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China claim badminton team titles at EAG

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Published: 11 October 2013
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China claimed both the men's and women's team titles at the on-going 6th East Asian Games (EAG) here on Thursday.

Paced by world No. 2 Chen Long and world No. 3 Du Pengyu, The Chinese men's team enjoyed an all-win record in their previous three ties under a round-robin format. Their opponents on Thursday, Hong Kong of China, also collected three straight victories, making their encounter the gold-medal decider for the event.

The 24-year-old Chen only needed 28 minutes to take the opening win for China, outclassing world 11th ranked Hu Yun 21-11 and 21-7 in front of a jubilant crowd.

The second match featured Du and the 12th ranked Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong, China. Du grabbed the first game at 21-11 and launched a 10-0 run in the second before Wong decided to retire from the match due to an injury to his crotch.

In the third match China fielded the 23-year-old rising star Wang Zhengming, champion of 2013 China Badminton Masters, to play against Ng Ka Long Angus. It appeared to be another easy win for China as the 9th ranked Wang took the first game at 21-11. But Ng refused to throw in the towel, tying 10-10 with Wang in the second game. After leading 11-10 into the interval, Wang left no chance to Eg, wrapping up the game 21-15 to secure the gold for China.

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Jwala Gutta thanks well-wishers for standing behind her (pic)

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Published: 11 October 2013
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The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow Jwala Gutta to participate in upcoming tournaments till the disciplinary authority takes a final decision on the issue of her alleged indiscipline.

Elated with Delhi High Court's order to allow her to take part in national and international tournaments, top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta on Friday thanked everyone who stood by her during the hour of crisis.Jwala Gutta

"I am very very happy that the order of the honourable judge was in our favour. Happy that I am allowed to play. My whole life I have done nothing but played badminton. I just hope I continue to do that and bring laurels to the country, and make everyone proud," said Jwala.

Extending her gratitude to her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa and her coaches, Jwala said, "I am thankful to Clean Sports India (CSI) who openly lend its support and to Ashwini, who was also going through a lot of stress because it was not only my entry that was withdrawn from the Denmark Open but also hers. So I am really glad that she understood me and stood by me. That makes me really very strong.

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You’ve (still) got a ticket to ride (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles coach Rosman Razak will not close the door on the independent players as he prepares the squad for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.

Top pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei are the only ones set to make the journey to Myanmar for now.

Vivian-Khe Wei are ranked 14th in the world and are unlikely to qualify for the Super Series Finals, which clash with the SEA Games, given their lack of significant results.

The pair are also not competing in the back-to-back Denmark Open (Oct 15-20) and French Open (Oct 22-27) and are only likely to see action in the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24.Top national women's pair Vivian Hoo (behind)-Woon Khe Wei are almost certain to play in the SEA Games this December in Myanmar.

Beside Vivian-Khe Wei, the other experienced pair in the national set-up are world No. 40 Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho.

Rosman is still experimenting with the new senior-junior partnership of Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean.

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Too late to split up Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 09 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang have only worked together for the past 10 days, but they both agree that it is already too late to split the partnership of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked fifth in the world, have been performing poorly over the past two years and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have gave them yet another ultimatum – deliver at the back-to-back Denmark and French Opens which are on from Oct 15-20 and Oct 22-27 respectively, or face separation.Men's doubles coach Paulus Firman briefing (from left) Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat in January this year. Paulus and coach Pang Cheh Chang say it's best to keep Kien Keat-Boon Heong on to help the younger players surpass them.

Paulus and Cheh Chang however beg to differ and believe that it is better to keep the duo together while focusing on training the younger pairs to surpass them.

“Realistically speaking, if Kien Keat-Boon Heong were to be split, it should have been done much earlier,” admitted Cheh Chang.

“A country still needs at least one top pair and there is no guarantee that if we split them now the new partnerships will reach the level of Kien Keat-Boon Heong.

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Too early to compare Jin Wei to Ratchanok (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 October 2013
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GEORGE TOWN: It is premature to compare teen badminton prodigy Goh Jin Wei to the reigning world champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand, said her coaches on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei, the youngest player to win a Division Two title in the local circuit, drew comparisons with the Thai youngster after being selected to represent Malaysia at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.Goh Jin Wei needs to be nurtured and not stressed with a lot of expectations. Penang team manager Tony Tan says she needs to be treated with kid gloves.

The 18-year-old Ratchanok, who became the youngest world women’s singles champion this year, won the first of her three World Junior titles in 2009 when she was just 14.

While the Penang-based Jin Wei will be in unchartered waters when she features in the Under-19 tournament in Bangkok later this month, Ratchanok already had a women’s singles senior tournament victory under her belt before winning her maiden World Junior crown in Alor Setar in 2009.

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