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Punjab badminton teams named

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Published: 06 November 2008
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LAHORE: Punjab Badminton Association Thursday announced its teams to participate in 3rd Inter-provincial Games being held from November 9 at Peshawar.

A spokesman of PBA said teams were selected on the performance of players and it is hoped they will produce good results.

Liaqat Ali will be the coach and Sayeda Nosheen Zaidi will be the official of female team.

Following are the teams:

MEN: Rizwan Azam, Atif Nadeem, M. Ijaz, Kashif Sulehri, Sabir Haneef, Muhammad Ali and Usman Raza.

WOMEN: Khyzra, Sidra, Naheed Akhtar, Mehreen, Miss Iqra, Anum Bilal.

Punjab wrestling team announced: Punjab Wrestling Association (PWA) has announced a seven-member wrestling squad for Third Inter-provincial Games.
 
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The Yonex National Badminton Awards 2008

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 November 2008
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BADMINTON England in partnership with Yonex UK is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the Yonex National Badminton Awards 2008.

Do you know someone who would like to receive an all expenses paid trip to the semi-finals and finals of the Yonex All England Championships? Do you know someone who would like to receive a collection of kit and equipment from Yonex? The Winners will be recognised by a presentation of their Trophy and Certificates at the BADMINTON England VIP reception on semi-finals day of the Yonex All England Championships.

 
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Badminton Super Series Finals set for Malaysia after 2007 cancellation (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2008
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The Super Series Masters Finals 2008, with total prize money of US$500,000, will take place from Dec 18-21 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, the Badminton World Federation has announced.

It follows successful negotiations, spearheaded by BWF President Dr Kang Young Joong and BWF Events Committee Chair with host nation Malaysia. Non-starter: Lin Dan is not expected to play in Malaysia

 
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Saina Nehwal wins world junior championship (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 November 2008
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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday became the first Indian to clinch the World Junior Badminton Championship with a straight-game win in the finals here.

Top seed Saina got the better of her ninth seeded Japanese rival Sayaka Sato 21-9 21-18 in a lopsided match that lasted just 25 minutes.


"It is a great feeling to win it this time. The last time in 2006, I had lost in the finals but I am happy that I clinched the title this time," Saina, who reached the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics, said after the match.

"I never thought that I would play so well. The first game was easier but in the second game she was playing good smashed but I was successful in catching her on the nets. I played my back hands well and so overall I am satisfied with my performance. It was an okay sort of a match.

"However, I reckon my semifinals match against Chinese Shixian Wang as the toughest in the tournament," she added.

With the Commonwealth youth gold and the World Junior badminton title in her kitty, the world number 11 has now set her eyes on China and Hong Kong Open later this month.

"I am next playing China Open and Hong Kong open this month and I am confident of doing well there as well," the national champion said.

National coach Pullela Gopichand said Saina played like a champion all through the tournament.

"She played like a champion. It is good to see her wining convincingly through out the tournament. She has really done well, hats off to her," Gopichand said.
 
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China emigre Zhou Mi, rejoices in rise to top of world

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Published: 05 November 2008
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BEIJING - Rejuvenated badminton veteran Zhou Mi has set her sights on a world title after recapturing the number one ranking three years after being kicked off China's national team following a knee injury.

 

Twenty-nine year-old Zhou, who retired in 2006 but came back last year after switching allegiance to Hong Kong, took top spot after reaching the final of the Denmark Open last month.

"I want to show the fun of badminton to the Hong Kong fans and repay their support with the championship title," the Athens bronze medallist told China's Titan Sports.

Zhou, who was ineligible to play for Hong Kong at August's Beijing Olympics, said the disappointment of watching from the sidelines had contributed to her recent form, which has seen her clinch two titles from her last three starts.

"I was really upset when I knew I had no chance to play the Beijing Olympics. It powered me up in the tournaments after the Games," Zhou said.

 

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