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Krishna Khaitan badminton meet from July 7 to 13 

AFTER BEING postponed twice due to Covid-19 pandemic, the 29th Smt Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament will be making its return to the Badminton Association of India calendar next month. The tournament will be played from July 7 to July 13 at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Panchkula. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 “Due to the pandemic, the tournament could not be conducted and was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 guidelines at that time. “As the tournament makes its return to the BAI’s junior calendar, we will see the country’s top junior players competing in this tournament. In the past, we have seen players like P Laxmi Gopichand, PV Sindhu winning the titles in the tournament apa...
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‘Loss to Chinese Taipei brought the team together’: Thomas Cup champion Arjun M R

It’s been two days since India did the hitherto impossible– winning the ultimate team title in badminton, the Thomas Cup. India’s doubles specialist Arjun M R is still flying high, just like his teammates Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen, doubles duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and his partner Dhruv Kapila, with whom he formed the second pairing. The men’s team demolished Indonesia, the 14-time tournament royalty to lift the Thomas Cup for the very first time. According to Arjun, their strategy was simple. “No high hopes; we took one match at a time”, the 25-year-old said, while talking to indianexpress.com. A meticulously executed master class performance by Srikanth, Rankireddy, Shetty, Sen and Prannoy helped them lift their maiden trophy after previously reaching the Thoma...
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Gopichand: ‘This is the real World Cup…proud of team’

THE MOST heartening aspect of India’s Thomas Cup team today was watching Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beat Mohammad Ahsan-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. All the previous times that our boys have faced Kevin Sanjaya, they have lost 11-0. It was as individuals. Today, they had Team India backing their efforts, planning and rooting for them. It makes a difference, and this was a first where India played as a unit. Earlier, if Saina was playing, Sindhu wouldn’t be there. And if Sindhu played, Saina wasn’t around. If the doubles team played, the singles players weren’t really invested. This was truly Team India’s victory and I was so happy that Satwik-Chirag gave it back to the Indonesians. In my mind, I knew this was possible when you do the calculations. But whether it will actually be...
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Prankster to world beater: Story of Lakshya Sen who gave India the lead in Thomas Cup final

Vimal Kumar remembers an 8-year-old prankster’s face that could plunge into a puddle of tears when he was caught mid-prank. Lakshya Sen could also cutely pull a frowning face and pretend as if he had nothing to do with whatever unsavoury business had gone on. And then he also bawled when he lost a match. Years later, Vimal would watch Sen play the All England final and beat World No 4 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 to give India a 1-0 lead in the Thomas Cup final against Indonesia. “Something’s changed totally. He feels like he can get these big wins. It’s some steel, determination that’s suddenly noticeable in him,” Vimal Kumar says of an alloy he helped burnish. “I told him many, many times that ‘When you are on the fringes, you can be dropped anytime. You need to become ...
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Thomas Cup: India seal it with Shetty’s moonball serve, Srikanth’s deception and Prannoy’s hiss

The flick serve in doubles employed by both Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, will go down in history as the singularly cheeky gameplan that took India into the finals of a Thomas Cup. Badminton serves are seldom attacking – by definition they are polite, defensive rally-openers. But the complexion of the game changes altogether when the shuttle isn’t introduced into play at a short length, and instead sent lobbed in a mocking arc to the backcourt – while opponents are keyed up and high strung, to start flat exchanges from the front court. What Chirag Shetty did so brilliantly through the length of India’s first doubles rubber against Kim Astrup and Matthias Christiansen, was to send the Danes scurrying back with neat little lobs to enforce a turn of the torso. This would inevi...
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PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen lead India’s quest for medal at Thomas and Uber Cup Final

Focus will be on double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and World Championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen as the Indian badminton contingent resumes its quest for a medal at the Thomas and Uber Cup Final beginning here on Sunday. No Indian men’s team has ever won a medal in the Thomas Cup, having failed to reach the semifinal even once. But the women had two semifinal finishes in successive editions of the Uber Cup to clinch two bronze medals in 2014 and 2016. Last year, both the men’s and women’s teams signed off their campaigns at the quarterfinal stage. This time, India boasts of a strong men’s team comprising world number 9 Sen, world number 11 Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, ranked 23rd in the world, in singles. The doubles will be led by world number 9 pair of Satwiksairaj Rankiredd...
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Badminton Asia Championships: Sen, Sindhu eye medals; Prannoy pull out due to injury

Focus will be on two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen when they lead India’s challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships, beginning here on Tuesday. A lot of hope will ride on Sen and Sindhu as the duo has been in good form in the run-up to the continent championships, which is returning after a gap of two years due to COVID-19. The prestigious event will, however, lose a bit of sheen with the withdrawal of an injured HS Prannoy, who had claimed a bronze at the 2018 Wuhan edition and is in good form. While Prannoy will miss out due to a “small injury” sustained on way to his Swiss Open final finish, it will be a great opportunity for All England silver medallist Sen. Update 🚨 Had to withdraw from Asian Badminton Championships this we...
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Danish badminton great Mathias Boe likely to return as India’s doubles coach

