BADMINTON

  • Saina Nehwal eyes title defence in Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton January 19, 2015

    Lucknow: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will look to launch the new season with a bang when she starts her title defence at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship that gets underway with the qualifiers on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who won the title in 2009 and 2010 when...
  • Badminton: PV Sindhu, Ajay Jayaram lose in Malaysia Masters January 17, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian challenge came to an end as shuttlers PV Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram lost their respective semi-final matches at the season opening $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here Saturday. Second seed Sindhu, a winner here two years ago, faced a marathon battle against Japanese fourth seed Nozomi...
  • Sindhu, Jayaram reach semifinals of Malaysia GPG January 16, 2015

    Kuching: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram notched up contrasting victories in the women's and men's singles competition respectively to reach the semifinals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, here on Friday. Two-time World Championship bronze medallist, Sindhu defeated Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, seeded fifth, 23-21 21-9...
  • Saina, Marin to take part in Syed Modi GP Badminton Meet January 15, 2015

    Lucknow: Defending champion Saina Nehwal and current world champion Carolina Marin of Spain have confirmed their participation in the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship scheduled to start here on January 20. The two have been seeded first and second respectively in USD 120,000 event being organized by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association...
  • Sindhu, Kashyap advance in Malaysia GP Gold January 15, 2015

    Kuching: Leading Indian shuttler PV Sindhu reached the women's singles quarter-finals of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold while Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap entered the men's singles pre-quarterfinals at the Stadium Perpaduan Kuching here on Thursday. Two-time World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu, who won the title here in...
  • I wouldn't have demanded Padma Bhushan the way Saina, Vijender did: Cueist Advani January 12, 2015

    Kolkata: Famed cueist Pankaj Advani Monday said he would have never entered into a Padma Bhushan row in the way ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and boxer Vijender Singh did. "I would never do such a thing, it is not my style. But they thought it was right to go out in...
  • After Saina Nehwal, Boxer Vijender Singh too wants Padma Bhushan January 6, 2015

    With Saina Nehwal getting the Sports Ministry's recommendation for the Padma Bhushan after a furore over her nomination being rejected, star India boxer Vijender Singh also threw his hat in the ring for the civilian honour but insisted he won't be "hurt" in case of a rejection. Speaking to PTI, Vijender...
  • Who am I to demand the award?, asks Saina Nehwal January 5, 2015

    Badminton ace Saina Nehwal is 'upset' that her quest to know the reason behind the rejection of her nomination for Padma Bhushan snowballed into a big controversy, saying that she never demanded for the prestigious award and would respect the decision of the Sports Ministry. "I didn't really like the way...
  • Saina Nehwal happy with Sports Ministry recommending her for Padma Bhushan January 5, 2015

    Ace Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal, who was not considered for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award by the Sports Ministry earlier, told CNN-IBN that she is very happy with the Ministry's U-turn to announce that it will recommend her for the prestigious award. 'I have done so well for my country,...
  • Sports Minister says Saina Nehwal applied late for Padma Bhushan, BAI contradicts January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday clarified that his ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan only on Saturday but said that it will "examine the possibility of recommending" her name for the award on Monday. Saina, on Saturday said that...
  • Sushil Kumar is a great player but my case is strong: Saina Nehwal January 3, 2015

    Nehwal made no mistake in expressing her disapointment for not getting nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award and plans to speak with the Sports Ministry. ...
  • Saina Nehwal lashes out on Twitter after Padma Bhushan snub January 3, 2015

    India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has made her discontent over the Padma Bhushan snub public as the Hyderabad-based player came out on Twitter to express her disappointment over the decision taken by the Sports Ministry of India (SAI). SAI overlooked the suggestion of Saina's name made by the Badminton Association of...
  • Kidambi Srikanth builds on Pullela Gopichand legacy December 26, 2014

    Saina Nehwal'a breakthrough had given Indian Badminton the inspiration that despite Chinese dominance, success at World Badminton was very much achieveable, Srikanth was one of the first to build on that legacy. ...
  • Yearender: Swimming, athletics endure dope tainted year 2014 December 25, 2014

