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Saina’s Loses The ‘Trump’ Card, Hands Final Berth To Mumbai

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Mathias Boe.
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HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal, the world no .2 and icon player of Awadhe Warriors lost her trump match and handed over a 3-0 victory to Mumbai Rockets in the semifinals of Premier Badminton League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

Needing a victory to keep her team in the contest, Saina failed to come to the party as she lost to Han Li 8-15, 15-13, 15-7 in the fourth match of the semifinals when Awadhe were trailing 1-2.

At this juncture, Saina stepped in to play the trump match to secure two points for her team but, however, found the going tough against the Chinese shuttler.

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Saina Nehwal.
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Sensing that Saina is struggling with her movement, Li sprayed the bird all over the court. Saina struggled to control the pace of the game and even her drops landed into the net. It was disconcerting to watch the champion shuttler gasping for breath on a few occasions, particularly in the third game.

With Saina’s loss Mumbai were not required to play their trump match.

Earlier, mixed doubles pair of Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen gave a good start to Awadhe by winning a closely-contested three-game encounter against Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl 12-15, 15-13, 15-14. In the contest that went down to the wire, Ivanov played brilliantly right throughout the contest but all the good work was lost in the end as he hit the bird long to concede the winner at 14-14 in the decider.

Men’s singles shuttler H.S. Prannoy brought Mumbai back into the contest. The world No. 33 made a splendid recovery after losing the first game to beat Tananongsak Saensomboonsuk 12-15, 15-7, 15-9.

Mumbai Rockets will face Delhi Acers in the final on Sunday.

Results (2nd Semi Finals):
Mumbai bt Awadhe 4-0: Kamilla Juhl and Ivanov lost to Bodin Issara and Pedersen 15-12, 13-15, 14-15; H.S. Prannoy bt Tanongsak 12-15, 15-7, 15-9; Mathias Boe and Ivanov bt Bodin and Cai Yun 15-10, 12-15, 15-13; Han Li bt Saina Nehwal 15-8, 13-15, 15-7.

With China Struggling, Saina, Sindhu Can Win At Rio: Boe’s Angle

NEW DELHI: Mathias Boe of Denmark, a silver-medallist at the London Olympics 2012 feels India’s Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu can clinch medals at the Rio Olympics this year as China’s dominance in world badminton, especially in women’s singles, seems to be ending.

Mathias Boe. (Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Mathias Boe.
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“If you look at the last few tournaments they are not as good as they used to be but may be they tried something different, I don’t know. We will know that better after the Olympics. If they can get all five gold medals we can’t say so. But it seems they are not as dominant now,” Boe, who is in India to play for Mumbai Rockets at the Premier Badminton League (PBL), said.

“Like in Ladies single, they always had the best in the top 4 in the world but now they have just one. In men’s singles they have Chen Long, he is the best, they have the best mixed and ladies doubles. However, I would say they have struggled a bit especially in ladies singles where they have always dominated. They seem a little old but let’s not rule them out because that would be a mistake,” he added.

Talking about India’s chances at the Olympics, Boe said: “I think Saina and Sindhu will have a chance. They are among the top-10 players of the world. Saina is in top-four, and both these girls have been at the highest level. So they can do that in Olympics. If they can handle pressure then definitely I don’t see why they can’t get a gold medal for India.”

“We have few big tournaments which is always fun to win. All England is one of the most prestigious tournaments apart from World Championship and Olympics. We have been fortunate to win it twice and to win it three times will be great as there are not many player to do so,” said Boe, who won the silver medal at the 2006 European Championships with Mogensen.

“Also there is Malaysia Open which we have never won, and India Open which we have won once but every time we go on court we want to win. So that is what we are aiming for,” added the left-handed shuttler, who helped Mumbai Rockets reach the finals by beating Awadhe Warriors 3-0 in the semifinals last night.

One half of the World No. 4 pair, Boe said they are looking forward to the opportunity of becoming the only doubles pair to win two Olympics medals at Rio Games.

“We know we can win Olympics. It is bigger than other events. Whoever can handle pressure best and if we can play our best it will be good enough. I am looking forward to the next few tournaments and qualify for Rio and have another shot at glory,” he said.

“Olympics come every four year. It is the biggest goal, biggest dream for any badminton player and we are no exception. We already have a silver at Olympics and if we can win another medal then we will be the only pair to have two medal and that will be remarkable,” he added.

Asked about his opinion on why India have not been able to produce quality doubles players, Boe said, “I think a lot of glory and what they have achieved is due to (Pullela) Gopichand’s work. He used to be a singles players and his expertise lies in singles.

“So when he started coaching he preferred to coach singles players and it is a normal development. He had to start somewhere and India have done well in singles and now you have some young doubles players doing well in u-19.

“It will come with time. You already have Manu and Sumeeth who won in Mexico, so India is on the right track. It takes years to develop quality doubles player,” he added.

