Saina In Second Round At The Yonex French Open 2015

Yonex French Open 2015

Saina Nehwal, the World No.2 Women Singles player had it easy against Canada’s Michelle, a Commonwealth Games champion in the ongoing Yonex French Open badminton championships here in Paris.

In the first game, it was Michelle who made a clear sart in the first game going for a early lead of 7-3. Then Saina slowly but steadily gained confidence and played some superb winners to narrow down the score and to take a lead at 7-6. From here, it was a neck to neck battle for both until 16-16. But, saina made it clear thr game was her’s by pocketing the next 4 points, even when Michelle manages to get 2 points in her favour.

In the second game, the game was entirely in saina’s favour as she showed supremacy in her game and took a lead to 2-5 and did not allow Michelle to come anywhere near her to wind up the second game and the match as well comfortably in Saina’s favour.

Saina will face Minatsu Mitani of Japan, whom she has lost a couple of times in the second round in this years Japan Open and Denmark Open.

February Asian badminton Team Event May Be Hosted In Hyderabad

Badminton Asia Confederation

Badminton Asia Team Championships, which is scheduled to be held in February 2016 from 15 – 21 is on the cards but, it has been learnt that Hyderabad has more number of chances to be the choosen one for hosting the event for which the officials of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) are arriving in Hyderabad to inspect the facilities at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in the weeks to come. If BAC confirms this championship to India, then the newly formed Telangana state  will be hosting its first ever biggest sporting event.

This event in particular offers more points than the Superseries events so, international top players particularly from Asia are keen to compete in this tournament. This tournament will also serve as a major platform for qualifying to the Rio Olympics.

A BAI official quoted on the incident that, “The Asian federation and the broadcasters want Hyderabad as the venue. We have almost won the bid but the only concern is the availability of practice courts. However, the state government is making arrangements for this. Once the BAC officials inspect these facilities we will be allotted this event. This will be the biggest badminton event that the new state of Telangana would be hosting,”


Badminton String

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String is very important part of the racquet with which the racquet that we play contacts the shuttle. Most badminton sport related manufacturers have their own leading brands and of various flavours in badminton guts.

Now a days, these strings are made out of Single filament or Multi-filament Nylon materials where various compositions are added to maintain its texture, hardness and durability for long hours of play. The Multi-Filament strings provide increased elasticity.

A good professional racquet just needs a good string for a good play. There are lot of badminton strings available for one’s need. A highend racquet normally doesn’t come with a string. So, a players has the freedom to choose the right string for their own feel and game and also leaves you with the freedom of choosing with the right tension.

A good string should give you good resillience, good feel, less shock, more control.

There are several players who require various tension levels for their game requirement. The maximum tension a racquet can widthstand is usually printed on the shaft of the racquet. Many International players usually choose the maximum tension for a racquet around 30lb for more accuracy and control. Higher the number of tension, the tighter the string and less contact time for the shuttle in the racquet so apparently you transfer less power from your arm to the shuttle.

If tension is above or equal to 30 lbs, there is a chance of weakening the wrists,as more power is needed to send the shuttle to the far side of court. Another disadvantage is that when we mis-hit the shuttle on the frame, there is a chance of breaking the string or even the frame. Even when two racuets collide during the play, the higher string tension may even cause the racquet to break.

For a beginner, the highest recommended string tension would be around 20lbs. For an Intermediate player it would be around 24lb. For an advanced player, the tension recommended would be from 24lbs to 28lbs.

Basics of Badminton Racquet


A Wooden badminton Racquet.
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Badminton racquets is the tool through which badminton players interacts with the bird or shuttlecock. The badminton racquet consists of three important parts viz.,
the head or frame, the shaft (which joins the head and the handle) and the handle, used for holding the racquet whos base material is wood.

First when the badminton sport started, the whole racquet was made out of wood. Technological changes were made and manufacturers enhanced the making of badminton racquets and classified them for the level of players.

A badminton racquetFor a beginner’s racquet, the frame and the shaft is made up of Aluminum alloy or steel to withstand the beginners level game. So, these racquets will be heavy when
compared to the intermediate or advance players racquets. It is build to withstand the game effects of a beginner level player. Eg., Yonex-Carbonex 6000 plus,
Nanospeed 33 is an beginner racquet.

For an Intermediate level player, the head is made up of Aluminium alloy or steel, while the shaft is made up of graphite or carbon material to reduce the weight of the racquet, thus giving it the necessary flexibility needed for an intermediate player. Eg., Yonex-Carbonex 7000 Plus, Nanospeed 66 is an excellent Intermediate racquet.

The advanced racquets are fully made up of graphite or carbon only thus making it the best in its class for competitive badminton. Starting from Carbonex 8000 Plus series are good competitive advanced player racquets.

Jwala Gutta


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Jwala Gutta, was born on 7 September 1983, to a Telugu Hindu Indian father and a Chinese mother at Wardha, Maharashtra, India.

She married her fellow badminton player Chetan Anand, but that doesn’t work out as a happy married life for both, so both of tehm sought and got divorced.

