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A Chong Wei- Lin Dan semi-final on the cards this time (pic)

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Published: 04 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: A possible showdown in the semi-finals between world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Lin Dan sets the stage for a thrilling Indonesian Open badminton championships in Jakarta from June 16-21.

Both players skipped the Indonesian Open last year to concentrate on preparing for the Beijing Olympics but this time, they have committed themselves to the event, which will be held back-to-back to the Singapore Open from June 9-14.

Their presence in the Indonesian Open is no surprise because it is the last Super Series tournament offering ranking points to the World Championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.Lucky Chun Seang counts his blessings

Lin Dan has dropped to third spot in the latest world rankings behind Dane Peter-Gade Christensen and Chong Wei. And the two-time world champion will be playing in a Super Series tournament as the third seed for the first time and in the draw yesterday, he found himself in the same half as Chong Wei.

 

Chong Wei aims to live up to his reputation in Singapore Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: After suffering an unexpected blip in his last Open tournament two months ago, Lee Chong Wei will be looking to live up to his reputation as the world’s top ranked singles player in the Singapore Open next week.

Chong Wei suffered food poisoning at the Indian Open and the weakened shuttler was beaten by Chinese junior Chen Long in the first round.

Olympic champion Lin Dan is giving the Singapore Open a skip for the second successive year and it again presents Chong Wei, who leads one of the smallest Malaysian teams in years to the championships, a good opportunity to win a third Super Series title this year.

 

Hendrawan aims to take Malaysia to greater heights in badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 June 2009
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FORMER world champion Hen drawan received hundreds of responses from his disappointed fans in Facebook when news broke on his appointment as the singles coach of the Malaysian national team. And even his players could not accept it. The Indonesian tells Starsport’s RAJES PAUL on the difficult decision that he had to take and the new challenges that he is ready to face with the Malaysian team.

AN offer to coach Malaysia is nothing new to me. In fact, it dated back to 2005 during the Thomas Cup qualifying tournament in India.

Then, I was just two years into coaching the Indonesian women’s singles team.

It was Rexy (Mainaky), who approached me first. He asked whether I was interested to coach Malaysia.

That was the start and since then, I have been approached by the Malaysian officials every year until I said yes to them recently.

It took me four years to have the courage to say yes to Malaysia even though I have had offers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Poland.

 

Good bye ... and good luck, Hendrawan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 June 2009
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Never question his nationalism, but for Indonesia's badminton coach, Hendrawan, enough is enough. Money, challenges and disappointments were the key factors leading to his recent resignation, from his position as the national coach for men's singles at the Indonesian Badminton Center in Cipayung, East Jakarta.

Hendrawan's decision was not without strong opposition. His fans immediately sent responses to his Facebook account. Most of them asked if he had lost his "love for Indonesia". Others wished him good luck in his new job training Malaysia's young players for the 2012 Olympics.

"Life is about making choices. But many people still can't understand why I have chosen to move to Malaysia," Hendrawan said Wednesday.

Hendrawan had only recently received his Republic of Indonesia Citizenship Certificate (SBKRI) in 2002, after then President Megawati Soekarnoputri intervened personally and ordered officials at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry push his paperwork forward. He had presented Indonesia with a silver medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, a silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a 2001 World Champion title and Thomas Cup men's team badminton championship titles three times.

Hence, Hendrawan wrote in his Facebook account, "Never question my nationalism."

Moving to Malaysia was not an easy decision for him to make. Hendrawan had asked for advice from his seniors - ranging from one of the country's badminton legends, Tan Joe Hock, motivator Andrie Wongso and his former physical trainer, Paulus Pasurney - to friends and some journalists.

The offer had come in 2005 with Malaysia setting its hopes on the 2012 London Olympics. The neighboring country has so far earned silver medals in the quadrennial event - in 1996 in the men's doubles with Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit, and in 2008 in the men's singles with Lee Chong Wei.

But Hendrawan, who became a women's singles coach in 2004, before switching to the men's singles in 2008, had turned down the offer because he had already promised himself to help his prot*g*es earn a medal at the Olympics. And he did help Maria Kristin Yulianti spoil China's ambition to clean sweep all medals in the women's singles in Beijing.

 

Saina aims to break into the top 5 by year end (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 June 2009
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Expressing happiness over achieving seventh position in the current world rankings, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal on Monday said she aims to break into the top five by the end of the year.

"This ranking is really amazing. I could not believe that I am in 7th position so fast. But my main aim is to be in the top five by the end of the year. I just want to work even more harder and win matches consistently," she told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"I am fully fit and eager to give my best for the coming tournaments," she said.

The ace player would play at the superseries events in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia during June.

Saina was presented the Most Promising Player of the World award of the Badminton World Federation here by V K Verma, president of Badminton Association of India.

 
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