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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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Mum is Tago’s inspiration

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Published: 13 August 2009
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FORMER Asian junior champion Kenichi Tago is fast gaining the tag as the giant-killer in his debut in the World Championships.

And he attributes the success to his mother, Yoshiko Yonekura.

Yesterday, the 20-year-old defeated Germany’s top shuttler Marc Zwiebler 21-15, 21-10 to check into the third round. The previous day, he beat seventh seed Joachim Persson of Denmark for his biggest career win thus far.

Tago will take on Indonesian Si­­mon Santoso today for a place in the quarter-finals and he is hoping to continue his fairy-tale run.

“My mother was a national player and she did quite well in badminton. She is an inspiration to me,” he said.

Yonekura was a two-time doubles runner-up at the All-England and a semi-finalist in the World Championships.

Since winning the Asian junior title in 2006, Tago has been struggling to find his footing on the big stage.

“I am playing well here and my net play has improved. I think this has been the key to my good showing in this tournament,” he said.

On his match against Simon, he said: “I will still be going in as the underdog but it will be great if I can continue my good run here.”

 
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Lee Chong Wei, Zhou Mi advance at badminton worlds (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, India -- Men's top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia moved into the round of 16 at the badminton world championships with a 21-11, 21-14 win over Nigeria's Ola Fagbemi on Wednesday. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei competes against Germany's Dieter Domke, unseen, during the World Badminton Championships, in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009.

Lee, the world's No.1-ranked player and silver medalist at last year's Olympics, set up a third-round clash with Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen, who ousted France's Brice Leverdez 21-14, 21-16.

In other men's singles matches early in Wednesday's play, third-seeded Dane Peter Gade advanced with a 21-11, 21-12 victory over Japan's Sho Sasaki and Indonesian sixth-seeded Sony Dwi Kuncoro also moved on with a 21-12, 21-13 defeat of Poland's Przemyslaw Wacha.

The women's No.1 seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong also advanced, defeating New Zealand's Michelle Chan Ky.

 
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Chong Wei, Choong Hann Advance, Mew Choo Falters In Hyderabad

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Published: 12 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, Aug 12  -- Malaysia's top women's singles player Wong Mew Choo failed to tame petite Japanese Al Goto and crashed out in the second round of the women's singles in the Yonex-Sunrise World Badminton Championship here Wednesday.

Mew Choo easily pocketed the first set 21-18 but failed to keep the pace when Goto dragged her into long rallies and was forced to give up in the second match 12- 21.

However, in the decider, Mew Choo managed to level several times despite trailing but succumbed to the more energetic Japanese player in 21-23.

"I did not have the stamina, I felt tired and lost focus. I could not stand her long rallies and made several mistakes during the crucial points," Mew Choo told reporters after the match.

However, both the Malaysian men's singles players made up for the loss in the afternoon, when world's top men's singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Wong Choong Hann defeated their opponents to advance to the third round.

 

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