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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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HS Prannoy sails into Indonesia Open semi-finals | Badminton News – Times of India

JAKARTA: India's HS Prannoy continued his impressive run as he sailed into the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament with a straight-game win over world number 13 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark on Friday. A little over a month after his heroic win over Gemke in the decisive fifth rubber against Denmark which ensured India's entry into the Thomas Cup final, Prannoy produced yet another finely-crafted performance to outwit the Danish world number 13 21-14 21-12 in a 40-minute quarter-final clash. It is the second semifinal appearance for world number 23 Prannoy at the Indonesia event. He had reached the last four in the 2017 edition during which he had stunned former Olympic gold medallist Chen Long and Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei on way to the semifinals. Prannoy, ...
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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: 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 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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Time to shift focus on CWG, gold is high on priority: Chirag Shetty | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The sweet taste of the Thomas Cup title win will linger but Chirag Shetty, one of the architects of that historic triumph, knows it's time to move on and focus on the next challenge at hand -- Commonwealth Games. One half of India's best doubles pair, Chirag played a pivotal role both on and off the court to help India achieve an unprecedented win at the Thomas Cup tournament, considered to be the 'world cup' of shuttle sport. "The feeling of that week still remains but it's time to get back to training and face the next challenges, starting with the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games," the 24-year-old from Mumbai told PTI. "We have done well in Commonwealth Games last time and the Thomas cup win will act as a booster for us to retain the mixed team gold....
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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: We knew we had the ability to get a medal, says HS Prannoy | Badminton News – Times of India

MUMBAI: HS Prannoy played a major role in India's maiden triumph in the Thomas Cup world badminton team championship by winning two crucial fifth rubbers in the quarterfinals and semifinals. India and Malaysia were tied 2-2 in the quarterfinal clash and everything depended on Prannoy's match against Jun Hao Leong. The Indian shuttler defeated the Malaysian opponent 21-13, and 21-8. Prannoy encountered the same situation in the semis clash with Denmark and the 29-year-old from Kerala prevailed over Rasmus Gemke in three games, coming back after losing the first game to win 12-21, 21-9, 21-12. Prannoy, who has won a bronze medal in boys' singles at the 2010 World Junior Championships, and a silver medallist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, has had big best results in team competitions win...
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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...
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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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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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Boe basks in reflected glory after guiding Indian doubles pair

Mathias Boe had been going through withdrawal symptoms. His chosen poison turned ailment: top-grade badminton. The former Thomas Cup winner and Olympic silver medallist, who retired two seasons ago, had not really come to grips with being away from the circuit. He immersed himself in his business, and his personal life. “But I missed winning like this at the top events. I’m happy India gave me the chance to experience this once again,” said India’s doubles coach, who helped the newly-minted Thomas Cup champions pull off a sensational 3-0 win against all-time leaders Indonesia in the final. Boe has always shared a great equation with Chirag Shetty. And was guiding him along with video analysis online at the All England even when he wasn’t formally the India coach. India’s efforts to bri...
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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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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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PM hails Thomas Cup triumph, invites shuttlers to his residence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the Thomas Cup triumph of the Indian badminton team as one of the country’s finest sporting wins and invited the shuttlers to his residence on returning from Bangkok. The PM never forgets to applaud the achievements of athletes, and on Sunday, he promptly dialled the players to congratulate them on their stupendous success, thanked their parents for helping them develop into world beaters and doing the country proud with their exploits on the global stage. The Indian men’s team produced a historic performance to blank 14-time winners Indonesia 3-0 in the summit showdown of the prestigious tournament. “You all have made it … It is one of India’s finest sporting wins,” PM Modi said during the call. A special interaction with our badminton 🏸 c...
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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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PM Narendra Modi hails Thomas Cup triumph, invites shuttlers to his residence | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the Thomas Cup triumph of the Indian badminton team as one of the country's finest sporting wins and invited the shuttlers to his residence on returning from Bangkok. The PM never forgets to applaud the achievements of athletes, and on Sunday, he promptly dialled the players to congratulate them on their stupendous success, thanked their parents for helping them develop into world beaters and doing the country proud with their exploits on the global stage. A special interaction with our badminton 🏸 champions, who have won the Thomas Cup and made 135 crore Indians proud. https://t.co/KdRYVscDAK— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1652621858000The Indian men's team produced a historic performance to blank 14-time winners Indonesia 3-0 in...
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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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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...