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Seeded Shuttlers Have It Easy In All-India Sub-Junior Ranking Badminton


HYDERABAD: There were no major upsets in the quarterfinals of the ONGC All-India Sub-Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at the Pullela Gopichand Academy on Friday.

Top seeds in boys’ singles Pranav Rao Gandham (U-13), Maisnam Meiraba (U-15) and Mansi Singh (U-13) and Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy (U-15) in the girls’ singles made it to the semifinal stage.

While Pranav struggled past sixth seed Bharat, other top shuttlers faced no such issues. After winning the first game 21-18, Pranav lost the second 19-21 but recovered to clinch the decider 21-17.

He will now face fifth seed R.K. Upananda, who downed Pranay Katta 21-12, 17-21, 21-14. In the lower-half of the draw, Gopichand’s son and fourth seed Pullela Sai Vishnu registered a straight-game victory against eighth seed Anmol Joon 21-16, 23-21. Vishnu will square up against second seed Sankar Muthusamy, who eased past 16th seed Aman Gupta 21-17, 21-13.

In the boys’ singles last eight stage, Meirba had it easy against Gautam Walia 21-19, 21-10 and will face sixth seed Koya Sai Charan for a place in the final. Charan ousted Priyanshu Rajawat 21-17, 21-16.

The other semifinal will be between seventh seed Jayant Rana and Bhavin Karamchandani. While Rane trumped Ayush Raj Gupta 21-10, 21-12, Karamchandani rallied to beat Jaiditya Pratap Singh 21-14, 19-21, 21-17.

Vaishnavi Reddy will face third seed Richa Muktibodh in the under-15 girls singles semifinals. Second seed Gayatri Gopichand and her training partner Samiya Imad Farooqui have also reached the last four stage. All the four winners recorded straight game victories.

Results (QFs): Boys’ singles (U-13): 1-Pranav Rao Gandham bt 6-Bharat 21-18, 19-21, 21-17; 5-RK Upananda bt Pranay Katta 21-12, 17-21, 21-14; 4-Pullela Sai Vishnu bt 8-Anmol Joon 21-16, 23-21; 2-Sankar Muthusamy bt 16-Aman Gupta 21-17, 21-13.

U-15: 1-Maisnam Meiraba bt Gautam Walia 21-19, 21-10; 6-Sai Charan Koya bt Priyanshu Rajawat 21-17, 21-16; 7-Jayant Rana bt Ayush Raj Gupta 21-10, 21-12; 11-Bhavin Karamchandani bt 12-Jaiditya Pratap Singh 21-14, 19-21, 21-17.

Girls’ singles (U-13): 1-Mansi Singh bt 7-Awantika Pandey 21-13, 21-13; 3-Hrissha Dubey bt Rajkumari Riplika Handiqlie 21-13, 21-13; Ritu Shah bt Pavithra Naveen 21-14, 21-15; 2-Tasnim Mir bt Meghana Reddy 8-21, 21-19, 21-12.

U-15: 1-Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy bt VS Varshini 21-14, 21-8; 3-Richa Muktibodh bt 8-Megha Pothamsetty 21-7, 21-13; 4-Samiya Imad Farooqui bt 6-S Kavipriya 21-11, 21-11; 2-Gayatri Gopichand bt Aditi Bhatt 21-9, 21-17.

Saina Nehwal Dedicates Padma Bhushan Award To Coach Vimal

Saina with U. Vimal Kumar. (Image Courtesy: www.seeandsay.in).

Saina with U. Vimal Kumar.
(Image Courtesy: www.seeandsay.in).

MUMBAI: India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Monday dedicated her Padma Bhushan award to coach U. Vimal Kumar under whose guidance she rose to the top of the world rankings.

It is noteable and remarkable that already the 25-year-old Saina has already been a recipient of the Arjuna Award (2009), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2010) and Padma Shri (2010).



U. Vimal kumar. (Image Courtesy: archive.deccanherald.com).

U. Vimal kumar.
(Image Courtesy: archive.deccanherald.com).

“I would like to thank the ministry for giving me Padma Bhushan. It is a great feeling, very honoured. I would like to dedicate the award to my coach U. Vimal Kumar sir totally. The way he has helped me in the last one year is great and made me become World No.1 and so many other achievements,” Saina said in a statement.

“Also, I would like to thank my parents, physio Sidhharth and trainer Deckline Leitao for supporting me so much,” the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist added.

