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Chinese shuttlers shine in Philippine Badminton Open

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Published: 04 July 2009
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MANILA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- China demonstrated its power in the ongoing Philippine Badminton Open by sending all their shutters into men's and women's singles quarterfinals on Thursday.

    All the five men participants and three women players from China reached the quarterfinals.

    Chen Long outclassed Yogendran Krishnan of Indonesia, 21-13, 21-10, in a show of strength and precision. Gao Huan stopped Paul Jeremiah Co of the Philippines, 21-4, 21-6, while Zhou Wenlong won against Adnan Fauzi of Indonesia, 21-14, 21-19.

    Lu Qicheng slashed Chan Yun Lung of Chinese Hong Kong, 21-16, 21-18, while Du Pengyu beat Sairul Ayob of Malaysia.

    In women's singles, Jiang Yanjiao had a rout of 21-13, 21-12 against Le Ngoc Nguyen of Vietnam to reach the quarterfinals. Coming up next for Jiang will be Malvinne Alcala of the Philippines on Friday.

    Wang Shixian and Wang Xin of China both eliminated the last Europeans standing in women's singles, beating Linda Zechiri of Bulgaria 15-21, 21-10, 23-21 and Nicole Grether of Germany, 21-8, 21-14.

    Chinese shuttlers also did a good job in the mixed doubles division.

    Zhang Nan and Lu Lu won against Keisuke Kawaguchi and Rie Eto of Japan, 21-6, 21-13, and enter the quarterfinals.

    Chen Zhiben and Zhang Jinkang beat Fran Kurniawan Teng and Pia Zebediah Bernadeth of Indonesia, 17-21, 21-16, 21-18. They will fight Albertus Susanto Njoto and Ng Ka Shun of Hong Kong.

    Qiu Zihan and Deng Yuting stopped Filipino siblings Kennevic and Kennie Asuncion 19-21, 21-8, 21-16 and will play Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa of Indonesia.

    In the women's doubles, Wang Siyun and Zhang Jinkang beat Malvinne Alcala and Gelita Castillo of the Philippines, 21-18, 21-9. Meanwhile, Gao Ling and Wei Yili advanced after defeating their Philippine

 
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Big Malaysian squad for world meet (pic)

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Published: 04 July 2009
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THE national badminton team to a world meet outside Malaysia have never been this big.
When the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Wednesday the list of qualifiers for the World Championship in Hyderabad, India, on Aug 10-16, Malaysia have five singles players and 12 doubles combinations.Lee Chong Wei is the only national player to qualify in the men’s singles for the World Championships in India next month.

However, World No 1 Lee Chong Wei is the only national player to have qualified for the men's singles.

Five places in the Malaysian team are occupied by former national players. They are Wong Choong Hann, Lee Tsuen Seng (men's singles), Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng (men's doubles) and Fong Chew Ye-Mooi Hing Yau (women's doubles).

In the women's singles, Malaysia will be represented by World No 14 Wong Mew Choo and Lydia Cheah, who is replacing the injured Julia Wong.
The men's doubles are World No 3 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari, Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Chong Ming-Choon Eng.

Joining Chew Ye-Hing Yau in the women's doubles are World No 1 Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui and national back-up elite pairs Woon Khe Wei-Chong Sook Chin and Marylen Ng-Lim Yin Loo.

 
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Shock exit for Arvind Bhat (pic)

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Published: 04 July 2009
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Mumbai: National champion Arvind Bhat crashed out of the Tata Open all-India senior ranking badminton tournament after being handed a shock first round defeat on Friday.Chetan Anand

Second seed Bhat, who reached the pre-quarters of the Malaysian Open last week, went down 19-21, 16-21 to Tanishaq K of Andhra Pradesh at the CCI courts.

Tanishaq, 27, had come through four rounds of qualifying but showed little signs of weariness as he controlled the crucial points well to score the first upset of the tournament.

After a tight first game, Tanishaq gained an 11-6 lead in the second. Bhat fought back to narrow the gap to 16-15, but then Tanishaq raised his game to shut the door on his rival.

 

Saina sixth in World rankings

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Published: 04 July 2009
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HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal, India’s ace woman shuttler by virtue of her winning the Super Series Indonesian Open singles title recently, is now has ranked World No. 6 (she was earlier World No. 7), according to the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation. Incidentally, this is the best-ever world ranking by any Indian woman shuttler.

Saina expressed happiness but at the same time reminded that these rankings may not mean much as there is very little gap between the top-10 players. “The significance of this ranking is that it has come ahead of the prestigious World Championship and should definitely have its own value,” she remarked.

The champion shuttler also said that she would resume intensive training from Monday since she has been flooded with interview calls by the media and felicitations since her arrival in the City after the historic victory in the Indonesian Open.

“Everything is happening so fast that the feeling of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title is yet to sink in,” Saina said.

With her mentor and chief national coach P. Gopi Chand expected to return on Saturday after a stint with the Canadian team for a few days, Saina is expected to begin her regular training.

“Significantly, success at international level has come ever since I joined Gopi Chand Academy. He is the biggest influence in the last few years as far as competing and winning major international titles is concerned,” said Saina. — Principal Correspondent

 
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Any of the top pairs can win at World Badminton Championships (pic)

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Published: 04 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: No men’s doubles pair have won back-to-back Open titles this year.

And that, says Malaysian Koo Kien Keat, show how open the men’s doubles game has become ahead of the World Championships, which will be held in Hyderabad, India, from Aug 10-16.

In fact, only Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have won two titles in three months. They won the Swiss Open in March and followed it up with the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold last week.Fully focused: Koo Kien Keat (left) feels the preparations will be crucial to his chances of winning in the World Championships.

The other winners of major Open tournaments this year – in either the Super Series or GP Gold – are Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen (Malaysian Open), South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-cheol (German Open), China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (All-England), Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (India Open), Indonesians Mar­kis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Asian Badminton Championships), Eng­land’s Anthony Clark-Nathan Robert­son (Singapore Open) and Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung (Indonesian Open).

 

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