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Taufik in at eleventh hour

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Published: 16 December 2008
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INDONESIA'S former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, after initially withdrawing from the Super Series Masters Finals apparently due to an injury, will, after all be playing in the US$500,000 (RM1.8 million) event which starts in Kota Kinabalu tomorrow.



The Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday confirmed Taufik's participation and clarified that the BA of Indonesia (PBSI) had miscommunicated with the world body.

The PBSI had initially withdrawn Taufik from the event citing a wrist injury, but after a second opinion, has given the green light for the player to make the trip to Kota Kinabalu.

The BWF and PBSI were saved further embarrassment when Hong Kong's Ng Wei, Taufik's replacement, graciously withdrew to allow the Indonesian to compete.
Taufik will now be the biggest threat to Malaysian World No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the year-ending event.
 
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Taufik’s about turn brings huge relief to organisers

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Published: 16 December 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: A change of heart by Indonesian Taufik Hidayat has brought the smile back on the Super Series Masters Finals organising chairman Datuk Maijol Mahap.

Maijol, who is the Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) president, said Taufik’s presence would certainly lift the profile of the tournament, which was dealt a blow with the withdrawal of all the Chinese qualifiers.

 

Pei Tty treads with caution to avoid double trouble

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Published: 16 December 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Wong Pei Tty has a chance to make it a double joy for Malaysia in the Super Series Masters Finals. But she does not wish to count the chicken before they are hatched.

Although it will be more taxing playing in two events, Pei Tty is looking forward to having a good time in the competitions with Chin Eei Hui in the women’s doubles and with Lim Khim Wah in the mixed doubles.

Her participation with youngster Khim Wah, who were the 20th ranked pair in the Super Series mixed doubles standings, was confirmed just three days ago.

The 27-year-old Pei Tty admitted that it would be tougher in the mixed doubles.

 

Chong Wei Wins National Badminton GP Final

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Published: 12 December 2008
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ALOR STAR, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei beat Chong Wei Feng 21-11, 21-13 to lift the trophy at the National Badminton Grand Prix Final at the Kedah Badminton Hall, here Friday night.

Chong Wei easily won the first set 21-11 but was made to work harder in the second set winning 21-13 in 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the men's doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon/Lim Khim Wah beat Goh Wei Shem/Ong Jian Guo 21-14, 20-22, 21-11.

In the women's singles, Julia Wong Pei Xian was stretched to three sets before beating Lydia Cheah Li Ya 21-19, 7-21, 21-10 in 43 minutes.

The tournament which started on Tuesday, was organised by the Kedah Badminton Association and offered a total prize money of RM84,000.
 
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China snub BWF by pulling out from Masters Finals

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Published: 12 December 2008
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ALOR STAR: It was a big slap on the face for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) when mighty China withdrew all their players from the most lucrative tournament — the inaugural US$500,000 Super Series Masters Finals, which will be held in Kota Kinabalu from Dec 18-21.

China cited three reasons for turning their back on the Masters Finals:

·their players are tired after a long season;

·some players are nursing injuries; and

·they will be involved in a three-month training camp.

China will also not feature in the first two opening legs of the new Super Series season next month in Malaysia (Jan 6-11) and South Korea (Jan 13-18).

Their decision certainly dilutes the competitive edge in all the five events — especially the men’s singles.

The players who will miss the season finale of the Super Series are Beijing Olympic Games champion Lin Dan (pic) and All-England winner Chen Jin (men’s singles); women singles players Lu Lan and Zhu Lin (women’s singles); men’s doubles pair of Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun (men’s doubles); women’s doubles players Du Jing-Yu Yang and Zhao Yunlei-Cheng Shu (women’s doubles); and He Hanbin-Yu Yang and Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (mixed doubles).

Their withdrawals, however, is good news for two Malaysians.

 

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