• Scotland's women exit European Team Badminton Championships (pic)

    A defeat by Russia finally ended Scotland's women's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the European Team Championships in Basel.

    Kirsty Gilmour beat Natalia Perminova in the singles and paired with Imogen Bankier to win their doubles match.

    But singles losses for Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle tied the match before Nina Vislova and Evgeniya Kosetskaya beat the duo in the doubles. Kirsty Gilmour beat Natalia Perminova in the singles and paired with Imogen Bankier to win their doubles match.

    Scotland's men hope to progress as one of the two best runners-up.

    They came back from a 2-0 deficit at the St Jakobshalle venue to beat Belgium 3-2 and finish second in the group behind England to whom they lost 4-1 on Tuesday.

  • Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu in pre-quarterfinals of Syed Modi badminton tourney (pic)

    Lucknow:Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Parupalli Kashyap made a positive start to their campaign at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament, reaching the pre-quarterfinals of the women's and men's singles competition respectively.

    London Olympics bronze medallist, Saina reached the second round with a 21-7 21-9 thrashing of Matilda Petersen of Sweden in just 28 minutes to set up a clash with Russian Natalia Perminova at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here.Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu in pre-quarterfinals
         
    Saina was in complete control throughout the match and won seven points on the trot in both games to force her Swedish opponent into submission.

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