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Qualifiers Nikkita-Aditi In All India Sub-Junior Ranking Semis

Nikitha Joseph. (Image Courtesy: www.nagpurtoday.in).

Nikitha Joseph.
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NAGPUR: Nikkita Joseph and Aditi Sadhankar stormed into the U-13 girls doubles semifinals in the All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton tournament at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad on Friday.

Qualifiers Nikkita and Aditi stunned local players Poojitha Goudi Cherla and M Meghana Reddy 21-17, 22-20 in the 25-minute quarterfinal. Earlier in the morning in the pre-quarterfinal, Nikkita and Aditi rallied back strongly to sideline Shrishti Gupta and Ishani Waldia 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in 45 minutes.

The unseeded pair of Aditi and Nikkita will now clash with top seeds Mansi Singh and Shiwangi Singh for a spot in the final on Saturday.

In the U-13 girls singles, qualifier Aditi lost to second seed Tasnim Mir 6-21, 8-21 in 15 minutes in Round 2. In the first round, Aditi had beaten Ayesha Singh 21-16, 21-15 in 25 minutes.

Both Aditi, student of Centre Point School, Dabha and Nikkita, a student of Modern School, Koradi, train under Chetak Khedikar and Prasad Sadhankar. In the U-15 boys singles, fifth seed Rohan Gurbani was upset by Gautam Walia in the third round. Unseeded Walia defeated Rohan Gurbani 17-21, 21-19, 22-20.

Rohan also failed to cross second round in the U-15 boys doubles. Jayant Rana and Arshad Shaik shocked eight seeds Rohan and Bhavin Karamchandani 21-16, 13-21, 21-18.

Doubles specialist Kim EyesPotential Doubles Players From India

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Tan Kim Her.
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NAGPUR: Tan Kim Her, the specialist doubles coach from Malaysia after guiding players of several countries has signed a five-year contract with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and is now working with several bunch of players for the last three months at the Hyderabad-based Pullela Gopichand Academy.

“I accepted to sign the BAI contract after a long and deep thought. It is quite challenging and I am game for it. In India, there is more focus on the singles. Unlike Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and China, doubles do not get equal importance in India. I have a big task to change that. I need time for this but I am sure by the time my contract expires after five years, India will be a force to reckon with in doubles too just like singles,” said Kim.

“I found lot of young talent in India particularly in the boys section. The present lot of seniors, I can train and improve them but I can’t make them champions now. The younger unit is quite promising. I’m putting my money on them. In one or two years, these youngsters will definitely challenge the seniors. MR Arjun, Satwikraj Krishna, Chirag Shetty and Kuhoo Garg are some of the youngsters I’m very impressed with,” said Kim

“If not this Rio Olympics, next Olympics in Tokyo 2020, I’m sure our players will be in medal contention in all the three doubles events. Youngsters are willing to work hard and ready to go the distance. There are not many top mixed doubles pairs in India in the world rankings. Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan are good and I will try to improve them,” he said.

Chief national coach Gopichand is pleased to have Kim on board. “I am pretty confident that Kim will bring in a revolution. He is an experienced campaigner, having travelled all over the world. He is the right man to do the job for us. I have given him a free hand as far as coaching of doubles players is concerned. Soon he will operate independently at my new academy, which is a couple of kilometres from the present academy. All the Indian doubles players will train at the new academy under Kim,” said Gopichand.

Kim’s future plans would be to focus on Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy and Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa for Rio Olympics, changing on partners on Trial and Erroe basis for better results, has requested BAI to send maximum pairs for various tournaments at the International level as International exposure is a must for talented junior players. And the last, not the least to target medals in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Jwala Gutta


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Jwala Gutta, was born on 7 September 1983, to a Telugu Hindu Indian father and a Chinese mother at Wardha, Maharashtra, India.

She married her fellow badminton player Chetan Anand, but that doesn’t work out as a happy married life for both, so both of tehm sought and got divorced.

She is a left-handed international badminton player. India. She is the country’s top-level doubles specialist and has partnered with Shruti Kurien earlier in her career. The pair then split and Jwala then paired up with Ashwini Ponnappa before New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnapa has consistently been ranked among the top-twenty in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10 in 2015.

She is also a specialist mixed doubles player who partnered Valiyaveetil Diju to win major international tournaments with whom she was at her career best at World No 6 in 2010. After 2010, controversies broke and the mixed doubles pair split. Now Jwala Gutta plays only women’s doubles along with Ashwini Ponnappa.


