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    Default Badminton: 2 coaches leave after SEA Games flop, Liu will be new chief coach

    Published on Jan 08, 2014
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    The Singapore Badminton Association on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, announced changes to its coaching set-up, with chief singles coach Luan Ching and chief doubles coach Yoo Yong Sung both replaced. Coach Liu Qingdong (pictured), who was formally in charge of the National Intermediate Squad (NIS), will take over as chief coach from Feb 1. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



    By May Chen


    THE Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) on Wednesday announced changes to its coaching set-up, with chief singles coach Luan Ching and chief doubles coach Yoo Yong Sung both replaced.

    Coach Liu Qingdong, who was formally in charge of the National Intermediate Squad (NIS), will take over as chief coach from Feb 1. He will be assisted by Liu Fan (singles), former Singapore national player Jiang Yanmei (doubles) and Ding Chao (NIS).

    The coaching shake-ups come after a string of dismal performance by the national badminton team. The shuttlers returned with just one bronze medal at the SEA Games last month.

    Said Lee Yi Shyan, president of the SBA: "This change in our coaching structure is timely as it allows us consolidate on past achievements and build new strengths."

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    Default Liu Qingdong's CV

    http://www.sportscity.com.sg/CV/LQD.pdf



    CURRICULUM VITAE


    Name : Liu Qing Dong (Male)
    Date of Birth : October 1969 (44 years now)
    Country of Birth : China
    Education : Sports Training Department of Shanghai Institute
    of Physical Education (Degree of P.E.)

    CAREER ACHEIVEMENT
    Item Year Experiences Position

    1. 1980-84 Training at Chongqing City Player
    Part-time Sports Training School

    2. 1984-90 Sichuan Badminton Team Professional Player

    3. 1990-91 China Youth Team Captain

    4. 1991-95 Sports Training Department of Student
    Shanghai Institute of Physical Education

    5. 1995-98 Sichuan Women’s Badminton Team Coach

    6. 1998-02 Sichuan Women’s Badminton Team Chief Coach

    7. 2002-03 Fuhua Sec, Nan Hua Pri, Coach
    SINTEC Badminton Training Class

    (From recent reports he was last in charge of Singapore Badminton Association's National Intermediate Squad (NIS) before he became
    the National Squad Chief Coach effective 1 February 2014.
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    Default Coaching revamp for S’pore badminton



    (From left) SBA’s new coaching team comprising Ding Chao (NIS team), chief coach Liu Qingdong, Liu Fan (singles) and Jiang Yanmei (doubles). Photo: Crowd


    SBA’s new coaching team will consist of national Intermedia Squad coach Ding Chao (extreme left), new chief coach Liu Qingdong (pictured in middle), singles coach Liu Fan and Jiang Yanmei (doubles), who are pictured with new CEO Ronnie Lim. Photo: Crowd


    Chief coaches replaced after review into national side’s recent poor performances


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    Published: 09 January, 4:02 AM


    SINGAPORE — Former All-England champion Luan Ching and doubles specialist Yoo Yong Sung have been replaced as Singapore’s national chief singles and doubles coaches, respectively, following a review by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) after the disappointing performances at last year’s Li-Ning Singapore Open and the South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.

    The SBA announced the changes to its coaching structure yesterday, with the revamped set-up featuring an all-local roster comprising new chief coach Liu Qingdong, Liu Fan (singles) and Jiang Yanmei (doubles), and NIS team coach Ding Chao.

    Liu Qingdong, the current National Intermediate Squad chief coach, will oversee the national and NIS sides. Former national shuttlers Liu Fan and Jiang were part of the SBA’s foreign sports talent scheme, while China-born Liu Qingdong and Ding Chao are now Singapore citizens.

    The quartet’s appointments start on Feb 1 and they take over from former chief singles coach Luan Ching and South Korean Yoo.

    The SBA Management Committee decided on the coaching revamp after a six-month review conducted by a task force to look into the association’s processes, training methodologies, coaching set-up and tournament plans.

    “At this stage, our most immediate task is to create a new coaching structure,” said SBA President Lee Yi Shyan in a press conference at the Singapore Sports School yesterday.

