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Yonex Armortec 900 Technique Badminton Racquet

Armortec 900 Technique.  (Image Courtesy: www.badminton-tennis.com).

Armortec 900 Technique.
(Image Courtesy: www.badminton-tennis.com).

The Armortec 900 Power and Technique are two awesome racquets develpoed by Yonex. Actually speaking the mani difference bwteen the two racquets is that Armortec 900 Power is developed for players who want to deliver with more power and show aggresiveness and Techniques constructions is more of technique and defense.

Armortec power 900 is more stiffer than Armortec Technique.

Armortec Technique can be used a doubles racquet and for good defense. It’s got a fast swing for a and the blocks that come off the racket are pretty good and provides enough power behind the lifts.

Intercepting flat smashes with a drive defense using this racquet is an added advantage.

For overhead smashes the Armortec 900 Technique performs equally good like the Armortec 900 Power since the Technique also has a heavy head and has a fast racquet swing speed like the Armortec 900 power and capable of hitting smashes from the rear court.

Drives with this racquet are enjoyable as well.

Lee Chong Wei Would Be Tough To Beat At Rio Olympics: Pullela Gopichand

P Gopichand.(Image Courtesy: indianexpress.com).

P Gopichand.
(Image Courtesy: indianexpress.com).

DELHI: Indian badminton team’s chief coach Pullela Gopichand is very impressed in the manner former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei has comeback after serving a doping ban and dubbed him as one of the toughest contenders for gold medal in this year’s Rio Olympics.

The 33-year-old star shuttler was handed out an eight-month ban in April last year for a doping violation after traces of a banned substance were found in his system.

However, he made a brilliant comeback into the international circuit with victories at the US Open, Canada Open, French Open, China Open and a silver at World Championships.

“He has been an amazing sportsperson. He has the highest quality fitness, concentration and a great ambassador of the sports. It’s unfortunate whatever happened to him but that created a window, wherein a few other players benefitted. He has always been strong. He had his problems against a few top players in the world (from China) but other than that, he has ruled the world badminton in the last few years,” Gopichand said.

“He will be someone who will be really difficult to beat because of his pure speed and sting in his strokes that makes him very very effective.”

“I have a great lot of respect for someone like Cheng Long. He is a fantastic individual, with whatever he has he maximizes it. He goes back and comes back very strongly in terms of his physical and mental preparations. So I wouldn’t rule out somebody like Cheng Long ever,” he said.

“Lin Dan is the big match player and Lee Chong Wei has always tripped at the last hurdle. So I think they have the experience and grit on their side and Lee has the desire to win the big match. All three make it difficult for other players. Both Cheng Long and Lin Dan are the players to beat and they are not going to give it easy to him.

“Conditions and preparations make a lot of difference. I think a fully fit and focused Lee is a handful to everybody. It is not going to be easy unless you are prepared to beat him because he has got that consistency where you really need to break him.”

Kidambi Srikanth.(Image Courtesy: httpwww.indiansportsnews.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: httpwww.indiansportsnews.com).

“I think it was a great match. Srikanth was fired up and aggressive but I think it is important that he has to be consistent. In the life of a sports person, I think a win is not the end of it or a loss is the end of it. So I think he just needs to get this head down and fight,” Gopichand said.

“I think the pressure here is far more because of the format, as there are a lot of people who are passionate, the coach, the owners and the money which is paid. So it makes it a lot of pressure and it is helpful to players,” he added.

India is likely to field its biggest ever badminton contingent at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Gopichand said his wards will look at each tournament from now on as a preparation for the Games.

“I think it is a little premature to talk about Olympics at this point because the Olympic qualification is still on. There are quite a few big events and each player will go about preparing for those in a way as if that is the Olympics. Whether it is India Super Series, Asian Championship, All England. So they will really go after these tournaments.
“I have to ensure that they have the best progression for the Olympics,” he said.

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

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

The Chinese women players lost their dominance in world badminton in the last one year as Spain’s Carolina Marin and India’s Saina Nehwal achieved the World No. 1 and 2. Gopichand said the Chinese will find it difficult to regain that dominance as many players with varied styles have become more stronger.

“Whatever the Chinese have done have not worked and a lot of players have figured them out. So they have not been able to get a comprehensive strategy for everybody. Earlier, they used to win on fitness but now others have also become fitter and stronger.

