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Shuttler takes her chance with ‘Super Dan’

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Published: 19 November 2010
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WHILE millionaire superstars such as Liu Xiang and Lin Dan grab the headlines and glory at the Asian Games, it’s easy to forget the hundreds of lesser known athletes in their midst.

Take Nepalese shuttler Sujana Shrestha, the Himalayan country’s number two, who fulfilled her dream when she bumped into Chinese pin-up Lin Dan, widely regarded as the best badminton player of all time.

“I talked to him. Oh, actually it was not talking to him, I asked to take a photo with him,” said Sujana, 22, a journalism student who is doubling up playing at the Games while reporting on it.

“Lin Dan is my idol,” she added.

“He is a great player and a great person,” she was quoted as saying by the China Daily.

Sujana, who was raised in an orphanage, lost heavily in her singles and doubles matches on Tuesday.

“I’m really enjoying my stay here,” she said. I could have done better.”

 
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Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli and Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei meet in badminton women's doubles final

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Published: 19 November 2010
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Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli and Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei will meet in the women's doubles final to ensure the first badminton gold for China at these Asian Games.

Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli defeated Ha Jungeun/Lee Kyungwon of South Korea before Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei eliminated another South Korean pair Kim Minjung/Lee Hyojung in the semifinals on Thursday.

 
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Taufik Hidayat Out of Asian Games Men’s Badminton Singles

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Published: 19 November 2010
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Guangzhou, China. Reigning Asian Games champion Taufik Hidayat on Friday meekly bowed out of the men’s badminton singles at the quarter-final stage to South Korea’s Park Sung-Hwan.

The Indonesian world number three was subdued in losing 21-15, 21-16.

An ecstatic Park, who beat Chinese star Lin Dan at the world championships in Paris in August, collapsed on the court and banged his fists on the ground after securing victory.

 
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Saina shocked by Pui

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Published: 19 November 2010
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Guangzhou, Nov 18 -  India's strong medal hope Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women's singles badminton quarterfinals, losing 8-21, 21-8, 19-21 to Hong Kong's Pui Yin Yip in a tense encounter at the Asian Games here Thursday.

World No. 3 Saina, seeded second here, saved a matchpoint but that was not enough to see off the strong challenge of World No. 12 Pui, a silver medallist at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

 

Playing the last game of the day, Pui took an unexpected 5-2 lead and then hung on to put the pressure on the Indian.

 

Saina looked nervous, committing a slew of errors, while Pui focussed on finishing the points quickly with her sharp smashes.

 

Saina, however, came back strongly in the second game. After getting a measure of Pui's game, Saina slowed down the match and engaged her in rallies, before going for the kill.

 
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Koo-Tan to take on Japanese pair next

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Published: 18 November 2010
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DEFENDING champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were made to sweat before marching into the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the badminton competition at the Tianhe Gymnasium yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong certainly did not have it all their way against the aggressive Indian pair of A. Sanave-Rupesh Kumar before prevailing 21-15, 21-19.

And now the Malaysians have Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata standing in their path for a place in the semi-finals. The Japanese certainly have it in them to send the Malaysians home without a medal.

Boon Heong said that the hard-fought win over the Indian pair was a good warm-up ahead the quarter-final clash with the Japanese.

“It was our first match in the individual competition and we did not hit off right away,” he said.

 
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