Saina Nehwal

Saina stunned by China's Yiman in Macau Open quarters

Saina stunned by China's Yiman in Macau Open quarters

Macau [China], Dec.2 : In a major blow to India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the ongoing Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badmintontournament after going down against China's Zhang Yiman in straight games in the women's singles event here on Friday.

The top-seeded failed to continue her good form in the tournament so far and suffered a 12-21, 17-21 shocking defeat at the hands of World No. 226 Yiman in a thrilling quarter-final contest that lasted more than half-an-hour.

It was for the second time that Saina failed to make it to the semi-finals since making a comeback to the international arena after undergoing surgery of her right knee following Rio Olympics 2016

Just wanted to know why my name was not recommended: Saina

Saina NehwalBangalore, Jan 5 : Badminton ace Saina Nehwal on Monday denied media reports that she was demanding a Padma Bhushan, saying her intent was to merely know why her name was missing from the nomination list for the prestigious award.

"I don't know why it has been shown [in the media] that I demanded the award. Who am I to demand an award? I just wanted to know why my name was not recommended for the Padma Bhushan," Nehwal told mediapersons here.

The Olympic bronze medallist also expressed distress over speculations that she was angry that wrestler Sushil Kumar's name was on the list of nominations.

Saina Nehwal wins China Open Super Series Premier to clinch third title of this year

Saina NehwalNew Delhi, Nov 16 : Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has ended the year on a high, as she beat Japanese qualifier Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets in the China Open Super Series Premier to win her third title of the year.

Nehwal charged to victory in a highly entertaining contest that lasted 43 minutes, defeating Yamaguchi 21-12, 22-20.

Nehwal won the India Open Grand Prix Gold and Australian Super Series as well this year and is currently placed at the seventh position in the world rankings. (ANI)

Saina Nehwal returns to world's top 5

saina nehwalNew Delhi : Star player Saina Nehwal has gained a place to be fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings released here on Thursday.

Saina improved her ranking, riding on her back-to-back quarter-final appearances at Denmark and French Open tournaments this month.

In both the events, she lost to World No. 2 Chinese Shixian Wang.

Saina's compatriot P V Sindhu maintained her No.10 position despite losing in the first round of French Open.

Parupalli Kashyap has made it back to the men's singles top-20 at 17th spot by climbing up four places after a decent show in the last two tournaments.

Saina Nehwal bows out of French Open

Saina NehwalParis: Ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the French Open Super Series after going down to World No. 2 Shixian Wang of China in a hard-fought women's singles quarterfinal contest here.

Seeded fifth, Saina posed a quite a challenge to her Chinese rival but in the end it was a case of so close, yet so far for the Indian who lost 19-21 21-19 15-21. The battle lasted an hour and 10 minutes here last night.

Having lost the opening game, the world number six Indian bounced back to snatch the second but failed to sustain the pressure in the deciding game against a superior opponent.

Saina beats World Champion Ratchanok

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, May 20 : India's badminton sensation Saina Nehwal beat reigning World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in the first singles of their Uber Cup Group C clash against Thailand at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Tuesday.

The World No. 8 beat the World No. 4 Thai 22-20, 21-14 in 42 minutes in the first singles to give India a 1-0 lead in the tie.

India and Thailand have already qualified for the quarter-finals.(IANS)

Good chances of India making Uber Cup quarters: Saina

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, May 14 : Top shuttler Saina Nehwal believes India have "very good chances" of reaching the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup to be held at the Siri Forts Sports Complex here May 18-25.

"We have been training hard for the last one month. We did well at the Asia Championships recently where P. V. Sindhu and women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won bronze medals. We have a very good team and personally I believe we have very good chances of making the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup," said Saina.

Saina ousted from Singapore Open

Saina ousted from Singapore OpenSingapore, April 9 : Failing yet again to perform to expected standards, India's top women's singles shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a first round loss at the $300,000 Singapore Open Super Series here Wednesday.

Old nemesis Eriko Hirose of Japan got past the Indian seventh seed 16-21, 21-15, 21-11 in a marathon match which lasted an hour and two minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  The World No. 15 drubbed Saina the fourth time out of seven meetings in her career.

Saina knocked out of India Open

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, April 4 : India's best bet Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the $250,000 India Open Super Series badminton by Chinese third seed Yihan Wang at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Friday.

The women's singles World No. 2 won 21-16, 21-14 in 39 minutes in the women's singles quarter-final and took a 8-1 lead in career meetings over the Indian.(IANS)

Saina, Sindhu enter Swiss Open quarters

saina NehwalBasel, March 14 - Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu had contrasting victories to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.

French World No. 42 Sashina Vignes Waran was no match for the sixth seeded Indian as Saina came out on top 21-7, 21-13 in 34 minutes to proceed to the next stage. With the triumph, the Olympic bronze medallist took an undefeated 3-0 advantage in career clashes against Sashina.

