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Underdogs rule at National GP Finals (pic)

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Published: 30 December 2013
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PUTRAJAYA: Tan Chun Seang and Lim Chiew Sien made it an eventful day for the underdogs when they dumped the men’s and women’s singles defending champions in the National Grand Prix Finals at the Precinct 11 Sports Complex on Sunday.

An unfit independent shuttler Chun Seang went the distance to beat Misbun Ramdan Misbun 18-21, 21-17, 21-19 in an energy-sapping semi-final match. Tan Chun Seang beat defending champion Misbun Ramdan Misbun in three sets in the men's singles semi-final of the National Grand Prix Finals. He takes on Chong Wei Feng for the title on Monday.

He even vomitted after the 57-minute match.

Chun Seang, who left the national team in 2011 and was banned for two years from competing in Asian tournaments by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), will take on heavy favourite Chong Wei Feng in today’s final.

The 27-year-old Chun Seang said the victory was for his fans.

“I am in my first final in a local tournament after two years and this victory is to show to my fans that I am back,” said a pale-looking Chun Seang.

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Rocky pair storm into semis (pic)

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Published: 30 December 2013
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PUTRAJAYA: World No. 16 Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah showed that they still have what it takes to play together as a pair as they stormed into the men’s doubles semi-finals of the Maybank National Grand Prix Finals at the Precinct 11 Sports Complex in Putrajaya.

V Shem-Khim Wah were only reunited earlier this month after a rocky relationship which saw them split up twice in the past.
On Saturday, the duo were in immaculate form as they topped Group B in style. They outplayed Ow Yao Han-Teo Kok Siang 21-16, 21-15 and then whipped closest rivals Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi 21-14, 21-14.Reunited Goh V Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah were well above the rest as they easily qualified for the semi-finals of the Maybank National GP Finals at Putrajaya.

V Shem-Khim, who downed Perak’s Chan Ren Cong-Lim Ming Chuen in straight games on Friday, will take on back-up scratch pair Mohd Lufti Zaim-Tan Wee Gieen in Sunday’s semi-finals.

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Walking wounded Liu Ying’s future in doubt (pic)

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Published: 30 December 2013
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PUTRAJAYA: Shuttler Goh Liu Ying’s future is in doubt and it could see an end to her successful mixed doubles partnership with Chan Peng Soon.

Liu Ying went for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan yesterday and the prognosis on her right knee was not good at all.

“The condition is quite bad. The meniscus tear is bigger than before. I have also developed a small tear on my left knee.Mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying (left) will have to go for surgery to fix her troublesome right knee.

“This is an old injury. I have had it since 2008 but I have handled it for the last five years by going for treatment. But now, it has become quite unbearable. I find it painful even when I walk,” she said with tears welling in her eyes.

Liu Ying said that she had two options.

She could either go for a minor surgery that will rule her out of the game for four months or go for a major one, which will see her out of action from six to eight months.

“I will seek advice from the NSI (National Sports Institute) and see how best to deal with this issue.”

When asked about her future with Peng Soon, she was not non-committal.

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Sindhu, Srikanth win national badminton titles (pic)

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Published: 23 December 2013
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NEW DELHI: Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth won the women's and men's titles, respectively, at the 78th Senior National Badminton Championships at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Monday.

World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu won her second national title after 2011 while it is a first for Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold winner Srikanth.

Defending mixed doubles champions Aparna Balan and Arun Vishnu retained their crown while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa regained the women's doubles crown for the first time since 2009.G. Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa pose with their spoils after triumphing in straight games.

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar won their maiden men's doubles title.

Meanwhile, Kuhoo Garg and Chirag Sen became the youngest players to win a medal in the tournament when they defeated Pranaav Chopra and Maneesha K in mixed doubles semifinals.

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Jwala Gutta blasts Badminton Association of India over Nationals participation (pic)

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Published: 23 December 2013
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Jwala Gutta is in the news again. She has for another time hit out at the Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) diktat for forcing all top players to participate in the Senior National Championships here.

Gutta, however, justified top shuttler Saina Nehwal’s decision to skip the event citing busy international schedule, but blamed the BAI for maintaining two different sets of rules for two different individuals. Jwala Gutta “The rules have been bent for a few individuals while others have been asked to participate forcefully,” Gutta told dna on the sidelines of the senior tourney.

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