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Badminton's Power Couple Keeps Rolling (pic)

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Published: 13 August 2009
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If Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir must end their partnership, they plan to do so in style.

In what is likely their last tournament together, the world’s No. 2 mixed doubles pair stayed on course for a world championship hat trick after beating Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Ng Hui Lin 21-15, 21-19 on Thursday. Winning a third consecutive world title would put Nova and Liliyana in rare company.

Though the match lasted just 30 minutes, Koo and Ng made the Indonesians work for their third-round victory in Hyderabad, India, pulling level at 15 in the first game and erasing an 18-13 deficit in Game 2 to tie it at 19.

“That was really a hard match because we played on the same level,” Nova said. “But finally we held our nerve and played better to win the match.”

 

Security fears see top seeds quit

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 August 2009
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The top seeds in the men's doubles have become the latest players to withdraw from the World Badminton Championships in India on security grounds.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed Austrians Jurgen Koch and Peter Zauner have already flown home.

"They left Hyderabad in the early hours of Tuesday stating they did not feel secure," said a BWF statement.

The event has been beset by problems since the English team pulled out, citing a "specific terrorist threat".

Teams from Wales and Scotland are taking part in the Hyderabad tournament, however, with members of the Scottish team saying they are "virtual prisoners" in their hotel because of the heightened levels of security.

The Austrian pair sought advice from their embassy and ministry of foreign affairs before deciding to leave.

There are also suggestions the pair were concerned about rising levels of swine flu in the country, but another Austrian player and a coach have decided to stay.

Security has been tightened across India ahead of Saturday's Independence Day celebrations.

 
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Chen overcomes early resistance, Lin cruises in Badminton worlds (pic)

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Published: 13 August 2009
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HYDERABAD (Reuters) - Chinese world number two Chen Jin overcame early resistance to join Malaysian number one Lee Chong Wei and Indonesian former champion Taufik Hidayat in the world badminton championships third round on Wednesday.China's Chen Jin returns a shot against India's Kashyap P. during their men's singles match in a preliminary round of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad August 12, 2009.

Chen, 23, last year's Olympic bronze medallist, struggled due to the drift caused by the air-conditioner before switching to flatter shots to overcome India's Parupalli Kashyap 14-21 21-10 21-7.

The organisers turned the air-conditioner ducts towards the roof before the event after complaints there was too much drift.

Chinese Olympic champion Lin Dan, seeking a hat-trick of titles, overcame awkward fellow left-hander Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-16 21-12.

 

Zhou Mi, Tine know they’ll need a miracle to win world title

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Published: 13 August 2009
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ONE veteran has come out of retirement while the other is finding her way back to the top after a career-threatening injury.

And it will be a miracle indeed if Zhou Mi of Hong Kong or Tine Rasmussen of Denmark were to win the World Championships women’s singles title.

World No. 1 Zhou Mi said that she had been enjoying an amazing journey since making a comeback after leaving the Chinese national team in 2005.

She took almost a two-year break before resuming her career under the Hong Kong banner and steadily moved up to become the top ranked player in the world ahead of an array of shuttlers from China.

“I am surprised to be standing here as the world No. 1 and top seed of the championships. This is the first miracle for me,” said the 30-year-old Zhou Mi.

 

Yong-dae wants to win world tiltle this time around

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Published: 13 August 2009
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SOUTH Korean badminton star Lee Yong-dae is not a player who likes to be the second best.

And he is determined to play his cards right this time with Jung Jae-sung to win the world championships men’s doubles title. They are certainly the biggest threat to Malaysian second seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who are in the same half of the draw.

At the last championships in Kuala Lumpur, Yong-dae-Jae-sung were beaten in the final by Indonesians Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan.

Victory then would have meant that Yong-dae had three major titles under his belt even before he turned 20.

Yong-dae won the 2008 All-England title with Jae-sung and the 2008 Beijing Olympic mixed doubles gold medal with Lee Hyo-jung.

“There are a lot of expectations on us at home (to win the men’s doubles title). And this has further motivated to get our hands on it this time,” he said.

Yong-dae added that although they were the fourth seeds, they stood a good chance to make the final.

“The draw is quite favourable to us. If all goes well, we should be there in the final,” he said.

A world title will place Yong-dae in his own league and this is something he wants to achieve.

“By the next Olympics (in London in 2012), I hope that I can win all the major titles in the world,” he said.

Another major title that he has not won is in the Asian Games.

Barring any upsets, Yong-dae-Jae-sung will play against Kien Keat-Boon Heong in the semi-finals. Even if Yong-dae muffs the chance in the men’s doubles, he can get it right in the mixed doubles with Hyo-jung.

 
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