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Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian Shuttlers Withdraw From All England Championships

Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian Shuttlers Withdraw From All England Championships

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will be participating in the tournament

Indian shuttlers, including HS Prannoy and world no 10 men’s pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, have withdrawn from next week’s All England Championships due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. The season’s first World Tour Super 1000 tournament, the prestigious All England Championships, which counts towards qualification for Tokyo 2020 begins on March 11. “Some of the players have written to BAI, informing about their decision to withdraw from the All England Championships. 

Top doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, H S Prannoy, Sameer Verma and Sourabh Verma have so far withdrawn,” BAI secretary Ajay Singhania told PTI. 

“However, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will be participating in the tournament.” 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has so far killed over 3,100 people and infected more than 91,000 globally. 

Chirag said players were concerned about travelling via Dubai. 

“Everyone is worried about the Coronoravirus outbreak. In United Kingdom the number of infected has touched 90, so it is a concern. Also we had to travel via Dubai Airport, which is one of the busiest airports, it makes one vulnerable,” Chirag said. Chirag and Satwik had to pull out of the 2019 edition as well due to latter’s shoulder injury. 

Sameer, Prannoy, Manu-Sumeeth all lost in the opening round, while Sourabh didn’t make it to the draw last year and therefore doesn’t have to defend any ranking points. The Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the international calender of various sports across the globe. 

Concerns over the rapid spread of the deadly virus has already forced the postponement of the four Olympic qualifying events so far — Lingshui China Masters (February 25 to March 1), Vietnam International Challenge (24-29 March 24-29) and German Open (March 3 to 8) and Polish Open (March 26-29).

Weng Hong Yang was beaten by Lakshya Sen in Clinch SaarLorLux Open Title

Lakshya Sen Beat Weng Hong Yang To Clinch SaarLorLux Open Title

Lakshya Sen bagged his second successive BWF World Tour Super 100 title with a thrilling win over China’s Weng Hong Yang in SaarLorLux Open.

India’s Lakshya Sen bagged his second successive BWF World Tour Super 100 title with a thrilling win over China’s Weng Hong Yang in an exciting final at the SaarLorLux Open here on Sunday. Lakshya, seeded eighth, needed 59 minutes to overcome Weng 17-21 21-18 21-16 in the summit clash for his third successive singles title of the season. He had clinched the Belgian International challenge and Dutch Open Super Tour 100 in his last two outings. He had also reached the Polish Open final this year. 

World number 51 Sen, who has won the Asian Junior championship, a silver at the Youth Olympics and a bronze at World Junior Championship last year, continues to impress on the senior circuit. 

The 18-year-old from Uttarakhand had come into the final with a 1-2 head-to-head record against the Chinese but it didn’t matter as he rallied his way after squandering the first game to complete a thrilling win here. 

After this win, Lakshyaa is set to break into the top 50 when the BWF rankings are released on Tuesday. Lakshya had a good start as he was leading 14-11 but he couldn’t sustain the pressure on his opponent who turned the tables to win the opening game. Stung by the reversal, Lakshya jumped to a 8-4 lead in the second game. The Indian quickly moved to 13-6. 

Weng reduced it to 10-14 but Lakshya managed to stay ahead of his rival and take the match into the decider. In the third game, Lakshya fell behind 5-7 but managed to claw back at 10-10 before Weng moved to a 16-13 lead.

A fighting Lakshya then stepped on the gas and reeled off the remaining eight points to leave his rival stranded. Lakshya is likely to participate in two International Challenge events, the Irish Open (November 13-16) and Scottish Open (Nov 21-24) — before featuring in the Syed Modi International Super 300 (Nov 26-Dec 1).

Zimbabwe is the only other team that took as many matches to beat an opponent (Afghanistan) in the T20I cricket.

“We are all happy as it our first T20I win against India. 140 was a good total and they bowled well, but we managed to get over the line,” Soumya Sarkar, who contributed with 39 runs, said after the match.

“We were not nervous. We were cool, calm and positive of chasing the target down. We miss Tamim and Shakib but the rest of the XI had a positive mindset,” he added.

Bangladesh came on their month-long tour of India without opener Tamim Iqbal and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. While Tamim pulled out of the series as his wife is expecting their second child, Shakib was handed a two-year ban (one year suspended) by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to report corrupt approaches on three occasions.

