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06-01-2009, 10:52 PM #1
Philippine Open Grand Prix
GMA Network Inc.
Monday, June 01, 2009
China leads foreign charge in RP badminton meet
MANILA, Philippines - Powerhouse China, led by a former world junior champion, has confirmed its participation in the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Grand Prix Badminton Championship on July 1-5 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Also confirming their entry to the $120,000 Grand Prix Gold event are England, Vietnam, Germany, Canada, Wales and Malaysia. Organizers are still waiting for confirmations from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Chinese-Taipei, Japan, Russia and Macau.
"We have invited many more players outside Asia so we're expecting a really exciting event," said Albee Benitez, president of the sponsoring Bingo Bonanza, on Monday in a press statement.
Joining ex-world junior champ Chen Long as China’s representatives to the men's singles competition are Zhou Wenlong, Du Pengyu, Gao Huan and Lu Qiching.
The Chinese ladies team for the singles events is composed of Jiang Yanjiao, Wang Xin, Wang Shixian and Li Xuerui.
Other top ranked players who have confirmed their participation in the men's singles event were World No. 11 Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam, No. 22 Andrew Smith of England, Welshman Raj Popat and Malaysia's Wee Chung Pei.
Also in the hunt for a title in the women's side are Vietnam's Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc, world No. 49 Charmaine Reid of Canada and No. 52 Nicole Grether of Germany.
On its third edition in four years, the event will also feature men's and ladies doubles and mixed doubles competitions. – Perry Legaspi, GMANews.TV
(BTW TMN of Vietnam is reported to have been sponsored by Victor of Taiwan to compete in the Singapore Open in June.)
06-02-2009, 01:48 AM #2
I already bought tickets for this. I hope we get to have autograph signing. I am no good at this, but what items should I have the pros sign? Anyone?
06-02-2009, 06:47 AM #3
Or you may wish to have them sign on:
* the program, if any
* your cap
* your T-shirt(s)
* a shuttlecock each
* your badminton bag
* have a friend take a pic with your idol with a special camera and get his signature on your pic, if possible
06-02-2009, 09:19 AM #4
Let us go to the Philippine Open! You will surely enjoy it!
06-02-2009, 11:12 AM #5
Wow, Chen Long might get a title there Too bad no Wang Zhengming.. For ladies, finally we can see Wang Xin playing at the international tournament after she joined the first team. Let's wait and see how far Wang Xin can go, she is not tall, and her style of play is similar to JYJ. My dearest sister is playing there also
06-02-2009, 11:27 AM #6
Good to see many Jrs going. At the moment Malaysia is not sure yet who to send. I hope the Jrs is going also.
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