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Always smiling Gao Ling calls it quits

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China, -- Gao Ling is one of the most successful women's doubles specialist in the history of badminton and is noted for her anticipation, consistency, forecourt prowess and sporting smile.

    But after winning everything in her 22-year playing career, the always smiling Gao decided to call it quits, even though the ending looked by no means perfect.

    Gao, who represents Hubei, paired up with Wei Yili but lost to Beijing Olympic champions Du Jing and Yu Yang from Liaoning 21-18, 21-18 in the women's doubles quarterfinals at the 11th Chinese National Games on Friday.

 

Wang Lin takes women's singles badminton title at National Games (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China  -- Wang Lin from Zhejiang beat Jiangsu's Wang Shixian to win women's singles badminton title at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Saturday. Wang Lin of Zhejiang province jubilates after the women's singles final of badminton against Wang Shixian of Jiangsu province at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 17, 2009. Wang won the match 2-1 and claimed the title of the event.

    World No. 1 Wang Lin lost the first game 21-16 but managed to turn around the situation to win in the second at 21-18. In the decider, The 21-year-old Wang led all the way and never looked back to secure a comfortable win at 21-11.

    Wang Lin, who topped the world ranking since last month, revenged on Wang Shixian as the former lost to the latter in China Masters final in September.

    "It's really hard to win the final at last. Playing on national court is always harder than on international circuit," said Wang Lin.

    "A National Games champion is far from enough as I need to be more mature especially mentally," added Wang Lin.

    Wang Shixian said she lost the match mainly because she was too tired after continuous hard matches in both team and singles events.

    "But I'm really satisfied with my performance as I clinched a silver medal in my maiden National Games trip," added the 19-year-old.

 
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Clark realises big England ambition (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 October 2009
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County star Anthony Clark fulfils one of his outstanding ambitions tomorrow when he represents England at Loughborough University.

Clark will partner Donna Kellogg in the mixed doubles as England take on Japan.

The Ellistown ace also features in the men's doubles, where he partners Nathan Robertson, the Olympic silver medallist.Anthony Clark and Donna Kellog

Clark, who has worked on his game at the University over the years, is relishing the prospect of teaming up with Kellogg for the county's first England international in more than 15 years.

He has also forged a successful partnership with Robertson, the duo having recently won Britain's first ever World Super Series title at the Singapore Open.

 

Don’t break up pair who may win World Junior title, says Kim Hock

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 October 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have a bright chance to win a doubles title in the World Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held in Alor Setar from Oct 23-Nov 1.

But what happens after that is of more concern for Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock.

Kim Hock hopes that the pair who manage to emerge as the champions will be given the chance to stay together for at least one year to give them time to work on taking their game to a higher level on the senior stage.

 

London 2012 confirm events switch to Wembley

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2009
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LONDON (AP) — London 2012 organizers have confirmed plans to stage the badminton and rhythmic events at Wembley Arena instead of a temporary Olympic venue.

The switch from east to northwest London will trim about 20 million pounds ($31.5 million) from the cost of the 2012 Games.

The organizing committee will present the proposal for approval by international gymnastics officials at this week's world championships before seeking agreement from badminton's world federation next week.

The plans will then be presented to the IOC Coordination Commission in November and to the IOC Executive Board in December.

 
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