Amid concerns over air pollution in Delhi, Bangladesh opted to bowl and restricted India to 148 for six in 20 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for India with 41 runs, with the help of three boundaries and a six.

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant contributed with 27 runs, while Shreyas Iyer managed to score 22 for India.

It was late blitz by Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar, including a boundary and three sixes, that led the home team to a confident total.

Aminul Islam and Shafiul Islam took two wickets each, while Afif Hossain impressed with a caught and bowled dismissal of debutant Shivam Dube (1).

Deepak Chahar struck in the first over to derail Bangladesh’s chase and got Liton Das for seven. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal joined the party in the eighth over after dismissing Mohammad Naim for 26.

Khaleel Ahmed castled Soumya Sarkar (39) in the 17th over to keep India’s hope alive. However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah didn’t give any other chance to the Indian bowlers after that and Bangladesh chased down the target with three balls to spare.

PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal Look To End Poor Run Of Results At French Open

PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal Look To End Poor Run Of Results At French Open

PV Sindhu would look to snap her recent run of early exits when she begins her women’s singles campaign at the French Open badminton tournament in Paris on Tuesday.

World champion PV Sindhu would look to snap her recent run of early exits when she begins her women’s singles campaign at the USD 750,000 French Open badminton tournament in Paris on Tuesday. Since claiming her maiden World Championships title in August, Sindhu has looked awfully out-of-form as she had failed to cross the second round in three tournaments. She faltered in the second and first rounds at the China Open and Korea Open respectively last month. Sindhu again exited in the second round in straight games against Korea’s An Se Young in Denmark Open last week.ADVERTISING

The Olympic silver medallist looked a tad slow in her movement in the last three tournaments, showing signs of dip in her form.

Seeded fifth in the tournament, Sindhu, a 2017 semifinalist, will be up against Canada’s world number nine Michelle Li, who has beaten the Indian in the past twice.

If Sindhu gets past the early rounds, the world number six Indian is likely to face top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

World number eight Saina Nehwal, who is also taking part in this BWF World Tour Super 750 event, has also been struggling with her fitness and has made three first-round exits in her last three tournaments.

The 29-year-old, who had finished runner-up at the 2012 edition, will meet Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in the opening round.

In the men’s singles, 2017 champion Kidambi Srikanth too will be desperate to turn around his poor run in form when he steps out at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

However, it will not be an easy outing for the world number 9 Indian as he opens his campaign against second seed Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who reached the semifinals at India Open and Korea Open, would look to prove that the first-round exit last week at Denmark Open was an aberration when he lock horns with Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.

Sameer Verma, who had reached the semifinals of the World Tour Finals last December, will meet Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the opening round.

World number 12 B Sai Praneeth, who had claimed a bronze at the World Championships, will once again face the legendary Lin Dan of China in the opening round.

A 2017 Singapore Open winner, Praneeth had beaten the two-time Olympic champion Chinese at Denmark Open last week.

In the doubles, the women’s pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will square off against fifth seeded Korean duo of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan.

The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty face the Dutch combination of Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling.

Another men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and the mixed duo of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini are also in the fray.

Proud To Be Indian”: World Champion PV Sindhu Returns To Grand Welcome

Proud To Be Indian": World Champion PV Sindhu Returns To Grand Welcome

World Champion PV Sindhu, on her arrival to the national capital said, it was a great moment for her and she is really proud to be an Indian.

PV Sindhu arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Dew Delhi at midnight on Tuesday amid large fanfare after her historic World Championships triumph. Two-time silver-medallist PV Sindhu ended an agonising wait for an elusive gold with a maiden World Championships title on Sunday. On her arrival to the national capital, PV Sindhu, in a brief interaction with the media, thanked her coaches for her historic achievement. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad also said, it was a great moment for her and she is really proud to be an Indian.

“I’d like to thank everyone, thanks to all my fans for blessings. I will work more hard and get many more medals. A much awaited win, missed it 2 times but I finally did it,” PV Sindhu said.

“A great moment for me. I am really very proud to be an Indian,” she added.

Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Advance To Second Round

Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Advance To Second Round

Saina Nehwal defeated Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan by 21-17, 21-19 in a match that lasted for 39 minutes.

