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Badminton trial matches on anvil

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Published: 07 November 2013
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Chandigarh Badminton Association will conduct trial matches in the junior (U-17, U-19) and senior mixed doubles categories on November 14 and 16 at Panjab University badminton Hall. While the trial matches for junior mixed double event in the U-17 and U-19 categories will be held on November 14, the trial matches for the senior mixed double event will be held on November 16. Interested and eligible players can send their entries on or before November 12 up to 5 pm to Surinder Mahajan, chief technical advisor, Chandigarh Badminton Association, at the Panjab University Badminton Hall. Also, shuttlers from Chandigarh must send their entries for participation in qualifying matches in any national championships or national ranking tournament in any age group to the general secretary of the association three days before the last date for the receipt of entries by Badminton Association of India.

Chess meet on anvil

Chess Specific, Mohali will organise Mohali District Chess Championship under the aegis of Punjab State Chess Association at Gurukul World School, Sector 69, Mohali from November 16 to 17. The event will be played in Under-7, Under-11, Under-15, Under-19 and senior categories (both boys and girls). The last date for registration for the event is November 12 while registration with late fee will be accepted till November 14. Interested players can enrol at www.chessspecific.in and call at 8591289001 for any queries. The top ten players in the senior category will represent Mohali in the upcoming Punjab-B State Chess Championship.

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Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng team up again for HK Open (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei should not have it too tough in the China Open (Nov 12-17) and Hong Kong Open (Nov 19-24).

In the draw released for the Hong Kong meet on Wednesday, the 31-year-old Chong Wei, who succumbed to fatigue in the recent Denmark and French Opens, will meet Indian youngster K. Srikanth in the first round.

An expected win could see him face compatriot Chong Wei Feng, provided the world No. 17 gets past Sho Sasaki of Japan in the first round.Four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng are back together for the HK Open, after being split up and paired with younger team-mates.

Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen and China’s Du Pengyu await Chong Wei in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Jorgensen, who bagged his first Super Series title recently at the French meet, could provide some stiff resistance for Chong Wei.

The tall Dane came close in his home tournament, pushing Chong Wei to three games but lost the mental battle.

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Disgruntled Zulfadli walks out during match (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli was crying foul after walking out in the second round of the Korean Open GP Gold in Jeonju City on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old was upset over the poor quality of refereeing in his match against Korean shuttler Han Ki-hoon and decided he had had enough after trailing 19-21, 10-15.Zulfadli Zulkiffli in a file photo. He walked out of his second round match against Korean shuttler Han Ki-hoon after receiving a total of five bad calls in two sets, complaining of poor refereeing.

“I wasn’t injured ... but it’s not possible to play at all when the umpire, service judge and linesmen are all Korean,” said a distraught Zulfadli, who is not under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) programme.

“In the first game I already had three bad calls against me and then in the second, I was given two more bad calls.

“When I tapped the shuttlecock at the net, I was called for a fault but when my opponent did the same there was no fault at all.

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Sole survivor Iskandar in last eight (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Boosted by his selection into the SEA Games squad, back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin stormed into the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold in convincing fashion.

On Thursday, Iskandar stayed focused throughout the game to beat Ha Young-woong of South Korea 21-17, 21-16 in 40 minutes in the third round to set up a meeting with 11th seed Tian Houwei of China.Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnian returns a shot to Tian Houwei of China in the Asian Youth Championships in 2011. He meets Houwei again for a place in the semi-finals at the Korean Open GP Gold on Friday.

National coach Hendrawan hopes that Iskandar would be able to pass the real test on Friday against Houwei.

“Iskandar played well today (Thursday) and was in control of the game from the start. The next match will reflect his true ability. He will be up against Houwei, who is from his batch,” said Hendrawan.

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Vivian psyched to play mixed doubles (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo is fired up about playing mixed doubles matches alongside Tan Wee Kiong.

The doubles coaches – Paulus Firman, Pang Cheh Chang and Jeremy Gan – have decided to let Wee Kiong partner Vivian in the mixed doubles in a bid to strengthen the entire doubles squad.Vivian Hoo: ' I believe that competing in the mixed doubles will make me a more complete player.'

And Vivian who dabbled in the mixed doubles category as a junior, picking up a bronze in the 2008 World Junior Championships with Mak Hee Chun, believes that trying out in the mixed partnership will only help her improve in the women’s doubles where she partners Woon Khe Wei.

“It’s been a while since I actually took mixed doubles seriously but there is no harm trying,” said Vivian.

“I believe that competing in the mixed doubles will make me a more complete player ... since I’ll need to revert from my regular role of playing at the back, with Khe Wei, to covering the front.

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