Big challenge awaits Indian shuttlers pre Rio Olympic Games: Pullela Gopichand
Big challenge awaits Indian shuttlers pre Rio Olympic Games: Pullela Gopichand

A very big challenge awaits the Indian shuttlers ahead of next year's Rio Olympic Games in their quest to improve their world rankings before the cut-off date of May, 2016, according to chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday.

Chen Long emerges champion in BWF Superseries Finals
Chen Long emerges champion in BWF Superseries Finals

Reigning World Champion Chen Long of China demolished Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-16, 21-10 to win the men's singles crown of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Sunday.

Saina Nehwal loses in semis of Superseries Finals
Saina Nehwal loses in semis of Superseries Finals

Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal Saturday lost in the semi-final of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals here.

Saina Nehwal in last four of Superseries Finals
Saina Nehwal in last four of Superseries Finals

Dubai: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal continued her rampaging run to storm into the semifinals of the BWF World Super Series Final, clinching a pulsating three-game thriller against Bae Yeon Ju of Korea here today.

The World No. 4 Indian, a 2011 finalist, bounced back from a game down to notch up a 15-21 21-7 21-17 win over Bae, ranked eighth, in the third and final women's singles round-robin match to top Group A.

It was a contest between two similar players, both of whom believe in grinding it out in the court and the match begun as expected with long rallies consisting of sharp angled drops and smashes.

Saina brought a sort of new-found aggression in her game as she didn't shy away from attacking the nets and tried to dictate the rallies, pushing Bae to commit errors. The Indian girl's game plan worked and she took a 10-4 lead.

The Korean grabbed two points at the nets and followed it up with a brilliant drop to narrow the gap. But soon Saina's deceiving return found Bae napping and she led 11-8 at break.

After the breather, Bae tightened her defence and dug deep in the rallies. She pushed the Indian to make mistakes, to not only clawed back at 14-14 but also win the game when Saina hit wide.

In the second game, Saina once again lead 6-2 early on.

She cut down on her smashes and tried to look for easy points.

Bae, meanwhile, played some exceptional shots to narrow it down to 6-6, but the Korean also committed few unforced errors to allow the Indian reel off five straight points and lead 11-6 at the interval.

Leading 12-6, the duo got engaged in a gruelling rally, consisting of 32 shots and Saina had the last laugh. She continued her dominance after the break, playing patiently to roar back into contest, bagging 15 of the last 16 points.

In the decider, Bae surged ahead to a lead of 5-1. Saina brought out her power smash to break the streak and then finished a long rally with a low lift at the net. Both the players tried to outdo each other but the Korean entered the interval with a slender 11-10 lead.

In a battle of attrition, Saina managed to open up a narrow lead of 15-13, courtesy her never say die attitude and brilliant net play. The Korean hit one wide and Saina then grabbed another point to lead 17-13. The Korean made it 16-19.

Saina, however, didn't delay the inevitable further as she produced two smashes to shut the door on the Korean. 

Kidambi Srikanth achieves career-best ranking of 10th
Kidambi Srikanth achieves career-best ranking of 10th

Owing to his recent title victory at the China Open in Fuzhou, Kidambi Srikanth climbed up six places to achieve a career-best 10th in the men's singles category of the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth rise in rankings after China Open triumph
Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth rise in rankings after China Open triumph

Riding on their recent China Open title victories in Fuzhou, India's Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth rose up the ladder in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

Glasgow to host 2017 Badminton World Championships
Glasgow to host 2017 Badminton World Championships

 The 2017 Badminton World Championships will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced.

Lin Dan hopes drugs-hit Lee Chong Wei returns soon
Lin Dan hopes drugs-hit Lee Chong Wei returns soon

China's badminton superstar Lin Dan said he hopes world number one Lee Chong Wei, who is embroiled in a doping scandal, is able to return to the sport soon, state media reported.

Drugs-hit Lee Chong Wei fears world, Olympic chance gone
Drugs-hit Lee Chong Wei fears world, Olympic chance gone

Malaysian badminton ace Lee Chong Wei fears he will never realise his dream of becoming world and Olympic champion after he was suspended for failing a drugs test, a report said Wednesday.

Badminton great Lee Chong Wei provisionally suspended
Badminton great Lee Chong Wei provisionally suspended

Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei was Tuesday provisionally suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation.

Chong Wei fails drugs test, temporarily suspended
Chong Wei fails drugs test, temporarily suspended

The B sample of a Malaysian men's badminton player tested positive for banned anti-inflammatory dexamethasone and the player has been temporarily suspended, an official said Saturday.

Saina Nehwal returns to world's top 5
Saina Nehwal returns to world's top 5

Star player Saina Nehwal has gained a place to be fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings released here on Thursday.

Danish badminton players allege match-fixing offer
Danish badminton players allege match-fixing offer

Badminton`s governing body has asked police to investigate claims by the world number nine and another Danish player that they were approached to throw matches.

Asian Games: Not cool - China accuse South Korea over AC
Asian Games: Not cool - China accuse South Korea over AC

China`s badminton head coach Li Yongbo has accused hosts South Korea of deliberately manipulating the air conditioning during their men`s team final at the Asian Games.

Trial of proposed badminton scoring system wrong, says Olympian
Trial of proposed badminton scoring system wrong, says Olympian

The Badminton World Federation should have taken more time to trial their proposed scoring changes and given top shuttlers a better chance to experience it, Japan coach Park Joo-bong said.

Badminton to test 5x11 scoring system in Indonesia

The Indonesia International Challenge to be held in Jakarta between Aug 12 and 16 will be the first of the 31 badminton tournaments to test the 5x11 experimental scoring system this year.

Prakash Padukone not in favour of five-game scoring system

Former badminton star Prakash Padukone today voiced his reluctance to the idea of changing the existing three-game format to explore the Badminton World Federation`s (BWF) proposal of five games of 11 points each.

Saina Nehwal drops to World No.9

Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal`s decision to skip the Japan Open Super Series has cost her a place in the latest women`s singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday.

Srikanth slips to 23, Kashyap back in top-20 chart

Young Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth slipped down the ladder, losing 10 positions to be placed at 23rd spot in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Srikanth climbs to career best No. 13, Sindhu re-enters top-10

India`s Kidambi Srikanth rose five places to a career-best No.13 in the men`s singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday.