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India Open: Kidambi Srikanth bows out after losing to Viktor Axelsen | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth's poor run continued as he went down in straight games to Olympic and world champion Viktor Axelsen in his opening men's singles match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super 750 tournament on Wednesday.Srikanth squandered a 14-5 lead in the second game after losing the opening game to go down 14-21, 19-21 to the world number 1, leaving the cheering fans at the IG stadium disappointed.With the crowd rooting for him, Srikanth, a former world no.1, started dominating the rallies, extracting mistakes from Axelsen. The Indian tried to lunge his opponent forward, using his strokes to move the tall Dane.However, Axelsen was caught up at 8-8 and then with a round head smash took a three-point lead at the break.At 13-9, Axelsen committed a rare serv...
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Sindhu bows out; Sen, Saina win in India Open opener

Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu was knocked out but defending champion Lakshya Sen and London bronze medallist Saina Nehwal made winning starts at the India Open here on Tuesday. World No. 7 Sindhu, a former champion, went down 12-21, 20-22 to Thailand’s world No. 30 Supanida Katethong in the Super 750 badminton tournament. The Indian had lost to the same player in the semi-finals of the last edition. It was Sindhu’s second first-round exit following the opening-round loss to Carolina Marin at the Malaysia Open Super 1000 last week. World No. 12 Sen, seeded seventh, settled the score against world No. 9 HS Prannoy after his opening-round reversal at the Malaysia Open, with a 21-14, 21-15 win at the KD Jadhav Indoor hall in IG Stadium. It was also a good day for former champion Saina,...
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Leaner and faster, Nehwal rolls back years

Her confidence at its lowest, Saina Nehwal’s career was like that ship wreckage sunk to the bottom of the ocean. She wasn’t even on the second line of posters that headline the India Open Super 750 tournament. Twelve years after she set Siri Fort on fire winning the Commonwealth Games the first time at 18, Nehwal found a smaller but considerably more emotive reason to love Delhi. It was only the first round, and it was World No 32 Mia Blichfeldt, but Saina Nehwal scored a confidence-boosting 21-17, 12-21, 21-19 win to move into Round Two. She would leave the gaggle of press with a puzzle to solve: to guess her change in strategy on the last decisive point, punch pleased about how she had pulled off the stroke. “I was getting a good feeling in the warmup as well that things are clicking,...
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Morning Digest – January 17, 2023

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju seeks government nominees in court collegiums, writes to CJIIn a clear indication that the Narendra Modi government is determined to restructure the collegium system of appointments to the higher judiciary, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has written to Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud to suggest a nominee of the Union government in the Supreme Court Collegium and a State representative in each of the High Court collegiums.Prepare to win all nine Assembly polls this year, Nadda tells BJPBJP president J.P. Nadda emphasised the importance of the electoral calendar for 2023, with nine Assembly elections due, and their importance for the upcoming General Election in 2024, asking the party organisation to ensure the BJP’s victory in all the contests.Furore in...
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On comeback trail, PV Sindhu trying not to be predictable

PV Sindhu was 21 years old when she won her silver medal at the Rio Olympics. She was 26 when she won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She will be touching 29 when the Paris Games open at the nearest theatres in a year. In a year where the chaos of Olympic qualifications will start to crescendo, Sindhu continues her return from one of her longest injury layoffs – a stress fracture in her left ankle – at the India Open 750. Age and injury come for every athlete and Sindhu is no different. No one understands this better than Park Tae-sang, the Korean who has been training her since 2019. “Sindhu is getting older every year. Many fans remember the Sindhu from the 2019 World Championships. But that was years ago. Now my focus is on maintaining Sindhu’s physicality, her skill and her ...
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India Open: Badminton world’s greatest stars gather for country’s biggest event

You have seen their football fans and teams do it: pick after themselves, collect the trash, the remnants of sporting revelries and leave hallowed playing places in pristine conditions as they had first found them. The philosophy extends to Japan’s shuttlers at the India Open Super 750 in KD Jadhav arena too. Nozomi Okuhara – perhaps India’s first acquaintance with a World Championship final from 2017 when she beat PV Sindhu who beat her back for the title in 2019 – isn’t exactly badminton royalty currently, no longer in the Top 10 even. But after a tiring practice session of multi-shuttles at the IG Stadium alongside Kento Momota, a day before a potentially stressful Round 1 faceoff with Carolina Marin, Okuhara would take a breather, collect all the bottles of water she had sipped from...
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HS Prannoy: The Extraordinary Bounty Hunter sparkles in Malaysian Super 1000

