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CWG Day 5 schedule: India vs Singapore in men’s TT final, India vs South Africa in lawn bowls summit clash, India vs Malaysia in badminton’s mixed team final

The Indian contingent will be in action on day 5 at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. The CWG have been a happy hunting ground for the largest nation in the Commonwealth. A top-five finisher since the 2002 edition, India has relied a lot on the shooting dropped from the Birmingham Games programme. Going ahead in the 2022 Birmingham Games, they will be aiming to at least match their 66-medal haul from the previous Gold Coast edition. India had finished third in Gold Coast, with as many as 26 golds, 20 silver, and 20 bronze medals in their kitty. Lawn Bowls (Women’s Fours – Gold Medal Match) India vs South Africa (4.15 PM) India Lawn Bowls women’s four team created history on Monday when they defeated New Zealand 16-13 in the semifinals and booked th...
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Badminton’s loss is squash’s gain: Teenager Anahat Singh set for Commonwealth Games debut | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Fourteen-year-old squash sensation Anahat Singh, among the youngest to represent India at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, hopes to bump into her role model P V Sindhu over the course of her stay in Birmingham. Anahat's desire to meet India's most decorated shuttler doesn't come as a surprise considering she played badminton before deciding to make a career out of squash. As a 6-7 seven year-old, the Delhi-based girl watched the likes of Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei play in the Indian Open at the Siri Fort Complex here and since then she has not been able to flush badminton out of her system. Speaking to PTI ahead of the Birmingham Games, Anahat said she remains a badminton lover till date but switched to squash as she found the sport more exciting. "I used to play ...
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First few matches will be important for me to get back into rhythm: Lakshya Sen | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

MUMBAI: World championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen on Saturday said the first few matches at the Commonwealth Games would be crucial to find his rhythm back after being out of action for a month due to fitness issues. Sen, a member of India's Thomas Cup winning team, did not play any tournament after the Indonesia Open, where he lost to compatriot HS Prannoy in the second-round clash. Sen had some shoulder issues and underwent rehab for about two weeks to recover. Asked how he assesses his current form, the world number 10 said, "It's pretty good. I have not played a tournament in a month. So I think the first few matches will be really important for me to get my rhythm back. "But I am looking forward; the training which I have put in for the last three weeks will help me," Sen to...
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Husband-coach Kashyap on Saina Nehwal’s CWG non-selection: ‘It’s about your own people treating you like s*#@.’

For Saina Nehwal, her non-selection for the Commonwealth Games was not about desperation to play at the Games: she has two gold medals from 2010 and 2018 editions. “It’s about the amount of disrespect shown to a player. It’s about your own people treating you like s*#@,” raged fellow CWG gold medallist (2014), coach and husband, Parupalli Kashyap soon after Nehwal ousted Chinese He Bingjiao, to make quarters of the Singapore Open. It’s been two emotional wins in two days, albeit on two ends of the spectrum. In the opening round, Nehwal brought on immense pressure upon herself, Kashyap says, in downing compatriot Malvika Bansod, herself a gutsy player, but who was blown away on the day. Bansod beat a visibly unfit Nehwal at the India Open in January, a win that Kashyap insists embolden...
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Saina Nehwal snaps three-match losing streak with win over Malvika Bansod in Singapore Open | Badminton News – Times of India

NAGPUR: Former world No. 1 Saina Nehwal snapped her three-match losing streak when she got the better of young shuttler Malvika Bansod in the opening round of the Singapore Open Super 500 badminton tournament on Wednesday. Up against her idol for the second time in career, 20-year-old Malvika played positively and went into the break with 11-9 advantage while maintaining a marginal 18-16 lead in the first game. As luck would have it, two close calls went against Malvika and Saina displayed some classy strokes in the dying stage to score five successive points on her way to win the 17-minute first game 21-18. Malvika took time to adjust to the drift in the second game and Saina scored eight unanswered points to take a huge 10-3 advantage. She went into the break with an 11-6 lead. Malvik...
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PV Sindhu once again fails to crack Tai Tzu Ying code, this time in Malaysia Masters | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: Two-time Olympic medallist shuttler P V Sindhu went all out but couldn't find a way to get past her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying, suffering yet another defeat in the quarterfinals to bow out of the Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament here on Friday. A week after being outwitted by the Chinese Taipei great at Malaysia Open, seventh seed Sindhu once again fell short against the world no. 2, losing 13-21, 21-12, 12-21 in a 55-minute clash. It was Sindhu's 17th career defeat to the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, who has prevailed over the Indian in all their last seven meetings. The last time Sindhu had defeated Tzu Ying was en route to her 2019 World Championship gold in Basel. It was business as usual for Tzu Ying as she rode on her precision and deceptive game to get past a fig...
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Badminton world number two Kento Momota out of Malaysia Masters | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton world number two Kento Momota crashed out of the Malaysia Masters in straight sets against Japanese compatriot Kanta Tsuneyama in the second round Thursday. The tournament is the second time Momota has played in Malaysia since he was involved in a car crash in the country two years ago that sent his career into free fall. Tsuneyama, ranked 14th in the world, beat Momota 21-15, 21-16 in an encounter lasting 50 minutes. An energetic Tsuneyama outclassed his star opponent with accurate drop shots that left Momota reeling. Momota later admitted he was exhausted from back-to-back tournaments after competing in the Malaysia Open last week. "I have no injury, but I am really tired from the last two weeks of tournaments. At the moment, I do not have enough reserve in my ...
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CWG-bound women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand exits from Malaysia Masters | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: India's Commonwealth Games-bound women's doubles duo of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand made a first round exit from the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament, losing to local pair of Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan here on Tuesday. The Indian pair was outplayed by the Malaysians 14-21, 14-21 in the opening round match that lasted just 33 minutes. None of the Indians won any match on Tuesday with two other women's doubles pairs also suffering first round defeats. The combination of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam lost 7-21 10-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan while Pooja Dandu and Arathi Sara went down to Bulgaria's Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva 17-21 17-21. In the women's singles, Malvika Bansod also suffered a 10-21 17-21 defeat against host coun...
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Alleged age fraud in badminton: Parents protest on court, Under-13 tournament postponed for a day