    Beijing: The fight against doping went into its climax in the second half of the year when top names from track and field, swimming and badminton fell from grace. The anti-doping in the first half of 2014, however, had got its fair share in the limelight when six offenders were exposed...
  • Kidambi Srikanth leaps to career-high fourth in rankings December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Continuing his upward trend, India's leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth jumped two places to take a career-high fourth position in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday. With this move, the 21-year-old, became only the third Indian to break into the men's singles top-five rankings. Legendary Praksh Padukone...
  • Kidambi Srikanth is World No. 4 in BWF ranking December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Young Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year. The 21-year-old Indian, who clinched the...
  • Looking to win more titles in 2015; coach kids: Saina Nehwal December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: A successful 2014 behind her, ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal is now looking for an "even better" outing in the coming year with her eyes trained on 2016 Rio Olympics, besides getting ready to try her hand in coaching. "2014 has been a very good year for me. I...
  • Biopic on me should promote badminton, says Saina Nehwal December 23, 2014

    Bhopal: Ace shuttler and Olympic Bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Tuesday said that she won't mind a biopic made on her life and wants it to highlight the sport of badminton rather than focus on her. Saina, who won three titles this year including the recently won China Open, said that...
  • Saina, Srikanth lose in semis of Superseries Finals December 20, 2014

    Dubai: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost in their respective semi-finals of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Saturday. While World No.4 Saina was tamed 21-11, 13-21, 9-21 in 55 minutes by World No.9 Tai Tzu Ying...
  • Badminton: Saina, Srikanth enter semis at World Super Series Finals December 19, 2014

    Dubai: Badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group to march into the women's singles semifinals while Kidambi Srikanth reached the last four stage despite losing his last men's singles round robin match at the BWF World Super Series Finals here on Friday. World No.4 Saina clinched a pulsating three-game thriller against...
  • Consecutive wins for Saina, Srikanth in World Super Series Finals December 18, 2014

    India's top badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth took a big step on way to reaching the semifinals at the World Super Series Finals by securing second consecutive wins in their respective group on Friday. Srikanth, who reached a career-high world number six in the rankings today, celebrated his rise...
  • Saina, Srikanth register wins in World Super Series final December 17, 2014

    On a superb day for Indian shuttlers, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and World No.8 Kidambi Srikanth won their respective singles matches to open the World Super Series badminton final campaign on a positive note, in Dubai on Wednesday. Fifth-seeded Saina stunned reigning Asian Games champion Shixian Wang of China 21-17,...
  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth face stiff competitions in Superseries Finals December 16, 2014

    Dubai: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will look to finish the year on a successful note as the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals get underway on Wednesday at the Hamdan Sports Complex. While World No.4 Saina has been seeded fifth, the men's World...
  • I should have won more titles this year: Saina Nehwal December 14, 2014

    She clinched three individual titles and a couple of bronze medals at prestigious team events this season but far from satiated, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels she could have garnered more trophies had it not been for some missed opportunities. After enduring a difficult season in 2013, where she failed...
  • PV Sindhu aims to work harder on her game in coming year December 4, 2014

    Hyderabad: It has been a decent year for PV Sindhu with a bronze medal finish at the World Championships and retaining Macau Open title, but the young shuttler is keen to work harder on various aspects of her game and put up better performances against top players in the coming...
  • Macau Open champion PV Sindhu returns home December 2, 2014

    PV Sindhu's good run in Macau Open continues as she went past 91st-ranked Kim Hyo Min of Korea, 21-12 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted 45 minutes at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion. ...
  • Hope to continue good run next year: PV Sindhu December 2, 2014

    Hyderabad: Expressing happiness over defending the Macau Open, ace shuttler P V Sindhu on Tuesday hoped to keep the momentum going and continue the successful run in the new year. "I am happy for having won the Macau Open, at the end of the year. Overall, I have done well (this...
  • Happy to end season on a high: PV Sindhu November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: After successfully defending her title at the Macau Open, India's teen sensation PV Sindhu said she is happy to win her first title of the year and end the season on a high. Two-time World Championship bronze medallist, Sindhu outplayed Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-12, 21-17 in the...
  • Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu wins second successive Macau Open November 30, 2014

    Macau: Two-time World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu lifted her first title of the season by successfully defending the USD 120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold trophy after seeing off Kim Hyo Min of Korea in the women's singles finals, here today. World No. 11 Sindhu prevailed over 91st-ranked, Kim 21-12...
  • I believed I could beat Lin Dan: Kidambi Srikanth November 29, 2014

    Having created history by defeating Lin Dan of China in his own backyard at the China Open Super Series Premier, K Srikanth said he always believed in his abilities. ...