    “This will streamline and standardise our coaching and training methodology and create an effective bridge between the NIS and the national team. There are many possible reasons (for the team’s poor performance) … we have to move on and continue to raise the standard of the team. We have to focus on areas where we are sharper and stronger than our opponents, and we are also looking at sparring partners from different countries to raise the standard of play.”

    The SBA also plans to introduce a SBA Distinguished Visitors Programme to engage renowned coaches, players and experts to help analyse, critique and improve the team. A Players’ Individual Training Plan will also be implemented to help the shuttlers set short- and long-term training objectives, and allow for regular reviews for each player.

    The move is timely after the national team’s dismal performances at recent tournaments.

    This includes none of the shuttlers qualifying for the last eight of the Singapore Open in their worst showing since 2006, while the women’s doubles bronze from Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei was the only medal won by the shuttlers at last month’s SEA Games — a far cry from the 2011 SEA Games, where Fu Mingtian won a historic women’s singles gold.

    A former chief coach with the Sichuan women’s team (1998-2001), Liu Qingdong worked with players such as 2009 World Championships bronze medallist Pi Hongyan of France before coaching Fu Hua Secondary School in Singapore from 2001 to 2011.

    He was appointed chief coach of the NIS in May 2011, with the 23-strong squad enjoying some success at last year’s Li-Ning Singapore Youth International and Badminton Asia Youth Championships (Under-15 and Under-17).

    “Our players always think they can just achieve the top eight or top four in competitions,” said the straight-talking Liu. “But their aim should be to win the tournament, and win the gold medal. I told Yao Lei, Shinta and Gu Juan they must get the gold at the Commonwealth Games. The pressure is on them to deliver.”

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    Default Stop trying, start winning

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    By: David Lee


    No more mollycoddling, no more fluffed lines of communication.

    That is the goal of newly-appointed Singapore badminton chief coach Liu Qing Dong.

    He also wants his shuttlers to be ambitious and united as he plots a return to success for the sport.

    After a poor run of results, which culminated in an embarrassing performance by the Republic’s badminton team at last month’s South-east Asia (SEA) Games, Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) president Lee Yi Shyan yesterday announced that national coach Luan Ching and doubles coach Yoo Yong Sung have amicably parted ways with the association.

    More in The New Paper on Thursday (Jan 09).

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    Default OUE is new title sponsor of S’pore Open

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    Property company comes on board with a six-figure sum for one year




    By Dan Guen Chin

    Published: 14 February, 4:03 AM


    SINGAPORE — The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has found a new sponsor for its premier international tournament, the Singapore Open 2014.

    At a press conference yesterday, the national sports association unveiled publicly-listed property group OUE Limited as the new title sponsor of the meet, which will be the fifth stop in this year’s MetLife BWF World Championship Superseries.

    It is understood that OUE’s title sponsorship is worth a six-figure sum for a year, with a view to renewing it.

    But total prize money for this year’s tournament, which counts former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana as former winners, has also risen to US$300,000 (S$380,260) from US$250,000 last year.

    Although the sponsorship is for one year, the SBA is hoping to establish a long-term relationship with its new sponsor.


    “We are hoping that we can work with them on a long-term basis,” said Singapore Open organising committee chairman Ng Yoke Weng.

    “This is a period where we are getting to know each other and trying to be comfortable with each other too. Hopefully as the relationship between OUE and the SBA develops, we can talk about a long-term deal.”

    Although this is the first time that OUE is sponsoring the Singapore Open, it is not the company’s first foray into badminton sponsorship in Singapore.

    Four years ago, Dr Stephen Riady, the company’s Executive Chairman, who is also the patron of the SBA, donated S$1 million to the association to develop its school partnership programmes. Riady said OUE’s sponsorship of the Singapore Open is its way of contributing back to society.

    “Through this, we at OUE hope to contribute to the development of badminton in Singapore and expose local players to international competition at the highest level,” he said. “OUE hopes to inspire a new generation of players who will not only excel in the sport, but also give back to the community through badminton.”

