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Shut Out in Singles, Indonesia’s Hopes in China Now Fall on Doubles Shuttlers (pic)

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Published: 17 September 2010
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Indonesia’s hopes in singles play at the China Masters Super Series were dashed on Thursday after two shuttlers were eliminated in the second round.
Indonesian shuttlers Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir beat another Indonesian pair to advance to the quarterfinals.
Maria Febe Kusumastuti was no match to China’s Xia Jingyun, falling 21-15, 21-19 in women’s singles, while Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka hardly challenged Chen Long in a 21-12, 21-10 loss.

After making it out of the first round, where No. 8 seed Wang Lin retired because of a knee injury, Febe was outclassed by Xia, Wang’s teammate on China’s national team.

 

Chinese Lin makes revenge over S. Korean Park at China Masters

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Published: 17 September 2010
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CHANGZHOU, China, Sept. 15 -- Chinese top shuttler Lin Dan made a sweet revenge, beating South Korean Park Sung-Hwan 21-11, 21-17 in the first round of the China Masters Super Series badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

Lin who lost to Park at the world championship, controlled the match from the beginning by taking the first set 21-11 easily with his power hits.

The second set once witnessed Lin lagging behind 7-1. Yet, the Chinese top men's singles player retained his calmness to claw back slowly but steadily. From 17-all, Lin scored four straight points to seal the victory.

"The first set went on quite smooth," said Lin after the match, "Although I met some challenges in the second set, I managed to come back and won the match."

 

Back injury forces Chong Wei to skip China Masters (pic)

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Published: 17 September 2010
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SEPANG: Lee Chong Wei is skipping the China Masters in Changzhou from Sept 14-19, leaving Malaysia without a representative in the men’s singles competition this year.

Singles coach Misbun Sidek made the decision after discussing with Chong Wei and felt it would be advisable for his charge not to risk aggravating his back injury.It’s good to be home: Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat pushing their trolleys out of the arrival hall at the KLIA on their return from Paris yesterday.

The world No. 1 complained of back pain after his third-round match against India’s Rajiv Ouseph at the world championships in Paris last Wednesday.

The strain proved to be too much for Chong Wei and he went on to suffer an unexpected defeat by former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the quarter-finals the following day.

 

Saina Nehwal Slams Commonwealth Games Organizers Preparations

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 September 2010
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Saina Nehwal slams Commonwealth Games organizers preparations she regretted that the country was not yet ready to host such a big sport tournament like Commonwealth Games.

India’s badminton star Saina Nehwal is one of the brand ambassadors of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) concerns about the completion of stadiums with less than a month to go for the event.

“Looking at the stadiums and looking at the progress, I don’t really think we are capable of holding such big tournaments because you know, I have seen many Games like the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (in 2006) and Olympic Games in Beijing (in 2008). Compared to that its not upto the mark,” Saina told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy.

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winner Saina Nehwal thought that everything would be ready before the Games’ opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games on October 3.

Saina Nehwal comment on the lack of preparation in Commonwealth Games was as surpries to everyone as she is one of the six sportspersons chosen as the Games’ brand ambassadors.

 
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Top shuttler Zhou Mi banned for two years (pic)

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Published: 05 September 2010
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Former women world number one shuttler Zhou Mi of Hong Kong has been suspended for two years for failing a drug test, World badminton Federation said on Saturday.

During one of BWF's out-of-competition testing programme, Zhou tested positive for Clenbuterol, a Class 1 Anabolic Agent on the WADA Prohibited List of substances, BWF said in a release. Zhou Mi failed the drug test

After that a BWF doping hearing conducted in Copenhagen on August 23 decided "that a period of two years ineligibility is imposed upon Zhou Mi for the first violation of the BWF Anti-doping Regulations.

The period of ineligibility commences from the date of the provisional suspension, 4 August 2010."

"BWF is fortunate that this is the first case that the BWF has ruled on for a number of years. The case sends a strong message to elite athletes in the sport who need to be aware of Prohibited Substances and the consequences of taking these either deliberately or inadvertently," said Thomas Lund, BWF COO.

Zhou Mi acknowledged that she had taken some common over-the-counter medication but was unaware whether or not it had contained any prohibited substance.

"The BWF together with WADA conduct both out-of competition and in-competition testing on a regular basis and athletes need to be aware that they are ultimately responsible for everything they ingest whether it is taken deliberately or inadvertently," Lund added.

"And this case shows that for a first offence, the punishment is severe." The sanction means that Zhou Mi cannot participate in any badminton tournament at the international, national and local level for a period of two years.

 
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