Monthly Archives: April 2011

Porntip weaves web around Yip

Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, she of the unpronounceable name, stole the hearts of badminton aficionados on the semifinals day of the India Open Superseries. The 19-year-old Thai entered the final after tying the attacking Yip Pui Yin in knots with an immaculate display of deceptive badminton. Porntip will take on Bae Youn Joo of Korea in the final on Sunday.
In the men’s singles, 34-year-old Peter Gade staved off Park Sung Hwan, while No.1 Lee Chong Wei looks set for his third Superseries title this year after breezing past Hu Yun. Continue reading

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Sourabh, Guru Sai run out of steam

New Delhi: After an upset-laden beginning to the India Open Superseries, the quarterfinals followed the seedings on Friday. World No.1 Lee Chong Wei and No.3 Peter Gade progressed into the semifinals; the one minor blip being that of No.2 Taufik Hidayat, in his loss to former Asian champion Park Sung Hwan. Continue reading

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Shock loss for Saina, but Sourabh stuns Sony

New Delhi: India suffered a massive heartbreak on the second day of the India Open Superseries, with home favourite Saina Nehwal crashing out, but two local hopefuls salvaged the day with unlikely wins. While world number four and top seed Saina Nehwal of India crashed out 21-17 21-19 to Japan’s Ai Goto in the first round, her compatriots Sourabh Verma and Guru Sai Dutt pulled off impressive wins. Sourabh dumped former Olympic bronze medalist Sony Dwi Kuncoro, while Guru scalped world No.5 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand. Continue reading

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Tago shot down by Sourabh Verma

New Delhi: Sourabh Verma, a young prodigy unknown outside a small bunch of Indian badminton followers, continued his sensational run at the India Open Superseries by dumping out seventh seed Kenichi Tago of Japan in the second round on Wednesday. Verma’s fellow-trainee at the Gopichand Academy, Guru Sai Dutt, joined him in the quarterfinals with a 21-13 14-21 21-13 result over Belgium’s Tan Yuhan. Continue reading

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Praneeth, Anup make the main draw

New Delhi: India’s brightest young stars made it to the main draw of the India Open Superseries at the Siri Fort Complex here on Tuesday. Among those who qualified were Sourabh Verma and world junior semifinalists HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth. Anup Sridhar, attempting a comeback into national reckoning, also made it to the main draw. Continue reading

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Asian C’ships: Indians bite the dust

Chengdu (China): The Indian challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships fizzled out on Wednesday, with only the mixed doubles pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan remaining in the fray thanks to a walkover. Continue reading

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