• Lakshya Sen wins India Open 2022, defeats Loh Kean Yew in summit clash
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): India shuttler Lakshya Sen won the men’s singles final of the ongoing India Open 2022 here at the KD Jadhav Stadium here on Sunday.Lakshya Sen defeated Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 24-22, 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted for 54 minutes. This is the first time that Sen has managed to win the Super 500 title in his career. Lakshya Sen was comfortably leading the first game, but world champion Kean Yew came from behind, and it was evenly poised at 22-22. The India shuttler then raised his game to win the first game 24-22.The 20-year-old Sen continued with his momentum and he went on to win the summit clash in straight games.Earlier on Sunday, the duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy clinched victory in the men’s doubles finals of Indian Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series.The Indian pair defeated the Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in straight games 21-16, 26-24 in the summit clash that lasted for 43 minutes. (Image source: Instagram)
  • India Open 2022: Duo of Chirag, Satwik storm into finals
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stormed into the finals of the ongoing Indian Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series, at the KD Jadhav Stadium here on Saturday.The Indian pair defeated French duo of Fabien Delrue and William Villeger in the straight sets of 21-10, 21-18 in a match that lasted for 37 minutes. Earlier in the day, shuttler Aakarshi Kashyap bowed out after losing against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the straight sets of 24-26, 9-21 in a match that lasted for 52 minutes.Lakshya Sen made his way into the finals of men’s singles after defeating Malaysia’s NG Tze Yong in the semi-finals on Saturday. He has reached the first Super 500 final of his career.Later in the day, two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will be going against Supanida Katethong in the women’s singles semi-final clash. (Image source: Instagram)
  • Australian Open will be great with or without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Rafael Nadal on Saturday said the Australian Open is much more important than any one player while talking about his rival Novak Djokovic, who is currently fighting deportation from Australia.Ahead of the start of the season’s first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal at Melbourne Park in his pre-event press conference said: “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.” Currently, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is still in the draw to defend his title in Melbourne after the Serbian’s visa was cancelled on Friday by Hawke, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs. Djokovic is placed against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round.When asked about how different AO 2022 would look with Djokovic in the draw and without him, Rafa said: “I tell you one thing, it’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players of the history, without a doubt.”“But there is no one player in history that’s more important than an event, no? The players stays and then goes, and other players are coming. No one, even Roger, Novak, myself, Bjorn Borg, who was amazing at his times, tennis keep going. Australian Open is much more important than any player. If he’s playing finally, okay. If he’s not playing, Australian Open will be great Australian Open with or without him. That’s my point of view,” the […]
  • ISL: Eyes locked on summit, Mohun Bagan look to stymie Bengaluru run
    Fatorda (Goa) [India] (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan hopes their journey to the top of the tree starts with a win over arch-rivals Bengaluru FC when the two sides are scheduled to meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Saturday.ATKMB are fifth in the points table with 15 in their bag but they have played only nine matches so far. A win on the morrow will take them closer to Kerala Blasters who are top of the heap with 20 points but having played 11 games. All teams have played 11 games in the top four and for the Mariners, it is a golden opportunity to get there.Under Juan Ferrando the team has looked to be finding its mojo after losing the plot at the start of the season. The green and maroons have been unbeaten in the last five games and were held by Hyderabad FC in their last outing.But a major cause of concern for Ferrando would be Hugo Boumous’ unavailability. Boumous picked up his fourth yellow card in the last match and won’t be available for this one.He has been a vital cog in ATK Mohun Bagan’s attack this season. In nine Hero ISL matches this season, he has scored five goals and provided three assists forFor Bengaluru, they have found form after a poor start to the season. The Blues are also unbeaten […]
  • ISL: Hyderabad spoil Chennaiyin’s top-four hopes with 1-1 draw
    Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): Chennaiyin FC’s aspirations of breaking into the top-four went up in smoke as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hyderabad FC in a tense Indian Super League game that ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday.Chennaiyin went ahead through Mohd Sajid Dhot in the 13th minute but could not hold on to their slender lead till halftime as Javier Siverio (45th) continued his scoring spree with a goal on the cusp of halftime. There were no goals in the second period as Debjit Majumder made a string of saves in Chennaiyin goal and the home side put pressure in six minutes of added time for the winner but in the end, it ended all square. Hyderabad missed talisman Bartholomew Ogbeche, lacking teeth upfront as the league’s top-scorer served his suspension after picking up four yellow cards.The result means Hyderabad moved third in the table with 17 points from 11 games while Chennaiyin remained sixth having 15 points from 11 matches.Chennaiyin nosed ahead early through an unlikely source when young defender Mohd Sajid Dhot headed in Anirudh Thapa’s inch-perfect free-kick leaving Laxmikant Kattimani with no chance.Stung by the early goal, Hyderabad got their act together and started bossing possession, also creating chances in the final third. The industry paid off just before halftime as Siverio atoned for his miss just a minute before […]
  • India Open 2022: Bansod upsets Nehwal to reach quarters; Chaliha, Kashyap, Sindhu in Round of 8
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Malvika Bansod became only the second Indian to beat former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal since 2017 in any international tournament while Ashmita Chaliha continued her strong run by beating France’s Yaelle Hoyaux to reach the quarter-finals of the India Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series, at the KD Jadhav stadium on Thursday.Bansod defeated Nehwal 21-17, 21-9 in 34 minutes while Chaliha got the better of Hoyaux 21-17, 21-14. Also advancing to the Round of 8 were top seed PV Sindhu and Aakarshi Kashyap. Sindhu defeated Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10 while Kashyap beat Keyura Mopati with an identical scoreline.Prior to today’s match, Nehwal’s only loss against an Indian opponent at the India Open was in the quarter final against PV Sindhu in 2017. On the domestic circuit any Indian to beat her was in 2006 by Aparna Popat in Bangalore Nationals, fifteen years ago.And even though Nehwal hadn’t been at her physical best and is still recovering from a serious knee-injury in this tournament, Bansod’s task was far from easy as the experienced former champion was willing to dig in and fight for every point.Bansod started by playing more drops to counter Nehwal’s ability to hit down the line smashes and that allowed her to open up an 11-6 lead in the opening game.Under pressure from Bansod, she then started pushing herself to lift […]
  • India Open 2022: Saina Nehwal bows out after losing second-round match
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): India shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday bowed out of the ongoing Indian Open 2022 here at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi.Malvika Bansod defeated Nehwal 21-17, 21-9 in the second-round match which lasted for 35 minutes. The 31-year-old Nehwal was trailing 5-7 in the first game, and Malvika was in no mood to let this advantage and she ended up winning the first game 21-17.Bansod then did not look back, and she continued with her momentum, winning the match inside 35 minutes.Earlier in the day, PV Sindhu progressed to the next round of the ongoing competition. In an all-Indian affair, Sindhu outclassed Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10 to progress to the next round.Sindhu was at her dominant self in the first game and she wrapped up the game inside 13 minutes. Continuing from where she left off, the 26-year-old took full advantage of her momentum and ended up winning the match within 30 minutes.Earlier, Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday confirmed that seven players have been withdrawn from the ongoing India Open 2022 after testing positive for COVID-19.“The players returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday. Doubles partners deemed close contact of the seven players have also been withdrawn from the tournament,” BWF said in a statement.The seven players to test positive for COVID-19 were all Indians and they were — Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini […]
  • Can serve country while working in Assam Police but main focus will be sports: Lovlina Borgohain
    Dispur (Assam) [India] (ANI): Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain expressed happiness at being appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Assam but said that currently she will focus on sports and winning medals for the country.Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma handed over the letter of appointment to the bronze medallist at Janata Bhawan, Dispur on Wednesday. Addressing the media at the event, Lovlina said, “It feels good to have a confirmed job. Now I can serve the country while working in Assam Police but my main focus is sports and winning medal. I will focus on training and won’t join duty until retired from boxing; will join post boxing (career).”Lovlina Borgohain became the third Indian boxer after Mary Kom and Vijender Singh to bag a Bronze medal at the quadrennial event, held last year.Later in November, Lovlina was also conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award and also received the trophy for Arjuna Award for 2020. (Image source: Instagram)
  • Saina Nehwal is unhappy, reveals shuttler’s father as he demands actor Siddharth to apologize