Ahead of the 2014 Asian Games, Saina decided to move out of Pullela Gopichand Academy and switched her training base to Bengaluru under the guidance of Vimal. Her decision came after being laid low by a spate of injuries and a series of disappointing losses, including the 2014 BWF World Championships.

She started 2015 on a brilliant note by winning the India Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow, beating reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the final. She followed it up with her lone Superseries title, The India Open which she won after defeating the former world champion Ratchanok Intanon in the finals.

Saina also won the 2014 China Open title and in 2015, reached the finals of three prestigious events, All-England, World Championships and China Open.

Saina is one of India’s biggest hopes of winning a medal at the forthcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Padma Bhushan is India’s third highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.

Siril, The First Indian Boy In Junior World C’ships 2015 Final, Assures Silver Medal

BWF Junior World Championships 2015

NAGPUR: Siril Verma’s dream run continued at the BWF World Junior (U-19) Badminton Championships as he became the first Indian boy to reach singles final at Lima, Peru.

In the U-19 boys singles semifinal Siril defeated Adulrach Namkul of Thailand 21-15, 21-14 in just 35 minutes, a 14th seed player in the tournament.

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

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

It is remarkable to note that in six matches Siril played so far in this tournament so far, the 17-year-old Telangana shuttler had upset four seeded players including third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark.

Before Siril, no Indian boy has ever entered the final of junior worlds. In the final slated to be played later on Sunday night, Siril, a trainee of Hyderabad-based Pullela Gopichand Academy, will clash with sixth seed Chia Hung Lu of Chinese Taipei.

Here Siril is assured of a Silver Medal if he loses in the finals summit.

So far, only four Indian boys have won bronze medals. HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth won bronze medal in Mexico (2010). R.M.V. Gurusai Dutt won bronze in Pune (2008), while Sameer Verma won in Chinese Taipei (2011). In the girls section, Saina won the gold medal in 20018 at Pune.

It is noteable Siril could not participate at the Asian Junior U-17 & U-15 Championship in Indonesia as he was declared overage by the doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, following an age determination tests conducted by the instructions of SAI. Later he was cleared by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Siril Verma In Semi Finals Of The BWF Junior World Championship 2015, Assures Bronze Medal

BWF Junior World Championships 2015

NAGPUR: The dream run of Siril Verma continues in the progressing BWF World Junior (U-19) Badminton Championships at Lima in Peru.

Siril defeated Satheishtharan R. [10] 21-15, 21-14 to enter the men’s singles semifinals on Friday. The match lasted for 37 minutes.

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

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

It was Siril who started the game with a nearly lead of 3-0. He progressed well until the Malaysian followed Siril and equalled the scores at 10-10. From here the game was a neck to neck affair until the score was 15-15. After which Siril opened up a huge gap by giving no chance to score for the Malaysian, to move straight to 21 to claim the first game 21-15.

The second game started off the same way like the first game, where Siril opened the account and took the lead 2-0. Until the scores 9-9, it was a neck to neck to battle for both as each surging for a big lead. After 9-9, the Malaysian did not get his rhythm correct and was stranded at 14 while Siril notched up high and comfortably pocketing the game and the match in his favour.

Since, Siril has moved to the semi finals and surpassed the quarter finals stage, he is assured of a bronze medal.

The 17 year old Siril Verma can be one of the prospects in the boys section along Chirag sen in the boys singles, In the boys doubles, it can be Krishna Prasad and Satwiksairaj Raniki Reddy. while in the girls section India may depend on Ruthvika Shivani, the current senior national champion as far as Indian badminton is concerned.

All of them train at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, Hyderabad.

Siril Verma In BWF Junior World Championship 2015 Quarters

BWF Junior World Championships 2015

NAGPUR: The dream run of Siril Verma continued in the progressing BWF World Junior (U-19) Badminton Championships at Lima in Peru.

Siril Verma.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Siril Verma.
(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Siril defeated third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-12, 18-21, 21-15 to enter the men’s singles quarterfinal late on Thursday. The match lasted for 58 minutes.

Siril had the chance to win the second game, but got lost somewhere which made the Danis h player cliam the second game in his favour. However, Siril overcame this situation and registered a thrilling victory over the Danish player.

Earlier in the third round, Siril had upset ninth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in straight games.

Siril will now clash with the tenth seed R Satheishtharan of Malaysia on Friday for a spot in the semifinals. If Siril wins his quarterfinal match then he is assured of a bronze medal.

Siril trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, Hyderabad.

The other Indian singles competitors, Chirag Sen and G Ruthvika Shivani run ended in the pre-quarters.

