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Lee stretches World No 1 reign to five months

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Published: 30 January 2009
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LEE Chong Wei completed his reign as the World No 1 for a fifth consecutive month when he remained at the top of the men's singles ranking released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday.

This is by far the longest reign as the World No 1 by any Malaysian singles or doubles and he is set to be at the top until the All England in March.

Chong Wei, who enjoys a healthy 14,459-point lead over World No 2 Lin Dan of China, needs to reach the semi-finals of the All England (Mar 3-8) and Swiss Open (on Mar 10-15) to continue his reign.

Meanwhile, women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui maintained their position as the World No 2 behind Taiwan's Chen Wen Hsing-Chie Yu Chin.

The men's doubles ranking also remained unchanged where South Koreans Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae are the World No 1 while Malaysians Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Wong Mew Choo, despite her injury woes, is still the highest ranked Malaysian in the women's singles at No 12 while Julia Wong is 14th and Lydia Cheah 35th.

Julia has the opportunity to overtake Mew Choo after the All England and Swiss Open if the latter fails to recover from her injuries and misses the tournaments.
 
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Badminton stars aim to shine in championships

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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WEDNESDAY’S draw for this weekend’s Yonex Scottish National Championships features several Lanarkshire badminton stars in key matches.

The competition, which will be held at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth, could see Lanark’s Kenny Young come up against second seed Kieran Merrilees of Glasgow in the men’s singles semi-final if the draw unravels according to seeding, although former champion Gordon Thomson (Glasgow) may stand in Kenny’s way.

Rising star Kirsty Gilmour, the 15-year-old Bank of Scotland Under-17 champion from Bothwell, is expected to meet Glasgow’s Linda Sloan in the women’s singles semi-final.

Bellshill’s Andrew Bowman teams up with Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper, the Bank of Scotland international women’s doubles champ, in the mixed doubles.

The second seeds will start with a second-round clash with Keith Turnbull from Larkhall and Kirsten Geals of Mauchline.

 

Taufik Quits Camp, Says Time to Go Own Way

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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Taufik Hidayat isn’t done with badminton — he’s just done doing it Indonesia’s way.

After 12 years in the Indonesian Badminton Association, or PSBI, national training camp, the 27-year-old officially announced his withdrawal on Friday. Though he left the camp, he still plans to pursue a professional career.

“I’ll still play as an Indonesian player, though not under the national team banner anymore,” Taufik said at a press conference. “I will never play for another country.”

 

Eei Hui-Pei Tty hoping to make history at the All-England

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Published: 26 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Their week-old reign as world No. 1 passed by without any fanfare but women’s doubles pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty know a real party awaits them if they can defy the odds and come up triumphant at the All England in March.

Last Thursday, Eei Hui-Pei Tty dropped to the second spot in the world standings after holding on to the number tag for a week. Taiwan’s Cheng Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin took over as world No. 1 following their superb win over local favourites Lee Hyo-jung-Lee Kyung-won en route to winning the Korean Open title.

Pei Tty said that the last week had been rather quiet for them.

In fact, Pei Tty and Eei Hui were more excited about the short break to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their families in Perak and Penang respectively.

 

Shuttlers will head to Sarawak for mental training (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 January 2009
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PREPARATIONS for the All England and Swiss Open Super Series will begin with separate motivational camps for the national singles and doubles squads in Kuching beginning on Friday.

The motivational camps, to be conducted by mental trainer Fred Tan, has been requested by coaches Misbun Sidek and Rexy Mainaky for their players to recuperate from a tough schedule which began with the Beijing Olympics last August.

The players have already started their condition training and Rexy has maintained that the motivational camp is something players need to attend before a tough season resumes with the German Open on Feb 24-March 1.Koo Kien Keat (front) and Tan Boon Heong were first spotted by Rexy Mainaky at the first stint in Kuching in 2006.

"The international calendar has been hectic and we had also started training immediately after the Malaysia Open.

"The motivational camp is needed to inject some freshness into the players," said Rexy.
"The players also need to do something different from the normal training schedule and that's why Kuching has been selected.

"Mental strength is a key factor that players need to improve and I am optimistic the players will gain a lot from the session in preparing for the All England and Swiss Open."

The German Open will only involve the back-up elite players while the national elite shuttlers will compete in the All England on March 3-8 and the Swiss Open on March 10-15.
 

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