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When Europe’s favorite card gamers meet Asia’s badminton aces

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Published: 16 September 2013
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How a Poker Pro’s Skills Suit a Badminton Pro’s Playing Style

When Europe’s favorite card gamers meet Asia’s badminton aces

The badminton sporting scene is very much dominated by Asian athletes like China’s Lin Dan, Li Xuerui, or Chen Long. On the contrary, the poker industry has become a fixture of European tactical experts like English prodigy Tony G and German card pro Pius Heinz. When it comes to sports, it may seem that badminton and poker are at polar ends. But when put under scrutiny, the two sports employ the same strategic thinking and approach. So, what exactly do the poker pros offer in the highly skilful game of badminton? Here’s a quick nitpicking of both sports’ similarities. Pattern Recognition and Decision making skills Throughout the history of sport, the strategic card games were mostly used as a recreational activity after an exhausting session at the gym. After lifting weights or practicing their game styles, these athletes use the simple board and card games like chess and poker as a way to de-stress and relax. But over the years, plenty of coaches have utilized the mind sport as a way to carve in a good decision making skills for the athletes. You see, the sports poker and badminton utilize the same pattern recognition and decision making skills during a game. It takes a great deal of mental endurance in being able to adapt a different strategy during a match while reading your opponent’s next move. Europe’s Marc Zwiebler, who is highly publicized as Germany’s badminton ace, is a decent example of how Europe’s expertise in tactical thinking has translated well in the racket sport. With keen skills in pattern recognition, badminton players can champion the BWF Series in the same way Antonio Esfandiari can dominate partypoker’s World Poker Tour or World Series of Poker. In the end, a good strategy combined with execution is your pair of aces in a badminton game. Observation and Tactical Awareness How does one dominate the badminton sport? The most usual answers would be through speed, strength, or hand-eye coordination. However, one likely skill used by expert badminton players is often left out—the skill of observation. Exploiting your opponents’ weaknesses is one important aspect of the game. Like poker players who employ a psychological reading of their opponents’ tendencies, badminton players must make it a habit to observe how their opponents move on the court. Do they usually go left or right? Are they always looking for a smash? Additionally, observation and awareness is not only applicable to your opponents but also to yourself. Introspection helps players develop their A-game by appropriating the right drills to improve lacking skills come game time. Whether you are from Germany, China, or from anywhere in the world, observation remains a universal skill that every player must employ in their set of skills.

 

Sindhu to lead Indian badminton in Japan (pic)

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Published: 16 September 2013
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In the absence of Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap due to an ankle injury, young P.V. Sindhu will spearhead the Indian challenge at the $200,000 Super Series tournament, starting here on Tuesday.

Tired after the hectic Indian Badminton League (IBL), Saina decided to take rest but Kashyap was forced to pull out at the last moment as he could not recover from his ankle injury, which he suffered during the IBL.P.V. Sindhu will spearhead the Indian challenge at the $200,000 Super Series badminton Tournament - Japan Open

“I’m not playing the Japan Open as I could not recover from the ankle injury I had suffered during the IBL,” Kashyap told PTI.

With the senior shuttlers missing in action, all eyes will be on World No. 10 Sindhu, who will be playing in her first international tournament after winning the prestigious bronze medal at the World Championship in China.

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Badminton News: China clinch four of five titles at Masters (pic)

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Published: 16 September 2013
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China's badminton stars Sunday celebrated victory on home soil, claiming all but one of the five titles up for grabs on the final day of the China Masters tournament.

BEIJING - China's badminton stars Sunday celebrated victory on home soil, claiming all but one of the five titles up for grabs on the final day of the China Masters tournament.

Seventh seed Wang Zhengming took the men's singles title after a marathon one-hour-and-15-minute game against South Korea's Son Wan-Ho, which he eventually won 11-21, 21-14, 24-22.Wang Zhengming of China dives to recover a shot from Son Wan Ho of South Korea.

In the women's final Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk failed to clinch a fairytale title after she was overcome by China's Liu Xin 21-4, 13-21, 21-12.

Buranaprasertsuk staged the upset of the tournament when the unseeded 21-year-old defeated world number one Li Xuerui in their semi-final on Saturday.

Top seeds Ko Sung-Hyun and Lee Yong-Dae of South Korea beat second seeds Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan 25-23, 21-19 in the men's doubles, the only final to witness a non-Chinese winner.

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Aik Mong gets cracking on first day at work (pic)

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Published: 12 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong was busy as a bee on the first day of work at the national body’s office in Stadium Juara at Bukit Kiara.

The 63-year-old Aik Mong met with assistant Razif Sidek, the national players, coaches from the elite and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) programme, the experts from National Sports Institute (NSI) and his co-worker Kenny Goh for a series of meetings and discussions yesterday.

Kenny is the general manager of the Support Service Group (SSG), who is responsible for providing all the necessary support for Aik Mong to execute his plans.Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong on his first day at work at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) office.

After the long and tiring day, former international Aik Mong said he needed at least a week to gather more information before he can finalise some changes in the training and coaching structures.

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Bring it on: Yen Mei (pic)

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Published: 12 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Ho Yen Mei is the only Malaysian girl left in the tournament, and with nothing to lose, she is going for broke in the girls’ singles event at the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 badminton championships.

The 17-year-old beat compatriot Yap Rui Chen 21-16, 21-14 to set up a quarter-final clash against China’s Qin Jingjing on Friday.

The only other Malaysian girl, Sylvia Kavita Kumares, fell to top seed Kim Hyo-min of South Korea 17-21, 17-21 in 33 minutes.

“It’s tough being the only one left in the draw but it happens,” said Yen Mei who has yet to land a title. She emerged runner-up at this year’s Smiling Fish Thailand International Series and Dutch Junior International.Ho Yen Mei: 'I’m determined to go all out against Jingjing tomorrow.'

Jingjing, seeded sixth, fought back after being a set down, to beat South Korea’s Jun Joo-i 19-21, 21-16, 21-14.

While Yen Mei has not gone up against the Chinese player prior to Friday’s match, the fourth seed will be hoping to hold her own against the reigning Asian Youth Games champion in the quarter-final match.

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