Guru dakshana !!

"I want to touch the achievement of Prakash Sir (Padukone) and Gopichand Sir by winning All England Badminton championship. I have been training hard day and night to achieve the goal." -- PV Sindhu
Gopichand won the mens singles title in 2001 - becoming the second Indian male to win the title in history - and Sindhu is eager to emulate her mentor.

PV. Sindhu will she own ?
The 2017 All England Badminton championship.

Bangalore, March 05,2017

Sindhu wants to make 2017 All England history.

2017 promises a new era of women's singles as All England Open Badminton Championships begins from 7 to 12 March 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England.
In the year 2016 the badminton world saw very many new stars, in the super series, Grand Prix matches. The 2016 BWF(Badminton World Federation) Super Series saw seven different champions, from five different nations - a far cry from two years' previous when seven of the 13 competitions were won by Chinese athletes. With 2017 promising to bring more talent, excitement and triumph to the fore, how much more will the landscape of women's badminton change?
The year 2016 saw history made left, right and centre, and nowhere was that more apparent than the Olympic Games in Rio, where all three medallists, including Olympic champion Carolina Marin, set new ground for their respective nations.
By clinching the coveted gold medal, Marin became the first non-Asian player to ever take the Olympic women's singles title, with runner-up PV Sindhu winning India's first silver medal in the sport. For bronze medallist Nozomi Okuhara, the 2016 YONEX All England champion, Japan's first women's singles podium finish was hers for the taking after Li Xuerui's withdrawal.
Young players, such as China's He Bingjiao and Chen Yufei and Japan's Akane Yamaguchi will continue their rise to the top, while the likes of Marin, Tai, Intanon and Sindhu will continue to solidify their place among some of the sport's finest.


107th YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships get underway, and excitement has reached fever pitch after the draw was announced on Valentine's Day..

Title Defence: In what will be her first appearance on court this season, reigning champion Nozomi Okuhara kicks off her campaign in arguably the tie of the round, facing tough opposition in the form of eighth seed Saina Nehwal as she looks to retain the trophy, in undoubtedly the biggest clash of round one The Japanese shuttler has faced her Indian opponent on six previous occasions, winning only once at the World Superseries Finals in 2015. Should Nehwal triumph over Okuhara, there could be an all-Indian tie on the cards in the semi-finals, with fellow superstar PV Sindhu mounting her title challenge against Mette Poulsen in the first round.
Carolina Marin : Two-time Olympic champion Carolina Marin clinched her first YONEX All England victory back in 2015, and since then, has gone on to add Olympic, World, European and a whole host of Superseries crowns to her collection. Marin hasn't won a Superseries title since 2015, but after reaching the semi-final stage in Birmingham last year, she will be hoping 2017 is the year she gets back to winning ways, starting at the Barclaycard Arena.
PV Sindhu : Sindhu now an Olympic silver medallist and ranked fifth in the world, but having never progressed past the second round at the YONEX All England, she has made no secret of her desire to lift the trophy come March 12. Reach the quarter-final stage however, and she faces a tough hurdle in her path to the silverware in the form of top seed Tai Tzu Ying, before possibly facing her compatriot in the last four. In the women's singles draw, Indian superstars Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu cannot meet until the semi-final stage. Sindhu and Nehwal have never met in competition at the YONEX All England but the latter has faired better at the world's first and most prestigious badminton event, culminating in a final appearance in 2015.
Saina backed to find her groove in Birmingham: The Indian superstar has not played competitively for over eight weeks and withdrew from the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, South Asian Games and the Badminton Asia Team Championships to focus on getting fit for the YONEX All England. Now she has fully recovered from a leg and foot injury and is backed by coach U Vimal Kumar to find her 'groove' in Birmingham. Kumar told that Nehwal "has gone through all the rigours required to get back into shape and that there were no issues at the moment. The 2015 finalist will be well supported at the Barclaycard Arena as she puts up another title challenge.

Sindhu wants to make 2017 All England Open Badminton Championships history

Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu says she has her sights firmly set on becoming the first Indian woman to win the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships. The 21-year-old from Hyderabad, who had created history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic silver medal in August, has never progressed past the second round in each of her four previous appearances at the Superseries Premier event in Birmingham.
She wants to win the women's singles crown as a mark of respect to her coach Pullela Gopichand. Gopichand won the mens singles title in 2001 - becoming just the second ( Prakash Padukone ( yes Bollywood Deepika's father) was first Indian to win the title in 1980) Indian male to win the title in history - and Sindhu is eager to emulate her mentor. Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu insists she is 'not bothered' about being at a career high fifth in the world but really wants to get her hands on the YONEX All England trophy. The Indian sensation reached a new milestone in her career last week when she broke into the world's top five, jumping ahead of the likes of Ratchanok Intanon and rising star Akane Yamaguchi.
She has been training hard day and night to achieve the goal. She has thrown everything into her preparation as well, choosing to withdraw from India's squad for the Asian Mixed Team championship earlier this month so as not to disturb her 'intensive preparation for the tournament'
Sindhu well knows that a big success in Birmingham will propel her further up the world rankings and then her ranking will matter.

BWF World Ranking          Latest update: 2017-02-23          Top 5 Indians Singles:
Men: Rank                                                    Women: Rank
Ajay Jayaram (19 )                                        PV Sindhu (5)
H. S. Prannoy (21)                                        Saina Nehwal (10)
Sameer Verma (23)                                       Rituparna Das (50)
Kidambi Srikanth (30)                                    Tanvi Lad (53)
Sai Praneeth Bhamidipati (32)                       Gadde Ruthvika Shivani (58)


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All England Open Badminton Championships

The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world's oldest badminton tournament, held annually in England. With the introduction of the BWF's latest grading system, it was given Superseries status in 2007, upgraded to Superseries Premier status in 2011 The world's first open tournament was held in the English town of Guildford in 1898, the success of which paved the way for the All England's inaugural edition, which was held at London's Horticultural Halls in 1899. Although the inaugural edition consisted of just the doubles format, the singles were introduced from the second edition onward. It was eventually considered - especially after the first Thomas Cup series in 1949 - the unofficial world championship of the sport until 1977, when the International Badminton Federation launched its official championships.
There were two instances when it was halted - from 1915 to 1919 (due to World War I) and from 1940 to 1946 (due to World War II)

Peter Gade vs Pullela Gopichand 2001 All England Badminton Championsiop. [Highlights]

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That was Australian Open 2017....Roger, Serena and upsets aplenty...

Bangalore, January 30,2017

Men's fnal for championship:
In a stunning match befitting of the occasion, Roger Federer defeated long-time rival Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open 2017, his 18th major title. The 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory handed Federer his first major title in four-and-a-half years. The win also gave Federer his first win over Nadal at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon 2007, and was his first-ever victory over the Spaniard in Australia.
After an epic final for the ages, the pivotal moment came in the eighth game of the final set. One match point came and went, but on the second, Federer struck a winning forehand. Nadal challenged the call, but in vain. While the Hawk-Eye technology went in Roger Federer's favour, it totally ruined the eruption of joy which is possible only when there is a climax to a high-intensity rally.

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