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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.

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.

Saina Squad, A Fruitful Venture For Saina In Tournaments!


DUBAI: The ‘Saina Squad’ provided the expected vocal support from the auduence chairs inspiring Saian to come up with a spectacular performance on the recently concluded BWF Super Super Series Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

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

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Saina, need the much needed support from the selected “Saina squad” to down the world No. 1 on the second day and admitted for registering one of her most memorable victories of her career, defeating Marin in the league rounds

Although, Saina could not live up to the expectations and bowed out of the competition with her second defeat in three league matches on Friday.

“It was great to get a massive support from the fans and that too outside India. I am really thankful to the ‘Saina Squad’ members as they constantly encouraged me during my match against Carolina. The huge cheering pumped me up and suddenly I got that extra energy. I am not fully fit now but that emotional cheering really charged me up and I came up with an extraordinary win, surprising everybody, including myself,” Saina told TOI after she overcame her nemesis in three games.

In individual sports, ‘Saina Squad’ has perhaps set the new trend as a group of 20 fans travelled to Dubai to cheer the shuttler. The idea of forming ‘Saina Squad’ came after the Indian lost a close final against Marin in the last World Championship in Indonesia. Marin supporters in the stands were so loud and aggressive that it helped her win a hard-fought match. Star Sports took the initiative and launched a massive campaign in India after which they finalized 20 most passionate followers of Saina.

“It is always nice to get such support. The cheering by Indian fans is sometimes crazy but I like that. I thought Carolina made some unforced errors as she did not expect such a round of applause for me. She normally doesn’t commit those mistakes. It worked well for me in this tournament. I just hope this bunch accompanies me whenever I go,” said Saina.

Srikanth Defeated At The BWF-Superseries Finals


DUBAI: Srikanth was ousted at the progressing BWF-Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex at Dubai on Friday.

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

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

Srikanth, who had already exited after losing Thursday’s match, continued with his poor run as he suffered his third successive defeat in the men’s singles in the tournament featuring big talents od badminton scross the globe.

Srikanth was down 2-0, as he played his last league round against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien chen, a must win match but, lost miserably 17-21, 13-21 in a 32-minute contest.

Srikanth proved no match to his opponent, winning just 30 points as compared to 42 by the Taipei shuttler.

In the opening game, the Taipei player straight away opened up a 3-0 lead and kept on extending it, even as Srikanth played the catch-up game to eventually lose it 17-21.

The Second game was a neck to neck affair, as Srikanth was crawling back for a fightback in the second game till the scores tied at 11-11. But, after the interval, Tien-chen won staright away five points to surge still ahead of Srikanth. Although managed scoring couple of points, the Taipei shuttler did not give the Indian any more chance to make a comeback, by again bagging four more successive points to seal the match in his favour.

It is noteable that Srikanth had earlier beaten the Taipei player at the Hong Kong Open 2015 and has a 1-0 head to head before this tournament.

With this loss Srikanth is out of the BWF-Superseries Finals.

Saina Nehwal Crashes Out Of The BWF Superseries Finals


DUBAI: India’s challenge ended at the BWF Superseries Finals after Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective women’s and men’s singles matches on Friday in the progressing BWF-Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex, here in Dubai.

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

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Having won one match and lost one match on her cards, Saina had to win her final league match against Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan but she went down after winning the first game but, could not make it and bowed out of the tournament 21-16, 18-21, 14-21 that lasted 50 minutes.
Okuhara, having won all three matches, emerged on top of Group A in the women’s Singles category, while Marin is the second best. in the group.

Saina had everything to play as she showed determination in the match, but unfortunately could not maintain the tempo till the end.

The opening game was a closely-fought affair. Although Saina opened up a 3-1 lead, her rival kept breathing down her neck to catch her up first at 5-5 and then at 9-9 before the Indian went into the break with a slender 11-9 edge. From here Saina used her net play and smashes effectively, which was sidelined by her opponent’s unforced errors. When Saina was in the game point 13-21 Tzu Ying saved three match points, but Saina maintained her composure to seal the opening game with a cross court smash to run away with the game 21-16.

