New Delhi: Seeing his protege Saina Nehwal departing early from India Open, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was expectedly sad but that feeling was more or less neutralised when he witnessed the gritty performances of young players such as PV Sindhu.
"We have had a whole lot of players emerging from this tournament. I am a little disappointed with Saina losing early but looking at the entire lot, it is very encouraging. I am very happy," Gopichand told in an interview.
"HS Prannoy, Anand Pawar, PV Sindhu doing well shows that we have a lot of depth and a lot of talent coming into the senior rank," he added.
India Open witnessed the likes of Sindhu, Prannoy and Pawar doing well against some of the top-ranked players from the world here at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. Talking about Sindhu's impressive show in the competition, where she lost to World No. 6 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the semi-finals, Gopichand said the 17-year-old will take a lot of positives from here....more
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New Delhi: HS Prannoy started off as a qualifier at the India Open 2013, but by the fourth day the Indian had beaten Indonesian legend Taufiq Hidayat. On Friday, he was up against the world number one Lee Chong Wei at the Siri Fort Sports Complex and he lost 21-14, 21-19 but he put up a very good fight prompting the Malaysian to say that Prannoy is a very bright...
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New Delhi: What Parupalli Kashyap couldn't do in the first round, India's emerging shuttler HS Prannoy did in the second round by beating the former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat 26-24, 21-9 to sail into the quarter-final of India Open here on Thursday at the Siri Fort Complex. Hidayat looked off-colour and his movement on the court looked rusty but the Indonesian star shuttler hung in there in the first game....
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