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Saina settles differences with coach Gopichand

first_imgHaving split with coach Pullela Gopichand in April, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has patched things up with her mentor and has resumed training under the Hyderabadi.Speaking to Mail Today, Saina said it was a case of a minor misunderstanding and that they had put it behind them. “What happened between Gopi Sir and me is a thing of the past. I have resumed training under him,” she said.On his part, all Gopichand said was that things were back to normal. “I will not comment on anything more than this right now,” he said.It is learnt that Saina returned to Hyderabad from China a couple of days ago, after competing in the Sudirman Cup, and expressed her desire to practiceagain under Gopi. The two met for a brief discussion and sorted out their differences.Harvir Singh, Saina’s father, played a big role in making the two settle their differences, according to a Badminton Association of India (BAI) official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”Harvir was never comfortable with the fact that Saina had left Gopi’s tutelage. In fact, he was against this move from day one. But then it was Saina whoinsisted that she wanted to team up with Bhaskar Babu,” said the official.When queried, Harvir said that he was satisfied with the outcome “Look all I can tell you now is that we are all happy with the way things have worked out,” he said.As a result of the reconciliation, Gopi Chand will be travelling with Saina in the next three major tournaments the Indian is playing in – the ThailandOpen Gold Grand Prix which begins next week, the Singapore Super Series and the Indonesia Super Series.advertisementSaina is the top seed for the event in Thailand, and is training hard for it. “Right now I am training very hard for the three tournaments which aregoing to take place over the next three consecutive weeks. Playing three tournaments in as many weeks is going to be a very arduous task,” she said.Saina said that being the top seed in Thailand Open did not bother her.”There is no pressure on me despite being the top seed,” she said.Another interesting fact is that in both the subsequent Super Series events, Saina is the defending champion. “For me, being the defending champion inSingapore and Indonesia means there is some pressure on me.”I cannot afford to lose in the early rounds. Also the field there is going to be very tough as all the leading Chinese players will be there,” she said.Saina is also happy with the fact that she defeated her long-time nemesis Wang Xin in the quarterfinal of the Sudirman Cup tie against China.”I had lost to her in our two previous matches and it was satisfying that I could beat her in her own backyard,” Saina said.”The Chinese players are anyway very difficult to beat but in front of their home fans, they come under pressure. The sheer expectations of the crowd make it difficult for them to play freely. I think that is what happened to Xin. She seemed to be unnerved by the situation and that’s what gave me an edge.”last_img read more

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Back on track, Lady Maroons breathe sigh of relief ahead of 2nd round

first_imgGinebra outlasts Magnolia in OT UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines was touted as one of the best teams even before the start of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament began.The Lady Maroons won the collegiate conferences of the Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleyball League during the offseason and were poised to put on a strong showing in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte But the hype dwindled after the Lady Maroons dropped two straight games to Ateneo and National University.So when UP put a stop to that slide with a four-set win over Adamson University, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21, it’s as if a huge weight was lifted off its shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s really a big thing especially since many of us are seniors,” said fifth-year setter Ayel Estrañero Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “So much is expected from us and we can’t just say that there’s much pressure, we really have to push each other to play well.”In terms of talent and seniority, UP is one of the top teams in the league with Estrañero, who’s long considered as one of the finest playmakers in the league, orchestrating an offense that includes Diana Carlos, Season 78 Rookie of the Year Isa Molde, Justine Dorog, and Maristela Layug all of whom are in their fourth year. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES The Lady Maroons, however, have been inconsistent this season going 4-3 in the first round and settling for a share of the fourth place with last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University.Carlos, who had 14 points against the Lady Falcons, said their win at the end of the first round was confidence-booster for them as they head into the second round.“It’s incredibly relieving especially for Ayel and I who are co-captains with Isa,” said Carlos in Filipino. “We felt that we couldn’t lead our team that well so the win really boosted our confidence.”Estrañero, who had 28 excellent sets against Adamson, added that they knew breaking their slump wouldn’t wasn’t just playing well on the floor but also enjoying the game that they love.“Today, it was evident that we played together and we really enjoyed the game,” said Estrañero. “Those are really big factors for us to win more games in the second round.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no otherlast_img read more

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Vic Manuel plays extended minutes, gives Aces big lift

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Manuel played almost nine minutes in his first game back against Magnolia, where he finished with six points in almost nine minutes to help the Aces to the 103-80 win.Against Meralco, however, Manuel played more than what head coach Alex Compton set for him, staying on the floor for more than 24 minutes, instead of the allocated maximum 15 minutes, and finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m okay, I missed playing and coach was limiting my minutes but I played beyond it because our import (Chris Daniels) got into foul trouble and Jake (Pascual) hurt his shoulder,” said Manuel in Filipino Sunday at Ynares Center here.Daniels played for 26 minutes for 12 points and seven rebounds but trudged through five fouls while Pascual logged in 23 minutes for seven points and three rebounds. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “Yeah I can play and it’s okay for me to play beyond my restriction because it feels so good to play because I was gone for almost six months and I’m happy I’m back,” said Manuel.Compton said he initially wanted Manuel to play for just 15 minutes but the circumstances that happened to Daniels and Pascual forced him to play his returning star a little bit more.The 45-year-old coach added that Manuel has the, what he called, “Allan Caidic thing” where a player can just turn up and play at the highest level.“There’s a certain thing that certain people have, and I never had it as a player, but it’s the Allan Caidic thing where you don’t touch a ball for a long time and you walk in and you’re the best player in the gym,” said Compton. “If I could bottle it, I’d be a billionaire.”Manuel’s presence has also helped the Aces keep winning after they chalked up their third straight win, two of which were with the power forward on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Vic Manuel was forced to play beyond his minutes restriction and it turned out to make wonders for Alaska.After suffering three injuries the past season, Manuel only made his return for the Aces on June 5 four games into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and he was immediately put under minutes restriction.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Injured Terrence Romeo expected to miss two more weeks Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Alaska climbed to third place in the standings with a 4-2 record, half-a-game behind second seeds NorthPort and TNT.“I didn’t expect that I would be playing this long today,” said Manuel. “I really pushed myself because I know that coach needed me on the floor and it’s important for us to get this win,” said Manuel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

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