Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk creates history by winning his first Superseries Premier Title in Denmark!

Dear All,

Recently concluded Denmark open has new men’s singles champion this time. Relatively unknown player from Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk took the world by storm to enter into his maiden Superseries Premier final. He became the Thailand’s first player to win a Superseries title in men’s singles category. It was a nice gesture from him when he dedicated the victory to Thai king who passed away recently.

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Japanese young sensation Akane Yamaguchi won the women’s singles title this time. Having won the Korea open, this is her second consecutive title of the year. In coming years she is THE player to look out for. What a temperament this girl has!

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Winners are:

Women’s doubles – Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi

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Mixed doubles – Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen

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Indians at Denmark open

In the history of Danish open till now, only two Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Prakash Padukone have won this title.

As far as 2016 Danish open Indian performance is concerned H.S. Prannoy fought bravely in the second set of the second round against world number 1 Lee Chong Wei.  Ajay Jayaram too lost in the second round of the tournament. P.V. Sindhu produced the similar result.

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Korea Open Badminton Super series 2016!

Dear readers,

Korea open 2016 badminton super series tournament is concluded recently at Seoul, South Korea. This is Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) eighth super series tournament. Do read my earlier post on BWF here.

Well… Koreans took all the trophies in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles event while men’s single title went to Quia Bin of China and Japanese young sensation Akane Yamaguchi won the  women’s singles championship.

More than anything else this tournament will be remembered for the retirement of Korean men’s doubles specialist Lee Yong Dae. This was his last tournament of his career.  One thing I am still not getting, why on earth at the mere age of 28 he wants to retire? Especially when veterans like Lin Dan and Lee chong Wei are still there and going so strong. Lee Yong Dae holds the world number one ranking in doubles.He has won olympic medals in mixed and men’s doubles events. I do wish him all the best for his new plans and future. Winning the Korea Open is perfect bid adieu for this Korean Hero!

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Do watch out for Denmark open super series tournament from 18th October 2016 on wards. Thank you.

Record 6th time win for Lee Chong Wei at 2016 Japan Open!

Dear Readers,

Japan Open is one of the BWF’s super series tournaments, held in Tokyo, Japan.

Do read my earlier post on BWF super series tournaments here.

Well… Let us get started with the updates from 2016 Japan Open.

Lee Chong Wei has won this title for the record 6th time. In the 70 minute thrilling battle against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, Lee emerged as winner with the score of 21-18, 15-21, 21-16.

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After winning the title , Lee said that he is so proud to be a winner for the 6th time and he is going to cherish this win and hopes that no will break his record. Lee is Olympic silver medal winner in Rio Olympic. The Malaysian has won three Superseries this year — in Malaysia, Indonesia and now Japan .

It was Jorgensen who started well in the first game, Lee started bit slowly initially but still managed to take the opener. Jorgensen kept coming hard and thus he won the second game by 15-21. The match went for the decider. With 6-2 lead in the third game, it looked like Jorgensen is going to be the winner but Lee fought back to take the score to 17-16. It was very crucial moment and Jorgensen started making mistakes which cost him and finally Lee took the decider by 21-16.

It was Rio Olympic  final repeat match for Women’s doubles player but this time Danish pair Christinna Pedersen and  Kamilla Rytter Juhl emerged victorious against  Japanese world number one Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo. Japanese pair took the first game by 21 -19. The second game went to Danish women and they took it by 21-18 and  decider was one-sided affair with the score of 21-12 Overall it was high-intensity match with long rallies. It was a good treat for the spectators like us.

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It was the first super series title for 19 year Chinese player He Bingjiao.  She is currently ranked 13th in the world. In the final, she won against her own country woman sun Yu by 21-14, 7-21, 21-18.  Despite being down 0-7 in the third game, she did not lose her calm and played brilliantly to win her first superseries title in her first attempt.It was good to see Chinese dominance.

Men’s doubles match was not something you would have anticipated. The young Chinese player Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen dominated from the start to their Korean opponents.Koreans Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Gi Jung lost the one-sided match by 21-12,21-12 in straight games in just 37 minutes.

The trouble did not end there for Ko Sung Hyun. He and his mixed doubles partner Kim Ha Na were outclassed by  Chinese Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in just over 30 minutes by 21-10 21-15.

As far as Indian performance is concerned, Srikanth Kidambi’s quest for the title ended in the quarterfinal.

 

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Queen Of Indian Badminton – Saina Nehwal!

“Nothing bigger than standing on the Olympic podium… It still seems like a dream, it is unbelievable.”

-Saina Nehwal

Hello Everyone!

