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Saina Nehwal Pulls Out Of Syed Modi Citing Illness

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

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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.

BAI Unveiled Premier Badminton League 2016 Trophy

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NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India unveiled the trophy presented on Sunday to the winner of the Premier Badminton League 2016, the Delhi Acers!

For the first time, trophies will be presented to both the winner as well as the runner-up team. While the height of the winner’s trophy is 36″ (Gold Finish), the runner-up trophy will be 28″ (Silver Finish) and made of sterling silver.

The trophy is designed to stir up interest for badminton as it glorifies the shuttlecock which symbolises the sport. It celebrates and depicts the many facets of a sportsman and his journey from struggle to victory.

Speaking on the occasion, BAI President and PBL chairman Akhilesh Das Gupta said, “Presenting the trophy brings immense pleasure and it reflects the success of BAI’s endeavour to take the sport to the next level. The Trophy is indeed a very unique piece as it was crafted specially by Chief Designer of Ravissant, who are the best in hot enamelling.

“The Winning Team will feel proud to hold the magnificent trophy and will inspire the finalists tomorrow to compete for the beauties that the designers have created on our behalf.”

Speaking ahead of the summit clash tomorrow, H. S. Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets said, “Till now, the Star Sports PBL has been very competitive as all the teams have the best players but the final battle will tomorrow between two best teams of the League. The Trophy looks very exhilarating and its worth fighting for it.”

Delhi Acers’ Ajay Jayaram said, “It has been a awesome journey in the League and we played like a winner. Now we need to overcome the last hurdle tomorrow. Though we will have the home advantage but we can’t ignore the strengths of Mumbai Rockets, who defeated mighty Awadhe warriors yesterday. My whole team like the trophy as its very beautiful.”

The trophy is designed by the Chief Designer and exclusively handcrafted by Master Craftsman at Ravissant who is known for its exquisite and state of the art silverware across the world.

PBL-2016: Mumbai Rockets Beat Awadhe Warriors To Enter PBL Final, Will Face Delhi Acers

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HYDERABAD: Mumbai Rockets stormed into the final with an emphatic 3-0 win in the second semi-finals of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli indoor stadium on Friday.

The Mumbai side would now take on the Delhi Acers in the summit clash at the Siri Forts Sports Complex in the Capital on Sunday.

Mumbai won the Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and also the Women’s Singles, in which Saina played for Awadhe, to bag four points. Awadhe got one point with its win in the Mixed Doubles, but with World No. 2 Saina Nehwal suffered a crushing defeat in Awadhe Warriors’ Trump match the last match of the tie, second Men’s Singles, which was the Trump match of Mumbai, was abandoned.

It was Mumbai’s Han Li from China who pulled off the sensational 15-8, 13-15 and 15-7 victory over Saina who is currently ranked world no. 2 in Women’s Singles.

Saina Nehwal. (ImageCourtesy: www.livemint.com).

Saina Nehwal.
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Saina lost the first game 8-15 to Han Li but the Indian managed to win the second game 15-13 after a hard-fought battle. In the decider, Han Li sensed Saina was not able to move properly, capitalized on it and won the third game and the match against saina.

In the mixed doubles match, Awadhe’s Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen pair beat Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov of Mumbai 12-15, 15-13 and 15-14 in a close battle with both sides trying to outsmart each other.


H.S. Prannoy.(Image Courtesy: post.jagran.com).

H.S. Prannoy.
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After winning the match, Prannoy said: “A good win for my team after losing the first match. I had an unfortunate start and lost the first game. However, with my team’s support and motivation, I came back strongly with better strategies.

“Tanongsak is very good player and challenged me many times in the match today and which I enjoyed. I just played my attacking game and reduced my errors. Happy to level the scores for my team.”

Mumbai’s Mathias Boe and Ivanov defeated Awadhe’s Bodin and Cai in the Men’s Doubles 15-10, 12-15 and 15-13. The Men’s Doubles was also a close match with both sides leaving no stones unturned to take an advantage. The Mumbai pair, however, prevailed over their rivals in the end.

With each team winning one game each, the third game was a close contest. Though Awadhe took an early lead, but the Mumbai players fought back steadily, but Awadhe took the credit in the end.

Saina’s Loses The ‘Trump’ Card, Hands Final Berth To Mumbai

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Mathias Boe. (Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Mathias Boe.
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HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal, the world no .2 and icon player of Awadhe Warriors lost her trump match and handed over a 3-0 victory to Mumbai Rockets in the semifinals of Premier Badminton League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

Needing a victory to keep her team in the contest, Saina failed to come to the party as she lost to Han Li 8-15, 15-13, 15-7 in the fourth match of the semifinals when Awadhe were trailing 1-2.

At this juncture, Saina stepped in to play the trump match to secure two points for her team but, however, found the going tough against the Chinese shuttler.

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

Saina Nehwal.
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Sensing that Saina is struggling with her movement, Li sprayed the bird all over the court. Saina struggled to control the pace of the game and even her drops landed into the net. It was disconcerting to watch the champion shuttler gasping for breath on a few occasions, particularly in the third game.

With Saina’s loss Mumbai were not required to play their trump match.

Earlier, mixed doubles pair of Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen gave a good start to Awadhe by winning a closely-contested three-game encounter against Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl 12-15, 15-13, 15-14. In the contest that went down to the wire, Ivanov played brilliantly right throughout the contest but all the good work was lost in the end as he hit the bird long to concede the winner at 14-14 in the decider.

Men’s singles shuttler H.S. Prannoy brought Mumbai back into the contest. The world No. 33 made a splendid recovery after losing the first game to beat Tananongsak Saensomboonsuk 12-15, 15-7, 15-9.

