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Nigeria Wins Badminton Championship Top Prizes

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Published: 30 October 2013
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Nigeria emerged winners of the Nigeria International Badminton Championship after picking all the titles on offer in the tournament.

Jinkam Boulos and Fatimah Azeez won the male and female singles titles respectively.

Nigeria also won the men and women's doubles and mixed doubles to win the 5,000 dollars prize money.

The players expressed delight on the tournament, saying it's was a way to improving their rankings.

They blamed their inability to attend international competitions on lack of funds, pleading that the government and corporate bodies should come to their aid.

Vice President of the Nigeria Badminton Federation (NBF), Francis Orbih, said that hosting the championship will not only give the country a voice in the sport but also update the playing skills of Nigerian players.

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Teck Zhi bounces back Soo-perbly (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Asian Junior champion Soo Teck Zhi bounced back from a disappointing performance in the mixed team event by easing into the third round of the individual event at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Teck Zhi failed to beat Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan in the quarter-finals of the team event as Malaysia lost to Indonesia 3-1.

The top-seeded Teck Zhi, however was in fine form en route to dispatching Mexico’s Luis Garrid 21-11, 21-12 in the second round in just 23 minutes.Malaysia's Soo Teck Zhi beat his second round foe, Mexico's Luis Garrid, in just 23 minutes to enter the third round of the boy's singles event where he will face Taiwan’s Yang Sheng-Jie for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 18-year-old, who received a first-round bye, faces Taiwan’s Yang Sheng-Jie next.

“It was a good match (against Garrid) and I played well,” said Teck Zhi in a text message.

Team-mate Soong Joo Ven also made the third round – but not before struggling to get past Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 22-24, 21-16, 21-17.

“My opponent played really well and was really good at the net.

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Watch out for kid Jonatan at juniors (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie is only 16 years old but the boys’ singles shuttler is creating a stir in the ongoing mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok.

And Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven sees the new face as one of his rivals for the individual title.

The individual competition starts on Monday. Boy to watch. Indonesia's Jonatan Christie could make a star turn at the on-going World Championships in Bangkok when the individual events begin on Monday.

Yesterday, Jonatan, who looks mature for his age, did his country proud when he upstaged Shi Yuqi 21-14, 21-18 to deliver a crucial point to help Indonesia beat defending champions China 3-2 in the semi-finals of the mixed team event.

The youngster had, on Thursday, torn apart Malaysia’s Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi in the quarter-final tie. Malaysia eventually lost 3-1.

Joo Ven said that Jonatan had improved since joining the Indonesian national team this year.

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Hyuk-jin powers South Korea to world juniors team title (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A painful experience in Malaysia has made South Korean Jeon Hyuk-jin a more determined shuttler. 

Yesterday, Hyuk-jin, who lost in Kota Kinabalu to Malaysia’s Soo Teck Zhi in the final of the Asian Junior Championships in July, rose to the occasion as South Korea won the mixed team title for the first time in seven years in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok. 

Hyuk-jin defeated Jonatan Christie 21-16, 21-19 and thanks to the crucial win, the Koreans went on to beat Indonesia 3-2 in the final. 
South Korea last won the mixed team title in 2006. Malaysia will be banking on Soong Joo Ven to deliver the goods in the individual event of the World Junior Championships.

The other points for South Korea were delivered by the girls – Kim Hyo-min and Kim Ji-won-Chae Yoo-jung – who won their singles and doubles matches respectively.

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Time for junior shuttlers to step up (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia unleashed another young talent onto the world stage – Gideon Markus Fernaldi but Malaysia’s old-timers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong just can’t seem to get it right.

On Sunday, fourth seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong went down 16-21, 18-21 in just 33 minutes to qualifiers Gideon-Markis Kido in the men’s doubles final of the French Open in Paris and their wait for a Super Series title continues. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong have not even reached the final of a Super Series since they started playing together last year.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong last won a Super Series title at the Malaysian Open in 2010 – three years and nine months ago, to be exact.

It was 22-year-old Gideon’s first appearance in a Super Series final. He was teamed up with former world champion Markis this year and the duo have been showing great improvements in every tournament.

Another Indonesian player Mohd Ahsan, who was given the chance to team up with former world champion Hendra Setiawan a year ago, has already proven himself. He nailed the world title with Hendra in Guangzhou in August – at the age of 26.

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