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Nova, Liliyana only title hope for RI

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Published: 15 August 2009
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Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir are one match away from winning their third world badminton championship after reaching the finals in Hyderabad, India, on Saturday.

The Indonesian pair recovered from a second-game loss and overhauled a five-point deficit midway the third game to finally triumph 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 over Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in the mixed doubles semifinals, televised live on Global TV back in Indonesia.

Nova/Liliyana are now the only title hopes for Indonesia after Taufik Hidayat and Sony Dwi Kuncoro were beaten by their opponents in Indonesia vs. China semifinal tussle.

Taufik failed to rediscover the winning formula that earned him victory in 2005 as he went down 21-16, 21-6 to second seed Chen Jin.

Sony came out tougher than Taufik, but was not formidable enough to triumph over defending champion Lin Dan. After losing the first game, the fifth-seed Indonesian managed to preserve Indonesian fans hopes by taking the second game. As his stamina waned, he kept fighting only to lose out, 14-21, 21-13, 15-21.

Nova/Liliyana face another Danish duo, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, in Sunday’s finals.

 
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Saina knocked out of World Badminton Championship (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 August 2009
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  Saina Nehwal watched in bewilderment as Wang Lin smashed her net-lift with remarkable swiftness to end the Indian's run in the quarterfinal of the World Badminton Championship on Friday.Lin Wang of China reacts after defeating Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 21-19 in the quarter-finals at the World Badminiton Championships.

Lin Wang of China reacts after defeating Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 21-19 in the quarter-finals at the World Badminiton Championships.Lin Wang of China reacts after defeating Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 21-19 in the quarter-finals at the World Badminiton Championships.

The packed Gachibowli Stadium went silent for a minute before the pocket occupied by the Chinese contingent erupted in joy. Saina's 21-16, 21-19 loss also ended India's challenge in the tournament after the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju had earlier surrendered meekly to defending champions Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir.

 

Two Malaysian Doubles Pair Enter Semi-finals In World Championship

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Published: 14 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, Aug 14  -- Two Malaysian doubles pairs, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong smashed their way into the Yonex-Sunrise World Badminton Championships semi-finals Friday.

In their quarter-final match, Mohd Zakry and Mohd Fairuzizuan defeated South Korea's Gun Woo Cho-Yeon Seong Yoo 17-21 21-12, 21-14 at the Gachibowli Stadium, here.

"We did not expect them to open the game early in the first set and we had to continuously maintain our defence. But we managed to come back in the second and third. We had worked hard for this tournament," Mohd Fairuzizuan told reporters.

Despite losing the first set, the Malaysian pair managed to dominate the subsequent two sets with powerful smashes and widened their lead on several occasions, which made it hard for the Koreans to level.

"We were under pressure in the first match but we tried to relax and let the game flow in the subsequent matches.

"We always failed in the quarter-finals before but this time we did not want to waste this chance and tried our best. We are mentally ready for tomorrow," added Mohd Zakry.

Later, the pair of Kien Keat and Boon Heong upset their American opponents Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong overpowered the Americans 22-20, 13-21, 21-7 in another exciting quarter-final.

But a tough contest awaits Mohd Fairuzizuan-Mohd Zakry as the Malaysian pair will be meeting Chinese pair Yun Chai-Haifeng Fu, seeded fifth in Hyderabad.

 
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Top seeds Lee, Zhou tumble out of badminton worlds

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Published: 14 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, India  - Malaysian world number one Lee Chong Wei and women's top seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the badminton world championships on Friday.

Lee's hopes for a much-awaited last four clash against Chinese favourite Lin Dan were dashed when Indonesian sixth seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro defeated him 21-16 14-21 21-12.

Kuncoro, runner-up to Lin at the last edition in 2007, played superb cross-court smashes and took full advantage of Lee's below par netplay in a fast-paced encounter.

He will face either Lin or Denmark's third seed Peter Gade in the last four.

In the women's draw, world number one Zhou was toppled 21-15 21-18 by China's twice former champion and fifth seed Xie Xingfang.

Xie, the Beijing Olympics silver medallist who won in 2005 and 2006, wore down Zhou with long rallies, often pinning the former China player to the backcourt.

Former champion Taufik Hidayat halted Danish youngster Jan O Jorgensen's giantkilling run 21-19 21-19 to enter the semi-finals of the world badminton championships on Friday.Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat returns a shot against Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen during their men's singles match in the quarter finals of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad August 14, 2009.

In the women's draw, world number one Zhou Mi of Hong Kong was toppled 21-15 21-18 by Chinese fifth seed Xie Xingfang.

Xie, the Beijing Olympics silver medallist, wore down Zhou with long rallies, often pinning the former China player to the backcourt.

Indonesian fourth seed Hidayat appeared to wilt against his unseeded 21-year-old rival, who toppled Korean eighth seed Park Sung-hwan and 16th seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the last two rounds, as he was trailing 19-17 in the first game.

However, the 28-year-old Hidayat relied on his wealth of experience to clinch three superb points and pocket the first game before going on to win the match.

Hidayat will next take on Chinese second seed Chen Jin, who beat Indonesia's Simon Santoso 21-10 21-13.

There was no Danish delight in the women's section either, after Chinese seventh seed Lu Lan knocked out third seed Tine Rasmussen 21-15 21-13 in the quarter-finals.

 

All eyes on Saina today at badminton Worlds (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 August 2009
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THE last time Saina Nehwal and Lin Wang met was in the final of the Indonesia Super Series on June 21. It was a historic match. Saina rattled the World No 2 from China 12-21, 21-18, 21-9. It was a dream come true for the Indian girl, who rose to become world number six. Saina and Wang have met twice with one win each.On Friday, the stage is set for yet another edge-of-the seat quarterfinal contest between the two rising stars. This time, Saina will have a tremendous psychological edge over the Chinese. Saina Nehwal (left) and Wang Lin

This time she will be playing the Chinese giant at her home town. Her parents, Harvir Singh and Usha Rani will be there with prayers on their lips. All roads will lead to GMC Balayogi-SAAP Indoor Stadium.“It is a big match tomorrow. She is a very good player. I haven’t thought about it so far. I know that it is going to be tough,” she said after the match. For Wang, it will be a reality test. She will face Saina and the Indian crowd. “She will have solid support. I will play my natural game. Although she won the Indonesia Super Series, it will be a totally different ball game here. I’m ready for the challenge,” said Wang.

The World No 2 said Saina is a strong player. “She has some special attributes that has made her a world beater,” said Wang on Saina.

 
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