“It won’t be easy to crack them because they are very diverse, one is from Japan, one from India, one from Spain so there are different styles. So they will find it difficult,” he said.

Asked if players are finding it difficult to match Carolina Marin’s speed, Gopichand said: “It is not difficult to match. I think when a player is winning, it feels like it is difficult to match. I think adaptability is the key. Our players also have the speed and it is about how they negate the speed. She for the moment seems good but we have also seen that she can be vulnerable,” Gopi signed off.

Gopi also praised veteran Dan and reminded how Lee always lost big finals to the champion Chinese.

Siril Verma Is the New Junior World No. 1, Chirag Sen No.3

HYDERABAD: Barely four months ago, A.S.S. Siril Verma was accused of age fudging and was doubtful in the Indian team in October. The moment his name was announced as one of the four age fraudsters, Siril ran out of the hotel in disbelief, his mother followed him to save her son from being hit by speeding vehicles on busy Delhi roads.

A couple of days later, Siril was cleared by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). But the damage had been done. His detractors ripped him apart on social media. Even his friends spoke in hushed tones.

Siril verma. (Image Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com).

Siril verma.
(Image Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com).

With his parents and coach standing by him, Siril went on to become the first Indian after Saina Nehwal (2008) to reach the finals of the World Junior Championships in November. Though he lost in the summit clash he won people’s hearts by beating several top-ranked players.

Four months after being accused of age fraud, Siril went on to become the junior world No. 1.

The 16-year-old, who is a member of the Hyderabad Hunters team in the Premier Badminton League, told TOI that he was delighted with the honour.

chirag Sen. (Image Courtesy: dehradun.amarujala.com).

chirag Sen.
(Image Courtesy: dehradun.amarujala.com).

“I am happy to become No. 1. But my aim is to become No. 1 in the senior category as well,” said Siril, who is ahead of Toma Junior Popov of France. Another Indian, Chirag Sen is ranked No. 3.

Recalling the harrowing experience in October, Siril said, “It was unfortunate but I have come out of that. I reached the finals of the Junior Worlds. I should have won the title but I missed it. I was not thinking about the ranking but I knew if I performed consistently the ranking would improve on its own.”
Ask him about his target and he says: “I want to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and win a medal there. I want to perform consistently and win as many titles as possible.”

Siril won the U-15 Asian junior championship in 2013. He also became the first Indian to win the Badminton Asia Youth Championships the same year.

Siril will make his first attempt into the senior category in the forthcoming international level later this month. “I am playing the qualifiers of Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold. Hopefully, I will qualify for the event,” he said.

Gopichand To Inspect The Badminton Venue After Meghalaya’s Withdrawal Threat

GUWAHATI: Hosting the 12th South Asia Games (SAG) along with Assam is under threat in Meghalaya and the games technical committee too writing the conditions unsuitable for the event, and plans to shift the venue of badminton event from Shillong to Guwahati after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has deputed national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand to carry out the final assessment of the venue and will inspect the Badminton Venue After Meghalaya’s Withdrawal Threat.


Gopichand, who was supposed to arrive at Shillong on Saturday had to reschedule his visit till January 13 after his flight from New Delhi was cancelled due to heavy foggy conditions, Meghalaya State Olympic Association working president John F Kharshiing told TOI.

“Gopichand’s view will be very crucial for us but we look forward positively for an early resolution of the impasse. We would certainly like to get on with the games,” Kharshiing said.

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has personally stepped in and is making all-out efforts to block the moves to shift badminton event out of Shillong. The state sports secretary has also written to the IOA and SAI against this move.

Karshiing. (Image Courtesy: www.youtube.com).

John F Karshiing.
(Image Courtesy: www.youtube.com).

On Tuesday F Kharshiing sent out emails to director general of SAI Injeti Srinivas, CEO, 12th SAG 2016, Shillong, IOA president N Ramachandran, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta seeking immediate intervention for resolving the crisis.

Union minister of state for sports and youth welfare Sarbananda Sonowal has also assured to intervene and said that the sentiments of the people of Meghalaya would have to be respected.

A podium Finish At All England Is My Biggest Goal: Jayaram

NEW DELHI: Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram feels his struggle with injuries year has made him mentally tougher and aggressive and he is now focusing on his dream of reaching the podium at the All England Championship in March.

It is remarkable to note that, Jayaram reached his maiden Super Series final at Korea Open and then won the Dutch Open after enduring a challenging seven-month layoff in the year gone by.