In the second game, Saina owing to a number of unforced errors was behind Tai at 5-11 at the brea and Tai moved up to 13-5. But Saina fought her way back and won four points to reduce the points gap to 9-13 and then another four points to further lessen the margin to 14-16 before equalling at 16-16. Tzu Ying was also frequently hitting the shuttle on the net.

However, the Taipei girl kept her nerves intact to secure three consecutive points to once again take a 20-16 lead. Saina saved two game points, but Tzu Ying bagged that one important point to take the match to the decider.

Saina completely ran out of steam in third game. Tzu Ying started the third game with a 4-1 lead and then continued to surge ahead to 17-9 before wrapping it up rather comfortably in the end.

With Saina losing two out of three matches, Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara have advanced to the next round.

BWF-Dubai World Superseries Finals 2015, Dubai – UAE


Round Robin Round (11-Dec-2015):

Men’s Singles:

  1. Kidambi Srikanth [9] lost to CHOU Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 21-13.

Women’s Singles:

  1. Saina Nehwal [2] lost to TAI Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 16-21, 21-18, 21-14.

Round Robin Round (10-Dec-2015):

Men’s Singles:

  1. Srikanth [9] lost to Victor Axelsen of Denmark 21-13, 21-18.

Women’s Singles:

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

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

  1. Saina Nahwal [2] Defeated Carolina Marin of Spain 23-21, 9-21, 21-12.

Round Robin Round (09-Dec-2015):

Men’s Singles:

  1. Srikanth [9] lost to Kento Momota of Japan 21-13, 21-13.

Women’s Singles:

  1. Saina Nehwal [2] lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-14, 21-6.

List Of Participants:

Men’s Singles – Group B:

Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: results.glasgow2014.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: results.glasgow2014.com).

  1. Kidambi Srikanth [9].

Women’s Singles – Group A:

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  1. Saina Nehwal [2].

About the Tournament:

Tournament Name: BWF-Dubai World Superseries Finals 2015.

Tournament Dates: 09-Dec-2015 to 13-Dec-2015.

Category: Superseries Finals.

Events: MS, WS, MD, WD, XD

Venue: Hamdan Sports Complex.

City: Dubai.

Country: United Arab Emirates.

Prize Money: Not Available.

BWF Superseries Finals: Saina Wins Against Carolina Marin


DUBAI: Saina Nehwal turned the table over the current reigning world champion Carolina Marin at the BWF Superseries Finals, here in Dubai on Thursday, even as Kidambi Srikanth faced exit after suffering his second straight loss in the men’s singles here on Thursday.

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

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

Saina defeated Crolina to notch up a memorable 23-21, 9-21, 21-12 win over the World No. 1 in a women’s singles match that lasted an hour and 15 minutes.

In the opening game, Saina led 9-4 but she misjudged a couple of shots and Marin too stepped up the pressure by dominating the net to grab the lead with six straight points. However, Saina ensured she had the advantage at the break.

Marin tried to keep the shuttle at the forecourt by drawing Saina close to the net and marched ahead to 15-12. Saina fought back and closed the gap and even went ahead at 16-15 when the Spaniard hit the net. Saina reached 19-16 with Marin continuing to make some unforced errors,.

Marin then drew level at 19-19 before Saina earned the game point with Marin hitting the bird in the net. But a couple of wayward shots and it was 21-20 in favour of Marin. However, another forehand return hitting the net and a wide shot by Marin again gave the game point to Saina who made it count for her this time.

The second game started on an aggressive note with the duo battling like warriors. Saina kept her poise and even smiled at her mistakes while pumping her fist after winning crucial points. Marin then entered the interval with a five point advantage.

