The Indian challenge at the All-England Open Badminton Championships came to an end when Saina Nehwal was ousted from the women’s singles quarter-final by China’s Shixian Wang. The Indian seventh seed lost to World No 3 Shixian 17-21, 10-21 in 43 minutes at the National Indoor Arena on Friday.
Railways will try to break their 48-year old jinx while Mizoram will look to become first-time lucky when the two sides meet in the title clash of the 68th National Championships for the Santosh Trophy in Siliguri on Sunday. Railways last won in 1966.
The total prize money of the country’s premier badminton tournament, the India Open Super Series, has been increased from $200,000 to $250,000 this year. "It was the decision of the Badminton World Federation to increase the prize money of the Super Series tournaments," it was said.
Victoria Azarenka’s fighting spirit just wasn’t enough as the injured third seed was sent packing from the Indian Wells tennis tournament by 66th-ranked Lauren Davis.