Monthly Archives: March 2011

Polish Intl: Arundhati runs aground in semis

Podlaskie (Poland): Arundhati Pantwane’s stirring run in the Polish International Championships came to an end in the semifinals on Saturday. The Maharashtra player, who came through three rounds of qualifying and three successive three-setters in the first, second and third rounds, eventually fell to Ukraine’s third seed, Larisa Griga, in the semis. Griga went on to take the title on Sunday, beating Japan’s Yuka Kusunose 21-15 21-16. Spain’s second seed Pablo Abian took the men’s title, beating Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov 21-14 21-12. Continue reading

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Saina climbs up to No.3

Kuala Lumpur: Riding on her Swiss Open triumph, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has regained the number three place in the latest world ranking. Saina, who missed the Malaysian Super Series early in the year because of a ligament injury and then suffered quarterfinal exits at the Korean Open and the All England Championships, notched up her first title of the season in Switzerland last week. Continue reading

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GUTS Debate: Time for petroleum companies to compete as individual teams?

For a long time, the team event at the national championships has been reduced to a formality. The outcome is known even before the event starts – for the team event can be won only by one outfit – the PSPB (Petroleum Sports Promotion Board), which is actually a combined team drawn from all the petroleum companies. It is time to rethink the relevance of fielding a unified PSPB team. The PSPB boasts of every top player in the country, reducing the team event at the nationals to a formality, and robbing it of its competitive nature. Continue reading

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Badminton players attract whopping payoffs in IPL-style league

Pune: A mini badminton revolution was launched on Sunday in Pune – the birthplace of modern badminton. An IPL-style league finally took off, with the auction of 79 players – bringing some of them a windfall that they’d never have expected in their wildest dreams.
Doubles player Jishnu Sanyal attracted the maximum bid of a whopping Rs 81,000 –peanuts by cricket standards but huge money in badminton, for this involves matches over three weekends. Continue reading

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Saina scales Swiss peak

Basel: Saina Nehwal salvaged her early European season in the best way possible – by winning the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold on Sunday. Following a disappointing loss in the quarterfinals of the prestigious All England Super Series Premier in the last fortnight, Saina fought her way to the Swiss title – on the way defeating her All England conqueror, Eriko Hirose, in the second round. However, Saina regretted her below-par performance at the All England and said the Swiss title “would never compensate”. Continue reading

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Super Saina in Swiss final

Saina Nehwal powered into the final of the Swiss Open GP Gold on Saturday, making up for a disappointing show at the All England. Saina recovered from the loss of the second game to get past world No.9 Bae Young Joo of Korea 21-19 13-21 21-14 in just under an hour. Continue reading

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Swiss Open: Saina, Rupesh-Sanave steal the show

Basel: Saina Nehwal avenged her All England defeat to Eriko Hirose to enter the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open GP Gold, but an equally remarkable performance came in the men’s doubles. Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas stunned Danish pair and sixth seeds Mads-Conrad Petersen and Jonas Rasmussen to progress into the quarterfinals, alongside compatriots Saina and Ajay Jayaram. Continue reading

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