Daily Archives: December 23, 2015

How To Make Best Use Of Drives In A Rally

The Drive Stroke.(Image Courtesy: www.badminton-information.com).

The Drive Stroke.
(Image Courtesy: www.badminton-information.com).

The best time to play a drive during the rally is when you are balanced and in a good position and your opponent is off balance and has not yet recovered to the center, most probably after a smash.

When you play a drive, the speed of the game and the humans feel is to play a drive back to you. Even if you can play your drive downwards, your opponent has a good chance to redirect the shuttle into the open space on your court.

When possible, you should place drives into the open space, away from your opponent. The main aim is to make your opponent reach late for the reply to end up with a weak reply for your drive stroke.

When attacking from the net against a centrally positioned opponent, drives are usually best played directly at his body. This will make it difficult for him to return the shuttle, because he cannot get his racket into an effective hitting position.

After your opponent’s smash, drives should be directed away from him i.e, if your opponent smashes straight, drive cross court and vice versa.

Uttejitha Rao Upsets Rasika In The Quarters Of The Malayala Manorama All India Senior Ranking Tournament

Uttejitha Rao.(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

Uttejitha Rao.
(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

NAGPUR: Sai Uttejitha Rao, unseeded here made the biggest upset of the day by defeating the Sixth seed Rasika Raje 24-22, 21-4 in 30 minutes in the Malayala Manorama All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Cochin on Monday.

In the semifinal, Rao lost to P.C. Thulasi.

In the finals clash, second seed Tanvi Lad will clash with Thulasi on Tuesday.

Both the players ar etrainee of Gopichand Academy.

Manu, Sumeeth Pair Wins First Maiden GP Title At Mexico

Mexico City Grand Prix Open 2015.

Mexico City Grand Prix Open 2015.

HYDERABAD: Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy, the fast rising doubles combination won their maiden Grand Prix title with a 22-20, 21-18 victory over Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand in the Mexico Open final on Sunday.

In the first game here, Manu and Sumeet faced stiff challenge from the thailand players, never leaving the indians to take up the first game in ease as the Thais saved four game points from 16-20 before the Indians managed to win the first game. In the second, the Indians got off to right start and scored pointa at consistent intervals.

Manu attri & B .Sumeet Reddy1“This is a great win for both of us. We’ve worked really hard and this is the result of our hard work. We would like to thank our coach Pullela Gopichand, doubles coach Kim Tan Her and BAI officials for supporting us. Many thanks to our parents, it’s because of their prayers and blessings we are here,” Manu told TOI from Mexico City on Monday. “It turned out to be a very good year for us. And finishing off with a Grand Prix title is just amazing. We started very confidently in this tournament. Though it was a bit tricky in the final, it was all about speed and tactics and most importantly we managed very well,” Sumeeth said.

“Gopi sir helped us a lot in our bad times. For the last two months our new doubles coach has worked very hard on our game,” the duo said.

Sumeeth also complimented his friend and doubles partner and said, ” All credit to my friend Manu. He is very patient and that’s what helps our pair to be stable even in crucial times.”

PBL Will Prepare Me For Tough International Calendar: Kashyap

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Parupalli Kashyap is now all set to make a comeback after a two-month long injury lay off, at next month’s Premier Badminton League.

Kashyap suffered a torn calf muscle injury on his left leg during his second round match at the French Open Super Series against Rajiv Ouseph in October and then had a troubled right knee, which further delayed his comeback.

kashyap“I’m better now. I have been playing for a week. It was a torn calf muscle in the left leg that healed in six weeks but then there were some issues with my knee in right leg as I probably exerted too much pressure on it. So that took another 10 days to heal and that’s why it got delayed and now it is the ninth week since the injury,” Kashyap told PTI.

“Otherwise I could have hit full training by now. Once you are injured and out for more than a month, then it is not easy to recover quickly. I lost weight and stamina and it is a slow process.

“It is good that PBL is happening. I can continue my program during the event and it will be a good match practice for the important calendar ahead. It will help me a lot to get better,” he added.

“It was frustrating these two months. I missed on too many things in life, game wise and financially also. I was playing the best among Indians and I was close to qualifying for Super Series Final but it turned out completely different,” Kashyap said.

“Now I am taking things stage and stage. Everyday is a bench mark, so it is like see how it goes say for 10 days and then again set another target. Now it is morning on court practice and evening it is weight training. So it is two sessions a day,” he said.

On January 26, Kashyap will be defending his title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold but before that there is the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold at Penang beginning on January 19, a day after the PBL ends.

