Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thomas/ Uber Cup: Indian eves disappoint against Japan

Nakornratchasima (Thailand), Feb 23: Chetan Anand shepherded the Indian men’s team to a 5-0 rout of Cambodia but the women shuttlers went down to Japan 1-4 despite Saina Nehwal’s victory over Ai Goto in the Thomas and Uber Cup Asia Zone qualifiers here on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Thomas/ Uber Cup: Saina leads India to surprise win over Hong Kong

Shocks Zhou Mi in first singles; India whitewash Lanka in Thomas Cup Nakornratchasima (Thailand), Feb 22: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal overcame her jinx against former world no.1 Zhou Mi to lead India to an impressive win over Hong Kong in … Continue reading

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Thomas/ Uber Cup: Indians confident

New Delhi, Feb 21: The Indian men’s team was upbeat about its chances in the Asian qualifiers for the Thomas Cup badminton championships, beginning Monday at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Continue reading

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Diju: It’s all about confidence

No Indian pair in history has reached the heights that Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta scaled during their dream year of 2009. Beginning the year ranked 38, the duo rocketed to No.7 on the back of some sensational results, including the defeat of world champions Nova Widianto/ Lilyana Natsir at the Korea Open Super Series. Most memorably, they ended the year on a high, returning with a silver at the season-ending World Super Series Masters Finals. Dev S Sukumar travelled to Diju’s hometown of Calicut and caught up with the affable Diju as he enjoyed a brief lull before another hectic season: Continue reading

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Indian badminton review 2009: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While Saina deserved all the attention she got, it was sad that the brilliant mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta did not attract the same media coverage. In fact, the Calicut-born Diju and Hyderabadi Jwala, who is the daughter of a Chinese mother and Telugu father, were exceptional in climbing from world No.38 in December 2008 to world No.7 in exactly one year Continue reading

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