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PBL: Delhi Acers power past Mumbai Rockets

BENGALURU: Delhi Acers’ Tommy Sugiarto, the 2014 world championships bronze medalist, appeared to struggle in his initial stages, failing to match the aggression of Mumbai Rockets’ H.S. Prannoy in their Premier Badminton League match on Wednesday but, however got to rhythm and won Prannoy 15-8, 15-6 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium.

P. C. Thulasi. (Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

P. C. Thulasi.
(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

In the day’s opening match, Mumbai’s imposing mixed-doubles duo of Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Rytter Juhl were given a tough fight by Akshay Dewalkar and Aparna Balan. The Indian pair was comfortably ahead at 13-9 in the opening game, before the Russian and his Danish partner pulled away for a 15-13, 15-11 win.

Rajiv Ouseph won the trump match against R. M. V. Gurusaidutt comfortably 15-7, 15-10 in the fifth match of the tie, as Delhi Acers pulled off a 4-1 win against Mumbai Rockets

P.C. Thulasi of Delhi Acers beat Ruthvika Shivani 15-11, 8-15, and 15-13 in an exciting encounter. “This is a confidence booster win for our team, it was a Trump match for Mumbai and after winning the first set I lost focus in the 2nd and paid the price. Luckily I held my nerves in the third and managed to win a vital point for our team,” she said.

The Delhi Acers won 5-0 to go top of the table with 20 points ahead of Mumbai Rockets after their final league clash.

Siril Verma Is the New Junior World No. 1, Chirag Sen No.3

HYDERABAD: Barely four months ago, A.S.S. Siril Verma was accused of age fudging and was doubtful in the Indian team in October. The moment his name was announced as one of the four age fraudsters, Siril ran out of the hotel in disbelief, his mother followed him to save her son from being hit by speeding vehicles on busy Delhi roads.

A couple of days later, Siril was cleared by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). But the damage had been done. His detractors ripped him apart on social media. Even his friends spoke in hushed tones.

Siril verma. (Image Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com).

Siril verma.
(Image Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com).

With his parents and coach standing by him, Siril went on to become the first Indian after Saina Nehwal (2008) to reach the finals of the World Junior Championships in November. Though he lost in the summit clash he won people’s hearts by beating several top-ranked players.

Four months after being accused of age fraud, Siril went on to become the junior world No. 1.

The 16-year-old, who is a member of the Hyderabad Hunters team in the Premier Badminton League, told TOI that he was delighted with the honour.

chirag Sen. (Image Courtesy: dehradun.amarujala.com).

chirag Sen.
(Image Courtesy: dehradun.amarujala.com).

“I am happy to become No. 1. But my aim is to become No. 1 in the senior category as well,” said Siril, who is ahead of Toma Junior Popov of France. Another Indian, Chirag Sen is ranked No. 3.

Recalling the harrowing experience in October, Siril said, “It was unfortunate but I have come out of that. I reached the finals of the Junior Worlds. I should have won the title but I missed it. I was not thinking about the ranking but I knew if I performed consistently the ranking would improve on its own.”
Ask him about his target and he says: “I want to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and win a medal there. I want to perform consistently and win as many titles as possible.”

Siril won the U-15 Asian junior championship in 2013. He also became the first Indian to win the Badminton Asia Youth Championships the same year.

Siril will make his first attempt into the senior category in the forthcoming international level later this month. “I am playing the qualifiers of Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold. Hopefully, I will qualify for the event,” he said.

PBL: Awadhe Warriors Beat Chennai Smashers To Enter PBL Semis

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HYDERABAD: A Saina Nehwal-less Awadhe Warriors beat the PV Sindhu-led Chennai Smashers 4-1 on the last day of the Hyderabad leg of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Monday.

With this victory, the Warriors jumped to the top spot of the standings with 17 points and thus qualifying for the semifinals. This was the Warriors’ fourth consecutive victory after losing their first encounter to Mumbai Rockets on January 2nd 2016.

On the other hand, the Smashers lost their first tie in four outings and they are currently third in the standings with 13 points.

After sharing two wins each in the first four matches, it all boiled down to the mixed doubles contest which was the first match where both teams played their respective Trump cards. A win in a team’s selected Trump Match gives them two points while a loss deducts one.

The Warriors’ pair of Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen clearly turned out to be the better combination on the night, winning the match and the tie 15-7 and 15-10 against Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah of the Smashers.

