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Hyderabad Open badminton: Sourabh Verma, Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy reach respective finals

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The 26-year-old shuttler from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the Slovenia International in May, beat Zulkarnain 23-21 21-16 in a 48-minute semi-final clash.
'Reigning national champion Sourabh Verma entered the men’s singles final with a straight-game win over Iskandar Zulkarnain of Malaysia at the Hyderabad Open BWF Tour Super 100 tournament on Saturday. The 26-year-old shuttler from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the Slovenia International in May, beat Zulkarnain 23-21 21-16 in a 48-minute semi-final clash. The seventh-seeded Indian will face either Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew or Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee in the title clash on Sunday. Sourabh had won the Dutch Open Super 100 and Russian Open Super 100 titles last year. The top-seeded Indian women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy defeated Hong Kong’s Fan Ka Yan and Wu Yi Ting 21-12 21-12 to enter their first final of the season. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallists pair will face Korean combination of Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun in the summit clash. .. Read more'

Badminton World Championship: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu could face-off in semis after redraw

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The Badminton World Federation said the redraw had to be done as a player had mistakenly been included in the women’s singles entry list.
'Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu could face each other in the semi-finals of the Badminton World Championship to be held in Basel from August 19-25 after a women’s singles re-draw placed them in the same half. “It was determined a player had mistakenly been included in the women’s singles entry list and the BWF has subsequently adjusted the entry list and conducted a re-draw,” the Badminton World Federation announced on its website. Though BWF did not give any explanation on what was the mistake and who the player was, TV2 Sports reported that the world body was forced to conduct a redraw as Mauritius’ Kate Foo Kune had been suspended over a doping charge in July and was still part of the initial draw. After the re-draw, Sindhu and Nehwal may have been drawn in the same half but there was no change in their possible quarter-final opponents. Sindhu in all likelyhood will play either second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei or China’s Cai Yan Yan while Nehwal is scheduled to meet China’s Chen Yufei in the last eight round. Both the players continue to have a bye in the opening round with Sindhu likely to face Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Nehwal could take.. Read more'

Rankireddy And Shetty First Indian Doubles Pair To Win Super 500 Title

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The duo will play the World Badminton Championships later this month starting on Aug 19 in Basel.
'BANGKOK (Thailand): Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty today became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament. . @satwiksairaj @Shettychirag04 The dreams of more than a billion just came true today! Satwik & Chirag put India on the doubles map with their as well as India’s biggest doubles title ever! Here’s hoping this is just the start! #ThailandOpen2019 #IndiaOnTheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/883tJ3IMeq — BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 4, 2019 #Badminton glory for India! Our #TOPSAthlete men’s doubles duo of @satwiksairaj – @Shettychirag04 beat world #2 Chinese duo #LiJunHui – #LiYuChen 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 at the #ThailandOpenSuper500 to win the biggest title of their career. Many congratulations! pic.twitter.com/Wd6yCqatML — SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 4, 2019 They beat World champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in Bangkok to win the men’s doubles category. The third-seeded Chinese pair settled for the second position after battling hard for an hour and two minutes as the Commonwealth Games silver medallists Rankireddy-Shetty claimed their maiden title. Sports fraternity celebrated ‘great win for the Indian doubles’. Twitter exploded with wishes for Satwik and Chirag for putting India on the doubles map.'

Chirag Shetty’s Thailand Open win will inspire aspiring badminton players, says player’s father

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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament.
'An elated Chandrashekhar Shetty, the father of badminton player Chirag Shetty, who created history on Sunday, said his son’s feat has opened the doors for aspiring shuttlers. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament with a hard-fought win over Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open in Bangkok. “He [Chirag] has opened the doors for other badminton players, that they can also achieve [a similar feat] if they work hard and they [remain] focused,” Chirag’s father Chandrashekar told PTI over the phone. His father also termed the win as a spectacular. “What I can say!.. Spectacular win as no Indian has ever done [achieved the feat]. It paves the way for younger players who are [playing] doubles, singles we have got lot of achievements. Other players will also think that on their day if Chirag and Satvik can do it, so why can’t we. That is a big thing,” he added. Chirag’s mentor Uday Pawar, who runs an academy at Goregoan Sports Club, also felt that now more players will be keen to play doubles. “With this win, I think the attitude of not only BAI [Badminton Association of India].. Read more'

Badminton World C’ships: Former champion Viktor Axelsen pulls out of 2019 edition due to injury

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The Danish star, who became World Champion in 2017, said he did ‘everything possible to get ready for the year’s biggest badminton tournament.
'Former champion Viktor Axelsen has pulled out of the upcoming Badminton World Championships in Basel citing ongoing issues with his back. The Danish star, who became World Champion in 2017, said he did ‘everything possible to get ready for the year’s biggest badminton tournament but it has not proved to be enough. “I’m very sad and disappointed about the situation,” Axelsen said, according to a press release from Badminton Denmark . “The World Championships is the biggest event of the year and I had obviously been looking forward to playing. I’ve done everything I could to get ready for the World Championships, but I must also be realistic and listen to my body and to the doctors’ advice,” he added. One day at a time. Will be back as soon as possible 🙏 thanks for your messages. https://t.co/pM8VEFMHaH — Viktor Axelsen (@ViktorAxelsen) July 31, 2019 Axelsen’s 2019 started off on a positive note after a injury-ridden 2018 season. He won the Barcelona Masters and India Open titles (defeating three Indians on the trot at the latter), and in between those two also won silver at the prestigious All England when he went down fighting against Kento Momota in the final. The 25-year-old former world No 1 has since had a tough season as.. Read more'