Badminton: Zhang makes April date

Badminton: Zhang makes April date

The OUE Singapore Open in April will be a homecoming of sorts for Zhang Beiwen.

The 24-year-old Liaoning-born Singapore shuttler has been based in Las Vegas for almost two years, and last played at the SuperSeries tournament here in 2011 - she lost 21-14, 21-19 to China's former world No. 1 Wang Lin in the qualifiers.

She was dropped by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) after the 2011 tournament after reportedly falling out with then-singles head coach Luan Ching, but the association has now asked her to come back to the fold.

Speaking to The New Paper this week, SBA chief executive officer Ronnie Lim said: "We have contacted her about coming back because we welcome any Singaporean who has the capability to do well.

"People who are still in contact with her feel that she is still very capable and a good addition to our squad, which currently lacks depth.

"But these are just preliminary talks, we will probably have a meeting with her when she is in town, and also assess for ourselves if she does have the capability to do well."

Currently in Germany competing in the German Open Badminton Championships - a Grand Prix Gold event - Zhang said: "Yes, I will be back to compete in the Singapore Open this year because it fits into my schedule.

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