    When asked whether OUE would continue its sponsorship next year, Riady did not dismiss the possibility. “We would like to focus on this year’s event. We remain open to supporting the event in the future,” he said.

    The SBA and OUE have also lined up a series of corporate social responsibility initiatives to help promote the sport.


    The first will be a donation drive on Feb 21. The SBA is inviting the public to donate new and used badminton equipment for the less-privileged. The collection point at the Mandarin Gallery Level 2 concierge

    The SBA also announced yesterday that this year’s Singapore Open, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, will be brought forward from its usual June slot to April 8-13. It is hoping that the move will help attract the big names of badminton, particularly in the men’s singles, to the meet.

    Said Ng: “There are the Swiss Open and the All-England Championship in February and March and these are the two tournaments where the big names do take part.

    “Then there is the Indian Open the week before our tournament and the feeling is that the big names might choose to play in either the Indian or Singapore Open.

    “But we are hopeful that stars like Malaysia’s world No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who has not competed here for the past four years, will come.”

    The SBA also announced that ticket sales will start on Feb 17 with prices generally remaining the same as last year’s. Ticket prices will range from S$18 for the preliminary rounds to S$44 for the finals.

    Tickets can be purchased at sportshubtix.com. Visit singaporebadminton.org.sg for further details.


    (In TODAY, it was reported today that the SBA will get a new home or headquarters at the Singapore Sports Hub. This is excellent news as our national players can now have their own "home" with first class facilities.

    Don't forget the Donation Drive on Fri, Feb 21.

    http://www.todayonline.com/sports/na...-april-opening)

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    Default Star-studded Chinese line-up for OUE Singapore Open badminton championships

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    By Adelene Wong
    Published: February 25, 11:16 PM

    SINGAPORE – World badminton powerhouse China have confirmed a strong line-up for the upcoming US$300,000 OUE Singapore Open to be held at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium from Apr 8 to 13.

    Ahead of the closing deadline for registration on March 4, China was the first foreign country to confirm its participation for the tournament, which will be the fifth-stop in this year’s MetLife Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championship Superseries.

    Among the star-studded field from China will be Chinese shuttlers like current world No 1 and reigning Olympic women’s singles champion Li Xuerui and world No 2 Wang Yi Han.
    Other notable names for the OUE Singapore Open include last month’s Malaysia Open Premier SuperSeries’ mixed doubles winning pair of Xu Chen and Ma Jin. Asia Championships singles’ winner, Du Pengyu, and London Olympic men’s doubles gold medallist Cai Yun who will partner compatriot Lu Kai for the first time.

    It is understood that China will be using the OUE Singapore Open as part of their preparation for the defence of their Thomas Cup and Uber Cup titles in New Delhi from May 18 to 25.

    Said China’s women’s singles head coach Chen Jin: “I hope the China team can perform well in Singapore, as achieving good results will definitely boost our players’ confidence before a major tournament.”

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    Property company comes on board with a six-figure sum for one year




    By Dan Guen Chin

    Published: 14 February, 4:03 AM


    SINGAPORE — The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has found a new sponsor for its premier international tournament, the Singapore Open 2014.

    At a press conference yesterday, the national sports association unveiled publicly-listed property group OUE Limited as the new title sponsor of the meet, which will be the fifth stop in this year’s MetLife BWF World Championship Superseries.

    It is understood that OUE’s title sponsorship is worth a six-figure sum for a year, with a view to renewing it.

    But total prize money for this year’s tournament, which counts former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana as former winners, has also risen to US$300,000 (S$380,260) from US$250,000 last year.

    Although the sponsorship is for one year, the SBA is hoping to establish a long-term relationship with its new sponsor.


    “We are hoping that we can work with them on a long-term basis,” said Singapore Open organising committee chairman Ng Yoke Weng.

    “This is a period where we are getting to know each other and trying to be comfortable with each other too. Hopefully as the relationship between OUE and the SBA develops, we can talk about a long-term deal.”

    Although this is the first time that OUE is sponsoring the Singapore Open, it is not the company’s first foray into badminton sponsorship in Singapore.

