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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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PV Sindhu beats Sim Yu Jin to enter Thailand Open quarter-finals | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu remains the lone surviving Indian shuttler in the competition after she sailed into the women's singles quarter-finals of the Thailand Open on Thursday. The world no 7 Sindhu, seeded sixth, took just 37 minutes to get the better of Sim Yu Jin, who had played a pivotal role in Korea's Uber Cup win, 21-16 21-13 in a second round match. Sindhu, who had defeated world number 62, USA's Lauren Lam in the opening round, will next face second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Yamaguchi beat Korea's Kim Ga Eun 21-23 21-15 21-16 in another second round match. However, Kidambi Srikanth, one of the main architects of India's historic Thomas Cup triumph, exited from the BWF World Tour Super 500 event after handing a walkover to his opponent in the men's sin...
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Thomas Cup winners Satwik-Chirag pull out of Thailand Open | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: Star doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who played a pivotal role in India's historic Thomas Cup triumph, pulled out of the Thailand Open Super 500 tournament beginning on Tuesday. It is learnt that Chirag suffered some niggles during the tournament and the pair has informed the Badminton Association of India on Monday about their decision to skip the event this week. The world No. 8 pair had lost just one match in the Thomas Cup -- against Chinese Taipei and brought India back into the contest after initial reversals against Malaysia and Denmark in the quarterfinals and semifinals here. Among Indian others in fray, World Championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, seeded eighth, who had stayed unbeaten with six wins at Thomas Cup, will face Bric...
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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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“Every player stepped up when it mattered”: Srikanth

One of the architects of Indian badminton team’s historic Thomas Cup triumph, Kidambi Srikanth described it as one of the best achievements in his career. An unheralded Indian men’s team notched up a dominating 3-0 win over 14-time champions Indonesia to lift the Thomas Cup for the first time with Srikanth playing a crucial role as he stayed unbeaten in the tournament. “Individual events are always different to team events and we hardly get to play team events and Thomas Cup finals are the biggest team events. So to win such a big event is a really big moment. It will actually take a while, before you know what has actually happened,” Srikanth said during a virtual press conference. “I will rate this one of my biggest wins and I am happy that everyone played extremely well. I dont think...
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I will rate this one of my biggest wins: Kidambi Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: One of the architects of Indian badminton team's historic Thomas Cup triumph, Kidambi Srikanth described it as one of the best achievements in his career. An unheralded Indian men's team notched up a dominating 3-0 win over 14-time champions Indonesia to lift the Thomas Cup for the first time with Srikanth playing a crucial role as he stayed unbeaten in the tournament. "Individual events are always different to team events and we hardly get to play team events and Thomas Cup finals are the biggest team events. So to win such a big event is a really big moment. It will actually take a while, before you know what has actually happened," Srikanth said during a virtual press conference. "I will rate this one of my biggest wins and I am happy that everyone played extremely well. I d...
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Kidambi Srikanth: Home-sick boy who took up badminton for ‘timepass’ is India’s undefeated Thomas Cup hero

Sport boasts of glorious tales of overcoming adversity: economic and social hardships, physical impediments, parental opposition, geography and gender. Kidambi Srikanth has not necessarily encountered those. All he dreads is travel — a prerequisite for international sport. Everyone close to him — his parents, brother Nandagopal, coach P Gopichand and physio Kiran Challagunda — knows that once he fetches up on court in any part of the world, he is capable of staking claim to the title. Opponents and rival coaches remain wary of him hitting a purple patch, shredding reputations of Olympic and World Championship-proportions. Like late last year when he won the silver at the World Championship or this magical week at Bangkok, where it was his straight set win over Indonesian Jonatan Christi...
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Sports Ministry announces Rs one crore reward for victorious Indian men’s badminton team

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore to the Indian men’s badminton team which created history by winning the coveted Thomas Cup title for the first time. India scripted a spectacular 3-0 victory over 14-time champions Indonesia in the Thomas Cup final in Bangkok on Sunday. “India’s extraordinary feat of winning the Thomas Cup with successive victories over Malaysia, Denmark and Indonesia in the play-offs called for a relaxation of rules,” said Thakur in a statement. “It is with pride that I announce the award of Rs 1 crore to the team that Indians so much joy this weekend.” Thakur complimented the players, coaches and support staff of the Indian team for the historic triumph. “Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy kept a clean slate by winning each time...
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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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Prannoy wins decider against Denmark to steer India to historic Thomas Cup final | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: HS Prannoy produced a lion-hearted effort in the decisive fifth match as the Indian men's badminton team scripted history by reaching the title clash of the Thomas Cup Final for the first time ever with a 3-2 victory over Denmark in an edge-of-the-seat semifinals. Indian team, which never went past the semifinals after 1979, showed tremendous fighting spirit as it came from a match down to outwit the 2016 champions. MISSION🏅Dream of a billion plus just came true. Absolute champion stuff from our boys as they became the first ev… https://t.co/wUfDQKbCtw— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) 1652462148000While world championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth and world number 8 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept India in the hunt, it was once again left to HS Pr...
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Srikanth & Co. assure India of at least a bronze at Thomas Cup | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: The Indian men's badminton team scripted a memorable 3-2 win over Malaysia to enter the semifinals of Thomas Cup for the first time in 43 years but the women's side bowed out after losing 0-3 to Thailand in the Uber Cup here on Thursday. India is thus assured of at least a bronze at the Thomas Cup. The country has not won a medal at the event since 1979. India had bagged three bronze in the past when they reached inter-zonal finals. However, it is the first time since the change in the qualifying format that the country won a medal at the prestigious tournament. HE DID IT 😭❤️It's a win for @PRANNOYHSPRI & #TeamIndia secured the 1️⃣st ever medal at #ThomasCup (New format) an… https://t.co/zbwbkvrHjf— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) 1652372054000Up against a team that has won the titl...
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Thomas Cup Final: India lose 2-3 to Chinese Taipei in final group match | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: India endured a tough day in office with both the men's and women's badminton teams suffering defeats in their final group match at the Thomas and Uber Cup Final on Wednesday. While the men's team put up a spirited fight before going down 2-3 to Chinese Taipei in group C, the women shuttlers couldn't take a single game off Korea, suffering a demoralising 0-5 defeat in group D. Continuing his brilliant form @PRANNOYHSPRI ended #TeamIndia's last group stage clash of #ThomasCup2022 on winning… https://t.co/ljDDYNbHba— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) 1652275659000However, the twin defeats will not matter much as both the teams have already sealed their respective quarterfinal berths after securing a top-two finish in the group following two victories. In the quarterfinals, the Indian women ...
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PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen eye medals at Badminton Asia Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

