Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Anand Pawar

Anand Pawar, is currently ranked 44 in the  world as per the BWF world rankings, and is one of the best badminton players that India has in current times.
Anand Pawar

Anand hails from Mumbai, and is the son of former international badminton players Uday and Sujata Pawar, who now run the Uday Pawar Badminton Academy at the Andheri Sports Complex and are well renowned coaches. Coming from such as badminton oriented background, it was but natural for Anand to take up the sport very early in his life, and he started wielding the racket at an early age of four.

In the initial phase Anand participated in the smaller local & district level competitions. His first international tournament came in the form of the World Junior Badminton championship that was held in South Africa. This tournament was a kind of a breakthrough in Anand's badminton career. He was the youngest player in the Indian team that took part, and despite being an Under-16 at that time, he was also participating in the Under-19 event.

Then at the age of 17, Anand won the Czech junior title, his first international title, and after that he has never really looked back.

Anand's best-ever World Ranking has been 39, and though he has never won the Indian National title, his performances at the National and International levels, have been very creditable.

Anand has had the opportunity to receive coaching from several eminent coaches, initially from his father Uday Pawar, and thereafter from Vimal Kumar chief badminton coach of India, the legendary Prakash Padukone, Indonesian star Atik Jauhari, and more recently he is training with the Danish legend Morten Frost Hansen.

Anand Pawar - Fact File

Birth-Date: July 18, 1986
He is from: Mumbai, Maharashtra
His current World Ranking is: 44
His current Indian Ranking is: 4

(This Indian ranking is quoted only on the basis of world rankings. Parupalli Kashyap (25), Ajay Jayaram (34) and Chetan Anand (37) are ahead of him in the World rankings, while Arvind Bhat (46) follows close behind)

Anand Pawar's Most Notable Achievements:

The then 17-year old Anand Pawar won the Orlova Czech Junior international badminton championship held at Lutyne in the Czech Republic. Anand crushed Adam Cwalina of Poland 15-1, 15-3 in the final.
This particular tournament was also significant for Indian junior badminton at that time, because while Anand Pawar won the boys title, simultaneously young Saina Nehwal also thrashed Ukranian girl Yana Vorotnykova to clinch the girl's title.

Anand Pawar won the Wimbledon Junior (under-19) Badminton championship at London. This is a tournament that is usually contested by European players, and except the Danish all the European players had entered in this event.
Anand was the top seed in this event and he did full justice to his top billing, defeating England No.2 Andrew Ellis in the semi-finals in a tough 3 setter, and then going on to defeat Scottish No.1 Callum Menzies in straight sets in the finals.

Anand Pawar won a Silver Medal in the mixed team event at the Youth Commonwealth Games held at Bendigo in Australia in Nov-Dec'2004. (The other team members of this silver-medal winning squad were Saina Nehwal, Sagar Chopda, Jishnu Sanyal, and Aparna Balan)

Anand Pawar won the Austrian Open title at Vienna defeating several players who were ranked much higher than him in the world rankings. In the finals, he defeated Vladislav Druzchenko of Ukraine in straight sets to win the crown.
This was the first major senior's international title win for Anand. Before Anand, the only Indian to have ever won the men's singles event of this badminton tournament was the late Syed Modi who had won it consecutively in 1983 and 1984. 

Anand followed up his earlier month's Vienna success, by winning the Portuguese Open International title. He defeated England's Carl Baxter in straight sets in the finals.

Anand Pawar added another feather to his cap in November the same year, when he won the Hungarian International Series title beating Martin Delfs of Denmark in 52 minutes in a final that lasted for 3 sets.

Anand Pawar won the Maldives International Challenge-2010. Anand's Maldives win was doubly memorable for Indian badminton fans, because while Anand won the men's singles title, Trupti Murgunde went on to win the women's singles also.

Anand went on to win the Scottish Open. Anand defeated World No.53 Ville Lang of Finland in the finals, to win the title.

In the year 2011, in the immediate future, Anand plans to take part in the Malaysia Super Series, followed by the German Grand Prix, and then the All England Premier Series in March.

Related Articles:

An Interview with Anand Pawar

Also See:

The Best Badminton Players in India - With World Rankings


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