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

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

The Smashers got the start they wanted as Brice Leverdez went on to beat the energetic Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15-13, 15-9 to give the Chennai-based team a 1-0 lead.
B. Sai Praneeth, for Awadhe Warriors levelled things up with a 12-15, 15-8, 15-13 triumph over Sony Dwi Kuncoro of the Smashers.

“It’s never easy to come back after losing the first game. I committed a lot of mistakes in the first game and Sony took full advantage of it. I knew if I get my rhythm I will play better and that’s what happened in the rest of the match and the
result is in front of all,” said Sai.

Experienced shuttlers Cai Yun and Hendra Gunawan gave the Warriors the lead (2-1) in the tie for the first time when they outwitted the scratch combination of Toby N.G. and Pranav Chopra of the Smashers 15-13, 15-11.

“A positive result always works as a confidence-builder for your team. We had prepared our strategies against them and managed to implement them properly,” said the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champion Cai.

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

P.V. Sindhu.
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Smashers skipper Sindhu then equalised the contest with a 15-7, 15-3 thrashing of G. Vrushali in the women’s singles contest. “It was a comfortable win I would say,” said Sindhu.

Eventually Issara and Pedersen sealed it for the Warriors to book a place in the semis.

Now, all will depend on the final day of the league phase on Wednesday when the Rockets take on the Acers followed by a match-up between the Smashers and Top Guns. With the Warriors and Acers through and Hunters out, two teams from Smashers, Rockets and Top Guns will enter the semis.

The final day of the league phase will be played in Bengaluru on Wednesday with Tuesday as a break.

Awadhe Warriors bt Chennai Smashers 4-1 (Brice Leverdez (CS) bt S Tanongsak (AW) 1513, 15-9; Sai Praneeth (AW) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro 12-15, 15-8, 15-13; Cai Yun\Hendra Gunawan (AW) bt Pranaav ChopraToby Ng (CS) 15-13, 15-11; PV Sindhu (CS) bt G Vrushali (AW) 15-7, 15-3; Christinna Pedersen\Bodin Issara (AW) bt Chris Adcock\Pia Zebadiah (CS) 15-7, 15-10).

PBL 2016: Chennai Beat Mumbai 4-3

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

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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.

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

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

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: Srikanth Stuns Chong Wei

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MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal’s absence from the Premier Badminton League’s opening tie between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors on Saturday evening left the fans at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Indoor Stadium disappointed but, they witnessed some good matches when the Bengaluru Top Guns took off against the Hyderabad Hunters.

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

(Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

Srikanth’s 2015 season had seen 7 first round exits and losing to the Chinese, Tian Houwei thrice in two months and two three set losses, one at the World Championship to Hu Yun (23-21), to Tommy Sugiarto at the Indonesian Masters (24-22), both in the deciders.

“The little I saw of his matches during the end of last year, he seemed to have all the strokes. But just the mind needed to adjust,” Bhat says, promising, “Srikanth’s adding new stuff to his game too.”

2015 had been a lesson in what not to do, he would say later. “I tried everything in match ending situations – rushing, playing safe, smashing, defending, nothing seemed to be working,” he said. “I would play attacking when the situation demanded defense and play cautious when I needed to be aggressive against a certain player. I’m slowly learning what to do when,” he said.

Srikanth also commented, “A coach can’t help any player to beat Lee Chong Wei with mere instructions. Srikanth followed what I said immediately, but it was entirely his instinctive understanding of what to do when that took him to this win,” Bhat said. It was a 15-12, 6-15, 15-7 maiden win over the badminton legend. The match was nothing worth as Bengaluru had already lost that battle. But it was Srikanth’s first match of the year after a difficult season, and a win over the former world no.1 Chong Wei who was on a 15-match unbeaten streak since October.

However, Kashyap had it easy over Sameer Verma, a surprise trump match for Bangalore against P Kashyap.

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.

Premier Badminton League Releases Its Official Anthem

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

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NEW DELHI: Premier Badminton League today released its official Anthem on its Facebook page. The anthem is composed by Salim and Sulaiman togeother.

The theme is named “Halla Macha De” during the entire League and come out full-on to support their team. The musical anthem is all set to get the audience to hum the anthem and in the process look forward to the kick start of the much awaited action.

The main purpose of the anthem is to invite viewers from across the world to get hooked to the games and create the “Halla”.

The anthem has gone Live on its Facebook page and will soon be available on Youtube.

FM stations will soon sing the anthem on their stations further getting the fans excited.

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.(Image Courtesy: bollyspice.com).

