Shivani Naik


FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ignoring snakes to get the ball, Niger’s love for banana chips and much more
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Teams are not only impressed by the support they are getting at the stadiums but also the similarity of their cuisine.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Foreign teams’ shopping experiences, Jadon Sancho’s ‘Baganisation’ and more
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

'Wenger Out' banners, Sancho's comparisons with the greats of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal; with the world coming to play in India, our reporters keep an eye out for the unusual.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Against mighty Germany, Iran come to the four
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Iran upset fancied Germans with goals from Younes Delfi (6th and 42th), Allahyar Sayyad (49th) and Vahid Namdari (75th) to book pre-quarters berth.

Indian colts’ nervous parents, Ghana’s Jama, Germany’s Lufthansa experiment set the pace in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Boris Singh's father's nervousness before his son plays, the grimness of the North Koreans and more from our reporters around the country.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran bank on defence against Germany’s strike force
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Iran have been one of Asia’s top teams for years now, and Chamanian says countries from this continent need to keep chipping away to find eventual success.

Abhinav with a toothy grin is ‘top dog’ at Fatorda
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

India organisers of FIFA U-17 World Cup called Abhinav to tame dogs at the stadium so they could not interrupt the Germany vs Costa Rica game.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Erratic Germans leave it late to overcome Costa Rica
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Germans turned goal-shy at the first whiff of the big occasion and were fortunate for a last-minute strike, to come off with a 2-1 win against Costa Rica.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: What unusual is happening in India
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup brings the world to play in India, our reporters keep an eye out for the unusual.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: The world comes to play in India
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Guinea U-17 colts in Goa, ahead of their opener against Iran on Saturday, are not falling over themselves to claim Paul Pogba as one of their own.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: A slice of life in India
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

From the buzz in the team to the shor in the street, our reporters present a slice of life of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

FIFA U17 World Cup: From tamarind chutney to samosas, India offers a blend of tasty tales to Costa Ricans
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

It’s not so much a change of topographies — both Santa Cruz and Goa share vibrant colours, a love for dance and music and folklore, a love for mussels and tiny feet gorging on the free open spaces to play football.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Germany look for next Miroslav Klose
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

In forwards Jann-Fiete Arp and Dennis Jastrzembski, Germany Under-17s think they have equivalent of Mirosav Klose in their ranks

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Face masks, a Cech accessory, brought to India by John Yeboah
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Germany Under-17s’ left winger John Yeboah will be the man in the mask this World Cup as he seeks to protect a broken nose.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: German colts look for the Mahatma before battle in the Goan heat
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

When Germany's U-17 World Cup team members knew their first training session would coincide with Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, they were keen on finding a suitable memorial to visit.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Jastrzembski, Majetschak… name-dropping wouldn’t be easy at this edition
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

A look at some of the charming tongue twisters and fascinating foreign names that you will spot at this FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Little canaries sing beautiful song
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Brenner da Silva struck twice as Brazil commenced their tune-up for the U17 World Cup with an impressive 2-1 victory over New Zealand in a practice game.

Sikki Reddy-Pranav Chopra enter Japan Open Super Series semifinals, a first for India since 2011
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Sikki Reddy-Pranav Chopra have heaved themselves to the highest step Jwala Gutta-V Diju climbed on the circuit — the semifinals.

The selection storm that has more than what meets the eye
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The controversy has also highlighted the disdain with which Indian parents look at doubles, given all the jockeying is happening for the singles spots.

PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin: Their twain shall meet in Japan Open Super Series
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

PV Sindhu avenged her Glasgow defeat by beating Okuhara to the Korea Open title while Saina Nehwal enjoys a 4-3 head-to-head record over Marin.

Japan Open Super Series: Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu, Nozomi Okuhara add up to a rivalry
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

After striking up a rapport with aggressive Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu is just warming up to the rally-machine Nozomi Okuhara. Sindhu, who recently won Korea Super Series title, can face Nozomi in the pre-quarterfinal match.

