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I am not thinking about No. 1 spot yet: Saina (pic)

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Published: 29 March 2010
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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is just 20. But she has achieved what no other Indian woman has ever accomplished- zoomed into the top-five of the world. She has broken the Chinese hegemony of the sport and established herself as one of the top icons in India. She idolizes tennis ace Roger Federer and wants to emulate his feats on the badminton court. In a candid chat with’s Biswajit Jha, Saina told that she wants to take it one step at a time; and winning as many tournaments, not the No. 1 ranking, is her priority as of now.
Saina Nehwal
You have broken into the top five of the world…did you ever dreamt of this when you started playing badminton?

To be honest, I did not expect to break into the top-five so early. But, anyway, I am so happy that I reached top five. It’s a dream come true for me.

What are your next targets?

My next targets are - breaking into top-three rankings in the world and winning as many tournaments as possible. I want to do well in Delhi Commonwealth Games as well.

Are you sure you’re not looking for the No. 1 rank?

Not yet. I want to achieve milestones, one at a time.

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Badminton's 'Super Dan' back in training for Asian Championships (pic)

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Published: 29 March 2010
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The National badminton stars went back to their normal training routine after finishing the All England Championships. The first workout included games against their teammates. Lin Dan and his partner worked hard in doubles, but lost their game.When will Super Dan be Super again?

Lin Dan, world and Olympic champion, says, "Lose it! Lose it again! I seldom win the games on Thursday."

   Dan is expected to star in the Asian Championships.  Dan, along with eight of the world’s top 20 shuttlers, including Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat, are expected to feature in the US$150,000 Yonex-Sunrise Bad­minton Asian Championships in New Delhi, India next month.

Malaysia’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who won the All England title earlier this month, will not be competing in New Delhi.

"Super Dan" lost both of his matches at the All England Championships. First, he lost to sixth-seeded compatriot Bao Chunlai, and then got knocked out by Denmark veteran Peter Gade, a player he hasn't lost to in four years.

Lin Dan, world and Olympic champion, says, "It's normal. I don't think it was a surprise. I think if my opponent's form is better than mine, and I can't play well, then I might lose the match."

Lin's lack of match play after the end of club matches last year may be one reason for his bad performance in Britain. Lin didn't reach the semi-finals of the All England tournament, so he will try to gain more points at the Asian Championships on April 12th.

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Ee Yi inspired by Boon Heong’s entry into Guinness Book

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Published: 26 March 2010
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DOUBLES shuttler Teo Ee Yi was beaming with pride when the country’s elite player Tan Boon Heong went into the Guinness Book of World Records as the player with the fastest smash.

And it has given Ee Yi a lot of motivation to become a star performer too.

“Boon Heong is my favourite player. He is fast and plays smart on court. I just like his style. I was really happy for him when he won that award. When I hit 20, I want to be a top player, just like him,” said the 17-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student.

The talented Ee Yi showed good speed and combined well with Nelson Heg Wei Keat to beat compatriots Tan Kah Zhan-Tan Wee Tat 21-17, 21-12 in a 22-minute second-round boys’ doubles match yesterday.


Lai vows to avenge mixed team title loss to the Chinese

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Published: 26 March 2010
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LAI Pei Jing was sobbing uncontrollably after losing twice in the mixed team final tie against China on Wednesday in which Malaysia were beaten 2-3.

And she wants to hit back with a vengeance and get the better of Chinese players in at least one of her two individual events.

Yesterday, the 18-year-old Pei Jing made it to the third round in both the girls’ doubles and mixed doubles events.

The fifth-eighth seeded Pei Jing-Shevon Lai Jemie are tipped to beat Taiwan’s Lee Fang-yu-Wu Yu-lun in the girls’ doubles third round today to get into the quarter-finals for a probable match against second seeds Ou Dongni-Bao Yixin of China.

Quarter-final matches will also be played today from 6pm.

In the mixed doubles, the Pahang-born Pei Jing forms the top seeded pair with Ow Yao Han and they will take on unseeded Chen Zhuofu-Ou Dongni of China in the third round.

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Sonia eyes ticket to Youth Olympics with steady show

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Published: 26 March 2010
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A COMPOSED Sonia Cheah Su Ya kept up her steady performances to stay in contention for a ticket to Singapore for the inaugural Youth Olympics in August.

Yesterday, she won two matches to reach the fourth round of the Asian junior championships’ girls’ singles competition.

She defeated Pham Nhu Thao of Vietnam 21-8, 21-2 and then blew away South Korean Kang Ga-hee 21-13, 21-13.

The 17-year-old Kuala Lumpur lass will take on Castilo Gelita of the Philippines for a place in the quarter-finals and victory should give her a match against China’s Deng Xuan.

Only the top five players from the girls’ and boys’ singles competitions of the Asian Juniors qualify for the Youth Olympics. And Sonia is delighted that she has taken a step closer to making it.

“I want to be among the five to make the cut,” said the lanky Sonia, who stands at 1.73m tall. “The Youth Olympics is the biggest tournament for juniors and I want to be part of it. Making the semi-finals will guarantee me a place and I will go all out to achieve it.”

Sonia is the sole Malaysian remaining in the girls’ singles competition following the exits of three others – Lim Yin Fun, Ng Sin Er and Yang Li Lian.

The fifth-eighth seeded Li Lian was disappointed after losing 10-21,16-21 to unseeded Chiang Mei-hui of Taiwan in the third round yesterday.

However, she has one more shot at coming good in the Asian Juniors in the girls’ doubles event. Partnering Sonia, they are through for a match against India’s Ghate Gauri-Sawant Prajakta to qualify for the quarter-finals.

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