• Kidambi Srikanth gets words of encouragement from cricket legend

    New Delhi: Set to be bestowed with the Arjuna award, ace India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth said that the prestigious honour in addition to some encouraging words by legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has made him hungrier to scale new heights.

    Srikanth, who created a number of records this season and also broke into the top-5, revealed that he was recently told by Tendulkar that he would become number one soon.Kidambi Srikanth is the next breakthrough player to watch out for.

    Kidambi Srikanth is the next breakthrough player to watch out for.

  • P V Sindhu off to winning start at World Championships

    Jakarta: Two-time bronze medallist, P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth started their campaign at the world badminton championships with contrasting victories in the women’s and men’s singles competition respectively Jakarta on Tuesday. The 11th seed, Sindhu, who clinched the bronze medal in 2013 and 2014 editions, had to dig deep into her reservoir of talent to outwit Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt 11-21 21-17 21-16 in a 50-minute match. The World No. 13 Indian had spent most of the time this season nursing an injury and had been struggling for form.P V Sindhu is the rising star to watch out for in 2015 World Championships.

    P V Sindhu is the rising star to watch out for in 2015 World Championships.

  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth aim for medals at World Championship

    Jakarta: Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will be at the forefront as a strong Indian badminton contingent look to create a flutter at the World Championships, starting in Jakarta on Monday.Saina Nehwal looks to an impressive run at BWF World Championships in Jakarta.

    Saina Nehwal looks to an impressive run at BWF World Championships in Jakarta.

  • Lee Chong Wei heads to Jakarta with boosted confidence

    Kuala Lumpur:  With four days to go before the start of the 2015 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships, the badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is feeling confident heading into Jakarta, Indonesia.

    "Unlike past years, this year is very different for me, because I am not seeded in the tournament. There is no pressure on me, and I am looking forward to great matches at the world meet," said Chong Wei.Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

    Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

  • Financial aid to be given to 4 shuttlers at Gopichand academy

    New Delhi: As part of its Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, the Sports Ministry of India has decided to provide financial assistance to the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, where four shuttlers are currently training under the programme.

    The four players are Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and RMV Gurusaidutt.Kidambi Srikanth (left) with coach Pullela Gopichand

    Kidambi Srikanth (left) with coach Pullela Gopichand

  • Indonesian Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth in 2nd round

    Jakarta: All the Indian shuttlers, including World No.1 Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, barring P.V. Sindhu, progressed to the round-of-16 of the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here on Wednesday.Saina Nehwal will be seen in action on Thursday

    Saina Nehwal will be seen in action on Thursday

  • Saina Nehwal in Australian Open quarters, K. Srikanth out

    Sydney: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal notched up a hard-fought three-game win over China’s Sun Yu to emerge as the lone Indian survivor in Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament on Thursday.Saina Nehwal is a big threat to Chinese women's team in Australian Open

    Saina Nehwal is a big threat to Chinese women's team in Australian Open

  • Lee Chong Wei still World No. 46 after Sudirman Cup? It's confusing!

    Kuala Lumpur: Despite being able to pull off strong comebacks by defeating world No. 34 Lee Dong Keun, world No. 4 Kidambi Srikanth, and world No. 5 Son Wan Ho at the 2015 Sudirman Cup, it's very confusing to see Lee Chong Wei to still remained at world No. 46 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that updated on Thursday, May 21, 2015.Picture 1: Lee Chong Wei's BWF rankings for the week of May,14,2015

    Picture 1: Lee Chong Wei's BWF rankings for the week of May,14,2015

  • Saina Nehwal seeded No.2 for Australian Open Super Series

    Sydney: Indian shuttler and defending champion Saina Nehwal is returning to Sydney to defend her Australian Open title where she clinched last year's women's singles crown by defeating Spaniard Carolina Marin. Saina has been seeded No. 2 in the women's singles event to be played at Sydney from May 26 to 31, 2015.Saina Nehwal faces huge challenge in defending her Australian Open title

    Saina Nehwal faces huge challenge in defending her Australian Open title

  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth win maiden India Open Super Series

    New Delhi: Sunday was a huge day for Indian badminton where their home shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective India Open Super Series titles in front of a capacity home crowd in New Delhi.