    Four years ago, Dr Stephen Riady, the company’s Executive Chairman, who is also the patron of the SBA, donated S$1 million to the association to develop its school partnership programmes. Riady said OUE’s sponsorship of the Singapore Open is its way of contributing back to society.

    “Through this, we at OUE hope to contribute to the development of badminton in Singapore and expose local players to international competition at the highest level,” he said. “OUE hopes to inspire a new generation of players who will not only excel in the sport, but also give back to the community through badminton.”

    When asked whether OUE would continue its sponsorship next year, Riady did not dismiss the possibility. “We would like to focus on this year’s event. We remain open to supporting the event in the future,” he said.

    The SBA and OUE have also lined up a series of corporate social responsibility initiatives to help promote the sport.


    The first will be a donation drive on Feb 21. The SBA is inviting the public to donate new and used badminton equipment for the less-privileged. The collection point at the Mandarin Gallery Level 2 concierge

    The SBA also announced yesterday that this year’s Singapore Open, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, will be brought forward from its usual June slot to April 8-13. It is hoping that the move will help attract the big names of badminton, particularly in the men’s singles, to the meet.

    Said Ng: “There are the Swiss Open and the All-England Championship in February and March and these are the two tournaments where the big names do take part.

    “Then there is the Indian Open the week before our tournament and the feeling is that the big names might choose to play in either the Indian or Singapore Open.

    “But we are hopeful that stars like Malaysia’s world No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who has not competed here for the past four years, will come.”

    The SBA also announced that ticket sales will start on Feb 17 with prices generally remaining the same as last year’s. Ticket prices will range from S$18 for the preliminary rounds to S$44 for the finals.

    Tickets can be purchased at sportshubtix.com. Visit singaporebadminton.org.sg for further details.


    (In TODAY, it was reported today that the SBA will get a new home or headquarters at the Singapore Sports Hub. This is excellent news as our national players can now have their own "home" with first class facilities.

    Don't forget the Donation Drive on Fri, Feb 21.

    http://www.todayonline.com/sports/na...-april-opening)
    I wonder why Indonesian Chinese Conglomerate gave and supported badminton so much in Singapore.

    I guess they want to give back since they have profited handsomely with all the properties they own in Singapore.

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    I challenge Dr. Stephen Riady to bankroll a badminton league in Singapore if he dares to spend the money like Djarum family. S$1million is peanut IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indrg View Post
    I challenge Dr. Stephen Riady to bankroll a badminton league in Singapore if he dares to spend the money like Djarum family. S$1million is peanut IMHO.
    We will be glad to to see you do that.

    If you talked about making money from cigarette manufacturing and sales versus property development, the profit margin in the former is unthinkable, especially in a low cost country. But the harmful effects of smoking is universally well-known and if cigarettes are sold or freely given to the young, the habit becomes very addictive and will ultimately make them suffer from various ills and shorten their lives.

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    Default Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei keen on Singapore Open

    World No 1 Lee Chong Wei told the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s General Manager that he was ready to take part in the Singapore Open. Photo: Getty Images


    If he is a confirmed entry, Malaysian star can give event a needed boost


    By Dan Guen Chin
    Published: February 28, 4:03 AM


    SINGAPORE — Six years ago, he emerged champion at Singapore’s premier badminton tournament and walked away with the US$15,000 (S$19,000) winner’s cheque.

    Now, Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei could be returning to the event known today as the OUE Singapore Open badminton championships.

    The current world No 1 has informed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) that he wants to compete in the US$300,000 tournament, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from April 8 to 13.

    BAM General Manager Kenny Goh told TODAY that Malaysia will be sending a full team to the championship and it is set to include Lee and recent Malaysian Open men’s doubles champions, Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem.

    Should Lee’s participation be confirmed, it would be a boost for the tournament, which has been hit in recent years by a spate of high-profile withdrawals.

    “Chong Wei spoke to me recently and said he is ready to take part in the Singapore Open,” said Goh.

