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Choong Hann: Win will be a boost ahead of world meet (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s getting more challenging for seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann to train without a coach.

But it has not doused the fire in him from wanting to chalk up his biggest win of the year when he takes on China’s Bao Chunlai today in the second round of the Singapore Open.

Choong Hann advanced with a 21-18, 21-11 win over India’s Chetan Anand while Chunlai got an easy ride for a shot at a place in the quarter-finals when Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw retired after losing the first game 9-21.

The 31-year-old Choong Hann said that he was seeking for a timely boost ahead of the world championships, which will be played in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.All set: Wong Choon Hann wants to chalk up his biggest win of the year by beating Bao Chunlai in the second round.

The former Malaysian No. 1, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable to seek new fortunes as an independent player after the Beijing Olympics last year, will be making a fifth appearance in the world championships.

“A win against Chunlai will be a great boost to my preparations for the world championships. It will be my biggest win this year,” said Choong Hann in a telephone interview from Singapore.

 

Veteran pair Tan Fook-Wan Wah sent packing in the first round

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Published: 11 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran men’s doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah were sent packing in the first round of the Singapore Open yesterday.

The duo gave an erratic performance and were beaten 9-21, 21-17, 10-21 by local favourites Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Hendra Wijaya in 37 minutes.

The defeat was a setback for Tan Fook-Wan Wah ahead of the world championships in Hyderabad in August. They are currently ranked 10th in the world and had hoped for a good showing in the Singapore Open to get a good seeding in the world championships.

Wan Wah said that the Indonesia-born players adapted better to the windy conditions in the stadium.

“We went into the tournament having had beaten them twice before. But we found it difficult to cope with the strong draught in the stadium in the first game,” said Wan Wah in a telephone interview.

 

Ex-National Player Indra Gunawan Dies at 61

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Published: 08 June 2009
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Former national badminton player Indra Gunawan passed away on Sunday morning, succumbing to the intestinal cancer he battled over the past two years.

He was 61.

According to Dewi Mirida, Indra’s wife, the former national trainer insisted to be taken home last week despite undergoing radiation therapy at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.

After going into a seizure on Thursday, Indra was rushed back to the hospital, this time to Pantai Indah Kapuk Hospital near their home.

But his condition only worsened over the weekend.

“He looked very peaceful,” said Dewi, who was with her husband in his last days.

She added that Indra had “even wanted to seek acupuncture therapy from a shinse [Chinese physician].”

Indra is survived by Dewi and their three children.

His remains lie at the Atmajaya Mortuary. Interment is scheduled on Thursday at Pondok Rangon in East Jakarta.

Born on Sept. 23, 1947, Indra had a stellar career, winning the Asian Games gold medal in men’s doubles in 1970 and the Asian Championship in 1971.

He was also part of the Thomas Cup squad that played in 1970 and 1973.

 
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Shuttlers Eye Success in Singapore (pic)

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Published: 08 June 2009
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The nation’s top players are ready to put their Sudirman Cup disappointment behind them to focus on the Singapore Super Series, which begins today.
The world’s top-ranked men’s doubles pair, Markis Kido, left, and Hendra Setiawan, in action against Japan’s Noriyasu Hirata and Hirokatsu Hashimoto in the Sudirman Cup last month.
The Indonesian team failed to reach the final of the renowned Sudirman Cup last month after losing 3-1 to South Korea in the semifinals in Guangzhou, China. It hasn’t performed well in the Super Series either, winning only one title this year after four legs of badminton’s most prestigious series.

Indonesia is determined to end that woeful run in Singapore and Markis Kido, one half of the world’s top-ranked men’s pair, is ready to play his part.

 

Malaysia's Lee not optimistic about retaining title at S'pore Open (pic)

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Published: 08 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: He is the current world number one and defending champion of the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open, but Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is not optimistic about retaining his title.

He is, instead, setting his sights on the World Championship in August.

Last year, some top players – including then world number one Lin Dan from China – gave the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open a miss as they were preparing for the Beijing Olympics.

Lee took advantage of that and went on to win the event against Indonesia's Simon Santosa.

Now, despite being ranked number one in the world, he is not upbeat about his prospects at the Singapore Open due to his tight schedule and short preparation time.

One player who is hoping to do well at the Singapore Open is crowd favourite, Denmark's Peter Gade. The 32-year-old current world number two plans to retire next year and is hoping for a win in Singapore.

China's Lin is again giving the event a miss, but China will still have a strong presence at the tournament which begins on Wednesday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 
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