World No 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s coach Rashid Sidek heaped praise on Saina Nehwal, saying the Indian ace is “mentally” very strong and can become the undisputed queen of world badminton. “Saina is improving every year. She is mentally very strong and can beat any Chinese player,” said Sidek, who will be coaching the Delhi Smashers in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL). The former world number one was the first Malaysian singles player to win a medal in the Olympics when he clinched the bronze at 1996 Atlanta Games.
Divij-Purav in semis
New Delhi: The fourth-seeded pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja made the semifinals of the $727,685 ATP Tour event in Bogota on Friday. The Indian pair got the better of the American-Canadian duo Nicholas Monroe and Vasek Pospisil 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the quarterfinals. Playing together after Wimbledon, the fourth seeds will play top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah next.
Vaidya in final
New Delhi: It’s been a great run for Kanika Vaidya. After ousting fifth-seeded Shweta Rana in the quarters, the 18-year-old qualifier thrashed second seed Rishika Sunkara to reach the final of the ONGC $10,000 ITF women’s tournament at the DLTA Complex on Friday. Vaidya, who won 6-0, 6-3 against Sunkara, will play top seed Ankita Raina for the title on Saturday. Raina defeated seventh-seeded Natasha Palha 6-2, 6-3 in the other last-four clash.
New Delhi: Favourites India will be eyeing a clean sweep of all the 10 gold medals for the second successive year in the South Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships which gets underway at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Saturday.
New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) announced the appointment of Dhananjay Mahadik as video analyst of the senior men national team. As a player, Mahadik played 64 internationals and represented the country in various tournaments, including the World Cup and CWG 2010.