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Chong Wei’s biggest threat on the big stage is himself

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Published: 18 August 2009
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THE World Championships in Hyderabad went on smoothly despite an alleged terrorist threat and fears of the spread of the flu (H1N1) virus.

But in competition, Malaysia’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who was seen as Malaysia’s great hope to nail the elusive world championship title, did not survive a threat from within himself and bowed out tamely again to Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, this time in the quarter-finals.

Coach Misbun Sidek said that his worst fear came true when the 27-year-old Chong Wei could not handle the high expectations on him and lost focus in his eagerness to win so badly for the country.

 

Rexy hopes top two pairs keep the fire burning

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Published: 18 August 2009
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The strong performances of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the World Championships and the return to form of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif have raised early hopes on Malaysia’s ability to regain the Thomas Cup.

And national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky hopes that both pairs would keep the fire going in them.

“I have seen the fire missing from these players. But at the World Championships, both pairs showed their desires to win,” he said.

“These are the signs that I have been looking for in them. It is not easy to keep the passion for the sport alive all the time but I hope that they will maintain it.”

Malaysia will be hosting the world men’s team championship Finals next year and will be looking forward to regaining the title they last won on home soil in 1992.

 

Indonesian shuttlers fall short of prizes for Independence Day

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Published: 18 August 2009
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Even if it had been only one out of five, the Indonesian badminton team would have been forgiven for yet another lackluster performance in Hyderabad, India.

One trophy would of course have been better than nothing. But the victory that would have been a fitting gift for Indonesia's independence anniversary eluded the team after Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir lost to Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark in the World Badminton Championship finals on Sunday.

The Indonesian mixed doubles pair Nova/Liliyana put in a below-par performance as they crashed out 21-13, 21-17. Their previous comeback run in the semifinals, in which they overcame a second-game loss and overhauled a five-point deficit in the third game, deserted them this time around.

During the match, aired live on GlobalTV, Nova/Natsir were always trailing the Danes.

 

European players step out of the shadows of their Asian rivals

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Published: 18 August 2009
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THE European players have reawaken to add spice to world badminton.

In Hyderabad, some of them showed that they were not only snapping on the heels of the top Asian players but they have also come out of the shadows.

The Danish mixed doubles pair of Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl were the star performers — scalping the world’s top three — Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (Indonesia), Lee Yong-dae-Lee Hyo-jung (South Korea) and Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (China) — to claim the title.

Laybourn said: “We knew we had the toughest draw to even think about winning the world title but we had self-belief in our ability to do it.

“It is good for the sport of badminton if there is a keen contest between the European and Asian players.”

There were also pockets of upsets created by the Europeans in the other events because they had the courage to do the unexpected.

 

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Published: 18 August 2009
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FOR those who always believe the glass is half full rather than half empty, Malaysia did not do badly in the World Badminton Championships which ended in Hyderabad, India, on Sunday as the national shuttlers returned with two bronze medals.

The fact that Malaysia had two pairs in the men's doubles semi-finals will be another reason for optimism and they will point to the next edition in Paris as to where Malaysia will finally come good.

But the BA of Malaysia must not think along these lines for Hyderabad was a disaster despite Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari making the semi-finals.

 

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