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Chennai March Past Bengaluru, Book Place in Semi Finals

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

BENGALURU: Chennai Smashers qualified for the semifinals after beating Bangalore Top Guns 3-2 in the last league match of the Premier Badminton League 2016 at Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, here today.

Chennai opted for the trump match in their very first game of the tie and Bangalore Top Guns then had to win all their matches to gain five points to make it difficult for the hosts.

Chennai’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro defeated Sameer Verma to dash the hopes of Bengaluru Top Guns by winning the match 15-10 10-15 15-8.

After Kuncoro’s triumph, there was no much interest left for the Bangalore side, but played to the delight of the fans by clinching the men’s doubles match 15-7 15-8.

The Bangalore pair of Hoon Thien How and J F Nielse beat Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra.

Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
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Srikanth Kidambi then got Bangalore race past Chennai with a 2-1 lead when he overwhelmed his rival Brice Leverdez 15-4 15-12. The Indian star was too hot for the French shuttler.





P.V. Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

P. V. Sindhu, defeated Suo Di 15-12 15-7 in straight games.

Later, Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah, of Chennai Smashers defeated Ashwini Ponnappa and Joaquim Fisher Nilesen in the mixed doubles tie 15-14 15-12, thus clinching the tie 3-2.

PBL 2016: Hyderabad Hunters Tame Bengaluru Top Guns

MUMBAI: Bengaluru Top Guns went down 2-3 to Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League clash on Sunday inspite of India’s highest ranked shutter, Kidambi Srikanth, pulled off an upset victory over former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.
(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Hyderabad Hunters, in fact rallied from an early loss to overcome the Top Guns at the NSCI Sardar Vallabhai Patel indoor stadium on Sundayhad wrapped up the tie even before world No 5 Lee’s battle against world No 9 Srikanth by winning two out of the first three matches, but still it was a very creditable win by the Indian, who has never beaten the Malaysian great in four encounters at the international level.

Hyderabad started on the wrong foot by losing the first match, the women’s singles clash, when their Thai signing Supanida Katethong was beaten in straight games (15-8, 15-11) to Bengaluru’s Suo Di.

However, the Hunters gamble of making the men’s doubles clash as their trump match paid rich dividends as the scratch combine of Carsten Mogensen of Denmark and Indonesian Markis Kido fought back from a game down to get the better of Bengaluru’s Malaysian pair of Hoon Thien How and Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14.

This 2-1 advantage for Hyderabad was made 3-2 when Bengaluru’s Sameer Verma lost his singles trump match against the higher ranked Parupalli Kashyap 15-14, 15-13 to provide Hunters with a winning 3-0 points lead.

This made the last two matches of no importance, including the prime fifth match clash between the Malaysian Lee representing Hyderabad and Indian Srikanth of Bengaluru as well as the preceding mixed doubles match.

Bengaluru’s Ashwini Ponnappa and lanky Danish partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen defeated her regular women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Kido 15-13, 15-13 to make the points score 3-1.

Finally, Srikanth did it great for Bengaluru by outsmarting Lee 15-12, 6-15, 15-7.

“I’m very happy to beat Lee. It’s always great to beat someone who is that good,” said Srikanth, who punched the court after his memorable win in the last game.

Results: Hyderabad Hunters beat Bengaluru Top Guns 3-2 (Points)(Supanida Katethong lost to Suo Di 8-15, 11-15; Carsten Mogensen/Markis Kido beat Hoon Thien How/Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14; P Kashyap beat Sameer Verma 15-14, 15-13; Jwala Gutta/Kido lost to Ashwini Ponnappa/Joachim Fischer Nielsen 13-15, 13-15; Lee Chong Wei lost to Kidambi Srikanth 12-15, 15-6, 7-15).

