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Jr ABC: Zulkiffli outclasses Sameer

Lucknow: Sameer Verma had to settle for the silver medal as he lost to the superior second-seeded Malaysian Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the boys’ singles final of the Badminton Asia youth under-19 championships at the U.P. Badminton Academy courts, Gomti Nagar, here on Saturday. Continue reading

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Sameer powers into Asian Jr final

Sameer Verma became only the second Indian ever in the final of the Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 Championships, defeating Liu Kai of China at the UP Badminton Academy hall at Lucknow on Friday. However, compatriot PV Sindhu fell in the semis, to Sun Yu, also of China. Continue reading

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Sindhu, Sameer crash Chinese party

Lucknow: PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma did India proud by entering the semifinals of Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 Championships. Remarkably, both beat Chinese opponents to make the last four. Continue reading

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Porntip delights in India Open win

New Delhi: The inaugural India Open Superseries could not have asked for better ambassadors to emerge champions at the end of the week. Lee Chong Wei, the world’s best player, and the young-and-coming Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand walked away with the singles crowns on a memorable final day. Japan took two gold (men’s and women’s doubles), while Indonesia won the mixed doubles. Continue reading

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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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