She is representing India on the international circuit for more than 15 years.


under 13 – Mini National Badminton Championship, Thrissur, Kerala – Winner.
2000 – Junior National Championship.
2000 – Women’s Doubles and Senior National Badminton Championship, (Partner – Sruthi Kurien) – Winner.
2002 – 2008 – Senior National Badminton Championship, (Partner – Sruthi Kurien) – Winner.

National Badminton Championships – 14 times till 2013.

2006 Commonwealth Games, Mixed Team – Bronze Medal
2008 Bitburger Open – (Partner – V. Diju) – Winners.
2008 Bulgaria Open – (Partner – Shruti Kurian) – Winners.
2009 Indian Open – (Partner – V. Diju) – Runner up.
2009 BWF World Championships (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2009 BWF Super Series Masters Finals – (Partner – V. Diju)Runner-up .
2009 Victor Korea Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Semi-Finalists.
2009 Chinese Taipei GP Gold – (Partner – V. Diju) – Winners .
2010 BWF World Championships – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2010 Singapore Open Superseries – (Partner -V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2010 Singapore Open Superseries – (Partner -Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2010 Indian GP Gold – (Partner – V. Diju) – Winner .
2010 Commonwealth Games – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa)- Gold Medal.
2010 Commonwealth Games – Mixed Team – Silver Medal.
2010 Indian GP Gold (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Runner-up.
2011 BWF World Championships – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Bronze medal .
2011 China Masters Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Semi-Finalists.
2011 Victor Korea Superseries Premier – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2011 Denmark Open Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2011 Indian GP Gold – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2012 Victor Korea Superseries Premier – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2012 India Open Superseries – (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2012 Singapore Open Superseries – (Partner – V. Diju) – Quarter-Finalists.
2014 Uber Cup – Women’s Team – Bronze Medal.
2014 Badminton Asia Championships (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Bronze Medal .
2014 Commonwealth Games (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Silver Medal .
2015 BWF World Championships (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Quarter-Finalists.
2015 Indian GP Gold (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Semi-Finalists.
2015 Yonex US GP Gold (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa) – Semi-Finalists.
2015 Yonex Canada Open (Partner – Ashwini Ponnappa)- Winner.

S.M Arif.
Pullela Gopichand, former national and International badminton player. Also a dronacharya awardee.

Represented Krrish Delhi Smashers Franchise of the Indian Badminton League.


JWALA gutta_Arjuna
2011 – Arjuna Awardee.

Jwala Gutta badminto Academy (Proposed).

P.V. Sindhu


P.V. Sindhu.

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, was born on 5th July 1995 to Mr.Ramanna and P. Vijaya, both former volleyball players.

It is noteable that, Sindhu’s father Ramanna is himself an Arjuna Awardee. Ramanna represented India in Volleyball.



1. Under-10 category – 5th Servo All India ranking championship (doubles) – Winner.
2. Under-10 category – Ambuja Cement All India ranking (Singles) – Winner.
3. Under-13 category – Sub-juniors tournament, Pondicherry – Singles – Winner.
4. Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament – Doubles – Winner.
5. Under-13 category – IOC All India Ranking -Winner.
6. Sub-Junior Nationals – Singles – Winner.
7. All India Ranking, Pune – Winner.
8. Under-14 – 51st National School Games – Gold.
9. 2012 – 77th Senior National Badminton Championships, Srinagar – Runner Up.
10. 2012 – Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event, Lucknow – Runner Up.

2009 – Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships, Colombo – Bronze medallist.
2010 – Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge – Silver medal (Singles category).
2010 – Junior World Badminton Championships, Mexico – Quarter Finalist.
2010 – Uber Cup – Team Member.
2011 – Commonwealth Youth Games, Douglas – Gold.
2012 – Indonesia Open – Participation.
2012 – Asia Youth Under 19 Championship – Winner.
2012 – Li Ning China Masters Super Series -Semi Finalist.
2012 – Japan Open, Second round.
2012 – Asian Junior Championships, Gimcheon – Gold.
2013 – Malaysian open – Winner.
2013 – Badminton world championships – Medallist.
2013 – Macau Open Grand Prix Gold – Winner.
2014 – Glasgow Commonwealth Games – Semi Finalist.
2014 – World cup, Denmark – Semi Finalsit.
2014 – Asia Championships, Gimcheon – Bronze medalist.

1. Mehboob Ali, Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad.
2. Pullela Gopichand, a former national, international player.

Trains at:
Pullela Gopichand badminton Academy, Hyderabad.


1. Arjuna Awardee.
2. Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
3. FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014.
4. NDTV Indian of the Year 2014.

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