Lack Of Depth In Women’s Group: Prakash Padukone

TATA OPEN 2015. (Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

(Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

MUMBAI: “I am confident about the depth in men’s singles for the next ten years with so many talented youngsters ready to take over from the likes of P Kashyap once they retire. But the same cannot be said about the women’s singles,” said Prakash at the launch of the 8th edition of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge here on Tuesday.

“Apart from Saina and Sindhu, there is none of international class at present. The same is true of the pairs events. A lot of work needs to be done in ladies singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” said the former All England champion.

“There is a lot of talent (among boys) in the smaller centres, which is a very good sign for the growth of the game. According to me, badminton has to be ranked in the top 3 sports in India based on popularity, standard and new courts. We are on the right track,” said Prakash.

“The Tata Open is growing bigger by the day. Next year I am told even Gopi (National coach Pullela Gopichand) is going to conduct a tournament (at this level) and then players will have the chance not to have to travel too much as our tournament will be followed by Gopi’s at Hyderabad and the one in Bangladesh,” he said.

Prakash said his academy (PPBA), which has completed twenty years of existence, has shifted its focus to the younger groups so that there’s no duplication with the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad which caters to the seniors.

“I am glad that in the junior nationals the under 17 (Lakshya Sen, Arintap Dasgupta) and 19 (Chirag Sen, Ansal Yadav) winners and runners-up are from our academy though they are from different states. Maisnam Meiraba, the Manipur boy who won the U15 title, is also from our academy,” he said.

He, however, put the onus on verification of the correct age of players on the state associations and the Badminton Association of India, saying his academy is “only for training talented players.”

The Bengaluru based academy is conducting the Tata Open at the Cricket Club of India where 200 shuttlers from nine countries, including hosts India are participating. The finals are scheduled on December 13.

The countries that would be represented along with the hosts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uzbekistan.

A total of 144 Indians would take part and the hosts’ challenge in men’s and women’s events. Sameer Verma, world no 53 and Salil Rane, world no 52 are heading the tournament.

World no. 71 Anand Pawar is also to take part in men’s singles along with Malaysian world no. 85 Joo Ven Soong and Thai world no. 95 Khosit Phetpradab.

World no. 80 P. C. Thulasi, who won an earlier edition, is another leading Indian woman player who would be in action along with Malaysian world no. 30 Jing Yi Tee, the top seed, and world no. 39 Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

In men’s doubles, Thien How Hoon and Khim Wah Lim of Malaysia are the top seeds followed by the second seeded Indian pair of Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

In women’s doubles, a Thai and Malaysian pairs are the top two seeds.

Malaysia will have 28 players in the draw, Singapore 12, Thailand 9 and Indonesia 8, while two players each from Uzbekistan, Lanka and Nepal and one from the Vietnam.

The main draw commences on December 10.

Bhavya Defeated In Round Two Qualifier

MUMBAI: Bhavya Rishi of India lost in the second qualifying round of the women’s singles at the $15,000 Tata Open International Badminton Challenge here on Wednesday.

Bhavya Rishi(Image Courtesy: tadpoles.in).

Bhavya Rishi
(Image Courtesy: tadpoles.in).

Bhavya, in her first round qualifying match defeated Sima Fatma Kusuma of Indonesia in three games 21-19, 20-22, 21-12 in a 52-minute battle, but then the best girl player at the 24th Krishna Khaitan Memorial all India Juniors held in Chandigarh in October lost her second qualifying round to Mugdha Agrey 16-21, 6-13 (retired).

Shreyanshi Pardeshi, another upcoming shuttler, battled for a three-game victory with another Indonesian girl, Guniarti Rafika Mutiara and won won 13-21, 21-14, 21-11 in 30 minutes.

Shreyanshi then won the second qualifying round to win against Harika Veludurthi in two games to enter into the main draw.

However, Vaishnavi Kaari lost to Indonesia’s Erlina Kurnianti in three games for 56-minutes. Other girls who got into the main draw are Mayuri Yadav, Vaishnavi Bhale and Anura Prabhudesai.

