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Hendrawan willing to help anyone become a world champion (pic)

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Published: 02 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: As a player, Hendrawan reached the pinnacle when he bagged the world men’s singles crown in the championships in Seville in 2001.

And the generous Indonesian is willing to help Lee Chong Wei achieve the same goal in this year’s championships, which will be held in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.Hands-on coach: Hendrawan teaching Mohd Hafiz Hashim (right) how to return a net shot during training yesterday.

Hendrawan got down to work with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as one of their singles coaches at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.

For a start, he has been given the task to take charge of the four elite back-up shuttlers but he is willing to help anyone, including Chong Wei.

“Chong Wei can have a discussion with me. I am always available to share my experience with him.

 

Asuncions progress in RP Open badminton

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Published: 02 July 2009
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MANILA - Siblings Kennevic and Kennie Asuncion of the Philippines continued their bid for the Mixed Doubles crown at the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Gold Grand Prix Badminton Championships 2009 Wednesday in Pasig City.

The Asuncions blasted fellow Filipinos Joffre Arollado and Irene Chiu, 21-10, 21-7, to set up a round of 16 match against Chinese pair Qiu Zihan and Deng Yuting on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA).

Filipino pair Malvinne Ann Venice Alcantara and Ronel Estanislao also made it to the round of 16, reported PhilOpenBadminton.com. They prevailed over Japan’s Katsuhito Sakurai and Yuka Hayashi, 21-17, 21-19.

Gelita Castillo and Gregg Paz, however, lost in their opening match as they were beaten by Susanto Njoto and Ng Ka Shun of Hong Kong, 12-21, 11-21.

In the Men’s Singles, China’s Chen Long defeated Rodel Bartolome of the Philippines, 21-10, 21-5. He faces Indonesian Yogendran Krishnan in the round of 16.

Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki got the better of Malaysian Pei Wee Chung, 21-14, 21-10. He is set to play against another Malaysian, Lee Tsuen Seng on Thursday.

Chinese Du Pengyu of China, meantime, will face Malaysia’s Sairul Amar Ayob in the third round. Du beat the only non-Asian entry in the men’s singles, Iztok Utrosa of Slovenia, 21-8, 21-10.

Other badminton players who posted wins in the tournament’s opening day are Lu Qicheng, Zhou Wenlong and Adnan Fauzi.

Women shuttlers who succeeded in their first day matches include Sachiyo Imai, Mong Kwan Yi,  Rie Eto, Jiang Yanjiao, Nguyen Le Ngoc and Chan Hung Ling.

Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi won over Yu Wakita of Japan, 21-16, 21-15, to reach the second round. She will face Indonesian Aprillia Yuswandari.

Yip Pui Yin, also of Hong Kong, defeated Chiu, 21-11, 21-9. She is set to play compatriot Chan Tsz Ka in the second round.

 
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Rising badminton star vows to improve game (pic)

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Published: 02 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – Fatima Cruz may have suffered her first defeat as a member of the national badminton team but the youngster is not about to lose hope.Philippines' team player Fatima Cruz lost to Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong in the first round of the RP Open

The 18 year-old Cruz lost to Hong Kong’s Mong Kwan Yi in the first round of the Bingo Bonanza Open badminton championships at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The tournament is joined by some of the world’s top players from powerhouse nations like Indonesia, Malaysia and China, which is why even her coaches are not keeping expectations high.

“Of course we want to win, but they (coaches) would always tell us to show others that we can fight until the end,” said Cruz, who lost her first round match along with fellow national team players Gelita Castillo and Janelle De Vera.

The Philippines suffered heavy casualty at the start of the tournament Wednesday, with only four out of 26 local shuttlers advancing to the next round.

Like Cruz, most of the national team players fielded in the tournament are youngsters.
“We were never pressured to win. It was a learning experience for all of us,” she said.

Cruz started playing badminton in her grade school years and saw action at the Palarong Pambansa during high school.

“I just saw players and I instantly admired their skills and I told myself that I’ll be like them someday,” she said.

 

Pinay teen barges into RP Open q’finals (pic)

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Published: 02 July 2009
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Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala overpowered Camille Krisnin Yang, 21-9, 21-7, in a duel of local bets on Thursday to barge into the quarterfinal round of the women’s singles in the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippine Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The 13-year-old Alcala, who trounced Ella Dorado, 21-8, 21-3, in the first round on Wednesday, used a variety of shots to outplay Yang and arrange a showdown with fourth ranked Jiang Yanjiao of China, who zapped Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc of Vietnam, 21-13, 21-12, in the other Last 16 clash.Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala reaches the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Unranked Sachiyo Imai, who shocked No. 8 Maja Tvrdy of Slovenia, 21-13, 21-10, in the first round, continued to dish out fine form as she bundled out Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong, 21-13, 21-11, to gain a spot in the Last 8.

 
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Hendrawan Wants Players To Set Target

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Published: 02 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 -- National singles coach Hendrawan Sugianto has not set his target during his two-year contract with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) but instead wants the players under his tutelage to sight what they aim for.

Hendrawan, 37, who took charge of the junior squad Wednesday, said he needed at least two weeks before he could make any changes to the training programme of the second liners.

"I am willing to discuss with the players if they have any problems as I have got to have good relations with them," he told reporters after putting the players through their paces at the Juara Stadium here today.

Hendrawan, who was 2001 World's singles champion, said he would not concentrate only on top-notch players like Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren but also other players under the BAM.

"Malaysian juniors are not much different from Indonesian juniors and coaches play an important role in raising their spirit," he said.

Hendrawan said he wanted the players to focus on training for the first three months before thinking about participation in championships.

BAM general manager Kenny Goh said the association would give all the support needed by Hendrawan in shaping up the junior squad.

"We know of Hendrawan's credibility and he is an asset to BAM in moulding the youngsters to become complete players," he told Bernama.

Hendrawan also won the silver in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and helped Indonesia lifted the Thomas Cup in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

 
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