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Jorgensen all the stronger after setbacks (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2012
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THE turbulent six months in 2011 threatened to end Jan Jorgensen's international career but the Danish shuttler has emerged stronger than ever and has also secured a place in the London Olympics.

The trouble started when Jorgensen suffered a hamstring injury which caused him to miss the World Championships in London last August. This was followed by the death of his mother a few weeks later.Jan Jorgensen has overcome several personal setbacks to earn a spot at the Olympics.  Read more: Jorgensen all the stronger after setbacks - Badminton - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/badminton/jorgensen-all-the-stronger-after-setbacks-1.86156#ixzz1vSsDkRUt

Jorgensen, 25, was just recovering from the setbacks when he was dealt another blow when he was diagnosed with heart problems during the Denmark Open in October and there was concern about his life.

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THOMAS CUP: Chance for Malieka and friends to shine Read more: THOMAS CUP: Chance for Malieka and friends to shine

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Published: 20 May 2012
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A PART-TIME fitness instructor, an electrician and a couple of students from South Africa will be on a learning mission against Malaysia in their first Thomas Cup appearance in Wuhan today.

   Their top player Jacob Malieka is quite familiar with Malaysia as he has been training at the New Vision Badminton Academy under Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran for the past two years.

   Malieka, 21, postponed his business studies at Monash University in Johannesburg for almost two years and it paid off when he qualified for the London Olympics and also gets the opportunity to lead his country in the Thomas Cup Finals.

   Third singles Prakash Vijanath is also a student while Willem Viljoen is a part-time fitness instructor and Dorian James is an electrician who has received the rare opportunity of playing in the Thomas Cup.

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China win Thomas, Uber Cup group matches (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2012
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WUHAN, China: Superstar Lin Dan was made to sweat in front of an adoring home crowd but China breezed through their first group ties in the Thomas and Uber Cups world team championships on Sunday.

Quality was on show from Denmark, Japan and South Korea, but it was England's Rajiv Ouseph who threatened to spring a major surprise, before "Super" Dan, badminton's most-decorated player, came through in two games.Lin Dan of China returns a shot against Rajiv Ouseph of England during their Group A match at the Thomas Cup world badminton team championships in Hubei province. Superstar Lin was made to sweat in front of an adoring home crowd but China breezed through their first group ties in the tournament.

World number 19 Ouseph pushed the reigning Olympic champion in an unexpectedly tight match, as the usually cool Lin let off sparks of surprise and frustration when a handful of smashes went into the net and wide.

"After starting well I broke my racket string and it took me too long to adjust to the new racket. It affected the attack game plan," Lin said, praising Ouseph's performance.

"All the matches here are equally important before the Olympics," Lin added, underscoring the significance of this week in Wuhan, as players have a dress rehearsal before meeting each other on the big stage in July in London.

Lin's teammates, including feisty world number three Chen Long, had an easier time as they beat the plucky English 5-0 and rapidly turned their attentions to Indonesia, who China face next in their group and a key rival.

"Indonesia is China's biggest opponent in the Thomas Cup," Lin said.

"It doesn't matter who I play. I take them all seriously," he said about Indonesia's choice to select Simon Santoso over Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat as first singles player.

Playing on the court next to China were their rivals Japan, who trounced New Zealand 5-0 and looked every bit a legitimate frontrunner in the men's competition.

In the day's earlier session, Denmark and South Korea also looked impressive contenders for a tournament neither country has won yet.

The Danish men, finalists eight times, were never troubled by South Africa in their 5-0 win and were well led by 35-year-old Peter Gade, who hopes to silence critics after this season's poor run of results.

"Winning the Thomas Cup will be very difficult for Denmark because there are a lot of strong teams... but on a good day we can beat anyone," said former men's doubles world number one Mathias Boe after his win with Carsten Mogensen.

The toughest match in South Korea's 5-0 victory over the USA came in the first doubles tie as Yoo Yeon-Seong and Ko Sung-Hyun beat Howard Bach and Olympic medallist Tony Gunawan in three close games.

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Chong Wei: China training camp will help the Thomas Cup squad (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 May 2012
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 SHAH ALAM: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei readily concedes that Malaysia’s Thomas Cup squad are not the strongest but believes that the one-week training camp in Dongguan, China, from May 13-18 will make a difference.Endorsement: Lee Chong Wei posing with some of the products after signing on as the brand ambassador for CNI White Coffee Cendawan Susu Harimau and Well3 brand in Shah Alam Tuesday.

 

The Thomas Cup will be held in Wuhan, China, from May 20-27 and the BA of Malaysia (BAM) have set a realistic semi-final target.

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'It's tough overcoming the Chinese - i wish to beat all of them'

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Published: 09 May 2012
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 Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal , ranked world No. 5 and India's top player, is training hard towards the upcoming London Olympics. Speaking with Arun Sharma , Saina described her training regimen, how she spends her leisure time, her aim to beat the world's best - and why, despite badminton being popular across India, we don't produce more champions of the game: 

 
When did you start playing badminton? As your interest deepened, did you face difficulties sustaining this? 
 
I started playing badminton when i was nine years old. Initially, there were some problems pertaining to finance, but now everything is fine. I am employed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and also sponsored by a few companies in India...badminton has been my best investment in life actually since it involves only talent and not a lot of money. 
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