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    Quote Originally Posted by SibugiChai View Post
    Singapore do not need social court actually, they are importing players from china, Indonesia and Thailand... Amazing things their scouts are doing, some are very good players.
    I really can't comprehend what you mean.

    Even hard core professionals need badminton courts and related facilities to train in. Without proper and organized training they will not be able to meet the international competition.

    Most of our foreign imports came at a relatively young age of around 13 years old. They are not superstars, like LCW, LD, WYH, May or LXR when the SBA scouted them and decided to try them out. They are newbies just getting to know the game better and certainly need professional training for a long time more. I suppose it makes sense as it also takes a long time to assimilate into our Singaporean society.

    Gu Juan most likely will not get a similar opportunity in China where there are many, many more young players of her standard or higher. But now GJ earns a decent income, travels round the world and gets recognition both locally and internationally. More rewards will come to her if she is able to advance into the top ten in the world or win an international tournament. Not too bad isn't it?

    It takes us about 10 years to produce someone like Gu Juan from an early age to where she is now. It is not free as much investment and patience are needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    I really can't comprehend what you mean.

    Even hard core professionals need badminton courts and related facilities to train in. Without proper and organized training they will not be able to meet the international competition.

    Most of our foreign imports came at a relatively young age of around 13 years old. They are not superstars, like LCW, LD, WYH, May or LXR when the SBA scouted them and decided to try them out. They are newbies just getting to know the game better and certainly need professional training for a long time more. I suppose it makes sense as it also takes a long time to assimilate into our Singaporean society.

    Gu Juan most likely will not get a similar opportunity in China where there are many, many more young players of her standard or higher. But now GJ earns a decent income, travels round the world and gets recognition both locally and internationally. More rewards will come to her if she is able to advance into the top ten in the world or win an international tournament. Not too bad isn't it?

    It takes us about 10 years to produce someone like Gu Juan from an early age to where she is now. It is not free as much investment and patience are needed.
    that what i said singapore scout are doing fantastic job... & these spoted talent train in SBA, they dont train in condo courts.

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    What's wrong with ordinary people using condo courts to enjoy badminton? Doesn't that fulfill a social need?

    Anybody implying that condo courts are there to train professional badminton players need to seek a psychiatrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    What's wrong with ordinary people using condo courts to enjoy badminton? Doesn't that fulfill a social need?

    Anybody implying that condo courts are there to train professional badminton players need to seek a psychiatrist.
    ordinary people in the general public have no access to these badminton courts in private condos, as these courts are only meant for the residents and/or invited guests to use only.

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    Default Yao Lei and Shinta reunite, aim for SEA Games gold

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    Singapore’s women’s doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari has re-united after having parted ways recently, and they are aiming for a gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.


    SINGAPORE: Singapore’s women’s doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari has re-united after having parted ways recently.

    The two are already targeting a gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar after their partnership got off to a good start at the Li Ning International Series.

    The tournament, which ended on Saturday, provides valuable exposure for upcoming players.

    Singapore's top male shuttler Derek Wong had a good run in the men's singles competition. He won in straight games against Taiwan's Lin Yu Hsien, with a score of 21-18 and 21-14.

    But all eyes were on the women's doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari.

    The duo lost the first game to the other Singaporean pairing of Vanessa Neo and Fu Mingtian, but they came back stronger, winning 19-21, 21-15 and 21-3.

    It was a good tune-up for them ahead of this year's SEA Games.

    Ms Yao said: "It's our first tournament after we (were paired up) again and (this) gives me a lot of confidence for the other tournaments."


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    Singapore's Yao Lei (R) hits a shot as partner Shinta Mulia Sari (L) looks on during their woman's doubles semi-finals match at the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur on January 19, 2013. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)
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    I tend to agree that this pairing of Yao Lei and Shinta is the strongest WD for Singapore, they should continue to work on their game to realize their full potential. It's certainly no mean feat to win any SEA Games title in any discipline, with the likes of WS WC Intanon R, MD WC Ahsan/Setiawan, XD WC Tantowi/Natsir, and MS silver medallist Lee CW, except for WD where perhaps SG has a fighting chance for gold.

    Hopefully, WS Gu Juan and MS Derek Wong/Ashton Chen can each win a medal too.

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    Singapore Badminton Association CEO Bobby Lee. Photo: Don Wong



    By Low Lin Fhoong

    7 hours 18 min ago

    SINGAPORE — The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) is on the hunt for a new CEO after the resignation of Bobby Lee (picture) last month to join the healthcare industry.

