The Indian challenge in New Zealand Open badminton in Auckland ended Friday with fifth seed Arvind Bhat losing in straight games to top seed Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals of the $50,000 Grand Prix event.
Recently crowned German Open Grand Prix Gold winner Arvind Bhat came out with another fantastic performance to enter the men`s singles semifinal of the $50,000 New Zealand Badminton Open Grand Prix here Thursday.
Indian chief national coach Pullela Gopichand today described shuttler Arvind Bhat`s performance in German Open as "phenomenol" and said the title victory has handed a new lease of life to his international badminton career.
Promising shuttler HS Prannoy recorded a major upset in the German Open Grand Prix Gold, beating ninth seed and compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in straight games to advance to the third round of the men`s singles event of the USD 120,000 event, here today.
On a sabbatical for the past seven months, India`s star doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta concedes she has chosen a difficult comeback stage in the All England Championships but insists she has nothing to prove during the Premier Super Series event starting March 5 in Birmingham.