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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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Category: Badminton News
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.”

 

Lin Dan fails to get semi finals, Lu Lan and Cai/Fu move forward (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The highly-expected Chinese single player to win the Indonesia Open 2009 Lin Dan failed to get a place in semi finals after being ousted by his compatriot Chen Jinin three games held here on Friday evening. China's Lin Dan returns the shuttlecock to his teammate Chen Jin during the men's singles quarterfinal at the Indonesian Badminton Tournament 2009 in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, June 19, 2009. Lin lost the match 1-2.

    After securing a win in the first game, Lin Dan, the world's number three single player, finally gave up to Chen Jin, the number six player, in three games that took almost one hour. The match ended in 2118, 1721 and 214.

    Becoming the China's highest-ranked shuttler in Men's single, Lin Dan is the much-expected one to win the super series in Indonesia since no single Chinese single player won the tournament in the last 20 years after Xiong Guobao in 1989.

    In the semi final, Chen Jin would take on the winner of the match contending Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, the world's number one, and Park Sung Hwan from South Korea.

    Meanwhile, Lu Lan, the world's number seven Women's single player ousted Wang Yihan, the number two player in an exhausting three games that ended 2110, 1121 and 2220.

    In another court, the number five Men's double Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng successfully finished the match in two games 2114 and 2114 after trashed out their American contender Howard Bach/Tony Gunawan.

 
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Taufik revels in being independent player

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 June 2009
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With a tournament imminent and the recent release of his new line of Yonex apparel, twenty-seven year old badminton superstar, Taufik Hidayat, seems to be juggling a lot for one person.

However, while sitting with a seemingly cool and relaxed demeanor in the Phoenix Restaurant in the Hotel Sultan in Jakarta, he seems to have put his thoughts about his business venture aside and directed his attention to the next task at hand, his first game in the Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series.

"I feel good about the tournament, but I'm also feeling *under* a little pressure to win," says Taufik when asked about his feelings about the tournament.

Having just resigned from PBSI, the national badminton team, life as Indonesia's number one badminton player has changed slightly.

He insists that his departure from the organization was not in spite, but rather he wants to make way for a new generation of players and to spread the earnings from winnings amongst other Indonesian players.

 

Saina to face Lin in Indonesian Super Series final

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Published: 21 June 2009
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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) India’s Saina Nehwal edged past China’s Lu Lan in the semifinals of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Jakarta Saturday to set up a title clash with Lin Wang, also of China.
The World No. 8 Saina, seeded sixth, survived a 39-minute grueling battle to beat seventh-seed Lu 25-23, 21-19.

For Saina, Lu was a tough nut to crack as the Chinese matched her every point and the first game was poised at 13-13 and then 23-23. But the Indian held her nerve and pocketed the last two points to win 25-23.

In the second game, Saina came from 0-5 down to make it 13-all before winning 21-19.

In the other semifinal, third seed Lin found it easy and registered a 21-19, 21-13 win over her compatriot and eight-seed Xingfang Xie.

 
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