Sindhu, Srikanth lead Indian charge at Asian Badminton Championship

Sindhu, Srikanth lead Indian charge at Asian Badminton Championship New Delhi: With ace shuttler Saina Nehwal giving the tournament a miss, PV Sindhu and national champion K Srikanth will spearhead the Indian challenge at the $200,000 Asian Badminton championship which gets underway at Gimcheon, Korea on Tuesday. Olympic bronze-medallist, Saina decided to take rest to focus on the Thomas and Uber Cup next month and it will now come down to Sindhu and Srikanth to lead India's challenge. The...
12:50 PM, Apr 21, 2014

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth rises to World No.16

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth rises to World No.16 Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth made a remarkable leap of nine places in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings released on Thursday. Backed by his semifinal appearance at the recently concluded Singapore Open Super Series, where he lost to World No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, the Hyderabadi has risen to a career-best ranking of No.16. Parupalli Kashyap, on the other hand, maintained his 19th position. In the...
11:54 PM, Apr 17, 2014

Saina Nehwal out but Sindhu advances to 2nd round of Singapore Open

Saina Nehwal out but Sindhu advances to 2nd round of Singapore Open Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal's poor form in international arena continued as she suffered a first round exit in the Singapore Open Super Series while PV Sindhu made her way into the pre-quarterfinals after a hard-fought victory in women's singles on Wednesday. World number eight Saina fought for an hour and two minutes before losing 21-16 15-21 11-21 to lower ranked Eriko Hirose of Japan. Sindhu, seeded eighth in the...
07:31 PM, Apr 09, 2014

Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap crash out of India Open

Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap crash out of India Open New Delhi: London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Friday crashed out of the USD 250,000 India Super Series after suffering a straight-game defeat against world number two Yihan Wang in the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition at the Siri Fort complex on Friday. The world number eight Saina went down 16-21, 14-21 to Yihan in 39 minutes. It was her eighth defeat to the Chinese. Saina tried to...
05:23 PM, Apr 04, 2014

As it happened: Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap at India Open

As it happened: Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap at India Open New Delhi: The Indian campaign came to an end as local hopes Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap lost their respective quarter-final matches at the $250,000 India Open Super Series on Friday. Former World Champion Yihan Wang of China continued her dominance over Saina, making her way into the women's singles semi-final while Malaysian top seed Lee Chong Wei gave no chance to Kashyap, winning 21-15, 21-13 in 40 minutes to...
02:22 PM, Apr 04, 2014

Saina Nehwal, Sindhu are strong opponents: Li Xuerui

Saina Nehwal, Sindhu are strong opponents: Li Xuerui New Delhi: Olympic champion Li Xuerui on Thursday lauded Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu and called them "strong opponents" against whom they can never afford to give an inch. "They are strong opponents, always tough to beat and we respect them. You see how Sindhu has beaten Shixiang Wang thrice and she did well here too. We have to be at our best to beat them," Li said...
09:30 PM, Apr 03, 2014

I need to boost my confidence and fitness: Saina Nehwal

I need to boost my confidence and fitness: Saina Nehwal New Delhi: London Olympic bronze medallist, Saina Nehwal feels she needs to be more "confident" and improve her fitness to battle the challenges of a hectic season that will test her mentally. "I am playing well. For the next tournaments, I will get time to be fully fit. But whatever time I got after All England and Swiss Open, I tried to correct those mistakes and came here. I think...
09:20 PM, Apr 03, 2014

Shuttler Sindhu drops to No.10 in rankings

Shuttler Sindhu drops to No.10 in rankings New Delhi: India's P.V. Sindhu dropped a place to No.10 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings released on Thursday. The 2011 World Championship bronze medallist didn't help her cause as she lost the opener at the $250,000 India Open Super Series against Chinese World No.3 Shixian Wang on Wednesday. Saina Nehwal, on the other hand, retained her No.8 position. Parupalli Kashyap has risen a place to...
04:29 PM, Apr 03, 2014

Top shuttlers could miss part of Indian Badminton League

Top shuttlers could miss part of Indian Badminton League New Delhi: Top shuttlers including Lee Chong Wei, Saina Nehwal or P.V. Sindhu could miss part of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) which is coinciding with the $600,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier to be held in Odense. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced on Monday that the second edition of the IBL will be held from Sep 30-Oct 15 while the Denmark Open will be held from Oct...
08:03 PM, Apr 02, 2014

Saina Nehwal is struggling for form, says Malaysian badminton legend

Saina Nehwal is struggling for form, says Malaysian badminton legend New Delhi: Malaysian badminton legend Rashid Sidek feels that India's best bet in the sport Saina Nehwal is currently struggling for form. Though the World No.8 ended her 15-month title drought by winning the India Grand Prix Gold in January, she failed to make an impact against top shuttlers in the subsequent All-England and Swiss Open, losing in the quarter-finals of both. "Saina is still struggling with her form. She...
02:50 PM, Apr 01, 2014

Home shuttlers face tough draws at India Open

Home shuttlers face tough draws at India Open New Delhi: A large Indian contingent led by top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu will be vying for honours in the toughest India Open Super Series yet, which commences at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Tuesday. Chief coach Pullela Gopichand affirmed that this edition of the country's premier badminton tournament, with increased prize money of $250,000, will be a challenge as all the Indians have been handed out...
03:50 PM, Mar 31, 2014

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu could face off in semis at India Super Series

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu could face off in semis at India Super Series New Delhi: Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, India's best hopes in the BWF India Super Series, might face off at the semi-final if they can cross a Chinese hurdle each in the second half of the women's singles. Indian ace shuttlers, Saina and Sindhu will be the star attraction in the USD 250,000 tournament which is scheduled to be held at Siri Fort Sports Complex from April 1-6. Eighth seed...
07:19 PM, Mar 25, 2014

Saina Nehwal seeded eighth at India Open

Saina Nehwal seeded eighth at India Open New Delhi: World No.8 shuttler Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to have been seeded at the $250,000 India Open Super Series to be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here April 1-6. Saina has been seeded eighth in the draw that was made Tuesday. She faces an easy opener against Austrian Simone Prutsch in the first round of India's premier badminton tournament. World No.1 and reigning Olympic champion...
03:37 PM, Mar 18, 2014

Sindhu, Kashyap lose in semis; Saina out in quarters at Swiss Open

Sindhu, Kashyap lose in semis; Saina out in quarters at Swiss Open Basel: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap suffered heartbreaking defeats in the semi-finals, while Saina Nehwal was knocked out at the last-eight stage as India's campaign in the USD 125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament came to an end on Saturday. World championship bronze medallist, Sindhu, who had stunned recently-crowned All England Champion Shixian Wang in the quarter-finals, could not tame the fast emerging Chinese shuttler Sun Yu...
11:14 PM, Mar 15, 2014