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Saina: I am fit and ready to go (pic)

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Published: 27 February 2009
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Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, in an exclusive chat with espnstar.com says she is ready for the challenges.

By Sudeer Mahavaadi  

Q: Tomorrow you are leaving for the all-England meet -are you ready for the challenge?

Ans: Certainly. I have trained pretty hard over the last four weeks. It has been really tough for me after the injury. But I am mentally and physically prepared for the challange. I know it is going to be tough for me in the All-England as I am going to play World No4 in the very first round. I will try my best to perform better.

Q: Have you completely overcome the injury?

Ans: Well not completely. But it is much better now comapred to the tournaments I played in January in Korea and Malaysia. I have made a great recovery and now feeling fitter and stronger.

Q: Why do you think is tough for you in all-England?

Ans: As I said playing world No 4 is always going to be a big challenge. The way I have prepared, I think I should do better. But even losing is not going to bother me in the sense that you are playing all tough players there . If I win, nothing can be greater, and if I make an early exit I should think I was beaten by stronger opponents. This will certainly be a great experience for me, in the coming All-England and Swiss championships.

Q: You mean to say that will help tune yourselves for the tourneys coming up in India?

Ans: Well certainly I am just looking forward to the coming two tournaments. Yes I think it should help me. Now my main concentration is on these. But playing in India is tougher than playing at other places. Although you enjoy home advantage, home pressure will be certainly different. Since most of the top class players are going to take part, I can't take anyting for granted from now onwords.

Q: You mean to say life is getting touger and tougher?

Ans: Well life has been tough from the word go. I mean from the time I started playing badminton, there has been lot of practising, training and far too much moving around. But I have alwyas been positive in my life. I have faced struggles and reaping success now. I am certainly happy the way I have progressed in this sport. Yes tougher situations are ahead of me and am ready to face any now.

Q: Pressure you is building everyday?

Ans: Certainly. But again if you cannot handle the pressure you cannot perform to the expectations. I have been able to handle it pretty well, thanks to my parents' support and my coaches' guidance. I just want say to myself that I am Saina Nehwal playing, not representing anything so that I don't feel the pressure. I have always made efforts to win laurels for my coutry and my state and I will continue to do so.

Physio Heath Matthwes happy

South African physiotherapist Heath Matthews, who trained Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza in 2007 is now specially attending to Saina Newhal .

And in an exclusive chat with espnstar.com, he said Saina's injury is now much better and should not bother her much. He said he worked hard on her injury and is happy the way she has recovered. Talking about her talent he said, she is a great competetor and a jewel in India's shuuttlers camp and in the years to come he hoped she should do better.

 
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M'sia Lee as Unicef ambassador (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR - BADMINTON'S world-number-one Lee Chong Wei has been appointed a Unicef goodwill ambassador, joining the ranks of soccer's David Beckham and tennis champion Roger Federer.

'I am determined to maintain a good image and be a good role model. Hopefully, I will be able to inspire many children along the way,' Lee said according to The Star newspaper. 'I am determined to maintain a good image and be a good role model. Hopefully, I will be able to inspire many children along the way,' said Lee

 

Ball Barometer Forecast: Soccer with a Chance of Badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2009
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HONG KONG, February 23, 2009 – The global trade in sports balls may have taken a dramatic bounce for the better because of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to data collected by Alibaba.com (HKSE: 1688; 1688.HK), the worlds largest business-to-business e-commerce company.

 

Despite the downturn in the worldwide economy, interest in sports showed a significant upturn according to the figures revealed by search requests made on the online international marketplace.  Soccer balls and basketballs were the top two types of sports balls sought after for mass purchase in 2008, followed closely by badminton shuttlecocks.

 

All three product types gained in popularity during the year, with soccer balls posting a 77 percent year-on-year increase and basketballs rising 6 percent as of January 2009.  Badminton shuttlecock search requests rose 133 percent.  Volleyballs, which were the seventh most searched balls last year, rose 17 percent.  In total, searches for sports balls, which also included shuttlecocks and hockey pucks, measured in January 2009 rose nearly 31 percent year-on-year.

 

The common thread between soccer, basketball, badminton and volleyball is that all four sports were featured prominently during the 2008 Beijing Olympics; all had strong competitors from a number of nations around the world in contention for medals; and searches for all four surged after the Olympics from September through to December.  The implication is that many companies around the world may have ordered more of these items for the holiday season to meet the growing appetite,” said Sabrina Peng, Alibaba.com vice president of website operations.

 

 

World number one Lee to play India Open badminton (pic)

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Published: 26 February 2009
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REUTERS - Sports news in brief from around the world:

Badminton - World number one Lee Chong Wei has confirmed his participation in next month's India Open, domestic media reported on Wednesday.

The Malaysian will head a field which includes former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat and former all England champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, the Times of India reported quoting organisers. The India Open has prize money of $120,000 and will be played in Hyderabad from March 24-29.

- -Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei returns a shot to Denmark's Peter Hoeg Gade during the men's singles semi-final match of the Malaysian Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur January 10, 2009.

Rugby - Wellington Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles will miss Friday's clash with the Canterbury Crusaders after being suspended for a week and fined NZ$1000 ($513.1) following his arrest for disorderly behaviour last weekend, the New Zealand Rugby Union said.

Coles, the Super 14 franchise's first choice hooker this season, has also been ordered by the NZRU to undergo counselling for alcohol and behaviour management.

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Rugby - Irish rugby club Connacht have snapped up second row forward Bernie Upton from North Harbour in New Zealand.

The 27-year-old former Super 14 player with the Chiefs and the Hurricanes will join in the northern summer on a two-year contract, Connacht said.

 
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Indian trio reaches third round of German Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2009
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Barring Anand Pawar, it was a satisfying outing for Indian shuttlers on Thursday at the Yonex German Open with the trio of Chetan Anand, Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhatt reaching the third round of the men's singles.

Tournament second seed Anand defeated Kay Bin Yeoh of Malaysia, ninth-seed Bhat got the better of Kestutis Navickas of Lithuania and 15-seed Sridhar beat host country's Marcel Reuter in today's second round encounters.

Pawar, though, proved unlucky and despite winning the first game, he failed to carry on the momentum and went down 21-14, 14-21, 8-21 to fifth-seed Andrew Smith of England.

Although Anand was stretched by Yeoh in the first set, he gave his opponent no chance in the second, winning the encounter 23-21, 21-12, according to information received here.

He will next meet Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who defeated compatriot Kasper Ipsen 21-11, 21-14.

The ninth-seeded Bhat took the first game 21-17 but then allowed Navickas to come back, losing the second 17-21. The decider went down to the wire before the Indian prevailed 23-21 to reach the third round where he will meet Smith.

Sridhar defeated Reuter 21-18, 21-13 and will take on Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia in the next round. The third-seed Wong beat Switzerland's Christian Boesiger 21-12, 21-10 in the second round.
 
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