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India drawn alongside Malaysia, UAE, Kazakhstan in Asia Mixed Team C’ships

India have been handed a decent draw after being placed alongside Malaysia, UAE, and Kazakhstan in Group B at the Asia Mixed Team Championships scheduled to be held in Dubai from February 14 to 19. A total of 17 teams will fight for honours at the continental championships and the draw for the same was unveiled on Tuesday at the Dubai Sports Council in presence of double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu. The prestigious event, which will be returning after the last edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, will be held at the Dubai Exhibition Centre. Defending champions China, Korea, Singapore and Uzbekistan are clubbed in Group A, while Group C comprises Indonesia, Thailand, Bahrain, Syria and Lebanon and 2017 champion Japan, Chinese Taipei, last edition’s bronze medallis...
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Why a buffet of coaching makes more sense for PV Sindhu

It would have been marvellous had PV Sindhu morphed into Sung Ji Hyun’s gazelle-like court movements while relentlessly retrieving shuttles. Except, Sindhu isn’t Sung Ji Hyun, the Korean whose classical defensive style her Korean coach Park is trying to imbibe in her. Correction. She isn’t just Sung Ji Hyun. She is much more, having both achieved considerably more with two Olympic medals and five World podium finishes including the 2019 title. And blessed with more talents – her physical fortitude in terms of recovery and the natural reach which she is blessed with. As beautifully balletic as Sung Ji Hyun’s game—more the defence than attack-and Korean classicism were, SJH isn’t enough to encompass Sindhu’s inherent abilities, and to base her future course of career on. PV Sindhu in act...
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India Open badminton: Sindhu’s excessive reliance on defence is not the way forward

PV Sindhu left the tournament the same way she had left last year – losing to Thai lefthander Supanida Katethong, except the 21-14, 22-20 loss this year came in Round 1. The slow courts were bound to see the Thai southpaw suck the speed out of Sindhu’s strokes, and she additionally lured the Indian favourite to the net where she confidently killed off her rather confusing exchanges. Coached by Korean Kim Ji-hyun, who was familiar with Sindhu’s game, Supanida had pin point instructions coming her way – first to slow down the game and take the punch out of strokes, and later to test Sindhu defensively. It’s been a persistent problem with Sindhu, where her defensive solutions to cleverly pace manipulating players like the Thai, end up leaving her neither here nor there when an all-out atta...
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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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PV Sindhu knocked out of India Open in opening round | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu had a dismal start in her home tourney as she was knocked out in the very first round of the India Open Super 750 event after losing to Thailand's Supanida Katethong on Tuesday.Double Olympic-medallist Sindhu went down 12-21, 20-22 to the world No. 30 in the women's singles Round of 32 match. Incidentally, World No. 7 Sindhu, a former India Open champion, had lost to the same player in the semis in the last edition.Sindhu didn't appear at her best as she struggled against the left-handed Supanida. The Thai opponent, who was precise in her returns and looked in more control in the rallies as she won the opening game quite easily.Former world champion Sindhu came back strongly in the second game as she moved from 12-17 to grab one game point at 19-...
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My coach put up his feeling: Sindhu on receiving support from Park

PV Sindhu’s comeback from a five-month injury layoff ended in a first-round defeat to nemesis Carolina Marin. Mindful of her long absence from the court, coach Park Tae-sang shared an emotional post after the loss. On Monday, the double Olympic medallist acknowledged the support she received from the foreign coach after the reverse in the Malaysia Open, saying making a comeback itself is difficult after an injury. “Returned after 5 months. And unfortunate results. Everyone, her lack (of success) is my fault as a coach. We will prepare for the Indian Open in Delhi next week. Please encourage @pvsindhu1 rather than reprimand. I’ll try harder,” the coach wrote on Instagram. Asked about the post, Sindhu said, “After the injury, comeback itself is a hard thing. My coach put up his feeling...
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Malaysia Open: PV Sindhu loses to Carolina Marin | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu faltered on her return to action after a long injury lay-off but in-form HS Prannoy continued his sensational run to progress to the second round of the Malaysia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament on Wednesday.Sixth seed Sindhu, who was playing her first match since she sustained a stress fracture on her left ankle en route her Commonwealth Games gold in August, lost 12-21, 21-10, 15-21 to Rio Olympics champion Carolina Marin of Spain in 59 minutes.Earlier, world No. 8 Prannoy lived up to his new status of being India's best-ranked men's singles player with a come-from-behind 22-24, 21-12, 21-18 victory over Lakshya Sen, ranked 10th, in an edgy opening-round contest that went for little over an hour.The 30-year-old from Kerala will next...
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Sindhu returns from injury as Indian shuttlers look to shine in Malaysia Open | Badminton News – Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: PV Sindhu will face a tough test on her return from a five-month injury lay-off as top Indian shuttlers, including HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen, will aim to start the year on a positive note at the Malaysia Open from Tuesday.Following a highly-successful 2022, India's star shuttlers will hope to raise the bar further in 2023, during which the Paris Olympic qualification period will start in May.With plenty of ranking points at stake, Indian shuttlers will join the other big stars such as World No.1 Viktor Axelsen, Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia, Akane Yamugachi, Tai Tzu ying as they aim for a good show in the USD 1,250,000 Super 1000 tournament here.Double Olympic medallist Sindhu, who is returning from an ankle injury, begins her campaign against former World Champion Carolina Mari...
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Saina Nehwal among shuttlers to skip BAC 2023 trials | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Two-time Commonwealth Games champion Saina Nehwal is among shuttlers who will be skipping the national badminton trials for the Asian Mixed Team Championships, to be held in Dubai from February 14 to 19.Former world number 1 Saina was named along with Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod for the trials. The senior selection committee named them to pick the second women's singles player who will join double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu in the squad for the Asian meet.However, Saina and Malvika both have decided to skip the trials."Saina and Malvika have informed BAI about their unavailability for the trials. Hence, Ashmita Chaliha has been invited for the trials. There are few other pull outs as well," a Badminton Association of India (BAI) source told PTI.With both Saina and Ma...
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Happy New Year 2023: Sports fraternity extends New Year greetings | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian sports fraternity took to social media on Sunday to extend New Year wishes to its fans. From legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar to badminton queen PV Sindhu, sportspersons across the country took to their social media handles and wished their fans a prosperous Happy New Year 2023.Tendulkar shared a video of him tapping the ball with his bat."Knock knock... who's there? It's 2023! #HappyNewYear," tweeted Tendulkar.Knock knock... who’s there? It’s 2023! 😃💫✨#HappyNewYear https://t.co/aeE9p6nqRu— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1672548648000Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli posted a new year message.To the last sunrise of 2022 ❤️ https://t.co/0k6oVFgzxx— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1672466794000Legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag also shared a picture with his family while...
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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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Who after Saina, Sindhu? It could be Unnati Hooda with many tweaks to her game and lot of hard work

