While PV Sindhu attempts to simulate Tokyo-like conditions while making use of air-conditioners and blowers to mimic the drift, here's a look at the variables, aerodynamic and otherwise, to make sense of this decision.
Kidambi Srikanth gritted it out and though he ended up losing after 77 minutes on the day, the uncharacteristic playing style raised hopes that the talented Indian can become more than just a fast-court, aggressive, speed merchant, who drops off in big events.
It's taken a while, but Indian doubles pairings have finally taken centrestage. Satwik-Ashwini beat their quarterfinal opponents World No.7 Malaysian opponents Peng Soon Chan--Liu Ying Goh 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 shirking off a couple of match points.
The calm in HS Prannoy's game is so much more effective than the storm he can kick up. For an immensely cerebral shuttler, who likes dabbling at complexity, each rally can be a carefully pursued treasure hunt.
TV 2 Sport of Denmark has been chronicling quarantine and isolation woes of Danish shuttlers. Russian doubles veteran Ivan Sozhonov was recorded by partner Vladimir Ivanov, literally shuddering while the testing official poked the swab stick fishing for a sample.
It's been a nervous spring and one long winter of the pandemic pause, but the rustiness aside, Sindhu seemed none the worse for the wear. It's early season still, and the August Olympics will be her main target.
According to the BWF, the Thailand Public Health Ministry’s six-member “working group” of doctors initially determined that Nehwal and Prannoy, and a German player, had “tested positive on the PCR test”. But they also said that the players’ “antibody IgG was positive”.
Nothing slyly microscopic, nor towering like her Indonesian opponent, could stop India's top mixed doubles pairing of Ashwini and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy from scalping World No.8 Hafiz Fazal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja at the Thailand Super 1000.
"This is where I belong, and these are the people who make me who I am – back on the court and playing with my partners, this is what life is all about!" Satwiksairaj Rankireddy captioned a happy frame with two teammates — Ashwini Ponappa and Chirag Shetty — who had helped him tide over a Covid-19 recovery.
In a panel Integrity Unit investigation by the Badminton World Federation that concluded after events dating as far back as 2015, the kingpin of this series of fixed matches, Hendra Tandjaya, a 32-year-old doubles floater on the lower circuit explained during his confessions what "nyabon" meant: "playing a match to fix a particular result."
What made this summer of quiet, persistent protest fascinating was that the Rev Raphael Warnock, a Black pastor, was contesting against the co-owner of Atlanta Dream, the sitting Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.