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Aakarshi Kashyap, Priyanshu Rajawat emerge winners in singles of badmiton trials for CWG, Asian Games
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Aakarshi Kashyap, Priyanshu Rajawat emerge winners in singles of badmiton trials for CWG, Asian Games

Aakarshi Kashyap and Priyanshu Rajawat are set to be picked for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games respectively after emerging as winners in women's and men's singles at Badminton Association of India's (BAI) selection trials

Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy enters second round; Sameer Verma retires hurt
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Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy enters second round; Sameer Verma retires hurt

Prannoy entered the second round of the men's singles competition at the tournament after registering a straight-game win over Ukraine's Danylo Bosniuk on Tuesday.

Denmark Open 2021: Sameer Verma shocks Anders Antonsen to enter quarter-finals as Lakshya Sen bows out
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Denmark Open 2021: Sameer Verma shocks Anders Antonsen to enter quarter-finals as Lakshya Sen bows out

The 27-year-old Verma from Madhya Pradesh will lock horns with 33-year-old Tommy Sugiarto, a bronze winner at the 2014 World Championships.

Uber Cup: Indian women's team bows out after losing to Japan in quarter-finals
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Uber Cup: Indian women's team bows out after losing to Japan in quarter-finals

Meanwhile, the men's team, which is already through to the quarter-finals, suffered a 1-4 defeat in their last group match, setting them up against Denmark in the last-eight stage

Thomas Cup: Indian men's team lose to China in last group match, to face Denmark in quarters
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Thomas Cup: Indian men's team lose to China in last group match, to face Denmark in quarters

The Indians thus finished their group engagements at second place behind China, setting them up against Denmark in the last-eight stage on Friday.

Thomas Cup: Indian men's team beats Tahiti 5-0 to enter quarter-finals
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Thomas Cup: Indian men's team beats Tahiti 5-0 to enter quarter-finals

It was a second straight 5-0 win for India, with the team having beaten the Netherlands by an identical margin on Sunday.

Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth to lead India teams in Thomas and Uber Cup Finals
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Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth to lead India teams in Thomas and Uber Cup Finals

BAI also on Sunday named a 12-member Indian team for the Sudirman Cup, which is slated to take place from 26 September to 3 October in Finland.

All England Open 2021: Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy pair enters quarters; Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty eliminated
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All England Open 2021: Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy pair enters quarters; Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty eliminated

The world number 30 pair of Ashwini and Sikki took just 33 minutes to see off the 13th ranked duo of Gabriela and Stefani 21-17 21-10 in the second-round match on Thursday night.

All England Open 2021: Saina Nehwal retires due to injury; four Indians in Round 2 of men's singles
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All England Open 2021: Saina Nehwal retires due to injury; four Indians in Round 2 of men's singles

Saina, who finished second best here in 2015, looked in discomfort with her right thigh and decided to retire after lagging 8-21, 4-10 behind in her opening round match against seventh seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark on Wednesday night.

All England Open 2021: 'No gym, no practice for two days,' tweets Saina Nehwal day ahead of opener
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All England Open 2021: 'No gym, no practice for two days,' tweets Saina Nehwal day ahead of opener

With just a day remaining for the start of the main round of the All England Championships, Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal took to social media to express her dismay at being kept quarantined in her hotel room in Birmingham for over two days

Swiss Open 2021: Tepid Indian performance at Basel a reason to worry about Tokyo Olympics qualification
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Swiss Open 2021: Tepid Indian performance at Basel a reason to worry about Tokyo Olympics qualification

The early exits of Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen did them no favours as they fight to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Swiss Open: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth through to round of 16; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win
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Swiss Open: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth through to round of 16; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win

While world champion Sindhu beat Yigit Neslihan of Turkey 21-16, 21-19 in her first-round match that lasted 42 minutes, Srikanth staved off a spirited challenge from compatriot Sameer Verma to make a winning start to his campaign.

Thailand Open Super 1000: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Sameer Verma produce the sole redeeming feature of Indian performance
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Thailand Open Super 1000: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Sameer Verma produce the sole redeeming feature of Indian performance

For the second elite World Tour Super 1000 tournament in a row, Indian shuttlers produced a dismal performance, to crash out of the Toyota Thailand Open en masse by the semi-final stage, and leave the country empty-handed.

Thailand Open Super 1000: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma suffer defeats; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponappa pair enters semi-finals
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Thailand Open Super 1000: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma suffer defeats; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponappa pair enters semi-finals

The unseeded Indian pair toiled hard for one hour and 15 minutes to beat their world no. 6 Malaysian opponents 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 in a nail-biting quarterfinal duel.

Thailand Open Super 1000: Sameer Verma, Satwik-Ponnappa sail into quarters; Anthony Ginting ousted in shock defeat
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Thailand Open Super 1000: Sameer Verma, Satwik-Ponnappa sail into quarters; Anthony Ginting ousted in shock defeat

Sameer Verma will next face third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, who received a walkover, in the quarter-finals.

Thailand Open Super 1000: Sameer Verma stuns Lee Zii Jia in opening round; PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth also win
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Thailand Open Super 1000: Sameer Verma stuns Lee Zii Jia in opening round; PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth also win

The win took Sindhu's head-to-head count against Busanan to 11-1. The only time the Indian lost to the Thai player was at the Hong Kong Open in 2019.

Thailand Open: Lack of physical fitness apparent in India's performance in first tournament back
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Thailand Open: Lack of physical fitness apparent in India's performance in first tournament back

Every one of the eight singles exponents – six in the men’s category, and two among the women, comprising the cream of Indian badminton – were sidelined before the completion of the second round matches

Pullela Gopichand recommends Indian shuttler HS Prannoy for Arjuna Award after BAI snub
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Pullela Gopichand recommends Indian shuttler HS Prannoy for Arjuna Award after BAI snub

It has emerged now that Prannoy was recommended by Gopichand on 3 June in his capacity as a Khel Ratna Award recipient.

Same crime, different punishment: BAI's disparate appraisal of Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy for top sports awards
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Same crime, different punishment: BAI's disparate appraisal of Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy for top sports awards

Frankly speaking, there is a lot of merit in Prannoy’s rant against the BAI. He should, by rights, have been nominated for the Arjuna Award in 2018 or 2019. His misfortune lies in the fact that Sameer Verma’s claim this year appears a mite stronger, and the ageing Thiruvananthapuram player may just have missed the boat in the stakes of having the coveted statuette adorn his mantelpiece.