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Saina Nehwal’s father Harvir Singh Nehwal on Tuesday said that the ace Indian shuttler is unhappy after the remarks made by actor Siddharth against her.“A person from cinema industry (actor Siddharth) has made some bad remarks against Saina (Nehwal) on Twitter,” Harvir Singh told ANI. Siddharth on January 6 had retweeted a post by Saina Nehwal in which she had expressed her concern over the security breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Punjab visit on January 5.Raising concerns over the Prime Minister’s convoy being stopped for 15-20 minutes on a flyover in Punjab’s Bathinda as the road was blocked by protesting farmers, the Olympic medallist tweeted: “No nation can claim itself to be safe if the security of its own PM gets compromised. I condemn, in the strongest words possible, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by anarchists.”Retweeting her post, Siddharth wrote, “Subtle cock champion of the world… Thank God we have protectors of India. Folded hands. Shame on you Rihanna.”“The double worded language he has used, he shouldn’t have uttered these words. I wholeheartedly condemn his statement and it is unforgettable and unpardonable from our side. If he has something to say in honour of Saina who has brought laurels to the country, then he should come in open and apologize to Saina, and then it can be thought because it’s a first offence from his side […]
  • India Open: Sindhu, Srikanth to be in action on Day 1, Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri withdraw from men’s doubles
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Indian Open badminton is all set to start here in New Delhi at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall. The experienced Indian men’s doubles combination of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri along with men’s singles fourth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand have withdrawn from the competition.However, Sumeeth will be in action in mixed doubles alongside Ashwini Ponnappa with the pair taking on second seeds Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova in the opening round. Star Shuttler PV Sindhu will be in action on the first day. The disarming smile and lightning speed that mesmerized badminton fans at the World Championship last month has suddenly made Loh Kean Yew the star attraction around the globe.Singapore’s first World Championships gold medallist is still basking in that glory, even posing for pictures with fellow players on the eve of the India Open, which is a part of the BWF World Tour 500 tournament series.The 24-year-old admits that he hasn’t got enough time to train after his triumph in Huelva, Spain, but wants to start the New Year by putting his best foot forward.Loh Kean Yew is seeded fifth at the India Open. The Singapore shuttler defeated Kidambi Srikanth in the World Championships final and the Indian is expected to be his biggest challenger at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall along with bronze medallist Lakshya Sen, who is playing in this tournament for the […]
  • Australian Open: Pleased and grateful that judge overturned my visa cancellation, says Djokovic
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): World number one men’s singles player Novak Djokovic on Monday said he is “pleased and grateful” that the judge has overturned his visa cancellation ahead of the Australian Open.The tennis star won his legal appeal on procedural grounds, quashing the border officer’s initial decision to cancel his visa. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa and confirmed the twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serbian will be permitted to stay in Australia.Djokovic was also ordered to be released from detention immediately with his passport and “personal effects”.“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen.I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans,” Djokovic tweeted.The defending Australian Open champion also thanked his fans for standing with him during the proceedings.“For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong,” he added.Notably, Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to enter Australia and compete in the Australian Open because he had recently tested positive for COVID-19, court documents published on Saturday has revealed.The Australian Open organizers granted a medical exemption to vaccine-sceptic Djokovic after which he jetted into Melbourne […]
  • La Liga: Sevilla edge Getafe to keep pressure on Real Madrid, Atletico play four-goal draw with Villarreal
    Madrid [Spain] (ANI): Sevilla kept the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday by edging Getafe 1-0, while Atletico Madrid had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw against Villarreal.Rafa Mir’s goal in the 22nd minute past David Soria sealed the home team’s fate as they reduced the gap with Madrid to five points, with Sevilla owning a game in hand. Madrid thrashed Valencia 4-1 on Saturday. At Mestalla Stadium on January 20, Sevilla will have the chance to reduce the points difference to two by beating Valencia.At the Estadio de la Ceramica, Atleti and Villarreal drew 2-2 in a spectacular clash as Angel Correa and Geoffrey Kondogbia- who was later sent off – scored goals for the Madrid-based team while Oblak saved a penalty. Alberto Moreno and Pau Torres struck for the Yellow Submarine.With this draw, the Rojiblancos move ahead of Real Sociedad and slip into the top four, missing the chance to open up some real daylight. (Image source: Instagram)