Ajay Jayaram

Ajay Jayaram.

“I am mentally tougher, I guess I have faced a lot of challenges. After the injury in 2014 when I was out for six months, getting back in action was difficult initially. But it made me realise that life is going to throw bigger challenges and the best way to go about is to keep fighting,” he said.

“I am really looking forward to the All England in March. If I get a streak like the one I got in Korea Open I can actually end up with a podium finish. It has been a long time dream and the biggest goal.”

“I am trying to focus on every tournament and not thinking too much just about Rio. Yes, it is difficult to keep it completely out of mind but taking one tournament at a time and getting better and consistent results is the right way to look at it. The best part is this time I have better results behind me and that is a big factor,” he said.

“In the next few months, I have to make the right balance in the number of tournaments and finding time to train.”

Asked how his game has changed over the years, Jayaram said: “Ever since I started training with Tom in 2010, I have changed my game to an extent. Before that I was defensive, now I am quicker and a little more aggressive. That has given me good results this year, I have been consistent in longer rallies and patient on court. I am also thinking more on court now.”

On how he evaluates himself when compared to top-10 players, Jayaram said: “In my head I am very much there. The main thing is playing that level consistently which I have struggled I have to keep fighting and hopefully stabilise this year.”

Asked if he feels things have opened up in singles in the last four years, he said: “I will still put Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Chen Long in different league. rest of top 20 or 30 are open, it is very high level but almost every Super Series it is anyone’s game.

Having won both his matches at the PBL so far, Jayaram says the event has been a confidence-booster ahead of the season.
“It will help me to put in good stead for Malaysia GP and India GP next.”

Quoting on the PBL, he said, “We have good chance. It is a well balanced team. We have good men’s doubles players. Gabie (Gabrielle Adcock) is strong mixed doubles contender. On Thursday we moved to top of table winning our trump matches. So hoping for the best.”

Meanwhile, Upinder Zutshi, MD and CEO of Infinite Computer Solutions, which owns Delhi Acers, said: “Right from the start we have been promoting social activities. We have been associated with sports, we supported athletes, sponsored golf events but this is the biggest step.

“Badminton is something which just happened and we evaluated it and we thought it will be the right step to promote the game and also promote our brand. We have a large company but we are not known much in India.”

Delhi Acers won both their matches at home and Jayaram feels his team has a good chance of winning the PBL.

PBL: Second Straight Defeat At Home For Hyderabad

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Hunters suffered their second straight defeat at home as they lost to Chennai Smashers 3-4 in the Premier Badminton League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

Even before Hunters played their trump match, the hosts were out of the contest losing three of the first four matches. Hyderabad’s move to change the mixed doubles combination backfired as Carsten Mogensen and Jwala Gutta failed to put up a fight against Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah of Chennai. The match ended in just 16 minutes to silence the Indo-Denmark combination 15-7, 15-7.

Lee Chong Wei got Hyderabad back into the contest with a three game victory over Sony Dwi Kuncoro 15-3, 12-15, 15-8. Needing a victory to keep them in hunt, Hyderabad banked on Parupalli Kashyap. But Kashyap disappointed the home crowd once again losing to Simon Santoso 12-15, 12-15.

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

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

In the crucial women’s singles, which was also the trump match for Chennai, P.V. Sindhu recovered from a mid-match slump to overcome Kathenthon Supanida 15-8, 14-15, 15-5.

In mixed doubles, Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido of Hyderabad defeated Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra of Chennai 15-12, 15-13. Though they lost the tie, this victory is important because Hyderabad secured two points from this match and the semifinalists are decided on points.

PBL: Awadhe Warriors Beat Chennai Smashers To Enter PBL Semis

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

HYDERABAD: A Saina Nehwal-less Awadhe Warriors beat the PV Sindhu-led Chennai Smashers 4-1 on the last day of the Hyderabad leg of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Monday.

With this victory, the Warriors jumped to the top spot of the standings with 17 points and thus qualifying for the semifinals. This was the Warriors’ fourth consecutive victory after losing their first encounter to Mumbai Rockets on January 2nd 2016.

On the other hand, the Smashers lost their first tie in four outings and they are currently third in the standings with 13 points.

After sharing two wins each in the first four matches, it all boiled down to the mixed doubles contest which was the first match where both teams played their respective Trump cards. A win in a team’s selected Trump Match gives them two points while a loss deducts one.