    “In fact, we wanted him and the rest of the (Malaysian) national squad to go to Singapore as part of our preparation for and to collect ranking points for the World Championships in Copenhagen in August. So I think Chong Wei’s participation in Singapore is on the cards, unless something else happens.”

    The final list of competitors for the tournament has yet to be finalised as entries are still coming in.

    In recent years, fans were left upset after top names, including former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and China’s two-time Olympic and five-time world champion, former world No 1 Lin Dan, pulled out at the eleventh hour.

    “If he is confirmed for the Singapore Open, it will give the championship a big boost,” said OUE Singapore Open Organising Committee Chairman Ng Yoke Weng.

    Chong Wei is a big attraction and I am sure many of his Malaysian fans living in Johor Baru would make the short trip across the Causeway to see the world’s No 1 men’s singles player in action.”

    A two-time silver medallist at the Olympics and World Championships, Lee beat Indonesia’s Simon Santoso in the 2008 final in Singapore in a final warm-up ahead of the Beijing Olympics that year, where he lost to Lin in a one-sided final.


    Earlier this month, leading public-listed property firm OUE became the title sponsor of the tournament — it is part of the MetLife Badminton World Federation Superseries — for a year, reportedly for a six-figure sum, with a view to reviewing it. The prize purse also rose by US$50,000, from US$250,000 last year.

    Powerhouses China have confirmed they will send a star-studded line-up that includes their world’s top two women’s singles players, Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan. Wang beat Li to win last year’s final.

    China’s Cai Yun, who won the men’s doubles title at the 2012 London Olympics with Fu Haifeng, will also compete in Singapore, where he will team up with Lu Kai.
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    Default Lee Chong Wei confirms his participation at the OUE Singapore Open

    Published on Feb 28, 2014
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    Malaysian World No. 1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei has confirmed his participation in April 8-13 OUE Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

    The last time Singapore badminton fans saw Lee in action was in 2010, when he clinched the men's singles title.

    Said the 31-year-old: "It's been a long time since I last came here to meet my fans. Hope I can do well in the OUE Singapore Open."

    Lee, a silver medallist in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from Aug 21, 2008 to June 14, 2012.

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    Let's hope Lin Dan will turn up too. Not unlikely as Li Yongbo has said Lin Dan will play at least 10 tournaments this year, including the Thomas Cup and the Asian Games (but no mention of the World Championships).

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    Sorry, I've just learned that Lin Dan's comeback tournament will begin with the CHN Masters GPG in April, which means all the tournaments before then won't be included, so no Singapore Open SS for him.

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    Default Singapore finalise squad for OUE Singapore Open

    By John Leong
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    SINGAPORE: Singapore has finalised its squad for a star-studded OUE Singapore Open from April 8 to 14.

    World number 50 Derek Wong will compete in the men's singles, where he could face top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at some point.

    2013 Singapore Open champion Tommy Sugiarto is also returning to defend his title.
    Wong said, "It is good to see so many world-class badminton players coming to compete in the OUE Singapore Open. I believe with the support of the home fans, this will push me to perform better."

    World number 21 Gu Juan will feature in the women's singles competition, which also includes the likes of Li Xuerui.

    Li won the women's singles gold at the 2012 London Olympics by defeating teammate and world number two Wang Yihan, who is also competing.

    2013 SEA Games bronze medalists Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari will take part in the women's doubles, where they could face Denmark's Christinna Pederson and Kamilla Rytter, as well as Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.

    Yao and Shinta were the 2010 Singapore Open women's doubles champions.

    Meanwhile, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta will partner Vanessa Neo in the mixed doubles.
    Thailand has also announced its squad for the tournament, taking the total number of participating countries to 18.

    The Thais will be represented by a strong 20-man contingent, led by two-time Singapore Open champion and current world number six Boonsak Ponsana.

    There's also a spot for the youngest ever women's singles world champion and third-ranked Ratchanok Inthanon.

    "2013 was a good year for me. I'm looking forward to competing in Singapore and this is also a good opportunity for me to assess our opponents ahead of the Uber Cup in May," Ratchanok said.



