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When the Ahmedabad Smash Masters bought Indian shuttler HS Prannoy for a whopping Rs. 62 lakhs in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2018 players’ auction in Hyderabad on Tuesday, he became the costliest player for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, PV SindhuSaina Nehwaland Kidambi Srikanth were retained by their respective franchises.

It was an intense battle between the Mumbai Rockets and the Ahmedabad Smash Masters to secure the services of Prannoy. In the end, the Mumbai franchise realised that the Ahmedabad franchise was not going to back out at any cost and consequently, gave up the battle. The eventual cost of Rs 62 lakhs meant a mammoth increment (nearly 250 percent) for the young shuttler.



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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.



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.


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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PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei are “recharged and refreshed” after a month-long break.

The world No. 13 suffered a slump in form between March and June before rediscovering their touch in August to win the New Zealand Open.

They also finished with a silver (team) at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. Only an untimely abdominal muscle injury to Vivian prevented the pair from doing better than a bronze in the individual event.

Now that they’ve had a good rest, Vivian-Khe Wei are hoping to kick off from where they left off with a double header in Europe – starting with the Denmark Open (Oct 17-22) and the French Open (Oct 24-29).

“We’re actually quite satisfied with the way we played during the SEA Games, especially since we weren’t playing so well before that,” said Khe Wei.


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