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PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap win at National Badminton Championship (pic)

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Published: 23 December 2013
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Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap cruised to the next round but it was qualifier Shriyanshi Pardeshi of Air India who hogged the limelight after stunning former women national champion Trupti Murgunde in straight games at the 78th ATS Senior National Badminton Championship here on Friday.

The 17-year-old Pardeshi was much superior on the net and it helped her register a 21-17, 21-18 win over the eighth seed opponent at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here. She will now face M Aruna of Pondicherry.PV Sindhu

"It is undoubtedly one of my biggest victories so far. This will give me a lot of confidence going ahead and I will try my best to go as far as possible in this competition from hereafter," Shriyanshi said after the match.

In the day's other matches, favourites Sindhu and Kashyap sailed through the third round with relative ease.

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Top Badminton News in India - PV Sindhu rises, Saina struggles and the IBL is born

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Published: 23 December 2013
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New Delhi: Saina Nehwal endured a frustrating title drought but Indian badminton continued to move forward with the emergence of P V Sindhu as the next big sensation and the introduction of the ambitious Indian Badminton League this year. Last year, Saina had the world at her feat as she became the first Indian to win a medal at the Olympics -- a bronze in London -- but what followed was a series of fitness issues and inconsistent form and it took a toll on her career. PV Sindhu was the best thing to happen to Indian badminton in 2013.The 23-year-old failed to defend her crowns in Indonesia, Denmark, Switzerland and Thailand and ended the year without a single title and slipped to world number six in the BWF rankings as well. The girl from Hyderabad could not even make it to the finals of these events and her best finishes were at Malaysia Super Series Premier and All England Super Series Premier where she reached semifinals.

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Comeback man Chetan Anand advances in India's National Badminton qualifiers

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Published: 16 December 2013
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New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS): Three-time India national champion Chetan Anand began his comeback from an injury curtailed season with a comfortable 21-5, 21-15 victory over Vishal Garg of Assam in the second qualifying round of the 78th Senior National badminton championship organised by the Delhi Capital Badminton Association.

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation employee, who was once ranked in the world top-20, had been suffering from a knee injury for the last two years and had dropped down in the pecking order of the national rankings.

However, Chetan hardly broke sweat Monday as he aimed for atleast a last eight finish in the tournament.

Also winning their qualifying matches comfortably were former junior national champion Rohan Castelino of Karnataka and U-17 national champion Daniel Farid, who had recently also won the Junior Nationals U-19 Category in Chandigarh.

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Of records, revelries and a rather confusing review system (pic)

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Published: 16 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: The main talking point of the recently-concluded Super Series Finals was as much about world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei winning a record fourth title as it was about the instant review system.

Chong Wei may be 31 years old but he continued to astound everyone with his latest win, adding to the three straight Finals victories he achieved from 2008.

This was also his seventh Super Series title – the first time he has won that many in a single calendar year.Lee Chong Wei

The 3,500 fans who packed the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras for the final also deserved praise for making the tournament a memorable one for the players with their lively cheering ... except for the unpleasant “abuse” towards the shuttlers from China.

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying and Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen clearly benefited from the strong support in their respective finals – women’s singles and mixed doubles. And they showed their appreciation with some superb displays on court.

For all the action on the court, it was the instant review system that stood out.

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Hendra hankers for Thomas Cup to complete collection (pic)

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Published: 16 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Indonesian star Hendra Setiawan has won almost everything badminton has to offer – except the Thomas Cup.

Since breaking onto the scene with former partner Markis Kido, the 29-year-old Hendra has won the Asia Badminton Champion­­ships in 2005, Asian Games gold medal (2010), Olympic gold medal (2008), and two world titles – with Markis (2007) and Mohd Ahsan this year.

Now, fresh off his first Super Series Finals title with Ahsan, the cheerful Hendra has warned that Indonesia are ready to take home the premier team event title for the first time since 2002.Indonesia's Olympic and world champion doubles ace Hendra Setiawan (left) who has forged a lethal partnership with Mohd Ahsan, now aims to complete his medal collection by capturing the Thomas Cup which his country last won in 2002.

“We have many big tournaments next year, namely the Malaysian Open, All England and the World Championships. But our main goal is definitely the Thomas Cup,” said Hendra.

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