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RI men and women secure place in semifinals (pic)

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Published: 14 November 2010
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Indonesia’s men’s and women’s teams secured a spot in the semifinals of the badminton event at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, after trailing the Taiwan teams on Saturday.

Veteran player Taufik Hidayat led the men, who have a bye in the quarterfinals, to a 3-0 win over Taiwan, while women’s team also defeated Taiwan 3-0.Excel: Indonesian women’s doubles shuttlers Liliyana Natsir (right) and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari return a shot to Indian opponents Balana and Sawant in a qualifying round at the Tianshe Gumnasium at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Saturday.

Taufik returned from a late warm up to defeat Yu Hsieng Hsieh 11-21,21-8, 21-12, while doubles pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan defeated Chieh Min Fang and Sheng Mu Lee 21-19, 21-9. Second Indonesian singles player Simon Santoso also came from behind to defeat Hsuan Yi Hsueh 15-21, 21-15, 21-16.

In the women’s event, Ardiyanti Firdasari beat Shao Chieh Cheng 14-21, 21-11, 21-11 before doubles pair Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari came from behind to beat Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien 21-16, 16-21, 21-12. Maria Febe Kusumastuti wrapped up proceedings by beating Hsiao Huan Chen 21-19, 21-10.

“In the morning matches, both teams seemed to have tough opponents as they struggled to win
every game, but in the evening matches they played very well,” said badminton team manager Yacob Rusdiyanto.

“I’m very glad we beat because the Taiwan women’s team, because they were the favorites in their division.”

 

Thai men's shuttlers shock Malaysia (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 November 2010
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Thailand got off to a decent start at the 16th Asian Games yesterday at Guangzhou and the men's and women's badminton sides assured of at least bronzes.

In badmintion, Boonsak Ponsana stunned world No 1 Lee Chong Wei as Thailand got past Malaysia 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the men's team event.

In the women's team competition, Thailand, led by Boonsak's sister Salakjit, saw off third-seeded Japan 3-1 in the same round.

The losing semi-finalists in badminton both receive bronze medal.Boonsak Ponsana returns a shot against Malaysia’s world No.1 Lee Chong Wei during their men’s team quarter-final match. Boonsak won 9-21, 21-10, 21-19.

 

Boonsak came from behind to shock Lee 9-21, 21-10, 21-19 in the opening singles to claim only the second win of his career over the Malaysian.

"We were the underdogs and we won because we never gave up," said Boonsak whose team got a bye in the first round.

"My win over Lee gave my team-mates a big boost."

Boonsak could meet Lee in the quarter-finals of the men's singles and the Thai did not get carried away by yesterday's triumph.

"It could be tougher because Lee will try to raise his game," he said.

Suppanyu Avihingsanon who beat Liew Daren 2-0 in the decisive match admitted that he was nervous.

Malaysia coach Misbun Sidek said his team might not have lost had Lee won the first match.

"We lost some momentum in our strategy today. It has been long since we last lost to Thailand."

It was Malaysia's first defeat against Thailand in three decades.

In the semi-finals, unseeded Thailand will meet the winners between South Korea and Japan.

The Thai women's team, who also got a first-round bye, were off to a good start when Salakjit defeated Ariko Hirose 21-17, 21-18.Salakjit Ponsana in action against Japan’s Ariko Hirose.

In the semi-finals, they will face a formidable assignment against Indonesia who beat Taiwan 3-0.

"Indonesia are a very tough team but we are ready to fight," said Saralee Thoungthongkham.

Saralee and Kulchala Voravichitchaikul grabbed the winning point for Thailand against Japan.

 
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Uber Cup loss helps Chinese women's team in Asiad

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Published: 14 November 2010
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Guangzhou, Nov 14 The Uber Cup loss turned up to be a valuable lesson for the Chinese team, said badminton head coach Li Yongbo after the side moved into the team final at the Asian Games here Sunday.

Defending champions China defeated South Korea 3-0 in the women's team semifinal, avenging their final loss in the Uber Cup in May that stopped China from lifting the trophy for the seventh consecutive time.

 

'It has been some time since China suffered a defeat until the Uber Cup where the players came to realised that no team is unbeatable,' Xinhua quoted Li as saying.

 

'Our defeat at the Uber Cup and win at the Asian Games told us that you should be fully prepared at any time,' said Li. 'The last time, we took the South Koreans too lightly and paid a price for it.'

 

In Sunday's semifinals, World No.1 Wang Xin eased past Bae Yeonju 21-17, 21-12 in the first singles before new pair Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang got the better of Lee Kyungwon and Ha Jungeun, winning 21-12, 21-19 and Wang Shixian overcame Bae Seunghee 21-18, 18-21, 21-14.

 

Xin admitted that she felt both pressure and motivation prior to the match.

 

Will be tough in China: Saina (pic)

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Published: 09 November 2010
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New Delhi: The battle for supremacy in the badminton event at the Asian Games would be tougher than it was in the Commonwealth Games recently, said Saina Nehwal, who along with P. Kashyap left for China on Monday.Saina Nehwal, in New Delhi, on Monday

The ace shuttler, who was in the capital on Monday to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, said beating her Chinese opponents would be the biggest challenge in Guangzhou.

“I feel it is now my duty to give the best for my country, which has given me so much,” Saina said after receiving the Khel Ratna Award.

“There will be fierce competition in the Asian Games. Since the Games are held in their country, the Chinese players would be all out to bag all the titles at stake,” she said.

 
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Finally, Taufik Breaks Super Series Jinx With French Open Title (pic)

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Published: 09 November 2010
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Jakarta. Taufik Hidayat’s latest triumph should help quiet all the doubters who questioned whether Indonesia’s best shuttler still had what it took to win on the biggest stage.

Taufik beat Joachim Persson of Denmark, 21-16, 21-11, to win the men’s singles title at the French Open Super Series in Paris on Sunday. Idonesia's Taufik Hidayat, winner of 23 international titles, including Olympic gold and a world championship, has finally broken his Super Series jinx.

It was Taufik’s first Super Series victory in four years, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the former world and Olympic champion, who will head to this week’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, with momentum on his side.

For someone who had gone so long without a Super Series title, Taufik made it look easy in Paris. He didn’t drop a game or even allow an opponent to score more than 18 points on his way to the title. Along the way, he found a measure of redemption for a season that looked to be headed toward another disappointing ending.

His win over Persson came a week after Taufik was routed in the final of the Denmark Open.

 

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