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Arif yet to make the grade (pic)

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Published: 03 April 2009
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ARIF Latif, a national back-up shuttler, has been touted as one of the young stars of local badminton but to date has yet to make the grade and this does not augur well for his playing career.

Arif, 20, has not been performing to expectations despite being pushed to the limit by national singles coach Rashid Sidek.

He started the year by failing to make the main draw of the Proton Malaysia Open in January, but showed some promise in the Korea Open (January) where he reached the last 16. National back-up shuttler Arif Latif

Arif failed to build on the momentum in following tournaments where he failed to get past the first round of the German Open and India Open, both last month.

"I admit that I'm rather weak in the mental aspects of the game. I do really well in training but find it tough to make things happen in tournaments," said Arif yesterday.
"I was one of the top juniors in Asia but now I'm nothing as a senior player.
 
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Bao to miss ABC and Sudirman Cup

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 April 2009
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The Chinese officials and doctors have decided to postpon Bao's knee Operation and to let him train until the end of May, said Li Yongbo on Tuesday to Chinese Press. The expert have guessed that the recovery chances after operation was 70 % and hence wanted to try a training recovery period first.

This means the tall left hander will miss both the Asian Badminton Championships next week in Suwon as well as the Sudirman Cup. Bao had earlier said he was willing to undergo surgery as soon as possible. This training period might have another consequence as Bao may then not have enough points to qualify for the World Championships in Hyderabad, India.

 
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Vivian: I am happy I switched to doubles

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A decision to switch from singles to doubles is bearing fruit for youngster Vivian Hoo.

She is now in national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky’s big plan for future and may even get an early break to feature in the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

The 19-year-old Vivian underwent her first session of training under Rexy at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday together with the others preparing for the Sudirman Cup.

Among those she sparred with was seasoned campaigner Wong Pei Tty. Pei Tty’s partner Chin Eei Hui is now undergoing rehabilitation programme to recover from a back injury.

 
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Taufik Hidayat claims Indian Open badminton title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 March 2009
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Winning party: Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat (right) and Malaysia's Muhammad Hafiz Hashim pose for photographs at the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2009 badminton tournament in Hyderabad, India, on Sunday. Second-seeded Taufik defeated Hashim 21-18, 21-19 on Sunday to clinch the India Open men's singles title. AP/Mahesh Kumar A

Second-seeded Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia defeated Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia 21-18, 21-19 on Sunday to clinch the India Open men's singles title, while top-seeded Pi Hongyan of France took the women's event.

Taufik, winner of all previous six meetings with Hashim, exuded confidence in his strokes and succeeded in inducing errors from his Malaysian opponent.

"The score was close; winning a title is always very satisfying," Taufik said.

 

Hidayat to fight it out with Hashim (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 March 2009
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HYDERABAD: World No.7 Taufik Hidayat came up with a vintage display to outclass Tommy Sugiarto 21-13, 21-11 in the men’s singles semifinals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Gold Grand Prix badminton championship here on Saturday.

He will fight it out with former All England champion Muhammed Hafiz Hashim, who downed a fighting Chen Long 21-18, 19-21, 21-15 in the other semifinal.

IN TOP GEAR: Taufik Hidayat showed his class in taming Tommy Sugiarto in the semifinals.

 

In today’s match, second-seeded Hidayat gave enough indication that he was moving into top gear.

Hidayat’s down the line smashes were impeccable. A patchy Sugiarto was up against an opponent, who played like someone possessed. The sizeable crowd enjoyed watching Hidayat at his best.

“I have to be in top form tomorrow to win the final,” said Hidayat later. “I cannot afford to go for the high serve in this format. You have to keep the shuttle as low as possible.”

 
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