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P.V. Sindhu Defeats Gilmour For Second Malaysia Masters Title

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Sindhu continued her victory run in the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix title 2016, winning the title for the second time in her career with a comprehensive 21-15, 21-9 win Without breaking a sweat over Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in 32 minutes.

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

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

Sindhu, with good court coverage, began by taking an early 5-2 advantage and stretched it to 10-6 in the first game. Her smashes were connecting well, catching the Scottish off-guard. There were a host of improvements in Sindhu’s net game and placements, and it was evident in the way she adjusted her drop shots.

This is Sindhu’s fifth Grand Prix Gold title, and second in Malaysia having captured the crown back in 2013.

BAI Greets Sindhu With Rs 5 lakh Reward On Winning In Malaysia

NEW DELHI: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) congratulated star shuttler P. V. Sindhu for winning the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix and announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for her efforts on Sunday.

Third-seeded Sindhu won the women’s singles title with a straight games (21-15, 21-9) victory over Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the final in just 32 minutes at the Spice Stadium on Sunday.

“I congratulate her for this stupendous win. She won the title in 2013 and this time she was quite keen to achieve the feat again and she did it. I am proud of her and wish her luck to win more such titles in the future,” BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta said in a release.

“This victory comes at a time when winning and being in form is important, keeping the upcoming RIO in mind and I am certain she will be a force to reckon with in the upcoming event.”

It was Sindhu’s second win in Malaysia, having won the title before in 2013.

Malaysia Masters 2016: Sindhu Reaches Final, Srikanth Bows Out

Malaysia masters 2016

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

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

HYDERABAD: P.V. Sindhu is just one step away from beginning the season on a winning note. The 20-year-old, who packed off top seed Ji Hyun Sung of Korea 21-19, 12-21, 21-10 in the semifinals on Saturday, will face world No.20 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the finals clash of the Malaysia Masters.

Sindhu, who have already won the same title in 2013, is the favourite again this year too to win the $120,000 tournament on Sunday.

Kidambi Srikanth, lost to local shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 25-27, 9-21. The world No.9 fought hard in the first game could not make it to the match and lost the second game.

Earlier, Sindhu started on a cautious note against Ji. Aware of the Korean’s retrieving capabilities, Sindhu took sometime to get into groove. From 9-11, the Indian raced ahead to 17-11 with an eightpoint burst. However, Ji was in no mood to relent and closed he gap to 19-20 before Sindhu won the big points in the end.

In the second game, Sindhu rallied to adjust to the pace of he bird and committed too many unforced errors. She was there in the game only till the 10th point. But she changed gears in the decider, resorting to her customary attacking game. The move paid off and Sindhu worked her way hitting the lines consistently with effortless ease.

From 3-3, Sindhu broke free with seven consecutive points. Ji was reduced to a mute spectator as her opponent claimed the decider with a huge 11 point margin (21-19). “Excited to reach the final. I started well but lost my way in the second game, making a lot of mistakes. But thankfully I bounced back in the third,” Sindhu told TOI.

PBL 2016: Delhi Win Over Mumbai For Title

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

PBL.
(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Rajeev Ouseph, An Indian-origin British shuttler for Delhi Acers brought curtains over the Premier Badminton League late on Sunday evening with his Trump match to overcome RMV Gurusaidutt’s challenge 15-11, 15-6 to help Delhi win the PBL title 4-3.

Earlier, Mumbai Rockets were up with H.S. Prannoy when Delhi Acer’s top player Tommy Sugiarto put up a great comback to equal scores with Mumbai Rockets. Tommy not only overcame stiff challenge from Prannoy to keep his all win record in the league this year unscathed, he also had to overlook court invasion by dancing girls during breaks. To counter Prannoy’s powerful smashes, Sugiarto kept on probing his backhand and the result started showing. Prannoy didn’t have a Plan to outwit the Indonesian in his third game, as he was tired in the third game. Sugiarto won 13-15, 15-9, 15-9.

The mixed doubles pair of Kamilla Juhl and Vladimor Ivanov had given Mumbai the lead after quickly seeing off the meek challenge from Akshay Dewalkar and Giselle Adcock at the Siri Fort Complex.

Koo Kiet Kien and Tan Boon Heong, Delhi Acers’ men’s doubles pair from Malaysia, increased the lead when they got the better of Mathia Boe and Vladimir Ivanov 14-15, 15-10, 15-14. Down 1-2, Mumbai showed their trump card with Han Li challenging Delhi’s P.C. Thulasi. Li, the only Chinese representative in the final, lost the first game but managed to outclass in the next two to win 1215, 15-8, 15-8, thus giving Mumbai the advantage at 3-2.

Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh added fun to the atmosphere with their presence. They even tried their hands at a doubles game with P.V. Sindhu and Jwala Gutta as the ‘main actors’ waited in the green room for the fun time to end.

Results: Kamilla JuhlVladimor Ivanov (MR) bt Akshay DiwalkarGiselle Adcock (DA) 15-6, 15-12. Tommy Sugiarto (DA) bt HS Prannoy (MR) 13-15, 15-9, 15-9. Koo Kiet Kien Tan Boon Heong (DA) bt Mathias Boe Vladimir Ivanov (MR) 14-15, 15-10, 15-14. Han Li (MR) bt P.C. Thulasi (DA) 12-15, 15-8, 15-8. Rajiv Ouseph (DA) bt Gurusaidutt (MR) 15-11, 15-6.

Sindhu Favourite At Malaysia GP

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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.

Victor Far East Malaysia Masters 2016, Penang – Malaysia

Malaysia masters 2016

24-Jan-2015 (Finals):

Women’s Singles:

P. V. Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: indianexpress.com).

P. V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: indianexpress.com).

  1. P.V. Sindhu won against Kristy Gilmour of Scotland 21-15, 21-9..

23-Jan-2015 (Semi Finals):
Men’s Singles:

1. Srikanth lost against ISKANDAR ZULKARNAIN Zainuddin of Malaysia 27-25, 21-9.

Women’s Singles:

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

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

  1. P.V. Sindhu won against Sung JI HYUN [1] of Korea 21-19, 12-21, 21-10.

22-Jan-2015:

Men’s Singles:
(Quarter Finals):

Srikanth.(ImageCourtesy: -www.freepressjournal.in_.jpg).

Srikanth.
(ImageCourtesy: -www.freepressjournal.in_.jpg).

  1. Srikanth won against HUANG Yuxiang of China 21-15, 21-14.
  2. Ajay Jayaram lost to against Lee Chong Wei 21-16, 21-16.

Women’s Singles:
(Quarter Finals):

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

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

  1. P.V. Sindhu won against Lindaweni FANETRI of Indonesia 21-10, 21-10.

21-Jan-2016:
Men’s Singles:
(Round Three):

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

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

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  1. Srikanth won against Boonsak Ponsana 21-17, 21-10.
  2. Ajay Jayaram won against Zulfadli ZULKIFFLI of Malaysia 11-21, 21-8, 22-20.

Women’s Singles:
(Round Two):

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

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

  1. P.V. Sindhu won against Kaori IMABEPPU of Japan 21-13, 13-21, 21-14.

Mixed Doubles:
(Round Two):

  1. Jwala GUTTA\Ashwini PONNAPPA lost to Shizuka MATSUO\Mami NAITO of Japan 21-14, 21-17.

20-Jan-2016:
Men’s Singles:
(Round One):

Ajay Jayaram.(Image Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com).

Ajay Jayaram.
(Image Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com).

Sai Praneeth.(Image Courtesy: www.badmintoninindia.com).

Sai Praneeth.
(Image Courtesy: www.badmintoninindia.com).

K. Srikanth. (Im age Courtesy: www.newdelhitimes.com).

K. Srikanth.
(Im age Courtesy: www.newdelhitimes.com).

sameer verma. (Image Courtesy: www.india.com).

sameer verma.
(Image Courtesy: www.india.com).

Subankar Dey.(Image Courtesy: www.sakaaltimes.com).

Subankar Dey.
(Image Courtesy: www.sakaaltimes.com).

1.Ajay JAYARAM [10] beat Japan’s Takuma UEDA 21-19, 21-11.
2. Subhankar DEY beat Thailand’s Kantaphon WANGCHAROEN 21-19, 21-16.
3. Sameer VERMA beat Japan’s Sho SASAKI [12] 21-18, 21-18.
4. K. Srikanth [2] beat Malaysia’s Wei Feng CHONG 21-17, 21-11.
5. B. Sai Praneeth defeated Malaysia’s Shahzan Shah MISFAHUL 21-13, 21-15.

