Sindhu reached Korea Open Superseries final vs Nozomi Okuhara

Adding another win to her name, badminton star PV Sindhu booked a place for herself in the finals of the Korea Open Superseries in Seoul by defeating He Bingjiao of China in the semi-finals today.

Starting strong, Sindhu kept Bingjiao on her backfoot winning the match by 21-10, 17-21, 21-16. Taking an 11-4 lead, Sindhu wrapped up the first game 21-10 in just 16 minutes.

However, the Chinese counterpart stepped up her game and made a comeback in the second winning the game after Sindhu had already established an 11-6 lead. Bingjiao won the game by 17-21.

The third game saw Bingjiao attacking right from the start and a seemingly tired Sindhu giving up points to the former’s drop shots. However, Sindhu’s powerful shots helped her take an 11-9 lead changing the game.

After establishing a 14-14 set, Sindhu took charge again with a 18-14 lead. Bingjiao struggled to comeback, but Sindhu’s power smashes proved to be too much to handle.

Eventually, Bingjiao netted a shot giving the world number 4 player the final win.

With this, Sindhu now moves forward to facing the final against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Sunday.

Sources – HT, Indian Express

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PV Sindhu bags silver after an epic world championship final

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu bagged the silver medal in the World Championships at Glasgow on August 27, 2017. The Rio Olympics silver medalist went down 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a final that saw both the players bring their physical and mental best on court.

This was Sindhu’s third world championship medal, following two bronze medals in the previous editions. After Saina Nehwal, she is the second Indian woman to win a silver in world championships.

Sindhu and Okuhara had faced each other six times before the final winning three a-piece. Naturally, the final was expected to be an intensely fought battle.

Sindhu raced to a 11-5 lead in the first game before Okuhara turned the game by winning eight straight points. The first game see-sawed before Okuhara went on to win it 21-19.

Both shuttlers brought their best on court in the second game as they fought hard for every point. In the letter part of the game, Sindhu got the better of Okuhara in a 73-shot rally. She went on to win the game 22-20.

The third game saw a spirited battle for every point. Okuhara was at her defensive best as Sindhu kept smashing winners. The match stood even at 19-19 . Sindhu’s return to a Okuhara smash found the net which awarded the Japanese her first championship point. Sindhu drew level in the next rally. It was Okuhara’s deceptive game which was the difference. At her second championship point, she disguised a drop shot as a smash which Sindhu was unable to reach. She sealed the final game and the championship by 22-20.

She expressed her pride in winning the silver for India and was confident of winning more titles in the future.

News Sources: Indian Express, Business Standard

Srikanth reaches 3rd consecutive Superseries Final

Recently crowned Indonesian Open Champion, Kidambi Srikanth today stormed into his third straight final after he convincingly defeated fourth-seeded Shi Yuqi of China in the semi-final. With this win, he becomes the first Indian male badminton player to feature in three consecutive finals – Singapore Open (Runner-up), Indonesian Open (Winner) and now Indonesian Open.
“It’s a dream performance,” said Srikanth, post his match. A clinical performance filled with smashes and backhands saw him winning the game in straight sets. He sealed the first set in just 15 minutes and the entire match in less than 40 minutes. This was his second win over the Chinese in as many meetings having defeated the World No. 4 in April in the Singapore Open.
Both games began with nothing to choose between the two, with Set-1 being level at 5-5 and Set-2 being level at 6-6. Srikanth then pushed the initiative and did not let Yuqi back into the game, winning the match 21-10 & 21-14 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
On Sunday he will face Olympic champion Chen Long, who defeated Lee Hyun 26-24, 15-21, 21-17 in an hour and eight minutes game in the other semi-final.
If he goes on to win the crown on Sunday the 24 year old will clinch his fourth Superseries tittle and his second this year in a row and will be only the second Indian shuttler after Saina Nehwal (2014 & 2016) to win the Australian open.

PV Sindhu crashes out of Australian Open Super Series

PV Sindhu crashes out of Australian Open Super Series

Indian badminton player PV Sidhu was knocked out of the semifinal of Australian Open Super Series after she lost her match on Friday, June 23, against the World No.1 Tai-Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. According to The Indian Express, Sindhu, who has never won an Australian Super Series title, went down 21-10, 20-22, 16-21 in the closely fought out quarterfinal.

With the Chinese top seed struggling in the first game, Sindhu was able to breeze to an easy win, prevailing 21-10, but the former picked up and rallied hard in the second game, which see-sawed to a close 22-20, reported News 18.