She is a left-handed international badminton player. India. She is the country’s top-level doubles specialist and has partnered with Shruti Kurien earlier in her career. The pair then split and Jwala then paired up with Ashwini Ponnappa before New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnapa has consistently been ranked among the top-twenty in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10 in 2015.

She is also a specialist mixed doubles player who partnered Valiyaveetil Diju to win major international tournaments with whom she was at her career best at World No 6 in 2010. After 2010, controversies broke and the mixed doubles pair split. Now Jwala Gutta plays only women’s doubles along with Ashwini Ponnappa.


She is representing India on the international circuit for more than 15 years.


under 13 – Mini National Badminton Championship, Thrissur, Kerala – Winner.
2000 – Junior National Championship.
2000 – Women’s Doubles and Senior National Badminton Championship, (Partner – Sruthi Kurien) – Winner.
2002 – 2008 – Senior National Badminton Championship, (Partner – Sruthi Kurien) – Winner.

National Badminton Championships – 14 times till 2013.

2006 Commonwealth Games, Mixed Team – Bronze Medal
2008 Bitburger Open – (Partner – V. Diju) – Winners.
2008 Bulgaria Open – (Partner – Shruti Kurian) – Winners.
2009 Indian Open – (Partner – V. Diju) – Runner up.
2009 BWF World Championships (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2009 BWF Super Series Masters Finals – (Partner – V. Diju)Runner-up .
2009 Victor Korea Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Semi-Finalists.
2009 Chinese Taipei GP Gold – (Partner – V. Diju) – Winners .
2010 BWF World Championships – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2010 Singapore Open Superseries – (Partner -V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2010 Singapore Open Superseries – (Partner -Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2010 Indian GP Gold – (Partner – V. Diju) – Winner .
2010 Commonwealth Games – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa)- Gold Medal.
2010 Commonwealth Games – Mixed Team – Silver Medal.
2010 Indian GP Gold (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Runner-up.
2011 BWF World Championships – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Bronze medal .
2011 China Masters Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Semi-Finalists.
2011 Victor Korea Superseries Premier – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2011 Denmark Open Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2011 Indian GP Gold – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2012 Victor Korea Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2012 India Open Superseries – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2012 Singapore Open Superseries – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2014 Uber Cup – Women’s Team – Bronze Medal.
2014 Badminton Asia Championships (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Bronze Medal .
2014 Commonwealth Games (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Silver Medal .
2015 BWF World Championships (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2015 Indian GP Gold (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Semi-Finalists.
2015 Yonex US GP Gold (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Semi-Finalists.
2015 Yonex Canada Open (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa)- Winner.

S.M Arif.
Pullela Gopichand, former national and International badminton player. Also a dronacharya awardee.

Represented Krrish Delhi Smashers Franchise of the Indian Badminton League.


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2011 – Arjuna Awardee.

Jwala Gutta badminto Academy (Proposed).

P.V. Sindhu


P.V. Sindhu.

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, was born on 5th July 1995 to Mr.Ramanna and P. Vijaya, both former volleyball players.

It is noteable that, Sindhu’s father Ramanna is himself an Arjuna Awardee. Ramanna represented India in Volleyball.



1. Under-10 category – 5th Servo All India ranking championship (doubles) – Winner.
2. Under-10 category – Ambuja Cement All India ranking (Singles) – Winner.
3. Under-13 category – Sub-juniors tournament, Pondicherry – Singles – Winner.
4. Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament – Doubles – Winner.
5. Under-13 category – IOC All India Ranking -Winner.
6. Sub-Junior Nationals – Singles – Winner.
7. All India Ranking, Pune – Winner.
8. Under-14 – 51st National School Games – Gold.
9. 2012 – 77th Senior National Badminton Championships, Srinagar – Runner Up.
10. 2012 – Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event, Lucknow – Runner Up.

2009 – Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships, Colombo – Bronze medallist.
2010 – Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge – Silver medal (Singles category).
2010 – Junior World Badminton Championships, Mexico – Quarter Finalist.
2010 – Uber Cup – Team Member.
2011 – Commonwealth Youth Games, Douglas – Gold.
2012 – Indonesia Open – Participation.
2012 – Asia Youth Under 19 Championship – Winner.
2012 – Li Ning China Masters Super Series -Semi Finalist.
2012 – Japan Open, Second round.
2012 – Asian Junior Championships, Gimcheon – Gold.
2013 – Malaysian open – Winner.
2013 – Badminton world championships – Medallist.
2013 – Macau Open Grand Prix Gold – Winner.
2014 – Glasgow Commonwealth Games – Semi Finalist.
2014 – World cup, Denmark – Semi Finalsit.
2014 – Asia Championships, Gimcheon – Bronze medalist.

1. Mehboob Ali, Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad.
2. Pullela Gopichand, a former national, international player.

Trains at:
Pullela Gopichand badminton Academy, Hyderabad.


1. Arjuna Awardee.
2. Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
3. FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014.
4. NDTV Indian of the Year 2014.

Sponsor and Support:

Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit foundation that identifies and supports Indian athletes.

Chetan Anand Badminton Academy


Chetan Anand Badminton Foundation – (CABF).

