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Indonesia Weighs Chinese Options

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Published: 13 May 2009
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Having won the matches it was supposed to win, Indonesia now has a choice on its hands.

It saw off Japan and England, both by 4-1 scores, to all but secure a place in the Sudirman Cup semifinals. Only a Japan upset of China, which would be a result utterly counter to the form book, would put Indonesia’s semifinal status in doubt.

If China wins, its Thursday fixture against Indonesia will only be to determine which team wins Group 1B and gets to face the 1A runner-up. Malaysia, Korea and Denmark are the favorites to advance from Group 1A after Hong Kong fell to 0-2.

Former top shuttlers Hariyanto Arbi and Ricky Ahmad Soebagdja suggested Indonesia give the young shuttlers, who carried it past Japan, an opportunity to take their shot against the dominant force in world badminton.

“The most important thing is to qualify for the semifinals, and I don’t think it’s necessary to push for a win against China,” Hariyanto said on Monday. “It’d be better to give young shuttlers a chance to gain experience by playing a big team like China.”

 
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China, South Korea into semis of Sudirman Cup

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Published: 13 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, Southeast China, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion China and South Korea both secured Sudirman Cup semifinals slots after winning their respective matches here on Tuesday.

    China whitewashed Japan 5-0 in a lop-sided match, while South Korea overcame Denmark 4-1.

    Olympic silver medallists Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng defeated Kenta Kazuno/Kenichi Hayakawa 21-14, 21-13 in the men's doubles to put the China 1-0 in front.

    "Both sides played quite well today," said Fu Haifeng. "We haven't played with him before and that's why we were keeping pressing them. We did quite well and gave the opponents no chance."

    Cai/Fu lost to Indonesian pair Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan at the Beijing Olympics and they look forward to revenging the defeat.

    "We were familiar with Kido/Setiawan as we played too much times against each others," said Cai. "The winning chance is 50-50for both pairs and we will do our best."

    In women's singles, Wang Yihan came from 4-12 behind to beat Mayu Sekiya 22-20 in the second set for a 21-14, 22-20 victory.

    "This is my first time to play a team championship and I felt nervous," said Wang. "Maybe that's why I failed to adjust in the beginning. I will get myself well-prepared for next match."

    Lin "Super" Dan stormed past Sho Sasaki 21-12, 21-13 in the men's singles to seal victory for China and ensured the country's 7th appearance in Sudirman Cup semifinals.

 

Knee injury may force shuttler Julia out of world meet (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2009
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SEPANG: Singles shuttler Julia Wong was hoping to contribute to Malaysia’s cause in her debut outing in the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championship in Guangzhou. Instead she returned home prematurely in pain and in a wheelchair.

Julia made a painful exit after coming down with a left knee injury during her match in the Division One Group A tie against Hong Kong on Monday. And she is fearing the worse as the injury could turn out to be more serious than thought.Painful end: Julia Wong grimacing while receiving treatment for a knee injury during Monday's match against Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.The shuttler returned home Tuesday (below) and was whisked to the hospital for medical tests on the extent of the injury.

“The doctor has said that I have torn my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and will probably have to go for an operation. This will be the worst injury I have suffered in my career. I don’t know when I can come back to court,” said the world No. 15, who put up a brave front even though her leg was in plaster cast.

Julia recalled that she was trying to retrieve a shot from Yip Pui Yin in the first game when she fell awkwardly.

“I can’t remember whether I knocked my knee hard or it was the impact of the landing. I heard a crack and feared for the worst after that as I could not even walk,” she said.

From the airport, Julia was taken to the Damansara Specialist Hospital in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

If the medical tests show that it is indeed a torn ACL, she will have to kiss goodbye to making her first appearance in the World Championships in Hyderabad. She has qualified together with Wong Mew Choo for the championships scheduled for Aug 10-16.

 

Rexy tells doubles to step it up

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Published: 13 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU: Coach Rexy Mainaky wants the doubles pairs to pull up their socks in the tie against Denmark to keep alive Malaysia’s hopes of advancing to the Sudirman Cup semi-finals.

Rexy, who acknowledged that the performances of his players needed to be stepped up by another gear to keep Malaysia’s challenge going in the championships, said that the facts were crystal clear and winning both the singles matches would not be enough to mount a serious challenge.

He added that the performance of the doubles players, including the mixed pair, was not convincing in the two ties against South Korea and Hong Kong.

“I know how important it is for us to do well in all the three doubles but I must admit that things are not going the way I had wanted. The Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong combination have not been up to the mark, especially in the defeat by the Koreans (Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung),” said Rexy.

 

Chong Wei vows to deliver against the Danes

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PETALING JAYA: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. And shuttler Lee Chong Wei has vowed not to let the Malaysian team down when they play against Denmark in their final Group A tie of the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships in Guangzhou tomorrow.

The world No. 1 is expecting to face top Dane Peter-Gade Christensen. The last time Chong Wei played against Christensen was in the final of the Korean Open in January and the Dane prevented the Malaysian from securing a third consecutive title.

Chong Wei had won the Super Series Master Finals crown in Kota Kinabalu last December and went on to lift the Malaysian Open title the following month.

In the Sudirman Cup, Malaysia have to beat Denmark to meet their target to reach the semi-finals. In their opening tie on Sunday, Malaysia were beaten 2-3 by South Korea but they bounced back to beat Hong Kong 4-1 on Monday.

 

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