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    Default Gu Juan nominated by SBA for the London Olympics

    Published on May 18, 2012



    The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has nominated Gu Juan ahead of SEA Games champion Fu Mingtian for this July's London Olympics. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA


    By May Chen

    The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has nominated Gu Juan ahead of SEA Games champion Fu Mingtian for this July's London Olympics.

    SBA president announced its decision during a media session on Friday afternoon.

    He explained that Gu Juan, who is ranked world No. 16, has held a better record against the top 25 players in the world over the past year.

    Fu, who captured the hearts of the nation when she became the first woman shuttler to claim the SEA Games singles title, is ranked No. 29.
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    A good decision has been made by the management taking in account of not just achievements, but also the performance and h2h record of their players against their opponents.

    Gu Juan has a good chance of beating some formidable opponents than Fu Mingtian..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miqilin7 View Post
    A good decision has been made by the management taking in account of not just achievements, but also the performance and h2h record of their players against their opponents.

    Gu Juan has a good chance of beating some formidable opponents than Fu Mingtian..
    I agree that Gu Juan deserves to be chosen for her better performance overall. However her recent showing has not been encouraging and I hope she has been working hard to correct her weaknesses physically, mentally and technically. I wish her the best at London Olympics.

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    Default Gu Juan gets nod for London

    By Lim Say Heng

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    ONE CREATED history by winning Singapore's first badminton women's singles title at the South-east Asia Games last November.

    The other is currently ranked 16th in the world and is one of the Republic's highest-ranked women's singles players ever.

    In the end, the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) went with the latter - Gu Juan - instead of SEA Games champion Fu Mingtian in their nomination for the London Olympics in July.

    The SBA made the announcement yesterday at the launch of this year's Li-Ning Singapore Open at the Singapore Badminton Hall.

    Gu Juan came up tops based on SBA selection criteria - current world ranking, competition achievements during the qualification period, head-to-head results against the world's top 25 players, head-to-head results against each other, possibility of Olympic seeding and input from coaches.

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    Said SBA president Lee Yi Shyan: "On all these accounts, Gu Juan has an edge. Therefore, it is fair for us to nominate her to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC)."

    The decision, made earlier this month, was unanimous and backed by both the management committee and the coaches, added Lee, who is also the Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and National Development.

    The five-man selection committtee comprised Lee, vice-president Ng Yoke Weng, secretary-general Francis Koh, honorary treasurer Lawrence Leow and chief executive officer Bobby Lee.

    Fu's achievements in Jakarta last year had been hailed by many, and she is also one of the finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year award which will be unveiled at the Singapore Sports Awards later this month.

    Asked if he was confident the SNOC would endorse the nomination, given Fu's SEA Games exploits, Lee said: "I am jumping the gun a bit, but I think they will accept our nomination.

    "They are based on very objective factors... (the nomination) does not depend on one specific achievement. On that account, Gu Juan is the more versatile and rounded player for now."

    Also, Derek Wong was given the nod for the men's singles slot while Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei were nominated for the women's doubles event.

    Shinta said: "Since last month, I have been staying back after every training to correct my weaknesses.

    "There is very little time between now and the Olympics and there's no time to correct those errors later."

    The singles players, including Gu and Fu, are currently in Taiwan for a three-week training camp and were uncontactable yesterday.

    Gu said, via the association: "I feel happy and honoured to be nominated by SBA for the London Olympics. I will do my best in every match."

    Also via the SBA, Fu said: "Even though I am not nominated, I will still continue to train hard for the other major events and the next Olympics."

    A post in Mandarin by Fu on her Facebook account on Sunday was a little more telling: "Perhaps to find happiness, one cannot give up hope, but must continue to move forward."

    sayheng@sph.com.sg This article was first published in The New Paper.
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    Default A test for Olympic-bound shuttlers

    By Nicholas Neo

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    Monday, May 21, 2012


    IT WILL be the last major tournament before the London Olympics in July.

    And the Li-Ning Singapore Open, to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from June 19 to 24, will be a test for the London-bound Singaporeans.

    Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) senior technical manager Chua Yong Joo said: "The competition will give them a good gauge of what improvements they have made, since we've been working on their weaknesses over the years.

    "It'll be a test for our shuttlers to see where they stand."

    The Republic's Olympic nominees- Derek Wong, Gu Juan, Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei - will take part in the US$200,000 ($250,000) tournament, which is part of the Osim Badminton World Federation (BWF) World SuperSeries.