Thirteen Indian boys also won the first qualifying round and leading the list was Ashish Sharma who got the better of Jin Lei Chuang of Singapore 20-22, 21-13, 21-13 in 50 minutes.

The others were K Ajay Kumar, Kabir Kanzarkar, Oscar Bansal, Siddharth Jakhar, Ansal Yadav, Talar Laa, Ketan Chahal, C Rohit Yadav, Arun Kumar Ashok, Harshit Aggarwal, Sachin Rawat and Chirag Sen.

Ajay Kumar ousted Kanzarkar, Bansal for Jakhar and Yadav got the better of Laa to enter the men’s main draw.

The main draw commences on Thursday.

Srikanth Goes Down Fighting In Finals Of The 2015 Indonesian Masters Open

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: www.zimbio.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: www.zimbio.com).

MALANG (INDONESIA): Kidambi Srikanth finished runner-up in the men’s singles of the $120,000 2015 Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Malang, Indonesia, on Sunday.

The World No.9 fought a battle as he came close to winning the match a couple of times at 21-20 and then 22-21 in the decider but committed unforced errors twice to hand over the crown to the Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto in 59 minutes.

H.S. Prannoy had won the same tournament last year. This year he was defeated in the second round by SHI Yuqi 21-12, 20-22. 21-13.

The Indonesian, a second seed here in the tournament losing the first game and surviving two match points at the end of the decider beat the top seed Srikanth 17-21, 21-13, 24-22.

Several line calls went against Srikanth and in the second game the umpire was too harsh on him when she gave a point to Tommy, who served even before Srikanth was ready. It took a while for Srikanth to recover after this and by then Tommy was just two points away from glory , leading 19-15. Despite the loss the Indian was happy. “I am happy with my performance,” Srikanth said. “I think I need some more time to get back to my best, he added.

This is the fourth final of the year for Srikanth, after winning the Swiss Open and India Open titles in March.

This win may move Srikanth one place ahead in the world rankings.

Srikanth Has It Easy, Sails Into Semis Of The Indonesian Masters 2015

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (INDONESIA): The Top seed in the tournament and the currently ranked World No.9 Srikanth booked his place in the semifinals in the progressing Indonesian Masters 2015 tournament here in Gedung Graha Cakrawala, Malang, Indonesia on Friday 4th December 2015.


Kidambi Srikanth.
(ImageCourtesy: www.freepressjournal.in).

Srikanth had it easy in the quarters, beating the 15th seed Teck Zhi Soo 21-10, 21-5 of Malaysia in 24 minutes in their first career meet.

It was a clear stage od domination where initially starting the game with a 6-0 advantage, and again to a 15-2 advantage to wrap up the first game against the Malaysian 21-10.

The second game was even better for Srikanth, as he again started the game with a 5-0 advantage, scoring points continuously and steadily helped him wrap up the second game and the match 21-5.

The World No.9 will take on Indonesia’s Ginting Anthony in the semifinals.

Antony has a career 1-0 advantage over Srikanth.

Sindhu Crashes In Quarters, Out Of The Yonex-Sunrise Indonesian Masters 2015

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (INDONESIA): There was an upset waiting to happen for Sindhu, as she crashed out of the progressing Indonesian Masters 2015 tournament at the Gedung Graha Cakrawala here on Friday, 03 December 2015.

P.V. Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: www.india.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.india.com).

Sindhu, took easily the chinese, whom she she has never played before. But, the athletic chinese matched with Sindhu’s speed and more and ousted Sindhu in the Quarter Finals 21-23, 13-21 in a match that lasted for 36 minutes only.

Bing Jiao He was equally as powerful as Sindhu, as Sindhu found out difficult to read the opponents game, as she took the Chinese lightly,

The Chinese started the points tally with an 2-0 early lead. But, Sindhu went straight to a 4-2 lead after which the Chinese was in full command of the game until Sindhu managed to catch up with the Chinese and levelled the scores at 15-15. Of late Sindhu realized the game is going away from her hands put a vliant fight, but only to hand over the first to the Chinese 23-21 under pressure.

