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Indonesians favored to win men's doubles crown in RP badminton open

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Published: 28 June 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – The Indonesian pairs of Bona Septano and Mohammad Ahsan, and Rian Sukmawan and Yonathan Dasuki are the favorites to win the men's doubles crown in the 3rd Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Badminton Championships.

But expect a tough challenge coming from world No. 16 Wan Wah Lee and Tan Fook Chong of Malaysia when the tournament starts on Wednesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Wan and Tan are currently ranked eighth and 10th in the men’s singles world rankings.

The Malaysians were actually the favorites to win the event but their top doubles players composed of defending champion Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, and Tazari Mohd and Latif Abdul failed to play in the tournament because of previous commitments.

Koo and Tan are currently the world's No. 3 doubles team while the pair of Mohd and Abdul is ranked fifth.

Then of course there are the Chinese who are always considered to claim podium finishes.

China's Zhiben Chen and Ye Shen are expected to contend for the title in the $120,000 event while another Indonesian pair, Alvent Chandra and Hendra Gunawan, is also ready to challenge for the top prize.

The Philippine campaign rest on the shoulders of Andrei Babad and Peter Magnaye, and Paul Vivas and Ronel Estanislao.

Tickets can be bought at P300, P200, P150, P100 and P50 for the first three days and P500, P400, P300, P200 and P50 in the final two days.

 
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Cool Dane Lund handles his leading role in BWF with care

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 June 2009
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THOMAS Lund is not one to rock the boat.

So, one of the first things he did after assuming the role of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Chief Operating Officer (COO) was to make a ‘minor appointment’ – that of S. Selvam as the media and communications manager.

To the Dane, communication is one of the key tools in building a solid image of the world badminton body, who have been rocked by some bad publicity in recent times.

“I have only made some minor changes and I don’t see it as my goal to change everything that is currently in place,” said Lund, who started work on June 1 at the world body’s headquarters in Cheras.

 

Eei Hui-Pei Tty can make it a double joy for Malaysia

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Published: 28 June 2009
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WITH one title – men’s doubles – already assured, hopes are high on world No. 1 women’s dou­bles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty making it a double joy for the country in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Cham­pionships today.

Yesterday, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong made sure that the men’s doubles title would stay with the Malaysians when they checked into the final after a roller-coaster 21-13, 17-21, 21-11 win over Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan.

They will take on former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen, who ended the fairy-tale run of back-up shuttlers Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong with a 21-11, 21-15 win in the other semi-final.

Swiss Open champions Kien Keat-Boon Heong are gunning for their second Open title.

 

Misbun welcomes Hendrawan’s inclusion in the coaching set-up

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Published: 28 June 2009
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THE more, the merrier. That was the positive reaction from national singles coach Misbun Sidek on the inclusion of former world champion Hendrawan in the coaching set-up.

Indonesian Hendrawan, the 2001 world champion, will start his duty as Malaysia’s singles coach on Wednesday.

Hendrawan, Misbun and women’s singles coach Teh Seu Bock are all under the charge of national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek.

Misbun said he would leave it to Rashid to decide on the players to be put under the charge of Hendrawan.

“For now, there has not been any discussion on that. But I am willing to accept any decision,” said Misbun.

“Hendrawan’s presence will be good for us. In fact, it will be good for some of our players to be trained by him. They will then be exposed to a different style of coaching.

 

Mew Choo stays in the title hunt (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei, inspired by the presence of his coach Misbun Sidek, and veteran Wong Choong Hann powered their way into the semi-finals but it was the end of the road for back-up player Tan Chun Seang in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday.Wong Mew Choo beat Singapore’s Xing Aiying 21-15, 21-17 in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday.
Wong Mew Choo, after disastrous performances in the Singapore and Indonesia Opens, also kept the Malaysian flag flying in the women's singles.

Chong Wei, gunning for back-to-back titles after winning the Indonesia Open last week, defeated Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-9, 21-15 in 22 minutes.

It was by far Chong Wei's most meaningful performance in front of his coach Misbun, who was seated court side for the first time in two months.

"My coach is back. I'm very happy and inspired by his presence. I missed him so much but now that he is back, I can concentrate on preparing for the World Championships," said Chong Wei.

 

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