Daily Archives: December 30, 2015

Hitting The Shuttle To Change Direction

Four corners. (Image Courtesy: badmintan.blogspot.com).

Four corners.
(Image Courtesy: badmintan.blogspot.com).

Direction changes demand more skilful movement than simply charging along a straight line. It’s also harder to maintain your speed when you are forced to change direction. Movement pressure is created when you force your opponent not only making him cover the distance, but also by forcing him to change direction. Actually speaking, both the choices are good but, that depends on the game situation.

Moving your opponent through to the diagonal is good because he must move to cover this longer distance. Also, moving him to a different corner is also advisable because, you force him to change direction.

The two basic rules are, if your opponent is agile but lacks in speed, make him move the long diagonal more. If your opponent is fast but lacks agility, then make him move to different corners.

When your opponent is under pressure in a corner and is unable to make a proper recovery to the center (base position), then the best option is to play the next shot diagonally since he has not recovered yet, he will have great difficulty covering the longest distance. This is an excellent example of how to make use of your opponent’s late recovery into a winning advantage.

State Veterans Badminton Championship Begins In Nagpur

Arun Lakhani.

Arun Lakhani.

NAGPUR: The president of Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) Arun Lakhani inaugurated the Maharashtra Veterans State Badminton Championship tournament at the Subhedar Hall here on Saturday while NDBA president Kunda Vijaykar and secretary Mangesh Kashikar were the guests of honour.


Kiran Makode

Kiran Makode.

On the opening day of the tournament, In the Men’s 45+ age group category, Kiran Makode ousted Bhandara’s Umesh Chole 21-7, 21-7 to enter the quarterfinal while Jayandra Dhole too advanced to the next round by winning both his singles and doubles matches.

Prasad Sadhankar and Robin Simon pair defeated Prem Wadhwani and Yogesh Jaiswani of Yavatmal 21-9, 21-16 to advance to pre-quarterfinals in the men’s doubles 40 plus category.

In the pre-quarterfinals of the 40 plus singles category, Mandar Ranade of Mumbai got the better of Nagpur’s Pinaki Mukherjee after the latter retired at 19-21, 27-25.

Prannoy Excited About Premier Badminton League

NEW DELHI: Rising Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy is all set for the opening match between his team Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on January 2.

H.S. Prannoy.(Image Courtesy: sportsrediscovered.com).

H.S. Prannoy.
(Image Courtesy: sportsrediscovered.com).

“The first day of the league is the most important for any team. It is the early jitters which every player feels but what follows after that is exciting and enthralling,” said the World No.20.

“With our clash slated against Awadhe Warriors, we are confident to play against B. Sai Praneeth and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and hope to seal Day 1 with a win in men’s singles. With the new rules PBL will turn out to be exciting because each day will be new and on any given day any team can change its fate for the better.”

India Can Win Medals In Badminton In Rio: Kanetkar

Nikhil kanetkar. (Image Courtesy: www.tedxvitpune.com).

Nikhil kanetkar.
(Image Courtesy: www.tedxvitpune.com).

JAMSHEDPUR: Former shuttler Nikhil Kanetkar on Monday expressed confidence that India have bright chances to grab medals in badminton in the Rio Olympics 2016.

“India has good chance to win medals particularly in the women’s singles and from women’s pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnapa, who have won the bronze medal in the world championship,” said former India No.1 Kanetkar, who was here to coach 30 shuttlers from Jharkhand and West Bengal at Mohan Ahuja Indoor stadium.

“Saina and Sindhu are performing well at the international arena and have very good chances to win medals for the country in singles event in the Olympics,” he said adding, in the men’s section, top rank players like K Srikant were not consistent but, have chances to add up in the medal tally.

“Parupally Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram are other players in the men’s section from whom we can expect a good show. We can also expect medal in the women’s double as Jwala and Ashwini were doing very well,” Kanetkar said.

“As far as our preparation for the Olympics is concerned, coach Pullela Gopichand is doing an excellent job, but our players need to adopt to the conditions to remain in the contest,” he said.

Kanetkar appreciated the “East Singhbhum district Badminton Association” for conducting the three-day coaching camp, Kanetkar said the camp would benefit budding shuttlers of the Eastern region, which has plenty of talent.

On reasons behind Eastern region lagging behind in producing international repute players, Kanetkar said the region needed a good academy with proper infrastructure to promote badminton.

Kanetkar added the academies needed support from respective governments, federations and others to achieve desirable results.

I won’t Settle For Anything Less Than Gold At Rio Olympics: P.V. Sindhu

P.V. Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

Sindhu has already insight with the medal hunger at the upcoming RIO Olympics. This year, Sindhu has won a maiden Super Series final at Denmark, quarterfinalist at ABC, quarterfinalist at Indonesia Grand Prix, quarterfinalist at World Championship, defended her 2015 Macau title, and the latest being conferred with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour at the age of just 20!

“I have made it to the top 10 in the past. So yes, I see myself grabbing the No. 1 ranking sometime soon. I am also sure that if not for my injury that forced me to stay out of court for a few months, my year-end ranking would have been better than number 12,” she asserts.

But Sindhu considers injuries “a part and parcel of an athlete’s life. I have picked myself up after the injury and got back to the court with a vengeance. In a way, that’s what injury does to a sportsperson; it makes you hungry for more, hungry to get back with a bang.”

P.V. Sindhu @ The macau Open 2015.

P.V. Sindhu @ The macau Open 2015.

And that’s what she did, ending the year with a title that is also a hat-trick. “What it is about Macau I don’t know,” the badminton ace says of her third consecutive Macau Open title. “People keep asking me this – ‘Is there some luck, some superpower at play at Macau?’ – and I am like ‘I really don’t know’,” she laughs. “I am super proud and happy of the fact that I have won it this year too, making it a hat-trick.”

She is also one of the highest paid players in the badminton league that will begin from January. “Well, I got the second highest bid, after Saina Nehwal,” Sindhu says with a wink and laugh, “But I am not yet in the crore club, I am still paid in lakhs.”

Asked about her height, “I am not sure if I can call it a weakness exactly. I have begun noticing of late that my opponents are handing me low shots. They play by the logic that I will have to work a lot harder to reach lower. So, right now, I am working on this particular challenge with my coach (Pullela Gopichand). I want to do everything right to prep for the Olympics.”

When asked about the preparations for her first ever Olympics, Sindhu quoted “More than being excited, I am just worried about how to give my best at Rio. It’s the qualifying year, and all tournaments are important. And, I don’t want to settle for anything less than gold,” Sindhu comments.

And to reach that dream, she is working hard on all fronts. “What happens with me is that I am all out there hitting hard, gaining points and beating even a player ranked higher than me. And then, sometimes, I have gone down even after taking leads against a player who is ranked lower. Here is where I think the problem is. Once I start missing points in a row, I tend to make more errors because in my head I begin to think, ‘Oh God! What’s happening? Why am I losing?’ But trust me, I am working on this. I think a sportsperson gains mental strength with experience.”

We’ve seen her strut her stuff on the ramp a few times in the recent past. Has she ever considered modelling? “No, no! I can’t imagine modelling as a career. Ramp walks are limited to those I have done in the past with other players as well. If I was offered a career in modelling, I would turn it down. I love playing badminton and will stick to it,” she says.