(Round Two):

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

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

Jayaram
1. K. Srikanth [2] won against Christie JONATAN of Indonesia 21-16, 21-15.
2. Ajay JAYARAM [10] won against Czech Republic’s Petr KOUKAL 21-17, 21-17.
3. B. Sai Praneeth lost to Tommy SUGIARTO [3] of Indonesia 21-14, 10-21, 21-18.
4. Sameer VERMA lost to GOH Soon Huat of Malaysia 7-21, 21-13, 21-16.
5. Subhankar DEY lost to XUE Song of China 16-21, 21-11, 21-19.

Women’s Singles:
(Round One):

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

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

  1. P.V. Sindhu Defeated Sabrina JAQUET of Switzerland 21-17, 21-16.

Mixed Doubles:
(Round One):

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.
(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

  1. Jwala GUTTA\Ashwini PONNAPPA defeated Malaysia’s Mei Kuan CHOW\LEE Meng Yean 21-14, 14-21, 25-23.

19-Jan-2016, Qualification Rounds:

Mixed Doubles:

  1. Yogendran KHRISHNAN Malaysia\Prajakta SAWANT India lost to HE Jiting\DU Yue of China21-10, 21-11.

Women’s Singles:

  1. Saili RANE lost to Yin Fun LIM Malaysia 12-21, 21-19, 18-17 (Retired).

Men’s Doubles (Round One):

  1. K. Nandagopal\Shlok RAMCHANDRAN won against Amrullo BAKHSHULLAEV\Artyom SAVATYUGIN of Uzbekisthan (Walkover).

Men’s Doubles (Round Two):

  1. K. Nandagopal\Shlok RAMCHANDRAN lost to HE Jiting\TAN Qiang of China 18-21, 22-20, 21-15.

List of Indian Participants: 

Men Singles:

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Sameer Verma.(Image Courtesy: www.youtube.com).

Sameer Verma.
(Image Courtesy: www.youtube.com).

Sourab verma. (Image Courtesy: www.badmintoncentral.com).

Sourab verma.
(Image Courtesy: www.badmintoncentral.com).

  1. Kidambi Srikanth (2).
  2. Parupalli Kashyap (6).
  3. H.S. Prannoy (9).
  4. B. Sai Praneeth.
  5. Subhanker Dey (2).
  6. Ajay Jayaram (10).
  7. Pratul Joshi.
  8. Sameer verma.
  9. Sourab Verma.

Women Singles:

Saili Rane.(Image Courtesy: mbl2012.htba.in).

Saili Rane.
(Image Courtesy: mbl2012.htba.in).

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

  1. Kuhoo Garg.
  2. Saili Rane.
  3. P.V. Sindhu (3).

Men Doubles:

Manu Attri & B. Sumeet Reddy.(Image Courtesy: Youtube.com).

Manu Attri & B. Sumeet Reddy.
(Image Courtesy: Youtube.com).

Tarun Kona & Alwyn Francis.(www.badmintoninindia.com).

Tarun Kona & Alwyn Francis.
(www.badmintoninindia.com).

Akshay Dewalkar & Pranav Jerry Chopra.(ImageCourtesy: badmintoninindia.com).

Akshay Dewalkar & Pranav Jerry Chopra.
(ImageCourtesy: badmintoninindia.com).

Shlok-Ramchandran & Nandagopal.(ImageCourtesy: mbl2012.htba_.in).

Shlok-Ramchandran & Nandagopal.
(ImageCourtesy: mbl2012.htba_.in).

M.R Arjun & Chirag Sen.(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

M.R Arjun & Chirag Sen.(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

  1. B. Sumeeth Reddy\Manu Attri.
  2. Akshey Dewalkar\Pranav Jerry Chopra.
  3. Tarun Kona\Alwin Francis.
  4. K. Nandhagopal\Shlok Ramachandran.
  5. Rohan Kapoor\Saurab Sharma.
  6. M. Anilkumar Raju\Venkata Gourav Prasad.
  7. M.R. Arjun\Chirag Shetty.
  8. Vineeth Manuel\S. Sanjeeth.

Women Doubles:

Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa.(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa.
(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

  1. Ashwini Ponappa\Jwala Gutta.
  2. K. Maneesha\Neelakuri Sikki Reddy.
  3. Danya Nair\ Mohita Sahdev.

Mixed Doubles:

  1. Manu Attri\Ashwini Ponappa.
  2. Pranav Jerry Chopra\ Sikki Reddy.
  3. Satwiksairaj Ranki Reddy\k. Maneesha.
  4. Shlok Ramachandran\Kuhoo Garg.
  5. Venkat Gaurav Prasad\Juhi Dewangan

Name of the Tournament: Victor Far East Malaysia Masters

Tournament Dates: 19-January-2016 to 24-January-2016.

