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    Quote Originally Posted by K_a_d_e View Post
    I hope Gu Juan make it into the final stage
    I think Gu Juan has tried her best in the past but unfortunately she has not been able to make a breakthrough, so critical in her ambition to be a top-rate player. Other young players seem to make better headway.

    Not wanting to give up, I'm sure she has worked much harder than before and hopefully her day will come sooner than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Surprisingly, SIN managed to field two semifinalists today in WS and WD. However, their chances are rather slim.

    In WS, Gu Juan (5) has lost twice to Busanan Ongbumrungpan (2)in their two previous H-H encounters:

    11/14/2012: Li Ning China Open 2012 - 12-21, 19-21, and
    09/13/2012: Li Ning China Masters 2012 - 18-21, 21-23

    But Gu Juan has already exceeded expectations and an upset will indeed be another pleasant surprise!

    More unexpectantly is the new unseeded combo of Vanessa Neo, who is more at home at XD with Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Yao Lei, our WD specialist who used to partner Shinta Mulia Sari. They were lucky to get a bye in R1 and managed to beat team mates Gu Juan and Liang Xiaoyu, also a new doubles experiment, in R2 and the more established MAS pair of Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei (2) in the QF enroute to the semis.

    But again, Vanessa and Yao are up against INA's more experienced pair of Aprilsasi Putri and the evergreen Vita Marissa who has confounded many pairs in the past! I suppose a good fight is all that we can ask for.

    Just today, the SBA have officially announced that they hope to bring our women's doubles standards to a higher level with the new pairings and perhaps further experimentation. They felt that Yao Lei and Shinta have reached their limits and hopefully the new Korean coach Yoo, who won two Olympic silver medals in MD, could help in this respect.

    A finalist for SIN is a very good result indeed!
    Yes, they exceeded my expectations, just that I don't want to be too quick to praise them. And you're right about Gu Juan being the best of the SIN WS, my fave Fu Mingtian hasn't been playing much recently nor perform anywhere near Gu Juan's, didn't even feature in the WS here. Gu Juan's come-from-behind win against Aya Ohori yesterday was a pleasant surprise.

    Chen Jiayuan stretched Sindhu to three sets after taking the first before losing the match. Liang Xiaoyu surprised me by beating Sonia whom I consider MAS best and most promising WS. In MS Derek Wong did well to overcome KOR Hong Ji Hoon before Nan Wei eliminated him next; I understand his dad gives him two years to show credible results or quit badminton.If I'm not wrong, Derek Wong once beat Taufik Hidayat in the US Open, I think. The new WD pairing of Vanessa/Yao looks reasonably good, both can smash quite well.

    Indeed, an appearance in the final for either WS or WD if not both is pretty good already. Still, SIN badminton is a far cry from their table tennis counterparts led by Feng Tianwei, presently WR4 below three other CHN players; she was as high as WR2 before. Hope SIN badminton finds the right formula one day as we did for table tennis.

    I look forward to your Singapore Players thread being re-opened soon, I hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin L View Post
    Yes, they exceeded my expectations, just that I don't want to be too quick to praise them. And you're right about Gu Juan being the best of the SIN WS, my fave Fu Mingtian hasn't been playing much recently nor perform anywhere near Gu Juan's, didn't even feature in the WS here. Gu Juan's come-from-behind win against Aya Ohori yesterday was a pleasant surprise.

    Chen Jiayuan stretched Sindhu to three sets after taking the first before losing the match. Liang Xiaoyu surprised me by beating Sonia whom I consider MAS best and most promising WS. In MS Derek Wong did well to overcome KOR Hong Ji Hoon before Nan Wei eliminated him next; I understand his dad gives him two years to show credible results or quit badminton.If I'm not wrong, Derek Wong once beat Taufik Hidayat in the US Open, I think. The new WD pairing of Vanessa/Yao looks reasonably good, both can smash quite well.

    Indeed, an appearance in the final for either WS or WD if not both is pretty good already. Still, SIN badminton is a far cry from their table tennis counterparts led by Feng Tianwei, presently WR4 below three other CHN players; she was as high as WR2 before. Hope SIN badminton finds the right formula one day as we did for table tennis.

    I look forward to your Singapore Players thread being re-opened soon, I hope.
    sorry for off topic, is Luan Jin still coaching the SIN nation team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    sorry for off topic, is Luan Jin still coaching the SIN nation team?
    As far as I know, he certainly still is. I also read somewhere there is a certain CHN coach doing a program for Singapore schools and young people, and it's doing quite well so much so he's thinking of doing the same back home in his hometown.

    Sorry, I know it's off-topic but as the SIN Players thread is not re-opened yet, allow us to talk a bit here seeing as a SIN WS and a WD are in the semi-finals. Thanks.

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    live streaming for semi anyone??

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    I think Chen Yuekun is under some pressure to perform and is playing with a sense of urgency, esp as he's seen how his young CHN cohort,particularly MS, made waves in the AUS and NZ Opens last month. But I've to admit Yunus is a tough nut to crack, he's to me like a version of Du Pengyu, able to run and run and grind his opponent down throwing everything back coupled with good placement shots.

    Goh Soon Huat impresses me too; he seemed to have put up a good fight to Chen Long in their BAC encounter going by the score. Iskandar, I'm not sure as I haven't seen him play, should be good as he's come this far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin L View Post
    As far as I know, he certainly still is. I also read somewhere there is a certain CHN coach doing a program for Singapore schools and young people, and it's doing quite well so much so he's thinking of doing the same back home in his hometown.

    Sorry, I know it's off-topic but as the SIN Players thread is not re-opened yet, allow us to talk a bit here seeing as a SIN WS and a WD are in the semi-finals. Thanks.
    thanks for the info, justin.

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    not looking good for the MAS XD # 1 at the stage.. lost G1 game 2 catching 8 -11

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    OMG... Vita/Praven beaten Seed # 1

    wow i just fell in love with Vita and her partner.. They also won NZ Open last month .......

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    court 2 13 21 18 15 MAS...... hmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    thanks for the info, justin.
    You're most welcome. Actually, Uncle Loh is the best person to talk about the SIN badminton scene. I believe once the SIN Players thread is re-opened, he'll continue his valuable work of updating and keeping posted those of us who are interested, even and esp for those stationed overseas.

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    GLY might be don't want to face Vita anytime soon. Get outclassed at the net from mid game 1 to finish line

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    G2 20 15 MAS.. Rubber i think

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    Just realized Yunus is already 27 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fd16n View Post
    GLY might be don't want to face Vita anytime soon. Get outclassed at the net from mid game 1 to finish line
    yeah,, Vita has different class from the other 3 players.. Praven is LUCKY

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    Rubber game for court 2 MXD MAS vs INA

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    Vita/Praveen beat Chan/Goh quite comfortably... Marc/Lala, make it perfect!

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