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Saina Nehwal Pulls Out Of Syed Modi Citing Illness

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

Saina.
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LUCKNOW: The defending champion, Saina is still nursing for a foot injury and now a recurring fever, has pulled out of the women’s singles competition at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

“I have been carrying the illness for a couple of days and have not fully recovered. I need some time to recover and get back into shape,” Saina said in a letter to the organisers of the event, which begin with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.

Saina had earlier confirmed her participation last week, organised by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association under the auspices of Badminton Association of India (BAI)

Earlier, the World No. 2 Saina had hurt her achilles tendon during the China Open finals last year. She missed the Hong Kong Open but, took part in the BWF Super Series Masters at Dubai in December but has been struggling with her fitness ever since.
“She was unwell during the PBL semifinal match and has been suffering from bouts of recurrent viral fever ever since. So she is lacking in stamina and to play at the highest level, it is important to be at your best. So after consulting with her coach Vimal Kumar, she decided to skip the event,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.

The star Indian had played for Awadhe Warriors in the recently-concluded Premier badminton League, where she won two and lost one against China’s Han Li in the semifinal contest.

In 2012, Saina had conceded the first round match despite being on match point against Russian Ksenia Polikarpova after complaining of knee problems. It left the organisers disappointed as Saina was not keen on playing and had already booked her return tickets to Hyderabad.

With Saina withdrawing, P. V. Sindhu will head the Indian challenge and she has a bright chance of laying her hands on the trophy as she is brimming with confidence after winning the Malaysia Masters last week.

The 25-year-old, who was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award yesterday, is the best bet for India at the Rio Olympics and has to be at the top of her game to earn India another medal at the Games.

Among others who pulled out of the event, World No. 11 Tommy Sugiarto is the most prominent name. The withdrawl of the Indonesian, who had an unbeaten run at the PBL, handed an easy first round match to India’s Sourabh Verma, who will now take on compatriot Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.

In men’s singles, defending champion Parupalli Kashyap, who was supposed to face Spain’s Pablo Abian, will now meet qualifier Oscar Bansal in the opening round, while Siril Verma, the new world No. 1 among junior men, will face 11th seed Boonsak Ponsana in his opener.

The Olympic bronze medallist cited illness as the reason behind her last-minute withdrawal.

PBL 2016: Delhi Win Over Mumbai For Title

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NEW DELHI: Rajeev Ouseph, An Indian-origin British shuttler for Delhi Acers brought curtains over the Premier Badminton League late on Sunday evening with his Trump match to overcome RMV Gurusaidutt’s challenge 15-11, 15-6 to help Delhi win the PBL title 4-3.

Earlier, Mumbai Rockets were up with H.S. Prannoy when Delhi Acer’s top player Tommy Sugiarto put up a great comback to equal scores with Mumbai Rockets. Tommy not only overcame stiff challenge from Prannoy to keep his all win record in the league this year unscathed, he also had to overlook court invasion by dancing girls during breaks. To counter Prannoy’s powerful smashes, Sugiarto kept on probing his backhand and the result started showing. Prannoy didn’t have a Plan to outwit the Indonesian in his third game, as he was tired in the third game. Sugiarto won 13-15, 15-9, 15-9.

The mixed doubles pair of Kamilla Juhl and Vladimor Ivanov had given Mumbai the lead after quickly seeing off the meek challenge from Akshay Dewalkar and Giselle Adcock at the Siri Fort Complex.

Koo Kiet Kien and Tan Boon Heong, Delhi Acers’ men’s doubles pair from Malaysia, increased the lead when they got the better of Mathia Boe and Vladimir Ivanov 14-15, 15-10, 15-14. Down 1-2, Mumbai showed their trump card with Han Li challenging Delhi’s P.C. Thulasi. Li, the only Chinese representative in the final, lost the first game but managed to outclass in the next two to win 1215, 15-8, 15-8, thus giving Mumbai the advantage at 3-2.

Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh added fun to the atmosphere with their presence. They even tried their hands at a doubles game with P.V. Sindhu and Jwala Gutta as the ‘main actors’ waited in the green room for the fun time to end.

Results: Kamilla JuhlVladimor Ivanov (MR) bt Akshay DiwalkarGiselle Adcock (DA) 15-6, 15-12. Tommy Sugiarto (DA) bt HS Prannoy (MR) 13-15, 15-9, 15-9. Koo Kiet Kien Tan Boon Heong (DA) bt Mathias Boe Vladimir Ivanov (MR) 14-15, 15-10, 15-14. Han Li (MR) bt P.C. Thulasi (DA) 12-15, 15-8, 15-8. Rajiv Ouseph (DA) bt Gurusaidutt (MR) 15-11, 15-6.

