My Badminton and Life Blog

My Badminton and Life Blog

Saturday, July 9, 2011

US Open GPG and China Training Camp

So it has been a while since I have put up a blog post. I have been busy training. The trip to Indonesia got scrapped because the airfare was to expensive and did not justify the trip. I am instead going back to China to train again in Nanning with the provincial team there. The last time I was in China(Nanning) was in 2009 so it will be awesome to go back and see it again. Hopefully to see some familiar faces too.

Before I set foot in China though I will be playing in the 2011 US Open Grand Prix Gold tournament down in Orange County (LA) at OCBC. The Tournament is July 11-16 but I will only be there July 10-12 as I fly out to Hong Kong on July 13th. This being Olympic qualification year the tournament has drawn out some huge names from Taufik again but this time others such as Chen Jin, Bao Chun Li, Boonsak Posonna, Tain Min Nguyen, and even Lee Young Dae who's competing in the doubles and mixed events.
I will only be competing in the mens singles event but am in qualifications once again due to world ranking not being high enough. There are 16 players in qualifications fighting for 8 spots in main draw. I have been drawn against Houng Nam Nguyen of Vietnam who's also the 3rd seed in qualifications.

Right after I play US Open I will fly back to Calgary for about 12 hours and then will start my long trek to China. That is what my summer has in store for me, for the time being I have but only 1 more day to spend in Calgary which will be spent running errands and packing.

Once back from China I will be spending around 10 days in Calgary before heading off to Barbados for the carabaco international (individual event) as I'm not a part of the team event. Then off to Trinidad and finishing off with the Guatemala international in September. If I can stay longer I would play the Brazil international but that would mean missing 2 and a half weeks of school which would not be good.