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Vietnam badminton ace confident about Chinese Taipei Grand Prix (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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Top-ranked Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh has a good chance of moving higher in the world rankings as he competes in the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold Tournament that begins on August 25.
Nguyen Tien Minh
The 24-year-old, who won the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold last month, is seeded third for the US$170,000 Chinese tournament, and will face a relatively easy opponent in the second round if he beats Shon Wan-ho, who ranked 87th in the world.

According to last week’s draw, Minh will play the winner of the match between Indonesia’s Andreas Adityawarman and Japan’s Kazuteru Kozai, if he overcomes Shon, as expected.

 

Saina to miss China Masters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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Hyderabad, Aug 21: Badminton star Saina Nehwal will not participate in the China Masters Open due to negligence on part of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), who forgot to send her entry for the tournament on time.

The World Number seven expressed disappointment over her missing the tournament.

“We actually sent it one day later, and it was not accepted. It is really a sad thing because I played semis there last year and ya I’ll be losing some of my ranking points. Nothing can be done now, I just have to train and get my points back by playing tournaments after that,” said Nehwal.

The China Masters Super Series Badminton Tournament will be played from September 15-20. (ANI)

 
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Bleak prospects loom over Indonesia's badminton future

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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Indonesia's failure to win any titles at the recent world championships in Hyderabad, India, in stark contrast to the Chinese squad's formidable performance, has rung an alarm bell about more poor showings still to come.

Taufik Hidayat and the team returned home empty-handed, while China took four of the five titles up for grabs - three of them in all-Chinese finals. Denmark took one title to prevent the whitewash.

Taufik, who quit the national training camp in January to play independently, already looks a shadow of his winning self in 2005.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro chalked up a shock defeat over world No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei, but at the end was not good enough.

Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir, coming to Hyderabad as the defending mixed doubles champions, slugged their way to the final only to be stopped by the underdog Danes.

Despite the debacle, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) remains upbeat.

 

Anand, Bhat go down in Macau Open quarters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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NEW DELHI: India's Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat went down to Malaysian opponents in the men's singles quarter-finals of Macau Open badminton tournament
on Friday.
Chetan, seeded seventh, lost to top seed Lee Chong Wei 10-21, 14-21.

National champion Arvind Bhat fought hard but eventually ran out of steam, losing a gruelling quarter-final against Choong Hann Wong to crash out of the event.

Arvind, seeded 10th, came from behind to pocket the second game but run out of steam in the end to go down 19-21, 21-18, 6-21 to fourth seed Malaysian Choong in a 52-minute battle.

Choong grabbed 29 smash points and 17 net winners compared to Arvind's 16 and eight respectively.

The Malaysian opened a six point lead at 6-0 and even though Arvind came back to lead at 7-6, Choong held his nerve in crucial moments and marched ahead with four straight points to eventually seal the game.

 

Sweet revenge for Wan Wah-Tan Fook

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Seasoned doubles campaigners Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah avenged last week’s World Championships first round defeat to Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan in style by beating the Americans in straight games to enter the quarter-finals of the Macau Open last night.

Wan Wah-Tan Fook, who lost to the 2005 world champions in rubber games last week, turned the tables this time for a 21-15, 21-17 win in just 21 minutes.

The second seeded Malaysians will face South Koreans Hwang Ji-man-Kim Ki-jung, who ousted Indone­sian siblings and sixth seeds Candra Wijaya-Rendra Wijaya 24-22, 15-21, 21-11.

Wan Wah said they had done their homework well after they were humbled by the American top pair, who went on to reach the quarter-finals in Hyderabad.

 
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