PBL 2018-19: Viktor Axelsen-led Ahmedabad Smash Masters will bank on balanced squad in bid to win coveted crown
With a very balanced squad depth, Ahmedabad aims to go full throttle in their bid to seal their maiden PBL trophy.
Australian Open badminton: Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma advance with contrasting wins; Ajay Jayaram bows out
While Praneeth beat Israel's Misha Zilberman in straight games 21-17, 21-14, Sameer had to toil hard to get the better of New Zealand's Abhinav Manota 13-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the opening round
Orleans Open 2018: India's Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma enter quarter-finals with straight game wins
Kashyap, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will face Denmark's third seed Rasmus Gemke, while Sameer takes on another local player Lucas Corvee, seeded eighth.
It was a thoroughly dominant performance from the Ahmedabad team, making its debut in the league with Tai Tzu Ying underlining her class and HS Prannoy registering an upset win over Son Wan Ho.
Prannoy beat fellow Indian Sai Praneeth 15-10, 15-8 in the second men's singles to give his team an unassailable 4-1 lead in the tie.
Kidambi Srikanth's success story: How a farmer's son took to the badminton court and emerged champion
Kidambi Srikanth would have been growing paddy every kharif and rabi season in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, if his parents had not decided to let him pursue his dreams on the badminton court.
2017 has seen Kidambi Srikanth conquer his demons on and off court. With two back-to-back finals in Singapore and Indonesia, he is now finding the podium a familiar place.