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08-29-2011, 03:43 AM #1
Fu Mingtian - Singaporean Professional
Fu ends the jinx
by Low Lin Fhoong 04:46 AM Aug 29, 2011
SINGAPORE - Shuttler Fu Mingtian ended her four-year title drought yesterday at the US$50,000 (S$60,150) Vietnam Grand Prix Open 2011 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Japan's Kaori Imabeppu in the women's singles final in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ranked 41st in the world, the 21-year-old Singaporean stormed to a 21-18 lead in the first game before her Japanese opponent (No 49) rallied to clinch the second 21-16. But Fu, who last won an international singles title at the 2007 Ballarat International & Australian Junior Championships, steadied her nerves in the rubber to post a 21-8 victory.
In a telephone interview last night, Fu said: "It was not an easy match to win, but I feel I played really well today. I'm very happy to win a title for the first time after a long while, and it will give me confidence in the lead-up to the SEA Games in November."
But team-mates Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari were not as lucky in their bid for the women's doubles title, as the second-seeds were routed 2-0 (23-21, 26-24) by Indonesians Anneke Feinya Agustin and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, the fifth seeds.
The Singapore men's doubles pair of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart also lost their final, going down 21-12, 16-21, 21-19 in 45 minutes to the Indonesian duo of Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra.
Fu climbs to next level
The Straits Times
August 29 2011
Singapore shuttler wins first women's singles title on the Grand Prix stage
By Lin Xinyi
Singapore shuttler Fu Mingtian claimed the biggest victory of her career at the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Grand Prix Open yesterday.
The world No.41 defeated Japan's Kaori Imabeppu 21-18, 16-21, 21-8 to win her first women's singles title at the Grand Prix level.
"The last time I won a title was long time ago," said fu, who had won a couple of international series events - a tier lower than Grand Prix events - in 2007.
"This feels special. It's a small break through for me."
The US$50,000 (S$60,150) Vietnam Open might be a third-tier event on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar, behind the Super Series and BWF events like the Olympics and World Championships. But it attracted a 48-strong field, including Japan's Sayaka Sato (N0.17) and Ai Goto (No.24) and Chinese Taipei's Tzu Ying-Tai (No.19).
"Mingtian was not even expected to get through to the quarter-finals, so for her to win it is beyond our expectations," said Singapore Badminton Association chief executive Bobby Lee in a telephone interview from Ho Chih Minh City.
The player, who was unseeded, also admitted that she had not expected to go deep into the tournament. But, once she made the final, she found the self-belief to go all the way.
Despite a blip in the second game, Fu - a cousin of China's former Olympic and world diving champion Fu Mingxia - stormed back to defeat her opponent, who is ranked eight places below her.
"Towards the end of the second game, I started to rush things because I was so eager to win," said the 21-year-old Hubei native, who came to Singapore in 2004 under the Foreign Talent Scheme.
"I was more steady in the third game and managed to get into a good lead. That helped me to loosen up and go for my shots."
Gender : Female (now 21)
BirthDate:27/06/1990 Height( m /in):1.65/5'4''
Weight ( Kg /lbs):55/121
Formerly from Hubei, China
Foreign Talent scouted and came to Singapore in 2004
Interests : I like surfing the internet, shopping and watching movies with friends "I was looking for a sport to keep fit and healthy. Badminton fit the bill and I have been playing it since 1997."
Last edited by Loh; 08-29-2011 at 03:51 AM.
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08-29-2011, 03:59 AM #2
Fu Mingtian down higher-ranked opponent Larisa Griga
Published on Aug 8, 2011
By May Chen
SINGAPORE'S shuttler Fu Mingtian needed just 30 minutes to down her higher-ranked opponent Larisa Griga of Ukraine on Monday in the opening round of the World Championships.
The world No. 48 defeated Griga (No. 29) 21-10, 21-10 at the Wembley Arena Indoor Stadium, the same venue that will host the London Olympics next year. Fu, 21, will play world No. 4 Jiang Yanjiao of China on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, mixed doubles pair of Chayut Triyachart and Yao Lei came back from a game down to take their opening match against Switzerland's Anthony Dumartheray and Sabrina Jaquet 17-21, 21-12, 21-6.
They play Thailand's world No. 2 pair of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam next.
08-29-2011, 10:18 AM #3
Come on.. More pics of her please
08-29-2011, 12:15 PM #4
08-29-2011, 01:02 PM #5
A couple I found.....
This is at the Vietnam Open where she won the WS title:
An older one....
08-29-2011, 09:32 PM #6
Oh no, not the first pic! I think that must be a Japanese player.
The second pic is the real Fu when she was around maybe 16?
08-29-2011, 10:55 PM #7
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08-30-2011, 12:42 AM #9
Fu Mingtian in Singapore Open 2011
I managed to locate some pics of Fu from my own album when she played Wang ShiXian in R1 of the Singapore Open this year. As expected Fu lost to the World No.1 (?)
08-30-2011, 12:48 AM #10
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08-30-2011, 01:22 AM #12
She is pretty. Hope she can get into top 10
08-30-2011, 01:41 AM #13
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08-30-2011, 01:50 AM #15
The reporting in The Star is particularly annoying. If you read their articles enough, you'll see them recycle a few phrases and terms like they're going out of fashion. Lazy, sloppy journalism. Can I even call it journalism?
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