Saina, Srikanth sink in World Super Series Finals semis
Saina, Srikanth sink in World Super Series Finals semis

The dream run of top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth came to an end after they suffered contrasting defeats in the semifinals to bring the curtains down on India's campaign at the BWF World Super Series Finals badminton tournament here Saturday.

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. 

World Super Series Finals: Saina, Srikanth boost semifinal chances with second win
World Super Series Finals: Saina, Srikanth boost semifinal chances with second win

India's top badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth took a big step on way to reaching the semifinals at the World Super Series Finals by securing second consecutive wins in their respective group here on Thursday.

Saina Nehwal stuns Shixian Wang in World Super Series finals
Saina Nehwal stuns Shixian Wang in World Super Series finals

Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal dished out a dominating performance to post a straight-game win over two-time All England Champion Shixian Wang of China and start her campaign on a positive note at the season-ending BWF's World Super Series badminton final, here on Wednesday.

I should have won more titles this year: Saina Nehwal
I should have won more titles this year: Saina Nehwal

 She clinched three individual titles and a couple of bronze medals at prestigious team events this season but far from satiated, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels she could have garnered more trophies had it not been for some missed opportunities.

Saina Nehwal becomes member of I-League champions Bengaluru FC
Saina Nehwal becomes member of I-League champions Bengaluru FC

Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal became a member of Bengaluru FC. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist is a big fan of the I-League champions and was presented with a jersey by club skipper Sunil Chhetri on Monday.

 

Hope to continue good run next year: PV Sindhu
Hope to continue good run next year: PV Sindhu

 Expressing happiness over defending the Macau Open, ace shuttler P V Sindhu on Tuesday hoped to keep the momentum going and continue the successful run in the new year.

Indian shuttlers ready to take the world by storm!
Indian shuttlers ready to take the world by storm!

Indian badminton has certainly been growing at a decent pace under chief coach Pullela Gopichand for the last few years.

PV Sindhu defends Macau Open title
PV Sindhu defends Macau Open title

PV Sindhu defeated South Korea's Kim Hyo Min 21-12, 21-17 to win the Macau Open Grand Prix title on Sunday. The Indian shuttler's performance was a mega affair after just pocketing the game in 45 minutes.

I believed I could beat Lin Dan: K Srikanth
I believed I could beat Lin Dan: K Srikanth

 Having created history by defeating Lin 'super' Dan of China in his own backyard at the China Open Super Series Premier, K Srikanth has revealed that he always believed in his abilities and had backed himself to go all the way against the two-time Olympic gold medallist.

China Open is one of the toughest tournaments to win: Saina Nehwal
China Open is one of the toughest tournaments to win: Saina Nehwal

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal recently added another trophy to her overcrowded cabinet when she won the China Open. Saina won her third title of the year by defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-12, 22-20 in the women's singles finals which lasted 42 minutes at the Haixia Olympic Sport Center.

Exclusive: China Open is one of the toughest tournaments, says Saina

China Open is one of the toughest tournaments to win in a year because the competition is very high, said Saina Nehwal in an exclusive interview to Zee Media.

Indians can beat Chinese, says Saina Nehwal
Indians can beat Chinese, says Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal said on Tuesday that Indians can beat their Chinese opponents in badminton. But the ace shuttler is aware of the difficulties in repeating such performances.

After conquering China, in-form Saina Nehwal aims to become World No.1
After conquering China, in-form Saina Nehwal aims to become World No.1

Upbeat over winning the China Open title and moving up to the fourth spot in the latest BWF rankings, star shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is working on becoming the best in the world.

Best minds don't get into coaching, make it lucrative: Pullela Gopichand
Best minds don't get into coaching, make it lucrative: Pullela Gopichand

Indian badminton may be basking in glory with Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal winning the China Open but chief coach Pullela Gopichand warned that it would be difficult to produce next level of world-class shuttlers if the country fails to attract great coaches.

K Srikanth wins, Saina Nehwal bows out of Hong Kong Open
K Srikanth wins, Saina Nehwal bows out of Hong Kong Open

 Young Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth continued his rampaging run in Kowloon and set up a semifinal clash with top seed Chinese Chen Long even as Saina Nehwal suffered a stunning loss in the women's singles quarterfinals at the Hong Kong Super Series, here on Friday.

Saina Nehwal bows out of Hong Kong Super Series
Saina Nehwal bows out of Hong Kong Super Series

India's campaign in the women's singles of the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was stunned by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals here on Friday.

Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth advance; PV Sindhu loses in Hong Kong Open
Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth advance; PV Sindhu loses in Hong Kong Open

Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth posted contrasting victories to enter the quarterfinals of the women's and men's singles competition respectively in the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Super Series in Kowloon here on Thursday.

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.