Indian challenge ended at the Australian Open Super Series after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a straight-game defeat against China's Shixian Wang in the women's singles quarterfinals of the badminton tournament here today.
The Sport Ministry today made it clear that it never ignored ace doubles shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa for the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, saying the Identification Committee had considered their names during the meeting held last month.
India’s ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa made a winning start to their campaigns at the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries by entering the second rounds of their respective categories here on Wednesday.
She might be in red-hot form but defending champion Saina Nehwal will look to keep her guard up when she begins her campaign at the USD 750,000 Australian Open badminton tournament, which gets underway with the qualifiers, here on Tuesday.
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal is likely to clash with fellow Indian P V Sindhu in the women's singles second round of the USD 800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier to be held at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here next month.
World No.1 shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded second and faces a likely clash against compatriot P.V. Sindhu in only the second round of the women's singles at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier to be held here from June 2 to 7.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was the only bright spot in what turned out to be a dismal day for the Indian badminton team as it crashed out of the prestigious Sudirman Cup after a 1-4 loss to three-time champions Korea in a Group 1D tie, here on Wednesday.
India face former champions South Korea in a must-win battle to qualify for the knockout round of the world mixed team badminton championship, Sudirman Cup at the Dongfeng Nissan Sports Center here on Wednesday.
Thanking the government for lending a helping hand to the country's top sportspersons, India's champion shuttler Saina Nehwal hopes the establishment will now put its weight behind upcoming talents striving to make a mark globally.
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday expressed shock over the incident where four women athletes attempted suicide at Sports Authority of India (SAI) hostel in Kerala and said that the incident would make an impact on the aspiring athletes.
India's sports fraternity on Thursday expressed shock at the death of a trainee at Kerala's SAI center and urged the sportspersons to show heart in fighting odds instead of resorting to such an extreme step.
Led by Beijing Olympics gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, there are 17 shooters from among 45 athletes, who have been selected by the government for financial assistance under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.