Indian shuttlers dominated in the first round of the Thailand Open on Wednesday as Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and BS Praneeth proceeded to the second round of the tournament after winning their respective matches. World number-eight Nehwal defeated Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan in straight games by 21-17, 21-19 in a match that lasted for 39 minutes. The 29-year-old Nehwal is playing in the competition, after missing out in Indonesia Open and Japan Open on medical grounds.

In the men’s single, Srikanth defeated Chinese Ren Peng Bo by 21-13, 17-21, 21-19. In a one hour and eight-minute long match, Srikanth had a tough fight with Peng as the match went to three games.

The 26-year-old won the first game but Peng came back strong in the second game and locked it in his favour at 17-21. Srikanth won the final game to claim the match.

Praneeth had to toil hard in a match which lasted for one hour and 11 minutes. He bounced back after conceding the first game to win the match by 17-21, 21-17, 21-15.

In the other two matches in the men’s single event, Prannoy and Kashyap both advanced to the next round after winning their respective matches.

Prannoy defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong by 21-16, 22-20 in straight games while Kashyap defeated Israel’s Misha Zilberman in a tough match by 18-21, 21-8, 21-14.

In a 51-minute long match, Kashyap recovered strongly after losing the first game to win the second and third game easily.

Sourabh Verma and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka exited the tournament after tasting defeat in the first round.

Nehwal will face Japanese Sayaka Takahashi, Srikanth will play against Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand.

Kashyap will take on Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei while Prannoy will face Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto.

PV Sindhu Hopes To Turn The Tide In Upcoming Tournaments This Month

PV Sindhu Hopes To Turn The Tide In Upcoming Tournaments This Month

PV Sindhu will feature in Indonesia Open, begins on July 16, Japan Open and Thailand Open that will start on July 23 and July 30 respectively

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu on Thursday admitted that her season so far has not been “great” but expressed hope of turning the tide in the upcoming events, beginning with Indonesia Open from July 16. Sindhu has played in six tournaments so far this year without reaching a final. She reached the semifinals in India Open in March and Singapore Open in April. “(It) has not been really great. But, it was ok. I am satisfied. But, I think I have to do much better,” Sindhu told reporters on the sidelines of PNB Metlife announcing the launch of Junior Badminton Championship-5.

Asked what went wrong in the last six months during which she did not win any major tournament, Sindhu said, “Nothing went wrong. But on the day, sometimes, you might not just give your 100 per cent. Sometimes, you might just make too many mistakes. 

“That’s why I said I have to be satisfied. It’s not that I am happy. But, you always have to think that there is always a next time,” she said. The 23-year-old Sindhu said she has worked hard on her game during the one month-long break she got and is confident of doing well in Indonesia, Japan and Thailand. 

“We have got almost one month of break. I have been in my top level and working hard. There has been enough time to prepare for the next three tournaments, that is Indonesia, Japan and Thailand. So, I am confident that I can do well and I can give my 100 per cent,” said the 2016 Olympics silver medalist.

The Indonesia Open begins on July 16 while Japan Open and Thailand Open will start on July 23 and July 30. During the break, she said she has worked on her physical and mental fitness to be in good shape.    

“I have worked on mental as well as physical (fitness). Matches have been really long nowadays. Everything is like a chain where you need to touch up on everything. It’s not just that you do physical and leave the skill part. I think I have been working out on skill a lot more,” she said. 

“Because, now the game has changed a lot. A lot of people have been working out on their skills and physical. I think it is very important to keep yourself fit as well as in your skill work, you need to be very much perfect as well. So, I have been working on that,” she said when asked if she worked on something new. 

She said the players need to have variation in their game to achieve success in major tournaments.    

“Every time, we need to change. Because, it is not the same every time. Not only you, your opponents change their game,” she said.    

“Now, there are video cameras, there are videos, analysing and doing everything. Even though we go with one strategy, when you go on to court, every point can be comparatively different. That’s what I feel,” she added. 

Sindhu said her training with new coaches, who have come a few of months ago, has been good. She is currently training with Korean Kim Ji Hyun and hoped that it would work well for her. The players can learn new techniques from every coach as each one has different thinking and experience, she said.

