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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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‘I broke the jinx’, says Saina Nehwal

The adjustments have been made, the barriers in the mind have been scaled. At Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Saina Nehwal gave the classic display, one that moved the pioneer of the ‘Indian style’ of playing, Prakash Padukone, to remark that it would serve as a “model” to young players. Continue reading

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Saina and the making of a new world order

Not in recent memory has an Indian attracted such popular enthusiasm; some minds harked back to the days of Prakash Padukone’s reign at the top in the early 1980s. In the event, as Saina took the title rather easily, becoming the first Indian to win a world title, some parallels could be drawn with Padukone, who won the Indian Masters in this city in 1981. Continue reading

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The Dragon arrives

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