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Independents ready to defy the odds in world meet

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Published: 26 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Hardship can bring the best out of a player.

And a group of Malaysian former national shuttlers, led by Lee Wan Wah, are ready to fend for themselves in the world championships in Hyderabad next month.

Wan Wah, who parners Choong Tan Fook, and another pair Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng together with singles shuttlers Wong Choong Hann and Lee Tsuen Seng are the independent players who qualified on merit for the championships.

 

Tien Minh heads for Grand Prix semis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 July 2009
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World No14 badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh qualified for the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold’s semis after beating his host rival Saensomboonsuk Tanongsak 21-16, 21-17 in the quarter-final game on July 24.

Thousands of Vietnamese fans put pressure on the Thai player who lost a lot of points as he could not move fast enough to save Minh’s volleys. Saensomboonsuk nearly levelled the score at 17-15  in both sets, but the Vietnamese player came back for a victory in the 39th minute.

Minh will take on another Thai rival, Pakkawat Vilailak, who surprised the crowd on July 24 be defeating No4 seed Wei Ng of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-11 in the earlier match.

Also in the men’s singles event, third seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand defeated Chan Yun Lung from Hong Kong 21-4, 21-12. Top player Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia found no challenge in beating No6 Hong Kong’s Hu Yun 21-13, 21-19.

On the women’s side, No3 Salakjit Ponsana  of Thailand met with great resistance fro No7 seed Zhang Beiwen from Singapore. Ponsana l;ed the first set 21-16 but ran into difficulties in the second set when Zhang came back to win 21-19.

The third set was a crowd-pleaser, where both sides showed off their technique and skills to grab points, but Ponsana took the advantage in the last minutes to win 21-19.

 

 
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Thailand Open: All-Malaysian affair in men's doubles

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Published: 26 July 2009
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BANGKOK: Malaysia are assured of one title after dominating the men's doubles final, but veteran shuttler and top seed Wong Choong Hann failed to overcome home ground favourite Boonsak Ponsana in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open here Saturday.

Veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah will meet compatriots and world championships debutant, Chan Peng Soon and Lim Kim Wah, in the final Sunday after both pairs won their semi-final ties.

The 2009 India Open champions Tan Fook and Wan Wah easily clinched the tie against Thais Isara Bodin and Jongjit Maneepong, winning 21-16 and 21-18 in 28 minutes.

Despite playing together for the first time, Peng Soon and Khim Wah combined well to out stage third seed Alvent Yulianto and Hendra Gunawan of Indonesia 24-22, 12-21, 21-18.

 

 

Chong Wei gets away from public eye to train in Seoul (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei has been carrying the world No. 1 tag for the past 11 months and he does not need any reminding at home of what is expected of him in the World Championships in Hyderabad next month.Leave me alone: Lee Chong Wei wants to stay focused on the World Championships starting on Aug 10.

With this in mind, Chong Wei has disappeared off the public radar. He is in training for a week with the South Korea shuttlers under the charge of his former coach, Li Mao.

His decision to train outside the country has the blessings of current coach Misbun Sidek. Chong Wei left for Seoul on Monday together with back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng and Misbun left last night to join them.

 

Misbun wary of surprises (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2009
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NATIONAL singles coach Misbun Sidek is not jumping for joy that Lee Chong Wei has avoided meeting Lin Dan of China until the
semi-finals of the World Championships. Misbun Sidek (left) and Lee Chong Wei.

Instead, Misbun wants theWorld No 1 to be mindful of the potential pitfalls in the earlier r o u n d s.

ChongWei is expected to meet the inconsistent but talented Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the third round in Hyderabad next month and Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the quar ter-finals.

Misbun doesn’t want Chong Wei, the top seed to take the duo for granted.

 

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