Shivani Naik

Articles By Shivani Naik

Dipa Karmakar gunning for Tokyo via Bapgaon

The Indian Express visits a private gymnasium in a bucolic setting on the outskirts of Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, that is helping Dipa Karmakar perfect her moves ahead of Olympic qualifiers.

India-born innovator Frederic Friedel gives chess a new buzzword — Woosh

The India-born, a longtime friend of Viswanathan Anand, is now going toe-to-toe with a bunch of tech giants to build his own chess-playing Artificial Intelligence at his home in Hamburg.

Premier Badminton League: Indonesian legends show they still have it, clinch title for Bengaluru

Indonesians Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan are masters of team events. They don’t get rattled by singles players botching team matches.

PBL: After historic brawl, all’s well for Thailand’s baddie boys Bodin Isara, Maneepong Jongjit

Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit weren’t talking much to each other, for close to a year before the ill-fated 21st of July in 2013.

PBL 2019: Koreans spill secret of their doubles success — detachment off court

What’s friendship got to do with success, Lee Yong-and his doubles partner Yoo Yeon-seong. wonder, speaking separately over the course of the Premier Badminton League, and turning some mushy, assumptions on their head.

PBL 2018/19: B Sai Praneeth 2.0 gets the better of Parupalli Kashyap

Thursday was just another day in the life of Sai Praneeth -- he had to be restrained from self-destructing as he won 15-11, 15-12 against Parupalli Kashyap, to take Bengaluru Raptors to the knockouts against Chennai Smashers.

India’s healing touch rejuvenates Viktor Axelsen

“I’ve been spending all my birthdays and Christmases here in India playing the league. Those are special days and I want to be with friends and family having breakfast at home, but India’s the next best option.,” says Viktor Axelsen.

Eat, Play, Love: Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on life, love and the game

He is a connoisseur of the game. All she wants is to win. She likes the drama of Bollywood. He likes the grittier tales. That’s probably why he married her. Badminton champions Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap, who finish each other’s sentences and generously roll eyes at each other, on life, love and the game — before and after marriage.

Premier Badminton League 2018: Slow and steady Son Wan-Ho dances to his own beat

Son Wan-Ho, representing Awadhe Warriors in the Premier Badminton League, scythed through Frenchman Brice Leverdez’s 15-14, 15-7. Warriors won 4-3 against the Pune 7 Aces.

Kidambi Srikanth: From World No. 1 to down a slippery slope

Barring the Commonwealth Games silver medal, it’s been a relatively lacklustre year for former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth.

How Carolina Marin reignited fire in her belly

Olympic champion Carolina Marin says she sought help from her psychologist and read motivational books to overcome mental battle post Rio Olympics.

BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu tames Nozomi Okuhara, detractors

Rio 2016 Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu ends final hoodoo in eighth attempt, becomes first Indian to win World Tour Finals.

First big title win this year, Sindhu pockets her biggest pay cheque too

At the World Tour Finals, Sindhu remained unbeaten through the week, scoring commanding wins over badminton’s biggest contemporary names: Tai Tzu Ying, Akane Yamaguchi, Ratchanok Intanon and Okuhara, her 2017 World Championship nemesis.

PV Sindhu seeks script change at BWF World Tour Finals

PV Sindhu would recall later how an older version of her’s would’ve been scrambled mentally from nervousness at losing a lead.

World Tour Finals: Sameer Verma’s super streak continues at year-end finals

Sameer Verma has taken the lead, but he will need to pounce on this opportunity he’s earned himself, starting with the Saturday clash against Chinese Shi Yuqi.

BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu snaps six-match losing streak against Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying

The 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 victory in the tough group match ended a 6-match losing streak against Tai Tzu Ying, whom PV Sindhu had swept past in the pre-quarters of the Rio Olympics.

How Bhavani Devi became the only Indian in international fencing circuit

How fencing found Bhavani Devi, the young woman from Tamil Nadu who is the only Indian to break into the international circuit.

When Indonesia’s Rudy Hartono ruled the badminton world

Rudy Hartono revolutionised badminton bringing in the headrush of blitzing speed when he won his first All England in 1968. He would go on to win a total of eight of those titles.

After clearing her mind, Dipa Karmakar wins bronze at World Cup

Dipa Karmakar marked her return from knee surgery with a bronze medal at the FIG Individual apparatus World Cup in Germany.

Can’t afford to mature late, says eight-time All England badminton champion Rudi Hartono

Rudi Hartono believes India’s shuttlers are giving themselves far too long to reach the top, and need to cut down their peaking age by at least 5 years, to 20.