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Singapore Open: Razif-Khe Wei advance, Chun Seang falls (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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RAZIF Latif-Woon Khe Wei advanced to the mixed doubles' main draw of the Singapore Open but national elite back-up singles player Tan Chun Seang was shown the door in the qualifying rounds yesterday.

Razif-Khe Wei were lucky in the opening round when Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Vanessa Neo retired midway in the second game. The Singaporean pair had turned on the heat with a stunning 21-19 victory in the first game.

Razif Latif (left) and Woon Khe Wei have made the main draw of the Singapore Open.

Razif-Khe Wei were leading 11-8 when Hendri-Vanessa decided to retire.

 

In the deciding second round match, Razif-Khe Wei thrashed Netherlands' Koen Ridder-Yao Jie 21-9, 21-14 in 18 minutes to book their spot in the main draw.

 

Minh beat Sasaki in Aviva opening match (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Minh came from behind to beat Sho Sasaki of Japan 2-1 in his opening match at the Aviva Singapore Super Series yesterday, June 10.Nguyen Tien Minh

The Vietnamese No 1 surprised many by losing the first set 21-18.

Although Minh is the world No 11, he struggled to take command in the second set against Sasaki, who is 15 places below him on the world.

 

Choong Hann: Win will be a boost ahead of world meet (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s getting more challenging for seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann to train without a coach.

But it has not doused the fire in him from wanting to chalk up his biggest win of the year when he takes on China’s Bao Chunlai today in the second round of the Singapore Open.

Choong Hann advanced with a 21-18, 21-11 win over India’s Chetan Anand while Chunlai got an easy ride for a shot at a place in the quarter-finals when Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw retired after losing the first game 9-21.

The 31-year-old Choong Hann said that he was seeking for a timely boost ahead of the world championships, which will be played in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.All set: Wong Choon Hann wants to chalk up his biggest win of the year by beating Bao Chunlai in the second round.

The former Malaysian No. 1, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable to seek new fortunes as an independent player after the Beijing Olympics last year, will be making a fifth appearance in the world championships.

“A win against Chunlai will be a great boost to my preparations for the world championships. It will be my biggest win this year,” said Choong Hann in a telephone interview from Singapore.

 

Veteran pair Tan Fook-Wan Wah sent packing in the first round

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Published: 11 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran men’s doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah were sent packing in the first round of the Singapore Open yesterday.

The duo gave an erratic performance and were beaten 9-21, 21-17, 10-21 by local favourites Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Hendra Wijaya in 37 minutes.

The defeat was a setback for Tan Fook-Wan Wah ahead of the world championships in Hyderabad in August. They are currently ranked 10th in the world and had hoped for a good showing in the Singapore Open to get a good seeding in the world championships.

Wan Wah said that the Indonesia-born players adapted better to the windy conditions in the stadium.

“We went into the tournament having had beaten them twice before. But we found it difficult to cope with the strong draught in the stadium in the first game,” said Wan Wah in a telephone interview.

 

Ex-National Player Indra Gunawan Dies at 61

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Published: 08 June 2009
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Former national badminton player Indra Gunawan passed away on Sunday morning, succumbing to the intestinal cancer he battled over the past two years.

He was 61.

According to Dewi Mirida, Indra’s wife, the former national trainer insisted to be taken home last week despite undergoing radiation therapy at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.

After going into a seizure on Thursday, Indra was rushed back to the hospital, this time to Pantai Indah Kapuk Hospital near their home.

But his condition only worsened over the weekend.

“He looked very peaceful,” said Dewi, who was with her husband in his last days.

She added that Indra had “even wanted to seek acupuncture therapy from a shinse [Chinese physician].”

Indra is survived by Dewi and their three children.

His remains lie at the Atmajaya Mortuary. Interment is scheduled on Thursday at Pondok Rangon in East Jakarta.

Born on Sept. 23, 1947, Indra had a stellar career, winning the Asian Games gold medal in men’s doubles in 1970 and the Asian Championship in 1971.

He was also part of the Thomas Cup squad that played in 1970 and 1973.

 
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