    While top players such as Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei will miss the tournament, the likes of 2004 Olympic gold-medallist Taufik Hidayat and women's singles world No. 2 and defending champion Wang Xin, have confirmed their participation.


    Women's doubles pair Shinta and Yao are hoping to put on a good showing after being eliminated in the last 16 last year.

    Shinta, who won the women's doubles gold with Yao in 2010, said: "We want to do better than last year, where our results weren't very good.

    "But we've improved since then and are more confident, and hopefully that will give us a boost at the Singapore Open."

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    Default Shuttler Fu wins top female accolade


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM May 30, 2012



    SINGAPORE - SEA Games badminton heroine Fu Mingtian has made up for the disappointment of missing out on the London Olympics by bagging the Sportswoman of the Year award.

    The 22-year-old, who captured the hearts of Singaporeans with her gutsy win over Indonesian Andriani Firdasari at the SEA Games women's singles final in Jakarta last November, could hardly contain her delight at winning the Sportswoman of the Year accolade at the Singapore Sports Awards 2012 last night.

    "I'm surprised as the other three athletes in this category are very strong," said Fu. "Of course I'm very happy to win this. I had hoped to win it and this is a dream come true for me."

    She edged out fellow nominees Daphne Tan (bowling), Feng Tianwei (table tennis) and Tao Li (swimming) for the award.

    Despite her SEA Games heroics, it was not enough for her to earn the nod for the London Games from the Singapore Badminton Association. Team-mate Gu Juan, ranked higher at world No 16, clinched the spot instead.






    A delighted Fu shows off her Sportswoman award. Photo by WEE

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    Default Fu trumps trio for top honours

    By Chia Han Keong

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    She was facing three other worthy candidates, but shuttler Fu Mingtian emerged as this year's Sportswoman of the Year at the Singapore Sports Awards ceremony at Swissotel The Stamford last night.

    Receiving the award from the guest of honour, President Tony Tan, the 21-year-old South-east Asia Games gold medallist - who overcame a hostile crowd to win a thrilling women's singles final in Jakarta last year - confessed later that she had never thought she would win it over the other three athletes.

    "Since being shortlisted for the award, I kept thinking the other sportswomen would win," she said in Mandarin, flashing a wide grin. "Never once did I think I would win. I'm really stunned right now."

    Indeed, the three other nominees for the award had notched significant wins in their respective sporting disciplines last year.

    Bowler Daphne Tan was runner-up at the World Women's Championships, swimmer Tao Li managed a seven-gold haul at last year's SEA Games, and paddler Feng Tianwei won Pro Tour titles at the Korean and Japan Opens.

    Fu said that this award is a consolation for her missing out on qualifying for July's London Olympics.

    "If I had a choice, she would definitely have wanted both the award and the Olympic qualification," she said. "But I'm still young, and I'll use this award as motivation to keep striving for upcoming Olympic Games."


    There was less drama for the Sportsman of the Year award, as overwhelming favourite Joseph Schooling duly claimed the award over shooter Zhang Jin.

    The 16-year-old swimmer also becomes the youngest recipient of the award, easily beating the previous youngest winner, bowler Lim Zhong, who was 18 when he won in 2000.

    Schooling won two golds, one silver and a bronze in his SEA Games debut in Palembang last year, and is also the only Singaporean swimmer to meet the A qualifying time for July's London Olympics.

    The national swimmers dominated the major awards, with Quah Zheng Wen and Amanda Lim winning the Sportsboy and Sportsgirl of the Year honours respectively.

    National bowling coach William Woo earned his second straight Coach of the Year award, while the national wushu women's duilian team won the Team of the Year honours.

    The Straits Times correspondent Terrence Voon clinched the inaugural Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year award with his story "Not just flesh and blood, but the football heart", about S-League goalkeeper Shahril Jantan.

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    Default Steel Magnolia - Fu Mingtian

    By Lim Say Heng
    The New Paper

    Thursday, Jun 07, 2012


    The first thing that strikes you as you walk into Fu Mingtian's personal space in the hostel room at the Singapore Sports School is how pink it is. Pink wallpaper, pink laptop, pink pillow case and blanket, and even a Pink Panther soft toy on her bed.

    The pixie-faced shuttler said cheerily: "I've liked the colour for a long time and people say I look good in that colour too."

    For sure, the past six months have been as rosy as her cubicle's colour theme in the big room, which the 21-year-old shares with several teammates.

    First, Mingtian became the first Singaporean to win the women's singles badminton title at last November's South-east Asia Games in Jakarta.

    One week ago, she became the first shuttler to win the Sportswoman of the Year accolade at the annual Singapore Sports Awards.

