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Taufik revels in being independent player

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 June 2009
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With a tournament imminent and the recent release of his new line of Yonex apparel, twenty-seven year old badminton superstar, Taufik Hidayat, seems to be juggling a lot for one person.

However, while sitting with a seemingly cool and relaxed demeanor in the Phoenix Restaurant in the Hotel Sultan in Jakarta, he seems to have put his thoughts about his business venture aside and directed his attention to the next task at hand, his first game in the Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series.

"I feel good about the tournament, but I'm also feeling *under* a little pressure to win," says Taufik when asked about his feelings about the tournament.

Having just resigned from PBSI, the national badminton team, life as Indonesia's number one badminton player has changed slightly.

He insists that his departure from the organization was not in spite, but rather he wants to make way for a new generation of players and to spread the earnings from winnings amongst other Indonesian players.

 

Saina to face Lin in Indonesian Super Series final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 June 2009
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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) India’s Saina Nehwal edged past China’s Lu Lan in the semifinals of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Jakarta Saturday to set up a title clash with Lin Wang, also of China.
The World No. 8 Saina, seeded sixth, survived a 39-minute grueling battle to beat seventh-seed Lu 25-23, 21-19.

For Saina, Lu was a tough nut to crack as the Chinese matched her every point and the first game was poised at 13-13 and then 23-23. But the Indian held her nerve and pocketed the last two points to win 25-23.

In the second game, Saina came from 0-5 down to make it 13-all before winning 21-19.

In the other semifinal, third seed Lin found it easy and registered a 21-19, 21-13 win over her compatriot and eight-seed Xingfang Xie.

 
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Indonesia Open: Players have to get used to notoriously noisy spectators

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 June 2009
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Not only do the visiting players have to get used to din inside the playing hall in Jakarta, but even home shuttlers are subject to the crowd's booing and yelling, especially when they are losing.

"They are so noisy. Often, their remarks are far from encouraging at all," national shuttler Maria Kristin Yulianti, who lost to Xie Xingfang from China in the first round of Indonesia Open, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Rizki Amelia Pradipta, one of Indonesia's young stars, said she could hear someone shout that she should go home while she was losing in her qualifying round match.

"From the audience, I heard a shout asking me to go home."

Sony Dwi Kuncoro said despite some irritating spectators, the crowd over all was still very supportive.

"I prefer not to be bothered with any of the spectators' yelling, and Just take everything positively," said the men's singles' fourth seed.

Men's doubles specialist Markis Kido said the cheering crowds fueled his fighting spirit.

 

Clark and Robertson see their winning run ended (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 June 2009
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ANTHONY Clark and Nathan Robertson have been beaten in the second round of the Indonesian Open.

DISAPPOINTMENT: After their breakthrough win in Singapore, Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark were beaten in IndonesiaThe English champion, who won the recent Singapore Open, went down 21-16, 24-22 in a close-fought 39 minute encounter with Joko Riyadi and Luluk Hadiyanto.

The defeat came on the day they learned their win over the Olympic and world champions last week had lifted them into the top ten of the world rankings.

England's Robert Blair and Scotland's Imogen Bankier reached the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles with a battling display against eight seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam.

Blair and Bankier won 21-19, 11-21, 21-11 in 53 minutes and now face Olympic champions and second seeds Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung of Korea.

Bankier had high hopes of a second quarter-final place but she and Donna Kellogg went down to sixth seeds Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting of China 21-11, 21-10.

Elsewhere, Robertson and Jenny Wallwork failed to reach the mixed doubles quarters, losing 21-15, 21-16 to Han Sang Hoon and Jang Ye Na.

In the new world rankings Rajiv Ouseph rises to a career best number 26 while Susan Hughes is the top ranked British woman at world number 29.

 
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Chong Wei, three pairs in last eight (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei advanced to the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open after ousting compatriot Hafiz Hashim while three Malaysian pairs also stayed in the hunt in Jakarta yesterday. Hafiz Hashim lost to Lee Chong Wei 21-7, 19-21, 21-7 in the second round yesterday.

Chong Wei, the top seed, secured a 21-7, 19-21, 21-7 win over Hafiz in 36 minutes to remain on course for his second Indonesia Open crown. He won the title in 2007.


Hafiz hardly gave any resistance in the first game as Chong Wei scored a 21-7 win in just eight minutes. However, thing got better for Hafiz in the second game when he raced to a surprise 8-2 lead and forced a decider with a close 21-19 win.


But Chong Wei shifted gears in the third game and raced to a 21-7 victory to foil Hafiz's attempt of an upset.