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THOMAS CUP: Not taking chances (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2012
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WARM-UP: Malaysia to field formidable line-up against South Africa

MALAYSIA, with the more important clash against Denmark tomorrow, in mind, will field allow all their senior players to get proper warm-up when they play South Africa in Group C at Wuhan Sports Centre today.
Senior players including Lee Chong Wei and doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will play against South Africa today.
Malaysia were only allowed a one-hour training session on Saturday and national singles coach Rashid Sidek said that the match against South Africa will be ideal for them to adapt to the air conditioning and competition atmosphere of the Wuhan Sports Centre.

   Chong Wei, Liew Daren and Hafiz Hashim should be the three singles to start for Malaysia while Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah will be fielded in the doubles.

 

4 Canadian badminton players going to Olympics (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2012
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The Canadian badminton team announced Friday the four athletes it will nominate for the London Olympics, with Michelle Li, Alexandra Bruce, Grace Gao and Tobias Ng receiving the nods.

Li, from Markham, Ont., will compete in the women's singles event and partner with Toronto’s Bruce in the women's doubles event. Gao, from Calgary, and Ng, from Vancouver, will team up in the mixed doubles event.Michelle Li, left, and Alexandra Bruce won women's doubles gold at the Pan Am Games in Mexico in October, and Li added the women's singles title.

Li is Canada’s top-ranked singles player, sitting No. 22 in the Badminton World Federation rankings. She and Bruce are No. 27 in women’s doubles.

Li won singles gold at the Pan American Games in Mexico in October, and also captured doubles gold with Bruce.

Gao and Ng are ranked 28th in mixed doubles.

"I am very proud to be nominated to the Canadian Olympic team," Li said in a statement from the Canadian Olympic Committee. "It is a dream come true to compete for Canada at the Olympic Games."

 
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Jorgensen all the stronger after setbacks (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2012
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THE turbulent six months in 2011 threatened to end Jan Jorgensen's international career but the Danish shuttler has emerged stronger than ever and has also secured a place in the London Olympics.

The trouble started when Jorgensen suffered a hamstring injury which caused him to miss the World Championships in London last August. This was followed by the death of his mother a few weeks later.Jan Jorgensen has overcome several personal setbacks to earn a spot at the Olympics.  Read more: Jorgensen all the stronger after setbacks - Badminton - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/badminton/jorgensen-all-the-stronger-after-setbacks-1.86156#ixzz1vSsDkRUt

Jorgensen, 25, was just recovering from the setbacks when he was dealt another blow when he was diagnosed with heart problems during the Denmark Open in October and there was concern about his life.

 

THOMAS CUP: Chance for Malieka and friends to shine Read more: THOMAS CUP: Chance for Malieka and friends to shine

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Published: 21 May 2012
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A PART-TIME fitness instructor, an electrician and a couple of students from South Africa will be on a learning mission against Malaysia in their first Thomas Cup appearance in Wuhan today.

   Their top player Jacob Malieka is quite familiar with Malaysia as he has been training at the New Vision Badminton Academy under Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran for the past two years.

   Malieka, 21, postponed his business studies at Monash University in Johannesburg for almost two years and it paid off when he qualified for the London Olympics and also gets the opportunity to lead his country in the Thomas Cup Finals.

   Third singles Prakash Vijanath is also a student while Willem Viljoen is a part-time fitness instructor and Dorian James is an electrician who has received the rare opportunity of playing in the Thomas Cup.

 

China win Thomas, Uber Cup group matches (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2012
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WUHAN, China: Superstar Lin Dan was made to sweat in front of an adoring home crowd but China breezed through their first group ties in the Thomas and Uber Cups world team championships on Sunday.

Quality was on show from Denmark, Japan and South Korea, but it was England's Rajiv Ouseph who threatened to spring a major surprise, before "Super" Dan, badminton's most-decorated player, came through in two games.Lin Dan of China returns a shot against Rajiv Ouseph of England during their Group A match at the Thomas Cup world badminton team championships in Hubei province. Superstar Lin was made to sweat in front of an adoring home crowd but China breezed through their first group ties in the tournament.

World number 19 Ouseph pushed the reigning Olympic champion in an unexpectedly tight match, as the usually cool Lin let off sparks of surprise and frustration when a handful of smashes went into the net and wide.

"After starting well I broke my racket string and it took me too long to adjust to the new racket. It affected the attack game plan," Lin said, praising Ouseph's performance.

"All the matches here are equally important before the Olympics," Lin added, underscoring the significance of this week in Wuhan, as players have a dress rehearsal before meeting each other on the big stage in July in London.

Lin's teammates, including feisty world number three Chen Long, had an easier time as they beat the plucky English 5-0 and rapidly turned their attentions to Indonesia, who China face next in their group and a key rival.

"Indonesia is China's biggest opponent in the Thomas Cup," Lin said.

"It doesn't matter who I play. I take them all seriously," he said about Indonesia's choice to select Simon Santoso over Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat as first singles player.

Playing on the court next to China were their rivals Japan, who trounced New Zealand 5-0 and looked every bit a legitimate frontrunner in the men's competition.

In the day's earlier session, Denmark and South Korea also looked impressive contenders for a tournament neither country has won yet.

The Danish men, finalists eight times, were never troubled by South Africa in their 5-0 win and were well led by 35-year-old Peter Gade, who hopes to silence critics after this season's poor run of results.

"Winning the Thomas Cup will be very difficult for Denmark because there are a lot of strong teams... but on a good day we can beat anyone," said former men's doubles world number one Mathias Boe after his win with Carsten Mogensen.

The toughest match in South Korea's 5-0 victory over the USA came in the first doubles tie as Yoo Yeon-Seong and Ko Sung-Hyun beat Howard Bach and Olympic medallist Tony Gunawan in three close games.

 

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