Monthly Archives: January 2011

Chong Wei falls short yet again

Seoul (Korea): Three-time world champion Lin Dan’s stranglehold over the men’s game in badminton continued with a win over world No.1 Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Korea Open Premier Super Series on Sunday. Chong Wei, who just last week had won his homeMalaysia Open for the seventh time, forced the match into three games but could not get past his nemesis, falling 21-19 14-21 21-16 in an hour and 14 minutes. Continue reading

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Jwala/Ashwini crash to Qing Tian/Yunlei

Seoul (Korea): The Indian challenge at the Korea Open Premier Super Series ended with the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa falling to a Chinese pair in the quarterfinals. Jwala and Ashwini were packed off by eighth seeds Qing Tian and Zhao Yunlei 21-16 21-15 in exactly half-an-hour. The Korea Open is the first million dollar prize money event in badminton. Continue reading

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Saina falls; Jwala-Ashwini in quarters

Incheon (Korea): Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were the only Indians remaining at the Korea Open Premier Super Series at the end of the second round on Thursday. Jwala and Ashwini took nearly an hour to quell the challenge of Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa and enter the quarterfinals, but fourth seeded Indian Saina Nehwal unexpectedly fell to the unseeded Japanese Sayaka Sato, whom she had beaten in the final of the Indonesia Open Super Series last year. Sato beat the Indian 17-21 21-19 21-11 in 53 minutes. Continue reading

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Korea Premier SS: Saina in 2nd round

Incheon (Korea): Saina Nehwal entered the second round of the Korea Open Super Series with a hard-fought win over Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. The 19-21 21-14 22-20 win gave her a match-up with Japan’s Sayaka Sato. Continue reading

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Thoughts of the Malaysian Open…

Few experiences match the high of Kuala Lumpur. Sometimes words are so inadequate. Wei Loon, whom I’d met at the Denmark Open, was waiting for me at 1am at the KL airport. He put me up at his mother’s place; it was a 45-minute drive. The next day I met Michael, and he suggested I shift to a room at his academy because it’d be easier to travel to the stadium. Continue reading

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Aditi Mutatkar fulfils dream

Rohtak (Haryana): Pune girl Aditi Mutatkar finally accomplished her long-sought dream, winning the women’s singles title at the National Badminton Championships in a tense final here on Monday.
Mutatkar, who has been in the shadows of her more illustrious compatriot Saina Nehwal and senior pro Trupti Murgunde, finally grabbed her opportunity, coming back from the brink of defeat to overcome Arundhati Pantwane of Maharashtra 19-21 23-21 21-15. Continue reading

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Arvind to take on Kashyap in final

Rohtak (Haryana): Bangalore boy Arvind Bhat and Hyderabad’s P Kashyap will face off for the men’s singles title at the National Badminton Championships here on Sunday. In semifinal action, 2008 champion Arvind Bhat overcame Saurabh Verma, who had in the quarterfinals upset reigning champion Chetan Anand, while Kashyap weathered a stiff challenge from city-mate Sai Praneeth, 18-21 21-14 21-19. Continue reading

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