Properly pickled in badminton, aged in its ceramic jars and uniquely bringing a zing to any platter served up, is how you could describe HS Prannoy’s experienced game. His consistency in performances has been unwavering these last two seasons, though there is always that one indescribable, implacable stroke he summons at the right moment in the course of the match, that marks him out as an entertainer on court, not just a high achiever. 2021 rolled into 2022 and 2022 sidled into 2023, and the HS Prannoy train just chugs along. He paces himself well enough to not be mistaken for a threatening juggernaut who’ll eventually get a target marked on his back, but fetches up at the business ends with quiet confidence, that thwarts form-players in silence. On Thursday, Prannoy made yet another q...
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The New Year Wishlist for Badminton: An Indian sweep of podiums

India really did win the Thomas Cup, didn’t they? That men’s World Cup of badminton. Like, you will wake up in a brand new 2023 and it’ll still ring true: India, Thomas Cup Champions. The wonder will never cease to amaze, never mind the flicking turn of a calendar page. Though, in the 2023 edition, it will be the World Against Us, nee World against India. But that mid-summer’s-day dream-come-true, suddenly changes how you view that challenge going forward: the Indian team can go out there and achieve anything. For far too long, the Thomas Cup was about watching from a distance, as China, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia, and recently Japan, went about fighting like multi-pronged teams for the team title. On #Diwali relive India's epic Thomas Cup victory. 🇮🇳 🏆 Part 1️⃣ 👉 https://t.co/kKkiL...
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PV Sindhu the 12th highest-paid sportswoman in 2022, only Indian in top 25

Indian badminton player PV Sindhu is the only player in the top 25 in Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid female athletes in the world, occupying 12th place behind WNBA player Candace Parker and ahead of tennis player Leylah Fernandez. The 27-year-old, after winning a singles gold and doubles silver at the Commonwealth Games, made $7 million of her total earnings of $7.1 million from off-court sources. The list indicated that sponsorships and ambassadorships are more lucrative than prize money or contract values in women’s sports, as a large chunk of the highest-paid sportswomen earned more off the field than they did on it. As is usually the case, tennis players dominated the list with as many as 12 in the top 25, and seven in the top 10, but success on the court was not the reason...
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Epic Thomas Cup win, CWG high make 2022 a year to remember for Indian badminton | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An epic Thomas Cup victory broke the glass ceiling while unprecedented success came at the Commonwealth Games as India took giant steps towards becoming a badminton powerhouse in 2022.In a year of breathless action, PV Sindhu's grit, Lakshya Sen's exuberance and dogged determination of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also resulted in six individual titles on the BWF Tour.Double Olympic medallist Sindhu continued to excel with three titles -- Syed Modi International, Swiss Open Super 350 and Singapore Open Super 500 -- and capped the year with an elusive gold in Birmingham CWG before spending the rest of the season nursing an ankle injury.But it was not just Sindhu's sensational show that defined Indian badminton this year as the men's players produced a series of gu...
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Viktor Axelsen and Akane Yamaguchi win badminton World Tour Finals | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: Men's badminton world number one Viktor Axelsen regained his mojo to claim his eighth title for 2022, steamrolling Indonesian ace Anthony Ginting at the season-ending World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Sunday. Reigning world champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan defeated Taiwanese powerhouse Tai Tzu Ying to claim the women's singles crown. The Badminton World Federation had moved its $1.5 million flagship event to the Thai capital's Nimibutr Arena after original host China dropped the tournament due to its tough Covid restrictions. Axelsen, the defending champion, appeared fresh, relaxed, energetic and in control as he cruised to a 21-13 victory in game one. His confidence had been shakey following a surprise loss to India's H.S. Prannoy on Friday -- only his third defeat this year --...
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BWF World Tour Finals: Fighting HS Prannoy loses to Kodai Naraoka in opening group game | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: India's HS Prannoy fought hard before going down in three games to rising Japanese Kodai Naraoka in the opening men's singles group A match at the BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday. The World No. 12 Indian showed superb recovery after the opening game reversal and kept fighting in the decider before three unforced errors at the back end saw him lose 11-21 21-9 17-21 to Naraoka in an hour long contest. It was his second defeat to the Japanese, having suffered a loss in their only meeting in the Singapore Open in July. "I thought I was in control for most part of the game but after 15-15 in the third game, I thought I started rushing and made errors from my end. Probably, it was a bad strategy, I should have been more patient," the 30-year-old said after the match. "Coming to th...
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PV Sindhu pulls out of BWF World Tour Finals | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu has withdrawn from the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals as she is yet to fully recover from a stress fracture on her left ankle. The 2018 edition champion Sindhu had sustained the injury on way to her title winning run at the Commonwealth Games in August. The BWF World Tour Finals is scheduled to be held in Guangzhou, China from December 14. "Her doctor has advised her to take some more time so that she recovers completely ahead of the new season. She has discussed about the pros and cons but with so much restrictions in Guangzhou and also keeping new season in mind, she has taken this decision," Sindhu's father PV Ramana told PTI. "She has already started her training a couple of weeks back and by January she will be fully fit. So in vie...
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Lakshya Sen reaches career-best sixth in BWF rankings | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen on Tuesday jumped two spots to achieve a career-best sixth in the latest BWF World Rankings. The 21-year-old from Almora, who has been in sensational form this season, has 76,424 points from 25 tournaments. Newly-crowned French Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also climbed one spot to return to their career best ranking of seven in men's doubles. The Indian duo won two BWF world tour titles -- India Open super 500 and French Open super 750, claimed gold at Birmingham Games besides securing a first-ever bronze at World Championships. They also played a pivotal role in India winning the Thomas Cup. Women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand and mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Cras...
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Kidambi Srikanth sails into Hylo Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India