Category: Grand Prix Gold.

Venue: Standium SPICE.

City: Penang.

Country: Malaysia.

Prize Money: USD120,000/-.

Practice With Mathias Boe Helped Me Win Title, Accolades Chirag

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NAGPUR: Chirag partnered with R Satwik Sai Raj of AP to win the men’s doubles crown in the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament which concluded at Cochin on Tuesday after practising with the former world No. 1 men’s doubles champion and former All England champion Mathias Boe of Denmark last week.

Boe, however was on his personal visit here and trained at Goregaon Sports Club for a week.

“Playing with Mathias did help me a lot. In fact, he is proving to be a lucky charm for me. Even if I practice 3-4 days with him before any tournament, I win that tournament,” a jubilant Chirag told TOI on Wednesday.

“Mathias is an experienced player. He is a truly world-class doubles player. I got to learn so many things just by watching him closely. Last week, he guided me on many occasions. If I made any mistake, he was there to point it out and correct it quickly. On court he is very fast and playing with him helps me sharpen my game. I was much more confident in Cochin after a brief stint with him,” said Chirag.

When TOI broke the news to Boe about Chirag’s victory in Cochin, he congratulated the promising lad. “That’s a great result for him. Chirag seems to be a natural doubles player and has an excellent future ahead of him,” said Boe from Denmark.

It has been a remarkable week for Chirag and his partner Satwik. For the first time in their career, Chirag and Satwik played together in a tournament. From qualification to championship, the pair of Chirag and Satwik created a history of sorts.

In five days, the teenage duo played eight matches, including three qualifiers, on their way to triumph. In the final, Chirag and Satwik outclassed Jishnu Sanyal and Shivam Sharma 21-17, 21-18. The unseeded pair of Chirag and Satwik caused three big upsets to clinch the title.

Chirag, aged 18, and Satwik at 15, became the youngest men’s doubles champions at a Senior All India tournament with their combined age of only 33 years.

Chirag and MR Arjun of Kerala are the reigning U-19 boys doubles champions. On the advice of national doubles coach Tan Kim Her of Malaysia, Chirag has now decided to play with Satwik.

“I am happy with win but I didn’t feel like celebrating much. Hopefully many more and much bigger ones are still left to be won. At Cochin we were individually stronger that’s why we managed to win despite playing for the first time. Our combination was okay but we both were better individually,” said Chirag.

Chirag Sen trains at the Uday Pawar badminton Academy, Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai.

It is noteable that Chirag won the National U-19 boys doubles title after training with Boe few months ago.

Sameer Wins Over Sourab At The TATA Open 2015 Men’s Finals

TATA Open 2015

MUMBAI: In the absence of top seeds B. Sai Praneeth and RMV Gurusaidutt, Sameer had to bear the pressure of leading the Indian challenge in the TATA Open International tournament here on Sunday.

Sameer Verma

Sourab Verma.
(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

Sameer Verma beat his elder brother Sourabh, to clinch the 2015 Tata Open International Challenge here at the CCI courts on Sunday.

This was Sameer’s third title year after winning back to nack titles in Bahrain last month and is likely to help him rise seven spots to 45th on the BWF rankings. The third seed took just 26 minutes to outsmart Sourabh 21-11, 21-18 in the men’s singles final to level their head-to-head record at 4-4.

“I am happy to have finally got a title after coming close on a couple of occasions. Even though I was the favourite coming into the final, it was difficult to play against my brother. That’s why I didn’t celebrate whenever I was winning a point. We might be brothers, but on the court we both are very competitive. I am pretty satisfied to have come out on top against him,” an excited Sameer told TOI.

Sameer Verma..(www.ahmedabadmirror.com).

Sameer Verma.
.(Image Courtesy: www.ahmedabadmirror.com).

“Malaysia’s Joo ven Soong (who retired in the semifinal after trailing 21-11, 15-9) was the toughest opponent I played here, but he had some injury which got aggravated during the match and he retired. So I was expecting to win the event as the top guys were not playing,” said the current World No. 52 after pocketing the winner’s cheque of $1121 (Rs 75,000).

Both, Sameer and Sourab will participate in the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix and the 2016 Syed Modi International at Lucknow in January.

Sameer Verma lost to B. Sai Praneeth lst week in the 2015 Bangladesh Open finals.

Sameer trains under national coach Pullela Gopichand.

Lack Of Depth In Women’s Group: Prakash Padukone

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

TATA OPEN 2015.
(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.