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09-12-2011, 10:23 AM #188
09-12-2011, 10:30 AM #189
The Star Online > Sports
Monday September 12, 2011
Malaysians enter all five badminton finals in the Youth Games
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: A possible clean sweep of all five gold medals in badminton beckons for Malaysia for the first time in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.
A gold medal is already assured in the women’s doubles after Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Sonia Cheah-Yang Li Lian made it an all-Malaysian final affair.
Top seeded Mei Kuan-Meng Yean, the Asian Junior Championships runners-up, overcame Australia’s Jacqueline Guan-Gronya Somerville 21-7, 21-19 while the unseeded pair of Sonia-Li Lian beat Sri Lankan pair A. Rathnasiri- U. Samanthika 21-16, 22-20 in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Double challenge: Sonia Cheah is through to both the women’s singles and doubles finals of the Commonwealth Youth Games’ badminton competition in the Isle of Man.
Reigning Asian junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli did not allow a right leg injury to hinder him in his quest to deliver the men’s singles gold for Malaysia.
Zulfadli sustained the injury during the match against India’s P. Joshi 21-13, 19-21, 21-19 but slogged through reach the semi-finals in the morning.
The top seeded Malaysian seeked treatment later and was forced to concede a walkover in the doubles quarter-finals match partnering Joo Ven against England’s Ryan McCarthy-Tom Wolfenden.
He returned to the court in the afternoon to beat England’s Ryan Walker 21-12, 21-10 to reach the singles final.
Another representative, Soong Joo Ven was shown the exit with a 12-21, 15-21 defeat by India’s S. Verma, who later reached the final from the bottom half of the draw.
Sonia also advanced to the women’s singles final and will take on Pusaria Sindhu of India for the gold medal.
Third seeded Sonia overcame a fighting Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-19, 10-21, 21-11 while Li Lian failed to get the better of the top seeded Indian shuttler in her semi-finals match. Li Lian lost 12-21, 10-21.
The top junior men’s doubles pairing of Nelson Heg-Teo Ee Yi will be gunning for gold when they take on the English pairing of McCarthy-Wolfenden in the final.
Nelson-Ee Yi marched to the final after beating Canadian pair Nathan Choi-Nyi Yakura 21-17, 21-11.
Ee Yi-Mei Kuan ensured Malaysia have a representative in the mixed doubles as well after reaching the final, where they will face Indian challengers Srikanth Kidambi-Maneesha Kukkapalli.
National junior coach Yap Kim Hock is confident Malaysia will better their achievement from the previous edition in Pune, India two years ago.
In the 2008 edition, the Malaysian contingent won three gold, five silver and four bronze medals with badminton accounting for two golds and shooting contributing one.
“One gold medal is already in the bag and we hope to get two more at least.
“Badminton should deliver the most medals this time as we are also hopeful of getting two more bronze medals in the mixed doubles (Nelson-Meng Yean) and women’s singles (Li Lian),” said Kim Hock.
In athletics, Ali Ashraf Razali did well to finish fourth in the men’s 100m hurdles final clocking 14.06.
In cycling, Ju Pha Som Net was placed eighth in the women’s 60km road race while Hamdan Hamidun ended 35th in the men’s 100km event.
Swimmers Tern Jian Hang and Chi Chia Khian were fifth and sixth in the men’s 100m butterfly while Erika Kong earned a fifth placing in the women’s 50m breaststroke.
Malaysia sent a 23-member strong contingent to compete in four of the seven sports contested.
09-12-2011, 11:21 AM #190
10-21-2011, 09:51 AM #191
Good Luck to Zulfadli Zulkifli at the 2011 World Junior Championships
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Tuesday October 18, 2011
PETALING JAYA: Badminton giants China have pulled out from the World Junior Championships, which will be held in Taiwan from Oct 28- Nov 6.
Their surprise move, however, won’t make it any easier for Malaysia’s Zulfadli Zulkifli to become the country’s first world junior singles champion as defending champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark will be one of his major stumbling blocks.
Zulfadli said that China’s absence had not diluted the quality of the boys’ singles event.
“We were surprised with China’s decision to skip this year’s world junior meet. I am not sure of the reason but there is talk that it may be due to politics, with Taiwan being the host,” said Zulfadli.
“China’s absence doesn’t make much of a difference. Axelsen is the player to beat. We also have good players from other countries like South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and India.
“With so many contenders, it won’t be easy.”
Zulfadli, however, is determined to end the year as the most successful player in the country. In July, the 18-year-old created history by becoming the country’s first Asian junior champion in Lucknow, India.
“This is my last year as a junior player and I want to end it by creating another piece of history. I want to be the country’s first player to win both the Asian and world junior titles,” he said.
Zulfadli, however, said that China’s absence had thrown open the race in the mixed team event.
“Traditionally, China are the favourites to win the team event. This time, it will be quite open,” he said.
Based on the draw released last Tuesday, Malaysia are in Group A1 with Hong Kong and the United States. If they emerge as group champions, they will take on the Group A2 winners for a place in the semi-finals.
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Good Luck to Zulfadli Zulkifli at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
10-21-2011, 05:56 PM #192
Nobody has a chance against Axelsen, may as well just have a competition for 2nd place...
10-21-2011, 07:31 PM #193
10-21-2011, 11:28 PM #194
Axelsen can even take a game off Peter Gade and beat Taufik. Of course Taufik is in the dumps and he's been sparring with Peter Gade so he probably knows Peter's game in and out. But it proves that Axelsen is already around the top 20 level in the world, similarly to Ratchanok and Tai although he hasn't beat the top 4(as if anyone else can do it easily!)
10-22-2011, 04:02 AM #195
zul had a 1-0 head to head against axelsen
10-31-2011, 11:34 PM #196
Let's follow Zulfadli Zulkifli to the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships
Let's follow Zulfadli Zulkifli to the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships in the individual Boys Singles events.
Zulfadli is seeded No.2.
Here is the draw;
Let's see if Zulfadli can get to face Viktor Axelsen of Denmark (seeded No.1) at the Finals.
I give it a 75% chance that they will face each other at the Finals.
Also, probably Zulfadli will get to face Sameer Verma of India (seeded 3/4) at the Semi-Finals.
Last edited by chris-ccc; 10-31-2011 at 11:39 PM.
11-01-2011, 03:06 AM #197
Congratulations to Zulfadli for winning all his matches in the team event. It is hoped that he can do well in the WJC individual too! He has to watch out for Indonesia and Indian players as well as Kento Momota and Korean MS besides Viktor!
11-01-2011, 03:34 AM #198
11-01-2011, 06:59 PM #199
The MAS junior team did well in the team event. I would love to see Viktor Axelsen vs ZZ, but the odds might not work in ZZ's favour.
Wonder if BAM still trying to lure ZZ to join them, or did they already succeed?
11-01-2011, 07:25 PM #200
11-01-2011, 07:50 PM #201
This morning my dear dad has new BAM victim to his tirade, general manager Mr. Kenny Goh. I swear our dining area is becoming a kopitiam. Now my auntie is joining the lets-blame-BAM discussion since she visiting/staying at our house for a week now. She doesn't even play badminton...
11-01-2011, 09:10 PM #202
11-01-2011, 10:19 PM #203
[QUOTE=twobeer;1785035]It is very interesting to follow.. It is probably good with more sponsors like in Penang etc. that compete to help players.
Agreed. It can't be denied that sponsorship is one of an important factor for independent baddy players to succeed. So when is my beloved Pepsi going to sponsor MAS players?
11-02-2011, 05:25 AM #204