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Swiss Badminton Open: Sindhu enters Swiss Open quarters, Pawar out (pic)

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Published: 12 March 2014
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World No.9 shuttler P.V. Sindhu staged an amazing come-from-behind victory to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.

World No.9 shuttler P.V. Sindhu staged an amazing come-from-behind victory to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.PV Sindhu enters Swiss Open quarter finals

The seventh seed lost a cliff-hanger first game to Canada's Li Michelle but displayed all her grit and experience to win the next two to enter the last eight. The World Championship bronze medallist ousted her unseeded opponent 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 in 54 minutes to take 2-0 lead in career meets.

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Swiss Badminton Open: Sindhu, Kashyap power through openers

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Published: 12 March 2014
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Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar got off to winning starts, notching up victories in their respective opening-round singles matches at the the $ 125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament in Basel.

Sindhu posted a comfortable 21-18 21-15 victory over Malaysian Sannatasah Saniru in 32 minutes to enter the second round of the women’s singles event.

Kashyap and Pawar also reached the second round of the men’s singles competition with straight game victories.

But it was curtains for Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles, while Saili Rane failed to cross the opening hurdle in women’s singles.

Seventh-seeded Sindhu opened with a 3-0 lead and went on to extend it to 10-3 in the first game. But the Malaysian raised her tempo and managed to reduce the gap to 15-16 before making it 17-17. At 18-18 though, the 18-year-old Hyderabadi girl accelerated to pocket three straight points to wrap-up the opening game 21-18.

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Malaysia's Women's Badminton Team Make It to The Uber Cup

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Published: 10 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a pleasant surprise for national doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo when she found out that Malaysia have qualified on merit for the Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25.

In the list, released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) last week, Malaysia’s women’s team qualified by virtue of being the 12th-ranked team out of the 16 qualifiers for the Finals. The Korean women's badminton team celebrating with the Uber Cup trophy after shocking China in the final in KL in 2010.

“At one point, we thought we would not make it as some of our players’ rankings had dropped,” said Vivian, who forms the nation’s No. 1 women’s doubles partnership with Woon Khe Wei.

“This is the first year that teams are qualifying based on overall ranking and thankfully, it has worked out well for us.”

Two years ago, Malaysia did not feature in the Finals in Wuhan when they did not make the cut via the qualifying tournament in Taiwan.

This year though, the BWF have scrapped the qualifying tournament and instead, the 16 teams have been chosen based on their March 5 world ranking.

According to BWF’s new format of qualification, the defending champions and hosts are exempted if they are ranked within the top 14, which then allows the next best team to qualify.

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Thomas Cup trial for independent shuttlers (pic)

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Published: 10 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif was jumping for joy after getting a chance to win a place in the squad for the Thomas Cup Finals from May 18-25 in New Delhi.

The 30-year-old Zakry is one of the few former national players who have been invited by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to take part in the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals selection trial on March 19 at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara."Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif (left) and his doubles partner Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari have been invited to attend the Thomas Cup selection trial along with other independent shuttlers on March 19

The other men’s doubles players are Zakry’s partner Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Koo Kien Keat, who recently quit the national team.

Also invited are the Ng sisters, Hui Lin and Hui Ern, and five men’s singles players – former national champion Misbun Ramdan Misbun, former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Chan Kwong Beng.

It is the first time BAM are officially conducting a selection trial for the Finals.

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Why BAM Doesn't Want to Select Club Player?

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Published: 10 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton clubs are still not recognised as a reliable feeder of talents for the national body.

At least, this is the understanding of Looi Badminton Academy’s managing director Datuk Jack Koh, following the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) failure to invite his club’s budding players for a recent selection trial to pick the best juniors to represent the country in the World Junior Championships in Alor Setar from April 7-18.

Jack had asked that five of his players, including reigning Uganda International boys’ doubles champion Yeoh Seng Zoe-Chong Chun Quan, be allowed to take part in the selection trial but his request was not entertained.

Jack said that his club was disappointed with the decision.

“I met BAM’s management two months ago and the assurance was given that club players would be given a chance to take part in selection trials but unfortunately, my recent request was rejected,” said Jack.

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