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Minh takes Thailand Grand Prix badminton competition

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Published: 28 July 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh won his first international title of the year, beating host rival Boonsak Ponsana 21-16, 21-13 in the men's singles final of the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold yesterday, July 26.

Minh, the tournament second seed, took only 37 minutes to beat the third seed Ponsana.Eyes on the birdie: Top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh shows off the form that beat host rival Boonsak Ponsana 21-16, 21-13 to take the men's singles final in the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold on July 26.

Olympian Minh beat three Thai players and one South Korean to win his first title of the year after missing the Aviva Singapore Super Series, Drajum Indonesia Super Series and Bingo Bonanza Philippines Grand Prix Gold.

Minh also beat host rival Pakkawat Vilailak 21-18, 21-11 in the semi-final on Saturday and Thai Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the quarter-final on Friday.

 

Back-up player wins first double title

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Published: 26 July 2009
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BANGKOK: National back-up shuttlers Chan Peng Soon and Lim Khim Wah created history by becoming the first Malaysians to win the men's doubles in the Thailand Open when they upset veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah in the final today.

The duo maintained their superb run in the tournament by winning 20-22, 21-14 and 21-11 against the World Championships-bound pair and top seeds in 38 minutes.

The 21-year-old Chan, who lost in the mixed doubles semifinals, and his 20-year-old partner netted their biggest cheques in their career by taking home US$8,160 (RM28,865) while Choong and Lee settled for US$4,560 (RM16,130).

"We did expect to do well here but winning the tournament is certainly a big achievement for us...more so against experienced players like Choong and Lee," said Chan, who joined the national elite back-up squad earlier this year.

Lim said they managed to put up a gallant performance as there was no pressure on them to take on the rivals.

 


"We just played our normal games and wanted to upset them," said the Penang lad who created history with Chan as no other Malaysian pairs had won the title since the inception in 1984.

Only Yong Hock Kim and Muhd Hafiz Hashim had won the men's singles in 2001 and 2005 respectively.



The Penang boys had upstaged Malaysian Open runners-up and world ranked 16th Alven Yulianto and Hendra Gunawan of Indonesia in the semifinals yesterday.



Both players, whose best achievement overseas was the 16th spot in the Hong Kong Open last year, were briefly separated but national coaches reunited them again this year.



"This will certainly push us to work harder and give us more confidence to be the top pair in the world one day," said Chan.



Lee said the young pair played a fast and aggressive game, forcing them to make mistakes.


In the men's singles, homester Boonsak Ponsana, who upset top seed Wong Choong Hann in the semifinals, failed again in his third final appearances after losing 16-21 and 13-21 to second-ranked Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam.



Liu Jian took the women's singles title by beating teammate Wang Rong 21-16 and 21-18. - Bernama

 
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Bangkok high for Chan-Lim

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: National back-up shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah nailed their biggest career win in their first appearance as a pair in an international tournament when they defied the odds to reach the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday.

The duo stunned third seeds and Malaysian Open runners-up Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan, who are ranked 16th in the world, 24-22, 12-21, 21-18 in a 46-minute match to set up an all-Malaysian final against veterans Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah.

World Championship-bound Tan Fook-Wan Wah fended off strong challenges from youngsters Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit of Thailand before prevailing with a 21-16, 21-18 win.

Khim Wah-Peng Soon, who went separate ways after winning the National Grand Prix Finals in Alor Setar last year, was happy to reach their first-ever international Open final.

 

Independents ready to defy the odds in world meet

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Published: 26 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Hardship can bring the best out of a player.

And a group of Malaysian former national shuttlers, led by Lee Wan Wah, are ready to fend for themselves in the world championships in Hyderabad next month.

Wan Wah, who parners Choong Tan Fook, and another pair Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng together with singles shuttlers Wong Choong Hann and Lee Tsuen Seng are the independent players who qualified on merit for the championships.

 

Tien Minh heads for Grand Prix semis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 July 2009
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World No14 badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh qualified for the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold’s semis after beating his host rival Saensomboonsuk Tanongsak 21-16, 21-17 in the quarter-final game on July 24.

Thousands of Vietnamese fans put pressure on the Thai player who lost a lot of points as he could not move fast enough to save Minh’s volleys. Saensomboonsuk nearly levelled the score at 17-15  in both sets, but the Vietnamese player came back for a victory in the 39th minute.

Minh will take on another Thai rival, Pakkawat Vilailak, who surprised the crowd on July 24 be defeating No4 seed Wei Ng of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-11 in the earlier match.

Also in the men’s singles event, third seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand defeated Chan Yun Lung from Hong Kong 21-4, 21-12. Top player Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia found no challenge in beating No6 Hong Kong’s Hu Yun 21-13, 21-19.

On the women’s side, No3 Salakjit Ponsana  of Thailand met with great resistance fro No7 seed Zhang Beiwen from Singapore. Ponsana l;ed the first set 21-16 but ran into difficulties in the second set when Zhang came back to win 21-19.

The third set was a crowd-pleaser, where both sides showed off their technique and skills to grab points, but Ponsana took the advantage in the last minutes to win 21-19.

 

 
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