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Zulfadli makes the grade for Asian Juniors team

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Published: 19 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Zulfadli Zulkifliwill have a place in the squad for the Asian Junior Championships but Misbun Ramdan Misbun’s hope to make a first appearance is still in doubt.

Zulfadli and Ramdan are the two players not in the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) stable fighting for places in the team for the championships, which will be held at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara from July 12-19.

The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) chief coach, Sun Chenhua, said that in a meeting among the junior coaches yesterday, it was decided that the 16-year-old Zulfadli was good for a place in the team.

He said that Zulfadli had justified his position after going through three stages of the selection process conducted by the BAM over the last four months.

Zulfadli, who is funded by KLRC Bhd, showed his ability to more than match the BJSS players during a two-week centralised training stint.

He emerged tops in round-robin matches against the BJSS players and in the final selection process, he proved to be just as fit as the others.

In the recent 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Finals in Seremban, Zulfadli emerged as the boys’ Under-16 champion.

 

Chong Wei takes three games to tame compatriot Hafiz in second round

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: It was expected to be a smooth ride into the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Open for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei. But he had to work extra time to make it in Jakarta yesterday.

The top seeded Chong Wei had to recover from a second-game defeat to beat compatriot Mohd Hafiz Hashim 21-7, 19-21, 21-7. He will take on South Korean Park Sung-hwan today for a place in the semi-finals. Sung-hwan advanced with a 21-16, 21-17 win over Indonesian Simon santso.

It all appeared to be a stroll in the park for Chong Wei when he bulldozed Hafiz to win the first game. But the lanky Hafiz had other plans in the second game. He raced to a 7-1 lead and kept piling on the pressure on Chong Wei to force a rubber.

But the fight Hafiz appeared to be capable of throwing in all fizzled out and he surrendered meekly.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek said that Chong Wei lost control in the second game.

 

Chinese team puts high hopes on Lin Dan to win Indonesia Open 2009

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Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese team set high expectations on its Men's single shuttler Lin Dan to win Djarum Indonesia Open 2009 super series after he skipped the previous super series held in Singapore, a Chinese team official said here on Wednesday.

    "Yes, we expect Lin Dan to seize the championship here," Xia Xuanze, the Chinese team Men's single coach told a press conference after the victory of Lin Dan against his Indonesian contender Andre Kurniawan Tedjono in straight two games 21-13, 22-20 here.

    Xia said that Chinese team has its own strategy to face the international badminton championships throughout this year.

    In the fifth super series Singapore Open 2009, Chinese maverick men's single shuttler Bao Chunlai seized the championship. He now absent in the sixth super series tournament that provides 250,000 U.S. dollars of rewards.

 

World stars to entertain fans at Indonesia Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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It is time for badminton lovers to turn to Senayan for world-class matches featuring men's singles champion, Lin Dan of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia as well as men's doubles players Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, at the 2009 Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series at Bung Karno Stadium.

The US$250,000 tournament will see World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei challenged by Marc Zwiebler of Germany, while Lin Dan will face Indonesian qualifier Andre Kurniawan Tedjono. But the star of Wednesday's match will be eighth seed Xie Xingfang of China, the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, facing the Olympic bronze medalist Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia in the women's singles match.

The annual tournament is expected to end the national shuttlers' title drought after men's doubles pair, Kido and Hendra, the 2008 Olympic winners, and women's doubles duo, Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, let slip their chances of winning the title at last week's Singapore Open.

 

Shuttler needs to show that he still can hack it with the big boys

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian singles shuttler Kuan Beng Hong has a chance to show he can still hack it in the big league after gaining a place in the main draw of the Indonesian Open alongside Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim.

In the qualifying tournament yesterday, Beng Hong defeated Chinese junior Qiu Yanbo 18-21, 21-17, 21-7 and went on to score a 21-23-, 21-17, 21-19 win over Czech Republic’s Petr Koukal.

And Beng Hong has the chance to show national chief coach Rashid Sidek that he deserves more outings in Super Series tournaments when he takes on China’s No. 2 Chen Jin in the first round today.

Hafiz is also in a similar situation. Like Beng Hong, he was left out of the Singapore Open last week.

Hafiz should beat Danish qualifier Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the opening round but a better marker of his ability will be against Chong Wei tomorrow.

Also facing a tough opening round is Choong Hann, who will be up against Thai qualifier Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk. A win should give him a second round match against defending champion Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.

 

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