    But if fate had taken a different twist though, Mingtian could have been a gymnast, a synchronised swimmer, or a diver, like her famous cousin Fu Mingxia.

    She recounted: "My mum thought it would be a good idea to get me involved in sports before I started primary school. "I started learning gymnastics for a couple of years and then synchronised swimming for another, at this place where my jiejie (elder sister in Mandarin) picked up the basics."

    Jiejie is Mingtian's affectionate term for Mingxia, and the latter would dote on her youngest cousin by bringing her snacks or toys whenever she returned to Hubei on holiday in the past.

    Mingtian would not follow in Mingxia's footsteps though, but it was not for the lack of trying.

    She said: "When I was learning synchronised swimming, the diving coach asked me to try, so I did for a week.

    Terrified
    "It was fun at first because I was just jumping on the trampoline, but I was terrified when it was time to do the actual dive.

    "The coach tied a rope around my waist so that he could pull me up if I didn't surface from the pool. "And then he pushed me in. Needless to say, I gave that up and returned to synchronised swimming.

    "Later, the diving coach told me that I probably wouldn't be suitable because my dad is about 1.81m-tall, so I might be just as tall."

    However, Mingtian would eventually grow to a height of 1.65m, which would be ideal for a diver.

    She added: "Who would have thought that I would eventually turn out to have the right build for diving?"

    When she entered primary school, Mingtian and her parents thought it would be the end of her sporting career.

    Until one fateful day when she was in Primary Two.

    She was having her PE lesson when a coach from one of the amateur sports schools came in and invited about a dozen students to try out badminton.

    Asked why she thought she was among those picked, Mingtian said: "My height was quite okay for my age, and I was also the sports representative for my class."

    She became part of the provincial training squad after primary school, and after two years, was about to go for selection for the main team when an opportunity came knocking.

    Mingtian recalled: "A coach came to scout for players to play in Singapore. Back then, I really wanted to see the world.

    "My parents had hoped that I would stay by their side, play professionally for the province and perhaps, eventually study in a nearby university."

    But she was determined to broaden her horizons and decided to take up the Singapore Badminton Association's offer, even if it meant that the only child would be leaving her parents.

    The steely grit that won her the gold medal in the hostile cauldron in Jakarta was already evident when she came to Singapore in 2003.

    She said: "I would cry as I missed home for the first six months, but I wouldn't tell my parents because I didn't want them to come to take me back.

    "I pushed myself really hard during training too because I wanted to stay in Singapore."

    She got her wish and became a Singapore citizen in 2007 under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme.

    However, before her historic SEA Games feat last year, Mingtian's list of honours was short - she only won the girls' doubles title at the 2008 World Junior Championships with Yao Lei and the Vietnam Open women's singles title last year.

    She said, her megawatt smile slightly fading: "That was a low period in my life, but even then I have never regretted taking up badminton or coming to Singapore.

    "My coach would say, 'When you hit rock bottom, the only way is up'."

    And it seems that she is on the up now with her recent achievements, although there is also a blip recently - her non-selection for the London Olympics next month.

    Good fight

    She paused a while before saying: "A lot of people felt sorry for me, but it's alright. I wasn't really that unhappy when I got the news during our recent training camp in Taiwan.

    "I kind of knew (that I wouldn't get it) based on my performances in general during competitions, but I just wanted to give it a good fight.

    "I respect the selection committee's decision."

    She may be all girly and cheery, but make no mistake, there is real steel beneath that charming facade.


    FACTFILE

    NAME: Fu Mingtian
    BIRTHDAY: June 27, 1990
    HEIGHT: 1.65m
    WEIGHT: 56kg

    TRIVIA

    Favourite movie?
    I like action movies and my last show was The Avengers, but my favourite would be Titanic. I watched it about three times, even the 3D version recently.

    Favourite singer?
    (Taiwanese singer and TV host) Show Luo. I just like his songs.

    If I could be stuck in the lift with someone, it would be...
    Show Luo. I can chat with him... and maybe even ask for his number! (giggles)

    If I weren't a badminton player, I would be a...
    Probably someone who works in the office. They look very important, wearing their suits and typing away on the computer. Exactly what I want to do in the office? I have no idea!

    Lin Dan or Lee Chong Wei?
    I prefer Lee Yong Dae (South Korean Olympics mixed doubles champion). He's got a lot of style on the court and he's very handsome too. But if I had to choose between the two, it would be Lin Dan. He's very, very good on court and has won almost everything in the sport.

