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Hong Kheng and Yao Han survive Indon attack to make last four

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Published: 18 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Yew Hong Kheng-Ow Yao Han lived up to their top billing when they defeated Indonesia’s Berry Anggriawan-Muhammad Ulin­nu­ha in the boys’ doubles quarter-finals of the Asian Junior Champion­ships yesterday.

Hong Kheng-Yao Han overcame streams of attack from the Indonesians to chalk up a 21-13, 12-21, 21-15 win at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

The Malaysian pair wrested control in the opening game but the Indonesians upped the ante to clinch the second game. But Hong Kheng-Yao Han prevailed in the rubber to go through to the last four.

 

Chief coach Chenhua fears the worst

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can still end up without the boys’ singles title in the Asian Junior Champ­ionships despite having three shuttlers in the semi-finals.

That is the fear of the national junior squad’s chief coach Sun Chenhua who is hoping that the players would not turn out to be their own worst enemies.

Yesterday, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Mohd Syawal Ismail and Misbun Ramdan Misbun marched into the semi-finals but China’s top junior Tian Houwei could stop them from winning the country’s first boys’ singles title in the championships.

In the semi-finals today, the National Junior Circuit’s Under-18 champion Iskandar will take on Ramdan while Syawal will square off with Houwei.

Chenhua, who hails from China but has been coaching the Malaysian juniors since 1996, hopes his players would keep their emotion in check.

“I have been here for a long time and we have never had four singles players in the quarter-finals and three in the semi-finals. It is indeed a great achievement from the junior boys (of the Bukit Jalil Sports School),” said Chenhua.

 

Chopra-Sawant keep India’s hopes alive in Asian Junior badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 July 2009
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New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Pranav Chopra and Prajakta Sawant kept Indian hopes alive in the Asian Junior Badminton Championships when they entered the mixed doubles semi-final here Friday.

Chopra and Sawant beat Malaysia’s Tan Wee Tat and Ng Hui Ern 21-17, 21-12 on a day when other Indians lost in their respective categories. Chopra and Sawant next play the Chinese pair of Lu Kai and Bao Yi Xin, who got a walkover in their quarter-final match.

 

Malaysians top seeded in two events, none for Chinese

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have the top seeds in two events for the first time in the world badminton championships. And for the first time too, formidable China have none at the top for the championships scheduled for Aug 10-16 in Hyderabad.

But national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said that it was nothing really to get excited over the seedings released yesterday.

He hoped that the top billings and also strong seedings in the other events would not put undue pressure on the players in their bid to nail an elusive world title.

 

The fastest sport you’ve never seen (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 July 2009
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Badminton’s bad rap blocks the sport’s full potential

Take 100 random athletes from across North America and ask them what sport they play. You’ll hear a lot about the big four: hockey, basketball, baseball and football. You’ll probably hear a bit about cross-country, swimming or track. But I doubt you’ll hear badminton mentioned.

Most North Americans considers badminton a “backyard” sport, something they played in gym class back in junior high. But, in fact, statistics show that badminton is the second most popular sport in the entire world, complete with national rivalries that evoke enthusiasm that could challenge European soccer or college football. Badminton’s amazing athletic grace, complete with its breathtaking dives, superhuman reflexes and massive jump-smashes clocked at over 320 km/h make it the fastest sport in the world, and, arguably, the most difficult.

 
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