MANILA (Philippines): Focus will be on two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen when they lead India's challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships, beginning 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. The 20-year-old from Almora has been on a stellar ru...
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PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth sail into Korea Open second round | Badminton News – Times of India

SUNCHEON: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth secured straight-game wins in the opening round to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of 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 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. MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila also progressed to the second round after getting a walkover from Korea's Ba Da Kim and Hee Young Park. The Indian duo will face second seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and ...
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Saina Nehwal exits Swiss Open after losing to Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray in second round | Badminton News – Times of India

BASEL: Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal exited the Swiss Open after losing her women's singles second round to lower-ranked Kisona Selvaduray of Malaysia here. The 23rd-ranked Indian could not maintain the consistency she showed in the first game to lose 21-17, 13-21, 13-21 against her 64th-ranked opponent on Thursday night. However, four of her compatriots, including double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and World Championships silver winner Kidambi Srikanth, progressed to the quarterfinals of their respective events. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.p...
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Sindhu, Srikanth, Kashyap enter quarterfinals; Satwik-Chirag lose at Swiss Open | Badminton News – Times of India

BASEL: Four Indian shuttlers, including double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and World Championships silver winner Kidambi Srikanth, progressed to the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open badminton tournament here on Thursday. While Sindhu, a former world champion, eased into the last 8 with a 21-19, 21-14 win over Neslihan Yigit of Turkey, Srikanth staved off a spirited challenge from France's Christo Popov, ranked 60th, with a fighting 13-21, 25-23, 21-11 win in the Super 300 tournament. Second seed Sindhu will square off against either fifth seed Canada's Michelle Li or Denmark's Line Christophersen. Seventh seeded Srikanth, who had missed India leg of the BWF tour in January after testing positive for COVID-19, will face second seeded Dane Anders Antonsen next. Former top 10 player HS Pran...
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Lakshya Sen enters semifinals of German Open | Badminton News – Times of India

MUELHEIM AN DER RUHR (Germany): World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen continued his rich vein of form as he progressed to the men's singles semifinals of the German Open Super 300 tournament with a straight-game win over fellow Indian HS Prannoy on Friday. The 20-year-old Sen, who had claimed his maiden Super 500 title at the India Open in January, saw off former top 10 player Prannoy 21-15, 21-16 in 39 minutes. The world number 14 had defeated Prannoy, currently ranked 24th, at the quarterfinals of India Open as well. On Thursday, Sen had notched up a stunning 21-7, 21-9 win over fourth seeded Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a second-round match. Prannoy made a positive start, opening up a 4-0 lead early on but Sen caught up with him at 10-10 and zoomed ahead after th...
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Lakshya Sen enters semifinals, Kidambi Srikanth bows out of German Open | Badminton News – Times of India

MUELHEIM AN DER RUHR (Germany): World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen progressed to the semifinals but fellow Indian Kidambi Srikanth suffered a straight-game loss to Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen to bow out of the German Open Super 300 tournament on Friday. The 20-year-old Sen, who had claimed his maiden Super 500 title at the India Open in January, continued his rich vein of form as he saw off former top 10 player HS Prannoy 21-15, 21-16 in an all-Indian quarterfinals that lasted 39 minutes. The world number 14 had defeated Prannoy, currently ranked 24th, at the quarterfinals of India Open as well. Sen will now face top seed and former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the semifinals on Saturday. World number 1 Axelsen proved a tough customer for Srikanth as he ...
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All England Open 2022 Preview, Schedule, Live Streaming: All you need to know

The All England Open will see top badminton players from around the world gather at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England, where it’s been held since 1994, from 16-20 March to compete in one of the most prestigious trophies on offer. Last year saw Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia clinch the men’s singles title for the first time in his career. Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Viktor Axelsen, the player Lee beat in the 2021 All England final, is the top seed for this tournament and will kick off his efforts to reclaim the title against India’s 2019 World Championship bronze medallist Sai Praneeth. Two-time world champion Momota Kento of Japan will be one to watch as he mounts a challenge to return to the top after winning the All England in 2019. Okuhara Nozomi claimed her second women’s singles. Chine...
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Kidambi Srikanth wins, P V Sindhu, Saina Nehwal lose in German Open

World championships silver winner Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the men’s singles quarterfinals but P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women’s competition following second-round losses in the German Open Super 300 badminton tournament on Thursday. Srikanth, a former world no 1 and seeded eighth here, prevailed 21-16 21-23 21-18 over China’s Lu Guang Zu in a second round match. He will next face Olympic champion and top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who beat France’s Toma Junior Popov 21-17 21-10 in another match. The seventh seeded Sindhu, a 2019 World Champion, however, suffered a shock 14-21 21-15 14-21 loss against China’s Zhang Yi Man in 55 minutes in the women’s singles second round. Saina, who has been struggling with fitness issues, also proved no ma...