Sindhu said each tournament is important for her though she aimed to win a medal in the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal Goes Down To Nozomi Okuhara In Quarters

Saina Nehwal

India’s Saina Nehwal lost 8-21, 13-21 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the Singapore Open quarterfinals.

India’s Saina Nehwal failed to get past the quarterfinals stage at the Singapore Open after being outgunned by World No.3 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Friday. Saina Nehwal lost in straight games 8-21, 13-21 to bow out of the tournament. The match lasted just 36 minutes as the Japanese shuttler found top form against her Indian opponent. Saina Nehwal had no answers to Nozomi Okuhara’s brilliant attacking play, tasting her first defeat against the Japanese in their last 4 meetings.

On Thursday, Saina Nehwal defeated Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 in the second round to reach quarterfinals. Last week, Chochuwong had defeated Saina 20-22, 21-15, 21-10 in the first round of Malaysia Open.

Meanwhile, PV Sindhu will be up against China’s Cai Yanyan in the last eight match while Kidambi Srikanth takes on top seed Kento Momota in the men’s singles quarterfinals.

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PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals of Singapore Open with a straight games win over Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark on Thursday. Sindhu took just 39 minutes to record a 21-13, 21-19 win over the world number 22. The Olympic silver medallist will next face China’s Cai Yanyan in the quarterfinal. On the other hand, Parupalli Kashyap, who defeated Japan’s Yu Igarashi 15-21, 21-16, 22-20 in the final round of the qualification to seal his place in the main draw, was knocked out after losing 9-21, 21-15, 16-21 to China’s Chen Long in the second round. The reigning Olympic champion defeated Kashyap in 71 minutes.

On Wednesday, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth eased into the second round of Singapore Open with straight game wins over their respective rivals.

Sindhu, seeded fourth, took just 27 minutes to get the better of Indonesia’s Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky 21-9, 21-7, while sixth seed Saina tamed another Indonesian in Yulia Yosephin Susanto 21-16, 21-11.

Kidambi Srikanth defeated Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 21-17, 21-18 in a 41-minute match.

Kashyap recorded a 21-19 21-14 win over world number 28 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.

Sameer Verma defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-14, 21-6 while HS Prannoy eked out an 11-21, 21-16, 21-18 win over France’s Brice Leverdez.

Malaysia Open: Kidambi Srikanth goes down fighting to Chen Long

Malaysia Open- Kidambi Srikanth goes down fighting to Chen Long

Kidambi Srikanth squandered a five-point advantage in the first game, while the second game was closely fought as well.

A fighting Kidambi Srikanth suffered a straight-game loss to Olympic champion Chen Long of China to bow out of the men’s singles quarterfinals at the Malaysia Open here Friday.

The eighth-seeded Indian, who had reached the finals of India Open last week, blew a huge advantage in the opening game to eventually lose the quarterfinal match 18-21 19-21.

This was Srikanth’s fourth quarterfinal of the season.

Srikanth blew a 16-11 advantage in the opening game, while in the second game he fought back from 7-11 down to level scores at 19-19 before ending up on the losing side.

The 26-year-old had a 1-5 head-to-head record against Chen Long, whom he had defeated in their last meeting at the 2017 Australian Open.

The Chinese showed great defence, playing some exceptional shots like a between-the-legs return to keep the spectators entertained at the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

In the first game, the Indian opened up a 11-7 lead at the first break. He kept his nose ahead till 16-11 before Chen started slowly clawing back into the contest.

The Chinese drew parity at 17-17 before sealing the game with a cross court return that left the Indian stranded.

In the second game, Srikanth kept himself close to the Chinese before Chen unleashed a down-the-line smash to grab a 11-7 lead at the breather.

Srikanth made some simple errors like misjudging line calls, hitting wide and long and also mistiming shots as Chen led 16-8.

The Indian won a long rally when Chen went wide and then the Chinese lost a couple of more points near the net before attacking the Indians backhand to reach 17-11.

Srikanth kept breathing down Chen’s neck and reduced the margin to 17-18 with the Chinese falling in a heap of errors.

The Indian levelled the scores at 18-all and was 19-19 when Chen hit another long shot.

But the Chinese sent one at the backline to move to match point and sealed it when a fighting Srikanth dived full stretch but couldn’t keep the shuttle in.

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