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World badminton facing dearth of talented singles players

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Published: 12 April 2009
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TODAY, Christians all over the world celebrate Easter – a day of resurrection and that is exactly what the world of badminton needs.

The badminton powerhouses, including Malaysia, are currently witnessing a dearth of talented men’s singles shuttlers.

The sport badly needs saviours to breathe life and inject excitement back into the men’s singles event once again.

In Malaysia, there is no one else except for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to carry the torch.

It’s the same elsewhere too.

In fact, do not be surprised if the battle for supremacy at the 2012 London Olympic Games boils down to the same old protagonists – Chong Wei, China’s Lin Dan, Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christensen and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat!

That is the sorry state of world badminton.

 

Many veterans among qualifiers for world meet (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A significant number of Malaysian badminton qualifiers for this year’s World Championships are expected to be former internationals.

Based on the current world rankings, four seasoned campaigners – Wong Ch oong Hann, Lee Tsuen Seng and Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah – are as good as through to the World Championships, which will be held in India from Aug 10-16.Still world class: Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah are as good as through to the World Championships based on their current world rankings

The others likely to make it on merit are elite singles shuttlers Lee Chong Wei, Julia Wong and Wong Mew Choo and doubles stars Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty.

 

Only two Malaysian pairs left in ABC championship (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Only two Malaysian pairs were left standing after the second day’s action in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

The men’s pair of Hoon Thien How-Lin Woon Fui battled for 61 minutes to beat South Koreans Chung Eui-seok-Kwon Yi-goo 21-13, 18-21, 21-13 to reach the quarter-finals. They will take on China juniors Chai Biao-Liu Xiaolong for a place in the semi-finals.

In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Sabrina Chong advanced with an 21-17, 11-21, 21-18 win over India’s V. Diju-Jwala Gutta.Short stay: Kuan Beng Hong lost 21-16, 10-21, 21-13 to China's Bao Chunlai on Thursday

However, the other senior-junior men’s pair of Ong Soon Hock-Khoo Chung Chiat failed to stay alive, going down 20-22, 14-21 to All-England runners-up Hwang Ji-man-Han Sang-hoon in the second round yesterday.

 

 

SUDIRMAN CUP - China reveals line up (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 April 2009
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The deadline for sending the line up to BWF was April 10th and China waited until the last minute to announce the final set of 24 players participating in their home event next month. No major surprise in the 24 names sent, apart from the appearance of Bao Chunlai, who had been said once on the side line because of his knee injury.

His participation in the ongoing Asia Badminton Championships was a sign however that the tall left hander could be part of the team travelling to Guangzhou.

Some names are missing, however : Jiang Yanjiao, who has been performing well lately, is ranked number 4 in China and hence does not make the cut. Zhu Lin, world Champion, is once again left on the Bench - a position she had experienced already during the Olympics, but her recent poor performances on court may have to do with the Chinese official's decision. More surprisingly, youngsters Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei were not fielded either in the women's double, in spite of a much better record than the pair of Tian/Pan, which appears in the line up.

 

A chance was given to Chen Long, the new upcoming star of the Chinese team in the men's single event (world junior champion in 2007), and Chai Biao.

Here are the names of the full squad

MS : Lin Dan, Chen Jin, Bao Chunlai, Chen Long
WS : Xie Xingfang, Lu Lan, WANG Lin, WANG Yihan
MD : Cai/Fu, Xu/Guo, Shen/Chai
WD : Du/Yu, Zhang/Zhao, Tian/Pan
Mx : He/Yu, Xie/Zhang, Zheng/Ma

 
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Kido/Hendra continue reign despite change

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 April 2009
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A position change for men's doubles pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan did not shake off their status as world No. 1 after they won their first two matches at the Suwon Asia Championship in South Korea.

The pair had been training in different positions in the past weeks, with Kido, still recovering from a knee injury, now playing in front and Hendra honing his skills as a back player.

The change was drawn up around Kido's knee injury. Kido is a back player renowned for his jumping smashes, the direction of which are often unpredictable, which effectively contribute to points.

"Although Hendra doesn't jump that much, he has the same powerful smashes," said Sigit Pamungkas, the men's doubles coach.

After a grueling second-round match, Kido/Hendra defeated China's Tao Jiaming and Sun Junjie 21-15, 7-21, 22-20 in 39 minutes Thursday.

"I still feel a bit awkward, though," Kido said after the win.

 
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