Latest Badminton News and Articles

Saina can end title drought at India GP Gold (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 20 January 2014
Posted by Hits: 10220

India's number one badminton player Saina Nehwal has been awarded a relatively easy draw in the USD 120,000 India Grand Prix Gold tournament starting on Tuesday.

Saina Nehwal can make up for a poor 2013 with a title win on home soil at the USD 120,000 India Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament starting at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here Tuesday.Saina Nehwal has been pretty sluggish at the international stage lately.

This is top seed Saina's best chance to start the New Year with a title, given the relatively easy draw. After retiring at match-point from the first round here last season, the World No.8 could come out on top in the field dominated with local players.

The top seed will face Swedish World No.117 Matilda Petersen in Round 1 but her first real challenge will come in the quarterfinals where she is likely to take on Indonesian Bellaetrix Manuputty. Though Saina has a 3-0 record against the fifth seed, she has been struggling to find form and will have to bring out her best for a win.

Next up will be Thai third seed Nichaon Jindapon in the semis and Saina's 2-0 record will help her confidence against the Thai. If all goes well, the Olympic bronze medallist will be up against fellow Hyderabadi and second seed P.V. Sindhu in the final.

Though Saina has had two wins against the World Championship bronze medallist in the Indian Badminton League (IBL), they are yet to play in an official Badminton World Federation (BWF) tournament. Given the draw, this Sunday could spell out a dream final for badminton aficionados when both chief national coach Pullela Gopichand's star proteges face each other.

In the men's draw, defending champion Parupalli Kashyap has been seeded No.1. The World No.20 will face former national champion Anup Sridhar in the first round and if all goes according to seedings, Kashyap will be up against Mumbai's second seed Ajay Jayaram in the final.

  • No comments found



Google Plus

Replays: China Open 2015

2015 China Open Badminton Videos

Watch Replays

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Lee Chong Wei beats Ng Ka Long to meet Tian Houwei in Hong Kong Open final

Hong Kong: Unseeded former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei put on

Yu Xiaohan provisionally suspended by BWF

Kuala Lumpur: In a statement released by the Badminton World

Lee Hyun Il, Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na in Korea Masters final

Jeonju City: In a scintillating display of badminton, 35-yea

Historic ranking milestone for Zhao Yunlei/Zhang Nan

Kuala Lumpur: It's getting hard to keep track of all the mix

Lin Dan displays smoking hot body to promote his own line of underwear collection

Beijing: HOT! HOT! HOT! Lin Dan shows off his super fit and

Lee Chong Wei is back! (video)

By: When He Loses, You Stay With Him!Wh

Recommended badminton news for you