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Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu in pre-quarterfinals of Syed Modi badminton tourney (pic)

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Published: 23 January 2014
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Lucknow: Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Parupalli Kashyap made a positive start to their campaign at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament, reaching the pre-quarterfinals of the women's and men's singles competition respectively.

London Olympics bronze medallist, Saina reached the second round with a 21-7 21-9 thrashing of Matilda Petersen of Sweden in just 28 minutes to set up a clash with Russian Natalia Perminova at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here.Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu in pre-quarterfinals
     
Saina was in complete control throughout the match and won seven points on the trot in both games to force her Swedish opponent into submission.

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Khim Wah-V Shem move up to world No. 14 (pic)

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Published: 23 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s latest badminton darlings – the men’s doubles of Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem – have moved up three rungs to No. 14 in the world after their breakthrough performance in the Malaysian Open last week.

And, if they can maintain their performances in the next three months, they could even become the country’s top pair before the Thomas Cup Finals in May.Lim Khim Wah (right) celebrates with Goh V Shem after beating Chinese pair Hong Wei-Chai Biao during the Malaysian Open last Sunday.

On Thursday, they were the only men’s pair to have shown an improvement in the world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

The other two pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – remained at No. 7 and No. 8 respectively after losing in the opening round of the home tournament.

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Zulfadli and Iskandar power into India Open quarters (pic)

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Published: 23 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lucknow is fast turning into a happy hunting ground for Malaysian singles shuttlers Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin.

There’s no luck involved though, just pure skill and determination, as the duo turned the formbook upside down to power into the quarter-finals of the India Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in Lucknow on Thursday.Zulfadli Zulkiffli scored his biggest career win when he dumped top seed and India’s top player and world No. 18, P. Kashyap 21-16, 21-12.

World No. 62 Zulfadli scored his biggest career win when he dumped top seed and India’s top player and world No. 18, P. Kashyap 21-16, 21-12.

Iskandar, currently ranked 67th in the world, was also on cloud nine yesterday after knocking out India’s world 33rd ranked Anand Pawar 22-20, 21-11.

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The Goh-ing is good for Soon Huat in India (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2014
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PETALING JAYA: A fit and healthy Goh Soon Huat rose to the occasion to pull off an upset and move into the third round of the India Open GP Gold in Lucknow.

The 24-year-old Soon Huat, playing in only his second tournament since collapsing with illness during the Indonesian Open GP Gold last September, was on song as he overcame fifth seed Brice Leverdez of France 21-17, 21-18 on Wednesday.Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat pulled off an upset and move into the third round of the India Open GP Gold after beating Brice Leverdez of France 21-17, 21-18 on Wednesday.

It was a massive boost for Soon Huat, who is currently ranked 106th in the world, as he showed that he is slowly getting back to his feet with an impressive win over world No. 35 Leverdez.

The Malacca shuttler, who achieved a career best by making the final of the Malaysian Open GP Gold last year, will face local ace Aditya Prakash for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Vivian-Khe Wei want to make amends at India Open (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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PETALING JAYA: SEA Games women’s doubles champions Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei had an underwhelming start to the year, losing in the first round of the Malaysian Open last week.

Hopes were high on Vivian-Khe Wei to step up their performances after winning Malaysia’s first gold in badminton at the SEA Games since 2009 when they defeated the higher ranked Nitya Krishinda Maheshwari-Greysia Polii of Indonesia in Myanmar.National doubles players Vivian Hoo (left) and Woon Khe Wei, who lost in the first round of the Malaysian Open last week, will be looking to bounce back at the India Open starting on Wednesday.

But their deficiencies were severely exposed by a new combination from China – Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting.

Now, the world No. 20 Malaysian pair are seeking to make amends when they compete in the India Open GP Gold, which starts on Wednesday at Lucknow.

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