Asked if he will be playing Malaysia Masters, Kashyap said: “I have sent my entry but it depends how I feel. Since I haven’t played for 2 months, so PBL and Malaysia will help to get me back to my best and I will take my trainer and physio all time to help me with my fitness.

“I can’t just be thinking only about Syed Modi event and skip PBL and Malaysia Super Series. I will have to get as much match practice as possible to be in my best shape for Syed Modi. Also there is enough time to train after the Lucknow event as next tournament is All England in March,” he added.

Can’t Let Our Guard Down During PBL: Sindhu

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: P.V. Sindhu is gearing up to give her best for Chennai Smashers and said in the 15-point format of the game, you cannot let your guard down even for a bit.

“The league will be interesting as a few new rules that are introduced will keep us on our toes. At no point can we leave our guards down,” said the two-time World Championship bronze medallist.

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

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

“A 15-point game means that we have to keep our hold on the game throughout, not allowing the other to run away with it. So yes, it will be an exciting time during the league as each day can see a new team ruling the points table.”

With shuttlers like Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Simon Santoso, Pranaav Chopra, Chris Adcock to name a few, Sindhu feels that her team will be able to deliver their best.

It is also noteable that P.V. Sindhu is one of the highest buys in the PBL 2016.

Trump Match, A Big Challenge For Coaches: Kidambi Srikanth

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

BENGALURU: India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Tuesday said the new rule of ‘Trump Match’, introduced in the second edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL), will be a big challenge for coaches.

“We have never done these kind of things and obviously it (The Trump Match) is exciting. There will be a lot of strategy involved in it. I think it is a very big job and a challenge for any coach,” he told reporters here after the launch of Bengaluru Top Guns team.

Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: results.glasgow2014.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: results.glasgow2014.com).

Bengaluru Top Guns coach Arvind Bhat admitted that the rule will throw a big challenge for the coach. “The rule will throw a big challenge before the coach, and he has to take the right decision on it, so that the team gains bonus points rather than losing points and eventually losing the tie from a winning position, in rare cases,” Bhat said.

Bhat said the new rule involves lot of strategising which can play a vital role in some crunch matches, which will have an effect on the entire tournament.

“I think it is a very strategic thing, but at the same time it can play a very crucial role in some matches that will have cascading effect on the League,” he said.

In a Trump Match, the team calling for the Trump gets 2 points for win and -1 points for loss. However, the other team will play this match as a normal one. If both the teams place the trump on the same match, then for both of them +2 or -1 scoring will apply for win or loss respectively.

Ace Indian women’s doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa said the Trump Match is an exciting rule because a winning team could eventually turn out to be losers.

“The rule is exciting because anything can happen – you could still lose if you lose your Trump Match. So, that puts lot of pressure on players. It is a wonderful idea … it will be pretty nerve-wracking for people to watch as well,” she said.

India’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said Trump Match is a fantastic idea as it will keep spectators, viewers and players glued to the matches. “What it basically does is, if the tie is 3-0 up, teams can actually lose last two matches and lose the tie. So, basically every match is going down to the wire,” he said.

The Trump Match will make players realise where they stand in terms of class and how they fared in the high-pressure match, Gopichand said.

“At the end of the League, players will realise how they fared in Trump Matches,” he added.

As per the rules, both teams will specify which of the five matches will be their respective Trump Match along with the list of players at least one hour before the start of the tie with the referee.

A team winning the ‘Trump Match’, after selecting one of the five matches in a tie, would fetch them a bonus point and a negative point in case of defeat.

PBL will witness Exciting Doubles Battle: Ashwini Ponnappa

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

BENGALURU: Top women’s doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponappa predicted an exciting battle of doubles matches in the second edition of the badminton league.

“This year’s PBL (Premier Badminton League) will witness very competitive, strong and exciting doubles matches because all the six teams are having competent doubles players,” Ponappa told reporters at the launch of Bengaluru Top Guns, led by Kidambi Srikanth here.

“There are many good doubles players from Europe and Asia, because these countries treat their doubles players on par with the singles players. Their focus is more on doubles event than on singles, and a lot of training goes into it,” she said.

“I learnt a lot from Fisher, who comes from a country where it boasts of four top doubles players in doubles and mixed doubles categories. I have learnt a lot when I partnered him in last IBL. He is somebody who is willing to share and help other players,” she said when pointing to last year IBL when she partnered Ficsher in her mixed doubles match.

Even national chief coach Pullela Gopichand said, “Some of the best matches we will see, irrespective of which team plays which, I think mixed doubles will be really delightful to watch. Each one is star, and in all of these teams we have top players who played in the top ten consistently or Olympic medalists who are part of this event,” he said.