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Sindhu Favourite At Malaysia GP

Malaysia masters 2016

HYDERABAD: Indian shuttlers will kick off their new season with the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Penang on Tuesday, the first international event in 2016.

After not so impressive show in 2015, Indians will be keen to start on a strong note in the all important Olympic year.

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

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

From now on every victory will be very important as it will fetch the ranking points, crucial in deciding the Olympic qualifications, P.V. Sindhu, who is seeded third, and second seed Kidambi Srikanth will lead the Indian challenge in Malaysia.

Sindhu, will begin against Sabrine Jacquet of Switzerland. Sindhu may face her first real challenge in the semifinals where she is likely to meet top seed Ji Hyun Sung of Korea. The 20-year-old, who had an unbeaten run in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), is the favourite to win the title in Malaysia. Sung and Akane Yamaguchi are the only players who may stop Sindhu.

Srikanth is still in the process of getting back to his best. The World No.9 showed signs of striking form when he stunned former World No.1 Lee Chong Wei in PBL. The other Indians in fray are Ajay Jayaram, Sameer Verma, Sai Praneeth and qualifier Subhankar Dey.

PBL Over, Indian Shuttlers Focus On Malaysia Open 2016

Malaysia masters 2016

PENANG: The top Indian shuttlers will now look on a positive note when they start their campaign at the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold on Wednesday after two weeks of Premier Badminton League (PBL).

P. V. Sindhu and K Srikanth, will be the star shuttlers from India who will be title contenders in the women’s and men’s singles events.

Injuries and poor form marred the last season for Sindhu but the Indian showed signs of recovery when she clinched the Macau Open for the third time in November and also stayed unbeaten in the PBL.

The World No. 12 will take on Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet in the opening match of the new season at the Spice stadium here.

World No. 9 Srikanth, however, had a gradual downward slide last year as he started with a win at Swiss Open and India Super Series but lost his form in the second half and made too many early exits.

His campaign at PBL was also inconsistent but the Indian will look to hit the right notes when he starts the new season against Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia in his opening match in Malaysia.

Ajay Jayaram recovered a lot of ground last year as he bounced back from a long injury lay-off to win the Dutch Open and also the silver at the Korea Super Series besides a good run at PBL for Delhi Acers.

The Mumbai shuttler, who is currently World No. 21, will look to put his best foot forward when he clashes with Japan’s Takuma Ueda, hoping to make an early impression in his bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Among other men’s singles player, Sameer Verma and B. Sai Praneeth will also participate in the tournament where Sameer faces Japan’s Sho Sasaki and Sai, a qualifier respectively.

The 21-year-old Sameer showed promise last year by winning the TATA Open India Challenge and also clinched successive titles at Bahrain.

Another men’s singles player Subhankar Dey will also be in action when he takes Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the first round.

In the women’s doubles section, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa too will look to start the new year on a winning note when they clash against the local pair of Mei Kuan Chow and Lee Meng Yean tomorrow.

In the qualifiers today, Saili Rane retired midway against Malaysia’s Yin Fun Lim with the score reading 12-21 21-19 18-17 in women’s singles.

PBL Will Prepare Me For Tough International Calendar: Kashyap

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

PBL.
(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Parupalli Kashyap is now all set to make a comeback after a two-month long injury lay off, at next month’s Premier Badminton League.

Kashyap suffered a torn calf muscle injury on his left leg during his second round match at the French Open Super Series against Rajiv Ouseph in October and then had a troubled right knee, which further delayed his comeback.

kashyap“I’m better now. I have been playing for a week. It was a torn calf muscle in the left leg that healed in six weeks but then there were some issues with my knee in right leg as I probably exerted too much pressure on it. So that took another 10 days to heal and that’s why it got delayed and now it is the ninth week since the injury,” Kashyap told PTI.

“Otherwise I could have hit full training by now. Once you are injured and out for more than a month, then it is not easy to recover quickly. I lost weight and stamina and it is a slow process.

“It is good that PBL is happening. I can continue my program during the event and it will be a good match practice for the important calendar ahead. It will help me a lot to get better,” he added.

“It was frustrating these two months. I missed on too many things in life, game wise and financially also. I was playing the best among Indians and I was close to qualifying for Super Series Final but it turned out completely different,” Kashyap said.

“Now I am taking things stage and stage. Everyday is a bench mark, so it is like see how it goes say for 10 days and then again set another target. Now it is morning on court practice and evening it is weight training. So it is two sessions a day,” he said.

On January 26, Kashyap will be defending his title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold but before that there is the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold at Penang beginning on January 19, a day after the PBL ends.

Asked if he will be playing Malaysia Masters, Kashyap said: “I have sent my entry but it depends how I feel. Since I haven’t played for 2 months, so PBL and Malaysia will help to get me back to my best and I will take my trainer and physio all time to help me with my fitness.

“I can’t just be thinking only about Syed Modi event and skip PBL and Malaysia Super Series. I will have to get as much match practice as possible to be in my best shape for Syed Modi. Also there is enough time to train after the Lucknow event as next tournament is All England in March,” he added.