I am back with our 9th individual Olympic champion. Do read my first post on Olympic Heroes of India.

well… over the years Saina has proved her metal and she has consistently and remarkably done wonders in Badminton. Watching her play  especially against Chinese players is always a treat for me.

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As It Happened
Saturday August 4, 2012, London

Saina won the women’s singles Bronze medal badminton match against China’s Wang Xin at the 2012 Olympics, Saturday, August 4, 2012, in London. Wang conceded the Bronze to Saina retiring hurt after she won the first game 21-18 and up in the second 1-0.

Life Of The Champion

Saina was associated with badminton since birth as both of her parents are Badminton players and champions. Born in Hisar, Haryana Saina moved to many places before shifting to Hyderabad. Now her base is Bangalore city.
Saina started with no sponsorship. There was the huge cost for kit, shoes, rackets and other equipment. She had to travel a long distance for training. There was a constant fear of failure and the lack of sponsorship did not help either. Initially she lost way too many matches. All this hardship payed of and she rose to the top of her game.

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With great coaches and mentors as Pullela Gopichand and Vijay Kumar, she managed to break the Chinese dominance. With never say die-attitude, grueling hard work, She became the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal in Badminton sport. She has won many Super series Badminton titles as well. She has been awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – the highest sports award of our country.

Truly the queen of Indian Badminton!

Her first match in Rio Olympics is on 11th of August 2016.

Saina Nehwal is the 2016 Australian Badminton Open Champion!

The 2016 XiamenAir Australian Badminton Open was held on 7 June to 12 June 2016 at Sydney, Australia.

The great news is that our very own Saina Nehwal is the champion this year, isn’t it incredible? This is her first SuperSeries title of the year. She was the winner of this same tournament in the year 2014 as well.

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She is an aggressive and a real hard working player. Point to note here is that despite being top ranked player in the world she is so down to earth. She is simple human being. I love her for that.

Do you know what she said when Virat Kohli praised her on tweeter for winning the title?

“I want to play aggressive like you!”

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See, that hunger for the game, the hunger for improvement. That is the mark of a true champion!

Well done Saina. You make us proud.

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Winners of Australian Badminton Open 2016 are:

  • Mixed doubles: Lu Kai and  Huang Yaqiong
  • Women’s doubles: Bao Yixin and Chen Qingchen
  • Men’s doubles: Markus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
  • Men’s single: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus
  • Women’s single: Saina Nehwal

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2016 Indonesia Super Series Premier goes to Lee Chong Wei and Tai Tzu-ying!

The recently concluded and one of the bankable Badminton Super Series Premier Indonesia Open goes to 6th time winner Lee Chong Wei and First time for the 21 years Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying.

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We all know what a fantastic player Lee is! Tai Tzu-ying is a firefighter. That is the reason she has 6-5 win-loss record against our very own Saina Nehwal. I have seen Saina struggling against her sometimes but the good news is that this tournament has been won by Saina for the record 3 times. If I remember correctly I think this was her first Super series Premier title back in the year 2009.

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I am so happy for Lee. He is been a great form since last year and I do hope he continues to do so. I love watching him play. He is so light on his feet and has mastered all the text book strokes.

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Here are the winners from doubles category:

  • Women’s doubles – Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi
  • Men’s doubles -Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yen-seong
  • Mixed doubles – Xu Chen and Ma Jin

Read more about the BWF super series tournaments here.

Second Bronze win for Indian Women’s Badminton team at Uber Cup!

Our girls did it again!

Indian Women’s Badminton team consisting of Star Players Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Jwala Gutta, N Sikki Reddy and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde stormed in to Uber Cup semifinal for the second time. In the semifinal clash they lost to eventual champion China. Having won the Bronze in 2014 edition of Uber cup, this is the second Bronze girls got home.

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So let us see more about Uber Cup. When I heard about this event for the very first time, I was wondering who and when and why started this event?

Well… Former British player Betty Uber wanted to have this all women players playing event based on the similar idea and format of Thomas cup (This event is for men’s Badminton players). So this is how it was named after her. The first edition was held in the year 1956 at England. Since then after every two years the event happens.

In 2016 edition of Uber Cup, India was placed in Group D along with Japan, Germany and Australia. In Group stage matches Indian Women had a fantastic 5-0 score against Germany and Australia. They were narrowly lost by 2-3 to Japan.

In the Quarterfinal against Thailand it was smooth sailing as the score line was 3-1.

In the Semifinal against China, it was one sided affair as both Saina and P V Sindhu, along with doubles players Jwala Gutta and Sikki Reddy all lost to mighty Chinese players.

Nevertheless this is a fantastic win and a big achievement for our country, for our Badminton!

Kudos to you girls!!

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