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Daren faces tough draw at French Open (pic)

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Published: 08 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: It will be almost impossible for world No. 16 Liew Daren to defend his French Open title after being handed an incredibly tough draw for the badminton tournament, which will be held in Paris from Oct 22-27.

Daren enjoyed an amazing run last year, beating higher ranked players like Japan’s Sho Sasaki, Hong Kong’s Hu Yun and Danish duo Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen en route to winning his maiden career title.

But the 26-year-old’s form has dipped since and just last week was dumped in the quarter-finals of the KL Open by back-up shuttler Tan Kian Meng.If all goes well, Liew Daren will make it to the French Open quarter-finals where he will face Lee Chong Wei.

It doesn’t look like things will get any better for Daren as he has been drawn in the same half as world No. 1 and compatriot Lee Chong Wei.

In fact the KL-born shuttler who faces India’s P. Kashyap in the first round of the Denmark Open from Oct 15-20, will start off against sixth seed and world No. 8 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in Paris.

Daren has beaten Boonsak in both their previous meetings and, should he get past the Thai for a third time, will probably face Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki in the second round.

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Youngster Jin Wei makes junior selection

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Published: 08 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Young powerhouse Goh Jin Wei has been selected to represent Malaysia at the World Junior Championships from Oct 23-Nov 3 in Bangkok.

The 13-year-old is one of the most talented junior players not based in the Bukit Jalil Sports School.

The Penangite is also in great form, having won the Division Two title of the KL Open on Sunday.

It was her second title after claiming the Kedah Open earlier this year.

She has also beaten all the older BJSS players – Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona, Sylvia Kavita Kumares, Lee Ying Ying, Lee Zii Yii, Yap Rui Chen and M. Thinaah – over the past year.

It was initially felt that Jin Wei might be too young for the world juniors as it was thought that the age range was between 14 and 18.

But the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) realised that there is no age limit and her name was brought forward in the final selection meeting.

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Jin Wei gets World Juniors chance (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Young singles star Goh Jin Wei may get her lucky break after all.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei, who showed great potential in beating 18-year-old Slyvia Kavita Kumares en route to the Kuala Lumpur Open Division Two girls’ singles title at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium on Sunday, may get a chance to represent Malaysia in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.Penang's Goh Jin Wei won the KL Open Division Two title on Sunday.

National singles coach Wong Tat Meng said he would recommend the Penang-born Jin Wei after discovering that there is no minimum age limit imposed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for the world junior meet. 

The only ruling is that the players must be below 18 years old. For the record, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon became the youngest player to win the world junior title in Malaysia in 2009. Then, she was 14 years old.

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IBL row: Badminton Association of India sets up independent panel to hear Jwala Gutta (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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The panel will have to give a decision within a month, till when Jwala will not be considered for national or international selection, BAI said.

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) Monday said it has set up an independent three-member panel to hear Jwala Gutta's case against the life ban proposed against her by its disciplinary committee.Jwala Gutta.

The panel will have to give a decision within a month, till when Jwala will not be considered for national or international selection, BAI said.

The disciplinary committee, headed by BAI vice-president S. Muralidharan, has recommended a life ban on Jwala or six years' suspension from all badminton activities in the country or a conciliatory rapprochement in case she submits an unconditional apology, leaving the final decision to BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta.

"Instead of taking action on his own, BAI president in consultation with the executive council members, has decided to constitute an independent three-member committee for issuing a further show-cause notice to Jwala Gutta," BAI general secretary Vijai Sinha said in a statement.

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Li Lian goes from straight-A’s to KL Open final (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Yang Li Lian has been a straight-A student in all the major examinations.

So, it came as a big surprise when the 20-year-old decided to defer her A-levels in a bid to pass with flying colours on the badminton court instead.

She said it was time for her to concentrate fully on badminton and lift the national women’s singles department out of the doldrums.

Currently, women singles in the country is in a sorry state with only a few good players left in the stable. Besides Li Lian, the others in the team are Tee Jing Yi, Sonia Cheah, Lim Yin Fun and Lim Chiew Sien.Yang Li Lian will be meeting Tee Jing Yi on Oct 6, 2013, in the KL Open women’s singles final. Li Lian will be hoping to win her first senior title then.

Her move to put badminton in the driving seat has seen immediate results.

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