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    Former Singapore national shuttler cleared of stealing diamonds from ex-wife of Brunei Sultan


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    Singaporean Fatimah Kumin Lim (above), a former national badminton player, has been acquitted of stealing millions worth of diamonds belonging to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


    By K C Vijayan


    A London jury on Tuesday acquitted Singaporean Fatimah Kumin Lim of stealing millions worth of diamonds belonging to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei.

    The jury reached its verdict after a trial lasting several days at the Isleworth Crown Court where Ms Lim, 35, had denied the charges and fought the case with a legal aid lawyer. She had been accused of taking the jewellery belonging to Madam Mariam Aziz and was said to have replaced them with fakes.

    The stolen jewellery included a pear-shaped 12.71-carat blue diamond worth £7.6 million (S$16 million), a rectangular 27.1 carat yellow diamond worth £600,000 and a diamond bracelet worth £3.3 million.

    Ms Lim turned professional when she was 16 and went on to represent Singapore in numerous badminton tournaments, including winning a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She quit the sport in December 2002 because of persistent knee injuries, and left for Brunei in 2003 to work as a badminton coach to Madam Mariam. The latter later engaged her as her bodyguard and personal assistant. She had accompanied Madam Mariam on several of her jaunts to casinos across the globe. Prosecutors had alleged Ms Lim sold the jewellery to clear her own gambling debts.

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    Default All-England Open 2014: Women's Olympic champion has narrow escape

    By Richard Eaton | AFP News – 3 hours ago


    Olympic champion Li Xuerui narrowly avoided going out in the first round of the All-England Open for a second successive year on Wednesday as she saved a match point to go on and beat Thailand's Busanan Ongbumrungpan 21-14, 15-21, 22-20.

    Top-seeded Li slipped to a 13-16 deficit in the final game against Busanan, the world number 17, and was on the verge of exiting at 19-20 down.

    But the Chinese player averted disaster with a brave smash combined with a quick kill, and then snatched the win by eliciting two successive errors from her opponent with accurate lifts and tenacious defence.

    "My only thought was to keep on fighting, because as the match is not finished anything can happen," said Li.

    "I didn't think about last year here, but it did remind me of the world championships when I had quite a big slip - and I am trying psychologically to teach myself."

    This was a reference to a narrow defeat in the world final to Ratchanok Intanon, the Thai teenager whom the seedings say should meet Li in Saturday's semi-finals here, and who also struggled in her opening match.

    Intanon was a game and 5-7 down to Gu Juan, the highly energetic world number 21 from Singapore, and in real danger of defeat at 17-17 in the decider, before coming through 20-22, 21-15, 21-18.

    It was a match where attacks were difficult to force through but the uncomplaining Intanon would only say that it imbued the rallies "with a lot more possibilities."

    She was also pleasantly philosophical about her scare. "When you come so close to disaster, something good has to come from it," she said.

    While they survived several of their fellow seeds went out.

    Tommy Sugiarto, the number three from Indonesia, Jan Jorgensen, the number four from Denmark, Du Pengyu, the number seven from China, and Tien Minh Nguyen, the number eight from Vietnam, were all beaten, while both Kenichi Tago, the number five from Japan, and Chen Long, the number two from China, struggled to get through in three games.

    It made things look good for Lee Chong Wei, the world number one from Malaysia, whose bid to regain the title began with a 21-15, 21-17 win over Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, and who cannot now face a seed before the semi-finals.

    "It was the first match so I didn't play so well," said Lee, though he played better than last year, when he, like Li, had to save a match point to survive.

    "Next time I hope to be better," he added.

    Next time is against his compatriot Chong Wei Feng, who won in straight games against Marc Zwiebler, the German who was a semi-finalist three years ago




    Results of Singapore players:




    - 20-22 21-15 21-18 1:07





    So our XD pair of Danny and Vanessa survived R1 and today will meet:


    Credit also goes to Derek Wong and Gu Juan for putting up a strong fight.

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    It must be Danny and Vanessa's best run in a major tournament such as the AE.

    And to beat INA's seeded XD siblings pair is an achievement indeed!




    However their next match against another INA top pair in the QF will be more challenging. In any case well done and good luck.



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