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Danmark make a clean sweep in Copenhagen Masters

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Published: 30 December 2008
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PETALING JAYA: It was a grand night for hosts Denmark in the Copenhagen Masters at Falconer Centre on Monday. They made a clean sweep of all three titles at stake.

And it was Tine Rasmussen, who made it happen for the Danes.

She dashed Xu Huaiwen’s hopes of retaining the title, winning the women’s singles final match 21-18, 21-17.

Last year, the German beat Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi to claim the title.

Kenneth Jonassen played in his last international competition but there was no happy ending for him. He was beaten 14-21, 15-21 by compatriot Peter-Gade Christensen in the men’s singles final.

The men’s doubles title went to the 2003 world champions Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen, who came from behind to beat Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 14-21, 21-13, 21-19.

 
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Choong Hann confident of great Copenhagen outing (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 December 2008
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WONG Choong Hann's days as a top shuttler are over but the veteran is confident of making the final of the season-ending Copenhagen Masters which begins today.

Choong Hann is in Group B with local favourite Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark and the latter's compatriot Joachim Persson and recent results favour the Malaysian.

Christensen would be the biggest threat for Choong Hann but the Malaysian, having won their last two meetings, will fancy his chances.
PETER GADE CHRISTENSEN
Choong Hann defeated Christensen in the China Open last month and in the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu last week.
 

Chance for Lee and Koo-Tan to start season with a bang

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Published: 27 December 2008
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PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei and the men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have good chances to earn back-to-back titles at the Malaysian Open, which will be played at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Jan 6-11.

But it will be tough for the women’s pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty to follow suit.

Chong Wei, Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Eei Hui-Pei Tty were the champions in the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu last week.

Pei Tty-Chin Eei are the top seed for the first time in the Malaysian Open but they have tough opponents in China’s former world number one Zhang Jiewen-Yang Wei in their quarter of the draw.

Jiewen-Yang Wei are former Olympic and world champions and Pei Tty-Eei Hui will have to rise to the occasion to beat the vastly experienced pair, who have quit the national squad but are continuing to play on individual sponsorship.

If Pei Tty-Eei Hui manage to upstage the fifth-seeded Chinese pair, they are likely to earn a repeat clash of the Masters Finals final against Indonesian third seeds Vita Marissa-Lilyana Natsir.Tough Opener: Wong Choong Hann takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the first round.

 

Chinese Players To Skip Malaysian Open As Well

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Published: 27 December 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- Chinese players who snubbed the just concluded Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu have also decided to skip the US$200,000 (RM680,000) Malaysia Open, scheduled from Jan 6-11 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh said the Badminton Association of China had informed BAM that their players would not compete in the 2009 season opening Super Series event.
 
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Smashing Saina gives a fillip to Indian badminton in 2008

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Published: 27 December 2008
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New Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) From being just another promising young shuttler to breaking into the world's top 10, the year gone by has seen the metamorphosis of Saina Nehwal into a sensation, whose exploits helped India rise up the world badminton chart.

Riding on her success story, Indian badminton enjoyed a steep-rise over the past few seasons to leave its mark on the world sporting canvass.

Keeping pace with her dreams, Saina had made her intent clear at the start of the year when she became the first Indian girl to enter a Super Series semi-final in Singapore Open before losing to Mi Zhou of Hong Kong. She also made it to the last eight of the Thailand open.

With a new found optimism, the 18-year-old then sizzled at the Beijing Games, stunning world number five and fourth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in a three-game thriller to become the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals of the Olympics.

The little Hyderabadi teen soon attained the tag of a 'giant killer' as she galloped her way to an impressive win in the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open, beating Li Ya Lydia Cheah of Malaysia 21-8 21-19 in September.

The National champion also clinched the Youth Commonwealth Games and World Junior Championship titles and was adjudged the most promising player of the year by the Badminton World Federation soon after she broke into the elite top 10 bracket.

With the year nearing end, another opportunity came her way when she qualified for the prestigious World Super Series Masters final in Malaysia after two of the Chinese pulled out of the event at the last moment. PTI
 
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