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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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Great day for Malaysia in boys’ singles

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 March 2010
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MALAYSIANS enjoyed a great day in the Asian junior championships boys’ singles event with promising star Zulfadli Zulkifli and four others marching into the fourth round yesterday.

The others remaining to carry their challenges are Bukit Jalil Sports School’s (BJSS) Loh Wei Sheng, Goh Giap Chin, Lim Yu Sheng and Mohd Azriyn Nur Ayub.

And their encouraging performances have raised Malaysia’s hopes to end an elusive chase for the Asian Juniors’ boys’ singles title.

Zulfadli was in good form yesterday and he eliminated two Koreans.

He laboured for a 21-17, 13-21, 21-12 win over Korean top junior Kang Ji-wook in the second round and went on to oust unseeded Lee Hong-je, winning the third-round match 21-6, 21-18.

 
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Newcomers arrive at national camp

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 March 2010
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The Badminton Association of Indonesian (PBSI) has promoted 11 junior shuttlers to join the main team at the national badminton training camp in Cipayung, East Jakarta, while welcoming 12 others into the national junior squad.   

“The camp now has 80 national shuttlers in both the main and junior teams. Previously, we had 77 shuttlers, 39 junior and 38 senior shuttlers,” PBSI secretary-general yacob Rusdianto said Wednesday.  
Most of the newcomers to the main team will be playing in the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles — disciplines regarded as the country’s main strength in international competitions.

The men’s doubles field includes Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto, Angga Pratama, Rian Agung, Andika Anhar and Hendra Setyo Nugroho, while the mixed doubles players are Rizki Delinugraha, Irfan Fadillah and Wenny Anggraeni.

Men’s singles Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka and women’s singles Maria Febe Kusumastuti have earlier automatically joint the national camp, without undergoing a national selection process, due to their prominent performances.

 
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Saina falls to No.6

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Published: 26 March 2010
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After skipping the Swiss Open Super Series last week, Saina Nehwal saw her ranking drop down a rung to 6 in the March 25 rankings released by the Badminton World Federation. Five Chinese have piled up above her, with Basel champion Shixian Wang climbing 5 places and nudging the Indian down one spot after Nehwal’s week-long stay in the Top 5. The mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju climbed up one spot to 9, while Chetan Anand slipped down further to 18. P Kashyap is at 30, Aravind Bhat at 36, and Anup Sridhar at 41.

 


 
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Yet another flop (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 March 2010
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WORLD No 1 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong suffered a big blow to their badminton reputation when South Korean back-up pair Yoo Yeon Seong-Ko Sung Hyun toppled them in the Swiss Open men's doubles final in Basel yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong held the advantage as Yeon Seong-Sung Hyun were playing in the final of the Super Series event for the first time but yet they outplayed the Malaysians 21-18, 21-16.
Korea's Ko Sung Hyun (left) and Yoo Yeon Seong celebrate after beating Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in the final of the Swiss Open in Basel yesterday.
It was Kien Keat-Boon Heong's second consecutive failure after losing to Danish veterans Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen, the eventual champions, in the first round of the All England a fortnight ago.

The results in the All England and Swiss Open do not augur well for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals in May where Kien Keat-Boon Heong need to deliver in order to at least reach the semi-finals.
 
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