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Hafiz goes down and only Beng Hong left in singles

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Published: 09 April 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The men’s doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Lin Woon Hui, playing in only their second tournament together, rose to the occasion to sent South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-cheol packing in a first-round match of the Asian Bad­minton Championships (ABC) in Suwon yesterday.

Thien How-Woon Fui defeated the All-England and Swiss Open semi-finalists 21-18, 21-16 in 38 minutes to provide the much needed lift for Malaysian camp after the exit of all but one player in the men’s singles competition.

Mohd Hafiz Hashim, who had been looking to capitalise on the withdrawal of top seed Chen Jin to reach his second successive final appearance after the India Open, stumbled to a 14-21, 21-14, 14-21 defeat by 2007 world junior champion Chen Long of China in the second round.

 
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Taufik Hidayat proves his class (pic)

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Published: 09 April 2009
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With his title triumph, the 29-year-old Indonesian served a reminder to all that he is still a force in the highly competitive men’s circuit. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.

 

 

 



All those who saw Taufik Hidayat in action may not easily forget his dazzling cross-court smashes, delectable drops and magnificent backhand flicks. The precision with which the Indonesian executed them not only stunned his opponents but also the crowds.
 

Badminton star Gail meets county players (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 April 2009
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HEREFORDSHIRE Badminton Association organised a trip for 16 teenagers, made up of tournament winners and promising young players to the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham.

They were given a tour of the Arena, and two hours coaching by George Bevan, England Junior Coach. Gail Emms with her medals surrounded by Herefordshire Badminton Association members.

The accompanying coaches were also given a number of tips to put the youngsters through their paces in the future.

After the coaching session Gail Emms, Olympic Silver Medallist and World Champion came to meet everyone and brought along her medals for the youngsters to hold.

She also answered some well-presented questions from the group.

Emms has recently retired and now promotes badminton around the country with the aim to produce Olympic medallists at the 2012 games.

Unfortunately, this year at the All England there were no English finalists and China made a clean sweep of the whole tournament.

 
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Saina out, Kashyap and Pawar keep India afloat in ABC

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out after a first-round defeat but P Kashyap and Anand Pawar kept India's hopes afloat by wining their opening men's singles matches of the Asian Badminton Championship in Suwon, Korea today.
World number eight and seventh seed Saina put up a brave effort but eventually ran out of steam against defending champion Jiang Yanjiao of China, losing 21-14 14-21 12-21 in a 40-minute battle in the women's singles event today.

World number 13 and third seed Chetan Anand also suffered a straight-game defeat against little known Kozai Kazuteru of Japan to crash out in the first round. The Indian lost 13-21 19-21 to Kozai in a 30-minute battle.

P Kashyap and Anand Pawar turned out to be the stars of the day as they won their respective matches to sail into the next round.

Kashyap spanked Nepalese Rana Kishor 21-7 21-7 to set up a clash with 15th seed Korean Hong Ji Hoon, who beat Teav Yongvannak of Cambodia in the first round. PTI
 
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Lack of Experience, Depth Concerns Former Shuttlers

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Published: 08 April 2009
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The Indonesian Badminton Federation put its faith in youth, but some former shuttlers think that leap of faith may be a bit too far.

The federation, or PBSI, completed its roster of 20 players for the 2009 Sudirman Cup,
the biennial mixed team championship. Though it publicly said it would consider calling in professional players, half of its squad consists of players with no team format experience.

PBSI officials said this is the right time for player regeneration, giving a chance to younger players to develop their games at the tournament, which takes place in Guangzhou, China, on May 10-17.

Former player Alan Budikusuma agreed with the decision to incorporate the young players, but he also suggested the PBSI involve several experienced players in preparing the squad.

 

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