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.
(Image Courtesy: bollyspice.com).

The musical duo Salim Sulaiman will also perform the song LIVE on 2nd January 2016 at the official opening ceremony at National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) in Mumbai.




Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI and PBL Chairman said “I am very happy the way the Anthem has been created by Salim and Sulaiman. It perfectly captures and strikes the emotions of the player as well as the fans feelings while the game is on. I am sure the song will make each Indian and each badminton lover to come forward and create the noise that the League right deserves”



Speaking on their association, Salim and Sulaiman said “We are happy to get associated with the League and the entire idea behind the song is to set off the players as well as the fans to ‘Halla Macha De’. We hope we will be successful in touching the chords of the fans across India and get them to sing to the tune of the Anthem”.

The Premier Badminton League will start on 2nd January 2016 between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors.

The League will also be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.

Vrushali Excited To Play In Saina’s Team In PBL

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Ruthvika. (Image Courtesy: sportsrediscovered.com).

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NEW DELHI: Rising Indian shuttler G. Vrushali said it is a dream come true for her to play in a team with Saina Nehwal in Premier Badminton League (PBL) franchise Awadhe Warriors which starts on January 02 2016.

The first match will be between Awadhe Warriors and Mumbai Rockets here.

“It will be dream come true for any player to represent the same team as Saina Nehwal. It will be a huge platform for me as I will even take this as an opportunity to pick up useful learning from her,” Vrushali said on Thursday.

“I am excited and looking forward to play for Awadhe Warriors. Apart from Saina, there are other international players which make our team look very strong and I hope we win the title. What also excites me are the rules which will be a huge game changer in the league.”

Prannoy Excited About Premier Badminton League

NEW DELHI: Rising Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy is all set for the opening match between his team Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on January 2.

H.S. Prannoy.(Image Courtesy: sportsrediscovered.com).

H.S. Prannoy.
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“The first day of the league is the most important for any team. It is the early jitters which every player feels but what follows after that is exciting and enthralling,” said the World No.20.

“With our clash slated against Awadhe Warriors, we are confident to play against B. Sai Praneeth and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and hope to seal Day 1 with a win in men’s singles. With the new rules PBL will turn out to be exciting because each day will be new and on any given day any team can change its fate for the better.”

Trump Match, A Big Challenge For Coaches: Kidambi Srikanth

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BENGALURU: India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Tuesday said the new rule of ‘Trump Match’, introduced in the second edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL), will be a big challenge for coaches.

“We have never done these kind of things and obviously it (The Trump Match) is exciting. There will be a lot of strategy involved in it. I think it is a very big job and a challenge for any coach,” he told reporters here after the launch of Bengaluru Top Guns team.

Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: results.glasgow2014.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: results.glasgow2014.com).

Bengaluru Top Guns coach Arvind Bhat admitted that the rule will throw a big challenge for the coach. “The rule will throw a big challenge before the coach, and he has to take the right decision on it, so that the team gains bonus points rather than losing points and eventually losing the tie from a winning position, in rare cases,” Bhat said.

Bhat said the new rule involves lot of strategising which can play a vital role in some crunch matches, which will have an effect on the entire tournament.

“I think it is a very strategic thing, but at the same time it can play a very crucial role in some matches that will have cascading effect on the League,” he said.

In a Trump Match, the team calling for the Trump gets 2 points for win and -1 points for loss. However, the other team will play this match as a normal one. If both the teams place the trump on the same match, then for both of them +2 or -1 scoring will apply for win or loss respectively.

Ace Indian women’s doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa said the Trump Match is an exciting rule because a winning team could eventually turn out to be losers.

“The rule is exciting because anything can happen – you could still lose if you lose your Trump Match. So, that puts lot of pressure on players. It is a wonderful idea … it will be pretty nerve-wracking for people to watch as well,” she said.

India’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said Trump Match is a fantastic idea as it will keep spectators, viewers and players glued to the matches. “What it basically does is, if the tie is 3-0 up, teams can actually lose last two matches and lose the tie. So, basically every match is going down to the wire,” he said.

The Trump Match will make players realise where they stand in terms of class and how they fared in the high-pressure match, Gopichand said.

“At the end of the League, players will realise how they fared in Trump Matches,” he added.

As per the rules, both teams will specify which of the five matches will be their respective Trump Match along with the list of players at least one hour before the start of the tie with the referee.

A team winning the ‘Trump Match’, after selecting one of the five matches in a tie, would fetch them a bonus point and a negative point in case of defeat.