Mumbai Rockets will face Delhi Acers in the final on Sunday.

Results (2nd Semi Finals):
Mumbai bt Awadhe 4-0: Kamilla Juhl and Ivanov lost to Bodin Issara and Pedersen 15-12, 13-15, 14-15; H.S. Prannoy bt Tanongsak 12-15, 15-7, 15-9; Mathias Boe and Ivanov bt Bodin and Cai Yun 15-10, 12-15, 15-13; Han Li bt Saina Nehwal 15-8, 13-15, 15-7.

With China Struggling, Saina, Sindhu Can Win At Rio: Boe’s Angle

NEW DELHI: Mathias Boe of Denmark, a silver-medallist at the London Olympics 2012 feels India’s Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu can clinch medals at the Rio Olympics this year as China’s dominance in world badminton, especially in women’s singles, seems to be ending.

Mathias Boe. (Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Mathias Boe.
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“If you look at the last few tournaments they are not as good as they used to be but may be they tried something different, I don’t know. We will know that better after the Olympics. If they can get all five gold medals we can’t say so. But it seems they are not as dominant now,” Boe, who is in India to play for Mumbai Rockets at the Premier Badminton League (PBL), said.

“Like in Ladies single, they always had the best in the top 4 in the world but now they have just one. In men’s singles they have Chen Long, he is the best, they have the best mixed and ladies doubles. However, I would say they have struggled a bit especially in ladies singles where they have always dominated. They seem a little old but let’s not rule them out because that would be a mistake,” he added.

Talking about India’s chances at the Olympics, Boe said: “I think Saina and Sindhu will have a chance. They are among the top-10 players of the world. Saina is in top-four, and both these girls have been at the highest level. So they can do that in Olympics. If they can handle pressure then definitely I don’t see why they can’t get a gold medal for India.”

“We have few big tournaments which is always fun to win. All England is one of the most prestigious tournaments apart from World Championship and Olympics. We have been fortunate to win it twice and to win it three times will be great as there are not many player to do so,” said Boe, who won the silver medal at the 2006 European Championships with Mogensen.

“Also there is Malaysia Open which we have never won, and India Open which we have won once but every time we go on court we want to win. So that is what we are aiming for,” added the left-handed shuttler, who helped Mumbai Rockets reach the finals by beating Awadhe Warriors 3-0 in the semifinals last night.

One half of the World No. 4 pair, Boe said they are looking forward to the opportunity of becoming the only doubles pair to win two Olympics medals at Rio Games.

“We know we can win Olympics. It is bigger than other events. Whoever can handle pressure best and if we can play our best it will be good enough. I am looking forward to the next few tournaments and qualify for Rio and have another shot at glory,” he said.

“Olympics come every four year. It is the biggest goal, biggest dream for any badminton player and we are no exception. We already have a silver at Olympics and if we can win another medal then we will be the only pair to have two medal and that will be remarkable,” he added.

Asked about his opinion on why India have not been able to produce quality doubles players, Boe said, “I think a lot of glory and what they have achieved is due to (Pullela) Gopichand’s work. He used to be a singles players and his expertise lies in singles.

“So when he started coaching he preferred to coach singles players and it is a normal development. He had to start somewhere and India have done well in singles and now you have some young doubles players doing well in u-19.

“It will come with time. You already have Manu and Sumeeth who won in Mexico, so India is on the right track. It takes years to develop quality doubles player,” he added.

Talking about his stint at the Premier Badminton League, Boe said: “It is more structure this year. Not as much as in Europe but overall another good experience. Last few days have been hectic with three days of illness and a lot of travelling. We just have to get things together and get ready for tomorrow.”

Boe hoped PBL will inspire youngsters to take up the game. “People who are watching us at court or TV, will inspire youngsters to take up the game. I hope with time it will generate good players. Lot of academies is building up. There are many opportunity for young shuttlers in India.”

Boe has already won the All England twice and said he aims to have another shot at glory at the prestigious event in Birmingham in March.

PBL: Awadhe Warriors Beat Chennai Smashers To Enter PBL Semis

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

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

Saina Nehwal.
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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.

PBL 2016: Chennai Beat Mumbai 4-3

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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.
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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

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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.

Premier Badminton League Releases Its Official Anthem

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NEW DELHI: Premier Badminton League today released its official Anthem on its Facebook page. The anthem is composed by Salim and Sulaiman togeother.

The theme is named “Halla Macha De” during the entire League and come out full-on to support their team. The musical anthem is all set to get the audience to hum the anthem and in the process look forward to the kick start of the much awaited action.

The main purpose of the anthem is to invite viewers from across the world to get hooked to the games and create the “Halla”.

The anthem has gone Live on its Facebook page and will soon be available on Youtube.

FM stations will soon sing the anthem on their stations further getting the fans excited.

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.(Image Courtesy: bollyspice.com).

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.
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The musical duo Salim Sulaiman will also perform the song LIVE on 2nd January 2016 at the official opening ceremony at National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) in Mumbai.




Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI and PBL Chairman said “I am very happy the way the Anthem has been created by Salim and Sulaiman. It perfectly captures and strikes the emotions of the player as well as the fans feelings while the game is on. I am sure the song will make each Indian and each badminton lover to come forward and create the noise that the League right deserves”



Speaking on their association, Salim and Sulaiman said “We are happy to get associated with the League and the entire idea behind the song is to set off the players as well as the fans to ‘Halla Macha De’. We hope we will be successful in touching the chords of the fans across India and get them to sing to the tune of the Anthem”.

The Premier Badminton League will start on 2nd January 2016 between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors.

The League will also be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.