Last week we saw some top Indian shuttlers participate at the German Open Grand Prix Gold. Defending champion Arvind Bhat could not retain his title as he bowed out in the third round. After a comfortable win against Patrick Kaemnitz, Bhat lost his round 3 match to second seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 12-21, 13-21. His teammate, Ajay Jayaram made a second round exit after losing to 3rd seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei with a score of 16-21, 12-21.
In doubles, the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to make it to the quarterfinals. They lost their 2nd round match in straight sets to the South Korean pair of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan 8-21, 10-21.
Ashwini also participated in the mixed doubles event along with Russian shuttler Vladimir Ivanov. They too lost their second match of the main draw against Chris and Gabrielle Adcock of England with a score of 19-21, 15-21.
All eyes on the All England Open:
The Yonex All England Open is commencing on the 3rd of March at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. The high-profile event will see a total of 284 players across 5 different events. Here is a list of all the Indian players at the All England Open and their respective events:
Men’s singles: H.S. Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram, K. Srikanth (seeded 4th), Parupalli Kashyap, Anand Pawar.
Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal (seeded 3rd).
Men’s doubles: Manu Attri/B. Sumeeth Reddy, D.Guru Prasad/Prasad Venkatesh, S. Sanjeeth/Jagadish Yadav.
Women’s doubles: Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa.
Mixed doubles: Ashwini Ponnappa/Vladimir Ivanov (Russia).
Big jolt for India as Sindhu misses out:
World no. 9 P.V. Sindhu will not be participating at the All England Open due to a stress fracture in her left foot. The 19-year-old might also miss upcoming tournaments like the Swiss Open and the Indian Super Series. Hence, Saina Nehwal will be the only Indian in the women’s singles draw.
Indian junior shuttlers make a mark at the Dutch Junior Open:
The Dutch Junior Open saw some of the talented junior Indian badminton players put up a good show. Ansal Yadav entered the quarterfinals of the men’s singles draw where he was paired against top seed June Wei Cheam of Malaysia. Sadly it was the champion who got the better of Ansal (17-21, 21-14, 21-9) but the Indian youngster put up a brave fight.
Apart from Ansal, Talar Laa and Siril Verma were the other Indians who reached the fourth round in the men’s singles category. In women’s singles, Shreyanshi Pardeshi entered the quarterfinals but could not get past the next hurdle. She lost to Saena Kawakami of Japan.
No change in position for Indian Shuttlers in the latest rankings as K. Srikanth (5) and Saina Nehwal (3) hold on to their spots in the men’s singles and women’s singles respectively. View the latest BWF world rankings here.