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Khe Wei and Vivian smash their way into first-ever final (pic)

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Published: 03 October 2011
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PETALING JAYA: The much improved pair of Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo finally qualified for their first ever final appearance when they smashed past their Thai opponents in the semi-finals of the Indonesian Open GP Gold at East Kalimantan yesterday.Getting it right: Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo (inset) defeated Thai pair Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen to reach the final of the Indonesian Open GP Gold event in East Kalimantan yestertday.

Khe Wei-Vivian twice came close to reaching their first career final in the Thailand Open back in May and the Taiwan Open last month only to falter in the semi-finals.

This time, however, the young pair made no mistake as they led from start to finish against Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen winning 21-12, 21-13 in just 29 minutes.


Badminton: Hayom’s Win Adds Twist to SEA Games Debate

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Published: 03 October 2011
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The race for men’s singles berths at the Southeast Asian Games got tighter on Sunday after Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka’s victory at the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold.

Hayom’s 21-16, 21-17 defeat of Tommy Sugiarto, a fellow SEA Games hopeful, at Palaran Sports Hall in Samarinda left the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) plenty to ponder when selecting the national team.

Hayom, whose place in the national team had been under fire after losing in the first round in four successive tournaments, showed he still had the talent that brought him to prominence in the first place.


I am saving my tears for the Olympics: Ashwini Ponnappa (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2011
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Ashwini Ponnappa  is the new pin-up girl of badminton! The 22-year-old shuttler, who scores high in the looks department too, is happy to be amongst the select few who have raised the benchmark in this particular sport. Excerpts from an interview:The new poster girl of badminton, Ashwini Ponnappa, says there is not much hoi halla 'cos she is a doubles player.

The China trip may not have been too good for you but you recently won the bronze in the doubles category at the World Championships - a feat that has come home to India after long years...

Yeah, it's awesome, the feeling, the emotion that we have done something like this makes you feel great!


Daren eyes good show in Indonesia after missing Japan Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 September 2011
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PETALING JAYA: National elite shuttler Liew Daren (pic) insists that he is not at all disappointed after missing out on the recently-ended Japan Open.

Instead, he is looking forward to the Indonesian Open GP Gold, which begins today.

Daren, who has shown good improvement to climb to No. 42 in the world rankings, had qualified for the Japan meet last week but was not given the green light to compete by the BA of Malaysia (BAM).Daren Liew

And the 24-year-old Daren, who reached the quarter-finals of the Vietnam Open last month, believes that “it is actually a blessing in disguise”.

“I’m not really disappointed about not going to Japan because I have been competing in a lot of tournaments lately,” said Daren, who also competed in the Taiwan Open and China Masters earlier this month.

“That deprived me of the opportunity to train and I’m actually glad I didn’t go because I finally got the last week to catch up on some training.”

For the Indonesian Open, Daren has been drawn against sixth seed Simon Santoso of Indonesia in the first round and is aware that it will not be a walk in the park.

If Daren can score an upset win over the 2009 SEA Games champion, he could face an easy path into the quarter-finals.

He could meet compatriot Misbun Ramdan Misbun in the second round and possibly Singapore’s Robin Gonansa in the third.


Japan Open champ is now the man to beat at Olympics (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chen Long’s victory over world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei at the Japan Open has marked him out as the shuttler to beat at next year’s Olympic Games in London.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old Chinese shuttler showed incredible determination to beat Malaysian Chong Wei 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 in one hour and 13 minutes to boost his confidence ahead of the Olympics.Earning respect: China’s Chen Long raising his winning plate on the podium after he won the Japan Open men’s singles title by beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 in the final on Sunday.

With the win over Chong Wei, who has been in dominant form this year, Chen Long has beaten all the top players in the world in his third year as a senior shuttler.

The 2007 world junior champion did beat Chong Wei in the 2009 India Open but then the Malaysian was in questionable form following a bout of food poisoning.




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