All England badminton chose finances over players welfare – Nehwal

India’s former world number one Saina Nehwal said officials had put profits ahead of player welfare by allowing the All England badminton championship to go ahead last weekend despite the coronavirus pandemic. The competition was one of the few international sporting events to conclude Sunday amid the deadly outbreak, which has claimed thousands of lives […]

Sindhu off to winning start at All England

India’s PV Sindhu made a winning start at the All England badminton championships in Birmingham on Wednesday (11). Sindhu, the 2019 world champion and the silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeated Beiwen Zhang of the United States 21-14, 21-17. The 24-year-old Sindhu will face Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun in the second round. In the […]

I am sure more Indian sportswomen will win medals: Sindhu

India’s champion shuttler PV Sindhu feels more women will win medals for the country in future. Reigning world champion Sindhu recently won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2019. “My message to all young sportswomen is that as women we have to believe in ourselves. I’m sure soon there will be more Indian sportswomen […]

India’s badminton players urge extension of Olympic qualifying

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal on Sunday (1) urged the sport’s world body to extend its Olympic qualification period as the spread of the coronavirus forces the cancellation or postponement of competitions. The German Open, which was to be held between March 3 and 8, has been cancelled while the China Masters and Polish Open […]

Sindhu wins third successive ESPN’s Female Sportsperson of the Year award

World champion shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday (20) won ESPN’s ‘Female Sportsperson of the Year’ award for a third consecutive time while young shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the honour in the male category. Saurabh won a total of five World Cup gold medals―two in the men’s 10m air pistol and another three in the 10m […]

Malaysia Masters: Saina, Sindhu cruise to 2nd round; Sai Praneeth, Srikanth bow out

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round with a convincing win over Belgium’s Lianne Tan but World championships bronze-medallist B. Sai Praneeth and the seasoned Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. The London Olymics bronze medallist Saina beat Tan 21-15 21-17 in just […]

Criticism doesn’t affect me: PV Sindhu

Neither criticism nor the burden of expectations bother world champion shuttler PV Sindhu, who says she is completely focussed on improving her craft in pursuit of a second Olympic medal at this year’s Tokyo Games. Sindhu claimed India’s first ever World Championships gold in 2019 but she made early exits from a series of tournaments […]

Lakshya Sen wins season’s fourth title with Scottish Open

Fast-rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen claimed his fourth title in three months, bagging the Scottish Open with a thrilling win over Brazil’s Ygor Coelho in the men’s singles summit clash in Glasgow. The top-seeded Indian overcame his Brazilian opponent 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 in a 56-minute final on Sunday night. The 18-year-old from Uttarakhand has now […]

Sindhu toast of India after long-awaited world title

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu said she won it for her country as her long-awaited maiden world title sparked jubilation back home. Sindhu, 24, thrashed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in Sunday’s women’s singles final as she was finally crowned world champion after a string of near-misses. “I won it for my country and I […]

PV Sindhu becomes first Indian to win gold at the BWF World Championship

In a largely one-sided match, PV Sindhu crushed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 to become the first Indian to win a gold at the BWF World Championships. Speaking after her win at the BWF final in Basel, Switzerland, Sindhu said: “I won for my country. I’m really very proud about it, being an Indian.” She […]