Shivani Naik

Articles By Shivani Naik

Akane Yamaguchi’s fast-paced attack undoes PV Sindhu in Indonesia Open final

PV Sindhu prepared for long rallies, but Yamaguchi surprised with fast-paced attack to clinch Indonesia Open title.

Indonesian Open: Defence PV Sindhu’s best attack

PV Sindhu demolishes World No. 3 Chen 21-19, 21-10 with a near-perfect game of offence sprinkled on a bed of defence.

Vanakkam badminton: Tamil Nadu a sleeping giant beginning to stir

Lying in the shadow of traditional badminton hotbeds for decades, Tamil Nadu is a sleeping giant beginning to stir

Jagshaanbir at Golden State Preps: 6’11” teenager from Jalandhar takes first steps towards NCAA-NBA at California academy

Jagshaanbir Singh, a 6’11” hoopster known to his team as Shaan, is the latest from India’s NBA academy who will head to USA to kickstart his attempt at cracking the world’s greatest league.

Sumitra Nayak kicks up a storm

Odia teen's last-gasp penalty helps Indian women secure first international 15s win.

Pranati Nayak vaults to a bronze at Asian meet: For my father, a bus driver

Pranati is coach Minara’s biggest success story yet, coming just a few months after she retired in February from SAI.

Paging Tokyo: Advait Page sets sight on Olympics

Advait reckons given his consistent improvement over the last two seasons – where he’s slashed precious seconds over the 1500-free, his pet event – the ‘A’ mark is imminently within his touching distance.

Midnight Melee: The Holy month and tock-tock nights of Mumbai’s gullies

Much before the Badminton World Federation formalised outdoor shuttle to rope in greater numbers this last fortnight, the ‘Ramzan season’ of cock-bat badminton had become an annual ritual in Muslim localities across Mumbai.

Hoopster’s dream: Vaishnavi Yadav makes it to NCAA, aims to play in WNBA

On Thursday, Vaishnavi, India’s super-skilled forward with a big-scoring game and massive appetite for adventure, was picked by the Pensacola State College in Florida.

Kedar Jadhav brings street-smartness of gully cricket to Indian team

Having learnt his trade on the unforgiving Pune tennis-ball cricket circuit, Kedar Jadhav brings his unique version of street-smartness to the Indian team which aims to become more than the sum of its parts.

Shuttle flies outdoors: Badminton’s new version hopes to bring in casual fans, players into fold

Much like India, amateur participation outdoors is 40 per cent more than those undergoing structured training on expensive indoor wooden courts, globally.

Renuka Shahane on how to slay trolls and influence people

In politically-divided Bollywood, Renuka Shahane occupies the middle ground, from where she engages with all shades of opinion. The actor on trolls, hate and her trust in moderate Indians.

Top players shown born in auto, forest: Parents in plea on badminton age fraud

Taking cognizance of the petition, the Karnataka High Court Friday directed the BAI to “consider the representation” and take a decision on it “in accordance with the law... within three weeks”.

India’s talent pool for upcoming World Championship

As the World Championship beckons in July at Korea, India unexpectedly is looking to three teen swimmers to make a splash in the 1500m.

Water or land, Inderpal Singhs keep rowing

Parminder, son of Sydney Olympian Inderpal, leads India’s charge at the Asian indoor championship.

Collateral damage: Sport of shooting faces battle of perception after Christchurch attack

While fewer medals is a minuscule trade-off for stricter gun laws, the sport of shooting faces a constant battle of perception and a very real problem of being associated with gun violence across the world.

On Cue: A rare match-up, a see-saw battle and ungrudging admiration

The crowd was thoroughly entertained on Tuesday when Advani raced to a 3-1 lead, after which Mehta had to eke out a 56-clearance going to 3-2, and then immediately a 79 for 3-all.

Dipa Karmakar aggravates knee injury, pulls out of Doha World Cup

Though the extent of her injury will only be clear on medical examination, Dipa Karmakar has opted to skip the Doha World Cup starting next week, and did not risk attempting the second vault, after the discomfiting landing.

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s thousand splendid breaks

Often overshadowed by Ronnie O’Sullivan’s antics is his art of break building, which stems from his troubling past and thrives through creative beauty. The Indian Express explains the craft of snooker’s greatest showman.

Show-jumping sisters keen to break new ground

“Dressage is boring!” Mahira Furniturewala declares about the most-carped about Olympics staple from the stables, having opted for the more adventurous show-jumping herself.