Talking about his stint at the Premier Badminton League, Boe said: “It is more structure this year. Not as much as in Europe but overall another good experience. Last few days have been hectic with three days of illness and a lot of travelling. We just have to get things together and get ready for tomorrow.”

Boe hoped PBL will inspire youngsters to take up the game. “People who are watching us at court or TV, will inspire youngsters to take up the game. I hope with time it will generate good players. Lot of academies is building up. There are many opportunity for young shuttlers in India.”

Boe has already won the All England twice and said he aims to have another shot at glory at the prestigious event in Birmingham in March.

PBL 2016: Chennai Beat Mumbai 4-3

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MUMBAI: Mumbai Rockets geared up to face the Chennai Smashers on Sunday evening in their second tie of the Premier Badminton League.

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Mumbai, who had beaten Awadhe Warriors a day earlier, could not replicate their form, losing the tie 4-3. Chennai’s mixed pair of Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah got things rolling, beating their opponents Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl 15-10, 7-15, 15-11 in the opening match of the evening. However, H.S. Prannoy, representing The Rocket’s levelled scores with Chennai beating Brice Leverdez of France 15-8, 15-11.

However, The Trump Match between the doubles pair of Mathias Boe and Ivanov against Adcock and Pranaav Chopra was very spectacular. The Mumbai duo raced to an easy 15-10 win in the first game, but Adcock and Chopra fought hard to take the next game 15-9. It was an extremely close contest in the decider Mumbai Rockets win the match 15-13.

P.V. Sindhu, the World No 12, also won her singles match against China’s Han Li 15-8, 11-15, 15-8.

PBL Great Platform For Young Shuttlers To Learn: Prannoy

prannoyMUMBAI: Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy believes Premier Badminton League (PBL) has given a great platform to budding talents to learn and play alongside some of the best in the business.

“It is a great learning experience for the youngsters to play alongside big names in badminton world. PBL has given us the stage for this and we have to make the best use of it,” Prannoy said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The Mumbai team looks a well-balanced outfit with the experience of Danish Mathias Boe, Prannoy helping mould and channel the youthful energy of RMV Gurusaidutt, Ruthvika Gadde.

Other players in the team includes Han Li, Liu Zi Die, Vladimir Ivanov, Manu Attri, Chayut Triyachart and Kamilla Juhl.

The World No 20 shuttler will be representing Mumbai Rockets in the PBL starting on January 2.

Trump Matches Will Add To Excitement In PBL: Gopichand

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MUMBAI: The introduction of trump matches in the upcoming Premier Badminton League (PBL) will add to the excitement level in the event that kicks off here on January 2 next year, said national team coach Pullela Gopichand.

“It’s a great addition to the league to ensure that the excitement remains till the end of the tie,” said Gopichand at the unveiling ceremony of the logo and team colours of the city’s PBL franchise, Mumbai Rockets.

Gopichand also explained how the trump match concept will add to the overall excitement of the six-team PBL.

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“Each team has to nominate a trump match from among five matches. Teams have to finalise their line-up one and a half hours before the tie. At that time they have to mention which will be their trump match,” said the national team coach.

“The winner of the trump match gains one extra point and the loser (who nominated it as its trump match) will lose one point. Two teams can nominate the same match as trump match. This ensures that the last two matches are also important in a tie.

“Even a 3-0 lead is not sufficient to win as you still can lose the tie. Spectators’ interest will be kept alive. It needs to be seen how the players react to the extra pressure. Some play better under pressure and some others crack,” he said.

Mumbai Rocket’s Canadian coach Ram Nayyar also quoted that the trump match could turn out to be the key and his players’ experience would stand it in good stead in this format.

“The introduction of trump matches is exciting. Our experience will be good in trump matches. But it depends on how well we perform in it,” he said.

Mumbai Rockets squad member and Indian world no. 20, H. S. Prannoy, said his team looked well-balanced on paper.

“Over the last two years I have been playing really well, along with Gurusaidutt. We both are in good form. We are a pretty balanced outfit. We have really good doubles players too,” said the 23-year-old who hails from Kerala.

Top Danish doubles player Mathias Boe felt it was important for the team to start well at its home base where it plays two games — against Awadh Warriors (January 2) and against Chennai Smashers (January 3).

“Our team is really strong. If we can start off well in the first two matches at home we can gain confidence for the other matches,” said the 35-year-old who is currently world no. 4 in men’s doubles.

Apart from Prannoy, Guru and Boe, the Mumbai Rockets squad is made up of Han Li, Liu Zi Die (both China), Ruthvika Gadde (India) to play in women’s singles, Vladimir Ivanov (Russia), Manu Attri (India), Chayut Triyachart (Thailand) in men’s/mixed doubles and Kamilla Juhl (Denmark) in women’s/mixed doubles.

Gopichand maintained that all the teams appeared well-balanced.

