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Chong Wei back in training

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Published: 16 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei began his first day of training – albeit a light session – at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara Thursday.

This is to show that he’s ready to move on from the disappointment of his controversial loss at the World Championships in Guangzhou on Sunday.

Chong Wei went down in the final to his nemesis Lin Dan of China 21-16, 13-21, 17-20 (rtd) in an anti-climactic ending, which saw the top seed struggling to find his footing, especially in the second game, when the air-conditioner was allegedly switched off.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday denied that the air-conditioner had been switched off during the match.

Towards the last few points at the end of the final, a dehydrated Chong Wei suffered cramps on his quadriceps and stomach, thus forcing him to throw in the towel.

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Indian Badminton League (IBL) Day 2 highlights: Saina Nehwal beats Pusarla Venkata Sindhu; Hyderabad Hotshots, Mumbai Masters win (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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New Delhi:  Saina Nehwal's Hyderabad Hotshots beat PV Sindhu's Awadhe Warriors 3-2 in first match on second day of the inaugural Indian Badminton League. Mumbai Masters beat Banga Beats 3-2 in the second match of the day. Catch all the IBL Day 2 highlights here:
The inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League now moves to Lucknow, which will host the six teams on August 17, 18.
01:10 (IST) Results of the day: Indian Badminton League - Telugu movie star Nagarjuna, co-owner of the Mumbai Masters, looked pleased as punch and enjoyed his time with the fans and supporters at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Mumbai Masters (MM) beat Banga Beats (BB) 3-2


Men's singles: Vladimir Ivanov (MM) beat P Kashyap (BB) 21-18 21-18.
Women's singles: Tai Tzu Ying (BB) beat Tine Baun (MM) 21-17 21-18.
Men's doubles: Carsten Mogensen/Akshay Dewalkar (BB) beat Pranav Chopra/Manu Attri (MM) 21-13 21-12.
Men's singles: Marc Zwiebler (MM) beat Yun Hu (BB) 17-21 21-17 11-7.

 

Mixed doubles: Vladimir Ivanov/Sikki Reddy (MM) beat Akshay Dewalkar/Aparna Balan (BB) 21-18 21-19.
Hyderabad Hotshots (HH) beat Awadhe Warriors (AW) 3-2:

Men's singles: Tanongsak (HH) beats Gurusaidutt (AW) 15-21 21-14 11-9.

Women's singles: Saina Nehwal (HH) beat PV Sindhu (AW) 21-19 21-8.

Men's doubles: Markis Kido/Mathias Boe (AW) beat VS Goh/KW Lim (HH) 21-14 21-20.

Men's singles: K Srikanth (AW) beat Ajay Jayaram (HH) 21-17 21-19.
 
Mixed doubles: V Shem Goh/Pradnya Gadre (HH) beat Marcis Kido/Sapsiree (AW) 21-9 19-21 11-8.

01:02 (IST) Player of the match, Vladimir Ivanov, who pockets USD 500, said: "Our best is still to come. We won today without World No.1 Lee Chong Wei, I'm sure we can beat every team, once he is fit to play for us."


01:00 (IST) After the loss to Mumbai Masters, Banga Beats icon player Parupalli Kashyap said: "I congratulate Mumbai. It is just the starting game for us, I'm sure we'll get positive results. Credit goes to Ivanov. Enjoyed the crowd support, hope they travel with us everywhere."
00:49 (IST) Mixed Doubles: Mumbai Masters' Vladimir Ivanov/Sikki Reddy beat Banga Beats' A Dewalkar/Aparna Balan 21-18 21-19 in final match. Mumbai Masters beat Banga Beats 3-2.

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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu goes down to Saina Nehwal in Indian Badminton League (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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New Delhi:  India ace Saina Nehwal today notched up a straight-game victory over rising shuttler P V Sindhu in the women's singles competition to help Hyderabad Hotshots enjoy a 2-0 lead against Awadhe warriors in the inaugural Indian badminton League (IBL), here on Thursday. Touted as the biggest match of the day, the clash between Saina and Sindhu turned out to a one-sided affair as the London Olympics bronze medallist showed why she is considered the badminton queen of India as she beat her junior rival 21-19 21-8 in the second match of the opening rubber.

Touted as the biggest match of the day, the clash between Saina and Sindhu turned out to a one-sided affair as the London Olympics bronze medallist showed why she is considered the badminton queen of India as she beat her junior rival 21-19 21-8 in the second match of the opening rubber.

While Sindhu looked a faint memory of her dominating self which earned her the reputation of being a giant-killer, Saina's game did not reflect the fact that she could not win a single title this year and also failed to win a medal at the World Championship in China.

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Sweet Factory Becomes Assembly Line for Badminton Gold (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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BANGKOK—The House of Golden Teardrops, nestled among the sprawling northern suburbs of Bangkok, seems an unlikely hothouse for a new generation of badminton stars.

But this dessert factory has already produced one world champion, and there could be more in the pipeline if its owners have any say in the matter.

Thailand’s teenage world champion Ratchanok Inthanon first picked up a badminton racket here as a young child, after her parents moved to the plant from their home near the border with Cambodia to help make sweet dumplings and other Thai treats. The owner, Kamala Thongkorn, worried that young Ratchanok might run into vats of boiling water and super-heated sugar dotting the factory. She suggested that the girl might like to play badminton at the court built off to the side of the plant. Ms. Kamala’s sons were already showing promise and went on to represent their country.The House of Golden Tearsdrops’ badminton school grew from a single badminton court outside the dessert factory’s premises.

Today, one of Ms. Kamala’s sons, Pattapol Ngernsrisuk, 33, is Ms. Ratchanok’s coach. And the single badminton court attached to the factory has mushroomed into an 18-court badminton school that has attracted players from around the world–and is giving Thailand hope that it can churn out a slew of new players to compete at the highest levels of one of Asia’s most popular sports.

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Weighty issue on coach Kim Her's mind (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s men’s doubles shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How won the hearts of many with a fighting display en route to losing to four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou recently.

But national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her believes that his charges could have pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament had Thien How been trimmer and fitter.Malaysia's men’s doubles shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How (left) lost to China's Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou. Coach Tan Kim Her believes the duo could have pulled off a big upset had Thien How been trimmer and fitter.

“It’s unfortunate that some players have to battle with weight issues ... but I know that Thien How had put in a lot of effort to reduce his weight,” said Kim Her.

“Earlier this year, the National Sports Institute (NSI) experts worked closely with him and kept tabs of his progress. It’s just unfortunate that he could not lose more.

“But I’m confident that with NSI playing their part and Thien How trying his best, he will only become better.”

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