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Bleak prospects loom over Indonesia's badminton future

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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Indonesia's failure to win any titles at the recent world championships in Hyderabad, India, in stark contrast to the Chinese squad's formidable performance, has rung an alarm bell about more poor showings still to come.

Taufik Hidayat and the team returned home empty-handed, while China took four of the five titles up for grabs - three of them in all-Chinese finals. Denmark took one title to prevent the whitewash.

Taufik, who quit the national training camp in January to play independently, already looks a shadow of his winning self in 2005.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro chalked up a shock defeat over world No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei, but at the end was not good enough.

Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir, coming to Hyderabad as the defending mixed doubles champions, slugged their way to the final only to be stopped by the underdog Danes.

Despite the debacle, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) remains upbeat.

 

Anand, Bhat go down in Macau Open quarters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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NEW DELHI: India's Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat went down to Malaysian opponents in the men's singles quarter-finals of Macau Open badminton tournament
on Friday.
Chetan, seeded seventh, lost to top seed Lee Chong Wei 10-21, 14-21.

National champion Arvind Bhat fought hard but eventually ran out of steam, losing a gruelling quarter-final against Choong Hann Wong to crash out of the event.

Arvind, seeded 10th, came from behind to pocket the second game but run out of steam in the end to go down 19-21, 21-18, 6-21 to fourth seed Malaysian Choong in a 52-minute battle.

Choong grabbed 29 smash points and 17 net winners compared to Arvind's 16 and eight respectively.

The Malaysian opened a six point lead at 6-0 and even though Arvind came back to lead at 7-6, Choong held his nerve in crucial moments and marched ahead with four straight points to eventually seal the game.

 

Sweet revenge for Wan Wah-Tan Fook

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Seasoned doubles campaigners Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah avenged last week’s World Championships first round defeat to Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan in style by beating the Americans in straight games to enter the quarter-finals of the Macau Open last night.

Wan Wah-Tan Fook, who lost to the 2005 world champions in rubber games last week, turned the tables this time for a 21-15, 21-17 win in just 21 minutes.

The second seeded Malaysians will face South Koreans Hwang Ji-man-Kim Ki-jung, who ousted Indone­sian siblings and sixth seeds Candra Wijaya-Rendra Wijaya 24-22, 15-21, 21-11.

Wan Wah said they had done their homework well after they were humbled by the American top pair, who went on to reach the quarter-finals in Hyderabad.

 
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Little Lindaweni Makes Mark In Macau Badminton Battle

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2009
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Lindaweni Fanetri bowed out of the Macau Grand Prix Gold on Wednesday, but she did not go without a fight.

The Indonesian qualifier forced women’s singles top seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong to three games before losing 18-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a 65-minute marathon.

Lindaweni, 19, had match point in her sights after pulling level at 19 in Game 2, but she could not make the most of her serve and Zhou fought back to even up the match.

Indonesia also suffered a pair of defeats in men’s doubles. Fernando Kurniawan and Lingga Lie bowed out after losing 24-22, 21-17 to China’s Chai Biao and Zhang Nan, and Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi fell 21-19, 21-18 to fifth seeds Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming of China.

 

Smashing Outing By Shuttlers Beyond My Expectation - Coach

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19  -- National Paralympic shuttlers put up a smashing performance to emerge overall champions, winning eight gold, six silver, 10 bronze from the 20 gold medals offered in the Asean Para Games (KL 09) badminton competition that ended at the Bukit Kiara Sports Centre Wednesday.

Malaysian head coach Moe Chin Kiat said the eight gold medal haul had exceeded their earlier prediction of six gold medals.

"Winning eight gold medals showed that our players were more determined than before to win in their respective events. They have performed beyond expectation," he said.

The eight gold medals came through Shaari Zulkafli (men's singles BMW2), Cheah Liek Hou (men's singles BMSTU5), Cheah Liek Hou-Suhaili Laiman (men's doubles BMSTU5), Madzlan Saibon-Mohd Fairuz Ahja (men's doubles BMW3), Jasmi Tegol-Md Rahdi Juhary (men's doubles BMSTL1), Nabila Ahmad Sharif (women's singles BMSTL2), Nabila Ahmad Sharif-Nor Azlin Sulaiman (women's doubles BMSTL3) and Hairil Fozi Saaba-Nabila Ahmad Sharif (mixed doubles BMSTL).

Vietnam with 5 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze, finished a surprise second overall while Indonesia with a 4-3-1 tally finished third ahead of Thailand with 3-5-9.

 
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