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BAM to pick its own for Laos (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2009
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IN a move that is sure to attract criticism, especially as the national elite back-up and back-up players are not exactly setting the world alight, the BA of Malaysia has no plans to include professionals in the Laos Sea Games squad. WONG CHOONG HANN

While stressing that this is not a permanent decision, BAM general manager Kenny Goh said the move is because players in its stable are currently performing better.

That, however, is open to argument especially as some -- singles player Wong Choong Hann a prime example -- have performed better than the likes of Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong of late.

 

Thomas Cup challenge yet, says Rashid (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles chief coach Rashid Sidek is resigned to the fact that old faces are set to feature for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup campaign next year.

Rashid said that the back-up shuttlers were a letdown in the two back-to-back Open tournaments in Macau and Taiwan.Hafiz: Showed fire in his game recently.

He added that if they continued to make up the numbers in the national team, there was no other choice but to bring back veteran Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim to support Lee Chong Wei for the challenge in the world men’s team championships.

Malaysia are hosting the Finals at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. They last won the Thomas Cup on home ground at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur in 1992.

 
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Taiwan wins 2 golds in badminton tourney

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 August 2009
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Taiwan badminton players recorded the best performance ever in a major international tournament hosted by the island by taking the top prize for women's singles event plus a gold medal in men's doubles.

Cheng Shao-chieh captured the women's singles title by beating Bae Seung Hee from Korea 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 to win the first prize in the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2009, commonly known as Taipei Badminton Open.

 
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Choong Hann Knocked Out In Final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30  -- Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann had to be contented with runner-up position when he lost to Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh in the men's singles final of the Taiwan Open badminton championship here Sunday.

According to the tournament's website, Choong Hann lost to Tien Minh in straight sets of 11-21 and 14-21.

Yesterday, the 32-year-old Malaysian had succeeded in knocking out Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat in 21-18 and 21-16 in the semifinal.

 
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Gutta, Diju script history, win GP Gold title in Taipei

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 August 2009
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New Delhi, Aug 30 Jwala Gutta and V Diju today became the first Indian mixed doubles pair to clinch a Grand Prix Gold title after pulling off a hard-fought win in the finals of the badminton tournament in Chinese Taipei.

The world number seven Indian pair prevailed 24-22 21-18 over the Indonesian duo of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa to achieve the historic feat in Taipei city.

In the first game, the Indian pair opened up a 15-9 but the Indonesian combo staged a comeback to reduce the gap to 15-14. But Jwala and Diju quickly got their act together and prevailed in long rallies to go one up.

The Indonesians started off well in the second game and were leading at 13-9 but this time it was the Indians' turn to claw back and make it 15-15.

 
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