• Singapore qualified for Thomas Cup spot after 28 years (pic)

    Singapore men's badminton gets a big boost by qualified in the Thomas Cup. It's women's team also booked spot for the prestigious Uber Cup, both will be held in New Delhi from 18-­25 May.

    "I couldn't believe it when I heard the news," said Derek Wong, the top men's singles in Singapore. Derek's father Wong Shoon Keat took Singapore to the Thomas Cup Finals in 1986.Derek Wong and the Singapore team are excited about a spot in the Thomas Cup

  • Indonesia's Thomas and Uber Cup squads are ready (pic)

    Indonesia has announced a list of players that will represent the country in the Thomas Cup, and Uber Cup, which will be held in New Delhi, India, from May 18 to 25.

    The list that released by The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), includes 30 players, comprising eight men's singles players and five men's doubles pairs with the Uber Cup team made up of six singles and four doubles pairs.Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup are the strongest in years.

  • Rashid Sidek is trying to strengthen the Thomas, Uber Cups squad (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, after Datuk Misbun Sidek turned down the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM)'s offer to become the badminton supremo, they've decided that they started looking for a chief coach for both the singles and doubles departments.Rashid Sidek

    BAM has appointed Rashid Sidek as the singles chief coach, and as an interim coach for the doubles department for the time being. Meanwhile, Tan Kim Her’s contract has been extended to oversee the men’s doubles back-up shuttlers.

  • Yeon-ju aiming for Super Series, Asian Games glory (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: South Korean women’s singles shuttler Bae Yeon-ju has several career highlights.

    Making the semi-finals of last year’s world championships and being a part of the of victorious 2010 Uber Cup team are just two of them.

    But she’s aiming for much more. The 23-year-old has two goals for this year – to break her duck in the Super Series events as well as win the gold in the Asian Games which will be held in Incheon.Bae Yeon-ju in action against 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the Maybank Malaysian Open quarter-finals. Yeon-ju won 21-15, 21-16.

    The crafty left-hander, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, is well on track to achieving her first target after storming into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday.

    Yeon-ju, who hails from Gyeongsangnam, showed her mettle as she doused the challenge of 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi 21-15, 21-16.

    It was an impressive performance as the young Japanese has been on a roll, beating world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and compatriot Minatsu Mitani in the first and second round respectively.

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