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Top badminton player wins first Malaysia Open game

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Published: 09 January 2009
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National top athlete Nguyen Tien Minh had no difficulty in beating Hong Ji-hoon of the Republic of Korea in the first round of the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series in Kuala Lumpur on January 7.

Minh, the world No 17 seed needed only 36 minutes to win 21-9, 21-16 over Hong who was the second winner from the qualifying round.

However, Minh, Vietnam’s first Olympic badminton player will find it difficult when he meets world No. 1 seed, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, in the second round on January 8.

Lee has been champion for four years. Minh is not expected to beat him, but it is hoped that he can at least win one set.

Last April, the Vietnamese won sets against former world No. 1, Lin Dan of China, at the Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asian Championship.

Minh teammate on the women’s side, Beijing Olympian Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung, lost to Julia Pei Xian Wong in the first round despite an all-out effort.

On Nhung’s return to international tournament on January 7, the world’s No 21 seed beat her 21-17, 21-16.

Although this US$200,000 event began in 1937, there were no competitions between the years 1942 and 1946, and then from 1967 to 1982, there was another break in tradition. Over the years, the Malaysia Open has become one of the most popular tournaments on the circuit.

This year, the tournament undergoes another transition with its inclusion in the Badminton World Federation’s Super Series. The federation introduced the series to elevate the game and draw bigger crowds.(VNA)

 
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South Korea will miss Hyun-il sorely

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Published: 09 January 2009
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THE South Korean badminton team will no longer have the services of their top men’s singles shuttler Lee Hyun-il in international tournaments.

The runner-up of the Malaysian Open last year has decided to limit his participation in competitive badminton to only club-level tournaments within the country after ending his bachelorhood.

He got married after the Beijing Olympics last August where he bowed out to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals. South Korean chief coach Kim Jung-soo said that Hyun-il’s absence would be a great loss to the team.

Last year, Hyun-il won the South Korean leg of the Super Series and he played an influential role in helping his country finish as the runners-up for the first time in the Thomas Cup Finals.

“He has chosen to leave the national team after getting married. Now we have to bank on Park Sung-hwan and two other juniors (Hong Ji-hoon and Lee Cheol-ho).

 
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Gail Emms becomes Badminton England's first ambassador (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 January 2009
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Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms has agreed to become Badminton England's first ambassador as the national governing body attempts to bolster the sport through one of its best-known faces.

Emms, 31, who retired after last year's Beijing Games, will start immediately as a mentor to promising young players at all levels of the game. Booster: Gail Emms will become Badminton England's first ambassador

 

Sickly Misbun will not be able to guide Chong Wei in Malaysian Open (pic)

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Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei may have to make his defence of the Malaysian Open title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week in the absence of his mentor and coach, Misbun Sidek.

Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here on Monday evening for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.

Misbun, who looked very weak, said that he had not been feeling well since he returned home from pilgrimage in Mecca two weeks ago.

“I was asked to stay in hospital for observation for one night and was discharged. But I did not get well and I experienced severe pains in my body last night,” said Misbun.Feeling poorly: Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo visiting their coach Misbun Sidek, who was admitted for lung infection yesterday.

 

Rashid To Prepare Chong Wei For Super Series

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be trained by national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek until his mentor coach, Datuk Misbun Sidek recover from his sickness.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Rashid would help Chong Wei prepare for the Badminton Super Series starting Tuesday.

Ismail Sabri was speaking to reporters after visiting Misbun at the Tawakkal Hospital here Wednesday.

Misbun, who had been unwell since returning from the Haj pilgrimage on Dec 18, was readmitted to the hospital on Tuesday for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.

Meanwhile, Chong Wei said he had no problem continuing the training session with Rashid.

"I will consult Misbun if I have any problem. But I should let him rest," he said.

Ismail was accompanied by National Sports Council director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong.
 
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