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Lakshya, Satwik-Chirag advance to round of 16, Saina bows out

He was more ruthless in the second game and it reflected on the scoreline as he extended his head-to-head record against Ginting to 3-0…reports Asian Lite News

Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medallists Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty advanced to the mens singles and mens doubles round of 16, respectively, at the Denmark Open 2022 but their compatriot Saina Nehwal crashed out of the tournament, here on Wednesday.

Lakshya Sen, who climbed to a career-best world No 8 in the BWF world rankings last week, beat Tokyo Olympics bronze-medallist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 21-16, 21-12 in his men’s singles campaign opener.

The 21-year old Lakshya set the tone early on and took full advantage as Ginting, the world No 6, struggled to find his range on the day. Despite a late hiccup, the Indian badminton player took the opening game.

He was more ruthless in the second game and it reflected on the scoreline as he extended his head-to-head record against Ginting to 3-0.

Lakshya will either face compatriot HS Prannoy or China’s Zhao Jun Peng in the next round.

On the other hand, World championships bronze-medallists Chirag Shetty and Satwikrairaj Rankireddy played some attacking badminton to beat South Korea’s Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae 21-15, 21-19.

The Indian pair, seeded seventh, will now face a tough encounter against reigning All England Open champions Muhammad Fikri and Bagas Maulana of Indonesia in the next round.

Meanwhile, former world No 1 Saina Nehwal bowed out of the Denmark Open 2022 women’s singles event after a hard-fought 17-21, 21-19, 11-21 loss to Zhang Yi Man of China.

After losing the first game, Saina fought back in the second and had as many as four game points before finally forcing a decider. However, the London 2012 Olympic medallist ran out of steam as Zhang Yi Man took back control in the third game and completed a fine victory.

This is the third straight tournament where Saina has been knocked out in the opening round.

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Tasneem Mir surpasses Saina and Sindhu in making history

The entire Gujarat Police Department is also happy with Tasneem’s hard work. Gujarat Police DGP Ashish Bhatia tweeted congratulations to Tasneem…reports Dilshad Noor

A new name has been added to the list of India’s top badminton players. The name is 16-year-old Tasneem Mir. Who made history by securing the No. 1 rank in the Under-19 BWF Girls Singles. She became the No. 1 badminton player in the world at the junior level. No Indian player has achieved this position before. It also includes the names of experienced players like PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. We should know that when PV Sindhu was playing in U-19, she could get only the No. 2 ranking.

Tasneem, from Mehsana in Gujarat, scored 10,810 in the women’s singles junior world rankings. Tasneem has been playing badminton since she was 7 years old. Explain that Tasneem’s father Irfan Mir, who works in Gujarat Police, has also been a badminton coach and former player. He introduced Tasneem to badminton.

 “When I was seven, I used to go to the stadium with my father to watch badminton,” Tasneem said. Initially, I started playing badminton for fun, later I started practising with my father because I am good at the game. He was my first badminton partner and I had my first badminton match with him.

On this success, Tasneem said that she was shocked to hear this news. Because she never thought of becoming the No. 1 player in the world. She said that last time her ranking was 2 and she was hoping to get ranking 2 again. But due to the increase of tournament points, she managed to get the ranking-1. Her family is very happy with Tasneem’s success.

Tasneem said her father was very happy with her success. In fact, there is no one in Gujarat who has received this honor, so my parents are not only happy but also proud of me. Because of my hard work I have become the No. 1 player in the world, it is difficult to compete in international tournaments and I worked hard for it.

The entire Gujarat Police Department is also happy with Tasneem’s hard work. Gujarat Police DGP Ashish Bhatia tweeted congratulations to Tasneem. In a tweet, he wrote: “Congratulations to Tasneem Mir, daughter of ASI Irfan Mir of Mehsana Police for winning the first position in Junior World Rankings in Badminton. Many more milestones are to come. Besides, Gujarat Cricket Association Vice President Dhanraj Nathwani and Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshan Jardosh also lauded Tasneem.

Tasneem’s journey has never been easier. There was a time when her father decided to quit the game of Tasneemm due to financial constraints. But the sponsorship enabled her to play more. Tasneem is currently training with Starlet Indonesia coach Edwin Yerevan at the Assam Badminton Academy.

Tasneem has previously won three titles in Bulgaria, France and Belgium. At the age of 14, she won the Under-19 National Junior Championship. She also won the U-13, U-15 and U-19 girls singles. In 2018, he also won the Under-15 Singles and Doubles titles at the All India Sub-Junior Ranking Tournaments in Hyderabad and Nagpur. Tasneem is now preparing for next month’s tournaments in Iran and Uganda. For which she now wants to improve her ranking. Tasneem hopes to make it into the top 200 by the end of the year.

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‘Saina’ is a special project’

Today, as the biopic of ace shuttler Saina Nehwal is ready for release, Amaal is “nervous and excited at the same time”…writes Samarth Goyal.

Lockdown was surely a period of creativity for most of the artists .Composer-singer Amaal Mallik is thankful for lockdown in a way. It gave him time to create the score of “Saina”, particularly the anthem song “Parinda”.

“Honestly, it was a bit frustrating at times, but it did give me that time to experiment with the music. I wanted to, for example, do something different for ‘Parinda’, since it is the anthem for the film. It was only possible during lockdown, because the film had gotten delayed that I got the time to work on it and that’s when I decided to work with Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra for the film. Overall, the four years didn’t really mean that I had to change the sound a lot,” he says.

The music took four years to be completed. Mallik admits that was “frustrating”, but at the same time was totally worth it “because I got the chance to work with Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra”.

Today, as the biopic of ace shuttler Saina Nehwal is ready for release, Amaal is “nervous and excited at the same time”.

“I am really nervous and excited at the same,” he laughs as he talks over the phone. “It is a special project and everything was really done with a lot of passion. I am really looking forward to seeing how people react to the music in the film,” adds Mallik, who has not only composed the songs in the film, but also created the background score.

This is the first time that the 30-year-old was asked to create a background score for a film. The process, Mallik says, helped him create his songs even better.

“It was a really big deal for me that I got to work on both — the songs and the background score. How it helped me in creating songs was that I knew what kind of music would accompany before and after a particular song. So I knew the exact emotion, the exact soundscape, and that really helped me a lot when it came to the songs,” he says adding that creating background score is not as easy.

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“It (background score) is a challenge for sure. I remember learning a lot of things about background music from Salim Merchant sir (of Salim-Suleiman composer duo), and he told me the importance of silences. Sometimes, silence conveys more about a particular situation than music, and understanding that part of background scoring is very important,” he says.

“In a movie like Saina, which is a biopic on one of the biggest athletes in India, there are many highs and lows. The approach, to create music cannot be linear. You have to make music that is not only inspiring and passionate, but also real,” he adds.

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