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Knee injury may force shuttler Julia out of world meet (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2009
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SEPANG: Singles shuttler Julia Wong was hoping to contribute to Malaysia’s cause in her debut outing in the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championship in Guangzhou. Instead she returned home prematurely in pain and in a wheelchair.

Julia made a painful exit after coming down with a left knee injury during her match in the Division One Group A tie against Hong Kong on Monday. And she is fearing the worse as the injury could turn out to be more serious than thought.Painful end: Julia Wong grimacing while receiving treatment for a knee injury during Monday's match against Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.The shuttler returned home Tuesday (below) and was whisked to the hospital for medical tests on the extent of the injury.

“The doctor has said that I have torn my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and will probably have to go for an operation. This will be the worst injury I have suffered in my career. I don’t know when I can come back to court,” said the world No. 15, who put up a brave front even though her leg was in plaster cast.

Julia recalled that she was trying to retrieve a shot from Yip Pui Yin in the first game when she fell awkwardly.

“I can’t remember whether I knocked my knee hard or it was the impact of the landing. I heard a crack and feared for the worst after that as I could not even walk,” she said.

From the airport, Julia was taken to the Damansara Specialist Hospital in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

If the medical tests show that it is indeed a torn ACL, she will have to kiss goodbye to making her first appearance in the World Championships in Hyderabad. She has qualified together with Wong Mew Choo for the championships scheduled for Aug 10-16.

 

Rexy tells doubles to step it up

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Published: 13 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU: Coach Rexy Mainaky wants the doubles pairs to pull up their socks in the tie against Denmark to keep alive Malaysia’s hopes of advancing to the Sudirman Cup semi-finals.

Rexy, who acknowledged that the performances of his players needed to be stepped up by another gear to keep Malaysia’s challenge going in the championships, said that the facts were crystal clear and winning both the singles matches would not be enough to mount a serious challenge.

He added that the performance of the doubles players, including the mixed pair, was not convincing in the two ties against South Korea and Hong Kong.

“I know how important it is for us to do well in all the three doubles but I must admit that things are not going the way I had wanted. The Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong combination have not been up to the mark, especially in the defeat by the Koreans (Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung),” said Rexy.

 

Chong Wei vows to deliver against the Danes

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Published: 13 May 2009
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PETALING JAYA: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. And shuttler Lee Chong Wei has vowed not to let the Malaysian team down when they play against Denmark in their final Group A tie of the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships in Guangzhou tomorrow.

The world No. 1 is expecting to face top Dane Peter-Gade Christensen. The last time Chong Wei played against Christensen was in the final of the Korean Open in January and the Dane prevented the Malaysian from securing a third consecutive title.

Chong Wei had won the Super Series Master Finals crown in Kota Kinabalu last December and went on to lift the Malaysian Open title the following month.

In the Sudirman Cup, Malaysia have to beat Denmark to meet their target to reach the semi-finals. In their opening tie on Sunday, Malaysia were beaten 2-3 by South Korea but they bounced back to beat Hong Kong 4-1 on Monday.

 

India trounce Australia 4-1 in Sudirman Cup badminton

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Published: 13 May 2009
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Guangzhou (China), May 11 (IANS) India outclassed Australia 4-1 in their first Group 3 tie of the Sudirman Cup badminton championship here Monday.

India, who are eyeing a promotion to Group 2 in the world mixed team championship, produced a clinical performance. Their only loss came in the women's doubles where Shruti Kurian and Aparna Balan were pairing for the first time.

The mixed doubles pair of V. Diju and Jwala Gutta gave India a rousing start, dispatching Benjamin Walkate and Kate Wilson Smith 21-19, 21-15 in just 24 minutes.

World No. 12 Chetan Anand showed his class as he thumped Jeff Tho 21-14, 21-14 to make it 2-0 for India.

In men's doubles, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas faced little difficulty in overcoming Glenn Warfe and Benjamin McCarthy 21-12, 21-15 to win the tie.

Saina Nehwal, World No. 10, took just 20 minutes to trounce Leisha Cooper 21-11, 21-15.

India then fielded the scratch combination of Shruti and Aparna, who lost to Eugenia Tanaka and Kate Wilson Smith 21-16, 19-21, 18-21.

India next play Ukraine who beat Scotland 3-2 in a thriller.

 
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China mark quake anniversary with Sudirman Cup mauling (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) — A minute's silence was held at the Sudirman Cup Tuesday in remembrance of the victims of last year's earthquake in China, before the hosts marked the occasion with a badminton master class.

China's 5-0 mauling of Japan's inexperienced side in the mixed team championships here was the perfect way to pay respect to the 87,000 dead or missing from the Sichuan quake one year ago.Lin Dan

In the other elite tie of the evening, South Korea beat Denmark to confirm that, along with Indonesia, they have what it takes to at least make China work hard for what would be their seventh Sudirman Cup triumph.

China's head coach Li Yongbo said afterwards it was important to separate sport from last year's devastation and that his players needed no added incentive to win for their country.

"Before the match we had a brief ceremony. I think this is what we need to do more often. Of course, the Chinese badminton team has given a lot of help to the victims, but we need a long-term effort in this," Li said.

"We did what we could, but this has nothing to do with the match or today's performance," he added, proclaiming himself "very satisfied" with the victory.

With the tournament going to form so far, it is difficult to see anyone else but holders China lifting the trophy Sunday at the Guangzhou Gymnasium, especially with the vocal home support firmly behind them.

World number three and Chinese idol Lin Dan was in typically extravagant form in easily beating Sho Sasaki, at one point returning a shot while he had both knees planted on the floor.