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Thank you to all the Volunteers

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the most successful KLRC New Zealand Open ever.

The enthusiasm and committment of our volunteers is greatly appreciated; without you all we just could not stage a World Grand Prix tournament - THANK YOU - from Julie Carrel - BNZ Events Manager and Tournament Directormore

"The Crowd Goes Wild"

"The Crowd Goes Wild" is a light hearted entertaining sports and entertainment show screened daily. Friday they visited the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open, see the link below for some entertainment

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Women's singles final; Zhou Mi vs Rachel Hindley

2008 KLRC New Zealand Open titles all go off-shore

Chinese-Taipei won three, Hong Kong one and Mayalsia one, titles at the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open

Finals night was a grand affair with a good enthusiastic crowd and the matches being beamed into millions of homes as we went live into New Zealand, Central China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Phillipines, Brunei and the first ever live badminton into Africa.

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Welcome Lunch - Takapuna Boating Club - Photos

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Julie Carrel (BNZ Events Manager), Andrew Kam (KLRC), Heather Brown (North Shore City Council) and Mike Kernaghan (General Manage BNZ)

Lunch in the sun followed by the badminton

Players, sponsors and guests enjoyed a North Shore City Council hosted lunch at the Takapuna Boating Club on the shores of Takapuna Beach before it was back to business on the badminton court.

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Soon Kit Chean (Mal) in action in the mens's doubles

Womens Fly the Kiwi Flag

The local women are holding up the Kiwi flag as the US$50,000 KLRC New Zealand Badminton Open moved into the semifinal stage at the North Shore Events Centre.more

Quarter-finals Preview

Quarterfinal action at the US$50,000KLRC New Zealand Badminton Open is set to have numerous highlights. The tournament is the only Grand Prix event in the Oceania region and is one of the very few sporting events in New Zealand to have such a high prizemoney.

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Wednesday Review

There were no major upsets on the second day of play at the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open with the round of 16 now completed in all eventsmore

Follow the tournament on line with LIVE SCORING

For the first time ever in New Zealand we have LIVE SCORING.
Follow the matches point by point as they happen on the internet

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Another first is the venue scoring display using the Tournament Planner software on large plasma TV screens provided by SAMSUNGmore
T.S Lee, Sariul Ayob, Zhou Mi, John Moody and Daniel Shirley at the pre-tournament press conference

Results go to plan on first night of play

There were no upsets in the early stages of men’s singles at the US$50,000 KLRC New Zealand Badminton Open at the North Shore Events Centre with top seed and former champ Sairul Amar Ayob of Malaysia cruising through into the second round

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Players are all ready to play

The players have all arrived; the North Shore Events Centre is set-up and looks fantastic; we are all set for a week of world class badminton.more

Draw and Schedule

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Press Release - Tuesday 4 November

With only 7 days to go until the start of the 2008 KLRC New Zealand public and media interest in the event is growing particularly as we have the World Number 1 women's singles player coming here.

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Zhou Mi ranked NO. 1 IN THE WORLD

Zhou Mi (Hong Kong) was listed on the BWF world ranking list published on Thursday 29th October as NUMBER ONE.

New Zealand is very priviledged to have a world number one coming here to play in our KLRC New Zealand Open. Zhou Mi's rise to the top of the world started here in New Zealand at the 2007 KLRC New Zealand Openmore

Finals Night Court-side Hospitality

Have the best seat in the house, court-side to the finals court, enjoying the badminton while being served food and drink on Saturday 15th November

Start the evening with a casual gathering in the lounge with a drink whilst mingling with some of the top players from New Zealand and overseasmore
Daniel Shirley - making his international comeback in mens doubles and mixed doubles

Ex-Internationals Making a Come-back

A number of comebacks and some difficult first round matches are the features of the small, but strong draws which have been completed for the US$50,000 KLRC badminton Grand Prix tournament to be held at the North Shore Events Centre 11-15 Novembermore

Last Minute Changes to Entry Lists - Draw Released

Last minute withdrawals just prior to the draw for the tournament caused a few headaches for tournament organisers as the seeding lists has to be re-done with Indonesia withdrawing a significant number of their players along with Slovenia. All disappointing but a normal part of world tournaments at the moment as hard economic times hit the sport.
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Tsuen Seng Lee winning the NZ Open 2006

Home-stays Needed

Seven Malaysian players have opted for private accomodation when visiting New Zealand for the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open.

This is a great opportunity to show these top international players home life in New Zealand; these players travel the world playing tournaments and staying in hotels, they will relish the opportunity to live in a relaxed home environment when heremore
NZs mixed doubles pair of Henry Tam & Donna Haliday, seeded 3/4, winners Waikato and Ashaway North Shore City Internationals 2008

Entry Lists Confirmed

Entries have closed, the lists have been composed and the seedings have been decided for the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open

The draw will be done on 28 October by the BWF

The seedings are dominated by Malaysia and Indonesia with New Zealand featuring in three events. See "more" for the seeding and entry listsmore

Hard Financial Times Hit Singapore

Singapore has withdrawn their players entered into the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open due to "budgetary contraints" as advised to the Tournament Director Julie Carrel, by the Singapore High Performance Manager earlier this weekmore

54 Indonesian Players Enter Tournament

54 Indonesian players have entered the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open providing some strong competition in the tournament.

The group is led by Mens Singles player Tommy Sugiarto who has a current world ranking of 38more

World Number 3 Confirmed

The 3rd ranked woman in the world is set to play at the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open. Zhou Mi representing Hong Kong is the defending champion, since winning the 2007 KLRC New Zealand Open she has gone from strength to strength winning the recent Macau Open, the China Masters Super-Series, the Korean Open, the Indian Gold Grand Prix and the Korea Super-Seriesmore

Former Champions Return

Two former New Zealand Open Men's Singles Champions are returning to New Zealand for the 2008 KLRC New Zealand Open.

Sairul Amar Ayob who won in 2005 and Tsuen Seng Lee who won in 2006 will both be looking for a second New Zealand Open titlemore

KLRC to sponsor 2008 NZ Open

Badminton New Zealand is pleased to announce that for a second year in a row KLRC will sponsr the New Zealand Open. KLRC is the Kuala Lumpur Racket Club and is a private club owned by Dato' Sri Andrew Kam Tai Yeow.more
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