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For a long time, we have a world class player in this game. I searched for a thread related to this sport. Couldn't find one. So i dedicate this thread to that world class player "SAINA NEHWAL"



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There are several other players who are in top 20 and were qualified for London Olympics 2012. They are Jwala Gutta, V. Diju, Ashwini Ponappa and Parupalli Kashyap.

Kashyap is currently qualified for semis in Indonesian Open 2012 beating No.1 ranked (in this tournament) Long Chen en-route to semis.

 

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Kashyap falters at semifinals of Indonesia Open

Kashyap falters at semifinals of Indonesia Open

Olympic-bound Indian shuttler P.Kashyap failed to cross the semifinal hurdle of Indonesia Super Series Premier after suffering a straight-game defeat against world number nine Simon Santoso in the men’s singles competition in Jakarta today.

By the way, Saina moved to final in the same tournament.
 

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Saina Nehwal wins the Indonesia Open


Olympic-bound Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal displayed nerves of steel to clinch her third Indonesia Open Super Series title after beating China's Xuerui Li in a see-saw summit clash in Jakarta on Sunday.

The fifth seed, who had won the Thailand Open last week, defeated Li 13-21 22-20 21-19 in an hour and four minutes to lift her third title of the year.

"It was a really, really tough and I love the crowd here. It's really nice here. Whenever I enter the court, I feel like a champion here," said the world number five 22-year-old, who has earlier clinched the title in 2009 and 2010.

It was a battle of attrition for Saina against an opponent to whom she had lost four times and won just once --that too way back in 2010 -- previously.

The start was ominous for Saina as she conceded four successive points. The two players seemed engaged in a battle of smashes and were at par with each other when it came to baseline rallies.

But it was the netplay in which Li enjoyed the upperhand with her delicate winners that Saina found hard to counter in the opening game.

Li took an 11-6 lead with her seventh smash winner of the game leaving Saina with a lot of catching up to do. The Chinese girl's strategy was to engage Saina in aggressive baseline rallies before forcing her to commit errors from close range.

The exhaustion of a couple of hard-fought matches in the previous rounds also showed on Saina's on-court movement and her returns seemed sluggish.

The Indian could not breach the lead that Li had taken at the very start and although the Chinese floundered a bit in the middle of the game, Saina failed to capitalise and lost the opener in 15 minutes. In all, Li sent down 13 smash winners against Saina's eight.

Li's superior netplay clinched seven points for her while Saina settled for just four in the opening game.

In the second game, Saina staged a recovery and finally got into the lead at 7-4 after a couple of miscued shots by the fourth seeded Li at the far court.

Fortunes fluctuated sharply in the exhausting second game. An erratic Saina, who led 11-7 and 18-14 at one stage, lost her way for a while before saving a championship point at 18-20 and going on to win the game and stay afloat in the match.

Saina played to her strength, smashing 16 winners as Li's baseline game became erratic even though she kept breathing down the Indian's neck all through.

Statistically, there was hardly anything to separate the two players, but a few errors in judgement by Li proved decisive.

Pumped up after equalising, Saina started off dominantly in the decisive third game and took a 5-2 lead. But after that it became a see-saw battle with Saina trailing 10-11 at break. But the Indian managed to nose ahead, grabbing a 19-16 lead.

However, Saina let slip a championship point before clinching the game, match and the trophy when Li smashed a backhand stroke into the net.
http://sports.ndtv.com/othersports/...s-the-indonesia-open?pfrom=home-lateststories
 

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At the age of 18, Saina Nehwal entered the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Four years later, this champion shuttler from Hyderabad is determined to live up to her billing as India’s best medal hope at the London Olympics.

Saina took a break from her hectic training schedule to share a few thoughts.

Q: How are your preparations for the London Olympics?

A: It’s really going well at the Gopi Chand Academy (Hyderabad), as I am availing of world class facilities under the watchful eyes of coach Gopi Sir. I am also grateful to my fellow trainees who are going all out to support me.

Q: What are the areas you are focusing on?

A: It was a shot in the arm that I won two major events recently — the Thailand and the Indonesian Open. I have proved that the Chinese are no longer unbeatable. But, we (Gopi Sir and I) did spot some areas like stamina and speed which needed greater attention and I am working hard on them.

Q: What makes the Olympics different from any other Super Series event?

A: Well, it is like the final examination for any athlete. There is a different kind of pressure in the Olympics. The sense of national pride and prestige are two major factors here.

