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Voltric 7 Badminton Racquet Review

Voltric 7.(Image Courtesy:  badminton-coach.co.uk).

Voltric 7.
(Image Courtesy: badminton-coach.co.uk).

Voltric 7 was introduced at 2011 All England open badminton championships and comes in a full length bag, which is now standard for the Voltric range. This racquet is striking in red, with flashes of white and yellow.

This particular model is only available in 4U (weight 81-85g) in UK, and grip size G4 which is the smaller of the grip sizes on offer in UK.

The Voltric range is a combination of Armortec, Nanospeed and Arcsaber technologies and so far it’s worked remarkably well on the high end Voltrics.

This is a head heavy racquet while considering balance wise, but certainly not as heavy as the other high-end Voltrics. I’d say this is very close to the weight of Armortec 900 Power.

Voltric 7 could be a good alternative to AT900 T.

This racquet has a medium flex shaft and is certainly suitable for club and league players.

Maximum recommended tension on this racquet is 24lbs which also is a typical feature of Yonex racquets.

As far as the power is concerned, clears will go effortless, despite the lower tension string but however you can still feel the weight in the head and noticeably lighter than VT80.

The Voltric range will soon replace Armortec range of racquets.

The slightly lighter head is capable of high racquet swing speeds and the weight in the head still gets delivered during the smashes. This racquet also copes well for defence and for flat rallies.

Saina, Sindhu To Compete In 12th SAG

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

SHILLONG: World’s top-ranked players Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and a host of renowned shuttlers have been named to represent the country in the upcoming 12th SAG scheduled to be held here.

In a release by Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI and Chairman GTCC, listed the players, which includes Saina, Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram.

The team championship for men and women will be held on league basis on February 6 and 7. The semifinals and the finals will be held on February 8.

The individual events, men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles will be held on February 9 and 10.

Eight men’s teams and seven women’s teams are participating in the team event.

The squad:
Mens singles: Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram.

Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Ruthvika Shivani, P.C. Thulasi.

Men’s doubles: Manu Atri and Sumeeth Reddy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

Women’s doubles: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy and K Maneesha.

Coaches: Tan Kim Her, Vijaydeep Singh, Amrish Shinde, Ravikanth Singla.

Saina Nehwal Dedicates Padma Bhushan Award To Coach Vimal

Saina with U. Vimal Kumar. (Image Courtesy: www.seeandsay.in).

Saina with U. Vimal Kumar.
(Image Courtesy: www.seeandsay.in).

MUMBAI: India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Monday dedicated her Padma Bhushan award to coach U. Vimal Kumar under whose guidance she rose to the top of the world rankings.

It is noteable and remarkable that already the 25-year-old Saina has already been a recipient of the Arjuna Award (2009), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2010) and Padma Shri (2010).



U. Vimal kumar. (Image Courtesy: archive.deccanherald.com).

U. Vimal kumar.
(Image Courtesy: archive.deccanherald.com).

“I would like to thank the ministry for giving me Padma Bhushan. It is a great feeling, very honoured. I would like to dedicate the award to my coach U. Vimal Kumar sir totally. The way he has helped me in the last one year is great and made me become World No.1 and so many other achievements,” Saina said in a statement.

“Also, I would like to thank my parents, physio Sidhharth and trainer Deckline Leitao for supporting me so much,” the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist added.

Ahead of the 2014 Asian Games, Saina decided to move out of Pullela Gopichand Academy and switched her training base to Bengaluru under the guidance of Vimal. Her decision came after being laid low by a spate of injuries and a series of disappointing losses, including the 2014 BWF World Championships.

She started 2015 on a brilliant note by winning the India Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow, beating reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the final. She followed it up with her lone Superseries title, The India Open which she won after defeating the former world champion Ratchanok Intanon in the finals.

Saina also won the 2014 China Open title and in 2015, reached the finals of three prestigious events, All-England, World Championships and China Open.

Saina is one of India’s biggest hopes of winning a medal at the forthcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Padma Bhushan is India’s third highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.

Sanjeeva Rao From Tanuku Is The Newest Badminton Sensation

VIJAYAWADA: Rella Sanjeeva Rao, a budding badminton player from Tanuku in West Godavari district who was the top ranker in India’s U-13 age group last year, the first to achieve the feat from the district is hardly 14 but, his accomplishments are spearheading. Despite hailing from an economically weak family, sheer determination has led him to pursue his passion – badminton. His hard work paid dividends by making a mark in the sport.