Danish legend Mathias Boe is likely to return for a second stint as the doubles coach of the Indian badminton team after Malaysia’s Tan Kim Her declined the offer despite the Sports Ministry approving his appointment. Boe, a London Olympics silver-medallist and former world No. 1 doubles player, had trained the Indian doubles players, including Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. “We were very keen to get Tan Kim Her and also had got the approval of SAI and ministry but then he refused to accept the offer. So he is not coming as of now,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) secretary general Sanjay Mishra told PTI. “We are currently in discussion with Mathias Boe. He has the experience of training our players and had done well with Satwik and Chirag. ...
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PV Sindhu, K Srikanth sail into Korea Open second round

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made impressive starts to their respective singles campaign, progressing to the pre-quarterfinals with straight game wins over their respective opponents at the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament here on Wednesday. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, trounced USA’s Lauren Lam 21-15 21-14, while Srikanth saw off Malaysia’s world no 35 Daren Liew 22-20 21-11 at the Palma Stadium. The third seeded Sindhu, who had claimed the Swiss Open title recently, will next meet Japan’s Aya Ohori, while world championships silver medallist Srikanth, seeded fifth, will be up against Israel’s Misha Zilberman. Day 2️⃣ results 💪🔥#KoreaOpen2022#IndiaontheRise#Badminton pic.twitter.com/BkAe7I4myM — BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 6, 2022 Indian men’s...
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Malvika Bansod, ranked 625, upsets Chinese World No 24 Yue Han in Korea Open badminton

Malvika Bansod wrapped up her match against World No 24 Chinese Han Yue and set about focussing on her next match – against Thai trickster Pornpawee Chochuwong. The 20-22, 22-20, 21-10 win against the Chinese opponent might well rank as her biggest win yet, though she has scalped a half-fit Saina Nehwal at the start of the year to show up on the radar of India’s women’s singles. It’s a cupboard that boasts two glittering names of PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, though the heir is not only not apparent, but not even a blur on a horizon. Every singles victory thence will be looked at as an audition for the third spot. Bansod, ranked No 625 in the world, knows it’s an important year with chances popping up, at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the more immediate Uber Cup. But the Nagpur ...
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Shuttler Ajay Jayaram steps into B-school as life away from court beckons

There was always the geometric incision to Ajay Jayaram’s strokes when he played on the court, and a bunch of cerebral hoodwinks calculated to wrong-foot opponents. But even he was surprised with how much he loved Math. Winding down his career over the European swing of badminton events last autumn, Ajay carried books with his kitbag, and in a matter of few months of prep, was giving his GMAT.A staggering score of 710 would’ve put him in striking distance of a few Ivy League and plenty of other elite business schools abroad. But the 34-year-old chose a campus he had crossed hundreds of times in his life, at Hyderabad, picking one of India’s finest B-schools, Indian School of Business to transition out of a much-loved sport.“Yes, going abroad was an option. But since my eventual plan was...
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Ajay Jayaram retires from international badminton

Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram has retired from international badminton, bringing down the curtain to his nearly two-decade long professional career. The 34-year-old former world number 13, who had won the Dutch Open twice besides finishing runner-up at the Korea Open Super Series in 2015, took to social media to announce his retirement. “As all good things come to an end, so is my professional badminton journey of nearly 2 decades. I’ve decided to retire from competitive badminton and I write this, teary-eyed and with a lump in my throat,” he said in a post on his Twitter handle on Saturday. “While I am engulfed by all these overwhelming emotions, I would like to celebrate and be grateful for all that badminton and sport, in general, have given me.” Jayaram was the front runner to qu...
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Prannoy combines trick shot with class to enter Swiss Open final

HS Prannoy made a tournament final for the first time in five years. He was at the 2017 US Open Sunday in what seems like eons ago, not knowing that the next one would take half a decade to fetch up. But like all of India’s earnest men’s singles players living in the shadow at times and luckless often, Prannoy never stopped loving badminton, a game he sculpts and savours and nurses and nurtures into fragments of perfection. Like the ‘Jerry shot’ that came off spectacularly when he beat Anthony Ginting 21-19, 19-21, 21-18 at the Swiss Open Super 300 final. The Jerry shot was christened ‘Jerry Special’ by doubles specialist Pranav Jerry Chopra soon after the Saturday semis at Basel. That provenance might be one mighty chortle and a bit of a lark, but the trick shot came into being in one ...
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PV Sindhu, Prannoy enter Swiss Open semifinals