Q: What, in your opinion, are your strong points?

A: It is difficult to be specific about this. But, definitely, my performances in the last four years are an indication that I can do better now. I am better in coming back from seemingly lost positions. This is a major plus point. Then my fitness level is at its best.

Q: What is it like to be rated the best medal hope from India in badminton?

A: In fact, all five of us from India (Gutta Jwala, Ashwini Ponnappa, V. Diju and P. Kashyap) will be there in London because we are the best from India. It is a nice feeling, but also not easy to live up to.

Q: What factor separates an Olympic medal winner from a Super Series champion?

A: I don’t think there is too much difference. Only the good performers will be in the Olympics and, like in any big event, you have to be consistent right through. You cannot afford to have an off-day. Everyone dreams big, here.
 

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Hyderabad: Placed 22nd in the world rankings P Kashyap is aware of the tough challenge that awaits him in the upcoming Olympics, but the ace Indian shuttler still feels he has a good chance of finishing on the podium in London, courtesy his recent good showings on international stage.
Kashyap made it to men's singles semi-finals of this year's Indonesia Open in Jakarta after upsetting world number three Chen Long of China and world number 16 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark, and riding on this performances he is hoping to create history in London.
"I have been doing well this year. I have been improving in every tournament. I beat a couple of world top 10 players (this year). My ranking is also improving steadily. I am hopeful that I will do well in Olympics," Kashyap said.

"My expectation is to win a medal for my country (in the Olympics), and I think I have a chance. After my recent performances, I think I stand a good chance," he added.
With a good outing in the Olympics, Kashyap is also hoping to break into the top 10 rankings this year.
"I want to reach the top 10 rankings. That is my aim," said Kashyap, who edged past compatriot Ajay Jayaram to qualify for the London Olympics after Chen Jin of China gave him a walk over in the quarter-finals of the India Open Super Series.
"But I have not set any time-frame. I would like to achieve the feat this year. I have played in two semi-finals in the Super Series events and if I continue to play like this my rankings will also improve," Kashyap said.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist shuttler credited his mentor and national coach Pullela Gopichand for his rise on the world stage.
"We are lucky to have Gopi sir as our coach. He is very hard working and passionate. The credit goes to him for all my good results," Kashyap insisted.
"I am trying to improve in all areas. My game is basically attacking, so errors happen in such situations. But my effort now is to cut down on errors and try to play long rallies," he said.
He said he is working hard on his fitness during the three weeks in the run-up to the Olympics.
Asked about the prospects of other Indian shuttlers in the London Olympics, Kashyap said: "I think Saina (Nehwal) obviously stands a good chance. She is in very good form."
 

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From being an unknown junior to representing India at the Olympics, Ashwini Ponnappa has come a long way in the last four years and the ace shuttler believes she and her partner Jwala Gutta have a bright chance of winning a medal at London Games.

Ashwini started playing with Jwala only in 2009 but the pair soon achieved success, winning the Commonwealth Games gold and bronze in World Championship at Wimbley arena in

London, the same venue where badminton events will be held

during the London Olympics.

“We have been practicing hard every morning and evening under (Syed Mohammed) Arif sir at the Lal Bahadur Shastri

Indoor Stadium and Edwin (Iriawan) at Gachibowli and I think we have a good chance of winning a medal,” she said.

“Arif sir is very patient and Edwin has also been pushing us hard and we believe we have the capability to win a medal at the Games. We know we can do it and we are focussing on the job but it is a process and we have to go through that, we really want to come back with a medal,” she added.

Asked about the areas they are working on, Ashwini said: “I am working on my drops and strokes from the back and court movement, while Jwala has been putting a lot of hard work on her fitness. She has been dieting and lost a lot of wait.”

It is just 17 days to go for the London Games and Ashwini said she is excited to be a part of the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

“I'm looking forward to it. It would be a great experience with all the athletes at a place and the world watching you,” said Ashwini.

Asked whom she is looking forward to meeting, the 24-year-old from Bangalore said: “Though I would want to meet all of them but it won't be possible. So may be Roger Federer, especially after his Wimbledon triumph and Usian Bolt.”
 

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Saina nehwal wins Bronze Medal!! once again a Hyderabadi!!
 