PV Sindhu turns The Avenger, beats Nozumi Okuhara to win Korean Open
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

PV Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in Korea Open Super Series final and exacted revenge for World Championships final loss at Glasgow in August. Both fought as hard as then, but Sindhu possessed the better sting for the endgame.

PV Sindhu — a world beater like few others in Indian sport
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

PV Sindhu kept a surprisingly detached countenance soon after she beat Japanese rival Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in what was a rematch of last month’s World Championship final.

PV Sindhu faces Nozomi Okuhara once again in Korea Super Series final
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Round 1 to PV Sindhu at Rio. Round 2 to Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow. Sunday brings Round 3 of this riveting rivalry to the world. The two 22-year-olds bring to the contest what an old-fashioned great rivalry must - immense anticipation.

PV Sindhu’s hand speed gets whirring at Korea Super Series
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

PV Sindhu won 21-19, 16-21, 21-10, comfortably in the end to make her first Korean semis, but she uncoiled the fury compiled over two weeks of training in Hyderabad post the World Championship, where she was bested in the final by a more proficient Japanese.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty spring a surprise, enter Korea Super Series quarter-finals
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Against a top Taipei pair which has consistently made quarters of Super Series and had a clutch of tier-two titles last year, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty matched their opponents’ pace especially at the net.

My gold will come: PV Sindhu
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Others may be fretting her epic World Championships final loss, but P V Sindhu is back on the court, in practice, readying for Tokyo, determined to make every muscle, every shot count. The Indian Express meets a 22-year-old confident of her place in history, and enjoying her moment in the sun

Saina Nehwal back to where she started – Gopichand Academy
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Saina Nehwal confirmed a return to the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad after a three-year stint with coach Vimal Kumar in Bangalore. She couldn’t have timed it better — having superceded expectations to return with a second medal from the World Championships.

Why the Malaysians love Kidambi Srikanth, and other sights and sounds from World Badminton Championships
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

There was more to last week’s Badminton World Championship than the action on court which saw Viktor Axelsen win the men's singles gold medal by pipping Lin Dan and Nozomi Okuhara winning gold in women's by edging PV Sindhu.

Zen And The Art Of Winning
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Japan is scouting sports talent young and ensuring they dominate the big stage

The reasons that keep Anne Smillie smiling
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Anne Smilie, head of Badminton Scotland, is playing host to her second big event in 10 years has hosted the mixed team event in 2007. The tournament has seen goodly crowds even in the early rounds.

PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara: Epic World Championships final is a classic advertisement of rise in women’s badminton
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The epic final between PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara is a classic advertisement of women’s badminton, which looks rosier than ever before.

Saina Nehwal after PV Sindhu final thriller: Mera petrol khatam ho gaya dekhte dekhte
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

In the end, the Indian hearts may been broken, and accepting that a slightly better player won, will take some time. But no one at the Glasgow coliseum was left unmoved by what unfolded: two girls defying gravity on a shuttle for as long as their arm and leg muscles, and the willpower in their hearts allowed.

Finally, I realised Nozomi Okuhara is never gonna leave: PV Sindhu
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

After a final of such epic proportions, words seem superfluous. Though she was disappointed with the defeat, PV Sindhu chose to laud her opponent’s fighting spirit and believed it will only make her a better player. Excerpts...

PV Sindhu’s silver linings playbook
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

After Rio Olympic Games, PV Sindhu came second best in the World Badminton Championship too, yielding to Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling final match of the tournament. Sindhu lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara.

PV Sindhu: The Great Indian Wall
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

PV Sindhu on Saturday beat the sixth Chinese of her World Championships career (she’s never lost to them in this meet) and it was the biggest decimating display. She beat Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10 in the semifinal.

World Badminton Championships: Jump-smash maniac Kirsty Gilmour on fervid high
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Kirsty Gilmour, the Scottish girl who posed an almighty challenge to Saina Nehwal before the Indian ensured bronze at the Worlds, says never having enough girls to play against has shaped her game.