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Don’t break up pair who may win World Junior title, says Kim Hock

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 October 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have a bright chance to win a doubles title in the World Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held in Alor Setar from Oct 23-Nov 1.

But what happens after that is of more concern for Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock.

Kim Hock hopes that the pair who manage to emerge as the champions will be given the chance to stay together for at least one year to give them time to work on taking their game to a higher level on the senior stage.

 

London 2012 confirm events switch to Wembley

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2009
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LONDON (AP) — London 2012 organizers have confirmed plans to stage the badminton and rhythmic events at Wembley Arena instead of a temporary Olympic venue.

The switch from east to northwest London will trim about 20 million pounds ($31.5 million) from the cost of the 2012 Games.

The organizing committee will present the proposal for approval by international gymnastics officials at this week's world championships before seeking agreement from badminton's world federation next week.

The plans will then be presented to the IOC Coordination Commission in November and to the IOC Executive Board in December.

 
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Olympic runner-up Xie ousted at National Games badminton tournament

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2009
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Beijing Olympic silver medalist Xie Xingfang finished her women's singles trip in the National Games badminton tournament after conceding to world No. 1 Wang Lin in the quarterfinals here on Thursday.

    Xie, who plays for south China's Guangdong, lost to Wang from Zhejiang 21-15, 21-16.

    Xie, 29, might retire after the National Games and take up college studies.

    Xie won the silver medal in the Beijing Olympics after losing to compatriot Zhang Ning in the final. She was also a twice world champion in 2006 and 2007.

 
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Jiangsu wins men's and women's badminton team golds at National Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2009
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The Jiangsu provincial team became the biggest winner by clinching both men's and women's badminton team golds here on Tuesday.

    Spearheaded by Olympic bronze medalist Chen Jin, Jiangsu took men's team gold medal in fourth consecutive National Games after beating Fujian 3-0, whose previous best was the champion at the seventh National Games in 1993. Earlier in the morning, newly crowned world champion Lu Lan led Jiangsu women's team to lift the title in 16 years by taking down Guangdong 3-1.

    Chen Jin, world No. 4, opened the winning start for Jiangsu men's team after outplaying Chen Long, world No. 17 and world Junior champion, 21-17, 25-23.

    Chen Jin trailed in the first set 10-6 but earned six point in a row at 12-6. Then Chen Long tried to turn around before Chen Jin leveled the score at 16-16 and won the game 21-17. The second set proved a seesaw one as the two sides leveled at 8-8, 11-11, 17-17 before Chen Jin led at 20-18. Chen Long saved two game points to level at 20-20 before conceding to Chen Jin 25-23 and finishing the 64-minute duel.

    "Jiangsu's goal was defending the title. I was under great pressure as I played the first match. I have been prepared for three games since Chen Long is young and talented. He dominated well on the net during the match," said Chen Jin."I felt very nervous today and was not in my best form. I was a little bit conservative so the victory was a hard one."

    Chen Long said he was too anxious to earn points, which led to some errors.

    Tao Jiaming and Sun Junjie put Jiangsu 2-0 ahead after pipping Guo Zhendong and Liu Xiaolong in a comfortable way 21-8, 21-17.

 

Top badminton couple splits (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 October 2009
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Kien Keat returns to Pei Tty, no partner yet for Hui Lin

PETALING JAYA: The country’s top mixed doubles partnership of Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin has been split up.

Kien Keat will be reunited with his old partner Wong Pei Tty in the Denmark Open Super Series, which will be held in Odense from Oct 20-25. The tournament will serve as a good warm-up ahead of December’s Laos SEA Games.Together again: Koo Kien Keat and Wong Pei Tty will renew their partnership in the Denmark Open this month

Kien Keat-Pei Tty have been named for the individual mixed doubles event in Laos together with the back-up pair of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.

Men’s doubles ace Kien Keat will also continue partnering Pei Tty in all the major tournaments next year – Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships.

 
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