    Lee joined the SBA in March 2011, overseeing the setting up of the National Intermediate Squad and organisation of the Li-Ning Singapore Open in 2012 and 2013.

    The national team also saw some success during his tenure, earning promotion to Tier 1 of the 2013 Sudirman Cup. Shuttler Fu Mingtian also created history at the 2011 SEA Games by winning the Republic’s first women’s singles gold.

    Lee, 43, will serve two months’ notice until October 12. “After two-and-a-half years at the SBA, I have decided to pursue another interest,” he told TODAY. “I will miss the sport, but I will continue to play badminton, and will still enjoy watching it.”

    SBA President Lee Yi Shyan confirmed that the association has started the hunt for a new CEO and will work with the Singapore Sports Council on interviews and selection of final candidates, with SBA team director Chew Keet Hou appointed as Acting CEO in the interim.

    Said the badminton chief: “During his tenure, Bobby has strengthened the SBA in terms of organisation and operations ... The new CEO will need to ensure continuity of our objectives, which would include preparation for the SEA Games in December and organisation of the Singapore Open in April 2014.” LOW LIN FHOONG

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    Default Thomas Cup unlikely to be held in S’pore

    Cost the main factor but SBA is open to taking on World Champs, says CEO Lee

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    SINGAPORE — Money, or rather, the lack of it, is preventing Singapore from playing host to the two biggest tournaments in world badminton: The Thomas/Uber Cup and the Sudirman Cup.

    Bobby Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), yesterday made it clear that, unless there is money in the association’s coffers or it has the ability to raise the funds, then bringing the two tournaments to Singapore is not likely to happen, at least not in the near future.

    “I have done my sums and it tells me I need S$3 million to host either of these two tournaments,” said Lee.

    “So where do I get the kind of money we are talking about? Sponsorship is one way of raising the money but, in a sport where most of the major sponsors are already tied up, there are not many options left for us.”

    There has been talk that the commercial rights holder of the Thomas Cup, Singapore-based Enterprise Sports Group (ESG), is interested in helping Singapore, or the SBA, get the hosting job for future Thomas/Uber Cup tournaments.

    “We are interested but we just don’t have the money needed for television production costs for the live coverage, and the Thomas/Uber Cup and the Sudirman Cup are week-long affairs,” said Lee.

    “Then there is the rental cost of the Singapore Indoor Stadium, as well as the practice courts. They are not cheap and, to be frank, SBA does not have that kind of money.”

    But the association is open to the idea of hosting the World Championship which, according to Lee, is within its financial capabilities.

    “It would be nice if we can host the World Championship, which is like hosting a Super Series tournament minus the prize money,” he said. “It would probably cost half of what is required to host the Thomas Cup or the Sudirman Cup.”

    The 2013 World Championship is ongoing in Guangzhou and will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, next year.

    Bidding for the 2015 tournament is now open and the SBA is still considering whether or not to submit its bid before the Aug 31 closing date.

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    Default Singapore Open in new sponsor search



    New BWF President and 1996 Olympic badminton men’s singles gold medallist Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen (right) and BWF Chief Operating Officer Thomas Lund visited the Singapore Sports School yesterday. Photo: Wee Teck Hian



    • By Dan Guen Chin

      08 August

      It is official: The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) is in search of a new title sponsor for its annual marquee event, the Singapore Open.

      For the past four years, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series event was sponsored by Chinese sports equipment manufacturer Li-Ning, which was given until July 31 to confirm whether or not it wishes to continue bankrolling the tournament.

      But the fast-growing Chinese brand allowed the deadline to pass, prompting the SBA to begin its search for a new title sponsor.

      Said SBA Chief Executive Officer Bobby Lee yesterday: “(Li Ning) didn’t get back to us by July 31, which means it is not taking up the option of renewing its title sponsorship with us.

      “So now, we have to look for a new title sponsor and are already talking to a few interested parties.”

      Lee was speaking on the sidelines of a visit by new BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen to the SBA office at the Singapore Sports School.

      Larsen, who was accompanied by BWF’s Chief Operating Officer Thomas Lund, also played a series of friendly games against players from the SBA Academy.

