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Srikanth Wins Men’s Singles Gold Title At The Syed Modi International 2016

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

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

Top seed Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold with a convincing win over China’s Huang Yuxiang in the men’s singles final on Sunday.

World No. 9 Srikanth, who had reached the finals even in the last edition as well, prevailed over 73rd ranked Huang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.

Srikanth came into the men’s final with a 1-0 record against Huang, having beaten him last week at the Malaysia Masters at Penang and the Indian showed better control and picked up the gaps well in the first game against the Chinese.

The Indian led 11-8 at the break and continued to move ahead after the interval, cruising to the game point when the Chinese pushed to the back of the court, failed to recover enough ground to return a net dribble. Srikanth then sealed the game with a smash.

In the second game also, Srikanth went ahead to a comfortable 11-7 lead, but did not capitalize on it and allowed Huang to win the second game.

In the decider, Huang opened up an early lead of 7-4. Srikanth had to fight back his way to equal the scores at 8-8. The two fought neck to neck till 12-12 before the Indian again raised to al elad of 15-13.

Srikanth finally moved into the match point with a towering smash from the back court and then sealed it with another power-packed smash.

It was his fifth title having won the 2013 Thailand Grand Prix Gold, 2014 China Super Series premier and Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Super Series last year.

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 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.

PBL 2016: Hyderabad Hunters Tame Bengaluru Top Guns

MUMBAI: Bengaluru Top Guns went down 2-3 to Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League clash on Sunday inspite of India’s highest ranked shutter, Kidambi Srikanth, pulled off an upset victory over former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.
(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Hyderabad Hunters, in fact rallied from an early loss to overcome the Top Guns at the NSCI Sardar Vallabhai Patel indoor stadium on Sundayhad wrapped up the tie even before world No 5 Lee’s battle against world No 9 Srikanth by winning two out of the first three matches, but still it was a very creditable win by the Indian, who has never beaten the Malaysian great in four encounters at the international level.

Hyderabad started on the wrong foot by losing the first match, the women’s singles clash, when their Thai signing Supanida Katethong was beaten in straight games (15-8, 15-11) to Bengaluru’s Suo Di.

However, the Hunters gamble of making the men’s doubles clash as their trump match paid rich dividends as the scratch combine of Carsten Mogensen of Denmark and Indonesian Markis Kido fought back from a game down to get the better of Bengaluru’s Malaysian pair of Hoon Thien How and Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14.

This 2-1 advantage for Hyderabad was made 3-2 when Bengaluru’s Sameer Verma lost his singles trump match against the higher ranked Parupalli Kashyap 15-14, 15-13 to provide Hunters with a winning 3-0 points lead.

This made the last two matches of no importance, including the prime fifth match clash between the Malaysian Lee representing Hyderabad and Indian Srikanth of Bengaluru as well as the preceding mixed doubles match.

Bengaluru’s Ashwini Ponnappa and lanky Danish partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen defeated her regular women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Kido 15-13, 15-13 to make the points score 3-1.

Finally, Srikanth did it great for Bengaluru by outsmarting Lee 15-12, 6-15, 15-7.

“I’m very happy to beat Lee. It’s always great to beat someone who is that good,” said Srikanth, who punched the court after his memorable win in the last game.

Results: Hyderabad Hunters beat Bengaluru Top Guns 3-2 (Points)(Supanida Katethong lost to Suo Di 8-15, 11-15; Carsten Mogensen/Markis Kido beat Hoon Thien How/Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14; P Kashyap beat Sameer Verma 15-14, 15-13; Jwala Gutta/Kido lost to Ashwini Ponnappa/Joachim Fischer Nielsen 13-15, 13-15; Lee Chong Wei lost to Kidambi Srikanth 12-15, 15-6, 7-15).

PBL: Srikanth Stuns Chong Wei

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

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.

Parupalli Kashyap Confident Of Coming In Top form

HYDERABAD: Parupalli Kashyap, who has remarkable and impressive performances over the last two years, is keen to make the most of the situation. However, he is suffering from a clf muscle injurythat has put him offtrack for the past two months.

Kashyap resumed training earlier this week. “It was very disappointing to sit out injured. I was sure of qualifying for the Super Series Finals but this injury happened,” said Kashyap after his training session.

The first Indian to reach the quarterfinals of men’s singles at the Olympics, Kashyap is confident of hitting top form before the Olympics. “This injury took a lot of time. But now I am feeling much better. I hope to be in good shape before the badminton league,” said Kashyap, who was picked by Hyderabad Hunters for $35000. “That tournament offers me good platform to assess my fitness. Moreover, I will gain some much needed match practice before I start playing international tournaments,” he said.

The most important task for Kashyap now is to defend his ranking points and stay in the top 16 of world rankings by May, 2016.

The first real challenge for the world No.15 would be to defend the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, which he won last January defeating Srikanth in the final.

BWF-Dubai World Superseries Finals 2015, Dubai – UAE


Round Robin Round (11-Dec-2015):

Men’s Singles:

  1. Kidambi Srikanth [9] lost to CHOU Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 21-13.

Women’s Singles:

  1. Saina Nehwal [2] lost to TAI Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 16-21, 21-18, 21-14.

Round Robin Round (10-Dec-2015):

Men’s Singles:

  1. Srikanth [9] lost to Victor Axelsen of Denmark 21-13, 21-18.

Women’s Singles:

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

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

  1. Saina Nahwal [2] Defeated Carolina Marin of Spain 23-21, 9-21, 21-12.

Round Robin Round (09-Dec-2015):

Men’s Singles:

  1. Srikanth [9] lost to Kento Momota of Japan 21-13, 21-13.

Women’s Singles:

  1. Saina Nehwal [2] lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-14, 21-6.

List Of Participants:

Men’s Singles – Group B:

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

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

  1. Kidambi Srikanth [9].

Women’s Singles – Group A:

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  1. Saina Nehwal [2].

