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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu goes down to Saina Nehwal in Indian Badminton League (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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New Delhi:  India ace Saina Nehwal today notched up a straight-game victory over rising shuttler P V Sindhu in the women's singles competition to help Hyderabad Hotshots enjoy a 2-0 lead against Awadhe warriors in the inaugural Indian badminton League (IBL), here on Thursday. Touted as the biggest match of the day, the clash between Saina and Sindhu turned out to a one-sided affair as the London Olympics bronze medallist showed why she is considered the badminton queen of India as she beat her junior rival 21-19 21-8 in the second match of the opening rubber.

Touted as the biggest match of the day, the clash between Saina and Sindhu turned out to a one-sided affair as the London Olympics bronze medallist showed why she is considered the badminton queen of India as she beat her junior rival 21-19 21-8 in the second match of the opening rubber.

While Sindhu looked a faint memory of her dominating self which earned her the reputation of being a giant-killer, Saina's game did not reflect the fact that she could not win a single title this year and also failed to win a medal at the World Championship in China.

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Sweet Factory Becomes Assembly Line for Badminton Gold (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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BANGKOK—The House of Golden Teardrops, nestled among the sprawling northern suburbs of Bangkok, seems an unlikely hothouse for a new generation of badminton stars.

But this dessert factory has already produced one world champion, and there could be more in the pipeline if its owners have any say in the matter.

Thailand’s teenage world champion Ratchanok Inthanon first picked up a badminton racket here as a young child, after her parents moved to the plant from their home near the border with Cambodia to help make sweet dumplings and other Thai treats. The owner, Kamala Thongkorn, worried that young Ratchanok might run into vats of boiling water and super-heated sugar dotting the factory. She suggested that the girl might like to play badminton at the court built off to the side of the plant. Ms. Kamala’s sons were already showing promise and went on to represent their country.The House of Golden Tearsdrops’ badminton school grew from a single badminton court outside the dessert factory’s premises.

Today, one of Ms. Kamala’s sons, Pattapol Ngernsrisuk, 33, is Ms. Ratchanok’s coach. And the single badminton court attached to the factory has mushroomed into an 18-court badminton school that has attracted players from around the world–and is giving Thailand hope that it can churn out a slew of new players to compete at the highest levels of one of Asia’s most popular sports.

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Weighty issue on coach Kim Her's mind (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s men’s doubles shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How won the hearts of many with a fighting display en route to losing to four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou recently.

But national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her believes that his charges could have pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament had Thien How been trimmer and fitter.Malaysia's men’s doubles shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How (left) lost to China's Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou. Coach Tan Kim Her believes the duo could have pulled off a big upset had Thien How been trimmer and fitter.

“It’s unfortunate that some players have to battle with weight issues ... but I know that Thien How had put in a lot of effort to reduce his weight,” said Kim Her.

“Earlier this year, the National Sports Institute (NSI) experts worked closely with him and kept tabs of his progress. It’s just unfortunate that he could not lose more.

“But I’m confident that with NSI playing their part and Thien How trying his best, he will only become better.”

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BWF air-con ruling leaves Malaysia hot and bothered

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Published: 16 August 2013
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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have failed to cool a heated row between Chinese and Malaysian governing bodies over air conditioning during the men's singles final at the world championships on Sunday.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) were unhappy as temperatures soared at the Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou during the showpiece match between their charge Lee Chong Wei and China's Lin Dan.

Lee had taken the first set but struggled in the second before quitting in the third with cramps, with Malaysian media claiming that the air conditioning had been switched off midway through the match to aid Lin.

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Air-con controversy not cool for badminton (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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Badminton and controversy are not exactly strangers but a row involving the air conditioning at the world men's singles final is causing a headache the sport could do without.

The Guangzhou showdown between home favourite Lin Dan, the four-time champion, and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, his main rival and the world number one, had the makings of a classic.Lee Chong Wei is stretchered away during his World Badminton Championships final against Lin Dan in Guangzhou on August 11, 2013. Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp.

But Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp as he faced match point.

"It was so hot inside and Chong Wei was dehydrated. This led to him suffering cramps," Lee's coach Tey Seu Bock told Malaysian newspaper The Star.

"This is not right. The players were suffering. At one point, Chong Wei was struggling to breathe," he added.

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