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Misbun’s presence inspires Beng Hong to upset win (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Datuk Misbun Sidek sacrificed his second day of Hari Raya celebration to be with the Malaysian team in Macau.

And his presence gave Kuan Beng Hong an extra boost to score one of the upsets in the men’s singles event when he beat 10th seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 22-20, 21-13 to reach the quarter-finals of the Macau Open yesterday.Unlikely victor: Kuan Beng Hong is in the quarter-finals of the Macau Open.

It is the world No. 67 Beng Hong’s first win over Nguyen. Today, he will take on seasoned campaigner and compatriot Wong Choong Hann in the quarter-finals.

 

GBA to put more faith in the clubs (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 September 2008
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ONE of the premier coaches in UK badminton is spending a week in Guernsey to help prepare players for a new domestic season.  Lyndon Williams, the former Welsh international player and head coach of the Welsh Badminton Union, will be in the island for the next week.Hectic schedule: Visiting UK coach Lyndon Williams take a breather at the Rohais Hall. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 0645573)

He has a busy schedule involving coaching among schools, senior clubs, juniors and the island’s top players in the county squad. The initiative is part of a total revamp of playing structures following the departure of development officer Paul Le Tocq in March.

 
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Dwi Kuncoro takes China Masters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 September 2008
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BEIJING: Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro defeated Chen Jin of China in straight sets to take the China Masters badminton tournament men's singles title on Sunday.

Dwi Kuncoro's win comes on the heels of his victory a week earlier in the Japan Open, giving him further consolation after he crashed out of last month's Beijing Olympics.

Meanwhile, Zhou Mi of Hong Kong edged out Chinese rookie Wang Lin for the singles final at the tournament in the city of Changzhou.

The three-set match went to Zhou, 21-19, 19-21, 21-16.

Dwi Kuncoro beat an injury-nagged Chen in two sets for the men's title, 21-19, 21-18.
 
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Macau boost for back-up players (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 September 2008
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RASHID Sidek's (pic) request to expose the back-up players has received the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) support as the majority of them will be competing in the Macau Open beginning tomorrow.

A total of 10 back-up shuttlers have gained direct entry into the main draw as quite a number of top 20 players have given the grand prix gold tournament a miss.

 
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NZ Badminton tournament in jeopardy (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 September 2008
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plight of New Zealand's major international badminton tournament, the US$50,000 World Grand Prix event to be held November 11-16 is in the balance after a shortfall of sponsorship has left the tournament floundering and on the edge of being cancelled.

The KLRC tournament to be held at the North Shore Events Centre has been sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur Rackets Club for the past couple of years and has been held at the Auckland Badminton Centre where crowds have been at a sellout level and enthusiasm has been high.

KLRC will still be one of the main sponsors but there is still a shortfall which has not been made up.

 
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