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Taufik, Firda advance in All England

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Published: 05 March 2009
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Indonesia holds high hopes that its two singles players, Taufik Hidayat in the men's and Adrianti Firdasari in the women's, will advance to the second round of the Yonex All England Open Super Series 2009.

During their first round matches at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday, former world top shuttler Taufik beat Hsieh Yu Hsin of Taipei with a top effort in the 21-19, 15-21, 21-14 rubber set.

In the second round on Thursday, world No. 7 Taufik will challenge either nonseeded Chetan Anand of India or Andrew Smith of Britain.

Firda meanwhile rounded up her match in 27 minutes, ousting Bulgarian Linda Zechiri 21-12, 21-15, and will now face world No. 5 Xie Xingfang of China in the second round.

Commenting on Taufik's performance, coach Mulyo Handoyo expressed satisfaction over his trainees achievement, despite the rubber set.

"He did quite well today *Wednesday*. At least he advances to second round," Mulyo said in a text message after the bout.

Former Indonesia's top shuttler in men's doubles Christian Hadinata said that Taufik has an equal chance to win over any of his opponents in the second round battle.

"The two players *Anand and Smith* are likely at the same level with Yu Hsin."

The 2009 All England is the first event for Taufik as a full professional player.

He is reportedly longing to snatch this year's title.

 

Olympic badminton star Gail Emms backs Birmingham schools project

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Published: 05 March 2009
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I HAVE never so much as held a badminton racquet in my hand, so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to take on no less an opponent than Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms for my first attempt.

The opportunity arose as Gail, who finished runner-up with partner Nathan Robertson in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, was at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena encouraging local pupils to play the game.

Gail, who retired from the sport after finishing fifth in the mixed doubles at last year’s Beijing Olympics, was at the NIA to kick-start her role as an athlete mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, ahead of the All England Open Badminton Championships which run till Sunday.

 

Tan Fook-Wan Wah good bet for world meet

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Published: 05 March 2009
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LEE Wan Wah's chances of playing in his seventh World Championships in Hyderabad, India on Aug 10-15 should become a reality as long as he and partner Choong Tan Fook remain the top 24 of the world rankings until the qualifying period ends on April 30.

Tan Fook-Wan Wah, ranked World No 7, will see their world ranking drop after having withdrawn from the ongoing All England and Swiss Open next week, where they made the semis in both events last year, but should claim the third spot in the men's doubles although they are not part of the national team anymore.

A maximum of three pairs, if they are ranked in the top 24, are eligible for the World Championships and top two national pairs Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari have virtually secured their places.
 

All England Open Badminton Championships : China makes rapid start in bid to regain women’s title

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Published: 05 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM: China began its campaign to win back the All-England Open women’s singles title with two of its former winners making impressively comfortable starts.

Xie Xingfang, the fifth-seeded All-England champion of 2006 and 2007, showed much of her familiar light-footed movement and sharp-eyed alertness for an opening as she got past a Korean qualifier. Zhou Mi, the second-seeded 2003 All-England champion who these days represents Hong Kong, exuded calm and adaptability as she played her way into the tournament with an accelerating victory over a Malaysian lucky loser.
 

1-Badminton-Lin Dan sweeps through, rivals stutter

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Published: 05 March 2009
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LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - World and Olympic champion Lin Dan breezed through the first round of the All England tournament in Birmingham on Wednesday with a 21-13 21-14 victory over dangerous Indian Anup Sridhar.

Former Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat, All England titleholder Chen Jin and number one seed Lee Chong Wei all, however, dropped sets on their way to round two.

Second seed Lin was given a fright in the 2007 world championships by Sridhar, who stretched the Chinese all the way before yielding. The Indian also took a set off him in the first round of the All Englands in 2008.

There was to be no repeat this time, though, as Lin, seeking a fourth title in the tournament, rattled home in 31 minutes.

Earlier, Indonesia's Taufik, seeded seventh and intent on a first All England crown at the age of 27, dropped a set against Taiwan's unseeded Hsieh Yu Hsin but carried the day 21-19 15-21 21-14.

Chen, the surprise 2008 All England winner when he beat Lin in the final, was also taken to three before ousting Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-7 15-21 21-14.

World number one Lee lost the first set to China's Lu Yi but eventually came through 19-21 21-16 21-11.

In Thursday's second round the Malaysian plays unseeded German Marc Zwiebler. Lin faces experienced compatriot Bao Chunlai.

 

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