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Gu Juan’s current world ranking of 46th is her highest ever, though that is set to change for this rising star after her stellar performances at the All England Championships this week. (Photo: Red Sports)


Team Singapore shuttler Gu Juan just missed out on making Singapore history after she was beaten by World No.14 seed Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria 16-21, 19-21 in the quarter-finals of the Yonex All England Championships 2011 on Friday, March 11.

 

After she disposed off World No.8 seed Bae Youn Joo of South Korea 21-16, 12-21, 21-15 in the round of 16, Gu was just one match away from becoming the first ever female Singapore player to make it into the semi-finals of the prestigious All England Championships.

 

Ranked 46 in the world, Gu route in this tournament actually started from the qualifiers where she first dispatched off Indonesian Adrianti Firdasari in straight sets, before forcing the exit of fellow Team Singapore shuttler Fu Mingtian in a three-setter.

 

In her first match going into the match draw, Gu had to overcome going down in the first set to Hong Kong’s Chan Tsz Ka, before finishing off her opponent 8-21, 21-10, 21-18 to set up the match-up against South Korea’s top player.

 

“She beat the Korean girl at the German Open last week and I’m glad she did it again,” said Chew Keet Hou, Singapore Badminton Association’s high performance manager, in an interview with MediaCorp after Gu’s quarter-final victory.

 

The 21-year old Gu first broke into the top 100 in August 2010 and within a span of the next eleven weeks broke into the world’s top 50.

 

“It’s a good thing and we have to monitor her and see if she can get a breakthrough and get into the world’s top 20 or 30,” Chew added.

 

Singapore’s highest ranked female player currently is Fu Mingtian at 44. Gu’s current rank of 46 is her highest ever, though that is set to change for this rising star after her stellar performances at the All England Championships this week.