Daily Archives: January 4, 2016

Triple crown for Palak in Taywade College District Junior (U-17 and U-19) Badminton tournament


NAPUR: Palak bagged triple crown in the Taywade College District Junior (U-17 and U-19) Badminton tournament, organized by the Nagpur District Badminton Association, which concluded at the newly opened Taywade College Indoor Stadium near Koradi on Sunday.

On the third and final day, Palak dominated the proceedings to capture three titles. Fourteen-year-old Palak won the U-17 and U-19 girls singles. The duo of Palak and Shruti Chokhandare claimed the U-17 girls’ doubles crown too with ease.

Babanrao Taywade distributed the prizes to the winners and runners-up.

PBL 2016: Hyderabad Hunters Tame Bengaluru Top Guns

MUMBAI: Bengaluru Top Guns went down 2-3 to Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League clash on Sunday inspite of India’s highest ranked shutter, Kidambi Srikanth, pulled off an upset victory over former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.
(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Hyderabad Hunters, in fact rallied from an early loss to overcome the Top Guns at the NSCI Sardar Vallabhai Patel indoor stadium on Sundayhad wrapped up the tie even before world No 5 Lee’s battle against world No 9 Srikanth by winning two out of the first three matches, but still it was a very creditable win by the Indian, who has never beaten the Malaysian great in four encounters at the international level.

Hyderabad started on the wrong foot by losing the first match, the women’s singles clash, when their Thai signing Supanida Katethong was beaten in straight games (15-8, 15-11) to Bengaluru’s Suo Di.

However, the Hunters gamble of making the men’s doubles clash as their trump match paid rich dividends as the scratch combine of Carsten Mogensen of Denmark and Indonesian Markis Kido fought back from a game down to get the better of Bengaluru’s Malaysian pair of Hoon Thien How and Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14.

This 2-1 advantage for Hyderabad was made 3-2 when Bengaluru’s Sameer Verma lost his singles trump match against the higher ranked Parupalli Kashyap 15-14, 15-13 to provide Hunters with a winning 3-0 points lead.

This made the last two matches of no importance, including the prime fifth match clash between the Malaysian Lee representing Hyderabad and Indian Srikanth of Bengaluru as well as the preceding mixed doubles match.

Bengaluru’s Ashwini Ponnappa and lanky Danish partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen defeated her regular women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Kido 15-13, 15-13 to make the points score 3-1.

Finally, Srikanth did it great for Bengaluru by outsmarting Lee 15-12, 6-15, 15-7.

“I’m very happy to beat Lee. It’s always great to beat someone who is that good,” said Srikanth, who punched the court after his memorable win in the last game.

Results: Hyderabad Hunters beat Bengaluru Top Guns 3-2 (Points)(Supanida Katethong lost to Suo Di 8-15, 11-15; Carsten Mogensen/Markis Kido beat Hoon Thien How/Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14; P Kashyap beat Sameer Verma 15-14, 15-13; Jwala Gutta/Kido lost to Ashwini Ponnappa/Joachim Fischer Nielsen 13-15, 13-15; Lee Chong Wei lost to Kidambi Srikanth 12-15, 15-6, 7-15).

Win Over Lee Chong Wei Is Big Confidence Booster: Srikanth

MUMBAI: India’s top ranked shuttler Kidambi Srikanth shocked Lee Chong Wei for his maiden win over the Malaysian legend in the Premier Badminton League.

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

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

“It’s for the first time ever that I have beaten him. I had lost in three games in the IBL (PBL’s predecessor Indian Badminton League in 2013). He’s been the world no. 1 for 7-8 years. It’s a great feeling to beat such a great player and is a big confidence booster at the start of the Olympic year,” said the world no. 9 after his memorable victory.

Srikanth overcame Lee, a man he had not beaten in four previous attempts in international tournaments, 15-12, 6-15, 15-7 in the fifth and final match of the tie between his side Bengaluru Top Guns and Hyderabad Hunters which the Hyderabad Hunters won 3-2 on points.

