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Mew Choo can get boost in limited time to get back on top

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Published: 24 June 2009
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MALAYSIA can hope for more than one title in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships, which begin today at the Ban­daraya Stadium here.

Elite shuttlers Lee Chong Wei, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are in good form. But it will be more meaningful if the top national women’s singles shuttler, Wong Mew Choo, emerges as one of the winners on Sunday.

Mew Choo, who is coming out of injuries, has been lying low while the other Malaysians have had their share of taking the limelight.

In the Indonesia Open last week, Chong Wei and Eei Hui-Pei Tty lived up to their status as world No. 1s to win the men’s singles and women’s doubles titles respectively.

And although the men’s pair of Kien Keat-Boon Heong have not won any title since their success at the Swiss Open in March, they have been showing steady improvement. In the Indonesia Open, they gave a good fight against China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng before bowing out in the semi-finals.

 

Saina should target Hyderabad world meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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Bangalore: With a Super Series title in her bag, Saina Nehwal can afford to relax and savour the moment. But not for long, as the Malaysian Open GP begins this week and she will have to get battle-ready all over again.

But beyond her immediate task at the Malaysian Open, the Indian will have to get used to her automatic elevation as one of the favourites for the World Championships on home turf in August. Given the media attention in the run-up to the event, Saina can expect to be closely followed and talked-about.

The Indonesian title makes her only one among four or five players capable of resisting China's juggernaut. Tine Rasmussen (Denmark), Zhou Mi and Wang Chen (both former Chinese internationals playing for Hong Kong), Pi Hongyan (China-born Frenchwoman), Wong Mew Choo (Malaysia) are the only players who have breached the Chinese wall.

Of these, Rasmussen is in her late twenties, while Zhou Mi, Wang Chen and Pi Hongyan are on the wrong side of the 30s. Malaysian Wong Mew Choo has had recurring knee problems.

 

Chong Wei right on track (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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LEE Chong Wei made a telling statement when he won the Indonesia Open singles title on Sunday that he is not just on track but will be Malaysia's best bet to clinch a title in the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

Chong Wei's ability to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat in the Singapore Open just a week ago and destroy Indonesia's favourite sporting idol, Taufik Hidayat in his own backyard, is a good sign that the Malaysian World No 1 can nail the major title in Hyderabad.

Lee Chong Wei (right) hugs Taufik Hidayat after beating him on Sunday.



Sunday's win by no means makes him the favourite for the singles title in the World Championships as China's Olympic champion Lin Dan will be looking to seal his hat-trick in the event but nonetheless, this will be Chong Wei's best chance to put his more illustrious opponent in the shade.



Lin Dan has not been the same since winning gold in Beijing and it remains to be seen if he remains hungry enough to secure another world title.



Also, he seems uninterested to regain the World No 1 spot which he held for nearly four years. He has not won any title since clinching the All England in March.


However, Lin Dan's reputation as a player with the big match temperament will still make him the one to beat in Hyderabad.

 

'This can be my year'

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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LEE Chong Wei is in a confident mood after winning his third Super Series title in Indonesia on Sunday and the World No 1 hopes his near-perfect season will land him his maiden World Championships title in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

But Chong Wei was at pains to stress that it can only be achieved if he prepares well in the coming weeks.


"I am conditioning myself for the World Championships. I feel that it will be my year if I prepare well," said Chong Wei, who also bagged this year's Malaysia and Swiss Open titles, in Johor Baru yesterday.


Chong Wei will be competing in his fifth world meet since taking the bronze on his debut in the 2005 edition in Anaheim, the United States.


 

Candra decides to teach younger brother Rendra the ropes (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: Brotherly love has prompted doubles specialist Candra Wijaya (pic) of Indonesia to make his first international appearance with the younger Rendra in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships.Candra Wijaya

The 34-year-old Candra will partner Rendra for a year to give an additional push to his brother’s badminton career.

The 25-year-old Rendra has been without a partner since his two-year partnership with Fran Kurniawan ended last year.

The duo won five international titles last year — the tournaments in Austria, Finland and Spain, the Indonesia Challenge and the Dutch Open.

 

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