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Thailand hopes to reach final eight in Thomas-Uber Cup

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Published: 09 May 2014
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Bangkok: Thailand is targeting quarter-final berths for their Thomas Cup and Uber Cup team at Thomas Cup and Uber Cup to be held at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, from May 18-25. Thailand is sending nine members Thomas Cup and ten members Uber Cup team to New Delhi.Thailand's national badminton coach Sompol Kookasemkit hopes Thailand could reach last eight in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. To be frank, its women's team stood a better chance to reach the second round than the men.

Thailand's Thomas Cup includes world No.8 Boonsak Ponsana, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Suppanyu Avihingsanon, Sitthikom Thammasin, Patiphat Chalardchaleam, Maneepong Jongjit, Nipitphon Puangpuapech, Wannawat Ampunsuwan and Sudket Prapakamol.

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Gopichand: It's not easy in Thomas-Uber Cup, but we will try hard

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Published: 08 May 2014
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India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said today that India's Thomas Cup team stays a chance to reach last eight if India's singles players could deliver strong performances. India is in the same group with Malaysia, South Korea and Germany.The badminton scene in India has changed dramatically because of Gopichand. Now there is a proper structure, which was missing in the last 10 years. Gopichand has used his experience to bring about the change. India badminton owes its success to Gopichand.

"Our advantage is that we have some good singles players. Although they are not at the same level as Lee Chong Wei, other than that, our singles players have a good chance of defeating anyone else" said Gopichand during a media interaction.

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Chong Wei Feng feels confident ahead of Thomas Cup

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Published: 08 May 2014
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Kuala Lumpur: In recent months, it has become increasingly doubtful what impact Chong Wei Feng could bring to the Malaysia Thomas Cup team. When on the court, his shots often lacked precision, his scoring instincts have been dulled, and his confidence has plummeted.

Just 10 days before Thomas Cup Finals, The second time could be a charm for national men's singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng at the New Delhi Thomas Cupthe world No. 27 is determined to regain his touches. The New Delhi Thomas Cup Finals will be Wei Feng's second Thomas Cup appearance. He was a reserve player two years ago

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Tan Boon Heong shows leadership qualities in training camp

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Published: 07 May 2014
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PETALING JAYA: The 26 year-old Tan Boon Heong, who was once the world No. 1 with Koo Kien Keat (who had quit the national team early this year), has played an integral role in keeping men's doubles in Malaysia Thomas Cup team to play their game at its highest possible level.Tan Boon Heong has been very motivational and inspirational to his teammates.

Other doubles players in the team are Hoon Thien How, Lim Khim Wah, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon. Coaches are trying to pair Boon Heong with any of them, to try to trick their opponents if necessary.

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Indonesian team all pumped-up for Thomas-Cup Cup Finals

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Published: 06 May 2014
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Can you guess how many times has Indonesia won the Thomas Cup in less than three seconds? The answer is 13 times, the most among three nations, Malaysia (formerly Malaya), Indonesia, and China that have ever held the Thomas Cup. It won four consecutive titles from 1970 through 1979 and five consecutive titles from 1994 through 2002.

1994 through 2002 was a golden era for Indonesia badminton. It's nice to see some old faces such as Joko Suprianto, Rexy Mainaky (the Chief Coach of Indonesia team) returned and shared their experiences with those younger playersIt was when players like Alan Budikusuma, Susi Susanti, Mia Audina, Taufik Hidayat, Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky were playing, during which time the country’s players won countless titles and gold medals, such as two Olympic medals won by Alan and Susi in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and another gold medal won by Ricky Subagja and Rexy in 1996 Atlanta Olympic. However, Indonesia's ten-year reign as champions was ended by the resurgence of China in 2004 when the Chinese won the title in Jakarta.

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