Double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy stormed into the semifinals of the Swiss Open badminton tournament with straight-game victories in their respective women and men singles events on Friday. While Sindhu, seeded second in the tournament, made short work of fifth seed Michelle Li of Canada 21-10 21-19 in 36 minutes, Prannoy beat compatriot and former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap 21-16 21-16 in a quarterfinal match that lasted 43 minutes. Former world champion Sindhu will meet unseeded Supanida Katethong of Thailand in the semifinals on Saturday. Prannoy, on the other hand, faces the winner of the quarterfinal match between Sameer Verma and third seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, in the semifinals. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)retur...
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Four Chinese shuttlers receive probationary punishments for violating Betting, Irregular Match Results code of conduct

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced the outcome of an integrity case involving four men’s doubles players from China: He Ji Ting, Tan Qiang, Li Jun Hui (now retired), and Liu Yu Chen. The four players were found to have violated Article 3.1.2 of the 2017 BWF Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results for failing to use best efforts to win a match at the Fuzhou China Open 2018. The Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) issued three-month bans from all badminton-related activities to each player. These sentences were suspended for a probationary period of two years starting 25 January, 2022. It was instead decided that should there be any repeat offences within the two-year probation period, the three-month bans will take effect. Each player was ...
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Father’s mantra to Lakshya: Shorter swing, more sting

Saving on microseconds in reaction-time, and adding a nippy sting to his attack and defence reflexes, are the calibrations that Lakshya Sen needs to undertake, his father and early coach Dhirendra Kumar Sen said on their return from the All England Championships. Developing a short backswing on his overheard strokes and even hip-level returns while generating more momentum with the wrist, will be the next challenge for the defeated finalist from Birmingham. “He needs the quick hit with an explosive burst when hitting overheads to add more of a surprise variation to his attacking strokes, and for that, we’ll need strengthening of the shoulder and wrist first. He has to cut down the racquet swing and generate power and pace with a shorter backswing,” Sen Sr added. Shortening the backs...
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Lakshya Sen withdraws from Swiss Open

All England Championships finalist Lakshya Sen on Monday pulled out of the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament to get some rest after two weeks of gruelling badminton. The 20-year-old from Almora made back-to-back final appearances at the German Open and All England Championships in the last two weeks. “He is not playing Swiss Open as he is feeling tired. He has informed Badminton Association of India. So he will be back to Bangalore, get 7-10 days of rest and then go for Korean Open,” Sen’s mentor Vimal Kumar told PTI. Sen was scheduled to face fellow Indian Sameer Verma in his campaign opener. A product of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru, Sen has been in sensational form in the last six months. He secured his maiden world championships bronze in December before winni...
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There are no failures in life: Wishes pour in after Lakshya Sen finishes as runner-up at All England 2022

Young Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen went down to world number one and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen in the All England men’s singles final on Sunday. After four days of sensational badminton, the 20-year-old Sen faltered on the cusp of history as he committed too many errors to go down 10-21 15-21 to former champion Axelsen in a lop-sided summit clash that lasted 53 minutes at the Barclaycard Arena. On Saturday, Sen had become only the fifth Indian after Prakash Nath (1947), Prakash Padukone (1980, 1981), Pullela Gopichand (2001) and Saina Nehwal (2015) to reach the final of the prestigious tournament after outwitting defending champion Lee Zii Jia in a gruelling semifinal. Social media hailed the young gun on his remarkable achievement, with a plethora of reactions coming from all arou...
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Axelsen proves too tall a barrier for Lakshya in maiden All England final

India’s wait for an All England title goes into the 22nd year. But come Monday, the country will find itself other preoccupations. Lakshya Sen’s minimum 365-day wait for a shy at next year’s title in Birmingham, though, will feel like eons to him after Sunday’s scalding. Then youngster was properly decimated by the best player of the generation in the 21-10, 21-15 title win for Viktor Axelsen. Prakash Padukone was 25 when he won the All England, Pullela Gopichand 27, so Sen at 22 will believe his time will come. When cracks won’t appear in his game like they did at 0-5 in the first game, and when he will possess counters to the sort of attack that Axelsen peppered him with, like the World No. 1 and Olympic champion that the Dane is. Sen threw everything he had at his towering, solid opp...
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Prankster to world beater: The transformation of Lakshya Sen

Vimal Kumar remembers an 8-year-old prankster’s face that could plunge into a puddle of tears when he was caught mid-prank. Lakshya Sen could also cutely pull a frowning face and pretend as if he had nothing to do with whatever unsavoury business had gone on. And then he also bawled when he lost a match. Watching Sen at the All England this week, all these years later, Vimal is still boggled about how liquid steel started coursing through Sen’s veins these last six months. “Something’s changed totally. He feels like he can get these big wins. It’s some steel, determination that’s suddenly noticeable in him,” Vimal Kumar says of an alloy he helped burnish. “I told him many, many times that ‘When you are on the fringes, you can be dropped anytime. You need to become the best player, so th...