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Number one is still a distant dream : Saina (pic)

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Published: 06 July 2009
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New Delhi, July 04: She is inching closer to being among the world's top five and is tipped to be number one in the next couple of years but ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says being numero uno is still a very distant dream.Saina

The legendary Prakash Padukone considers Saina talented enough to be at the top in the next two years but the 20-year-old doesn't want to aim so high right now.

"Prakash sir has been very encouraging, I also want to be the number one but I don't want to think about that now. I would have to be at my best to achieve that. I have to be consistent and win back-to-back tournament," Saina said after going up a rung to sixth in the latest world rankings.

She has become the first Indian woman and third overall, after Pullela Gopichand and Padukone, to achieve such a ranking.

 

Below par Anand powers to title (pic)

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Published: 06 July 2009
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Mumbai: A below par Chetan Anand proved too good for Anand Pawar as he clinched the men’s singles title at the Tata Open all-India ranking badminton tournament here Sunday. Chetan Anand

Weary and sluggish, Chetan was forced to dig deep into his vast experience to overcome local favourite Pawar 20-22, 21-12, 21-17 at the Cricket Club of India courts.

“I am not happy with the way I won. I couldn’t play my natural game, which is to attack. I had to change my style and play rallies,” world no.14 Chetan said after pocketing the winner’s cheque of Rs. 75, 000.

“Fitness played a role. Today (Sunday) I was a little slow. At the international level it’s not going to help me,” a candid Chetan said.

Chetan took an early 5-2 lead in the opening game but Pawar caught up and went 20-14 up. But the top seed won the next six points before the Mumbaikar pulled up his socks and closed out the game.

 

Mohd Arif now keen to raise his own expectations

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The national back-up shuttlers led by Mohd Arif Abdul Latif are ready to take up the challenge thrown at them by newly-appointed men’s singles coach Hendrawan.

For now, Arif said that the Indonesian former world champion wanted from them full commitment and unwavering attention in training.

Besides Arif, the others under the charge of Hendrawan are Tan Chun Seang, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren.

“He wants us to give him in training the same commitment that we give during competition. He had a one-to-one talk with all of us,” said Arif.

Although the style of training differs from their coach of four years, Rashid Si­­­­dek, Arif said that both had the same focus.

“Like Rashid, Hendrawan also gives greater concentration in what is lacking in our game and the touch is more personalised. It is all about hard work and quality in training. We consider this as a new phase of life in our badminton careers,” he said.

 
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Chinese dominate RP Open badminton

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Published: 06 July 2009
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MANILA - Shuttlers from China emerged on top at the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Gold Grand Prix Badminton Championships 2009, bagging four titles in Sunday’s finals.

Chinese players won the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles championships at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City.

Chen Long bested Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, 21-13, 21-6, to win his first international crown, reported PhilOpenBadminton.com. Chen, ranked 39th in the world, took home $9,000. He is a former world and Asian juniors champion.

On the women’s side, 2007 champion Zhou Mi of Hong Kong failed to defend her title as she bowed out to unranked player Wang Xin of China in three sets.

Wang claimed her first international title with a 21-10, 12-21, 23-21 victory. She received $9,000.

Wei Yili Win and Gao Ling, meantime, prevailed over Indonesian pair Meiliana Jauhari  and Shendy Pupsa Irawati, 21-11, 21-11. The Chinese shuttlers went home with $8,160 as the Women’s Doubles champions.

Zhang Nan and Lu Lu beat compatriots Chen Zhiben and Zhang Jinkang, 22-20, 21-19, to claim the mixed doubles crown. Zhang and Lu received the top prize of $8,160.

The fifth title at stake at the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open 2009 went to Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano.

The Indonesians got $8,160 after winning the Men's Doubles final, 10-21, 21-14, 21-17, against Hendra Gunawan and Alvent Yuliento Chandra, also from Indonesia.

The recently concluded event was organized by the Philippine Badminton Association and sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation and Badminton Asian Confederation.

 
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All-Chinese final in three events

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Published: 05 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines—World No. 1 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong overcame four match points to turn back her Chinese rival yesterday and barge into the women’s singles finals of the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Grand Prix Gold badminton championships at the Philsports Arena.

The 6-foot-2 Zhou used her long reach to cover the court with authority but needed a great rally to pull off a 13-21, 21-14, 22-20 win over fourth seed and world No. 13 Jiang Yanjiao.

The 30-year-old Zhou enjoyed the support of the hometown crowd while battling the Chinese, who on Friday night broke their hearts after beating 13-year-old Filipina wonder Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala.

 

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