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The Yonex Estonian International 2009 is over (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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The Estonian audience and players have seen excellent badminton in their home country. Badminton Estonia is pleased to thank Badminton Europe and Yonex Europe for helping in the preparation and arrangement of our first tournament. The tournament has been held in Tallinn, Sports Hall Kalev.Men's Singles

Our first winners are in MS Ville Lang (Finland), in WS Tatjana Bibik (Russia), in MD Naoki Kawamae & Shoji Sato (Japan), in WD Jiani Cai & Bo Rong (China) and in XD Yi Zhang & Jiani Cai (China).

The best-achieved results of Estonian players has been in MS Raul Must (3. place), in WS Kati Tolmoff (3. place), in MD Raul Käsner & Ants Mängel and Einar Veede & Vahur Lukin (9-16. place), in WD Ulla Helm & Eve Jugandi and Ketly Freirik & Claudia Vogelgsang from Germany (5-8- place), in XD Vahur Lukin & Eve Jugandi, Kristjan Kaljurand & Laura Tombard and Raul Must & Laura Vana (9-16. place).     Women's Singles

 
The first Badminton Europe Circuit tournament in Estonia has been challenge for a small badminton community and we are happy to know, that players are intending to visit us again. The next Yonex Estonian International is scheduled to January 14-17, 2010.
 
 
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The Yonex Estonian International 2009 is now running the third day. There have been a lot of exciting matches in singles qualification events and even more in first rounds of the main draw.
 

The most interesting performance in men’s singles was the success of Kenn Lim from Malaysia, who passed qualification tournament (not seeded player) and won two rounds in main tournament. Seeded players Shoji Sato from Japan, Ville Lang from Finland, Raul Must from Estonia, Kasper Ipsen from Denmark, Valeriy Atrashchenkov from Ukraine entered quarterfinals. Other quarterfinalists are Misha Zilberman from Israel and Kristian Nielsen from Denmark.

 
Women’s singles has been challenging. Rong Bo from China passed qualification tournament (not seeded player) and won two rounds in main tournament. Seeded players Kati Tolmoff from Estonia, Olga Golovanova and Tatjana Bibik from Russia, Claudia Vogelgsang from Germany and Lianne Tan from Belgium entered quarterfinals. Other quarterfinalists are Anastasia Panushkina from Russia and Anne Hald Jensen from Denmark.
 
In men’s doubles all seeded pairs entered quarterfinals, except Yoga Uki Kasah and Ali Kaya from Turkey because of withdrawal. In addition Konstantin Khlestov and Vladimir Malkov from Russia entered quarterfinals.
 
In women’s doubles three of four seeded pairs, Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain from Belgium, Sanni Rautala and Noora Virts from Finland and Anastasia Panushkina and Viktoria Slobodjanuk from Russia entered quarterfinals. Cai Jiani and Rong Bo won seeded pair Anna Kobtseva and Elena Prus from Ukraine.
 
In mixed doubles two of four seeded pairs, Valeriy Atrashchenkov and Elena Prus from Ukraine and Zhang Yi and Cai Jiani from China entered quarterfinals. Georgij Natarov and Anna Kobtseva from Ukraine win Roman Zirnwald and Tina Riedl from Austria. Andrey Ashmarin and Ksenia Polikarpova from Russia won Eetu Heino and Noora Virta from Finland.
 
At the moment the most successful country at Yonex Estonian International 2009 is Russia with 11 quarterfinalist. Ukraine stands on second place with 4 players, China, Estonia, Finland and Wales are keeping on with 3 players in quarterfinals.
 

 

 
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It pays to be successful on BAM's payroll (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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THERE are no national sports associations (NSAs) which can rival the BA of Malaysia's monetary security to its players.

BAM has efficient incentives, world ranking and match bonuses as well as allowances which promises all players a comfortable life as long as they work hard and be successful in the international arena.

The world ranking bonus is the most attractive as players ranked from World No 32 to World No 1 get a quarterly payment ranging from RM4,500 to RM45,000.

The women's singles players enjoy between RM4,500 to RM36,000 in the same ranking bracket.

The men's doubles are restricted to the top 16 where the highest payout per quarter is RM80,000 if they rank No 1 or No 2, while the pairs ranked from ninth to 16th get RM24,000.
The women's doubles receive between RM12,000 and RM60,000.

The lack of success and focus in the mixed doubles means only the top eight benefit but an amount of RM40,000 for a top or second ranked pair quarterly is a substantial amount (for full list refer to graphics).

A successful player or pair can earn from the match bonus scheme RM10,000 for a Super Series title and RM5,000 for a grand prix win, and there is another attractive sum in the form of a presidential bonus which guarantees an additional 25 per cent of the winning purse.

BAM has also not neglected incentives for winning major events as an Olympic gold is worth RM100,000 while at a lower level, a player can earn RM10,000 if he wins a Sea Games individual or team gold.

Monthly salary, or allowance as it is called, ranges from RM500 to RM3,000 based on the achievement of players.

Although BAM has not made it too difficult for the national shuttlers to earn a decent living, it remains a mystery why they are struggling to make the grade.
 

Saina aims to be World No 1 by 2010 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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Pune: India's badminton star Saina Nehwal feels she can beat the world's best after her recent success at the international stage and is aiming to become World No 1 by 2010.

Saina, who is currently ranked No 10, said she will be looking to climb five places by the end of this year.

"I have always dreamt of becoming World No 1. I have been working very hard to fulfil my dream. If all goes well I will aim to reach the top of the ranking by the year 2010," Saina said here Wednesday.

The top Indian ace is here to participate in the PSPB Inter-unit badminton tournament.

"I have been working quite hard to improve on my weak points."

 

Korea Open: Rashid: Learn to take risks

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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THE national back-up singles shuttlers have shown some improvement in the Malaysia Open and the ongoing Korea Open but national singles coach Rashid Sidek is far from impressed.

Rashid had seen his charges Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Arif Latif and Tan Chun Seang playing well in patches but stressed that they will never make it big if they don't take risks to survive on the international scene.

Liew Daren failed to capitalise on the breakthrough in the Malaysia Open where he reached the last eight as he fell in the qualifying rounds to Shon Wan Ho of South Korea who went on to reach the quarter-finals in the Korea Open.

Wei Feng was fortunate to make it to the main draw on both events but has yet to reach the last eight of a Super Series event while Arif and Chun Seang are far too inconsistent despite their talent.
 

Olympic Champs Defend Korea Open Title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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Lee Yong-dae yesterday used his powerful smash timed as fast as 300 kilometers per hour.

 

His doubles partner Lee Hyo-jung, who at 181 centimeters is one centimeter taller than Yong-dae, continued to score points through clever hairpins that narrowly scaled the net.