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Boys badminton player of the year: Terrence Pang

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Published: 17 June 2009
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Combining lightning-quick foot speed with an excellent knowledge of the game, Homestead's Terrence Pang was an unstoppable force on the badminton court this year.

The Mustangs senior faced familiar foe Son Nguyen of Independence for this season's Central Coast Section badminton title.

Pang won 15-12, 15-5, prevailing over Nguyen for the second year in a row. As a result, Pang earned Mercury News Santa Clara County player of the year honors.

Last season, Nguyen beat Pang in their first meeting at CCS, before Pang put him away to win the double-elimination tournament.

"Nguyen is quick on his feet and a very good player," said Pang, who plans to play club badminton when he attends Cal this fall. "I don't know if I really took something away from the matches we played last year, but I feel like I really worked hard to improve my game, and that helped when we met again."

Pang finished third in the CCS tournament as a freshman and was runner-up as a sophomore before breaking through for his first title last season.

"I believe that the strength of my game is my overall speed," said Pang, who was 20-0 this season. "I can usually wear down my opponent until I have a chance to make a kill."

And when he has the opportunity, Pang is known for his sizzling smashes.

"Terrence has an excellent ability to read the game," Homestead Coach Gumaro Diaz said. "He is real fast on his feet and has a mind for the sport. He comes up

with shots that no one expects and is probably the most powerful hitter in high school badminton right now. His smashes are easily over 140 mph."

Diaz also praised Pang for his low-key approach.

"I tell his teammates to look at him not just for the way he plays the game, but for his focus and determination. He is humble and has respect for the game and his opponents."

 
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Chinese dominate Singapore Open finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: The Chinese have outclassed their rivals at the Aviva Open Singapore, winning three events out of five.

The mixed doubles event saw a showdown between China's players, with Zheng Bo and Ma Jin proving to be the more formidable team against Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen, scoring 21-19, 18-21, 21-10. Worthy winner: Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi holding the trophy after winning the women’s singles final Sunday.

Zhang fared better in the women’s doubles. Together with Zhao Tingting, she took a straight-set victory of 21-14, 21-13 over their Indonesian opponents Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii.

It was an easy victory as well for Englishmen Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson in the men’s doubles. They defeated their Indonesian rivals 12-21, 11-21 in under half an hour.

But it was a close fight in the women’s singles event, with Hong Kong's Zhou Mi battling China's Xie Xingfang.

 

British upset at Aviva Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SINGAPORE - OLYMPIC gold medal pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia have been beaten by an unheralded British duo in a shock result at the men's doubles final of the $200,000 Aviva Open in Singapore.

Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, ranked 19th in the world, dispatched with the No. 1 ranked Indonesians in a dominant 21-12, 21-11 victory at the fifth Super Series event of the year.

'They're the best in the world on their day and to win 12 and 11 is quite incredible,' Robertson said.

The Super Series continues next week in Jakarta. Anthony Clark (left) and Nathan Robertson (centre), ranked 19th in the world, dispatched with the No. 1 ranked Indonesians in a dominant 21-12, 21-11 victory

Bao Chunlai of China won the men's singles final in a hard-fought match against Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana, 21-19, 16-21, 21-15.

Earlier in the tournament, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei lost to Vietnamese shuttler Nguyen Tien Minh.

In the women's singles final, Hong Kong's Zhou Mi, ranked No. 2 in the world, defeated former world number one Xie Xingfang of China in a tough battle, 21-19, 18-21, 21-10.

In the women's doubles final, China's Zhao Tingting and Zhang Yawen defeated Indonesia's Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii, 21-14, 21-13.

In the mixed doubles, Zheng Bo and Ma Jin beat their Chinese counterparts Zhang and Xie Zhongbo, 19-21, 21-19, 21-11.

 
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Iskandar nails his first National Junior Circuit title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SEREMBAN: It was not the way he wanted to win but yesterday, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin finally nailed his first title in the 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Finals at the NSCRC Hall here.

The 18-year-old came back from a 16-21 defeat in the first game to force compatriot Mohd Syawal Ismail to a rubber game with a 21-11 win. But the deciding game was not played because Syawal felt dizzy and conceded a walkover.Iskandar Zulkarnain

It was Iskandar’s first title in his last national Grand Finals after agonising misses in the Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 categories.

“It was unfortunate that Syawal had to retire. I would have preferred for the match to be completed,” said Iskandar.

“But I have nothing to complain about. I have finally won my first title on the circuit. I was in the finals of all the other lower age-group categories but I never got it right.”

 

Gail Emms receives MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours (pic)

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Published: 13 June 2009
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OLYMPIC silver medallist Gail Emms has been awarded an MBE for her services to badminton in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.HONOURED: Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms rewarded for services to badminton

Emms, who teamed up with Nathan Robertson to capture silver at Athens 2004, hung up her racquet after the Beijing Olympics, but currently works for Badminton England in an ambassadorial capacity.

The 31-year-old also captured the World Championships title in 2006, and the European crown in 2004, again with Robertson.

"It came as a bit of a shock but it's nice to be appreciated and reflects all the hard work that all athletes have to put in to their sport," said Emms.

"This award isn't about me, it's about all the coaches and support staff who have been behind my success."

Emms collected 68 caps for England and remains Commonwealth champion. She and Robertson were the world's number one pair between 2005 and 2006 in a purple patch, which brought back-to-back victories at the Yonex All England and Wilson Swiss Open.

She also teamed up with Donna Kellogg in the women's doubles to be crowned European champions in 2006 and runners up in 2008.

"Her achievements in recent years have been outstanding and she is truly recognised as one of the greatest players of all time. This award is richly deserved," added Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy.

 
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