• Who are Lee Meng Yean and Lim Yin Loo? (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo are fourth-ranked women’s doubles for Malaysia. No one expected them to go too far in the Malaysia Open GP, but they've demonstrated their fighting spirit yesterday by defeating third seeds Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei (world No. 20) of Singapore 21-17, 22-20  to reach the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium.Lee Meng Yean (front) and Lim Yin Loo beat Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei of Singapore 21-17, 22-20 in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold quarter-finals.

     

    This performance could further strengthen their bid for a place in the Uber Cup Finals squad. They will play against they will take on Ou Dongni-Xiong Mengjing of China in the semi-finals.

     

  • Singapore badminton overhauls coaching staff after ‘poor’ performance in 2013 (pic)

    In football, it is not uncommon for coaches to be fired within months, sometimes weeks, of failure.

    But in badminton? Not often heard of.

    Yet it is the very course of action taken by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), on the back of what president Lee Yi Shyan acknowledged as a year of “faring poorly” at tournaments like the Li-Ning Singapore Open and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

    The association has parted ways with singles coach Luan Ching and doubles trainer Yoo Yong Sung, both of whose contracts were due to run till the end of the year.

    SBA officials confirmed that China native Luan ended his four-year tenure by consensual agreement while Yoo of South Korea resigned from a post he had held for only a year.

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