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Another chance for Hafiz, Beng Hong (pic)

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Published: 02 July 2009
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WILL the 30-minute pep talk by former world champion Hendrawan yesterday inspire Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong to resurrect their respective careers?
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) certainly hopes so as it will as both under-performing shuttlers are struggling to justify their places in the national squad. have become been long overdue in the national team.Hafiz Hashim is struggling to keep his place in the national squad.

Hendrawan, in his first day at work as national singles coach, gave a pep talk to the national back-up elite players together with Hafiz and Beng Hong, where he reminded them over the importance of setting and achieving goals.

“I spoke to them about why it is a must for them to set targets and goals and also to achieve them. Setting a goal is a must as it will help set a proper direction,” said Hendrawan at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Jalil yesterday.

 

Hendrawan willing to help anyone become a world champion (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: As a player, Hendrawan reached the pinnacle when he bagged the world men’s singles crown in the championships in Seville in 2001.

And the generous Indonesian is willing to help Lee Chong Wei achieve the same goal in this year’s championships, which will be held in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.Hands-on coach: Hendrawan teaching Mohd Hafiz Hashim (right) how to return a net shot during training yesterday.

Hendrawan got down to work with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as one of their singles coaches at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.

For a start, he has been given the task to take charge of the four elite back-up shuttlers but he is willing to help anyone, including Chong Wei.

“Chong Wei can have a discussion with me. I am always available to share my experience with him.

 

Asuncions progress in RP Open badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 July 2009
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MANILA - Siblings Kennevic and Kennie Asuncion of the Philippines continued their bid for the Mixed Doubles crown at the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Gold Grand Prix Badminton Championships 2009 Wednesday in Pasig City.

The Asuncions blasted fellow Filipinos Joffre Arollado and Irene Chiu, 21-10, 21-7, to set up a round of 16 match against Chinese pair Qiu Zihan and Deng Yuting on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA).

Filipino pair Malvinne Ann Venice Alcantara and Ronel Estanislao also made it to the round of 16, reported PhilOpenBadminton.com. They prevailed over Japan’s Katsuhito Sakurai and Yuka Hayashi, 21-17, 21-19.

Gelita Castillo and Gregg Paz, however, lost in their opening match as they were beaten by Susanto Njoto and Ng Ka Shun of Hong Kong, 12-21, 11-21.

In the Men’s Singles, China’s Chen Long defeated Rodel Bartolome of the Philippines, 21-10, 21-5. He faces Indonesian Yogendran Krishnan in the round of 16.

Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki got the better of Malaysian Pei Wee Chung, 21-14, 21-10. He is set to play against another Malaysian, Lee Tsuen Seng on Thursday.

Chinese Du Pengyu of China, meantime, will face Malaysia’s Sairul Amar Ayob in the third round. Du beat the only non-Asian entry in the men’s singles, Iztok Utrosa of Slovenia, 21-8, 21-10.

Other badminton players who posted wins in the tournament’s opening day are Lu Qicheng, Zhou Wenlong and Adnan Fauzi.

Women shuttlers who succeeded in their first day matches include Sachiyo Imai, Mong Kwan Yi,  Rie Eto, Jiang Yanjiao, Nguyen Le Ngoc and Chan Hung Ling.

Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi won over Yu Wakita of Japan, 21-16, 21-15, to reach the second round. She will face Indonesian Aprillia Yuswandari.

Yip Pui Yin, also of Hong Kong, defeated Chiu, 21-11, 21-9. She is set to play compatriot Chan Tsz Ka in the second round.

 
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Rising badminton star vows to improve game (pic)

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Published: 02 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – Fatima Cruz may have suffered her first defeat as a member of the national badminton team but the youngster is not about to lose hope.Philippines' team player Fatima Cruz lost to Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong in the first round of the RP Open

The 18 year-old Cruz lost to Hong Kong’s Mong Kwan Yi in the first round of the Bingo Bonanza Open badminton championships at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The tournament is joined by some of the world’s top players from powerhouse nations like Indonesia, Malaysia and China, which is why even her coaches are not keeping expectations high.

“Of course we want to win, but they (coaches) would always tell us to show others that we can fight until the end,” said Cruz, who lost her first round match along with fellow national team players Gelita Castillo and Janelle De Vera.

The Philippines suffered heavy casualty at the start of the tournament Wednesday, with only four out of 26 local shuttlers advancing to the next round.

Like Cruz, most of the national team players fielded in the tournament are youngsters.
“We were never pressured to win. It was a learning experience for all of us,” she said.

Cruz started playing badminton in her grade school years and saw action at the Palarong Pambansa during high school.

“I just saw players and I instantly admired their skills and I told myself that I’ll be like them someday,” she said.

 

Pinay teen barges into RP Open q’finals (pic)

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Published: 02 July 2009
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Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala overpowered Camille Krisnin Yang, 21-9, 21-7, in a duel of local bets on Thursday to barge into the quarterfinal round of the women’s singles in the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippine Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The 13-year-old Alcala, who trounced Ella Dorado, 21-8, 21-3, in the first round on Wednesday, used a variety of shots to outplay Yang and arrange a showdown with fourth ranked Jiang Yanjiao of China, who zapped Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc of Vietnam, 21-13, 21-12, in the other Last 16 clash.Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala reaches the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Unranked Sachiyo Imai, who shocked No. 8 Maja Tvrdy of Slovenia, 21-13, 21-10, in the first round, continued to dish out fine form as she bundled out Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong, 21-13, 21-11, to gain a spot in the Last 8.

 
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