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Yap Kim Hock Might be Back to BAM (pic)

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Published: 13 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Yap Kim Hock (former men’s doubles Olympic Games silver medallist) could become the doubles national coach with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) again.

President Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, secretary Ng Chin Chai and general manager Kenny Goh interviewed him on Friday. They will let Kim Hock know about their decision on March 20. The comittee will also decides what will happen to Tan Kim Her, the existing national coach; and whether Datuk Misbun Sidek will accept the position of the coaching director for BAM.Former national chief coach and player Yap Kim Hock, seen here with kids from Pandamaran at his badminton academy, has applied for the men's doubles coaching position with BAM on Friday.

 

 
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Ouseph reaches Swiss Open last eight (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 March 2014
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Hounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph brushed aside Dutchman Eric Pang to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals at the Swiss Open.

Ouseph, the number four seed, will face eighth seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark after beating Pang 21-13 21-15.Rajiv Ouseph

Ouseph had previously knocked out China’s Huan Gao to reach the third round in Basel, where he beat Swiss player Lukas Nussbaumer in the opening round.

 
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Swiss Badminton Open: Sindhu enters Swiss Open quarters, Pawar out (pic)

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Published: 13 March 2014
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World No.9 shuttler P.V. Sindhu staged an amazing come-from-behind victory to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.

World No.9 shuttler P.V. Sindhu staged an amazing come-from-behind victory to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.PV Sindhu enters Swiss Open quarter finals

The seventh seed lost a cliff-hanger first game to Canada's Li Michelle but displayed all her grit and experience to win the next two to enter the last eight. The World Championship bronze medallist ousted her unseeded opponent 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 in 54 minutes to take 2-0 lead in career meets.

 
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Swiss Badminton Open: Sindhu, Kashyap power through openers

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Published: 13 March 2014
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Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar got off to winning starts, notching up victories in their respective opening-round singles matches at the the $ 125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament in Basel.

Sindhu posted a comfortable 21-18 21-15 victory over Malaysian Sannatasah Saniru in 32 minutes to enter the second round of the women’s singles event.

Kashyap and Pawar also reached the second round of the men’s singles competition with straight game victories.

But it was curtains for Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles, while Saili Rane failed to cross the opening hurdle in women’s singles.

Seventh-seeded Sindhu opened with a 3-0 lead and went on to extend it to 10-3 in the first game. But the Malaysian raised her tempo and managed to reduce the gap to 15-16 before making it 17-17. At 18-18 though, the 18-year-old Hyderabadi girl accelerated to pocket three straight points to wrap-up the opening game 21-18.

 
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Malaysia's Women's Badminton Team Make It to The Uber Cup

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Published: 11 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a pleasant surprise for national doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo when she found out that Malaysia have qualified on merit for the Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25.

In the list, released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) last week, Malaysia’s women’s team qualified by virtue of being the 12th-ranked team out of the 16 qualifiers for the Finals. The Korean women's badminton team celebrating with the Uber Cup trophy after shocking China in the final in KL in 2010.

“At one point, we thought we would not make it as some of our players’ rankings had dropped,” said Vivian, who forms the nation’s No. 1 women’s doubles partnership with Woon Khe Wei.

“This is the first year that teams are qualifying based on overall ranking and thankfully, it has worked out well for us.”

Two years ago, Malaysia did not feature in the Finals in Wuhan when they did not make the cut via the qualifying tournament in Taiwan.

This year though, the BWF have scrapped the qualifying tournament and instead, the 16 teams have been chosen based on their March 5 world ranking.

According to BWF’s new format of qualification, the defending champions and hosts are exempted if they are ranked within the top 14, which then allows the next best team to qualify.

 
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