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Saina breaks into top-five of world badminton rankings (pic)

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Published: 21 March 2010
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New Delhi: India's top badminton player Saina Nehwal cracked into the top-five of world rankings with her semi-final finish at the All England Championships.

Saina jumped two places to be at the world no.5, surpassing her previous best of No.6 that she achieved in 2009. Saina surprised everyone this month by becoming the first Indian woman to qualify for the All England semi-finals where she lost to Tine Rasmussen of Denmark.

Saina has had a great run since making the quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Last year, she became the first Indian woman to win a Super Series event at the Indonesian Open. She followed it up by winning the Syed Modi Grand Prix event in Lucknow.

In the men's rankings, Chetan Anand slipped one spot to 10th but P. Kashyap gained one spot to be 29th. Arvind Bhat remained at 36th while Anup Sridhar slipped one place to 40th.

In the mixed doubles rankings, Jwala Gutta and V. Diju slipped one spot to 10th.

 
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Badminton minnows reaping the benefits of BAC programme

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton minnows Uzbekistan will be lucky to win even one game against Malaysia in the opening group tie of today’s mixed team competition in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

But thanks to the initiative by the Badminton Asian Confederation (BAC), Uzbekistan should be able to provide a stiffer challenge to others in four years time.

Uzbekistan are one of the teams involved and reaping the benefits of BAC’s programme run by the Asian Development Team.

The team have come up with interesting programmes to lift the profile of smaller badminton nations in a bid to get more quality participation of shuttlers worldwide at the Olympic Games.

 

Lee captures All-England badminton title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 March 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, England — Lee Chong Wei, the man who has dominated the Super Series circuit without winning the most major titles, captured the All-England Open on Sunday.

The top-seeded Malaysian enjoyed a 21-19, 21-19 win over 20-year-old Kenichi Tago, the first Japanese male finalist for nearly half a century, in a final in which Lee's experience just got him through tight finishes in both games.Lee Chong Wei with his All England Trophy

Lee also became the first man to win three Super Series titles in a row, having captured the titles in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur in January.

Just before giving his press conference Lee received a phone call of congratulations from the Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, and came into the room buzzing with the thrill.

"It was a big relief to win and a big dream especially as it's the 100th anniversary of the All-England," said Lee.

 
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Hafiz Hashim Lauds Chong Wei's All-England Success

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 15  -- Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, who won the men's singles title for Malaysia at the prestigious All-England badminton championship in 2003, said he was very proud to see Datuk Lee Chong Wei repeat the feat this year.

"I was amazed by Chong Wei's fightback despite trailing early in the final yesterday. But in the end his determination to win made all the difference in achieving victory over his young Japanese opponent," he said when contacted by Bernama here on Monday.

He said Chong Wei's win was also proof that Malaysians were capable of taking on the best in the world.

"The success in good for Chong Wei himself and all Malaysian badminton fans," he added.

Chong Wei, the top ranked singles player in the world and the top seed at the championship which entered its 100th edition this year, overcame a gritty challenge from unseeded Kenichi Tago to clinch the title in straight sets of 21-19 and 21-19.

It was only the third time Malaysia had lifted the much coveted title with the first time having been in 1966 through Tan Aik Huang.

 
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Japan's Tago in fresh All England upset (pic)

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Published: 14 March 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Unseeded Kenichi Tago saved a match point before beating Chinese sixth seed Bao Chunlai Saturday to become the first Japanese to reach the men's singles final at the All England championships since 1966. If he overcomes world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia Sunday, the 20-year-old will be the first Japanese to win the men's title in a tournament dating back to 1899.

If he overcomes world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia Sunday, the 20-year-old will be the first Japanese to win the men's title in a tournament dating back to 1899.

Tago had claimed the scalp of third-seeded Chinese and former champion Chen Jin in the quarter-finals so his 18-21 22-20 21-18 victory over Bao was not a total surprise.

 
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