    What do you do in your free time?
    Training is very tough, so I would be in my room surfing the Internet, watching shows or chatting with my parents via QQ (chat application) on week nights. On weekends, I would go for karaoke sessions, watch movies or go shopping with my friends.

    How would you describe yourself?
    As she ponders the question, roommate Xing Aiying shouts in Mandarin from across the partition: White (referring to her fair complexion), and well-behaved!

    Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
    I have a boyfriend, whom I've known for a long time. He lives in Hubei and his family knows my family very well.

    sayheng@sph.com.sg

    This article was first published in The New Paper.
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    She has the same birthday as the famous Hendrawan and me

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    I got her LiNing Game Shirt though..

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    I feel that Gu Juan should concentrate on playing singles, esp now that she's an Olympian. In the INA Open SSP 2012 now in progress, she's taking part in both singles and doubles partnering Chen Jiayuan, is that a good idea, can she cope?

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    I'm also at a loss too.

    But I doubt Gu will take the doubles seriously. Indeed her priority should be in the singles.
    What I think the coach may be doing is to try them out for possible partnership in the next Uber Cup perhaps. We are still without a second reliable WD pair other than Yao and Shinta. Or is it meant to test Gu's stamina and resilience for LOG?

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    Default Romance blooms for national shuttlers Derek Wong, Vanessa Neo

    Romance blooms for Wong and Neo, thanks to their full-time training


    Published on Jun 17, 2012


    Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo have plans to marry but they are not about to rush into it. Wong has targeted getting his university degree first. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN



    By Alvin Chia

    If first impressions count, they would have both scored zeroes.

    When she was 12, she thought he was a quiet boy with a tinge of arrogance as he went about his badminton training. To him, she did not even leave any mark in his memory.

    Now, 13 years after they first met, national shuttlers Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo are a love match.

    'He's an introvert and quite 'dao' (Mandarin for proud). He was not approachable when he was younger,' recalled Neo, 25, drawing first a sheepish smile from her boyfriend and then a sizzling smash of a retort.


    Background story


    First sight

    'He's an introvert... He was not approachable when he was younger.'

    VANESSA NEO on Derek Wong

    'I didn't know she existed at all.'

    WONG


    (My congratulations to both of them.)
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    Default Badminton: Gu Juan, Derek Wong crash out of Singapore Open

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 20 June 2012 2145 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Two of Singapore's Olympics-bound shuttlers crashed out of the Li-Ning Singapore Open on Wednesday.

    Playing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, women's singles player Gu Juan lost in round one to Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-18, 22-20.

    Singapore's Derek Wong was up against Gurusaidutt R.M.V. from India.

    Wong is ranked higher at 47th in the world, compared to the Indian's 55th placed ranking.

    Despite the higher ranking, it was disappointment for the home fans as Derek was beaten 21-12, 21-13.

    The 23-year-old was unseeded but got into the main draw after Indonesia's Simon Santoso pulled out of the event.

    Derek said: "He has played two games before me. That's not an excuse - that the opponent has more time on the court so he probably knows the wind better - because we have also trained on this court and today he has also played very well.

    "For me, I'll probably have to polish up on my skills a little bit, try to keep it more consistent and prepare for the Olympics."

    But it was good news for the Singaporean pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari.

    The women's doubles pair, seeded 7th, beat their Malaysian opponents 21-18,18-21 and 21-18 to move to the next round.

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    Oh my gawd!! I don't even realized that this thread existed. Since when lol?

    Anyway it seems like a one man show here. No wonder he has to visit other threads lor.

    Singapore also can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flite View Post
    Oh my gawd!! I don't even realized that this thread existed. Since when lol?

    Anyway it seems like a one man show here. No wonder he has to visit other threads lor.

    Singapore also can.
    What makes you think he's all alone here? Didn't you see other posters as well as many unseen ones who keep themselves updated reading what Uncle Loh has kindly and painstakingly undertaken upon himself to do for us? Kudos to him.

    And what do you mean "No wonder he has to visit other threads lor."? Who says he can only confine himself here in this thread, what logic is that?

    If you wish to "help" or contribute anything,you're most welcome;if not,it's fine too.

    Yes,that's right, Singapore Also Can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flite View Post
    Oh my gawd!! I don't even realized that this thread existed. Since when lol?

    Anyway it seems like a one man show here. No wonder he has to visit other threads lor.

    Singapore also can.
    we appreciate Loh's efforts on updating the info inside this thread. if you have something positive to offer here, it'll be greatly welcomed. if not, your absence in this thread will not be missed at all.

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