      Li-Ning, who is also the equipment sponsor of the Chinese national team, came on board for the Singapore Open in 2010, signing a four-year deal.
      Signs that the sponsorship deal was coming to a close emerged last year when the company underwent a restructuring exercise, citing the poor business climate. DAN GUEN CHIN

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    Derek Wong of Singapore beats Yu Hsien Lin of Taipei to win singles title at International Series




    Singapore’s Derek Wong, seeded No. 2, in action during the semi-finals against Senatria Agus Setia Putra of Indonesia. Derek won in straight sets 22–20, 21–12. (Photo 1 © Low Sze Sen/Red Sports)


    Shinta Mulia Sari (background) and Yao Lei of Singapore won the women’s doubles title with a 2–1 (19–21, 21–15, 21–13) victory over compatriots Fu Mingtian and Vanessa Yeo. (Photo 2 © Low Sze Sen/Red Sports)


    Singapore’s singles top seed Ashton Chen Yong Zhao was taken apart 1–2 (21–16, 9–21, 17–21) by Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Hsien in the last semi-finals match of the evening. (Photo 3 © Low Sze Sen/Red Sports)


    Fu Miantian (left) and Vanessa Neo in action during their semi-final where they beat Maretha Dea Giovani and Melvira Oklamona of Indonesia 2–1 (17–21, 21–13, 21–19). (Photo 4 © Low Sze Sen/Red Sports)



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    http://www.redsports.sg/2013/09/06/d...tional-series/

    Singapore Badminton Hall, Saturday, August 24, 2013 – Derek Wong of Singapore beat Yu Hsien Lin of Chinese Taipei 2–0 (21–18, 21–14) to win the men’s singles title at the 2013 Li-Ning Singapore International Series.


    Derek, the second seed, took 37 minutes to beat his 13th-seed opponent who had beaten top seed Ashton Chen of Singapore 2–1 (16–21, 21–9, 21–17) in the semi-finals.
    Derek only dropped one set on his way to the title. In Round 2, Derek needed 45 minutes to beat unseeded Kok Pong Loke of Malaysia 2–1 (21–16, 13–21, 7–21).


    Derek’s longest encounter came in a 50-minute match against 14th seed Wibowo Setyaldi Putra of Indonesia. Derek eventually won 2–0 (21–18, 21–18).


    There was an all-Singapore final in the women’s doubles event. The top seeded pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao beat compatriots Fu Mingtian and Vanessa Yeo 2–1 (19–21, 21–15, 21–13).


    That was after Shinta and Lei Yao had to take one hour, their longest match of the tournament, to fight off the challenge of the third-seed pair of Melati Daeva Oktaviani and Rosyita Eka Putri Sari of Indonesia in the semi-finals. They eventually won the semi-final 2–1 (21–14, 22–24, 21–17).

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    Default S'pore draw Russia after 5-0 thrashing by China at world junior meet

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    SINGAPORE finished second in Group W1 after a 5-0 drubbing by China in the Suhandinata Cup world junior mixed-team badminton tournament on Thursday in Bangkok.

    They had thrashed Spain and Australia by 5-0 margins on Wednesday, and face Group W2 runners-up Russia in their play-off on Friday.

    Against the defending champions and top seeds, Singapore, seeded in the ninth-16th bracket in the 32-team event, won only one game through Liang Xiaoyu in her 11-21, 21-12, 21-23 loss to He Bingjiao in the women's singles.


    Shi Yuqi beat Bernard Ong 21-12, 21-11 in the men's singles, Huang Kaixiang and Chen Qingchen beat Terry Hee and Elaine Chua 21-18 21-12 in the mixed doubles, Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui beat Hee and Ryan Ng 21-16 21-14 in the men's doubles, and Ji Yifan and Huang Dongping beat Chua and Yeo Jiamin 21-12 21-14 in the women's doubles.

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    Default S'pore beat Russia to qualify for 9th-12th play-offs in world junior meet

    Published on Oct 25, 2013
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    SINGAPORE made the 9th-12th place final-stage matches for the Suhandinata Cup world junior mixed-team badminton tournament in Bangkok, after thumping Russia 3-0 in their Group W play-off on Friday.

    Terry Hee and Elaine Chua got the team off to a good start in the mixed doubles by overcoming Alexandr Zinchenko and Olga Morozova 21-19, 21-18 in 29 minutes.

    Then Bernard Ong thrashed Andrey Dolotov 21-14 21-9 in the men's singles in only 22 minutes, before women's singles player Liang Xiaoyu wrapped up the match by beating Viktoriya Dergunova 22-20 21-11 in half an hour.

    The men's and women's doubles were both not played.

