Shivani Naik


In-form PV Sindhu falls to Tai Tzu’s trickery
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Badminton’s lucky to have the hyper-aggressive Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu and the sublimely talented Tai Tzu Ying inhabit the same era.

Sameer Verma’s fairytale ends, journey begins
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Sameer Verma’s dream week ends in a defeat to home-favourite NG Ka Long Angus in hard-fought final of Hong Kong Super Series.

In Tai Tzu, PV Sindhu faces tricky rival in Hong Kong Superseries final
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

PV Sindhu will line up on Sunday for the Hong Kong Open crown, a week after she picked the big one in China.

Self-imploding Sameer Verma explodes on big stage, reaches Hong Kong Superseries final
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Unfancied Sameer Verma stuns world No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22 to set up title clash with Long Angus in Hong Kong Open

PV Sindhu seals off another high-intensity encounter
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

PV Sindhu plays her consecutive Super Series semi – this time against Cheung Ngan Yi, and will look to overpower Saina Nehwal’s conqueror.

Return of Saina Nehwal, the fighter
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

Saina Nehwal puts up a spirited performance against Cheung Ngan Yi, but runs out of steam at the end of the 71-minute duel.

Saina Nehwal a win away from face-off with PV Sindhu
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will clash in the semi-final of the Hong Super Series if they win their respective quarter-finals.

PV Sindhu: A raging bull in Chinese shop
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

PV Sindhu has emerged as a worrisome nemesis for her counterparts from China, so much so that she has busted their monopoly.

PV Sindhu: India’s latest dragon-slayer
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu clinches first Super Series title, beating home girl Sun Yu in the China Open final

Defence is best attack for PV Sindhu
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

Olympic medallist, PV Sindhu, curbs her natural style to beat Sung Ji Hyun in a close affair; will meet Sun in China Open final.

Another brick in the China wall falls
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

PV Sindhu beats China’s promising teenager He Bingjiao 22-20, 21-10 to enter the semifinals of China Open.

Sport and politics stapled together
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

For those from Arunachal Pradesh, getting a ‘valid’ China visa has been an unresolved issue.

In China Open defeat, takeaways for Saina Nehwal
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Saina Nehwal lost to Thailand’s Porntip in 1st round of China Open but shows intent in her first match after a knee surgery.

Sikki Reddy steps into Jwala Gutta’s big shoes in a new partnership
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Jwala Gutta announced that she would be concentrating on mixed doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa has decided to partner N. Sikki Reddy.

From cricketers to squash players to shuttlers: Sportstars ride the surfing wave
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

From cricketers to squash players to shuttlers — athletes are falling in love with surfing as a hobby and fitness necessity.

Badminton becomes a blur as new ’11×5′ format is proposed
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

Long rallies, strokes to the corners and skirmishes at the net are expected to fade out in badminton if the proposed '11x5' format gets adopted.

Olympics not the end of world: Jitu Rai
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Winning silver at World Cup Finals in Italy post Rio debacle has restored Jitu’s faith in his ability.

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu…now Ruthvika Shivani Gadde for India
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Another girl from coach Pullela Gopichand’s stable wins Grand Prix title, third after Indian badminton’s big two.

With bronze medal at World Championship, Gujarat duo Keyzad Anklesaria, Sunit Chokshi bridge gap
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Keyzad Anklesaria and Sunit Chokshi earned India a place on the podium at World Bridge Games for the first time since 1988.

Desperately Seeking Medals
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

India urgently wants sporting greatness — but its desire is fraught with dangers.

Pune: Olympian Lalita Babar joins Maratha protests
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

In her official Olympic gear, Lalita Babar joined the protesters as they marched from Deccan Chowk to the Council Hall.

With new federation, India boxing gets new hope
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

From punchline to punches: Spicejet head and BJP’s backroom boy Ajay Singh elected as the president of Boxing Federation of India.

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Spurred by jibe 16 years ago, Devendra Jhajharia hurls into record books
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Devendra Jhajharia has come a long way since he took his first few steps at a meet in Madurai, winning at shot put and javelin.

Simply Put: Paralympian beats 1500m Olympic timings — but there’s a catch
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Abdellatif Baka’s was a Paralympics world record and Matthew Centrowitz’s had been the slowest timing over 1500m at the Olympics finals since 1932.

Rio delivers memorable, uniquely South American Games
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Despite political uncertainty and recession, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro managed to deliver a memorable, uniquely South American Games.

At Olympics, it remains ‘US vs Them’ for United States of America
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Story of the medals tally: Familiar leader, surprise second in Britain, China’s slump and the Rising Sun.

At Olympics, it remains ‘US vs Them’ for America
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Story of the medals tally: Familiar leader, surprise second in Britain, China’s slump and the Rising Sun.

Rio redemption for Brazil, Neymar leads the way
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

The Maracanã erupted after the deciding penalty, their love for Neymar cemented, a gold in the kitty.

Rio Olympics: India lose, on the mat and off it
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Yogeshwar Dutt goes down tamely to his Mongolian rival to complete India’s self-inflicted humiliation in men’s wrestling.

PV Sindhu’s Olympics journey began on one leg
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

PV Sindhu began her intense preparations one year ago even as she was recovering from a fractured foot.

PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin, Rio Olympics: Notes from the sidelines​
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

PV Sindhu became India’s first woman to win a silver, scripting history and evacuate India of its Games anguish with a display of talent, power and grace.

PV Sindhu’s silver medal raises hopes of a golden future
Sat, Aug 20, 2016

In the badminton women's singles final at Rio 2016 Olympics, brave PV Sindhu comes up agonisingly short against World No.1 Carolina Marin.

PV Sindhu becomes first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal
Sat, Aug 20, 2016

PV Sindhu had taken Indian badminton, the country’s high-performing sport for a while now, a notch higher.

How coach Pullela Gopichand gives his players what he himself never got
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Pullela Gopichand is now feeding his athletes what he had been starved off: ready inputs, strategy, knowledge and an incredible mind off court.

Rio 2016 Olympics Badminton Final: Wonder girl versus ‘Girl Nadal’ for gold
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Standing between PV Sindhu and the gold is the World No.1 Carolina Marin, who has Nadal’s tenacity and Sharapova’s shrieks.

Sakshi Malik – India’s Miss Sunshine at Rio Olympics
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Sakshi Malik, the diminutive Haryana wrestler, overturns a 0-5 deficit against Kyrgyz Aisuluu Tynybekova to give the country its first medal at Rio — a bronze.