About the Tournament:

Tournament Name: BWF-Dubai World Superseries Finals 2015.

Tournament Dates: 09-Dec-2015 to 13-Dec-2015.

Category: Superseries Finals.

Events: MS, WS, MD, WD, XD

Venue: Hamdan Sports Complex.

City: Dubai.

Country: United Arab Emirates.

Prize Money: Not Available.

If Saina Can, Why Can’t Our Men Do It, Asks Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone at the Press meet.(Image Courtesy :http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Prakash Padukone at the Press meet.
(Image Courtesy :http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

MUMBAI: The Indian men shuttlers are yet to reach the top-5 in international badminton. As per the records, three Indian shuttlers, Srikanth (World no. 9), Parupalli Kashyap (14) and H.S. Prannoy (20) are in the top-20 and six shuttlers in the top-50.

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone feels men shuttlers need to work harder to reach the pinnacle.

“There are three players in the top-20, it’s a good sign but they shouldn’t become too complacent. Ideally, they should try to get into the top-5 and remain there. The very fact that we have so many players in those spots means we have good amount of talent. So, with a little more hard work and proper planning they can do better at the world level,” Padukone said after announcing the eighth edition of the Tata Open International Challenge here at the CCI on Tuesday .

“I guess they need to check what Saina and Sindhu are doing (laughs). They shouldn’t be satisfied with their achievements and try to be more consistent. If Saina can do it why can’t men do it? There’s no rocket science to it. If I were in their shoes I would pick important events, give myself proper rest, try to peak around the big events and not worry so much about rankings,” the 1978 Commonwealth Games gold medalist explained.

With Kashyap and Prannoy suffering from injuries, the former All England Champion said that remaining injury-free is the key to good performances.

“I think the key to consistency is to remain injury free. Injuries are part of a sportsman’s career and one should try to reduce the risk. They need to have self-belief that even if they miss out on one or two events they can make up for it by playing events with more ranking points on offer. So that way it will give them more time to recover from niggles,” Padukone said.

Prakash commented that women’s badminton doesn’t have the same depth as the men.

“I am confident about the depth in men’s singles with fresh crop of youngsters ready to take over from the likes of Kashyap and Srikanth once they retire. There is a lot of talent (among boys) in the smaller centres. But the same cannot be said about women’s singles. Apart from Saina and Sindhu, there is no player of international class at present,” the 60-year-old said.

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Eyes Good show At BWF Super Series Finals


DUBAI: After a much-needed rest following a feet injury, Saina Nehwal will face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in her opening Group A women’s singles match at the Hamdan Sports Complex on Wednesday.

(Image Courtesy: httptimesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: httptimesofindia.indiatimes.com).

“It is always difficult to fight with the top players in badminton. I will give my best to show my performance,” said Saina, who had to undergo a scan to diagnose her Achilles tendon problems and was prescribed rest.

Saina Nehwal is grouped under Carolina Marin of Spain and Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in Group A.

Srikanth will face Japan’s Kento Momota, in his first match against whom he has a 3-3 record.

“It has been a difficult season in the second half. I hope to do well in the season-ending event,” said Srikanth, who lost to Tommy Sugiarto in the finals of Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold last Sunday.

The 2011 finalist, Saina has a 4-0 record against Nozomi, having beaten her twice this season at the Badminton Asia Championship in April and China Open last month.

In men’s singles, World No. 9 Srikanth will be up against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen during the Group B round-robin matches.

Srikanth had beaten Chou at the Hong Kong Open last year, while against Axelsen, he has a 2-0 record, having defeated the Danish twice this year at Swiss Open and India Open.

Two players will qualify from each group in the round-robin stage to compete in the semifinals.

It is noteable that Saina and Srikanth had reached the semi-finals of the prestigious event last year.

Top Indian Shuttlers Target 2015 Indonesia Masters Title

Indonesia Masters Open 2015

MALANG (Indonesia): The Indonesian Masters Tournament a is all set to start at the Gedung Graha Cakrawala, Malang, Indonesia with the qualifying rounds on 01-Dec-2015.

R.M.V GurusaiDutt, H.S. Prannoy, Srikanth & P.V. SIndhu.

R.M.V GurusaiDutt, H.S. Prannoy, Srikanth & P.V. SIndhu.

From India, top shuttlers P.V. Sindhu, a first seed here in the tournament, Srikanth, a top seed here, third seed H S Prannoy, and RMV Gurusaidutt, seeded eight here will take part in this Grand Prix Gold USD120,000 tournament.

After achieving a rare feat of the Hat-Trick title at The Macau Open, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu is now focussing her eyes at the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament.

“My immediate target is Indonesia Masters,” Sindhu had said last night after winning the Macau Open.

The main draw starts on 2nd of December 2015.

Sindhu will face Gregoria MARISKA of Indonesia.

Srikanth is going through a rough patch but Srikanth, who has qualified for the BWF Super Series Final at Dubai for the second successive time, will also set his pace to give a breakthrough in this tournament.

Srikanth will face Indonesia’s Wibowo Setyaldi Putra in the men’s singles competition.

Prannoy will face Panji Ahmad MAULANA of Indonesia, while R.M.V will face Muhammad Ahdial Octa KHAIRULLOH in their respective first round encounters.