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    Default Singapore's Performance at WJC 2013 Bangkok

    The final results of the ongoing WJC (World Junior Championships for players below 19 years) at Bangkok up to the Mixed Team Final stage are:

    Match overview of Saturday, October 26, 2013


    In Stage 9-12, Singapore is grouped with Hongkong, Denmark and France.

    Singapore beat France 3-0 but lost to Hongkong 2-3.
    Denmark beat France 3-0 but lost to Hongkong 0-3.

    By virtue of the above scores, the final standing of this group is:

    09 - Hongkong
    10 - Singapore
    11 - Denmark
    12 - France

    Although our results are commendable we still have some way to go to challenge for a higher placing.

    Apart from Hongkong, the countries ahead of us are:

    1. Korea
    2. Indonesia
    3. China
    4. Japan
    5. Malaysia
    6. Thailand
    7. Taiwan
    8. Vietnam

    Can we do better next year?

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    Default Høyer Hails Singapore’s Part in Badminton Growth

    http://www.bwfbadminton.org/news_item.aspx?id=76124

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Text by Gayle Alleyne | Photos compliments of ESG


    BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer recently met with key BWF stakeholders in Singapore – and took time to pass on tips to youth aspiring to follow in his illustrious footsteps.

    During his brief trip last week, the 1996 Olympics Men’s Singles gold medallist noted “Singapore has played a critical role in the development of badminton with home-grown companies – OSIM International and Enterprise Sports Group (ESG) – heavily involved with the prestigious BWF World Superseries”. Additionally, he pointed out the Singapore Open is an important tournament on the BWF World Superseries circuit.

    OSIM International, a leading brand in well-being and healthy-lifestyle products, is the first global title sponsor of the BWF World Superseries. ESG is a sports marketing and consultancy firm, serving as the exclusive sponsorship agency for the BWF World Superseries and BWF Major Events, including the just-concluded BWF World Championships as well as the Sudirman Cup and Thomas/Uber Cup. ESG also helps BWF in evaluating bids by cities vying to host events.

    ESG Founder and Managing Director, Terence Khoo, and David Sim, ESG Director, accompanied the BWF guests and highlighted the value of brands partnering with badminton and the BWF across Asia.
    “The high-intensity nature of badminton provides for spectacular and exciting entertainment. Being one of the top two sports in Asia, badminton attracts a huge fan base and is a fantastic marketing platform for brands to reach out to their customers,” said Khoo.

    “The OSIM World Superseries has reached out to 630 million households and generated USD350 million in broadcast value for OSIM
    . We have reached great heights with BWF and will continue to nurture this relationship to continue the growth of badminton globally.

    The young athletes, consisting of SSP players and members of SBA’s national intermediate squad, then listened as the BWF President talked about experiences and lessons from his career in top-level badminton. Høyer also said he hopes BWF can build on “the relationships we have with Singapore and explore more opportunities such as hosting marquee events at the new Singapore Sports Hub”.

    ESG Founder and Managing Director, Terence Khoo, and David Sim, ESG Director, accompanied the BWF guests and highlighted the value of brands partnering with badminton and the BWF across Asia.

    “The high-intensity nature of badminton provides for spectacular and exciting entertainment. Being one of the top two sports in Asia, badminton attracts a huge fan base and is a fantastic marketing platform for brands to reach out to their customers,” said Khoo.

    “The OSIM World Superseries has reached out to 630 million households and generated USD350 million in broadcast value for OSIM. We have reached great heights with BWF and will continue to nurture this relationship to continue the growth of badminton globally.”


    Pictures below:

    1. Høyer, who was accompanied by BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund, held discussions with OSIM Founder, Chairman and CEO Ron Sim (BWF home page - right: receiving gift from Høyer) before visiting the Singapore Sports School (SSP), home of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA). He and Lund, who is also a two-time World champion, thrilled junior badminton players by participating in a short game with them (centre below: Høyer partners Ryan Ng).

    2. BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer (second left) talks about badminton to students at the Singapore Sports School.

    3. Students at the Singapore Sports School and members of the Singapore Badminton Association’s national intermediate squad get a lasting momento of BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund's visit.

    4. BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer (right) and BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund play badminton against juniors from Singapore Sports School.
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    At the just concluded World Junior Championships and Suhandinata Cup, I am of the opinion that Liang Xiaoyu performed creditably. She showed promise considering her performances against CHN's He Bingjiao and JPN's Aya Ohori, the eventual runner-up.