Tommy Sugiarto Stars As Delhi Acers Reach PBL final

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BENGALURU: Tommy Sugiarto, the World no 11 from Indonesia was the hero for the Delhi Acers as he led his side to the final clash of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) with his 15-11, 15-10 win over Chennai Smashers’ Brice Leverdez in the trump match, here on Thursday.

The scores were level 2-2 when Sugiarto took the courts and courtesy his win, Delhi edged Chennai 3-2 in the semifinals.

In the first game, Sugiarto was leading 10-5 at one stage but Brice managed to reduce the margin to 11-13. However, he could not match the agility and skillful movements of Sugiarto.

In the enthralling second game, Sugiarto kept the nerves at the end prompting Brice to commit two crucial errors, which saw Delhi clinching the tie and entering for the title clash.

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

P.V. Sindhu.
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India’s star women’s shuttler P. V. Sindhu kept the hopes of Chennai alive to qualify into the final by thrashing P. C. Thulasi in the trump match 15-6, 15-7, which gave Chennai overall 3-2 points lead.

Down 0-2 in the tie, it was the Chennai mixed pair, Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah beat Gabrielle Adcock and Koo Keat Kien 15-9, 15- 14 of Delhi Acers to keep the hopes of Chennai alive.

Sindhu picked the first game of the fourth match quite easily over Thulasi, who failed to repeat her own performance from Wednesday night when she had denied Mumbai Rockets’ trump match.

Sindhu was making her best as she used her height to her advantage, making Thulasi clueless of her movements in the court and variety of stroke-plays she had in the store.

In men’s doubles, Koo Keat Kien and Tan Boon Heong of Delhi Acers clinched a thrilling encounter 15-10, 15-14 over Chris Adcock and Pranav Chopra.

Heong wrapped up the match in a thrilling second game when he smashed straight into the chest of the Adcock, who could not return, with the game ending at 15-14.

Ajay Jayaram. (Image Courtesy: doonsports.com).

Ajay Jayaram.
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In the men’s singles, Delhi’s Ajay Jayaram came the better of Sony Dwi Kuncoro 14-15, 15-10, 15-7, giving an overall 2-0 lead in two matches of the tie. However, Jayaram lost the first game in a close fight, but trounced Kuncoro in the next two games, rather convincingly.

The match was not less entertaining than the first. The fans enjoyed the first game with the battle going down the wire with Sony wrapping up the game smashing to the right of Jayaram who struggled to reach to the shuttle.

The Chennai star did well to keep the match in the team’s kitty, especially after Jayaram was 6-8, two points behind Sony at the interval.
Sony however lost the second game as some casualness crept into his play, helping Jayaram to speed away with 15-10 victory.

Jayaram exploited the casual approach of Sony and played to his advantage by taking an early 8-2 lead at interval and continued with the tempo, claiming the decider with a margin of eight points, a clear reflection how Kuncoro lost the plot after winning the first game.

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.
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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.

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.

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srikanth.
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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.

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

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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.

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“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.

Srikanth Goes Down Fighting In Finals Of The 2015 Indonesian Masters Open

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Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: www.zimbio.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
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MALANG (INDONESIA): Kidambi Srikanth finished runner-up in the men’s singles of the $120,000 2015 Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Malang, Indonesia, on Sunday.

The World No.9 fought a battle as he came close to winning the match a couple of times at 21-20 and then 22-21 in the decider but committed unforced errors twice to hand over the crown to the Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto in 59 minutes.

H.S. Prannoy had won the same tournament last year. This year he was defeated in the second round by SHI Yuqi 21-12, 20-22. 21-13.

The Indonesian, a second seed here in the tournament losing the first game and surviving two match points at the end of the decider beat the top seed Srikanth 17-21, 21-13, 24-22.

Several line calls went against Srikanth and in the second game the umpire was too harsh on him when she gave a point to Tommy, who served even before Srikanth was ready. It took a while for Srikanth to recover after this and by then Tommy was just two points away from glory , leading 19-15. Despite the loss the Indian was happy. “I am happy with my performance,” Srikanth said. “I think I need some more time to get back to my best, he added.

This is the fourth final of the year for Srikanth, after winning the Swiss Open and India Open titles in March.

This win may move Srikanth one place ahead in the world rankings.