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Chauncy student Matthew Widdicombe to play in National Badminton event

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Published: 31 January 2014
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CHAUNCY pupil Matthew Widdicombe is one of six Hertfordshire players including ex-Olympian Gail Emms who will be competing in the Senior Nationals Badminton Championship.

The event starts on Friday February 7 and takes place at two different venues in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.TOP PLAYER: Matthew Widdicombe

It will be at the National Badminton Centre on Friday and the Stadium MK on Saturday and Sunday.

It is the first time Widdicombe is competing at the senior nationals.

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Vivian aims for new milestones in Year of the Horse (pic)

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Published: 30 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese New Year is the time for family reunions, angpow packets and mandarin oranges.

Although doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo will be taking a break to enjoy the celebration with family and friends, she is determined that the Year of the Horse will be the one where she and partner Woon Khe Wei achieve new milestones in their three-year partnership.

Winning a SEA Games gold medal last year was an awesome feat for Vivian but she is not one to rest on her laurels.Vivian Hoo (centre) with her grandmother, 'coach' Lim Ah How, and the rest of the her family members on the eve of Chinese New Year. They are all wearing football jerseys custom-made by her uncle for the 'Home United' team.

“Winning the SEA Games gold (in Myanmar in December) will always be special but that is in the past. I want to win something bigger and better than a SEA Games gold medal this year,” said the lanky 23-year-old.

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Badminton rankings: Saina Nehwal rises to No.7, PV Sindhu re-enters top-10 (pic)

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Published: 30 January 2014
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India Grand Prix Gold champion Saina Nehwal overtook German Juliane Schenk and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying to take the No.7 position. Meanwhile, PV Sindhu entered the top-10 for the second time in her career.

Bolstered by the India Grand Prix Gold triumph Sunday, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal jumped two places to No.7 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings released Thursday.Saina climbs up to 7th place, Sindhu at 10th in world badminton ranking

Saina overtook German Juliane Schenk and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying to rise up the ladder.

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Lin Dan signals intention to return (pic)

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Published: 30 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Five-time world champion Lin Dan of China has announced his intention to resume training at the national centre - sparking talk of his long-awaited comeback to the international scene.Lin Dan may see action at the German Open or the All England qualifiers.

If all goes well, Lin Dan, who is currently ranked 103rd in the world, may see action in either the German Open or All England qualifying tournaments. The German Open is from Feb 26-March 2 and the All England is from March 4-9.

If he fails to make the cut for these two tournaments, there is a big probability he will feature in the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold from March 11-16.

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Wee Kiong finds no joy in Korean players’ suspension (pic)

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Published: 29 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The one-year suspension imposed on two of South Korea’s top men’s doubles shuttlers – Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung – should be good news to all their rivals.

But not to Malaysian doubles shuttler Tan Wee Kiong.Tan Wee Kiong is not one to rejoice in someone else's suffering as he feels sympathetic towards the suspended Korean duo Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung.

Instead, he feels that Yong-dae and Ki-jung’s absence will be sorely missed on the international circuit and he hopes that an appeal by the Korean players will prompt the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to reverse the decision.

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