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Saina should target Hyderabad world meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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Bangalore: With a Super Series title in her bag, Saina Nehwal can afford to relax and savour the moment. But not for long, as the Malaysian Open GP begins this week and she will have to get battle-ready all over again.

But beyond her immediate task at the Malaysian Open, the Indian will have to get used to her automatic elevation as one of the favourites for the World Championships on home turf in August. Given the media attention in the run-up to the event, Saina can expect to be closely followed and talked-about.

The Indonesian title makes her only one among four or five players capable of resisting China's juggernaut. Tine Rasmussen (Denmark), Zhou Mi and Wang Chen (both former Chinese internationals playing for Hong Kong), Pi Hongyan (China-born Frenchwoman), Wong Mew Choo (Malaysia) are the only players who have breached the Chinese wall.

Of these, Rasmussen is in her late twenties, while Zhou Mi, Wang Chen and Pi Hongyan are on the wrong side of the 30s. Malaysian Wong Mew Choo has had recurring knee problems.

 

Chong Wei right on track (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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LEE Chong Wei made a telling statement when he won the Indonesia Open singles title on Sunday that he is not just on track but will be Malaysia's best bet to clinch a title in the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

Chong Wei's ability to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat in the Singapore Open just a week ago and destroy Indonesia's favourite sporting idol, Taufik Hidayat in his own backyard, is a good sign that the Malaysian World No 1 can nail the major title in Hyderabad.

Lee Chong Wei (right) hugs Taufik Hidayat after beating him on Sunday.



Sunday's win by no means makes him the favourite for the singles title in the World Championships as China's Olympic champion Lin Dan will be looking to seal his hat-trick in the event but nonetheless, this will be Chong Wei's best chance to put his more illustrious opponent in the shade.



Lin Dan has not been the same since winning gold in Beijing and it remains to be seen if he remains hungry enough to secure another world title.



Also, he seems uninterested to regain the World No 1 spot which he held for nearly four years. He has not won any title since clinching the All England in March.


However, Lin Dan's reputation as a player with the big match temperament will still make him the one to beat in Hyderabad.

 

'This can be my year'

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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LEE Chong Wei is in a confident mood after winning his third Super Series title in Indonesia on Sunday and the World No 1 hopes his near-perfect season will land him his maiden World Championships title in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

But Chong Wei was at pains to stress that it can only be achieved if he prepares well in the coming weeks.


"I am conditioning myself for the World Championships. I feel that it will be my year if I prepare well," said Chong Wei, who also bagged this year's Malaysia and Swiss Open titles, in Johor Baru yesterday.


Chong Wei will be competing in his fifth world meet since taking the bronze on his debut in the 2005 edition in Anaheim, the United States.


 

Candra decides to teach younger brother Rendra the ropes (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: Brotherly love has prompted doubles specialist Candra Wijaya (pic) of Indonesia to make his first international appearance with the younger Rendra in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships.Candra Wijaya

The 34-year-old Candra will partner Rendra for a year to give an additional push to his brother’s badminton career.

The 25-year-old Rendra has been without a partner since his two-year partnership with Fran Kurniawan ended last year.

The duo won five international titles last year — the tournaments in Austria, Finland and Spain, the Indonesia Challenge and the Dutch Open.

 

Chong Wei decides not to skip GP Gold tournament (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: Lee Chong Wei was given the choice to take a short break after winning the Indonesia Open title on Sunday.

But the world No. 1 wants to treat the home fans to another great week of badminton by emerging as the champion in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold, which begins tomorrow at the Bandaraya Stadium here.Looking for revenge: Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat during a training session at the City Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday. Taufik lost to Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Indonesian Open on Sunday.

And he is ready to face a backlash from Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat. Chong Wei had broken the hearts of the Indonesian fans by beating Taufik relatively easy in Jakarta to win the Indonesia Open title for the second time after 2007.

Barring any upsets, the two players are tipped to clash again in the GP Gold event here, which is the second major international Open tournament hosted by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) this year after the Malaysian Super Series in January where Chong Wei emerged as the champion.

The tournament has attracted quite a number of star players as it is the last offering players the opportunity to improve on their rankings ahead of the world championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.