    Saina Nehwal who became the first Indian women shuttler to ever achieve world number one ranking, got the better off former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand by winning 21-16 21-14 in 49 minutes.Congratulations to Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth for winning their maiden India Open title (photo: AFP)

    Congratulations to Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth for winning their maiden India Open title (photo: AFP)

  • India Open: Viktor Axelsen, Kidambi Srikanth to face off in final

    New Delhi: When he stunned the Chinese superstar Lin Dan to a 21-17, 15-21, 21-18 victory in 78 minutes in the men's singles quarter-final on Friday, Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia suddenly became the hot favorite to win this year's India Open Super Series. Unfortunately, it was a sad end to the Indonesian on Saturday when he was forced to retire from the tournament after suffering a lower back injury when playing Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men's singles semi-final.Viktor Axelsen has a bright future ahead of him (photo: scanpix)

    Viktor Axelsen has a bright future ahead of him (photo: scanpix)

  • Tommy Sugiarto shocks Lin Dan to reach India Open semis

    New Delhi: Indonesian shuttler Tommy Sugiarto fought off the heat and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan of China on Friday to advance to the semi-final at the India Open.Tommy Sugiarto dropping to his knees to celebrate his India Open victory over Lin Dan. (Photo: S. Subramanium)

    Tommy Sugiarto dropping to his knees to celebrate his India Open victory over Lin Dan. (Photo: S. Subramanium)

  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth advance at India Open

    New Delhi: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and P Kashyap reached the second round while young Sameer Verma created the biggest upset of the day by stunning World No. 9 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus at the USD 275,000 Yonex Sunrise India Super Series badminton tournament on Wednesday.Saina Nehwal could become the new No.1 women’s singles player in badminton by end of this week (photo: Saina Nehwal's twitter)

    Saina Nehwal could become the new No.1 women’s singles player in badminton by end of this week (photo: Saina Nehwal's twitter)

  • Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth gear up for India Open

    New Delhi: Avenging her All England loss to Spain's Carolina Marin and clinching the World No. 1 status will be on her mind when ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal leads the home challenge in the Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series which gets underway with the qualifiers on Tuesday.Saina Nehwal (left) and Carolina Marin could play their way into the world No.1 spot at the India Open Super Series.

    Saina Nehwal (left) and Carolina Marin could play their way into the world No.1 spot at the India Open Super Series.

  • Cash reward for Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth

    New Delhi: Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta on Tuesday announced a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh each to World No. 2 Saina Nehwal and Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap for their impressive performance on the international stage.Saina Nehwal has become the biggest threat to the Chinese women's singles team

    Saina Nehwal has become the biggest threat to the Chinese women's singles team

  • Kidambi Srikanth, Lu Kai/Cai Yun lift Swiss Open

    Basel: With four out of five events went down to the wire, Sunday's Swiss Open finals could go down as one of the most exciting finals in Swiss Open history.

    World No. 4 Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who created a major upset in the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by beating five-time World champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan, showed nerves of steel on Sunday to prevail over his Danish opponent Viktor Alexson who ranked sixth in the world, winning 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 in the thrilling summit clash of the USD 120,000 event as the contest lasted 47 minutes.Goh V Shem (pink shirt left)/Tan Wee Kiong put up a good fight before beaten by Cai Yun (blue shirt left)/Lu Kai at Swiss Open final

    Goh V Shem (pink shirt left)/Tan Wee Kiong put up a good fight before beaten by Cai Yun (blue shirt left)/Lu Kai at Swiss Open final

  • Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, Kidambi Srikanth in Swiss Open finals

    Basel: As Malaysia's sole representatives in the men's doubles, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were pushed hard by Indonesian pair Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo before booking the Swiss Open final berths on Sunday.Kidambi Srikanth beats Jayaram to reach Swiss Open final (photo: Swiss Badminton Open)

    Kidambi Srikanth beats Jayaram to reach Swiss Open final (photo: Swiss Badminton Open)

  • Swiss Open: Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem, Kidambi Srikanth in semis

    Basel: Malaysia's men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong have cruised to the 2015 Swiss Open semi-finals after defeating Japan's Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko 23-21, 21-18 at the quarter-finals of Swiss Open on Friday.Hope that Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong can pull through at the Swiss Open

    Hope that Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong can pull through at the Swiss Open

  • Kidambi Srikanth leads Indian team into 3rd round of Swiss Open

    Basel: Top seed Kidambi Srikanth along with other Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and B Sai Praneeth entered the third round of the USD 120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship on Wednesday.B Sai Praneeth is one of the rising badminton stars from India (photo: Badminton Swiss Open)

    B Sai Praneeth is one of the rising badminton stars from India (photo: Badminton Swiss Open)

  • Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho, Saina Nehwal win India Masters

    Lucknow: In an action-packed final day of Syed Modi India Masters, 27-year-old  Amelia Alicia Anscelly and 26-year-old Soong Fie Cho of Malaysia upset compatriot top seeds Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei 22-20, 21-15 to win their first title since the 2013,2014 Iran International Challenge.

    "We've played together for 3 years, and this is the biggest title we've won so far. We hope we can keep playing well to qualify for the 2016 Olympics," said Amelia.Vivian Hoo (yellow shirt, left) / Woon Khe Wei on the podium with Soong Fie Cho (black shirt, left) - Amelia Alicia Anscelly

    Vivian Hoo (yellow shirt, left) / Woon Khe Wei on the podium with Soong Fie Cho (black shirt, left) - Amelia Alicia Anscelly

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