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Hafiz joins Choong Hann in the semis, no joy in doubles (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Old hands —Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Wong Choong Hann — continued their march in the men’s singles event but it was a total wipeout for Malaysia in the men’s doubles at the Taiwan Open badminton championships yesterday.

The 27-year-old Hafiz, seeded 15th, checked into the semi-finals after clinching a convincing 21-12, 21-12 win over youngster Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia.Good run: Mohd Hafiz Hashim will face Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh in the semis Saturday

He will take on Thailand Open champion and third seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam and hopes are high on him continuing his fine run.

He had beaten second seed Park Sung-hwan of South Korea just a day ago and it was one of his biggest scalps this year.

Hafiz, ranked 29th in the world, is currently starting afresh and training under new singles coach Hendrawan but was modest about his chances of winning his first Open title in three years.

“I have nothing much to say except that I am just starting to play better. There is a little improvement in my game so far,” said Hafiz when contacted yesterday.

Choong Hann will take on Indonesian Taufik Hidayat in the other semi-final and it would be interesting to see whether the Malaysian veteran can maintain his good form.

 

Badminton star Minh into Taiwan Open quarters (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 August 2009
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Vietnam’s badminton hero Nguyen Tien Minh, ranked 10th in the world, advanced to the quarterfinals at the YONEX Chinese Taipei Gold Grand Prix after beating Saensomboonsuk Tanongsak of Thailand 2-1 Thursday.

Earlier the same day, third-seeded Minh defeated the world’s 78th Kozai Kazuteru of Japan 2-0 in the second round after beating the world’s 71st Shon Wan Ho from South Korea in the first round.

In the second round Thursday, Thailand’s Tanongsak, ranked 44th, upset ninth seed from the host side Hsieh Yu Hsing, ranked 17th in the world.

Among the losers in the second round were fifth-seeded Ponsana Boonsak from Thailand, ranked 11th in the world, and 16th seed Indian Sridhar Anup, ranked 40th in the world.

Minh will play the world’s 84th, Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto, in the quarterfinals Friday.

 
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Cheng Shao-chieh topples tall rival at Yonex Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 August 2009
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Taiwan’s Cheng Shao-chieh (???) defeated Kim Moon-hi of South Korea in straight sets yesterday in the second round of the women’s competition at the Yonex Open badminton tournament in Taipei.

Although Cheng faced a much taller player, she defeated Kim easily to advance to the quarter-finals. Cheng, who had never played Kim before, won a cautious first set 21-19.

Cheng managed to read Kim’s play in the second set, which she won with a convincing 21-12 as she kept her South Korean opponent moving around the court throughout the second half of the set.

Cheng described the match as being “in the basement and playing someone on the third floor,” saying Kim was the tallest opponent she had ever played.

She said that although Kim’s shuttles were fast, they were not very powerful and her responses were not very flexible.

Taiwan’s Hsu Ya-ching (???), who upset No. 7 seed Megumi Taruno of Japan 19-21, 21-19, 21-13 on Wednesday, continued her run by defeating Singapore’s Chen Jieyuan (???) 12-21, 23-21, 21-16 to join Cheng in the quarter-finals.

In the men’s tournament, ninth-seed Hsieh Yu-hsing (???) lost to Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 17-21, 21-17, 20-22. The only remaining Taiwanese male player is Liu Chih-lun (???), who defeated his compatriot Chen Chih-hao (???) 21-8, 25-23.
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Indonesia’s Badminton Dream Team Split Up Ahead Of Taiwan Tourney (pic)

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Published: 25 August 2009
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When the Taiwan Grand Prix Gold starts today, Liliyana Natsir will open a new chapter in her badminton career.
Liliyana Natsir, right, and Nova Widianto during the mixed doubles final match of the World Badminton Championships at the in Hyderabad earlier this month.
Longtime partner Nova Widianto, who has repeatedly said he is too old to compete at the highest level, asked the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) to find another partner for Liliyana, and the association answered by sending Muhammad Rijal for a trial run in Taiwan.

“Just like Nova has been guiding me throughout my career, now I’m ready to be Rijal’s mentor,” Liliyana, 24, said on Tuesday.

Rijal and Liliyana’s first test is today’s first-round match against Terry Yeo and Li Yujia of Singapore at Hsingchuang Stadium.

 

UK shuttlers sorry for Hyderabad pullout

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Published: 25 August 2009
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The English badminton federation has apologised to India and British Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe to his Indian counterpart M.S. Gill for pulling out of the World Badminton Championships held in Hyderabad from August 10 to 16, following perceived security threat.

“I am aware our decision is likely to have increased scrutiny on the championships and placed additional pressure on the authorities. For that, I apologise,” Adrian Christy, chief executive of Badminton England (BE), wrote to V.K. Verma, president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), in a letter received on Monday.

“It was never our intention to generate the significant media attention that followed our withdrawal,” Christy’s letter said.

A Sports Ministry official said Sutcliffe called Gill on Friday and assured him of England’s support when Delhi hosts the Commonwealth Games next year.

Christy too said the English shuttlers were “looking forward to visiting India in October 2010 for the Commonwealth Games”.

The apology is being seen as a moral victory for India.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram had then said that England’s decision had left him “burning inside”, since it seemed to question

India’s capacity to provide adequate security.

Verma said “the piece of good news” proved how baseless the worries over security that some teams had were”.

 
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