G Ruthvika Shivani lost to the Eleventh seed Natsuki Nidaira of Japan 13-21, 21-11, 21-10.

Chirag Sen was defeated by another Japanese player Koki Watanabe, seeded No. 15 here 21-18, 21-9.

Siril, Chirag Sail Into Pre-Quarterfinals Of Junior World Championships 2015

BWF Junior World Championships 2015

NAGPUR: A.S.S. Siril Verma and Chirag Sen booked their men’s singles pre-quarterfinals berth respectively in the progressing BWF World Junior (U-19) Badminton Championships at Lima, Peru, on Thursday.

Siril Verma.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Siril Verma.
(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Siril beat France’s Thomas Baures 21-5, 21-13 in his second round encounter on Wednesday and continued his tremondous form where he caused a big upset of the day, by defeating the ninth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-13, 21-13 in 31 minutes.

Siril will now clash with third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark for a spot in the quarterfinals.

It is noteable that Siril, trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, Hyderabad.


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

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

Similarly, Chirag, defeated Fethican Degirmenci of Turkey 21-13, 21-10 in his first round encounter on Wednesday. In the second round Chirag, seeded 15 here gave a fight back and defeated Denmark’s Mikkel Enghoj in straight games.

Chirag will face Koki Watanabe of Japan in the pre-quarters match.





Ruthvika Shivani.)Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com)

Ruthvika Shivani.
)Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com)

In the women’s singles category, Ruthvika Shivani, seeded 7th here will meet eleventh seed Natsuki Nidaira of Japan in the pre-quarters.

Verma defeats C Rahul To Enter Into The Finals Of The Bahrain International Series 2015

Victor-Rayan Baharain International Series 2015

BAHRAIN: Sameer Verma defeated C Rahul Yadav in the progressing Bahrain International Series Badminton Tournament 2015 here in Bahrain.

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

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

Sameer Verma, seeded 11 in this tournament cut short the dream run of C Rahul Yadav, a qualifier here and one of his practice partners at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in the semi finals in straight games 21-13, 21-17. Sameer Verma knew well about the game style of Rahul and never gave Rahul a chance for a change of game plan, capitalized on it and won the match.

It is remarkable to note the efforts of Rahul Yadav Chittaboina, unseeded here who played his qualification round to enter into the main draw and ousted many countrymen before going down to Sameer.

Indian Badminton Pin Up Boys

(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

HYDERABAD: There was a recent photoshoot for the top men’s shuttlers from the country, named as the new pin-up boys of Indian badminton — Parupalli Kashyap, Prannoy HS, Sai Praneeth, Srikanth Kidambi and RMV Gurusaidutt. They accomplish their roles on and off the badminton court well. It is
also worth noting that these five top badminton stars of India feature inside the top 50 international world rankings.

These five boys got busy with their own make up’s, hair styles, picking up the sun glasses, choosing their own blazers and checking oneself in the mirror. It was totally firing styles when they got ready for almost an hour for a photo shoot at the Pullela Gopichand Academy here in Hyderabad.

The boys totally loved it and got goffed up, as if they were playing a sensational finals in a grand prix gold tournament. They totally enjoyed the photo shoot.

Indian Players Dominate In The Victor-Rayan International series 2015

Victor-Rayan Baharain International Series 2015

BAHRAIN: Indian shuttlers dominated the recently concluded Victor-Rayan Sports Bahrain International Series Badminton tournament at Isa Town, Bahrain, on Sunday.

Sameer Verma, world No. 76, No.1 seed here and a trainee of Pullela Gopichand Academy was consistent with his performance throughout the tournament. He may move up in his rankings withthis international tournament.

In the all Indian men’s singles final, Verma beat unseeded Pratul Joshi Madhya Prades in the finals, which lasted for nearly an hour, Verma won 21-13, 18-21, 21-8 to win this international series title.

The women’s doubles final was won by Indian duo of S Poorvisha Ram and Arathi Sara Sunil. They beat the Pakistan pair of Palwasha Bashir-Sara Mohmand in straight games 21-14, 21-8 to clinch their maiden crown at the international series.

Poorvisha S. Ram, won the Uganda Open with Sikki Reddy as her partner in February this year.

The women’s singles played between India’s Saili Rane and Li Lian Yang of Malaysia witnessed many good rallies and the Indian gave a very good fight back but, lost the crown 21-19, 21-17. She missed some important points in the crucial junctures which should have been turned into
Saili’s favours which would have turned the game and the match in Saili’s favours either by pushing the game to a decider or the Indian winning the match in 2 games which would have eventually bought her the crown.