Indian Badminton Players set up ‘all-Indian’ Quarter Final
Indian Shuttlers Confidence to be crowned at US, Fourth Seed Ajay Jayaram together with Anand Pawar has entered the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton event in El Monte, California in the United States. Other pairs entering the Quarter Finals are: Manu Attri and B Summer Reddy (Men’s doubles) and S Poorvisha Ram and Meghana Jakkampudi (Women’s doubles). While Jayaram prevailed Portugal’s Petro Martins (21-11, 21-15), Pawar trounced India’s Pratul Joshi (21-10, 21-13). Attri and Reddy – the Indian pair triumphed over the Japanese pair – Kenya Mitsuhashi and Yuta Watanabe (23-21, 21-13) in a 39 minutes match of men’s doubles. India’s Poorvisha and Meghana progressed to the final eight by winning over Ariel Lee and Sydney Lee of the United States (21-16, 21-6) in women’s doubles. Another Indian women pair: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who were deemed eligible for the women’s doubles, could not participate in the tournament due to health constraint of Ashwini Ponnappa.
Indian Shuttlers Confidence to be crowned at US
Sai Praneeth – the Indian Shuttler Confident of Getting the Grand Prix Crown
India’s 23-year-old sixth seed B Sai Praneeth from Andhra Pradesh was away from several tournaments in the past years having beset by injuries. Praneeth has been making brilliant bursts occasionally like he did beat Malaysia’s Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, who was All England Champion in 2003, in the Open Grand Prix Gold match held in the year 2013, and again in 2013, he defeated Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the Indonesia Open tournament. Praneeth had also succeeded Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who has the prejudice of having won silver medals twice in the Olympics, this year, in the first round at the All England Championships. Sai Praneeth got to be very much confident about winning his maiden Grand Prix crown after he had beaten Lee Hyun Ill of Korea with 21-12, 21-10 on Sunday night. He mentioned that he did not expect the final to have turned up so easy. He expressed to be happy with the way he had played in the tournament in which he had triumphed Lee Hyun Il. He also added that he is not too far from the chances of winning something big, which has been his target. Praneeth has now fixed his eyes on the badminton tournament of US Open Grand Prix, in which he has to beat Henri Hurskainen of Sweden, with whom he had never played before.
Budding Juniors Encouraged at Kuala Lumpur
The Golden Route Badminton Academy hosts a tournament to encourage its budding junior badminton players by hosting a tournament to be played with their parents, thus to have fun in the competition and to make it exciting. The tournament is scheduled to be held on 17th of July, 2016 at Dewan Serbaguna SS1/19B, Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya. The idea behind conducting this special tournament is to have a platform to test the budding trainees by letting them to manifest the skills they had acquired and to apply their own tactics and bring out their best. The aim of this academy is to form players to the desired shape to bring them out as champions in future.
Indians Advanced to Singles pre-quarterfinals
B Sai Praneeth (sixth seed) had beaten B R Sankeerth with 21-15 and 21-7 in men’s singles in the Canada Open Grand Prix at Calgary and thus has made it to meet Kazumasa Sakai of Japan. H S Prannoy (fifth seed) defeated Joshua Magee with 21-9 and 21-8 in a contest that was lop-sided one, had advanced to face Lee Hyun II of Korea, Canada Open Finalist. Pratul Joshi had overcome Milan Ludik of Czech Republic with 21-18 and 21-13 to go ahead with the target of beating Anand Pawar of India. Ajay Jayaram, despite his shoulder injury, made it to overcome Raul Must of Estonia with 21-14 and 21-9 and is now ready to meet Pedo Martins of Portugal.