India’s perennial question of who after Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu doesn’t have ready answers, neatly packed into some box with just a ribbon to be untied. It’s not so easy like an episode of Succession, with popcorn crunchers cackling at eliminations of those who don’t make it, from an idle gallery. But of the new lot of young shuttlers, it is Unnati Hooda from Rohtak, Haryana, who might well hit the ground running, given her sheer panache and fearlessness that comes from not indulging too many thoughts of a loss. Picked for the Uber Cup as India frantically searches for the next batch, Unnati has shown she can string together a good week of wins. She had a fine run at the Asian U17s last week where she made the finals, and lost to Sarunrak Vitidsarn 18-21, 21-9, 14-21. Sarunrak is a ...
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IOA announces gender-balanced electoral college; Sindhu, Sakshi among 77 voters for Dec 10 polls | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A host of current and former sportspersons, including Olympic medallists PV Sindhu, Gagan Narang and Sakshi Malik, will be among 77 voters for the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections on December 10. Olympic medallists Yogeshwar Dutt and M M Somaya will also be voting in the polls. Out of the 77 members, 39 are female and 38 male. While Yogeshwar and Somaya were picked by the new Athletes Commission on Saturday as part of eight sportspersons of outstanding merit (SOM), Sakshi was nominated by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Sindhu and Narang were nominated by the Athletes Commission. In the 77-member electoral college notified by returning officer Umesh Sinha on Monday, there were 66 members from 33 National Sports Federations which have nominated one male and ...
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BWF World Tour Finals relocated from Guangzhou to Bangkok due to COVID-19

The upcoming BWF World Tour Finals have been shifted from Guangzhou to Bangkok due to COVID-19 and will begin on December 7, a week earlier than originally scheduled, the world badminton body announced on Tuesday. The tournament, which was slated to start on December 14, was preponed due to stadium availability issues. The season-ending event will now be held at the Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok from December 7 to 11. “BWF in consultation with the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) agreed to relocate the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 due to the various challenges brought about by the current pandemic situation,” the BWF said in a statement. “BWF would also like to thank the Badminton Association of Thailand for providing a replacement location for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 at s...
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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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PV Sindhu hoping to be fit for World Tour Finals in December | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu is hoping to make a comeback at the season-ending World Tour Finals in December after being forced to take a long break from the international circuit due to an ankle injury. One of the fittest sportsperson in the circuit, Sindhu had suffered a stress fracture on her left foot on way to her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham in August. "To take it (break) positively, I think this is the only time I would get a break because next year is going to be a hectic one with tournaments lined up one after another," Sindhu, who is the ambassador of the Brave together campaign, told PTI. "But on the negative side, I would say it's unfortunate that I am taking a break. But it's important because you have to take care of your body and mak...
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Injured PV Sindhu to miss National Games, will be present at opening ceremony | Badminton News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will not participate in the National Games as she has not recovered fully from an ankle injury, but the ace shutter will be present at the opening ceremony. Sindhu, who is on the path to recovery after sustaining an ankle injury during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, is going to be in Gujarat for the opening ceremony on September 29 along with other sports stars. Badminton action begins in Surat on October 2. "It is unfortunate that I will not be competing in the Games due to my injury. Had I been fit, I would have definitely represented my state (Telangana)," Sindhu said. "The National Games is a great opportunity for all the athletes and everyone I have spoken to is excited about it. I am sure the badminton matches will be very exc...
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Carolina Marin on badminton comeback trail after dashed Olympic dreams | Badminton News – Times of India

TOKYO: A horror injury wrecked Carolina Marin's Tokyo Olympics dream but now the Spanish badminton star is aiming for a record fourth world title and gold at the 2024 Paris Games. Marin was the hot favourite for the Tokyo title last year until a knee injury in May forced her to miss not just the Olympics but also the world championships in her home town of Huelva five months later. The 29-year-old returned to action in May this year and she is making up for lost time at the world championships in Tokyo this week. Marin staved off four match points to book her place in the quarter-finals with a 16-21, 21-15, 22-20 win over China's He Bingjiao on Thursday, letting out a wild scream of celebration after sealing the deal. She insisted a record fourth world title was not at the forefront of ...