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Thailand Open: Saina to play, Sindhu opts out

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P.V. Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open while Saina Nehwal will take part in the Super 500 event.

New Delhi: The Badminton Association of India on Tuesday confirmed that ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open while fellow Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal will take part in the Super 500 event.

This will be the first event for Saina after an injury lay-off which forced her to miss the Indonesia Open and Japan Open. Sindhu is one of several high profile athletes to withdraw from the tournament with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi and Taiwanese world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying all pulling out.

While the reason for her withdrawal has not been officially revealed, media reports indicate that she has her eyes set on the BWF World Championships that will be held from August 19 and 25.

Sindhu has had a roller-coaster fortnight in which she finished runner-up at the Indonesia Open and lost in the quarter-final of the Japan Open, losing to Yamaguchi on both occasions.

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Sindhu targets improved fitness levels to win World C’ship gold

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PV Sindhu.

New Delhi: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said on Friday that she has been working on improving her fitness and defence in search of an elusive gold in the showpiece World Championships next week.

Sindhu has been the most consistent performer in the World Championships in the last few years with two silver and as many bronze medals but a gold has still eluded her.

The 24-year-old Indian ace will once again be the biggest hope as she spearheads the country’s challenge at the World Championship which begins in Basel, Switzerland on August 19.

She lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.

Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure.”

“I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.

“It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.

Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi was the one player who stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan.

Asked if the new World No. 1 Yamaguchi will be the biggest threat to her World Championships gold hope, Sindhu said: “I don’t think so. I played well against her in Indonesia but she was good. She was attacking well and she is also a rally player. latest sports news headlines

“I was not surprised by her aggresion. I was ready but it happens, may be had I won the first game, things could have been different,” Sindhu said.

Sindhu, who has been seeded fifth, received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is likely to wait for her at the quarterfinals.

“At World Championships, it will not be easy from the first round itself. If you see the draw, I am playing a Chinese Taipei player and then Beiwen Wang, she is not an easy players and if I can win, I will be against Tai Tzu Ying in quarters. I have to focus on each match, because you never know.”

Since claiming the World Tour Finals in December last year, Sindhu has not been able to win another title this year. Two semifinals finishes at India Open and Singapore Open are all she had to show before she produced a superlative display to finish runners-up at Indonesia Open last month. latest sports news headlines

On her rigorous training under new South Korean coach Kim Ji-hyun, Sindhu said, “It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication and I hope to do well in World Championship.

“She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. I got almost a month time before Indonesia, so had a good training and it showed at Indonesia.

“Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot. Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well.” latest sports news headlines

Asked about her plans for the Tokyo Olympics, she said, “There is still time. It is important to play all the tournaments because the qualification is important. So till April next year, I plan to play and then we will take a call depending on how my game is, my fitness levels and how training goes.”

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Olympic champ Carolina Marin out of BWF World Championships

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Carolina Marin.

New Delhi: Rio Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin has withdrawn from the upcoming BWF World Championships after failing to recover completely from a knee injury she suffered during the Indonesia Masters final in January earlier this year.

Defending champion Marin had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee while competing in the Indonesian Masters final on January 26 and has since been sidelined from competition.

She underwent knee surgery on January 29 and had accepted the initial invitation to play in the World Championships to be held in Basel from August 19-25.

However, the Spaniard has now said she would not be able to participate in the event.

“Me and my team has decided that we aren’t going to play the World Championship because we are very short of time. The recovery is going well and the knee is running well. So we will wait till the tournaments of September,” she said in a video message on Twitter on Sunday. sports world

Marin would be replaced by Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy received a late call for the tournament following withdrawals by former world champion H.S. Prannoy . sports world

Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and B. Sai Praneeth are the other three Indians who will be participating in the men’s singles event at the championships.

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Rankireddy-Shetty claim Thailand Open doubles title

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Saatwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the final in 62 minutes.

Bangkok: India’s search for a world badminton doubles title came to an end after the pair of Saatwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stunned the reigning world champions to land the men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open on Sunday. latest sports news in english sports news headlines

The Indian pair defeated Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in a thrilling 62-minute final to become the first Indian pair to win a Super 500 event. latest sports news in english sports news headlines

Playing in their BWF tour final of the season, the Indian duo narrowly won the first game 21-19. However, the third-seeded Chinese pair made a strong comeback in the second game, winning it 21-18.

In the decider, the Indian pair raced to a 13-9 lead but the contest once again went down to the wire as the Chinese duo fought back in style. latest sports news in english sports news headlines

However, Rankireddy-Shetty held their nerves to wrap up the game 21-18 to walk away with the title.
This fantastic feat will help them to break into the top-10 of the world rankings, thereby making them the first Indian men’s team to reach there. Chirag was ecstatic after the win.

According to Satwik, the secret to winning the title was that the duo stuck to a plan and did not rush through points.

“We just stuck to our plan of keeping the shuttle low and not hurrying through the points. I think this really worked and helped us. We kept our calm all throughout the tournament.

Even when we were down 1-4 in the third game, we didn’t lose hope. We just were steady and did not rush things to give them a bigger lead,” he said. latest sports news in english sports news headlines

Pullela Gopichand, chief coach of the Indian team, said that this win will hold them in good stead in the future.

“It’s a great victory for the boys as most of the top players played in the tournament. This win will give them confidence for future. Now they can challenge any top team in the world,” he said.

The victory has come at the most perfect time. With just two weeks to go for the World Championships, this achievement should make the Indian boys believe that they are among the top contenders for the prestigious title.

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