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Saina extracts revenge for Asiad loss, enters Hong Kong semis (pic)

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Published: 10 December 2010
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NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal on Friday stormed into the semifinals of Hong Kong Super Series by extracting revenge on Pui Yin Yip for her heart-breaking quarterfinal loss in the Asian Games, with straight games thrashing of the local shuttler.Saina Nehwal

Saina had lost 8-21, 21-8, 19-21 in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games badminton competition in Guangzhou last month but on Friday, at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong, the world number two Indian thrashed her opponent 21-11, 21-10 in just 26 minutes.

She will take on sixth seed Juliane Schenk of Germany in the singles semifinal on Saturday. Juliane scored an upset 21-14, 16-21, 21-12 victory over fourth seed Yanjiao Jiang of China in another quarterfinal match.

 

China's top male shuttlers quit Hong Kong Open with top duo ousted

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2010
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HONG KONG, Dec. 10, 2010 -- China's leading men's singles Lin Dan and Chen Jin both pulled out of the Hong Kong Badminton Open here on Friday before the quarterfinals, a bit later than they did here last year.

Xia Xuanze, men's singles coach of the Chinese national team, told reporters that Lin felt uncomfortable in his waist this morning while Chen suffered a foot injury in Thursday's second round match.

"Lin is too tired after so many matches in the past few weeks," he added.

In last year's Hong Kong Open, Lin quit without playing a single match while Chen gave up during the first round match due to an injury. Lin also played two rounds and called a quit before the quarterfinals in the China Open earlier this month.

 

Lin Dan may miss cut for Masters Finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It may be a little too late for China’s Lin Dan to make the cast for the Super Series Masters Finals in Taipei next month even if he wins the Hong Kong Open title this weekend.

The Guangzhou Asian Games champion is hanging dangerously in 12th position in the latest ranking.

Lin Dan had a chance to improve on his position in the China Open last week but he conceded a walkover to Chen Long in the quarter-finals.

Lin Dan entered for the China and Hong Kong Opens to make up the minimum quota of participation in six events of the 12-leg Super Series this year.

Only the top eight in each event get to play in the Masters Finals scheduled for Jan 5-9.

 
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Peng Soon-Liu Ying deliver first big upset at Hong Kong Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The year is coming to a close but mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying showed they are not letting up in their pursuit for glory.

The young pairing delivered the first big upset of the Hong Kong Open badminton championships by bundling out world No. 2 Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Vita Marissa of Indonesia 21-14, 15-21, 21-16 in their opening match yesterday.Quite a pair: Malaysia’s Goh Liu Ying (left) and Chan Peng Soon stunned Indonesia’s world No. 2 Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Vita Marissa 21-14, 15-21, 21-16 in the Hong Kong Open yesterday.

The pair took only 37 minutes to chalk up the impressive win and set up a date with another Indonesian pair – Fran Kurniawan Teng-Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth – for a place in the last eight today.

Liu Ying made it a double joy when she partnered Chin Eei Hui to overcome seventh seeds Zhang Dan-Zhang Zhibo of Macao 22-24, 21-15, 21-18 in the first round of the women’s doubles competition.

 

Unsporting ploy employed by Chinese players

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 December 2010
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I AM an ardent badminton fan and player and I watch the live telecast of the Super Series whenever possible. Lately, I noticed an unsporting tactic used by the Chinese players during crucial moments of a game to upset their opponents.

Whenever a Chinese player is receiving service, he will put up a hand to show he is not ready even though he is already in position. This will upset the rhythm of the server.

Those who play doubles will know that executing a good, low service is one of the most tense moments in the game.

The server will go through a preset routine, both physically and mentally, before executing the service. It requires a lot of mental strength and concentration to execute a good low service, especially during the end of the game when the score is very close or when the game goes to deuce.

It is at this crucial moment that the Chinese player receiving service will raise a hand even though he is already in position, thereby forcing the server to stop his execution of the serve and thus upsetting his rhythm.

The server will then have to start his pre-service routine all over again, and with additional stress and tension.

In the semi-final match between the Chinese and Taiwanese pairs in the recently concluded China Open, the Chinese players were resorting to this unsporting tactic in the closing stages of the third set. The Taiwanese pair lost despite holding match point twice.

The Chinese players have refined the art of using this unsporting tactic and using it at critical stages of the game and doing it in such a subtle way that the umpires are not cautioning them. This tactic is used by all the Chinese players – men and women, singles and doubles and mixed doubles.

 
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