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This isn't the way that I would have liked to see her win by. One can speculate however much he/she likes but the evidence shows that the chinese lady was winning. Saina should be grateful to the gods that she got lucky by way of the injury. But that makes her lucky and not necessarily the better one.

Also, the sort of statements that the she lady is making are just lame. She is now saying that age has defeated six-seven chinese people and they fear her. How stupid.
 

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^^We all know how dearly you love India. You dont need to puke it out anywhere and everywhere.
 

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This isn't the way that I would have liked to see her win by. One can speculate however much he/she likes but the evidence shows that the chinese lady was winning. Saina should be grateful to the gods that she got lucky by way of the injury. But that makes her lucky and not necessarily the better one.

Also, the sort of statements that the she lady is making are just lame. She is now saying that age has defeated six-seven chinese people and they fear her. How stupid.
Did you watch the match?
 

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Sindhu shocks London Olympics gold medallist Xueru



Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu continued her giant-killing run in the Li Ning China Masters Super Series, shocking London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China, to storm into the women's singles semi-finals on Friday.


The world No 24, the lone Indian woman in the fray in the absence of star compatriot Saina Nehwal, beat the second seed 21-19, 9-21, 21-16 in a tense contest that lasted 45 minutes.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta congratulated Sindhu on her achievement.

"This is a big thing for Indian badminton. This will definitely inspire a lot of youngsters to take up the sport in the country," said Das Gupta.

Meanwhile, Ajay Jayaram came from a game behind to beat compatriot Sourabh Varma 12-21, 21-14, 21-16 in a quarter-final battle that lasted 49 minutes.

RMV Gurusaidutt of india, however, crashed out of the tournament, going down to the top seed Long Chen of China 8-21, 12-21 in another quarter-finals of the men's singles.

In what is the biggest victory in her fledgling career, Sindhu turned out to be the more aggressive, scoring as many as 26 smash winners compared to 20 by the world No 3-ranked Chinese.

The net game was a close affair, though, the Indian scoring nine points against the Xuerui's eight.

Sindhu came into the match high on confidence, having got the better of world No 14 and eighth seed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in the pre-quarter-finals.

The 17-year-old Indian will now take on the winner of the match between Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand and fourth seed Yanjiao Jiang of China next.

The young Indian straightaway opened a 3-0 lead and then increased it to 6-1 in the opening game before the Chinese reduced the gap to 6-7. Sindhu maintained the lead, but Xuerui drew on all her experience to reduce it to 18-19.

It looked like Sindhu would wither under intense pressure, but she admirably held her nerves to take the first game 21-19.

Xuerui, however, came back strongly and dictated terms in the second game.

The Chinese was 8-0 up in no time and then extended the lead to 14-1 before making it 20-5.

Sindhu covered a bit of lost ground by winning four straight points but it was too little and too late as Xuerui took the second game 21-9.

Despite being outplayed in the second game, Sindhu showed that she can compete at the highest level by winning the decider and wrapping up the match.

She led the Chinese 14-7 and 19-13 before Xuerui made a last-ditch effort and reduced the gap to 16-19. However, the Indian took two more points to script a famous victory.
 

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Mean while ajay jayram of india has also advanced to semi finals of china masters,
he beats Indian compatriot Sourabh Verma in three games to advance to the semi-finals.
ajay jayram(IND) ----- 12 21 21
sourabh sharma(IND)-- 21 14 16



P.V Sindhu will now play against fourth seeded yanjiao jiang of china in semi-finals.
Ajay will take on the winner of the match between Bin Qiao of China and Hong Kong's Yun Hu.

gurusai dutt of india lost his quater final match against top seeded long chen of china.

FUTURE OF INDIA IS VERY BRILLIANT,WITH THE LIKES OF SAINA NEHWAL,P.V SINDHU,P.KASHAYAP,PONNAPA,J.GUTTA,VIJU,JAYRAM ETC.ETC.
GOPICHAND HAS DID TRMENDOUS JOB FOR INDIAN BADMINTON, HIS ACADEMY IS RELEASING SOME WORLD CLASS PLAYERS. INDIA WILL BE RECOGNISED AS STRONG BADMINTON NATION IN NEAR FUTURE. :banana::banana::banana:
 

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Li Ning China Masters Super Series-Semifinals
P.V Sindhu v/s Yanjiao Jiang(CHN)-11.00 A.M(IST)
Ajay Jayaram v/s Yun Hu(HONG KONG)-to follow after Sindhu's match
V.K


 
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