Saina tried to slow down the pace of the rallies after the break but Marin continued to dominate by playing her acute angled strokes. The Indian also faltered with a few unforced errors to allow Marin to gallop away with the second game.

The decider started on an aggressive note again as once again when Saina moved to a 10-5 lead at one stage before Marin reduced it down to 8-11.

Durin Interval, Saina was 11-8 lead at the interval.

Marin continued to her unforced, which Sain capitalized and extended her lead to 16-8. A couple of angled smashes took Saina to 19-9. Marin scored three valuable points here, then but Saina moved into the match point when Marin hit wide and closed the match.

Saina will play against the defending champion Tai Tzu Ying in her final league match on Friday.

Srikanth On The Brink Of Exit From BWF Superseries Finals


DUBAI: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is in the verge of exiting from the BWF Superseries finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai after he suffered his second consecutive loss after losing in straight games to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in the men’s singles on Thursday.

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

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

Srikanth was downed by Axelsen of Denmark 13-21, 18-21 in 37-minutes.

Axelsen, the current world no.6 started the opening game in his favour to raising to a 6-3 lead in the opening game but Srikanth kept breathing down his neck and played some exciting rallies by mixing his shots. The Indian fought back to level the scores at 10-10.

However, after the leveling of scores at 10-10, again Axelsen started to score with consistent points one being misjudged by Srikanth for long from the baseline and Victor played a near flawless game and closed the first game 21-13.

In the second game, Viktor was in a offensive mood and his smashes got more precise even as Srikanth struggled with his returns and also was troubled at the net. Viktor, in no time moved to a 18-10 lead.

Srikanth then started playing better and came up with some steep smashes and low returns to trouble the Dane and narrowed the lead down to 15-19.

Viktor then played an amazing shot to move to match point. However, Srikanth tried saving three match points but Viktor took away the match with a cross court smash on the fiurt occasion.

If is formidable to note that Srikanth has beaten Viktor twice early this year at the Swiss Open and in the India Open.

The world no.9 from India will now meet Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen on Friday in his final Group B match in the round-robin stage.

Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth To Head The Indian Challenge For Superseries Final In Dubai

DUBAI: The Hamdan Sports Complex is ready to witness a high voltage badminton action during the Superseries Finals which begins here on Wednesday as the world’s top eight shuttlers fight for their share of the biggest prize money on offer in the sport.

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will be spearheading the Indian challenge.

Saina will have her own fan group `Saina Squad’ to support her in the stadium. The `Saina Squad’ consists of 20 fans selected by Star Sports through a series of contests on social media.

Saina will start her campaign against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Wednesday.

Nehwal Facing Super Series Finals Exit


DUBAI: Saina Nehwal, looks certain to depart early from the Super Series finals in Dubai.

Nehwal lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-14, 21-6.

Saina.(Image Courtesy: www.thenational.ae).

(Image Courtesy: www.thenational.ae).

Nehwal admitted she has not been able to train since injuring an Achilles tendon three weeks ago, and her movement was just not light enough or enduring enough against Okuhara who, as she said, “gets everything back”.

Saina is is featuring in the group containing Carolina Marin of Spain, and the title holder Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan.

Both of them look in decent shape, and both of them she would probably have to beat to be able to qualify for the semi-finals.

“I’m not putting myself under any pressure to win these,” she said.
“It’s going to be very, very, very tough.”

Earlier, in the tournament Marin fought back from behind in the first game before winning it 21-16, 21-9 over Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying.

“They were too slow,” Marin explained. “I had to get the speed changed and that made a difference.”

The other women’s winners were Wang Yihan, the former world champion, who won in three games against Wang Shixian.

Ratchanok, who saved four match points 19-21, 23-21, 21-14 and claimed victory over Sung Ji-Hyun, the world number four from South Korea.

Three of them came in a row from 17-20 in the second game.

“I just tried not to think too much,” Intanon said, when asked how she coped with the crises. “That’s what I do in training. I don’t think then.”