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Badminton's Hallam retires at 33 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2009
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Badminton's Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tracey Hallam has announced her retirement at the age of 33.

She reached a high of seven in the world rankings and reached the last eight in three consecutive world championships, from 2005 to 2007. Tracey Hallam in action at the Beijing Olympics

Hallam, from Burton-on-Trent, said: "Now is the time to go. I have many great memories, including winning the 2006 Commonwealth gold in Melbourne."

England coach Ian Wright said: "She is a credit to the sport."
 
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Misbun Ramdan made to sweat before retaining title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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IT was an unusual struggle for Misbun Ramdan Misbun (pic) who nonetheless retained his Under-18 singles title, while Zulfadli Zulkifli secured an effortless double in the Under-16 category of the Zone A first leg of the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit in Ipoh yesterday.

Ramdan, the son of national coach Misbun Sidek, was expected to have it easy but wa s taken the distance by fellow Selangor player S.

Krishna Kumar before winning 21-16, 20-22, 21-16 in 48 minutes.

Zulfadli, also from Selangor, thrashed Ooi Yee Keat of Penang 21-6, 21-3 in just 17 minutes to secure the Under-16 singles crown. He then teamed up with younger brother Zulfaiz to beat Pe r a k ’s Chan Ren Chong-Jason Loo 21- 6, 21-19 to win the doubles title.

Kuala Lumpur’s Lee Jian Jee made a swe e p of the boys’ Under-18 in the first leg of the Zone B in Malacca. Jian Jee beat Aiman Hussin of Johor 21-10, 21-17 in 29 minutes to win the singles title, then secured the doubles crown with Mohamed Nurhelmi beating another KL pair Loke Kok Pong-Saw Weng Jian 20-22, 21-12, 21-15.

 

Lack of good sparring partners means Lee must keep on competing (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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PETALING JAYA: With a packed badminton calendar, China’s top shuttlers are expected to pick and choose the tournaments to feature in this year.

But Malaysian singles coach Misbun Sidek said that world number one Lee Chong Wei does not have this luxury simply because there is now no sparring partners in the national squad good enough to match his level of play.

Misbun said that Chong We has no choice but to stick to a hectic schedule to at least maintain his standard of play. Chong Wei played in eight of the 12 Super Series tournaments last year and also featured in the Macau Open, which is a Grand Prix Gold event on the world circuit.Punishing pace: Lee Chong Wei played in 14 international tournaments including the Olympic Games last year.

 

Pei Tty-Eei Hui must scale Great Wall for title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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WO M E N ’S doubles Wong Pei Tty Chin Eei Hui will face serious threats from China’s leading pairs in their bid to capture the All England title but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky views it as an ideal situation to cement their reputation as a world class pair.

Pei Tty-Eei Hui, theWorld No 2, are expected to meet China’s No 4 Pan Pan-Tian Qing in the second round, followed by Zhao Tingting- Zhang Yawen in the quarter-finals and Olympic champions Du Jing-Yu Yang, the World No 6, in the semis.

This is the toughest draw any pair could have asked for but Rexy said it is better to overcome such tough matches early and, if the Malaysians survive, it would raise their self-belief and more success will follow.

Pei Tty, 28, and Eei Hui, 27, have beaten all three pairs before but Du Jing-Yu Yang have a 4-1 record and the odds will be against the Malaysians in Birmingham on March 3-8.

“It is a good test for Pei Tty-Eei Hui as they must beat three China pairs to reach the final.

“This is unavoidable as they will have to beat these pairs if they want to become champions,” said Rexy.

“At their age, Pei Tty-Eei Hui cannot improve on their skills that much and all they need to do is maintain their physical condition and avoid injuries.

 

All roads for Chong Wei lead to Lin Dan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who avoided China's top shuttlers in the All England, will face almost similar opposition for a second week running in the Swiss Open, while Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have a tricky path in Basel on March 10-15.

Chong Wei has Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and Dane Peter Gade Christensen as obstacles in his path to the final of the All England which begins in Birmingham on Tuesday, and will have those familiar names in his way again in Basel.

But there is an additional threat in the shape of Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia, whom the top seed will meet in the quarter-finals, instead of Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who he is expected to meet at the same stage in Birmingham.

Chong Wei begins his campaign in Basel against Japan's Kenichi Tago before a showdown against Boonsak. Victory would pit him against Taufik before a semi-final clash with Christensen.

Should Chong Wei clear all the obstacles, second seed Lin Dan of China is likely to be his opponent in the final.
KLRC Berhad's Lee Tsuen Seng and Sairul Amar Ayub, and former national player Wong Choong Hann are the other Malaysians who will see action in the Swiss Open.

Tsuen Seng opens accounts against Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong and is likely to meet Christensen in the second round while Sairul has the misfortune of meeting Christensen in the first round.