Shuttle Time Dubai heads back to DSW with two new courts

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Some young badminton players in action.

After high demand for court space last year, a further two courts have been added to the badminton section that runs until August 27 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition to the complimentary courts, coach education courses for levels one and two will be held from 19-23 June and 7-11 August respectively, along with the One Badminton Challenge and Friday Smashers Tournaments in June and July.

The Shuttle Time Dubai Club Championships also returns to pit clubs from across the UAE against each other. The first round of the five-week event will be held on Monday 1 August, with subsequent rounds held each Friday, before the Club Championships winners are decided in the Grand Finals on Friday, August 26.

“Our participation in Dubai Sports World is intended to encourage more people to enjoy badminton and to provide the opportunity for them to participate free of charge. It complements our current community and school programmes and offers a great opportunity for new players to come and try badminton,” said Jaffer Ebrahim, Shuttle Time Dubai project co-ordinator.

“DSW is also a great opportunity to bring together the UAE badminton community, to strengthen the clubs by training coaches and teachers, and to give the more experienced players the chance to test their skills against other clubs in the UAE in the Shuttle Time Dubai Club Championships.

“We will also be giving participants the chance to win tickets to see the world’s leading players contest the highlight of the professional calendar – the Dubai World Superseries Finals which will be held in Dubai for the third time from December 12-18 2016.”

To book a badminton court at DSW, go to http://www.dubaisportsworld.ae/Pages/sports/RequestBooking

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Vittinghus to meet Jeon in Australian Open final

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Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

The seasoned Vittinghus survived a tight opening game to account for India’s Srikanth Kidambi 22-20, 21-13 in the first semi-final of the men’s singles.

But South Korea’s Jeon needed three games over almost 70 minutes before subduing Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-19, 16-21, 21-19.

The 19-year-old Ginting upset Chinese world No.2 and top seed Chen Long on Friday to reach the semi-finals.

Vittinghus, 30, ranked 12, was a member of the victorious Danish team of the Thomas Cup in Kunshan in China last month and now gets his chance of winning the last Superseries event before the Rio Olympics.

India’s Saina Nehwal will play China’s Sun Yu in Sunday’s women’s singles final.

Nehwal, a former world No.1 now ranked eight, got past the tournament Chinese fourth seed Wang Yihan 21-8, 21-12 and will be chasing her 22nd career title in Sydney.

Sun Yu won the other all-Chinese semi-final against third seed Li Xuerui 21-18, 21-19 and will be after her fifth career title.

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Harinarayanan defends India Club title

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Not giving up: Harita Harinarayanan.

Harita Harinarayanan successfully defended her crown, beating multiple Pakistan national winner Palwasha Bashir in the women’s singles final at India Club.

The 21-year-old Indian won a thrilling tie that went the full three games 21-17, 13-21, 21-16.

The Kerala-based Harinarayanan, who mostly competes in doubles, had to be at her very best if she wanted to stop Bashir, who has been crowned Pakistan national winner since 2009.

“She is a singles player so I knew the game was going to be a little tough. I played an attacking game because if I played rallies, it would be difficult for me,” she said. “It feels great to win. There was not so much pressure on me because I don’t play singles so that gave me a lot of confidence.”

Harinarayanan started off strongly with a 2-0 advantage which soon built to leads of 8-6 and 11-6. She continued to raise her game and despite a brief fightback from her opponent, she drew first blood with 21-17.

The second game was all square at 6-6, but Bashir broke clear to lead 11-6 and 19-6. Harinarayanan had the advantage of 11-6 in the first interval in the final game, but Bashir reduced the deficit to 13-11. Harinarayanan took control winning the next three points at 16-11.

“I was always hitting and that went very good actually. She also played well,” said the champion.

Bashir was left frustrated by her own performance but said her opponent is a worthy winner.

“I am quite disappointed because I couldn’t control the shots because the AC was on. Because of that the shots were really fast,” she said. “She played well but I do feel that if I played my own pace, I think it would have been easier for me.”

She added: “My aim is now to play internationally and get more laurels for Pakistan.”

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