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06-26-2008, 11:51 AM #1
Xing Aiying: Singaporean Womens Singles Badminton Player
When Singapore's Xing Aiying defeated England's Tracey Hallam (7th seeded), 21-14, 21-12, in the Singapore Badminton Open 2008 on Thursday 12-Jun-2008, many thought it was because of the homeground advantage for Xing Aiying.
Then, 7 days later, Xing Aiying defeated Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin (8th seeded) in the Indonesia Badminton Open 2008. The score was 21-13, 21-13 and it was quite a surprise to us all.
Yesterday, Thursday 26-Jun-2008, Xing Aiying defeated Hong Kong's Zhou Mi (4h seeded) in the Thailand Badminton Open 2008, with a score of 21-16, 11-21, 21-18.
Congratulations to Xing Aiying !!!
So... Let's start a thread for Xing Aiying .
06-26-2008, 12:07 PM #2
ya...congrates for her good acheivement...
06-26-2008, 09:23 PM #3
Btw, Xing is originated Singaporean?
06-26-2008, 09:52 PM #4
hope she can maintain her performance i was also very surprised when i knew she beat zhou mi
06-26-2008, 10:57 PM #5
06-26-2008, 11:19 PM #6
The face....behind that youthful face..
..i'm sure most of us know or recognize her, but since we are missing a few of her pics in this thread, i'll just jumpstart & add a few......(others, please feel free to add)..
Here are a few of her images...........behind that youthful face of hers..(pics courtesy of GettyImages.com)
06-26-2008, 11:43 PM #7
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06-26-2008, 11:54 PM #9
06-27-2008, 12:09 AM #10
A nice girl..hope she can be in top 10 soon
06-27-2008, 02:35 AM #11
December 10, 2007
Originally Posted by wilfredlgf
How many of them were born and bred in Singapore?
Really doesn't matter to us anymore. Young talented athletes are welcome to join us to raise the standards and hopefully we can contribute to regional and international sports in the process.
Singapore knows its limitations but through the foreign talent programe, I think we have gained more than we lost. Of course, we gained much more in business (the economy) than in sports for the present.
Our local standards have certainly improved. Both Kendrick Lee and Derek Wong, who contributed two points are Singapore-born. Ashton Chen who lost meekly to Kuan Beng Hong, is also local-born.
By exposing themselves to talented foreign players, our locals are beginning to approach their level and it may come a time when we will have a full team of local players. Some sports have already achieved this like sailing and swimming, although the latter has yet to achieve higher than regional standards. Our relatively infant Sports School will help to deliver the goods.
Through the employment of experienced foreign coaches, Singapore hopes to catch up not only regionally but internationally as well. May I add that Eng Hian (Indonesian coach) must have coached the Saputra brothers well to beat James Gan and Lin Woon Fui quite convincingly.
I attended two days of the just-concluded Cheers Age Group Doubles Tournament (5 categories for male and female) and was delighted to see that the interest in badminton continues to rise. This in part is due to the success that Singapore badminton has managed to excite the school children with their wins in overseas tournaments like this SEA Games success, which we are assured of a silver in both events.
Of course our government is playing an important part too by promoting sports and building beautiful sports arenas and facilities to complement existing ones. The latest bid to go for the inaugural Youth Olympics really lifted the imagination of many, both young and old.
And the link:
06-27-2008, 02:50 AM #12
Xing Aiying was 13 when she came to Singapore in 2003.
I reproduce a post I made on "Singapore's Uber Cup Ambitions" written on June 6, 2003. The link:
Singapore's Uber Cup ambitions
Singapore has never qualified for the Uber Cup before although she came close last year before being ousted by Japan and Hong Kong. There just wasn't enough women power to form a respected team good enough to take on the world. The SBA's official Uber Cup target is still 2012.
But things are beginning to change, now that Singapore has recently "imported" another two new China girls, Li Yujia, 20 and Xing Aiying, 13 to complement one local and six other lady Chinese shuttlers. Xing is the youngest ever Chinese to join the SBA and she is the Nanjing city age-group champion since 1998. Li was second in the 2000 World Junior and Asian Junior Championships' doubles event and was formerly a China national youth squad trainee. It is quite obvious that the ambition is to qualify for this premier women's team event (Uber Cup) by 2006. The new Chinese girls will find Singapore an easy place to live in, with such a huge Chinese population and the company of the other Chinese ladies who came before them.
China has so many talents that she can afford to release many whom she considers not quite up to her mark. Countries like Singapore, who are interested in promoting the game, are doing such "discarded" talents a mutual service by taking them in and helping to develop them into champions. In a way, such imported talents can help to raise the standards of, and bring glory to, their adopted country.
One such case is Li Li, 19, who became the recent Manchester Commonwealth Games champion. Li Li was discovered and brought to Singapore when she was around 14 years old. Together with Ronald Susilo, ranked 8th in the world and an ex-Indonesian, Li Li recently won the Olympic Solidarity scholarship, which had 25 recipients worldwide including Taufik Hidayat, Wong Choong Hann and Mohamed Hafiz Hashim.
Much debate has been made on the case for and against "imported" players. Do you think Singapore is doing the right thing? Is there any "real" glory achieved from such imported players when they win for Singapore. What if such players later became citizens of their adopted country, like Ronald and Li Li? Or must glory come from only home-grown and home-bred players, despite the fact that many of our forefathers were once immigrants?
06-27-2008, 04:57 AM #13
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06-27-2008, 05:34 AM #15
This is to try to make you and maybe some others understand some of the reasons behind Singapore's action. And also to let you know that this "foreign talent" issue has been discussed at great length many years ago, even before you came on board. Otherwise you would think your recent "questions and assertions" are valid and need to be revived.
Hopefully, we will not have to deal with this issue again.
Let badminton do the talking!
06-27-2008, 09:28 AM #16
Xin Aiying is young and promising!
06-27-2008, 09:42 AM #17
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