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Peter Gade: ‘It still hurts when I lose’

Peter Gade talks to Dev S Sukumar about the evolution of badminton, and his own decade-long career Continue reading

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Memories of the All England

There couldn’t have been a more fitting finale to the 100th All England Open Badminton Championships on Sunday. Denmark’s Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen saved four match points against compatriots Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen to win the men’s doubles title 26-24 in the third game, bringing to an end one of the most thrilling tournaments in recent times. Continue reading

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Taufik takes a stroll

March 12: Around half-an-hour after he lost a gut-wrenching battle to old friend and rival Peter Gade, 20-22 22-20 22-20, Taufik Hidayat quietly made his way out of the NIA. A trainer accompanied him, but neither said a word. Continue reading

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Another day in the office for Saina Nehwal

Beyond the glamour of the five-star receptions and state honours and television interviews, Saina Nehwal braces. It’s early yet, just 8am on a bitterly cold morning in Birmingham, and she will have to wait until evening to take on her opponent for a place in the All England semifinal. It’s going to be another tough day; the kind that has defined her playing life — and far removed from the images that she has been associated with as a top star in badminton. Continue reading

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Food for thought from Anna Rice

The international badminton circuit is a mostly insular one; few bother or express concern over what happens outside it. The only exceptions so far have been Saina Nehwal’s friend and former doubles partner, Anna Rice, and her husband and fellow-international Bobby Milroy Continue reading

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Saina fights her way into quarters

March 11: Saina Nehwal powered into the quarterfinals of the All England Badminton Championships, but not without withstanding a fiesty challenge from a relatively-unknown Korean. Her 21-11 22-20 result over Bae Seung Hee gives her a date with either Julianne Schenk of Germany or qualifier Bae Youn Joo, also of Korea. Continue reading

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Diary: Popularising the All England

March 10: The first two days of the All England have attracted fairly large crowds, a surprise since the qualifying and first round days are generally ignored at most tournaments. Apart from the general interest caused by the 100th anniversary, Badminton England has ensured that young spectators are kept engaged by some innovative methods. Continue reading

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