Saina seeded 6th at Swiss Open

Saina-NehwalBasel, March 8 : Two-time winner Saina Nehwal of India has been seeded sixth at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold which starts at St. Jakobshalle here Tuesday.

The Olympic bronze medallist will try to regain the crown which she won in 2011 and 2012 and reached the semi-finals last year. Saina's city-mate P. V. Sindhu is just a notch below her and has been seeded seventh.

Saili Rane is the other Indian in the main draw of the women's singles category.

Meanwhile, out of form Parupalli Kashyap has been seeded third in the men's singles draw, followed by fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth.

Saina rises to No.7, Sindhu in top-10

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Jan 30 : Bolstered by the India Grand Prix Gold triumph Sunday, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal jumped two places to No. 7 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings released Thursday.

Saina overtook German Juliane Schenk and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying to rise up the ladder.

Meanwhile, runner-up of the Lucknow event P. V. Sindhu entered the top-10 for the second time in her career. The World Championship bronze medallist equalled her best ranking (No. 10) by rising a place in the same category.

Patience helped me win: Saina Nehwal

Saina-NehwalLucknow, Jan 25 : Top seed Saina Nehwal Saturday said her patience in the women's singles semifinal at the $120,000 India Grand Prix Gold helped her win the match against Chinese sixth seed Xuan Deng.

The World No. 9 had to dig deep to oust the 2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist 21-14, 17-21, 21-19 in a marathon match which lasted an hour and 20 minutes at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.

Saina drops two places to World No.8

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Dec 19 : Saina Nehwal’s poor form this season has also started showing in her rankings as the Olympic bronze medallist dropped two places to No. 8 in the women’s singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday.

Saina dropped two places and was overtaken by South Korean Yeon Ju Bae and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. However, P. V. Sindhu maintained her position at No. 11.

In men’s singles, Parupalli Kashyap retained the 14th position while Ajay Jayaram moved up a place to 24th.

No Indian figures in the top 25 of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles rankings.(IANS)

Saina's semis hopes hangs by a thread after second loss

Saina-NehwalKuala Lumpur, Dec 12 : Shuttler Saina Nehwal's chances of advancing in the BWF World Superseries Finals dipped further here Thursday when she lost in straight games to World No. 1 Li Xuerui of China for her second successive defeat in the group stage.

Saina, who had gone down against Japan's Minatsu Mitani Wednesday, went down to the Olympic champion Xuerui 9-21, 14-21 in a Group B match lasting 27 minutes.

However, Korean Yeon Ju Bae kept the Indian's mathematical chances of making the semifinals alive when she hammered Mitani 21-10, 21-18 in another match Thursday.

Saina Nehwal rises to World No.6

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Nov 21 : Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal Thursday rose a place to World No. 6 in the women's singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Though Saina went up, World Championship bronze medallist P. V. Sindhu slid a place to No. 11.

Parupalli Kashyap also dropped three places to No. 14 in the men's singles while R. M. V. Gurusaidutt remained static at No. 19. (IANS)

Saina aims top-5 return at China Open

Saina-NehwalShanghai, Nov 9 : Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will aim to make a return to the women's singles top five in world rankings at the China Open Super Series Premier which will be held here from Nov 12-17.

World No. 7 Saina, who will open her campaign against a qualifier, has been troubled by injuries this year. She had to withdraw from last years’ China Open due to a knee injury and will be hoping to make a mark this year at the $350,000 fifth and final Super Series Premier of the year.

Saina seeded 6th at China Open

Saina-NehwalShanghai, Nov 8 : Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded sixth at the $350,000 China Open Super Series Premier to be held at the Yuan Shen Gymnasium here from Nov 12-17.

Saina is the only Indian who is seeded at the Tier-II tournament.

Other Indian shuttlers who will participate in the event are Arundhati Pantawane in women's singles and Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram in men's singles.

Others will try to qualify for the main draw. (IANS)

Saina needs time to recover

Saina-NehwalBangalore, Sep 7 : Reiterating her decision to skip the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo later this month, World No. 4 Saina Nehwal said she needs more than two weeks of rest to recover after the hectic Indian Badminton League (IBL) that concluded Aug 31.

“Two weeks are not enough for my body to recover and so I am not playing Japan Open. It will not affect my ranking. I do not have any points to defend since I didn’t play there last year also,” the 23-year old said here Saturday.

Saina drops to World No.4

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Aug 8 : India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal dropped a place to No. 4 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

Saina, who advanced to the women's singles quarterfinal at the World Championships in Guangzhou, was overtaken by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. Saina's city mate P. V. Sindhu retained her No. 12 position.

In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap slipped four places to No. 17 while R. M. V. Gurusaidutt jumped a place to a career-high No. 20. Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram was static at No. 24.




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