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Tough opener for Saina at All England

Ten years after an Indian last won the world’s most famous badminton tournament, his protégé will attempt to repeat that feat. The 101st All England Open Badminton Championship begins at the picturesque National Indoor Arena, Birmingham on Tuesday, and among several contenders will be world No.5 Saina Nehwal. 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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Diju: It’s all about confidence

No Indian pair in history has reached the heights that Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta scaled during their dream year of 2009. Beginning the year ranked 38, the duo rocketed to No.7 on the back of some sensational results, including the defeat of world champions Nova Widianto/ Lilyana Natsir at the Korea Open Super Series. Most memorably, they ended the year on a high, returning with a silver at the season-ending World Super Series Masters Finals. Dev S Sukumar travelled to Diju’s hometown of Calicut and caught up with the affable Diju as he enjoyed a brief lull before another hectic season: Continue reading

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Indian badminton review 2009: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While Saina deserved all the attention she got, it was sad that the brilliant mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta did not attract the same media coverage. In fact, the Calicut-born Diju and Hyderabadi Jwala, who is the daughter of a Chinese mother and Telugu father, were exceptional in climbing from world No.38 in December 2008 to world No.7 in exactly one year Continue reading

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Jwala, Chetan sign up with Li Ning

Aug 8: China-based badminton company Li Ning announced its entry into the Indian market with a smart move ahead of the World Championships, signing up top Indian players Chetan Anand and Jwala Gutta on Saturday. The contract, which extends for two years for an undisclosed amount, will mean that the high-profile couple will use Li Ning’s equipment and playing gear when not turning out for team events. Most significantly, it is for the first time that top Indian players have moved away from market leader Yonex, which sponsors the national badminton team. Continue reading

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