It wasn’t an easy coup for Sanjeeva Rao as he had lost his father, the breadwinner of his family, at a time when he just began pursuing his love for the game. His mother Rella Annapurna started supporting the family by working at a dairy parlour in the town. With a meagre income of Rs 4,000 per month, which comes to less than Rs 150 per day, she is struggling to make both ends meet.

“It isn’t easy. But his love and dedication for the game are worth giving it a shot. When I learnt that he beat everyone in the national championship to reach the top spot, I forget all the hardship,” Annapurna says with a sense of pride.

When asked how many hours her son spends a day to practise the game, she said, “At least six hours. Two hours in the morning, two at school and two more after school. When there are tournaments, he will practise for two more hours,” shares Annapurna.

Sanjeeva Rao, who is busy practising for the ‘All India sub-junior national badminton championship’ scheduled to begin in Hyderabad on January 25, says, “I want to represent India at international tournaments.”

Sanjeev got his first break when his coach at AKTP ZP High School S Satish Babu spotted him and asked him if he was interested in honing his skills. “I noticed he has exemplary skills when he was playing at the school and enrolled him for coaching in 2013. Since then, he has been outdoing himself,” says Babu.

He adds that Sanjeev’s aim isn’t a distant dream. “He has excelled in all the U-13 badminton championships and I am confident that he will be able to live his dream if he works with the same focus, as he is doing now, in the next two years,” Babu said.

To his credit, Sanjeev has a record of playing various national-level badminton championships eight times out of which he won a gold medal (in November, 2015) and finished at semi-finals thrice. He won several state-level championships in both singles and doubles category.

Sanjeev’s dedication, hard work and achievements also made others respond and support him. Recently, founder of Chitturi Subba Rao – Gopichand Badminton Academy, Chitturi Subba Rao, has announced free services at his academy. “The academy founder said Sanjeev can use the services for free. Sometimes, a few people come forward to donate shoes and other things,” said G Kusuma Kumari, physical director of SKSD Mahila Kalasala where the academy is situated.

Saina Nehwal Pulls Out Of Syed Modi Citing Illness

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

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

LUCKNOW: The defending champion, Saina is still nursing for a foot injury and now a recurring fever, has pulled out of the women’s singles competition at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

“I have been carrying the illness for a couple of days and have not fully recovered. I need some time to recover and get back into shape,” Saina said in a letter to the organisers of the event, which begin with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.

Saina had earlier confirmed her participation last week, organised by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association under the auspices of Badminton Association of India (BAI)

Earlier, the World No. 2 Saina had hurt her achilles tendon during the China Open finals last year. She missed the Hong Kong Open but, took part in the BWF Super Series Masters at Dubai in December but has been struggling with her fitness ever since.
“She was unwell during the PBL semifinal match and has been suffering from bouts of recurrent viral fever ever since. So she is lacking in stamina and to play at the highest level, it is important to be at your best. So after consulting with her coach Vimal Kumar, she decided to skip the event,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.

The star Indian had played for Awadhe Warriors in the recently-concluded Premier badminton League, where she won two and lost one against China’s Han Li in the semifinal contest.

In 2012, Saina had conceded the first round match despite being on match point against Russian Ksenia Polikarpova after complaining of knee problems. It left the organisers disappointed as Saina was not keen on playing and had already booked her return tickets to Hyderabad.

With Saina withdrawing, P. V. Sindhu will head the Indian challenge and she has a bright chance of laying her hands on the trophy as she is brimming with confidence after winning the Malaysia Masters last week.

The 25-year-old, who was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award yesterday, is the best bet for India at the Rio Olympics and has to be at the top of her game to earn India another medal at the Games.

Among others who pulled out of the event, World No. 11 Tommy Sugiarto is the most prominent name. The withdrawl of the Indonesian, who had an unbeaten run at the PBL, handed an easy first round match to India’s Sourabh Verma, who will now take on compatriot Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.

In men’s singles, defending champion Parupalli Kashyap, who was supposed to face Spain’s Pablo Abian, will now meet qualifier Oscar Bansal in the opening round, while Siril Verma, the new world No. 1 among junior men, will face 11th seed Boonsak Ponsana in his opener.

The Olympic bronze medallist cited illness as the reason behind her last-minute withdrawal.