Top seed H S Prannoy and fourth seed R M V Gurusaidutt entered the men's singles final of the Tata Open India International Challenge badminton tournament with straight-game semi-final victories here on Saturday.
Indian shuttler H S Prannoy says the success of winning the Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold has erased his fears of defeat and fuelled a dream of working harder than ever to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics.
A high-intensity training for last three weeks has boosted his confidence and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap says he is looking to maintain the rhythm as he sets out to achieve his dream of winning an Asian Games medal in Incheon, South Korea.
Shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa assured India`s presence on the last day of the Commonwealth Games by reaching the finals of their respective categories but P.V. Sindhu had to be content with the women`s singles bronze at the Emirates Arena here Saturday.
Indian medal contenders, P V Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap notched up easy victories in the women`s and men`s singles events respectively to storm into the prequarterfinals of the badminton competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
Their quarter-finals hopes dashed following a 2-3 defeat against Korea, captain Parupalli Kashyap rued Kidambi Srikanth`s defeat in the first singles that led to India`s ouster from the tournament, here today.
The victory at the Syed Modi International tournament in Lucknow helped London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal to surge two places to reach the seventh position in the latest world badminton ranking, released in Kuala Lumpur here today.
Fourth seed Sourabh Varma pulled off a huge upset when he defeated top seed defending champion RMV Gurusaidutt in three tough games to enter the men`s singles final of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge badminton tournament, here on Saturday.
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a straight-game win over Japan`s Kazumasa Sakai but his compatriots Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt failed to cross the first hurdle in the French Super Series here.
Rising Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth B notched up a stunning straight-game victory over world number four Yun Hu of Hong Kong in the men`s singles opening round in the Singapore Super Series here on Wednesday.
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and RMV Gurusaidutt reached the prequarterfinals of the Indonesian Super Series Premier but it turned out to be a bad day in office for world number 10 Parupalli Kashyap as he crashed out of the men`s singles competition, here on Wednesday.