SAARBRUCKEN (Germany): Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth ousted world no. 7 Jonatan Christie in the men's singles quarterfinals of the Hylo Open Super 300 here to stay on course for his first title in five years. The Indian world number 11, who last won a title way back in 2017, dispatched the Indonesian 21-13 21-19 in 39 minutes to extend his head-to-head count to 6-5. Srikanth, who had clinched a historic silver at the 2021 World Championships, will face world no. 6 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the semifinals later on Saturday. Anthony has a 3-2 head-to-head count against the Indian. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { ...
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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty pair progresses in Hylo Open, Saina Nehwal bows out | Badminton News – Times of India

SAARBRUCKEN (GERMANY): Star Indian shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Chinese Taipei's Lee Yang and Lu Chen to progress to the men's doubles second round of the Hylo Open Super 300 tournament here on Wednesday. The third seeded Indians, who won the French Open Super 750 title last week for their biggest win on the world tour, overcame a game deficit to beat Yang and Chen 19-21 21-19 21-16 in their first-ever meeting. The world number eight pairing next face England's Rory Eastron and Zach Russ. Satwik and Chirag is having a dream run this year. They won the Indian Open, Commonwealth Games gold, Thomas Cup crown and an unprecedented bronze at the World Championships in August. In other Indian results, H S Prannoy and men's doubles pair of M R Arjun-Dhruv Kapila gave...
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Lakshya Sen crashes out of Hylo Open badminton in first round | Badminton News – Times of India

SAARBRUCKEN (GERMANY): Top Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen suffered a straight-game defeat at the hands of Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong in the men's singles to make a first-round exit from the Hylo Open badminton tournament here on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Sen, a world championships bronze winner and a Commonwealth Games champion, lost 12-21 5-21 in the opening round match that lasted just 27 minutes. It was a poor show by the seventh-seeded Indian as he was outplayed by his opponent. Sen struggled throughout the match. In the first game, Sen lost the way after 2-2 and Angus left the Indian far behind to easily take a 1-0 lead. The second game was even worse for Sen as he allowed Angus to take nine straight points at one stage to pocket the match. In the mixed doubles, the Indian duo of Is...
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We’re going with do-or-die approach to achieve specific goals, not playing like robots: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Absolute clarity about goals, frequent mental tune-ups, and taking time off from the game are the primary reasons behind Indian shuttler Satwiksairaj Rankireddy's dream run this season alongside Chirag Shetty. Satwik and Chirag on Sunday added another crown to their cabinet when they claimed the French Open Super 750 title, becoming the first Indian pair to achieve the feat. The 22-year-old from Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh says a well-thought-out plan and adopting a do-or-die approach to achieve specific goals helped them to enjoy the game and attain success. "In 2019, I was playing every tournament, there was no break. I was also playing both men's and mixed doubles. It was like there is always another tournament, so even if we lose it is okay, but now it is do or die. We wan...
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Slow shuttles, cooking chicken, a tight defense and caring for partner help Satwik-Chirag win French Open Super 750

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will always have Paris. When the Eiffel Tower is lit up and the duo snatch a quick click in a fading evening soon after they win their biggest Tour title yet – the French Open Super 750. Or when Paris’ energy conservation drive – saving up for the winter with the end of Ukraine invasion not in sight depriving them of Russian oil – throws the architecture of the French capital into stark silhouettes, biding their time. “Even when they switched off the lights, those monuments and buildings in Paris looked so beautiful. A very friendly embassy couple drove us around and though all lights were shut, I really enjoyed the sights. There was the opera music building, some museums and a bridge, Chirag knows these things better. They said it would’ve been...
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BAI announces 5 lakhs cash rewards for Sankar Muthusamy, Satwik Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India on Monday announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each for Sankar Muthusamy and the men's doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty for their commendable performances at the World Junior Championships and French Open respectively. Former junior world number 1, Sankar on Sunday became only the second Indian male shuttler to claim a silver medal at the World Junior Championships after going down in the summit clash against Chinese Taipei's Kuo kuan Lin in Spain. NEWS OF THE DAY 😍#BAI continues to acknowledge the efforts, hard work and dedication of our shuttlers. 🇮🇳🏸Congr… https://t.co/tDeoTt0Usp— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) 1667214103000Satwik and Chirag, on the other hand, claimed the French Open Super 750 crown with a straight game win over C...