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English Badminton Championships signal springboard to medal success (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2010
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England’s badminton players got back to what they do best at the weekend as the headlines were firmly driven towards title winning causes after several months where off-court stories – pulling out of Hyderabad’s World Championships and the venue for London 2012 – had ruled the roost for all the wrong reasons. Doubles exposure: Gabby White and Jenny Wallwork (left) are emerging talent for England

With all of England’s top internationals in one place, the National Championships, which took place at the Manchester Velodrome, provided the clearest indication yet as to where future success lies for Badminton England, the national governing body.

 

Nathan Robertson backs badminton venue change in 2012 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 February 2010
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Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson has backed a decision to stage badminton at Wembley Arena during the 2012 Games in London.

Organisers decided against building a temporary venue at the Olympic Park, a move that is unpopular with badminton's governing body.

But Robertson told BBC Sport: "For players, Wembley has a lot of history. Robertson won silver at the 2004 Olympics with Gail Emms

"To win a medal there at the London Olympics would give it a bit of extra spice rather than in a new venue."

Robertson won silver with mixed doubles partner Gail Emms at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but the pair enjoyed less success in Beijing four years later as they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

 

Elizabeth Cann goes for fourth national badminton title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 February 2010
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Jersey's Elizabeth Cann says she is ready to prove herself at the English National Badminton Championships.

The 31-year-old is the only player in the draw who has won the title before. Cann is looking for her fourth title in Manchester

The four-time champion told BBC Jersey: "I still want to be number one in the country, and winning the nationals is one sure way to prove it."

Top seed Cann has a bye in the first round, and will meet either Steffi Clark from Yorkshire or Hertfordshire's Helena Lewczynska.

Despite her three previous victories in the women's singles, Cann lost out in the final last year, going down 27-25 in the final game to Jill Pittard.

 

All Indian badminton finals in South Asian Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 February 2010
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Dhaka, Feb 3 (PTI) Reigning supreme, shuttlers made it an all-Indian finals to ensure five gold and five silver medals in the 11th South Asian Games here today.

Having already bagged the men's and women's team gold medals earlier, Indian badminton teams led by national champions Chetan Anand and Trupti Murgunde hence all set to make a clean sweep tomorrow.

In the men's singles semi-finals, top seeded Anand made a short work of Lankan No 2 Dinuka Karunaratne 21-15 21-5 in a 25-minute battle at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium courts.

In the summit clash, Anand will take on compatriot second seeded R M V Guru Sai Dutt who beat Ahsan Qamar of Pakistan 21-15 21-11 in 21 minutes.

Top seeded Sayali Gokhale dumped Pakistan's Palwasha Bashir 21-8 21-3 in the women's singles semis in a battle that lasted just 20 minutes.

 
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China's Lin Dan to return (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 February 2010
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BEIJING - BADMINTON'S Olympic and world champion Lin 'Super' Dan will make his first appearance of the season at next month's All-England Championships.The Chinese player took a prolonged break after complaining of exhaustion and skipped this season's first two tournaments in South Korea and Malaysia.

The Chinese player took a prolonged break after complaining of exhaustion and skipped this season's first two tournaments in South Korea and Malaysia.

But the 26-year-old said he was fighting fit to try to defend the title he won last year. 'I was not physically ready for the past two international events,' Lin told the China Daily.

'I was really tired after a busy 2009. After a period of break ... I feel much better. It's the start of the year and a very important event for me.' Lin was almost unbeatable in international competitions in 2009 - playing 39 matches and losing only twice - but plans to reduce the number of tournaments he plays in this year.

'As a young player you have to play as many matches as possible in order to gain experience,' he said. 'As a veteran you should choose high-quality competition as the best way to stay healthy and remain in peak competitive form.'

 
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