Shivani Naik

Articles By Shivani Naik

BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy nets the big fish Lin Dan

Indian beats Chinese legend Lin Dan 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in the second round of the world championships.

BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth wards off spirited challenge from Nguyen

The eye-popping figure though was how Srikanth went from a wretched 17-21 error-strewn botched opening set to a 21-6 mince-pie of the third set.

Basel World Championships: Thumb rule applies

Sai Praneeth is beginning to merge his deceptive shot-making with the required discipline & fitness.

Basel World Championships: Hour of reckoning in clockwork country

Sindhu and Srikanth will have to recover from indifferent form to make a charge at the World Championships in Basel.

Bridge in the time of Diabetes, BP

In a sedentary sport played by seniors, taking life-saving pills can result in inadvertent doping. Shivani Naik speaks to the hyper-cautious players.

Glorious chapter in Indian badminton: When Saatwiksairaj Rankireddy met Chirag Shetty…

Geeky Chirag Shetty likes Netflix, newspapers and Rafa Nadal. Easy-going Saatwiksairaj Rankireddy prefers PUBG and Roger Federer. But when it comes to good chicken curry, one will have what the other’s having. How the two talented shuttlers found middle ground and friendship to bring India its biggest doubles title.

Thailand Open men’s doubles final: When Saatwiksairaj flicked the switch

Service winner at crucial stage of Thailand Open men's doubles final played key role in Indian pair's biggest title.

Underdog day afternoon: Saatwiksairaj-Chirag outwit world champions for India’s biggest doubles title

The Chinese were stumped in the opening game when the Indians literally scored off jabs while threatening to unveil the power-punches.

Indian men mark arrival in badminton’s speediest, strongest, toughest event

This is India’s first top title in what is badminton’s speediest, strongest and toughest event to crack — the men’s doubles, dominated by the powerful and blitzy Indonesians, Chinese, Koreans and Danes.

Reddy, Shetty, go: Saatwiksairaj-Chirag become first Indian pairing to reach Super 500 event final

Saatwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty become first Indian pairing to make the finals of a Super 500 event

Bhavani Devi: Breaking fences

Grit, poise and improved training help fencer Bhavani secure historic Worlds pre-quarters appearance.

Japan Open 2019: Akane Yamaguchi relentless, PV Sindhu helpless

It was 15-16 in the opening set with Yamaguchi just a snout-tip ahead. Sindhu vs Japanese is generally imprinted in all living memories as her long unblinking rallies with Nozomi Okuhara.

On hot streak, Sai Praneeth meets World No.1 Kento Momota

In-form Indian dismantles Sugiarto in straight games to set up semis clash against home-favourite Momota

Sankar Muthusamy: A retriever on the attack

At 15, Chennai’s Muthusamy is touted to rise high after adding new weapons in his game.

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.