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Focus on Xie and Nehwal at badminton Worlds (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, India — China's Xie Xingfang is aiming for a record third women's singles title at the world badminton championships starting on Monday but will share the limelight with India's Saina Nehwal.Saina Nehwal

Compatriots Li Lingwie, Han Aiping and Ye Zhaoying are other shuttlers to have won two titles, but Xie, the Beijing Olympics runner-up, has an opportunity to add to her victories in 2005 and 2006.

Other strong contenders are world number one Zhou Mi of Hong Kong, China's Wang Lin, Wang Yihan and Lu Lan, Denmark's Tine Rasmussen and Pi Hongyan of France.

The 19-year-old Nehwal's priority is to live up to her fans' expectations with a strong performance, especially after becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series title in Jakarta in June.

"No doubt, I have been doing really well and peaking at the right time, but honestly, I don't want to entertain any predictions on the world championships. Just let me enjoy even while giving... my best," said Nehwal.

 

Lin Dan is superior to Chong Wei, says Yongbo

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Published: 10 August 2009
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EVERYONE wants to watch a men’s singles match between world number one Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan in the World Championships.

And a confident China chief coach Li Yongbo says that the two-time world champion Lin Dan will win the title if both are playing to their best of abilities.

“Currently, Lin Dan and Chong Wei are the best two men’s singles players in the world. But my pick is on Lin Dan,” said Yongbo at a rare press conference appearance yesterday.

“In every way of the game, I think Lin Dan is superior to Chong Wei. But if Lin Dan is not playing to his true form and Chong Wei does extremely well, then the match will favour the Malaysian,” he said.

There is a possibility that Chong Wei and Lin Dan will clash in the semi-finals of the world meet barring any upsets in the early round.

Chong Wei’s early stumbling blocks are Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh and Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia while Lin Dan should get past his compatriot Bao Chunlai of China and Denmark’s evergreen shuttler Peter-Gade Christensen to set up a clash with Chong Wei.

 

World Championships: Something special needed, says Misbun

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 August 2009
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NATIONAL singles coach Misbun Sidek wants Lee Chong Wei to stop worrying about China's Olympic champion Lin Dan but concentrate on raising his own performance in the World Championships which begin in Hyderabad, India, tomorrow.

Misbun feels Chong Wei has maintained consistency throughout the year but needs to produce a special performance if he wants to win the World Championship title.

Chong Wei, the top seed, has a relatively easy path to the semi-finals where the showdown with Lin Dan is drawn to take place.

The Malaysian is understandably worried as not only is Lin Dan a two-time world champion but also enjoys a better record in the head-to-heads.

Misbun, however, said Lin Dan is only part of the equation as Chong Wei has to beat several players to become the world champion.

 

 

World Championships: Zakry-Fairuz in positive mood

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Published: 10 August 2009
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ZAKRY Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari have thrown away numerous chances to establish themselves as a world-class combination but the pair are determined to not miss out on a medal in the World Championships.

Everything is in place for Zakry and Fairuz to achieve the feat in the Hyderabad World Championships after the withdrawal of defending champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia on Friday.

Markis-Hendra would have won hands down in an expected quarter-final clash had they decided not to withdraw and Zakry is optimistic this is the best chance for them to turn around their troubled partnership.

 

England Quits Badminton Event in India Over Security (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2009
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 Aug. 9  -- England’s badminton squad has pulled out of the Yonex-Sunrise BWF World Badminton Championships in India amid reports of a terrorist threat.

A specific threat from Pakistan-based militants Lashkar-e- Taiba had reportedly been made against the championships, due to start tomorrow in the southern city of Hyderabad, Badminton England said in a statement on its Web site today.England badminton players Nathan Robertson, left, and Andrew Smith practice with teammates at the venue of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India on Aug. 8, 2009.

“This was an incredibly tough decision and one we didn’t take lightly,” the team’s Chief Executive Officer Adrian Christy said in the statement. The eight-strong team would be returning to the U.K. “immediately.”

India’s Home Ministry and the police chief of Hyderabad ruled out a terror threat to the event, V.K. Verma, president of the Badminton Association of India, said in a phone interview from Hyderabad.

 

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