Sindhu to start new season, Saina and Srikanth to focus on Indonesia Master after Malaysia

first_imgSindhu to start new season, Saina and Srikanth to focus on Indonesia Master after MalaysiaIndonesia Masters: PV Sindhu will play her first BWF tour tournament since the BWF World Tour Finals victory at the end of the last season.advertisement Press Trust of India JakartaJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 20:06 IST PV Sindhu will be looking for a successful start to the season at the Indonesia Masters. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will play her first BWF tournament in 2019 in IndonesiaSaina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth had participated in Malaysia Masters tooSindhu had won BWF World Tour Finals in the end of the season last yearOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will resume her quest for glory in the new season, while Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth aim to continue their impressive run when they start their campaign at the Indonesia Masters, starting with qualifiers here Tuesday.Seeded second Sindhu has been a cut above other Indians as she claimed silver medals at all the major events — Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championship, before ending the year with the prestigious World Tour Final title, the first Indian to achieve the feat.After the engagements of Premier Badminton League (PBL), Sindhu decided to skip last week’s Malaysia Masters and she will begin her campaign against former Olympic gold medallist China’s Li Xuerui on Wednesday.The 23-year-old from Hyderabad is expected to clash with reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin at the quarterfinals.Saina, on the other hand, had an impressive start to the season, losing semifinal spot at Malaysia Masters, which was the first World Tour Super 500 tournament of the season.The London Olympic bronze medallist will take on a qualifier in the opening round and faces the prospect of meeting Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, seeded fourth, at the quarters.Srikanth, who also entered the quarterfinals at Kuala Lumpur last week, plays his first match against Malaysia’s Liew Daren.The eighth seeded Indian will be joined by others such as Sameer Verma, B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy.Sameer had enjoyed a good run last season, winning titles at Swiss Open, Hyderabad Open and Syed Modi International. He also qualified for the World Tour Finals at the last moment and secured at a creditable semifinal finish.advertisementPraneeth also had a forgottable 2018 but dished out some good performances at the PBL and would look to translate the confidence in the international circuit.Prannoy, who had to deal with corns in both feet early in the season, was troubled by fitness issues including a gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) last season.With the 2020 Olympic qualification period starting from April, the Indian trio of Sameer, Praneeth and Prannoy will look to put the best foot forward.Sameer will begin the season with a clash with the legendary Lin Dan, Praneeth faces Olympic champion Chen Long, while Prannoy meets Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen in the first round.In men’s doubles, it will be a clash between two Indian combination with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty taking on Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will square off against Thailand’s eighth seed Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai, while mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini will pair up to clash with seventh seeded English husband-wife combination of Chris Adcock and Gabriella Adcock.Another mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will face fourth seed Indonesian combo of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow HS PrannoyFollow Satwiksairaj RankireddyFollow Ashwini PonnappaFollow Indonesia Masters Nextlast_img read more

Flaherty says recovery remains fragile and subject to global internal shocks

Flaherty says recovery remains fragile, and subject to global, internal shocks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Canadian economy remains fragile almost three years removed from the recession and must avoid “shocks” that can derail the recovery, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday.The relatively sober assessment followed more worrying news coming out of Europe and Ottawa’s tabling of legislation to bring a quick end to the Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) rail strike.With Statistics Canada releasing gross domestic product results for the first quarter of 2012 on Friday, analysts say the Bank of Canada’s prediction of a 2.5 per cent advance will be difficult to reach.The economy has slowed appreciably since the third quarter of 2011 and will likely come in at sub-two per cent annualized rate for the first three months of 2012. Even that requires a fairly healthy bounce-back in March from a 0.2 per cent setback in February, analysts say.“We still anticipate modest growth here this year and next year,” Flaherty told reporters at an event in Toronto.“(But) this is worrisome, this business in Europe, that it festers, that it continues. The exposure of the Canadian banks to European banks is modest, but we’re in the real world and we’re in a trading economy and if there are shocks emanating from the European banks to the global situation, to the American banks, of course there would be a consequence to Canada.”Flaherty said there is little Canada can do other than what it has been doing, ensuring its banks are financially sound and well regulated and that governments keep slicing away at their deficits.On Monday, the government cited the fragile economy for tabling back-to-work legislation to restart CP freight rail service.But on the broader economic front, most of the recent developments have tended to point to a slowing of already tepid growth, if not to outright declines.Europe in particular has continued to deteriorate with some calling for Greece to default and exit from the euro. But, the European tragedy goes well beyond relatively tiny Greece.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted Monday the country’s banking sector would require an international bailout although his government would have to rescue Bankia, the country’s fourth-largest bank, from crippling losses. Bankia is estimated to have €32 billion in toxic assets.And most economies in the continent are in recession or registering weakening conditions, including Germany.Flaherty said the government has prepared “contingencies” if the European problems are exported, noting that policy-makers have learned some lessons from the recent global recession.In Canada, one of the few large advanced countries that did not experience a financial crisis, Ottawa still had to step in to provide liquidity to the system by purchasing billions of dollars in bank-held mortgage assets. As well, the Bank of Canada slashed interest rates to historic lows while also adding liquidity to ensure financial institutions continued to lend.“(The) Bank of Canada and my department have the tools to act expeditiously if we need to act,” Flaherty said.Not all of the softness in Canada’s economy can be placed at the door of external factors, however.High household debt has tempered consumers in the first quarter, say Scotiabank economists Derek Holt and Don Zigler in an analysis of domestic and global conditions, which will weigh on growth.“Retail sales data indicate that the contribution to growth from retail trade will be just about zero on the quarter,” the write. “Canadian consumers have already binged … the question now is whether the slow-down will be gradual or abrupt.”Given the weakness in exports and cooling on the housing front, there is little to sustain growth going forward with the possible exception of business investment.The only recent significant positive has come on the jobs front — where 140,000 new jobs were added in the past two months — but few economists expect the trend to continue. by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2012 4:26 pm MDT read more