Shivani Naik

Articles By Shivani Naik

Advisory for Indian shuttlers in Hong Kong: Stay indoors

“The moment we landed, we were handed out sheets where they had given us some guidelines,” says Chirag Shetty, one half of a talented doubles pair with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.

Satwik-Chirag: Work in rapid progress

Satwik-Chirag chip away at the World No 1 ‘Minions’ even as they lost 21-16, 22-20 at the Fuzhou China Open 2019.

India scale the Chinese wall

Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, playing as kings of their jungle at home in Fuzhou, China, are former world champions from 2018. Both uniformly 24 are being primed to lead China’s men’s doubles challenge at Tokyo Olympics next year at a nice winning age of 25.

Smash hit: Satwik-Chirag enter Paris final

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their French Open men's doubles semifinal on Saturday. After quarters in 2017 and semis in 2018 at the same venue, India's dynamic duo make their first Super 750 finals.

Satwik-Chirag beat the big ‘Daddies’, enter quarterfinals at Paris

Crucially for India's best pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, the 'Daddies' still iffy from niggles sustained at the China Open last month, are just a touch slow.

Praveen Kumar: Wushu gets a poster boy

Praveen, who gave up boxing alleging favouritism, wins gold at World Championships enter World Cup.

The move to quit Commonwealth Games on flimsy grounds is unfair to athletes

Great sporting nations don’t sulk. They get cracking on the new rules of the game and prove a point on the sports field.

Vietnam Open: Sourabh Verma rises over Sun

Smashing past financial aches, lack of support staff and tough adversary, Sourabh Verma nails Vietnam Super 100.

Last year was a disaster because we had random coaches travelling, says Pullela Gopichand

The Indian Express speaks with Gopichand on the need to have a well-defined structure for the nation to become a shuttle powerhouse

Smashing gender bias: Sindhu, Saina tracing their own paths, not chasing male records

Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu have always known better than to measure their sporting arcs against male achievements. Why trot towards equality with men when you can gallop away to further greatness?

Power Velocity Sindhu: The anatomy of ‘Sindhu Smash’

PV Sindhu has combined her tall frame with agility, as was evident in her display in the Badminton World Championships at Basel.

PV Sindhu: Strokes of genius

Sindhu’s ascent to the top of the world game has required constant upgrade in skills, conditioning and mindset

PV Sindhu: 24-year-old, 24-karat gold

After silver medals in two successive editions, Sindhu becomes India’s first world champion in badminton; power-smashes Okuhara into submission.

Gold In Basel: P V Sindhu is World Champion

The past she erased included a torrid 2017 when she lost the longest World Championship match to the same opponent, as well as a long string of losses listed out every time she fell short — Olympics, Asian Games, two Worlds finals, CWG and even the Nationals, all finals.

BWF World Championships: Kento Momota schools history-maker Sai Praneeth

Sai's 21-13, 21-8 loss to World No.1 Kento Momota in the semifinals had only flickers of possibilities of how intact India's men's brigade can emerge from being thrown into a foundry with the world's very best.

PV Sindhu eyes World Championship gold after entering third successive final

Sindhu and Okuhara are back at Basel's 2019 World Championship final, for Season 2 of this epic drama, with all of India neck-deep in love with badminton's iconic women's singles rivalry.

PV Sindhu assured of a record fifth medal at Worlds, Sai Praneeth first after Padukone

Indian badminton has won a medal at the World Championships or Olympics in every year of this decade starting 2011, and has assured itself of two more at the Basel World Championships with PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth entering the semi-finals.

Indian men’s badminton heaves a huge Sai of relief

Sai’s match against Jonathan Christie wasn’t of supreme quality. Two nervous men, hoping not to blink would best describe the 24-22, 21-14 win.

PV Sindhu, better than the best

Indian quells the mighty Tai Tzu to enter semifinals of the Worlds and ensure a fifth medal.

BWF World Championships: Tricky Tai Tzu-Ying test awaits PV Sindhu in quarters

With Akane Yamaguchi ousted and Carolina Marin absent, this could be a fine chance for PV Sindhu to go the distance. However, she runs into possibly the toughest player on the circuit to beat.