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Apr 25, 2013

Badminton-Indian rookie beats idol Hidayat at his own game

NEW DELHI, April 25 (Reuters) – Indian rookie H.S. Prannoy fulfilled a long-cherished dream on Thursday, playing childhood idol Taufik Hidayat and beating him by frequently unleashing effective backhand strokes he modelled on the retiring Indonesian stalwart.

Former world and Olympic champion Hidayat, 31, will hang up is racket in June and he clearly struggled against an Indian 11 years younger as the Indonesian went down 26-24, 21-9 in the round of 16 at the India Open super series tournament.

Apr 22, 2013

Saina Nehwal banging head against Chinese wall

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – China’s enviable pool of outstanding talent makes it almost impossible for anyone else to make a dent on their ruthless domination of badminton, Saina Nehwal said on Monday.

The London Olympic bronze medallist has been something of an aberration in the women’s rankings, being the lone non-Chinese in the top five for much of the last year and offering sporadic challenges to the sport’s super-power nation.

Apr 22, 2013

Badminton-Indian Nehwal banging head against Chinese wall

NEW DELHI, April 22 (Reuters) – China’s enviable pool of outstanding talent makes it almost impossible for anyone else to make a dent on their ruthless domination of badminton, top Indian player Saina Nehwal said on Monday.

The London Olympic bronze medallist has been something of an aberration in the women’s rankings, being the lone non-Chinese in the top five for much of the last year and offering sporadic challenges to the sport’s super-power nation.

Apr 11, 2013

Let Pakistan stage Davis Cup matches: Khalid

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – If troubled Myanmar can host Davis Cup matches then Pakistan should be allowed to follow suit, captain Mohammad Khalid said on Thursday as the country continued to protest at being disqualified from a weekend tie.

Khalid is still smarting after Pakistan were controversially disqualified from their ‘home’ Davis Cup match, played in Yangon, Myanmar, against New Zealand last weekend because of “unplayable” court conditions.

Apr 11, 2013

Tennis-Let Pakistan stage Davis Cup matches – Khalid

NEW DELHI, April 11 (Reuters) – If troubled Myanmar can host Davis Cup matches then Pakistan should be allowed to follow suit, captain Mohammad Khalid said on Thursday as the country continued to protest at being disqualified from a weekend tie.

Khalid is still smarting after Pakistan were controversially disqualified from their ‘home’ Davis Cup match, played in Yangon, Myanmar, against New Zealand last weekend because of “unplayable” court conditions.

Apr 3, 2013

Jeev Milkha Singh wants truce between rival tours in Asia

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Twice Asia number one Jeev Milkha Singh would like to see a truce between the Asian Tour and its rival OneAsia so the continent can realise its potential as golf’s next big market, the golfer said on Wednesday.

For the second time this year, the rival tours went head-to-head last week with Australian Scott Hend winning the Asian Tour’s inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand while South Korean Choi Ho-sung clinched the Indonesia PGA Championship on the OneAsia circuit.

Apr 3, 2013

India’s Singh wants truce between rival tours in Asia

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Twice Asia number one Jeev Milkha Singh would like to see a truce between the Asian Tour and its rival OneAsia so the continent can realize its potential as golf’s next big market, the Indian said on Wednesday.

For the second time this year, the rival tours went head-to-head last week with Australian Scott Hend winning the Asian Tour’s inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand while South Korean Choi Ho-sung clinched the Indonesia PGA Championship on the OneAsia circuit.

Mar 21, 2013

Warne blames defensive captains for leg-spin decline

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Six years since he quit international cricket with 1,000 wickets to his name and a reputation for reviving a moribund craft, Shane Warne is concerned about the current lack of high-class leg-spinner in cricket.

Five slow bowlers feature in the top 10 test bowlers’ list but none are leg-spinners, who seem to be being overshadowed by their left-arm and off-spinning cousins.

Mar 21, 2013

Warne blames defensive captains for leg-spin decline

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Six years since he quit international cricket with 1,000 wickets to his name and a reputation for reviving a moribund craft, Shane Warne is concerned about the current lack of high-class leg-spinner in cricket.

Five slow bowlers feature in the top 10 test bowlers’ list but none are leg-spinners, who seem to be being overshadowed by their left-arm and off-spinning cousins.

Mar 21, 2013

Cricket-Warne blames defensive captains for leg-spin decline

NEW DELHI, March 21 (Reuters) – Six years since he quit international cricket with 1,000 wickets to his name and a reputation for reviving a moribund craft, Shane Warne is concerned about the current lack of high-class leg-spinner in cricket.

Five slow bowlers feature in the top 10 test bowlers’ list but none are leg-spinners, who seem to be being overshadowed by their left-arm and off-spinning cousins.