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Saina sixth in World rankings

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Published: 04 July 2009
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HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal, India’s ace woman shuttler by virtue of her winning the Super Series Indonesian Open singles title recently, is now has ranked World No. 6 (she was earlier World No. 7), according to the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation. Incidentally, this is the best-ever world ranking by any Indian woman shuttler.

Saina expressed happiness but at the same time reminded that these rankings may not mean much as there is very little gap between the top-10 players. “The significance of this ranking is that it has come ahead of the prestigious World Championship and should definitely have its own value,” she remarked.

The champion shuttler also said that she would resume intensive training from Monday since she has been flooded with interview calls by the media and felicitations since her arrival in the City after the historic victory in the Indonesian Open.

“Everything is happening so fast that the feeling of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title is yet to sink in,” Saina said.

With her mentor and chief national coach P. Gopi Chand expected to return on Saturday after a stint with the Canadian team for a few days, Saina is expected to begin her regular training.

“Significantly, success at international level has come ever since I joined Gopi Chand Academy. He is the biggest influence in the last few years as far as competing and winning major international titles is concerned,” said Saina. — Principal Correspondent

 
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Any of the top pairs can win at World Badminton Championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: No men’s doubles pair have won back-to-back Open titles this year.

And that, says Malaysian Koo Kien Keat, show how open the men’s doubles game has become ahead of the World Championships, which will be held in Hyderabad, India, from Aug 10-16.

In fact, only Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have won two titles in three months. They won the Swiss Open in March and followed it up with the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold last week.Fully focused: Koo Kien Keat (left) feels the preparations will be crucial to his chances of winning in the World Championships.

The other winners of major Open tournaments this year – in either the Super Series or GP Gold – are Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen (Malaysian Open), South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-cheol (German Open), China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (All-England), Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (India Open), Indonesians Mar­kis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Asian Badminton Championships), Eng­land’s Anthony Clark-Nathan Robert­son (Singapore Open) and Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung (Indonesian Open).

 

Top seed fails in Philippine Badminton Open, Filipinas play poorly

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Published: 02 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines - Top seed Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong failed in the second round of the men's singles division on Wednesday in the Philippine Badminton Open 2009 held in Manila while Filipinas disappointed their fans with bad performances in front of their homecrowd.

Chan Yan Kit fell to compatriot Chan Yun Lung, 21-23, 17-21 in the 4-star tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Manila.

Meanwhile, Nicole Grether of Germany stopped seventh seeded Charmaine Reed of Canada in women's singles, 21-7, 21-10. Grether will go up against Wang Xin of China in the second round.

Fatima Cruz and Janelle Glorianne de Vera of the Philippines succumbed in women's singles first round action.

Cruz ran out of gas against Aprilia Yuswandari of Indonesia, 12- 21, 10-21. And de Vera was outclassed by Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong, 5-21, 6-21.

Filipino Rodel Bartolome will meet Chen Long of China after engaging Raj Popat of Wales, 21-19, 21-11. He is one of the two Filipinos who had first round matches that reached the second round.

The other is Mark Alvin Natividad, who won in three sets against Wilfredo Amoroso in all-Flipino matchup, 21-17, 16-21, 2- 18. Natividad will face Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam next.

 
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Another chance for Hafiz, Beng Hong (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 July 2009
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WILL the 30-minute pep talk by former world champion Hendrawan yesterday inspire Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong to resurrect their respective careers?
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) certainly hopes so as it will as both under-performing shuttlers are struggling to justify their places in the national squad. have become been long overdue in the national team.Hafiz Hashim is struggling to keep his place in the national squad.

Hendrawan, in his first day at work as national singles coach, gave a pep talk to the national back-up elite players together with Hafiz and Beng Hong, where he reminded them over the importance of setting and achieving goals.

“I spoke to them about why it is a must for them to set targets and goals and also to achieve them. Setting a goal is a must as it will help set a proper direction,” said Hendrawan at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Jalil yesterday.

 

Hendrawan willing to help anyone become a world champion (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: As a player, Hendrawan reached the pinnacle when he bagged the world men’s singles crown in the championships in Seville in 2001.

And the generous Indonesian is willing to help Lee Chong Wei achieve the same goal in this year’s championships, which will be held in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.Hands-on coach: Hendrawan teaching Mohd Hafiz Hashim (right) how to return a net shot during training yesterday.

Hendrawan got down to work with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as one of their singles coaches at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.

For a start, he has been given the task to take charge of the four elite back-up shuttlers but he is willing to help anyone, including Chong Wei.

“Chong Wei can have a discussion with me. I am always available to share my experience with him.

 

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