featurebadminton21 days ago

Kidambi Srikanth's roller-coaster ride in world badminton

After topping the BWF ranking chart in April, Kidambi Srikanth's performance graph in 2018 following the Commonwealth Games has nosedived and traversed unseen troughs. Srikanth ended the CWG with a silver medal after losing to Lee Chong Wei in the final, despite defeating him in the team event.
Chiranjibi Pati
featurebadminton2 months ago

Know Your Heroes | Sameer Verma - the small-towner who made it big

Though Sameer Verma’s World Championships campaign ended after an early defeat against the legendary Lin Dan in the pre-quarterfinals, the match will be remembered for his audacious no-look shot that stunned the crowd. Ahead of Asiad, the World No. 21 talks about his preparation and chances.
SportsCafe Desk
featurebadminton2 months ago

PV Sindhu’s World Championship final is more than match; it is a date with destiny

At a time when India was fading into mediocrity, a youngster emerged who would save the sport from falling into the depths of indifference as had happened to Indian football all those years ago.This would inspire a whole generation of athletes who would eventually become a force to be reckoned with.
Faizan Qadiri
featurebadminton3 months ago

Despite recent failures Indian badminton stands on verge of world domination

Despite India ending Thailand Open with nothing to show in their cabinet yet again, the international badminton circuit remains largely to be conquered by a nation. A closer look at the five major tournaments held this year so far shows hardly any dominance by others that was once the crux.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadminton9 months ago

Sayali Gokhale - Breaking the glass ceiling to bring in a revolution

There is a sacred feeling once you cross past the corridor of Karnataka Badminton Association to reach the court of Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru. The court is buzzing with the sweet sound of the shuttle and an anxious chatter around the court by the kids practising out there.
Bastab K Parida
featurebadminton9 months ago

PBL Analysis | Bengaluru Blasters eliminate Ahmedabad Smash Masters in five-match thriller

The Smash Masters had a memorable debut season as the side ended their campaign on Saturday losing to Bengaluru, as the tie went all the way to the final match. After Sourabh Verma and Tai Tzu Ying gave them the lead, Prannoy failed to overcome Axelsen’s challenge as ASM succumbed to a 4-3 loss.
SportsCafe Desk
featurebadminton9 months ago

PBL 2018 | Ahmedabad and Bengaluru to square off for maiden final berth

Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Bengaluru Blasters will leave no stone unturned when they take on each other in the second semi-final of the 2018 PBL. The winner of the match will take on an in-form Hyderabad Hunters, who beat Delhi Dashers in the semi-finals yesterday, in the final of the league.
SportsCafe Desk
featurebadminton9 months ago

PBL 2018 Analysis | Ahmedabad Smash Masters thrash Mumbai Rockets 5-0 to reach PBL semis

Ahmedabad Smash Masters entered the knockout stages of their maiden PBL campaign after a holistic display by the side saw every player performing brilliantly as they won four of the five matches. Though their flawless evening ended with the men’s doubles defeat, the tie was already decided by then.
SportsCafe Desk
featurebadminton9 months ago

PBL 2018 | Ahmedabad Smash Masters to take on Mumbai Rockets in do-or-die tie

Ahmedabad Smash Masters, after a brilliant start to their campaign, faltered at the latter stage and will want to correct the mistakes when they will take on Mumbai Rockets today. Smash Masters will basically want their doubles duo for them to capitalize on the singles’ stars brilliant performance.
SportsCafe Desk
featurebadminton9 months ago

How Ahmedabad Smash Masters can qualify for the 2018 PBL semi-finals

Awadhe Warriors’ shocking 6-(-1) defeat to Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers’ narrow 3-2 win over Bengaluru Blasters mathematically ended duo’s chances of making it to the semi-finals of the PBL table. We take a look at what the Ahmedabad Smash Masters need to make it to the last four.
Subhayan Dutta