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Saina Nehwal slips out of top-10 BWF rankings

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New Delhi, Aug 9: London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal slipped a place to move out of the top 10 of the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.

After her loss to Rio gold medallist and reigning world champion Carolina Marin at the Nanjing World Championships quarter-finals, Saina has slid one rung to the 11th place.

Saina’s compatriot P.V. Sindhu, who too lost to Marin in the final of the same tournament to take the silver, remained static at the third spot.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying holds the top spot, followed by Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.

In the men’s rankings, Indian Kidambi Srikanth dropped two places to be at the eighth place while H.S. Prannoy is static at No.11.

On the other hand, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty gained two spots to be at the 23rd place in the men’s doubles while no Indian pair features in the top 20 of the women’s doubles rankings.

Coming to the mixed doubles pairs, Indian duo comprising Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy also lost a couple of spots and are now at the 24th place.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap are married

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New Delhi, Dec 14: India’s ace badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday tied a wedding knot.

Nehwal took to Twitter to announce her marriage by sharing a photograph with Kashyap.

“Best match of my life…#justmarried”, she tweeted.

Later, Kashyap also shared a wedding picture with a caption “Best match of my life <3 “.

Both were dating each other since the past 10 years. Saina had confirmed the news of her wedding in October this year.

The two badminton players first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where have been training since 2015.

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IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: Australia 277/6 at stumps on Day 1

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Perth, Dec 14: Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test match against India here on Friday.

Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Brief scores:

Australia: 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Aaron Finch 50; Ishant Sharma 2/35) at stumps on Day 1 vs India.

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