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Zulfadli, Ramdan aim to reach new heights

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Published: 11 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Standing at 1.85m and 1.84m tall respectively, shuttlers Zulfadli Zulkifli and Misbun Ramdan Misbun are fondly referred to as “the twin towers” by their team-mates.

And just like the towering landmark in the heart of the city, both club players want to stand tall in their maiden outing in the Asian Junior Championships, which will begin tomorrow at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

Of the two, the 16-year-old Zulfadli has a bigger role to play, having been chosen to feature in both the mixed team and individual events.

Ramdan, who is the son of national coach Misbun Sidek, has only been selected for the individual event.

The mixed team event starts tomorrow while the individual event will begin on Wednesday.

 
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It’s time for Jing Yee to make her presence felt (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: With the national women’s singles department scouting for new stars, the time is right for Tee Jing Yee to soar high in her last Asian Junior Championships, which will begin at the Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Sunday.All set: (from left) Tee Jing Yee, Zulfadli Zulkifli, Florah Ng and Ng Sin Zou are ready to strut their stuff in the Asian Junior Championships.

She stands a good chance to be considered for next year’s Uber Cup Finals if she can end her junior career on a high.

In the absence of Julia Wong due to a knee injury, Malaysia are hard-pressed to build a solid team for the Finals, which will be held here next year.

 

Nehwal to lead Indian challenge at worlds (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 July 2009
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Chennai, July 09: Women's world number six Saina Nehwal will spearhead host India's challenge at next month's World Badminton Championships.Saina

Nehwal, 19, won the Indonesian Super Series title last month, raising hopes of a strong performance in the August 10-16 world championships in her home town Hyderabad.

World number 14 Chetan Anand will lead the men's challenge after Anup Sridhar failed to make the cut following a series of injuries last year that pushed down his rankings.

 
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Malaysia surprisingly seeded second in mixed team event

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: There was a pleasant surprise for Malaysia when they were seeded second behind China in the mixed team competition of the Asian Junior Badminton Champion­ships, which begin on Sunday at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.

But it will not be easy for Malaysia to live up to the billing in the Under-19 championships as they are expected to play against South Korea in the semi-finals.

Malaysia have been drawn in Group B with India, Mongolia and Vietnam. The third-fourth seeded Koreans are expected to top Group C, which has Indonesia, Taiwan and Laos. Defending champions China are in Group A with Japan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Group D comprises Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kazakhstan.

 

Last chance for seniors Hafiz and Beng Hong to come good

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former world champion Hendrawan has been hand­ed a mammoth task to resurrect the careers of singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong.

And if the Indonesian fails to turn them around within a stipulated time frame to be decided later on, the duo will have to kiss goodbye to their places in the national team.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in a 1½-hour meeting with the singles coaches yesterday, chaired by their gene­ral manager, Kenny Goh, at the Jua­ra Stadium in Bukit Kiara, decided to relief Misbun Sidek of his responsibilities to train former All-England champion Hafiz and Beng Hong.

 

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