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Markis and Hendra show they are back to their best by bagging ABC title

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Published: 13 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia showed that they are back at their best by winning the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) men’s doubles title in Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

The world No. 1 and top seeds took 36 minutes to beat South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong 21-18, 26-24 in the final to claim their first title this year.

Markis and Hendra had skipped the tournaments in Europe — All-England and Swiss Open — in March due to the former’s poor condition following a knee injury.

The duo’s return to form is timely as they gear up for the defence of the World Championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.

In the men’s singles, Bao Chunlai fended off a stiff challenge from world junior champion and compatriot Chen Long before prevailing with a 16-21, 21-10, 21-16 win in 55 minutes.

It was Chunlai’s second title after the German Open in March and his success yesterday will certainly help his cause to improve on his world ranking, which is currently at No. 12.

 
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Rashid to take action against back-up shuttlers who flopped in ABC (pic)

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Published: 13 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Two immediate actions will be taken against the national elite back-up shuttlers following their wishy-washy performances in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which ended in Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek will cut down on the number of international tournaments for the four second liners — Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren. He also wants to make it compulsory for them to attend a weekly motivation class.No-nonsense approach: National chief coach Rashid Sidek giving a stern word to elite back-up shuttler Daren Liew during the Malaysian Open in January.

 

Malaysia's challenge ends at the ABC

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Published: 12 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) is all over with the exit of their last two pairs in the quarter-finals at Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

Hopes were high on the men’s doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Lin Woon Fui but they went down 21-23, 19-21 to China’s juniors Chai Biao-Liu Xiaolong in a tight 50-minute match.

It was only Thien How-Woon Fui’s second international tournament together.

They also reached the quarter-finals in their debut at the Indian Open two weeks ago.

In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying went down tamely 13-21, 6-21 to South Korea’s Yoon Yeon-seong-Kim Min-jung in just 26 minutes.

 
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Chance for Chen Long to seize the moment

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Published: 12 April 2009
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PETALING JAYA: China’s world junior champion Chen Long will have a chance to show that he is ready to move onto the big stage when he takes on his senior Bao Chunlai in the final of the men’s singles event in the Asian Bad­min­ton Cham­pion­ships (ABC) in Suwon, South Korea, today.

Yesterday, the 19-year-old Chen Long defeated team-mate Du Pengyu 21-16, 28-26 while Bao overcame a sluggish start to beat Japanese Sho Sasaki 22-20, 21-10.

China are also assured of the women’s singles title when Xie Xingfang qualified for her first final this year after beating All-England champion Wang Yihan 21-18, 19-21, 21-12 to set up a showdown with Zhu Lin.

 
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Kido/Hendra reach Asian badminton semifinals

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Published: 12 April 2009
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JAKARTA: World No.1 pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia advanced to the semifinals at the Asian badminton championship in Suwon, South Korea, on Friday.

Kido/Hendra defeated Cheng Hung Ling/Lin Yu Lang of Taiwan 21-15, 21-10 in 25 minutes, Antara reported.

The Indonesian pair, who have been absent from competition due to Kido's injury, will face Chai Biao/Liu Xiaolong, the 23-21, 21-19 winners over Hoon Thien How/Lin Woon Fui of Malaysia, in the semifinals.

Kido and Hendra are making the Asian championship a warmup field ahead of the upcoming Sudirman Cup in May, in which they are expected to contribute a point for the team. - JP

 
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