“I am personally excited with PBL. All the teams look very strong on paper and it’s going to be a challenge to predict the winner. Teams are well-balanced. I am expecting a lot of fireworks.

“The league actually helps a lot of young and aspiring players to compete against the big names in the world. It’s exciting for the crowd too,” he added.

“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, Boe, Ivanov, Joachim Fischer.

“Yes, we did not have it for one year, but at least we have it now and hopefully it will continue. During the last edition players like Srikanth were coming up. Actually they came to prominence in IBL. This time they are at a stage when people are looking up to them. They have to deliver, it’s almost the maturing of a player. We will see how it happens.

“All said and done the pressure is more when playing against a foreign or fellow-Indian player in India. You will be scrutinized much more and actually it makes players mature faster,” he said.

“Carolina was there last year, but did not even play all matches. Yes her stature is at a higher level now. She will be missed, but the level is still very high which makes it definitely exciting. Yes, I would definitely love to have more players but it does not make it any less (attractive),” he said.

“Even though it’s an Olympic year (2016), players had 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. I believe so (because of the good experience during the last edition).”

Boe keen to Lead Rockets In PBL

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MUMBAI: Boe, the Dane, will represent the Mumbai Rockets in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), wants to be the guiding light of the side.

Mathias Boe. (Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Mathias Boe.
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“I like to be the man walking in front that suits my personality the best. This is a team event; my matches don’t count more than the others. It doesn’t matter if I win all my matches and the team loses. Of course, I am one of the senior guys in the team and hopefully I can pass on my experience to teammates. I will try my utmost to be the leader of the pack,” Boe told TOI on Wednesday. Boe has visited India six times and represented the Lucknow franchise in the previous edition in 2013 “I am glad that the league has become popular,” he commented.

He further quoted, “We have to see which team performs well on a given day. Such leagues provide players a great learning experience. We have a good squad with both experience and young talent. I hope we have all the things to challenge the other teams in the league,” the 35-year-old said.

It is noteable that Mathias Boe’s presence here at the Uday Pawar badminton Academy proved beneficial for Chirag Shetty, who won the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament along with R Satwik Sai Raj in men’s doubles. “I have practised here with some of the guys at Uday’s academy. I am glad someone like Chirag could benefit from it. I am happy if I can inspire someone to become a better shuttler,” the former World No. 1 doubles star said.

Boe, will partner with Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and Meerut lad Manu Attri for the first time.

“I have not played with Ivanov before and Manu (Attri), who won the Mexico Open recently. They are quality world-class players, so it won’t be difficult to play with them. On court, we may have a few misunderstandings, but we will sort it out during practice,” he said.

Lin, Marin Likely To Stay Away From Premier Badminton League

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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.

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Pullela Gopichand.
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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.

Practice With Mathias Boe Helped Me Win Title, Accolades Chirag


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.

Hyderabad Hotshots wins IBL 2013

Hyderabad Hotshots defeated Awadhe Warriors 3-1 in the finals of IBL 2013 to be crowned as the champions in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League.

Hyderabad Hotshots - Winner of IBL 2013

Hyderabad Hotshots – Winner of IBL 2013

IBL 2013 – Finals – Hyderabad Hotshots vs Awadhe Warriors – Match Results

Winner: Hyderabad Hotshots

Score: 3-1

Player of the Tournament: Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal - IBL 2013 - Player of the tournament

Saina Nehwal  – Player of the tournament

Match Results

    • Mens Singles 1: Saemsomboonsuk Tanongsak lost to K.Srikanth 12-21, 20-21

    • Womens Singles: Saina Nehwal defeated P.V.Sindhu 21-15, 21-7

    • Mens Doubles: V.Shem Goh and Khim Wah Lim defeated Markis Kido and Mathias Boe 21-14, 13-21, 11-4

    • Mens Singles 2: Ajay Jayaram defeated R.M.V.Gurusaidutt 10-21, 21-17, 11-7

IBL 2013 – Awadhe Warriors vs Mumbai Masters at Bangalore – Awadhe Warriors win 3-2

Awadhe Warriors faced Mumbai Masters in the IBL 2013 tie today at Bangalore.

Awadhe Warriors vs Mumbai Masters – Match Results

Winner: Awadhe Warriors

Score: 3-2

    • Mens Singles 1: R.M.V.Gurusaidutt lost to Vladimir Ivanov 18-21, 21-20, 9-11

      • Womens Singles: P.V.Sindhu defeated Tine Baun 21-12, 19-21, 11-8

    • Mens Doubles: Markis Kido and Mathias Boe defeated Sumeet Reddy and Manu Attri 21-16, 21-14.

    • Mens Singles 2: K.Srikanth lost to Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 21-20, 5-11.

    • Mixed Doubles: Markis Kido and Pia Bernadeth defeated Vladimir Ivanov and Sikki Reddy 21-19, 21-15.

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