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Singapore women down, and almost out (pic)

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Published: 18 February 2012
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SINGAPORE: The Republic's campaign for a place in the 2012 Uber Cup finals in Wuhan (May 20 to 27) hangs by a thread after a 5-0 drubbing by three-time winners Indonesia in the playoff for fifth place at the Asian Zone preliminary rounds in Macau on Friday.
Fu Mingtian from Singapore Uber Cup Team
Hong Kong beat Malaysia 3-2 in the other tie.

The top team among the four will be the frontrunners for the one qualifying spot reserved for either the fifth-placed Asian team or fourth-placed European team, whoever has the higher world ranking.

 

Uber Cup debutant Li Lian poised for greater heights

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Yang Li Lian is poised to be the new darling of the national women’s singles department, going by her gutsy performance at the ongoing Uber Cup Asian Zone qualifying tournament in Macau.

At a time when Malaysia needed more spirited players like their former international Wong Mew Choo to add depth to the women’s team, the 19-year-old Li Lian showed she can measure up to the tag.Yang Li Lian

On Tuesday, Li Lian, playing in her first major team event as the third singles, staged a spectacular come-from-behind win over India’s Sayali Gokhale to clinch the winning point in Malaysia’s 3-2 triumph over India in a Group A tie.

 

Thomas Cup qualifiers: Malaysia stun South Korea 3-2

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Published: 16 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia stunned South Korea 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone qualifying tournament as the Group D champions.

They will take on Group B runner-up India Thursday and stand a good chance to reach the semi-finals and seal a ticket for the Thomas Cup Finals, which will be held in Wuhan, China from May 20-27.

The three points against South Korea came from Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles pairs Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem.

Chong Wei defeated Lee Hyun-il 21-13, 21-15 but it was Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Khim Wah-V shem's victories that stole the show.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong went on a ferocious attack to finally beat their nemeses Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yong-sung 21-14, 21-19 in 39 minutes. It was their first win after losing all their six previous encounters.

Back-up shuttlers Khim Wah-V Shem justified the faith of the coaches by pulling the rug from down under Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-cheol with a fantastic 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 win.

Malaysia squandered two points through their singles players - Mohd Hafiz Hashim lost to Shon Wan-ho 22-24, 16-21 and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif lost to Hong Ji-hoon 17-21, 15-21.

 
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Thomas Cup Squad Wins, but Women in Deep Trouble

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Published: 16 February 2012
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Indonesia’s men lived up to expectations by winning Group B in Thomas Cup Asia zone qualifying, but its women are on the brink of missing the Uber Cup finals for the first time since 2006.

The men edged India 3-2 to win the group with a 3-0 record. They play Group D runner-up South Korea in today’s quarterfinals after the Koreans lost 4-1 to Malaysia.

After strolling to 5-0 victories against host Macau and Singapore, Indonesia got a sterner test from India. Simon Santoso opened with a 21-7, 21-15 defeat of Kashyap Parupalii at No. 1 singles.

India drew level at the Macau Forum, though, with Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas’ 21-18, 21-16 win over Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan at No. 1 doubles. No. 2 singles shuttler Taufik Hidayat then had to overcome a shaky start to beat Anand Pawar 21-16, 21-13.

 

Park Joo Bong not happy

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Published: 16 February 2012
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Japan’s Head Coach Park Joo Bong (photo) has made it official that he was not happy with the world governing body’s decision to allow China to play in the Thomas Cup qualifying rounds. The Korean legend, who was once the head coach for Malaysia, told the New Straits Times that this change of rule and the number of points given at this preliminary stages might hurt the sport.

“I don’t understand why BWF is offering so many points for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup qualifying rounds. It doesn’t make sense for the China to play in the qualifying rounds after  they have secured automatic berths for the two events as hosts. The points offered are too high for a qualifying round and win or lose, a player or a doubles pair will earn 10 per cent of their total world ranking points. BWF must have a clear qualification guidance and tighten its rules and regulations. China always have their way and BWF has failed to control them.”

Previously, the teams which had hosted the event – in this case China men’s squad and Korea’s women’s squad, which won in 2010 – did not have to go through qualifying rounds. Also, the hosts – in this case China in both events – did not have to go through qualification either. Because of the Olympic qualifying points at stake and in order to give a fair chance to everyone, the BWF had decided to change the rule and allow the hosts to compete in Macau, while the winners of the Uber Cup, Korea, will not get to participate in the event.

Whether he wins or loses, Chen Jin will benefit from an added points equivalent to the average of his points on the best 10 tournaments of the year. which is around 6800 points. This means Chen would add another 1800 point to his average points and hence get closer to Gade’s convoited 4th spot – the rank he needs to get to in order to qualify for the Games. Gade will not benefit from the extra points as he chose to not participate in the European stage.

 

 
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