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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 and Srikanth Start Their Campaign With A Losing Spree


DUBAI: The BWF Super Series Finals got off to a flying start at the Hamdan Sports Complex here on Wednesday, but only for a dissapointing start for both Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth as they flattered in their respective opening league matches.

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

Saina Nehwal during the BWF match against Okuhara of Japan.
(Image Courtesy: www.thenational.ae).

Saina was struggling to move as she has not fully recovered from the Achillus tendon injury, she acquird during the Thaihot China Open 2015 and this was capitalized by Okuhara from Japan who defeated Saina 21-14, 21-6/

Saina has never lost to Okuhara in their previous four meetings but on Wednesday, the Indian proved no match for the Japanese.

There were occasions in the match where she just could not reach the shuttle. “I am playing a match in the tournament after three weeks. I am short of match practice. I am not pushing myself too much because of injury. I began well but she probably got the idea that I am not stretching fully and managed to get lot of points on the drops.Competition is pretty tough here and there is no easy match in this tournament,” Saina told TOI.

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

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

Srikanth also failed to maintain his winning streak against Kento Momota of Japan and went down 13-21, 13-21. “I played the final in Indonesia just a couple of days back. Recovery period was too short for me to play here. I was playing the waiting game by involving him more in rallies. His cross court smashes proved very effective today,” said Srikanth.

Gopichand was not disappointed with the 22-year-old’s show. “Frankly speaking, I am not expecting big results from him. He has been playing and travelling for the last one month or so. He did a great job by reaching the final last week. I am happy that he has started winning again after some poor results.”


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.

Srikanth And Saina Qualify For BWF-World Superseries Finals 2015 In Dec

Dubai super series Finals

DUBAI: Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are the only two Indian shuttlers qualified for the BWF World Superseries Finals to be played at the Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai from December 9-13 2015.

The tournament sees the top eight players/pairs of the world compete in all the five categories of the sport viz., singles (men’s and women’s) and doubles (men’s, women’s and mixed) events.


Saina Nehwal.
(image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Saina, ranked world no 2 currently qualified quite comfortably, finishing fifth with 59,650 points.

In men’s singles, China’s Tian Houwei, who finished seventh, missed out as only two players from a member association, in this case China, are eligible to contest. As two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan and reigning World Champion Chen Long qualified as No.1 and 5 respectively, Tian had to miss out from the competiton.


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

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

Since Tian couldn’t qualify Srikanth was able to make the list despite finishing ninth. The Indian grabbed his spot.

Srikanth has 44,940 points to his credit.

In women’s doubles, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa missed the mark by two spots as they finished 10th as India also did not see anyone qualifying from men’s and mixed doubles.

Saina, reached the finals of this event in 2011, while Srikanth qualified last year.