph, all local lads advanced in the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship being played at the Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai on Thursday.

Malvika, the top seed in the U-15 girls category came the better of Janhavi Khanna 11-1, 11-8 in the singles category to set up clash with Mumbai’s Janhavi Jagtap.

It is noteable that Malvika has also advanced in the U-17 girls singles.

‘tigress beti’: Story Of Saina A Biopic By Amol Gupte

Saina with Amole Gupte (Image Courtesy: facebook.com).

Saina with Amole Gupte (Image Courtesy: facebook.com).

MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal, is now on center stage as a biopic is now filmed on the Indian badminton champion by Filmmaker Amol Gupte, s and named it as “tigress beti”.

Front Foot Pictures Pvt Ltd, a content creation company, has acquired the rights to make a biopic on Saina, and Gupte has been roped to direct the biopic.

Front Foot Pictures Pvt Ltd co-director Sujay Jairaj says that this movie will “boost the entire country”.

“It’s going to be a very inspirational story, which will boost the entire country. It is a story of a current sports star and so both the younger and the older generation can relate to it,” he said in a statement.

Noting the biopic is going to trace the journey of the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics, Gupte said:

“This film is going to trace Saina’s pulsating journey on her way to the top of the sports pyramid.”
Stating how different the film is going to be from the biopics that have been made till date, be it “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” on national champion runner Milkha Singh or “Mary Kom” which was based on five time World amateur boxing champion Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom.

“How many times have we encountered either a male or a female Indian get prime ranking in a world sport? None – except Saina Nehwal. That makes it different, doesn’t it? It’s a story of a ‘tigress beti’, ‘princess beti’ who has set fire to the badminton court with her prowess like no one else before,” Gupte said.

“The nation needs to know the story of the ‘World number 1 beti’- an icon for the young and the old, for a long time to come,” he added.

Parupalli Kashyap Confident Of Coming In Top form

HYDERABAD: Parupalli Kashyap, who has remarkable and impressive performances over the last two years, is keen to make the most of the situation. However, he is suffering from a clf muscle injurythat has put him offtrack for the past two months.

Kashyap resumed training earlier this week. “It was very disappointing to sit out injured. I was sure of qualifying for the Super Series Finals but this injury happened,” said Kashyap after his training session.

The first Indian to reach the quarterfinals of men’s singles at the Olympics, Kashyap is confident of hitting top form before the Olympics. “This injury took a lot of time. But now I am feeling much better. I hope to be in good shape before the badminton league,” said Kashyap, who was picked by Hyderabad Hunters for $35000. “That tournament offers me good platform to assess my fitness. Moreover, I will gain some much needed match practice before I start playing international tournaments,” he said.

The most important task for Kashyap now is to defend his ranking points and stay in the top 16 of world rankings by May, 2016.

The first real challenge for the world No.15 would be to defend the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, which he won last January defeating Srikanth in the final.

Saina To Start Practice From Next Week In Bengaluru

Saina Nehwal. (Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

Saina Nehwal.
(Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

BENGALURU: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is set to return to practice here from next week after recovering from an ankle injury (Anchillus Tendon), her father Harvir Singh said.

“Saina will, in all probability, start her practice in Bengaluru from next week. For now, she is undergoing treatment for her ankle injury at our hometown, Hyderabad. She is fast recovering, there’s nothing to worry,” Singh said.
The Hyderabadi girl had suffered an ankle injury last month which forced her to skip the Hong Kong Open and also posed a serious question-mark on her performance at the season-ending BWF Super Series Finals.

Singh said Saina has had a very good year as she was runners up in three tournaments viz., the All England Championship, the World Championship and the China Open. But because of her injuries, her chances of winning more titles were affected.

“Badminton is the fastest game on the planet, and hence a player’s success depends on swift and fast movements, but if you have pain while moving to and fro, it affects the game,” Singh said.
Singh said though she lost some of the important tournaments this year, Saina had beaten World No. 1 Carolina Marin.

Asked whether it would be advisable for Saina to participate in the Second Edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL) next month even as she recovers from injury, Singh said, “It is left to Saina to decide on it. She knows much better than anyone else.”

Awadhe Warriors Play Mumbai Rockets In PBL Opener

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Awadhe Warriors, where Saina is locked in will take on Mumbai Rockets in the opening match of the Premier Badminton League in Mumbai on January 2 next year.

The PBL matches will not be held in Chennai due to the recent flood, which delayed the preparation for the event. The home matches of Chennai Smashers will be played at Lucknow and Hyderabad venues. The final will be held here.

With the new rule of the ‘Trump Match’ set to be introduced in the league, other franchises will keep a check on how both the teams use it to their advantage on the first day. Commented PBL Chairman Akhilesh Das Gupta on scheduling of the matches.

“This is a happy moment for each one of us as we are just around the corner for the start to the Premier Badminton League. Each day will be exciting and this we have ensured by the new Format & Rules that we have introduced.

“What has boosted us is the enthusiasm that the franchisees are showing towards the ‘Trump Match’ rule. Post PBL Auction, all the players are gearing-up for one of the most competitive Leagues in the world. With the release of the schedule, teams will start working on their strategies and game-plans.”

Six franchises will hold good for top honours where the matches to be held in five cities viz., Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

Six franchises, Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru will compete in the tournament.