While Sindhu seemed to have followed a hard solid strategy involving numerous hard smashes in the first game, Tai  upped her own game in the second set, using a number of deceptive drop shots and making the Indian move constantly. Despite that, Sindhu fought hard, reaching game point, but made an error and allowed Tai to come back from that, who proceeded to take the game 22-20, said an Indian Express report.

The third game was more evenly matched. Sindhu shot to a 14-10 lead but Tai made a winning comeback to 15-15, a momentum she carried forward to the match winning 21-16.

This is the second time that the Indian player has made it into the quarterfinals in Australia.

India’s remaining hopes, propped up by former World No.1 Saina Nehwal, were also dashed, after she was defeated in her quarterfinal match against Chinese shuttler Sun Yu in the last quarterfinal match later on Friday, according to India Today.

Sources: The Indian Express, News 18 and India Today

Saina Crashes out of Macau Open

On Friday, December 1, World No.10 Saina Nehwal lost to World No. 226 Zhang Yiman in the quarterfinals of the Macau Open Grand Prix. With her straight game loss in the clash that lasted 34 minutes, the former World No.1 bowed out of the ongoing badminton tournament.

Times of India Sports reported that the top-seeded Indian, who suffered a major knee injury that affected her Olympic campaign, had just climbed back in the rankings, making it back to the top ten on Thursday. Her previous rounds in the Macau Open intense three-game format appeared to have taken a toll on her as she allowed her opponent to take a lead early on.

The lower-ranked 19-year old from China zoomed to a 14-8 lead, winning the first game, 21-12 comfortably. According to Hindustan Times,  Saina, who has bounced back from first game losses in the Open, fought back in the second game, moving to a healthy 6-0 lead, but Yiman came back to reach 11-9 at the break and later made it to 19-12.

Even though her Indian rival managed to pick up a few points and narrowed the lead, Yiman grabbed 4 match points, jumping to 21-17, winning the game and the match. Since her surgery, Saina is yet to move past the quarterfinals of a tournament. Hindustan Times noted that she had also crashed out of the Hong Kong Open at a similar stage in November and suffered a first-round loss in the China Open.

Sources – Times of India, Hindustan Times 

Saina enters Macau Open Quarter Finals

After a hard fought win Saina Nehwal entered the Quarter Finals. She defeated Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 in a Round of 16 clash at the Macau’s Open Grand Prix Gold badminton Tournament in the pre-quarter finals.

Ayustine bagged the first game with a lead of 21-17, but a resolute Saina bounced back and demonstrated a dominating performance during the break time in the second game while taking a lead of 11-3. Ayustine tried bridging the gap but the Indian Shuttler pocketed the second game with a score of 21-18.

Finally, in the decider set Saina surged ahead and took a huge lead of 11-8, sealing the match with a score of 21-12.In the Quarter Finals Saina will be playing against China’s Zhang Yiman.

Apart from Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and men’s doubles pair of B Sumeet Reddy and Manu Attri faced defeats in their respective singles and doubles matches. Making a comeback after his injury, Kashyap demonstrated a gutsy performance before losing straight games – 13-12 and 20-22 to Chinese Taipei- Lin Yu Hsien in a 45 minute clash.

SOURCES : NDTV, Financial Express

IMAGE SOURCE : PTI

Sindhu wins Silver, creates history

In a historic feat on Friday, August 19, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the silver medal in the women’s singles badminton match at the ongoing Rio Olympics, becoming India’s first woman to do so. Her win gives India it’s highest prize so far in badminton, the first being Saina Nehwal’s bronze at the London Olympics, 4 years ago. This is India’s second medal at Rio, after wrestler Sakshi Malik’s bronze. The 21-year old Sindhu, who had raised India’s dismal hopes at Rio by having reached the finals, lost 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a tumultuous final to Spain’s Carolina Marin, the reigning world champion. She may have settled for silver but she won hearts across the nation as praises poured in for her historic achievement.

It remains a remarkable achievement for the shuttler who had reached the finals after 5 successive wins, the last two having come over the World No.2 and World No. 5 respectively. Sindhu held on and refused to roll over as the combustive Marin tried to dominate over her game with her trademark blistering attack combined with yelps and screams. The last of India’s badminton medal hopes, the hard-hitting Sindhu pounced on whatever openings she saw and kept up the pace of the match, which at one point saw a 52-shot rally over 49 seconds.

The victory means as much to the shuttler as it does to her coach Gopichand, who gestured the last instruction of the historic day, telling Sindhu to bite into the medal, as is tradition, as she stood on the podium, the picture of composure. The scene at the podium was a proud one, with one India, one Spanish and one Japanese leading the medal’s list in a game that China has come to whole-heartedly dominate.