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The PBL3 auction has raised a lot of questions about the importance, or the lack of it, given to Indian doubles shuttlers.

The Indian singles shuttlers may have hogged all the limelight at the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2018 auction with HS Prannoy becoming the costliest player but it is a very different scene in doubles. Once more the Indian doubles shuttlers have been pushed into the shadows with most teams splurging on foreign recruits, which the World No. 33 men’s doubles player, B Sumeeth Reddy has raised his voice against on social media.

He has asked for the teams to have at least one Indian in doubles and mixed, thus giving the home players a prized opportunity to learn from the foreigners.

 

 

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KUALA LUMPUR: Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (pic) is desperate to revive his flagging badminton career.

And what better place to get it right than at his most memorable tournament – the upgraded Perodua Malaysia Masters from Jan 16-21 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

His career went downhill within 20 months since winning last year’s Masters in Penang.

He was touted as a player for the future but failed to live up to expectations with early exits in lower ranked European tournaments.

 His world ranking has also seen a drastic drop from No. 23 to No. 63.

 

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CHENNAI: Kidambi Srikanth has scaled another peak. Not World No 1 in rankings yet, the player from Andhra’s Guntur is topping the list of prize money-earners for the year.

A list released by the Badminton World Federation shows him with earnings of $149,797.50 (Rs 98.2 lakh approx) in 2017 so far. The 24-year-old leads the way in men’s and women’s singles.

PV Sindhu is third on the women’s list, with $93,212.50 (Rs 61.1 lakh). Saina Nehwal is 14th, her prize money amounting to $25,427.50 (Rs 16.67 lakh). Curiously, Srikanth said he is not aware of this.

“It’s not about the prize money. It’s more about performing well,” he said. He is busy training, aiming to add to his tally of two Superseries titles this year. He won these in Australia and Indonesia, with respective prize purses of $ 56,250 and $ 75,000. Although he lost in the World Championship quarterfinals, these results propelled him to the top of the money list.

 

 

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A new badminton club has been established in Castlepark.

AFTER the success of a breakfast badminton club at Castlepark Primary School, arranged by Irvine Junior Badminton Club and North Ayrshire Active Schools coordinator Stephen Fraser, IJBC committee have established a new junior club at Castlepark Community Centre.

The first session was delivered on Saturday, with 20 kids registered for their first session.

The session consisted of introduction to badminton, warm-up games, back hand serves, shuttle runs and around the world. The session was delivered by Andrew Tremble Jnr and sister Eva.

The local badminton club have had success in funding from The Lottery Fund and North Ayrshire Venture Trust. This funding is aimed at badminton in the community.

IJBC now have four sessions per week.

 

 

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BENGALURU: On Monday September 17, badmintor player Kritharth Singh, 25, woke up with a mild headache and noticed weakness and numbness on left side of his body. He fell on the floor from his bed.  The left side of his face went cold and he was unable to speak. The resident of  Sahakhar nagar was rushed to Aster CMI Hospital. He was immediately examined and in 90 minutes, a diagnosis and treatment was instituted, informs Dr Ravi  Gopal Varma, chief of neurosciences, Aster CMI Hospital.

 

 

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The Yonex Dutch Open is one of the streaming highlights for Badminton Europe as the annual Grand Prix event in Almere tends to draw a high quality field ahead of the Denmark Open the following week. This year is no different with many top stars stopping off in Almere before the trip to Odense.

The men’s singles is particularly interesting as Japan’s Kento Momota continues his whirlwind trip around Europe soaking up every available world ranking point and Denmark’s Hans Kristian Solberg Vittinghus bids to try something different in his bid for some home success in Denmark the following week.

“I decided to play Dutch Open this year to try something new in my preparations for Denmark Open. I haven’t exactly performed well in Denmark that last year’s so thought it might be good to try and prepare a bit differently this time and see how it works”

Vittinghus also has world ranking points on his mind this coming week ahead of a tour shake up in 2018

“I also need to consolidate my spot inside the world’s top 30 ahead of the new world tour next year as there will be no qualifying at the two top tiers so of course I am also going to Dutch in search of some much needed world ranking points.”

Vittinghus travels to the Netherlands as third seed and all things considered should be value for the seeding. However, the Dane finds himself in the same side of the draw as Momota with both due to meet as early as the quarter final.

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CHENNAI: The status of the Indian economy has been under the scanner in the last few months with the falling GDP being the talk of the town. The situation notwithstanding, teams went all out with their moolah for the shuttlers at the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 3 auctions that were held here on Monday.

India’s top guns PV Sindhu (Rs 48.75 lakh, Chennai Smashers), Saina Nehwal (Rs 41.25 lakh, Awadhe Warriors) and Kidambi Srikanth (Rs 56.1 lakh, Awadhe Warriors) were retained by their respective teams, while there were a few surprises.

One of the two new teams, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, began the auction by grabbing the world’s number one women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying for Rs 52 lakh, who will be making a debut in the tournament. The Smash Masters also netted India’s fast-improving men’s singles player HS Prannoy, making him this auctions’ most expensive player (Rs 62 lakh).

Express contacted the Smash Masters’ owner Ashish Shah to learn if their recruitment targets had been achieved.

“From the start we knew that we wanted Prannoy. That strategy was to get him. Same with Ying,” Shah said.

 

 

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KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Chen Tang Jie is relishing the chance to make headway with seasoned campaigner Goh Liu Ying.

Tang Jie reported for duty and went through a training session in the afternoon with Liu Ying at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (BAM) in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

National mixed doubles head coach Chin Eei Hui has paired up Tang Jie, a Petaling Badminton Club (PBC) product, with Liu Ying to add depth in the squad.

The duo will make their debut in two tournaments – the India International Challenge in Mumbai (Nov 29-Dec 3) and the Maldives International Challenge in Male (Dec 5-10).

 Liu Ying-Peng Soon won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and reached the All-England final in March. They had to break up due to Liu Ying’s shoulder injury in April.

 

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The Redskins can contend in the NFC East but will need some consistency from Josh Docston and the rest of their receivers. Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins won without playing a game, thanks to losses by NFC East rivals Dallas and the New York Giants. But, even though the Redskins are in second place, they’re only 2-2 and the season has a long way to go.

But it’s become evident that Philadelphia has a budding star at quarterback; the Giants are in for a long season, and the Cowboys are inconsistent. Somewhere in there sits the Redskins. They look improved, but if they want to stay in the race until the end, here are some things that must happen:

 

 

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 9, six days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.

The Redskins week that was

Five takeaways from the Redskins’ loss in KC — The one, overriding takeaway here is that you can’t make as many mistakes as the Redskins did and beat a very good team on the road. The fact that they almost pulled it out was a sign that the Redskins have improved. But the defense couldn’t escape a cycle where fatigue was causing them to make mistakes, which kept them on the field, which led to more errors of commission and omission.

It’s officially time to get Doctson more touches — Josh Doctson has been healthy all year and yet Ryan Grant has played more snaps than him in every game but one. Grant has done some good things but he does not have the potential to dominate a game like Doctson does. Doctson had been targeted only six times in four games. He needs to be targeted at least six times per game.

 

 

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