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Srikanth Wins Men’s Singles Gold Title At The Syed Modi International 2016

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

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

Top seed Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold with a convincing win over China’s Huang Yuxiang in the men’s singles final on Sunday.

World No. 9 Srikanth, who had reached the finals even in the last edition as well, prevailed over 73rd ranked Huang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.

Srikanth came into the men’s final with a 1-0 record against Huang, having beaten him last week at the Malaysia Masters at Penang and the Indian showed better control and picked up the gaps well in the first game against the Chinese.

The Indian led 11-8 at the break and continued to move ahead after the interval, cruising to the game point when the Chinese pushed to the back of the court, failed to recover enough ground to return a net dribble. Srikanth then sealed the game with a smash.

In the second game also, Srikanth went ahead to a comfortable 11-7 lead, but did not capitalize on it and allowed Huang to win the second game.

In the decider, Huang opened up an early lead of 7-4. Srikanth had to fight back his way to equal the scores at 8-8. The two fought neck to neck till 12-12 before the Indian again raised to al elad of 15-13.

Srikanth finally moved into the match point with a towering smash from the back court and then sealed it with another power-packed smash.

It was his fifth title having won the 2013 Thailand Grand Prix Gold, 2014 China Super Series premier and Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Super Series last year.

Lin, Marin Likely To Stay Away From Premier Badminton League

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

MUMBAI: The 2nd edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL) is about to kick-off this Saturday after a two-year gap.

This PBL will not see the world no.1 Carolina Marin and Lin Dan, a two time olympic champion not participating in the tournament is a virtue by the fact that the Rio olympics is just seven months in the tort with many other major tournaments underway for the Olympic qualification.

The PBL is followed by Malaysia Masters (Jan. 19-24), Syed Modi International (Jan 26-31), Thailand Masters (Feb. 8-13), German Open (Mar. 1-6) and Swiss Open (Mar. 15-20) and these tournaments offer crucial ranking points. The All England Championships (March 8-13) would also be high on their priority. Hence, squeezing the PBL in such a packed calendar would have been quite a challenge for the organizers, with many players choosing to enjoy the winter break with their families.

Pullela Gopichand.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Pullela Gopichand.
(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

National coach Pullela Gopichand quoted on this occasion saying,
“Lin Dan is not coming. May be he will come in the next edition. Carolina was there last year, but did not even play all matches. Yes, her stature is higher now. She will be missed, but the level is still very high which makes it exciting. Yes, I would love to have more players, but it does not make it any less,” Gopichand told reporters at the launch of the Mumbai Rockets team here on Wednesday.

“Even though it’s an Olympic year (2016), players have shown a great amount of commitment to play. Many of them have rescheduled their existing matches and that’s very encouraging. It’s the year-end and some of them have really gone out of their way. The way I look at it today, with whatever challenges we have had to face, the players we have is fantastic. We have players like Lee Chong Wei (former World No. 1), Mathias Boe, Vladimir Ivanov, Joachim Fischer.

“Each day you will see a Saina playing, Sindhu playing or a world champion playing or an Olympic medallist playing. To have it in different cities, for example to see a Saina play or Lee play, is fantastic. It will encourage kids to watch,” the 42-year-old added.

Mumbai Rocket’s star shuttler H.S. Prannoy also supported Gopichand’s views and commented,

“It is a great learning experience for the youngsters to play alongside big names in the badminton world. PBL has given us the stage for this and we have to make the best use of it,” said the World No. 20 Prannoy.

Gopichand also quoted that a bigger contingent for the Olympics will help India better their tally from London Games.

“There is lot of time before the Olympics. The qualifications for the event haven’t started yet. There are a lot of tournaments before the Olympics for the shuttlers to prepare themselves. To better the performance than what we had done in 2012 would be great. I think to have a bigger contingent there will give us a chance to clinch as many medals as possible. I believe all of our players who qualify will stand a chance to win medals,” accoladed Gopi.

PBL Will Prepare Me For Tough International Calendar: Kashyap

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(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.