The Warriors’ pair of Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen clearly turned out to be the better combination on the night, winning the match and the tie 15-7 and 15-10 against Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah of the Smashers.

Sai Praneeth. (Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

Sai Praneeth.
(Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

The Smashers got the start they wanted as Brice Leverdez went on to beat the energetic Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15-13, 15-9 to give the Chennai-based team a 1-0 lead.
B. Sai Praneeth, for Awadhe Warriors levelled things up with a 12-15, 15-8, 15-13 triumph over Sony Dwi Kuncoro of the Smashers.

“It’s never easy to come back after losing the first game. I committed a lot of mistakes in the first game and Sony took full advantage of it. I knew if I get my rhythm I will play better and that’s what happened in the rest of the match and the
result is in front of all,” said Sai.

Experienced shuttlers Cai Yun and Hendra Gunawan gave the Warriors the lead (2-1) in the tie for the first time when they outwitted the scratch combination of Toby N.G. and Pranav Chopra of the Smashers 15-13, 15-11.

“A positive result always works as a confidence-builder for your team. We had prepared our strategies against them and managed to implement them properly,” said the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champion Cai.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

Smashers skipper Sindhu then equalised the contest with a 15-7, 15-3 thrashing of G. Vrushali in the women’s singles contest. “It was a comfortable win I would say,” said Sindhu.

Eventually Issara and Pedersen sealed it for the Warriors to book a place in the semis.

Now, all will depend on the final day of the league phase on Wednesday when the Rockets take on the Acers followed by a match-up between the Smashers and Top Guns. With the Warriors and Acers through and Hunters out, two teams from Smashers, Rockets and Top Guns will enter the semis.

The final day of the league phase will be played in Bengaluru on Wednesday with Tuesday as a break.

Awadhe Warriors bt Chennai Smashers 4-1 (Brice Leverdez (CS) bt S Tanongsak (AW) 1513, 15-9; Sai Praneeth (AW) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro 12-15, 15-8, 15-13; Cai Yun\Hendra Gunawan (AW) bt Pranaav ChopraToby Ng (CS) 15-13, 15-11; PV Sindhu (CS) bt G Vrushali (AW) 15-7, 15-3; Christinna Pedersen\Bodin Issara (AW) bt Chris Adcock\Pia Zebadiah (CS) 15-7, 15-10).

PBL: Mumbai Rockets Down Hyderabad Hunters

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

HYDERABAD: Out of the six teams competing for a podium finish in the progressing PBL 2016, Hyderabad Hunters became the first team to exit the Premier Badminton League (PBL).

The Hyderabad Hunters lost four out of their five matches in the league.

while Awadhe Warriors and Delhi Acers with each 17 points on the table assured their place in the semifinals.

R.M.V Gurusai Dutt.(Image Courtesy: www.orissapost.com).

R.M.V Gurusai Dutt.
(Image Courtesy: www.orissapost.com).

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

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







Earlier, needing a big win to qualify for the knockouts, Hyderabad started off on a strong note winning the first two matches but suffered a big loss when Parupalli Kasyap lost the trump match against H.S. Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets 11-15, 13-15. Later, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt won the trump match for Mumbai with a convincing 15-12, 15-4 victory against A.S.S. Siril Verma, for Hyderabad Hunters. The mixed doubles team of Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl made it 4-1 for Mumbai as they defeated Markis Kido and Jwala Gutta 15-8, 15-8.

With this loss Hyderabad finished their league engagements with one victory and four losses. With a total tally of 11 points, Hyderabad are virtually out of PBL. Mumbai with 13 points have a very good chance of qualifying for the semifinals.

Hyderabad were signing on a low note even before start of the tournament as the star player of PBL, Lee Chong Wei, left for Malaysia late on Sunday as he was given permission by his federation to stay only till January 10 2016.

Mumbai Rockets bt Hyderabad Hunters 4-1(K Supanida (HH) bt Liu Zi Die (MR) 1315, 15-14, 15-14; Carsten Mogensen\Markis Kido (HH) bt T Chayut\Vladimir Ivanov 15-7, 15-14; HS Prannoy (MR) bt P Kashyap (HH) 15-11, 15-13; RMV Gurusaidutt (MR) bt ASS Siril Verma 15-12, 15-4; V Ivanov\Kamilla Juhl 15-8, 15-8).