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Shuttlers Sindhu, Verma enter Hong Kong Open finals

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Hong Kong, 26 Nov 2016 : India’s star shuttler P.V. Sindhu and Sameer Verma entered the finals of the men’s and women’s categories respectively at the Hong Kong Open here on Saturday.

Sindhu outplayed local girl Ngan Yi Cheung 21-14, 21-16 in her semi-final clash while Verma edged past Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark 21-19, 24-22 to enter his maiden Super Series final.

Sindhu, who had won the China Open recently, thus entered her second straight Super Series final. She dominated Cheung in the encounter which lasted for 46 minutes at the Hong Kong Coliseum-1.

The Olympic silver medallist started the proceedings with a 2-0 lead but soon she committed three consecutive net errors to concede a one-point advantage.

Both players battled hard to take the upper hand till the mid-game break, but the turning point came when Sindhu, looking fresher of the two players, clinched seven straight points to take the first game in 18 minutes.

The second game saw a fight back from Cheung, who defeated Saina Nehwal 21-8, 18-21, 21-19 in the quarter-final, but the 21-year-old Indian shuttler dominated right from the start. Sindhu took a four point advantage at the start to lead 7-3.

Soon Cheung changed her strategy and started counter attacking and as a result she managed to draw level at 7-7.

After the mid-game break, it was Sindhu who proved superior and clinched the match to sail into the final of the tournament.

She will now take on Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the summit clash on Sunday.

In the other semi-final match, Ying beat top-seed Carolina Marin 21-17, 14-21, 21-16.

Earlier, Sameer Verma edged past Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark to reach the final.

The Hyderabadi shuttler defeated third seeded Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22 in a contest which lasted around 45 minutes to enter his first Super Series final.

Verma started off on a good note by taking a 8-1 lead in the initial stages of the first game.

But Jorgensen soon found his rhythm and started counter-attacking, taking five straight points to reach 6-8.

Jorgensen dominated proceedings after the mid-game break, but Verma matched the pace of his opponent to take one point lead at 14-13.

Both players fought hard in the closing stages of the first game but it was Verma who managed to prevail and take the lead.

The second game saw the Denmark player outplaying Verma in every department of the game.

Right from the start, he dominated the Indian shuttler with some swift court movements and excellent net play.

But after the mid-game break, the 23-year-old Indian shuttler bounced back in style to level the scores at 12-12.

It was neck and neck till 17-18 with the Denmark player leading, but in the last three points, Verma managed to hold his nerve and clinched the game and the match.

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Want to contribute to India: Saina after joining BJP

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New Delhi, 29 Jan : Badminton star Saina Nehwal took the political plunge on Wednesday by joining the ruling BJP.

Nehwal, who was honoured with India’s highest award for sporting excellence – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP General Secretary Arun Singh.

Soon after joining, she said, “It’s pretty new for me. I would like to contribute for the betterment for India.” Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he was an inspiration for her move to join the BJP.

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No rise in Ambani’s stake, subsidiaries’ shares merged with RSHL: RIL

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New Delhi, 19 Sep : Denying reports of rise in Mukesh Ambani’s stake in Reliance Industries (RIL), a company spokesperson has said that under the ongoing restructuring of RIL’s subsidiaries, five subsidiaries holding 17.19 crore shares have merged with Reliance Services and Holdings Limited (RSHL), a company controlled by Petroleum Trust.

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Tendulkar wishes for quick recovery of Saina

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New Delhi, 17 March : Saina Nehwal turned 29 on Sunday and wishes poured in from various quarters for the ace India shuttler.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar not only wished Saina but also expressed concer over the shuttler’s health as the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist had earlier said she was admitted to a hospital after being diagnosed with ‘acute gastroenteritis with mild pancreatitis’.

After crashing out of the All England Open badminton championships quarter-finals, Saina was forced to miss the Swiss Open 2019 due to the problem.

Wishing Saina, Tendulkar said on Twitter: “Happy birthday to our very own Olympic medalist, @NSaina. Hoping for your quick recovery so you can continue to inspire the youth.”

Meanwhile, male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal also wished the shuttler.

“Wishing you a very happy birthday, @NSaina. Have a smashing year ahead!,” Srikanth said.

“A very happy birthday @NSaina Wishing you a great and successful year ahead,” Rani wished.

Earlier, informing about her health, Saina had posted on instagram saying: “So some sad news. I was really going through acute stomach pain from last Monday. I managed to play few matches in All England with lot of pain and decided to skip Swiss Open and come back to India and find out the issue and I found out it’s Acute Gastroenteritis with mild pancreatitis and the doctors have recommended me to get admitted and hopefully I recover soon out of it.”

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