Asked to compare his win over Lee and Lin Dan of China, a two time olympic champion in the China Open Super Series final in 2014, as well as his successive wins over Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in 2015 at the Swiss Open and the Indian Open, Srikant quoted,

“I don’t want to rate my wins over Lin Dan and Viktor earlier and today’s. Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei are kings in their styles of play. Lin Dan is a two-time Olympic champion and is king in rallies while Lee Chong Wei has been on top for 7-8 years and is great in defense. I am very happy to beat both styles and don’t want to rate them.” Srikanth said.

Srikanth also quoted the way he played in the match as,
“I played very aggressively and went for my smashes which worked perfectly. If you see the last four points of the match all were reviewed as I went for the lines,” he said.

Asked about his plans to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games, Srikanth said out of the 10 or 11 tournaments left, he will play in four Super Series events and one or two GP Gold tournaments including the Syed Modi Memorial in Lucknow.

“I want to be in my comfort zone and will play all Super Series events plus 1 or 2 GP Gold events. I will play in Lucknow and in the Asian Badminton Championships in Hyderabad in February,” he said.

Srikanth was happy that currently as many as four Indian players were in the top 25 and hoped more, at least 6-7 would be in such a position soon.

“I hope 6-7 (men) players are in the top 25,” he said.

PBL 2016: Saina Nehwal Opts Out Of First Tie Fearing Injury

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

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

MUMBAI: Awadhe Warriors icon player Saina Nehwal on Saturday withdrew from the first match of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) fearing injury.

The London Olympics bronze medallist had sustained an Achilles tendon injury in her right leg during the BWF Super Series Finals in Dubai recently and was prescribed two weeks rest by her physio.

However, the 25-year-old is yet to fully recover the injury and as a precautionary measure decided to give herself some more rest.

“Last couple of weeks, I had a foot injury. I am on the verge of recovery but I am trying to play little bit safe. I am not playing today but I will be cheering for my team. This is the first time I will be sitting and watching somebody else play,” Saina said in a TV interview prior to the start of the match.

Saina was hopeful of competing in the remaining matches onbehalf of the Lucknow based franchise. Awadhe Warriors will face Delhi Acers in their next match scheduled on Monday. “Thank you all for coming today. I hope to recover soon and hopefully you will see me play in the remaining four games,” Saina commented.

Badminton Player Arundhati Ties knot With Arun Vishnu

Arundhati Pantawane Weds Arun Vishnu.(ImageCourtesy: www.nagpurtoday.in).

Arundhati Pantawane Weds Arun Vishnu.
(Image Courtesy: www.nagpurtoday.in).

NAGPUR: India’s top international shuttlers Arundhati Pantawane and Arun Vishnu got married by tying the nuptial knot at the VCA Jamtha Club House on Saturday.

Ranchi National Games gold medallist Arundhati of Nagpur and Kerala’s multiple-time national doubles champion Arun were engaged at Calicut last year. Arundhati and Arun have been training together at the Gopichand Badminton Academy for nearly a decade now. They were going steady for the last several years before they decided to form a permanent ‘doubles pair’.

The Arundhati-Arun wedding took place in the morning, while reception was held in the evening. Several badminton players including national champion Rituparna Das, Tanvi Lad, Aditya Joshi, Shlok Ramchandran, Arun’s men’s doubles partner Alwyn Francis, Poorvisha Ram and many trainees of Gopichand Academy attended the wedding.

The wedding clashed with the opening of Premier Badminton League (PBL) which forced other Indian stars to miss their friend’s big day. Mentor of new couple and chief national coach Gopichand had come to Nagpur on Thursday but he had to leave for Mumbai on Friday for the PBL. Gopichand along with H.S. Prannoy, Sameer Verma, Kidambi Nandagopal, Sourabh Verma, K Maneesha and other top shuttlers wished Arundhati-Arun by flying to Nagpur but left next day to participate in the PBL.

The newly wed couple will settle in Hyderabad and will continue to play competitive badminton for the next three-four years.

In India, there are already several examples of badminton players getting married to their practice partners. Pullela Gopichand married to former national champion P.V.V Laxmi, Uday Pawar to Sujatha, Madhumita Bisht to Vikram Singh, Sagar Chopda to Sayali Gokhale, Trupti Murgunde to Abhijeet Naimpally, to name the few.

Tactics in Badminton Doubles

Badminton Doubles. (Image Courtesy: www.wikihow.com).

