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Surprise winners over South Korea keep our juniors on guard in semi-final clash (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: One followed the script. The other tore it apart.

And Malaysia and Japan have set up an intriguing semi-final clash today in the mixed team competition of the Asian junior badminton championships after winning their quarter-final ties in contrasting fashions at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.Winning pair:Malaysian duo Lai Pei Jing (front) and Ow Yao Han in action during their match against Hong Kong Monday.

Third seeds Malaysia lived up to the expectations and defeated Hong Kong 3-0 to advance.

 

Certain-Li a smack of arrogance (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A chubby Li Gen has a lot of similarities with his father, Yongbo, the former Chinese doubles star who is now coach of their national senior team. And one of the traits was his arrogance.Li Gen: Very much like his dad Li Yongbo.

Yesterday, he partnered Lu Kai for the boys’ doubles in China’s 5-0 win over Sri Lanka in a Group A mixed team tie of the Asian junior championships. They beat Nuwan Hettiarachchi-Dilshan Kariyawasam 21-15, 21-10.

Earlier, China also defeated Cambodia 5-0.

 
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Saina Nehwal felicitated (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 July 2009
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MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal sparkled at a felicitation organised by Badminton45 and Bombay Gymkhana, one of a string of functions affecting her training time. Hail the champ: Saina Nehwal gets a grand welcome at a felicitation function organised by Badminton45 in Mumbai on Saturday.

It is a price performers have to pay for inspiring achievements, becoming the first Indian women badminton exponent to reach the world No. 6 ranking at 19.

She walked under an arch of badminton racquets formed by young girls, gave glimpses of power and stroke-making ability in an exhibition match, signed autographs, listened to praise and advise from the great Nandu Natekar and stepped on the stage to accept a cheque worth Rs. 2.5 lakh from Smt. Rajashree Birla.

 
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Top junior shuttlers forced to go the distance (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s campaign in the mixed team competition of the Asian junior badminton championships got off to a shaky start with the top boys’ shuttlers showing signs of nerves in the Group B tie against Vietnam at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.

Malaysia defeated Vietnam 4-1 but the highly-rated Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and the boys’ pair of Ow Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng had to go the distance.Beaten pair: Malaysia’s Shevon Lai Jemie returning a shot while Goh Jian Hao looks on during their match against Vietnam’s Bui Quang Tuan-Vu Thi Trang at the Asian Junior Championships Sunday.

In an earlier tie, Malaysia trounced Mongolia with a 5-0 win. In their final group tie today, Malaysia will take on India, who also had to ward off strong challenges from the Vietnamese before prevailing with a 5-0 win.

Against Vietnam yesterday, Malaysia started on a sluggish note when Dutch and German Open junior champion Iskandar had to battle hard to beat Le Ha Anh 18-21, 21-9, 21-16 in a match that lasted 43 minutes.

Malaysia’s confidence was shaken in the second match when the mixed doubles shuttlers of Goh Jian Hao-Shevon Lai Jemie crashed to a 22-20, 17-21, 8-21 defeat by Bui Quang Tuan-Vu Thi Trang.

 

Liem Swie King: The return of A KING (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2009
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Like so many athletes, once lauded and applauded for their feats, badminton legend Liem Swie King fell into obscurity when his days on the podium were over. Liem Swie King

After all that glory, gold and applause, King found himself back in the real world: No intense matches, no tough training, no coach looking after him, no crazed fans shouting his name. It seemed nobody cared what became of him after he hung up his racket in 1988.

But 21 years later, King has won back what so few retired athletes manage to get: Appreciation. His biography was published and a children's movie inspired by his indomitable spirit has successfully opened in cinemas. These accolades are beyond his expectations.

"At first, I didn't believe it," says the three-time All England winner. "I didn't think I deserved any of it. . It's too much for me."

He sounds sincere when he adds, "There are still other great badminton players out there. Why me?"

That was the same question he posed to actor-turned-producer Ari Sihasale, who is behind the badminton flick King. Although King felt he didn't deserve such a tribute, Ari thought it was time to bring the legend back under the spotlight.

 
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