09-11-2009, 12:00 PM #69
09-11-2009, 11:25 PM #70
ok, enough about next year WJC
back to this year!
Misbun, Zulfadli make cut for world junior meet
By RAJES PAUL
KUALA LUMPUR: Young shuttlers Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli received an early Hari Raya cheer after being given the green light to compete in the World Junior Championships for the first time.
Malaysia are hosting the annual event for the first time in Kedah from Oct 23-Nov 1.
The duo made the cut ahead of several Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players following their unexpected good run in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara in July.
The lanky youngsters – Ramdan of Nusa Mahsuri and Zulfadli of KLRC Rackets – reached the semi-finals of the Asian meet.
Making their bow: Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli (inset) will make their debut at the World Junior Championships in Kedah next month
They will join the BAM’s top two juniors – Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Mohd Syawal Ismail – in both the team and individual events.
National junior chief coach Sun Chenhua said Ramdan and Zulfadli deserved to play as they had proven themselves.
“They did well to reach the semi-finals (of the Asian meet) and I decided to recommend them to be considered in the team. In fact, Ramdan has started training with us,” said Chenhua, who added that Iskandar and Syawal “are coming back from minor injuries”.
“Syawal was down with an ankle injury while Iskandar had a stiff back. But they are shaping up well now in training,” he said.
In the Asian junior meet, Iskandar lost to China’s Tian Houwei in the final while Syawal went down fighting in the semi-finals.
“All four – Iskandar, Syawal, Ramdan and Zulfadli – gained valuable experience in the Asian junior meet. I hope they have learnt from their mistakes and will give another rousing performance in the world junior meet,” said Chenhua.
“They were unable to handle the pressure when it mattered most. Hopefully, they will be more focused and not put undue pressure on themselves at the world junior meet.
“We have another one and half months to prepare for the tournament. I will be happy if we can make the semi-finals of the team event and one of the boys reach the singles final.”
Chenhua has also recommended four girls’ singles players – Tee Jing Yee, Sonia Cheah, Yang Li Lian and Florah Ng – for the world meet.
National doubles coach Yap Kim Hock is expected to name the boys’ and girls’ pairs for the world junior meet soon.
09-15-2009, 09:52 PM #71
The South Koreans will not be competing in the Team Event as they miss the registration deadline. Even with this news, I don't think INA will be among the top 4 seeds
As with the AJC, INA will be banking on the BD event to deliver a title. Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto/Angga Pratama and Mohd Ulinnuha/Berry Angriawan will spearhead INA's challenge in this event!
As for the other events, INA can hope for a better draw. The more experienced Febby Angguni might go far.
09-16-2009, 01:48 AM #72
1) the National Sports Fest is October 20-26
2) the dismal showing by the second string in the AJC mixed team event
3) the inability of even the top juniors to beat China in Mokpo last month.
09-16-2009, 01:54 AM #73
yup, the south korean junior team will miss this tournament.
South Korea’s absence in world juniors mixed team event lights up Malaysia
By LOGANATH VELLOO
ALOR SETAR: South Korea will not compete in the mixed team event of the Yonex-Sunrise World Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium here from Oct 23-Nov 1.
And the news is like sweet music to Malaysia, who are set to move up to take second seeding when the draw is made later this month. The seeding means that Malaysia can only meet top seed China in the final.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) media and communications manager, S. Selvam, confirmed at the championships’ official logo launch at the Wisma Darulaman here yesterday that South Korea failed to register for the team event on time.
Fine design: Yonex Sunrise Promotions manager Alice Lee unveiling the World Junior Badminton Championships 2009 logo yesterday to Kedah Badminton Association president Teoh Teng Choe (right), BAM treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat (second from right), State Youth and Sports, Arts, Heritage and Cultural Committee chairman Dr Hamdan Mohamed Khalid (second from left) and Director of Kedah Sports Council Syed Khairul Anuar Syed Abidin (left). — G.C.TAN / The Star
“We waited until last weekend to accommodate late entries for the mixed team event. But we did not hear anything from South Korea and we will have 22 countries for the event,” he said. But the door is still open for the Koreans to compete in the individual events as the closing date for entries is on Oct 9.”
The 22 countries for the mixed team competition are Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the Philippines, the United States, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Malaysia will start as strong contenders for the title following their success in winning the Asian junior title in Kuala Lumpur this year. Malaysia stunned China 3-1 in the final.
“Of course, it (the Korean absence) is good news,” said national juniors’ doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur. “It is best to avoid being drawn in the same half as China. But securing a top two seeding does not mean that Malaysia will cruise into the final. We cannot take the other teams for granted, especially Denmark and Thailand.”
He added that he had already submitted his list of doubles players for the championships to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for approval.
Singles coach Sun Chenhua has already disclosed his list of players. They are Iskandar Zulkarnain, Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Zulfadli Zulkifli, Mohd Syawal Ismail, Tee Jing Yi, Sonia Cheah, Yang Yi Lian and Florah Ng.
Meanwhile, the Kedah BA announced that they would be selling season tickets for all competition days priced at RM30. They will be made available at the KBA Badminton Hall in Jalan Suka Menanti from two weeks before the championships begin.
The team competition will run from Oct 23-26 and the individual events from Oct 28-Nov 1.
It will be the second time that Malaysia are hosting the annual championships after 1994 in Kuala Lumpur. In the last championships in Pune, India, Malaysia won the men’s doubles title through Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang.
09-17-2009, 01:12 AM #74
We'll just have to show our worth in the court... Just to show the organizers that INA is not some pushover country...
BD: Angga-Rendy can deliver 1 point against any BD in the planet...
GS: Febby can deliver 1 point against anyone [outside China]...
GD: Claudia-Della can play decently against most GD...
XD: Whichever combination is strong enough to play with the other XD
BS: Ari/Evert/Andre are hard to beat too...
09-17-2009, 02:45 AM #75
korea will for sure send their players in the individual event.
09-17-2009, 09:38 AM #76
Based on the AJC finish, Thailand and Japan might be ranked above INA.
For sure, Malaysia and China will be the top 2 seeds.
09-17-2009, 09:43 AM #77
Last year, INA lost to MAS in the playoff for SF 2-3.
In the 5-8 Playoff, INA lost again to THA 2-3.
09-18-2009, 01:00 AM #78
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09-19-2009, 12:03 AM #83
INA's weak link is WD, no medals whatsoever throughout the Olympics history... I guess MAS has the same fate too [so far]... And also, I don't think INA ever won a title in GD in the World Junior Championships...
09-19-2009, 03:27 AM #84
09-19-2009, 10:33 AM #85
INA has a bad record n the WJC...having won only 2 individual titles since the first WJC was played in 1992. And those 2 titles (GS and BD) were won in 1992.
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