Chetan Anand, After reaching the career best of world no. 11 in 2009, an ankle injury prevented him from active partcipation in international arena, where his rankings rapidly dropped down to world no 54 over a peroid of time. So, he shifted his mind from playing badminton to coaching badminton.

The Chetan Anand Badminton Foundation (CABF) was started in his hometown, Vijayawada 2nd June 2013. The academy functions on four wooden courts at DRRMC indoor stadium and
initially when started, junior India coach Sudhakar Reddy was the chief coach with days passing by now, Sudhakar Reddy is assisted by additional coaches and other
attendants present in the academy.

This academy acts as a boon to the aspiring talents in the sport of badminton in our country, where proper coaches were shifted to other destinations for lack of coaches across the country from Vijayawada.

The state of Vijayawada has a good number of Junior ranked players who will get benefited from the academy.

The academy incorporates many senior players and coaches across the country to share their personal experiences with the children enrolled in the academy.

Chetan Anand

Chetan Anand

Chetan Anand.

Chetan Anand Buradagunta, was born on July 8, 1980 to Harshavardhan and Suguna in Vijayawada, is a badminton player from India and has a younger brother Sandeep Anand.He had a career best world ranking of world no 11 as on September 12, 2009.

Chetan Anand married fellow badmintion player Jwala Gutta. They filed for a divorce on 29 November 2010. Chetan got married again to Sarada Govardhini Jasti. He is employed at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) as a senior executive engineer.



He was ranked India No.1 on several occasions.

1992 – Mini Nationals (doubles), Mumbai
1999 – Junior National badminton tournament – Winner.
2002 – National badminton tournament – Runner Up.
2003 – National badminton tournament – Runner Up.
2004 – National badminton tournament – Winner.
2007 – National badminton tournament – Winner.
2008 – National badminton tournament – Winner.
2010 – National badminton tournament – Winner.


2004 – Toulouse Open, France – Winner.
2005 – Irish Open, ireland – Winner.
2005 – Scottish open, Scotland – Winner.
2008 – Bitburger Open Grand Prix – Winner.
2008 – Dutch Grand Prix – Runner Up.
2009 – Syed Modi Memorial Grand Prix – Winner.
2009 – Dutch Grand Prix – Quarter Finalist.
2010 – Dutch Grand Prix – Quarter Finalist.


Mr. S. M. Arif.



Chetan Anand.

He is also the recipient of the prestigious Indian Arjuna Award.


Chetan Anand Badminton Foundation (CABF), Vijayawada which was inaugurated at the DRRMC indoor stadium.

Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy

Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy

In 2011, Nikhil Kanetkar, a former national, international and olympian started his own badminton Academy in Pune, namely Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) based at the Balewadi Sports Complex to bridge the gap for young and talented children between Mumbai and Pune. He is the director and chief-coach at NKBA.

NKBA trains in three formats viz the Basic Course, Semi-Advanced Course and the Advanced Course.

The basic course mainly stresses on badminton techniques, stroke play, basic fitness, post-game stretches. The Intermediate and the advance course would initiate stroke play, match play, fitness and strength, mental toughness, etc,.

He anf his academy was part of the team that helped India qualify for the Thomas Cup finals in 2000 for the first time since 1988.

The NKBA also gives coaching for children starting from 6 years of age.

The Academy also conducts summer coaching camps, special camps to promising players who perform at higher levels and is known to other major badminton associations across India.

Frequent involvement of foreign coaches are added attraction to the academy where several ideas are imparted from the global scenerio of the badminton sport to the children getting enroleld in the academy.

After Nikhil started his academy, there’s no looking back for Nikhil as he injectes his personal badminton sporting experiences and shares it will the lads in the academy in shaping future badminton talents.

Nikhil Kanetkar

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Nikhil Kanetkar

Nikhil Kanetkar, an olympian is a male Maharashtrian badminton player from Pune India who was born on May 13, 1979 is one of the few badminton sporting personalities India has produced in the 1990’s and early 2000, where some present badminton players would be unaware of. To his credit, has made India proud by participating and winning some International tournaments and was a former high ranked Indian national singles player for almost 5 to 8 years, his most likely witty and gruelling competitors being Chetan Anand, Gopichand, Rajiv bagga, Abin Shyam Gupta,Sachin Ratti and to name a few.

He had the necessary skills and temperament to outwit some international players during his sporting periods by specializing himself in the sport of badminton by acquring training from best coaches across the country.



A former National champion for many years from 1996 to 2006.


  1. 1998 – Commonwealth Games, Malaysia -Silver Medallist.
  2. 2002 – Welsh open, Cardiff – Runner Up.
  3. 2002 – French Open, Paris – Semi Finalist.
  4. 2004  – Summer Olympics – Pre-Quarter Finalist.
  5. 2006 – Indian International Badminton tournament – Finalist.


In 2011 he created NKBA (Nikhil Kanetkar badminton Academy), based out of the Balewadi Sports Complex. Pune, India.

As a coach:

Offical coach for Pune Pistons team @ the IBL 2013.