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Vietnamese enter Asian badminton championship finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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Pham Cao Hieu and Nguyen Thi Sen are the only Vietnamese players to make their way through to the final rounds of the Happy Suwon Badminton Asia Championships in the Republic of Korea.

The mixed pair won twice to top their qualifying group in the mixed doubles at Suwon City’s Indoor Stadium.

Hieu and Sen on April 7 beat Kazaks Samat Yerzhkanov and Veronika Sorokina 21-8 and 21-13 after taking 25 minutes to oust Uzbekistan’s Emil Mirgalautdinov and Kamila Larimova 21-11 and 21-8.

In the next round on April 8, they face Indonesians Marissa Vita and Limpele Landy. This would be a tough match as Vita is seeded fifth in the women’s singles.

The Vietnamese couple of Huynh Nguyen Khang and Vu Thi Trang went straight through to the finals and will face the host country’s Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung.

Also through are teammates Thai Thi Hong Gam and Duong Bao Duc, who now face China’s Chen Zhiben and Zhang Jinkang.

 
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Co-ed badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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Coming off a tough 2008 season, Palo Alto High School's varsity badminton team looks optimistic in preparation for the games ahead.

"We hope to win more than one game this season," coach Kara Prentice said. "Hopefully we can place somewhere in the middle."

 

What's the deal with badminton? (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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When picturing the quintessential Paly athlete, one might envision a tall, burly student clad in a decked-out letterman jacket, his face recognizable by all as he walks across the quad with his similarly-dressed teammates. And in all probability, this archetypal athlete would not be a badminton player.

Although badminton has been at Paly since the 1970s, and boasts a roster of roughly 60 players each year, the team receives very little recognition in the athletic community. The challenges of the sport and the inner workings of the team are a mystery to many, which eaves the masses questioning: behind the closed doors of the Paly gym, what is the deal with badminton?

The first than that Paly's badminton team wants people to know is that badminton, or "baddy", is a real and challenging sport.
Richard Chern ('10) prepares to hit the shuttlecock at practice  Read more: Paly Voice: What's the deal with badminton? - http://voice.paly.net/view_story.php?id=8170#ixzz0C7C7FaUm
"I always have to defend badminton," Hillary Yuan ('10) said. "It's more difficult than you would expect. There is a lot of strategy, agility and quick thinking involved. The birdie goes up to 200 miles per hour; you can't even see it. I would like to see a football player try to play badminton. They may be strong [athletes], but if you shoot behind them, they'll lose their balance and fall backwards."

Yuan's claims about badminton's challenges receive some support from an April 2004 ESPN Page 2 investigation that determined which sports were truly the most difficult. A panel of experts decided that badminton ranked 30th overall out of the 60 sports rated, due to extremely high scores for agility, hand-eye coordination and analytical aptitude. While not an entirely definitive analysis, badminton did beat out skateboarding, bull riding and diving, among other sports, to claim a spot in the top 30.

Badminton player Ivan Zhao ('10) agrees with Yuan that the sport is misunderstood.

"Most people don't understand how hard it is, and they would probably get their butt kicked if they tried to play," Zhao said. "It's not a sport you naturally know how to do, like running. It takes a lot of skill and practice to be good at badminton. And you do have to condition."

Badminton conditioning at Paly entails roughly two miles of running, in addition to drills such a frog jumps, push-ups and liners. Conditioning focuses on footwork, which is considered the foundation of badminton.

"Footwork is the most important aspect of the sport, yet it's the most unappreciated," Zhao said.

According to Zhao, the badminton conditioning at cross-town badminton powerhouse Henry M. Gunn High School is more strenuous than football conditioning.
 

Eei Hui doing light workout after recovering from injury (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles shuttler Chin Eei Hui was told to stay away from training until she was sure that injuries would not bring her down again.

And yesterday, she reported for light training at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara after being out from the scene after conceding a walkover in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open in mid last month because of a back injury.

Despite handing a walkover to South Koreans Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung, Eei Hui in her partnership with Wong Pei Tty still hung on to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

With the return of Eei Hui, there is hope for the duo to represent Malaysia at the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

 

Hee Chun ready to take on top Indon pair

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Doubles shuttler Mak Hee Chun is one who fears none in competitions.

And he is eagerly looking forward to an opportunity to play against Indonesian giants Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which begin tomorrow in Suwon, South Korea.

The former world junior champion Hee Chun partners Tan Wee Kiong and he will be making his debut in the ABC.

“They are the world and Olympic champions. We have a chance of meeting them in the quarter-finals and hopefully, we will get the match. It will be good to see where we stand against them,” said Hee Chun.

 

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