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Malaysia's challenge ends at the ABC

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Published: 12 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) is all over with the exit of their last two pairs in the quarter-finals at Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

Hopes were high on the men’s doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Lin Woon Fui but they went down 21-23, 19-21 to China’s juniors Chai Biao-Liu Xiaolong in a tight 50-minute match.

It was only Thien How-Woon Fui’s second international tournament together.

They also reached the quarter-finals in their debut at the Indian Open two weeks ago.

In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying went down tamely 13-21, 6-21 to South Korea’s Yoon Yeon-seong-Kim Min-jung in just 26 minutes.

 
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Chance for Chen Long to seize the moment

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Published: 12 April 2009
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PETALING JAYA: China’s world junior champion Chen Long will have a chance to show that he is ready to move onto the big stage when he takes on his senior Bao Chunlai in the final of the men’s singles event in the Asian Bad­min­ton Cham­pion­ships (ABC) in Suwon, South Korea, today.

Yesterday, the 19-year-old Chen Long defeated team-mate Du Pengyu 21-16, 28-26 while Bao overcame a sluggish start to beat Japanese Sho Sasaki 22-20, 21-10.

China are also assured of the women’s singles title when Xie Xingfang qualified for her first final this year after beating All-England champion Wang Yihan 21-18, 19-21, 21-12 to set up a showdown with Zhu Lin.

 
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Kido/Hendra reach Asian badminton semifinals

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Published: 12 April 2009
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JAKARTA: World No.1 pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia advanced to the semifinals at the Asian badminton championship in Suwon, South Korea, on Friday.

Kido/Hendra defeated Cheng Hung Ling/Lin Yu Lang of Taiwan 21-15, 21-10 in 25 minutes, Antara reported.

The Indonesian pair, who have been absent from competition due to Kido's injury, will face Chai Biao/Liu Xiaolong, the 23-21, 21-19 winners over Hoon Thien How/Lin Woon Fui of Malaysia, in the semifinals.

Kido and Hendra are making the Asian championship a warmup field ahead of the upcoming Sudirman Cup in May, in which they are expected to contribute a point for the team. - JP

 
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Hafiz, Beng Hong unlikely to lose their places in national team

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Published: 12 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are not saying it yet but singles players Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong are set to keep their places in the national team.

After all the hoopla over the future of these two players, the BAM have named the duo as reserves for the Sudirman Cup, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

Early this year, former All-England champion Hafiz and Beng Hong were issued an ultimatum by the BAM — to either shape up or ship out.

 

World badminton facing dearth of talented singles players

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 April 2009
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TODAY, Christians all over the world celebrate Easter – a day of resurrection and that is exactly what the world of badminton needs.

The badminton powerhouses, including Malaysia, are currently witnessing a dearth of talented men’s singles shuttlers.

The sport badly needs saviours to breathe life and inject excitement back into the men’s singles event once again.

In Malaysia, there is no one else except for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to carry the torch.

It’s the same elsewhere too.

In fact, do not be surprised if the battle for supremacy at the 2012 London Olympic Games boils down to the same old protagonists – Chong Wei, China’s Lin Dan, Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christensen and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat!

That is the sorry state of world badminton.