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Badminton at CWG: Focus on PV Sindhu but doubles key to India retaining mixed team gold

Star shuttlers, including P V Sindhu, will chase individual gold medals but doubles would also be under the spotlight as India would aim to retain the mixed team title and continue their consistent run at the Commonwealth Games. Ever since Dinesh Khanna claimed India’s first badminton medal–a bronze at the quadrennial event in 1966 — the country has accumulated 25 medals, including seven golds, riding on individual brilliance. In the last edition at Gold Coast, Indian players were on fire, claiming an unprecedented six medals, including two gold. Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth. (FILE) In the individual event, the coveted yellow metal will again be a target not only for double Olympic medallist Sindhu but also for world championships silver and bronze medallists Kidambi Srikanth and L...
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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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Indonesia Open: Lakshya Sen loses to compatriot HS Prannoy in second round | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: World No 8 Lakshya Sen crashed out of the Indonesia Open after losing to compatriot HS Prannoy in an all-India second round clash on Wednesday. Sen was comprehensively beaten 10-21, 9-21 by Prannoy in a men's singles match that lasted a little more than half an hour. Sen, who is in a red-hot form, clinched his first ever Super 500 title this year. The 20-year-old reached the finals of the prestigious All England Open and was also part of the Indian men's team that lifted the historic Thomas Cup crown. Interestingly, this was Prannoy's first-ever win against Sen out of their three head-to-head meetings so far. In the doubles action, the duo of M.R. Arjun and Dhruv Kapila opened their account with a win as they got the better of higher ranked Japanese pair of Kelichiro Matsui...
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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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Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen bow out; Indian challenge ends | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and rising star Lakshya Sen made quarterfinal exits in their respective singles events, ending India's challenge in the Indonesia Open Super Series 500 tournament here on Friday. Sen was first to be eliminated as the 20-year-old went down fighting and forced a decider against his higher-seeded Chinese Taipei rival Chou Tien Chen 21-16, 12-21, 21-14. India's last hope then rested on Sindhu but the former world champion went down without a fight to her old foe Ratchanok Intanon 12-21, 10-21 in a match lasting a little over half an hour. The 27-year-old was at her dominating best and looked at ease with both in attacks and defence and the Indian was never able to fight back and suffered her fifth straight loss against her Thai rival. After pocket...
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Indonesia Masters Super 500: Lakshya Sen’s challenge ends in quarters, goes down fighting to Chou

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 here 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 Thomas C...
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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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Indonesia Masters 2022: Lakshya Sen sails into quarterfinals | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen progressed to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament with a straight-game win over Denmark's Rasmus Gemke here on Thursday. The 20-year-old from Almora, who was part of the Indian team that claimed a historic Thomas Cup title triumph in Bangkok, prevailed 21-18 21-15 over world number 13 Gemke in 54 minutes. Sen, seeded seventh, will next be pitted against Chinese Taipei's third seed Chou Tien Chen, who had defeated the Indian in a three-game thriller during the Thomas Cup last month in their only meeting. Playing Gemke for the first time in his international career, world number 9 Sen showed better nerves as he limited his errors and fought his way to a fine win. Sen overturned a 0-3 deficit to...
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Watch: Lakshya Sen gifts PM Modi Almora’s famous ‘Bal Mithai’

Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen gifted Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Almora’s famous ‘Bal Mithai,’ at his residence on Saturday. During the telephonic conversation with the Indian men’s badminton team, following their historical Thomas Cup triumph, PM Modi had requested Lakshya Sen for the sweet dish. India defeated the record 14-time champions Indonesia to lift the Thomas Cup for the first time in the tournament’s history. Interacted with our badminton champions, who shared their experiences from the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. The players talked about different aspects of their game, life beyond badminton and more. India is proud of their accomplishments. https://t.co/sz1FrRTub8 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2022 “First of all, I would like to thank Lakshya for bringing Almor...
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Thomas Cup 2022 Winner: Indian badminton’s Thomas Cup heroics knock even cricket off front pages | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's historic first Thomas Cup crown was splashed across front pages Monday with some people saying it can be a turning point for badminton much like the country's maiden cricket World Cup title in 1983. Coming in as underdogs against 14-time champions Indonesia, a ruthless India won the final of the men's team championship on Sunday in Bangkok to propel badminton to a rare place on centre stage in the cricket-crazy nation. World number 11 Kidambi Srikanth defeated higher-ranked Jonatan Christie to wrap up a 3-0 victory and trigger wild celebrations in the Indian camp as their players stormed the court with the national flag. The Times of India front-page headline said, "Thomas Coup: Baddy boys shuttle to historic triumph". "Team India scales the peak," read the headline i...
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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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Thomas Cup: 2022 can be Indian badminton’s equivalent of cricket’s 1983, says Vimal Kumar | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Vimal Kumar has seen Indian badminton travel through valleys and peaks. From Pullela Gopichand winning the All England to Saina Nehwal becoming world No.1 and PV Sindhu being crowned world champion, Vimal has witnessed it from the vantage point of a player, coach and manager. But when India slammed all the comeback doors on Indonesia in the Thomas Cup final on Sunday to be crowned champions, he said, "This is the best achievement of Indian badminton." Thomas Cup win: Wish Team IndiaAfter Malaysia in the quarterfinals and Denmark in the semis, India completed a hat-trick of giant-kills by stunning defending champions Indonesia 3-0. It was in a way reminiscent of India beating the mighty West Indies twice at the 1983 World Cup, including in the final, to win the trophy. Vimal d...
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India’s big badminton moments: From Prakash Padukone’s first ever All England triumph to Team India’s maiden Thomas Cup win | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian men's badminton team pulled off a major upset on Sunday by crushing 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0 in the final to win their maiden Thomas Cup title. With the unprecedented win, India added another chapter to its biggest badminton moments. Here's a look at some of the other biggest and historic achievements of the Indian badminton players. Prakash Padukone (All England Open title in 1980)One of the biggest Indian badminton legends, Prakash Padukone created history at just 24 years of age, when he became the first Indian ever to win the All England Open at Wembley Stadium on March 23, 1980. The feat was special in many ways as it was the country's biggest taste of success at the grandest stage. Prakash, who was at his prime at that time, went on to win the champion...
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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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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 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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Sindhu, Lakshya lead India’s quest for medal at Thomas and Uber Cup Final | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: Focus will be on double Olympic medallist PV 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 R...