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Prime Minister congratulates Saina Nehwal

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Published: 22 June 2009
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New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday congratulated ace woman shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning the Indonesian Open Badminton Championship, describing her "extraordinary feat" as a "milestone for Indian sports".

"Saina's achievement is a tribute to her talent, determination and hard work. It will inspire the women of the country to aim for higher goals in their chosen fields," Dr. Singh said in a message to Saina.

Congratulating Saina, the first woman from the country to win a Super Series Badminton Tournament, the Prime Minister said "this is a milestone for Indian sports".

"I congratulate Saina on her extraordinary feat and wish her many more such successes in the future," he said.
 
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Saina Nehwal wins Indonesian Open (pic)

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Published: 22 June 2009
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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has won the Indonesian Open badminton title with a victory over the higher-ranked Chinese player Lin Wang in Jakarta.

Nehwal also became the first Indian to win a Super series tournament with her 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 victory in a match which lasted 49 minutes.

The world number 8 player came in from behind to defeat Wang, ranked number 3. Nehwal also became the first Indian to win a Super series tournament

India's badminton authorities have hailed her victory and announced a reward of 200,000 rupees ($4133).

"It is a big moment in Indian badminton. We are proud of her achievement", India's badminton association chief, VK Verma, said.

The 19-year-old shuttler from the northern state of Haryana, was the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarter-finals at the Olympics.

Nehwal is also the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.

 
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Chong Wei, Eei Hui-Pei Tty storm into Jakarta final (pic)

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Published: 21 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty lived up to their world No. 1 tags to reach the Indonesian Open finals of the men’s singles and women’s doubles events at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta yesterday.World No 1 Lee Chong Wei made it a great day for Malaysia when he outplayed China's Chen Jin 21-15,22-20 in the men's singles semi-final to set up showdown against Indonesia Taufik Hidayat.

But the country’s top men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong crashed 21-18, 11-21, 15-21 to the China’s powerful combination of Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng.

Chong Wei overcame a gritty Chen Jin of China 21-15, 22-20 in 46 minutes to set up a dream final for the home fans.

Today, he will take on Taufik Hidayat, Indonesia’s most celebrated player with an impressive six Indonesian Open titles under his belt.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek expects the men’s singles final to be an evenly-contested affair.

 

Taufik challenges Chong Wei in men's singles final

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Published: 21 June 2009
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The penultimate day of the six-day Indonesian Open badminton championship gave the hosts only Taufik Hidayat fighting for the title after the 2004 Olympic champion won his semifinal match at the Istora Sports Hall in Jakarta on Saturday night.

The fifth seed, who is looking to win the title for a record seventh time, defeated fellow Indonesian, fourth-seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-17, 21-14.

However, it will be a potentially tough task in the final for Taufik with world's No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia winning his semifinal battle against Chinese Chen Jin 21-15, 22-20.

Indonesia's hopes for another shot at a title crumbled after Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, the world's No. 1 pair and top seeds in the tournament, lost to South Koreans Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung 21-19, 21-17.

 
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Eei Hui ecstatic after beating formidable S. Koreans (pic)

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Published: 21 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: National doubles shuttler Chin Eei Hui will never forget her 27th birthday.

Yesterday, Eei Hui, who is making a comeback from a back injury, and Wong Pei Tty pulled off a stunning 21-14, 9-21, 21-18 win over South Koreans Lee Hyo-jung-Lee Kyung-won in the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta. It was the Malaysian’s first win over the South Koreans in seven years.Chin Eei Hui foreground and Wong Pei Tty in action in this file picture. Eei Hui will not forget her 27th birthday on Friday. Eei Hui, who is making a comeback from a back injury, and Wong Pei Tty pulled off a stunning 21-14, 9-21, 21-18 win over South Koreans Lee Hyo-jung-Lee Kyung-won in the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta. It was the Malaysian’s first win over the South Koreans in seven years.

Today, world No. 1 Eei Hui-Pei Tty will take on third seeds Cheng Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin of Taiwan for a place in the final.

Eei Hui, who turned 27 on Thursday, was ecstatic after beating the formidable Koreans.

“We have been playing against them since we first paired up in 2002 and we have never beaten them. Today, we have made a breakthrough,” she said in a telephone interview.

Eei Hui took a break after hurting her back during the All-England in March. She returned with Pei Tty in last week’s Singapore Open, where they crashed out in the early round.

“Pei Tty and I were able to read our opponents’ game well. We also had a better control of the shuttle while they seemed to be troubled by the draught,” said Eei Hui.

“This win is a big boost to our morale. It will be tough against the Taiwanese tomorrow. We have beaten them before but they have a better record against us. We will try to continue with our momentum here.”

 

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