In a first in, a sub-junior ranking U-13 badminton tournament of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) was stopped midway and postponed for a day after more than 60 parents protested over alleged overage players. The U-13 All India Sub-Junior Ranking Tournament is being conducted by Punjab Badminton Association (PBA) under the aegis of BAI at Mohali. The parents had earlier written a complaint letter, which was signed by more than 60 of them, to Sanjay Mishra, secretary, BAI. “These are the same players, who have fudged their age and have submitted fake birth certificates and had played in a ranking tournament at Hyderabad before this tournament. We submitted the proof of age fudging and the real birth certificates got through RTI of two players from Rajasthan to BAI secretary Sanjay...
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PV Sindhu loses to nemesis Tai Tzu Ying, exits Malaysia Open | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu crashed out in the women's singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open Super 750 badminton after losing to nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in a hard-fought three-game contest here on Friday. Sindhu, seeded seventh, squandered a game lead to lose 13-21, 21-15, 21-13 to the second seed Tai Tzu, a silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics. By virtue of the win, the Chinese Taipei shuttler extended her domination over the Indian ace, leading 16-5 on head-to-head record. Sindhu has now lost six matches on the trot against Tai Tzu. Sindhu, playing against drift, made a slow start and trailed 2-5 in the opening game. But she soon got her act together and pocketed 11 points on the trot to go into the break leading 11-7. The Chinese Taipei sh...
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Malaysia Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy advance to quarterfinals | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu entered the quarterfinals with a come-from-behind victory over Thailand's Phittayaporn Chaiwan in the Malaysia Open on Thursday. The world No. 7 dispatched her Thai opponent 19-21 21-9 21-14 in a 57-minute second round clash at the Axiata Arena. The seventh seeded Indian will next face her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the last eight face-off. HS Prannoy, the world No. 21, also advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's singles with an easy 21-15 21-7 victory over fourth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei. One of the heroes of India's epic Thomas Cup triumph, the unseeded Prannoy will lock horns with seventh seed Indonesian Jontan Christie. Later in the day, the seventh seeded men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankiredd...
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Error-prone HS Prannoy loses in semi-final of Indonesia Open | Badminton News – Times of India

Indian shuttler HS Prannoy signed off with yet another semi-final finish at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament after going down in straight games to China's Zhao Jun Peng on Saturday.JAKARTA: Indian shuttler HS Prannoy signed off with yet another semi-final finish at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament after going down in straight games to China's Zhao Jun Peng on Saturday. World number 23 Prannoy couldn't find his rhythm and lacked precision and control to lose 16-21 15-21 to Jun Peng, a two-time bronze medallist at the World Junior Championships, in a 40-minute last four clash. It was their first meeting in international badminton. Playing his second semifinal at the Indonesia Open, Prannoy, who turns 30 next month, fell behind from the start as he could...
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Indonesia Open badminton: Wiser, sharper Prannoy two wins from first title in 5 years

He’s called the Backhand Beast for his attack when the forearm goes high across the face and the shuttle is thwacked down with force. But HS Prannoy has in his arsenal some of the most exquisite defensive variations on the backhand. These backhand beauties, often counter-tricks to negotiate both the opponent and more so the tricky drift, are helping the 29-year-old resurrect a fantastic 2022 from the ashes of the last five years. Prannoy is searching for his first title since the US Open in July of 2017. But that magical season – when he took out opponents like Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long in back-to- back matches offering Kidambi Srikanth a springboard to surge to the Indonesia title – remains a whirlwind blur. He has continued scalping big names – including Viktor Axelsen at Bali last ...
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PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen eye consistency as focus shifts to Indonesia Open | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and rising star Lakshya Sen will seek consistency as they lead the Indian charge at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament beginning here on Tuesday. Sindhu has managed to secure two Super 300 titles -- the Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open -- this year but she has looked vulnerable against top players, facing defeats at the hands of Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon, China's Chen Yu Fei and Korea's An Se Young. However, the former world champion is known to up her game in big events and she will look to gear up for next month's Commonwealth Games with another good show at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno when she opens against China's He Bing Jiao, whom she had beaten at Badminton Asia Championship. If Sindhu, seeded seventh, ...
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Viktor Axelsen wins Indonesia Masters title | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: Danish badminton ace Viktor Axelsen clinched the men's singles title at the Indonesia Masters on Sunday, beating Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen in straight sets. The world number one beat Chou 21-10, 21-12 in a 41-minute match held at the Istora sporting arena in Jakarta. "I love playing here in Istora and I always dreamt of winning a tournament at Istora. It's a legendary venue, so to have done that is something that is really special to me," 28-year-old Axelsen told reporters. Axelsen's victory came after he downed home favourite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the semi-finals. In the women's singles, China's Chen Yufei overcame Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon to win her first title since her gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She defeated Ratchanok, who won the Indonesia Masters wo...
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Top seed Viktor Axelsen powers into semis of badminton’s Indonesia Masters | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: Badminton world number one Viktor Axelsen breezed through to the semi-finals of the Indonesia Masters after defeating Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka-long on Friday. The Danish player secured his spot in the semis after beating Ng 21-13, 21-9 in a 39-minute game held at the Istora Senayan sporting arena in Jakarta. In the semi, Axelsen will face home favourite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting who scored a victory against Malaysia's rising star Lee Zii Jia 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 in a 69-minute game. "Tomorrow against Ginting, it's gonna be tough... but I'm looking forward to it," Axelsen told reporters after the game. In the women's singles, Tokyo Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei sealed her place in the top four after defeating Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-11, 21-15 in a 40-minute game. "Today...
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Indonesia Masters: Lakshya Sen’s challenge ends in quarters, goes down fighting to Chou Tien Chen | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: Rising Indian badminton star Lakshya Sen went down fighting against his higher-seeded Chinese Taipei rival Chou Tien Chen in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament on Friday. The World Championships bronze medallist bounced back from behind to level the second game but the third-seed from Chinese Taipei was superior in the decider with a 21-16, 12-21, 21-14 scoreline in his favour after an intriguing battle that lasted more than an hour. This was Sen's second straight defeat against Chou in less than a month. Sen lost to his Chinese Taipei rival 19-21, 21-13, 17-21 during the group stage of the Thomas Cup, before turning it around to script a historic triumph. The 2018 Asian Games silver medallist, who had defeated the Indian in the group stage of the ...
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Indonesia Masters: Sindhu, Sen enter quarterfinals

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and World Championship bronze winner Lakshya Sen progressed to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament with contrasting wins here on Thursday. Sen, who was part of the Indian team that claimed a historic Thomas Cup title triumph in Bangkok, registered a 21-18 21-15 win over world number 13 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in 54 minutes in the men’s singles. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 In the women’s singles, Sindhu was made to toil hard for over an hour by Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia before winning 23-21 20-22 21-11 in the second round.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Sen, seeded seventh, will next be pitted against Chinese Ta...
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Error-prone PV Sindhu loses in Thailand Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: PV Sindhu faltered in the semifinals of the Thailand Open, going down in straight games to Olympic champion and world number four Chen Yu Fei of China here on Saturday. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, lost 17-21, 16-21 to third seeded Chen in 43 minutes to end an impressive run in the Super 500 tournament. Sindhu, seeded sixth, enjoyed a 6-4 head-to-head count coming into the match but she was not her usual best and committed too many unforced errors against the Chinese, who played aggressive badminton to come up trumps against the Indian. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad had also lost to Chen the last time the two faced off at the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals. Sindhu was the first to log points but Chen strengthened her defence and kept the rallies alive with her overall gam...
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Thomas Cup: How the vanquished reacted

India’s Thomas Cup victory sent some seismic waves through South-East Asian powerhouses and European big daddies of badminton. India can chuckle a tad and wink a bit this week, or have the proverbial last laugh. But there was a hint of a scoff and grudging respect as Malaysia, Denmark and Indonesia came to terms with being handed losses by the first-time finalists in the 2022 edition. Here are some snatches of the fallout that erupted in two proud shuttle nations from the straits, and the Scandinavian behemoth boasting of Olympic champ Viktor Axelsen. Taufik lets it rip Indonesian legend and universal favourite Taufik Hidayat, couldn’t hold back an almighty rant when he took to Instagram to post his thoughts under a video of a glum looking team clutching their silvers on the podium. The...