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Last chance for seniors Hafiz and Beng Hong to come good

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Published: 07 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former world champion Hendrawan has been hand­ed a mammoth task to resurrect the careers of singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong.

And if the Indonesian fails to turn them around within a stipulated time frame to be decided later on, the duo will have to kiss goodbye to their places in the national team.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in a 1½-hour meeting with the singles coaches yesterday, chaired by their gene­ral manager, Kenny Goh, at the Jua­ra Stadium in Bukit Kiara, decided to relief Misbun Sidek of his responsibilities to train former All-England champion Hafiz and Beng Hong.

 

Chinese rule Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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CHINA showed exactly why it was at the top of the food chain in the badminton scene as their shuttlers captured all but one title at the close of the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Badminton Championships yesterday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The biggest and brightest star out of the Chinese champions was undoubtedly Wang Xin as she upset the top seed and world no. 1 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong in three sets, 21-10, 12-21, 23-21, to claim the crown in the women’s single division.

The Chinese gold-rush also took home titles in the mixed doubles, men’s singles and women’s doubles events. The men’s doubles crown was spared as it was won by Indonesia .

Still, the 24-year old Wang hogged the spotlight because of her remarkable journey towards the pinnacle of badminton’s peak yesterday.

 

Number one is still a distant dream : Saina (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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New Delhi, July 04: She is inching closer to being among the world's top five and is tipped to be number one in the next couple of years but ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says being numero uno is still a very distant dream.Saina

The legendary Prakash Padukone considers Saina talented enough to be at the top in the next two years but the 20-year-old doesn't want to aim so high right now.

"Prakash sir has been very encouraging, I also want to be the number one but I don't want to think about that now. I would have to be at my best to achieve that. I have to be consistent and win back-to-back tournament," Saina said after going up a rung to sixth in the latest world rankings.

She has become the first Indian woman and third overall, after Pullela Gopichand and Padukone, to achieve such a ranking.

 

Below par Anand powers to title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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Mumbai: A below par Chetan Anand proved too good for Anand Pawar as he clinched the men’s singles title at the Tata Open all-India ranking badminton tournament here Sunday. Chetan Anand

Weary and sluggish, Chetan was forced to dig deep into his vast experience to overcome local favourite Pawar 20-22, 21-12, 21-17 at the Cricket Club of India courts.

“I am not happy with the way I won. I couldn’t play my natural game, which is to attack. I had to change my style and play rallies,” world no.14 Chetan said after pocketing the winner’s cheque of Rs. 75, 000.

“Fitness played a role. Today (Sunday) I was a little slow. At the international level it’s not going to help me,” a candid Chetan said.

Chetan took an early 5-2 lead in the opening game but Pawar caught up and went 20-14 up. But the top seed won the next six points before the Mumbaikar pulled up his socks and closed out the game.

 

Mohd Arif now keen to raise his own expectations

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The national back-up shuttlers led by Mohd Arif Abdul Latif are ready to take up the challenge thrown at them by newly-appointed men’s singles coach Hendrawan.

For now, Arif said that the Indonesian former world champion wanted from them full commitment and unwavering attention in training.

Besides Arif, the others under the charge of Hendrawan are Tan Chun Seang, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren.

“He wants us to give him in training the same commitment that we give during competition. He had a one-to-one talk with all of us,” said Arif.

Although the style of training differs from their coach of four years, Rashid Si­­­­dek, Arif said that both had the same focus.

“Like Rashid, Hendrawan also gives greater concentration in what is lacking in our game and the touch is more personalised. It is all about hard work and quality in training. We consider this as a new phase of life in our badminton careers,” he said.

 

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