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Saina banking on home record

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Published: 24 June 2009
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HYDERABAD holds fond memories for Indonesia Open champion Saina Nehwal as it was there that she first picked up a badminton racquet as an eight-year-old.

And it is in Hyderabad where Saina, 19, will be hoping to bag India's first ever women's singles title in the World Championships on Aug 10-16.



Saina has been unbeatable in India having won two titles last year including the girls' singles of the World Junior Championships in Pune, and this makes her a strong contender for the world title.



Saina, coached by former All England champion P. Gopichand, said she will prepare well for Hyderabad.



"It will be a dream come true to win a title in Hyderabad. I'm going to train hard for it. I will have home ground advantage which gives me a head start," said Saina in Johor Baru yesterday.


"However, winning a world title is not easy and I will have to prepare and condition well for it."



Saina, the World No 8, made history by bagging her country's first Super Series title last week in Indonesia where she beat China's Wang Lin, the World No 3.



"It's a great achievement for me and it has come at the right time. The victory has given me the boost and confidence to train harder and give my best shot at the world meet.



"China's players are not as invincible as before and the women's singles at the world meet, I strongly feel, will be an open affair. It's just a matter of who prepares best for it," added Saina, who has won 11 career titles since competing in tournaments in 2003.



Saina is competing in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Johor Baru City Council Stadium, and the second seed opens her campaign against Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk today.

 
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Mew Choo can get boost in limited time to get back on top

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Published: 24 June 2009
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MALAYSIA can hope for more than one title in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships, which begin today at the Ban­daraya Stadium here.

Elite shuttlers Lee Chong Wei, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are in good form. But it will be more meaningful if the top national women’s singles shuttler, Wong Mew Choo, emerges as one of the winners on Sunday.

Mew Choo, who is coming out of injuries, has been lying low while the other Malaysians have had their share of taking the limelight.

In the Indonesia Open last week, Chong Wei and Eei Hui-Pei Tty lived up to their status as world No. 1s to win the men’s singles and women’s doubles titles respectively.

And although the men’s pair of Kien Keat-Boon Heong have not won any title since their success at the Swiss Open in March, they have been showing steady improvement. In the Indonesia Open, they gave a good fight against China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng before bowing out in the semi-finals.

 

Saina should target Hyderabad world meet

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Published: 23 June 2009
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Bangalore: With a Super Series title in her bag, Saina Nehwal can afford to relax and savour the moment. But not for long, as the Malaysian Open GP begins this week and she will have to get battle-ready all over again.

But beyond her immediate task at the Malaysian Open, the Indian will have to get used to her automatic elevation as one of the favourites for the World Championships on home turf in August. Given the media attention in the run-up to the event, Saina can expect to be closely followed and talked-about.

The Indonesian title makes her only one among four or five players capable of resisting China's juggernaut. Tine Rasmussen (Denmark), Zhou Mi and Wang Chen (both former Chinese internationals playing for Hong Kong), Pi Hongyan (China-born Frenchwoman), Wong Mew Choo (Malaysia) are the only players who have breached the Chinese wall.

Of these, Rasmussen is in her late twenties, while Zhou Mi, Wang Chen and Pi Hongyan are on the wrong side of the 30s. Malaysian Wong Mew Choo has had recurring knee problems.

 

Chong Wei right on track (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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LEE Chong Wei made a telling statement when he won the Indonesia Open singles title on Sunday that he is not just on track but will be Malaysia's best bet to clinch a title in the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

Chong Wei's ability to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat in the Singapore Open just a week ago and destroy Indonesia's favourite sporting idol, Taufik Hidayat in his own backyard, is a good sign that the Malaysian World No 1 can nail the major title in Hyderabad.

Lee Chong Wei (right) hugs Taufik Hidayat after beating him on Sunday.



Sunday's win by no means makes him the favourite for the singles title in the World Championships as China's Olympic champion Lin Dan will be looking to seal his hat-trick in the event but nonetheless, this will be Chong Wei's best chance to put his more illustrious opponent in the shade.



Lin Dan has not been the same since winning gold in Beijing and it remains to be seen if he remains hungry enough to secure another world title.



Also, he seems uninterested to regain the World No 1 spot which he held for nearly four years. He has not won any title since clinching the All England in March.


However, Lin Dan's reputation as a player with the big match temperament will still make him the one to beat in Hyderabad.

 

'This can be my year'

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Published: 23 June 2009
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LEE Chong Wei is in a confident mood after winning his third Super Series title in Indonesia on Sunday and the World No 1 hopes his near-perfect season will land him his maiden World Championships title in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

But Chong Wei was at pains to stress that it can only be achieved if he prepares well in the coming weeks.


"I am conditioning myself for the World Championships. I feel that it will be my year if I prepare well," said Chong Wei, who also bagged this year's Malaysia and Swiss Open titles, in Johor Baru yesterday.


Chong Wei will be competing in his fifth world meet since taking the bronze on his debut in the 2005 edition in Anaheim, the United States.


 

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