The second game too Saindhu little workout as the Chinese was a flyer in the next, as she raised to an lead of 15-5, a 10 point deficit. The Chinese was scoring points as at a regular pace and was at match point 20-7. One of the least scores Sindhu has ever taken, took 6 points in a row. But, the Chinese was in a clear position to send Sindhu ut of the tournament 21-13.

Sindhu in Quarters Of The 2015 Indonesian Masters Open

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (INDONESIA): P.V. Sindhu once has has shown the supremacy in the absence of Saina, in the progressing Yonex- Sunrise Indonesian Masters 2015 tournament here in Malang, Indonesia.

Sindhu defeated Wulan Cahya Utami SUKOPUTRI of Indonesia 21-12, 21-9 to book her place in the last eight on Thursday.

P.V. Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

In the first game, Sindhu was way ahead of the Indonesian, where  the indonesian managed ti leve lthe scores for one final time at 1-1. Sindhu wrapped up the first game 21-12 by consistently scoring points that made Utami hard to match up with Sindhu.

The second game, was even better for Sindhu. However, the Indonesian managed twice for a fightback with Sindhu at 1-1 and 2-2, after which the Indonesian could not find any clues to Sindhus return and handed over the second game and the match to Sindhu 21-9.

Sindhu will now face HE Bingjiao of China for a place in the last 4 (Semi Finals).


Srikanth In Quarters Of The 2015 Indonesian Masters Open

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (Indonesia): Kidambi, after his horrible run this year, losing almost all the important matches in the first, second rounds has progressed to the Quarter finals in the progressing 2015 Indonesian Masters Open here on Thursday.

srikanth. (Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

(Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

He defeated Indonesia’s Saputra VICKY ANGGA 21-14 17-21 25-23 in the second round. The match lasted for 1 hour and 05 minutes. He again beat China’s QIAO Bin 21-12, 21-15 and booked his berth in the Quarter Finals on Friday.

Srikanth saw the first game in his pocket by easily scoring against the Indonesian Vicky 21-14, when srikanth was slightly disturbed by the Indonesian from 6-6 to 10-10.

The second game saw Srikant not adjusting to the flight, rendering errors at crucial points, eventually handed over the second game to the indonesian for a decider.

The third game was a thriller. The Indonesian went to the lead, when Srikanth finally caught up with the scores of Vicky at 13-13. From here, the two went neck to neck from 9-19 to 23-23. Srikanth had several chances to outwit the Indonesian but, missed in a couple of occasions and had to fight back and win the decider 25-23.

Srikanth will now face Teck Zhi SOO [15] of Malaysia in the quarter Finals on Friday.

Sindhu Outwits Mariska scare

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (Indonesia): Sindhu is in top form after winning the Macau Open 2015 last week but, slightly struggled over her opponent in the first round of the 2015 Yonex-Sunrise Indonesian Masters tournament, here in Malang. But, later won the match 21-16, 19-21, 21-12 against the Indonesian Gregoria MARISKA.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

Sindhu, seede no. 1 here in the tournament was flourishing with points but was disturbed by her opponent from 8-8 till 15-15, after which Sindhu again started gaining points and completed the first game 21-16.

In the second game also, Sindhu was moving ahead of her opponent well, but the match went from neck to neck from 16-16 to 19-19. Sindhu wanted to wrap up the game, but hit the bird in the net twice favouring the game to the Indonesian.

The decider was also an one sided affair for Sindhu, as her opponent managed to catch up with her in the beginning of the game at 1-1, after which Sindhu too ka giant lead and wrapped up the game ans the match 21-12.

The two-time bronze medallist at World Championships, Sindhu next takes on Indonesia’s Wulan Cahya Utami Sukoputri at Gedung Graha Cakrawala on Thursday.