    On both these matches, LXY was in one case holding several match points and leading comfortably in the other,i.e. 20-14 in G3 vs HBJ after one game apiece, and 16-11 up in G2 vs AO after taking G1 but,alas, failed to convert or wrap up the set. We can say this spoke well of her opponents' persistence and fighting spirit but,on the other hand, it also evinced that LXY has the potential to beat them.

    I won't be surprised, in fact I'm hopeful, that junior LXY may outstrip her better-known and more established senior, Gu Juan, in the near future at least, if not become a worldbeater one day.

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    My wish is that both GJ and LXY will do Singapore proud one day.

    They have made known to others that we still have someone to carry the Singapore flag in the sport of Badminton.

    But I hope that our two girls will develop their mental toughness further. GJ has been known to crumble during crucial stages, when she should have won. She needs to win at least a GP to push her forward and boost her confidence. I have a feeling this will not be too long in coming.

    The recently concluded WJC also revealed LXY's mental weakness and inexperience. During the QF, when she won G1 against the much higher-ranked Aya Ohori and then leading 16-11 in G2, she capitulated and allowed Aya to steamrolled over her for the rest G2 with a score of 21-16, 10 points in a row! She missed a golden opportunity to enter the SF. But LXY is still young and I hope she will learn fast.

    The WJC has also given us another pleasant surprise when the local-born XD pair of Terry Hee and Elaine Chua managed to reach the QF before being knocked out by the Chinese 2nd seeded pair of Liu Yuchen and Dongping Huang, 21-13, 21-17. En-route to the quarters, they have beaten opponents from INA, CAN, DEN and RUS (5/8).

    I can't recall a local XD pair getting this far in recent international tournaments and this must be a good sign. Obviously our strategy of importing talented players to help raise the standards of the locals are beginning to pay dividends.

    I gathered that all three of the mentioned players, LXY, TH and EC are/were members of our Sports School, Terry Hee having graduated last year and Elaine Chua scheduled to graduate this year.

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    Default Liang Xiaoyu, 17 and Yeo Jia Min, 14

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    Xiaoyu Leads Shuttlers’ Charge At Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games

    National badminton player Liang Xiaoyu, 17, will lead Singapore’s assault on medals at the Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games. Xiaoyu, who is World No. 10 in the Badminton World Federation Junior Rankings, is the highest ranked badminton player in the Team Singapore contingent competing at the Games, which will take place from 16 to 24 August 2013.

    The 2012 national champion is joined by Singapore Sports School teammate Yeo Jia Min, 14, who won the 2013 Walikota Surabaya Cup International Badminton Championships’ Girls Under 15 Singles title in Indonesia.

    The two badminton players are part of the 29-strong Singapore Sports School contingent competing at the Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games. A total of 84 youth athletes will represent Singapore at the Games.

    Achievements

    Liang Xiaoyu was one of the youngest members of Team Singapore that competed at the Jakarta-Palembang 2011 Southeast Asian Games, where she won the Badminton Women’s Team bronze medal. She was then 15.

    When Xiaoyu won the 2012 Singapore National Badminton Championships Women’s Singles title to become the national champion, she was just 16.

    Xiaoyu has also represented Singapore at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships, the most prestigious international youth tournament.

    She is currently World No. 10 in the Badminton World Federation Junior Rankings and World No. 92 in the Badminton World Federation Women’s Rankings.

    Xiaoyu is on Singapore Sports School’s “School-Within-A-School” programme, where she trains with the national team in the day and attends academic lessons in the evening.



    Yeo Jia Min, 14
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    At 10 years old, Yeo Jia Min was already a champion. She won the 2009 Li Ning Youth International Girls Under 11 Singles title and the 2009 Cheers Badminton Girls Under 13 Singles title.

    She continued her winning ways as she progressed through the age-groups, including the 2012 National Junior Under 19 Championships Girls Singles crown – when she was 13.

    Jia Min is a member of the Singapore Badminton Association's National Intermediate Squad and represented Singapore at the 2012 World Junior Championships where she reached the Round 2 of the Mixed Doubles event with partner, Ryan Ng Zin Rei.

    In 2013, she did one better at the National Junior Under 19 Championships. Besides successfully defending her Girls Singles crown, she won the Girls Doubles title with Singapore Sports School teammate, Elaine Chua Yi Ling. The pair then made it through the qualifying rounds in the Women’s Doubles at the 2013 Li Ning Singapore Open, but fell to South Korea’s Jang Ye Na and Kim So Young in the first round.

    Jia Min defeated a field of international players from China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea to win the 2013 Walikota Surabaya Cup International Badminton Championships’ Girls Under 15 Singles title in Indonesia.


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