Free Press Journal
  • India exits Uber Cup following 0-5 loss to Japan

    Bangkok : Saina Nehwal squandered four match points in her singles match as a young Indian women team bowed out of the Uber Cup Final after being hammered 0-5 by five-time champions Japan in a group ‘A’ match, here on Wednesday.

  • Ashwini Ponnappa: Had self-doubts after 2016 Rio Olympics

    New Delhi: She is enjoying every bit of adulation that has come her way after playing a pivotal role in Indian badminton team’s first ever gold medal in a mixed team event at Commonwealth Games but doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa had serious “self-doubts” about being able to make a comeback post-2016 Rio Olympics.

  • PBL 2018: Ashwini Ponnappa calls for change in mindset on double tournaments

    New Delhi: Indian badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday stressed on the need to change the mindset of people when it comes to doubles tournaments for the players to excel in the field. Ponnappa emphasised on giving enough importance, support and encouragement to the double players so they willingly opt for doubles tournament and perform well in it.

  • Claiming a medal at CWG remains a target, says Ashwini

    New Delhi : Claiming a medal at next year’s Commonwealth Games remains one of the targets for top doubles star Ashwini Ponnappa, who led India to the Sudirman Cup knockout stage last week.

  • Sindhu, Sai, Sameer in finals

    Lucknow : P.V. Sindhu, B. Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma and the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy reached the title rounds of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships here on Saturday.

  • Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa

    We gave our best, we were just unlucky: Jwala Gutta

    Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Ace shuttler Jwala Gutta has defended the sad medal run of the Indian contingent in the Rio Olympics saying that they had prepared superbly but were just unlucky.

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    Rio Olympics: Shuttlers Gutta-Ponnappa lose women’s doubles opener

    Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) : Ace Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a straight-game defeat against Japanese duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in their first round of the women’s doubles event here at the Rio Olympics on Thursday. Despite starting off on a bright note, the Indian duo wilted under the sustained pressure from the assertive rivals as they were outclassed 15-21, 10-21 by the top-ranked Japanese pair

  • Saina up to No.5; Jwala-Ashwini fall four spots

    New Delhi : London bronze medallist Saina Nehwal rose one point to the No.5 spot in women’s singles while women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa slipped four places to be placed 20th in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings which were released on Thursday.

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    Indian shuttlers sail into Canada Open pre-quarters

    Calgary (Canada): India had an easy outing at the $55,000 Canada Open badminton tournament as all the shuttlers entered the third round of their respective categories here. In men’s singles, top seed Ajay Jayaram came back from a game down to beat local boy Martin Giuffre 17-21, 21-17, 21-13 in 54 minutes in the second round match. He will next face Austria’s David Obernosterer in the pre-quarterfinals.

  • Jwala Gutta -Ashwini Ponnappa eye an encore

    Canada : Defending champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will aim to shed off their inconsistent run in the run-up to the Rio Olympics when they take the court at the $55,000 Canada Open badminton tournament starting here today.

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    Jwala-Ashwini eye an encore at Canada Open

    Calgary (Canada) : Defending champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will aim to shed off their inconsistent run in the run-up to the Rio Olympics when they take the court at the $55,000 Canada Open badminton tournament starting here on Tuesday. With a little more than a month to go for the Rio Games, India’s top duo Jwala and Ashwini haven’t been particularly encouraging. At the Uber Cup in May, the 2010

  • Indian eves maul Australia 5-0 in Uber Cup

    Kunshan (China): Indian eves made a stupendous start to their campaign at the Uber Cup badminton tournament by thrashing Australia 5-0 here today.

  • Olympic qualification is a responsibility: Sumeeth

    New Delhi: Ecstatic after becoming the first Indian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the Olympics, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy are now looking to tighten their game and improve their fitness level ahead of the Rio Games in August.

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    Indian men storm into semis

    Hyderabad : India men’s impressive run in the Badminton Asia Team Championships continued as the hosts booked a semi final berth with a hard fought 3-2 win over former champions Malaysia, but women’s team bowed out after a 0-3 loss to Korea here on Friday. With this victory, the Indian men’s team has qualified for the Thomas Cup, to be played in May this year. The Badminton Asia Team Championships also serve as a

  • P V Sindhu suffers shocking loss

    Lucknow : Top seed Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarterfinals but a heartbreak was in store for P V Sindhu as she suffered a shocking loss to Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand in the second round of the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday.

  • Manu-Reddy jump to 17th

    New Delhi : Riding on their maiden Grand Prix title triumph in the Mexico Open, Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy on Friday jumped three spots to regain their career-best ranking of World No. 17 in the latest BWF rankings. While Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu continued to be static at World No. 2 and World No. 12 respectively, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy also remained