Badminton Doubles.
(Image Courtesy: www.wikihow.com).

Tactics in badminton not only applies for Singles but, also in Doubles too. However, your tactics depends upon your hitting skill, your movement skill and your physical fitness.

One basic tactic to be applied for all doubles players is the aggressive attacking play. Because, Players who attack the rally eventually wins in the end of the rally i.e Attacking play beats defensive play in the end.

The most common tactics or common shots involved in winning points in doubles is the net kills and the smashes.

Usually, in doubles, it is difficult to escape the smash because the two players work in tandem to maintain their attack. Because, one player smashes from the back, and the other player tries to intercept any replies to the net or midcourt.

Attacking play is all about smashing and exhausting too. You need a high level of fitness to maintain a prolonged, powerful attack. You also need determination. When you play a powerful smash, then your opponent will have two options, the lift or the block. If your opponent lifts the shuttlecock, then you might continue smashing. If they block the shuttlecock to the net then your partner may play a net kill.

By applying some kind of skill you can always escape from the possibility of attack and turn your defence stroke into an attacking stroke.

Once your opponent starts smashing, you can easily find yourself trapped and your defence weakens by each shot and the smashing opponent a little nearer each time and the front player foils your attempts at counter attack.

It is worth watching many world class doubles players. Keenly watch their footwork, their movement in tandem and stategies and tactics to win the rally or a game or the match.

The defenders are likely to make the first mistake because It’s difficult always to maintain an accurate defence.

PBL 2016: Chennai Beat Mumbai 4-3

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

MUMBAI: Mumbai Rockets geared up to face the Chennai Smashers on Sunday evening in their second tie of the Premier Badminton League.

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

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

Mumbai, who had beaten Awadhe Warriors a day earlier, could not replicate their form, losing the tie 4-3. Chennai’s mixed pair of Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah got things rolling, beating their opponents Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl 15-10, 7-15, 15-11 in the opening match of the evening. However, H.S. Prannoy, representing The Rocket’s levelled scores with Chennai beating Brice Leverdez of France 15-8, 15-11.

However, The Trump Match between the doubles pair of Mathias Boe and Ivanov against Adcock and Pranaav Chopra was very spectacular. The Mumbai duo raced to an easy 15-10 win in the first game, but Adcock and Chopra fought hard to take the next game 15-9. It was an extremely close contest in the decider Mumbai Rockets win the match 15-13.

P.V. Sindhu, the World No 12, also won her singles match against China’s Han Li 15-8, 11-15, 15-8.

PBL: Srikanth Stuns Chong Wei

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal’s absence from the Premier Badminton League’s opening tie between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors on Saturday evening left the fans at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Indoor Stadium disappointed but, they witnessed some good matches when the Bengaluru Top Guns took off against the Hyderabad Hunters.

srikanth. (Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

(Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

Srikanth’s 2015 season had seen 7 first round exits and losing to the Chinese, Tian Houwei thrice in two months and two three set losses, one at the World Championship to Hu Yun (23-21), to Tommy Sugiarto at the Indonesian Masters (24-22), both in the deciders.

“The little I saw of his matches during the end of last year, he seemed to have all the strokes. But just the mind needed to adjust,” Bhat says, promising, “Srikanth’s adding new stuff to his game too.”

2015 had been a lesson in what not to do, he would say later. “I tried everything in match ending situations – rushing, playing safe, smashing, defending, nothing seemed to be working,” he said. “I would play attacking when the situation demanded defense and play cautious when I needed to be aggressive against a certain player. I’m slowly learning what to do when,” he said.

Srikanth also commented, “A coach can’t help any player to beat Lee Chong Wei with mere instructions. Srikanth followed what I said immediately, but it was entirely his instinctive understanding of what to do when that took him to this win,” Bhat said. It was a 15-12, 6-15, 15-7 maiden win over the badminton legend. The match was nothing worth as Bengaluru had already lost that battle. But it was Srikanth’s first match of the year after a difficult season, and a win over the former world no.1 Chong Wei who was on a 15-match unbeaten streak since October.

However, Kashyap had it easy over Sameer Verma, a surprise trump match for Bangalore against P Kashyap.