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Ukrainian badminton players got into final of Europe Cup (pic)

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Published: 07 April 2009
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For the first time in the career Ukraine’s duet of badminton players consisting of Elena Prus and Valery Atrashchenkov has got into a final of Europe Cup in badminton.

Elena Prus confessed Ukrainian team has placed stake on pair badminton: ‘I ranked 67th in the individual event. But as for a duet with Atrashchenkov, we won four international tournaments in Romania, Sweden, Austria and Germany that allows us feeling free before the final’.

According to Prus, Ukrainian badminton is at fault: ‘Our country paid only for the trip to the team European Championship and international tournament in Poland. Sponsors are paying for all other competitions. Ukraine has got used to take medal places with minimum costs”, reports

The contests at Europe Cup in badminton started in September 2008. Following the results of 17 international starts two best pairs are getting into the final to struggle for a title of winners at Europe Cup.

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Denmark took the title in Milan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2009
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Although the result 3-0 sounds as a rather safe win, Denmark had to fight for every single point to overcome the Netherlands in the final of the 2009 European Junior Team Championships. The match was discontinued after Danish wins in the mixed doubles and in the two singles.

Before the final started, it was expected that the Danish team had a slight advantage in the two singles, and therefore the pressure on Jacco Arends and Selena Piek was massive going into the final’s first match – the mixed doubles. Here they were to face the strong Danish pair Anne Skelbaek/Mads Pedersen.
The Danes had the best start, and they never allowed their Dutch opponents to get into the first set. The Dutch combination had a much better start of the second set, and after a set where they pairs were extremely close all the way through, the Netherlands won the set after a couple of easy mistakes by Mads Pedersen.
Mads Pedersen and Anne Skelbaek then got back on track as the third started, and they seemed very confident on the opening win when they were leading 19-10. But a number of good services from Selena Piek changed the momentum in the match, and suddenly it started to get very interesting. The Danish pair only got their first match point when their opponents had reached 17 points. The Dutch got one step closer when they won the next point, but the match was over after the next rally.
Mads Pedersen and Anne Skelbaek celebrated the win as they had already won the whole team mathc, by running around the hall getting applauses from the enthusiastic Italian crowd. But of course they still needed two wins to secure the gold medals.
Emil Holst from Denmark and Jordy Hilbink from the Netherlands then entered the court to play in the men’s singles.
Jordy Hilbink played a really great first set, where he was leading all the way to 20-16. But then he made a few unforced errors, and after rescuing five game points from his opponent, Emil Holst could take the first set 25-23.
The second set became just as close. But this time it was Jordy Hilbink who came back into the game after having been behind with quite a margin. 16-10 down in the second set, he won six point in a row, and suddenly Holst could feel the pressure. The players went to 20-20 again, and here Emil Holst against showed he had the better nerves, as he took the set, and thereby the match, 22-20. The Netherlands now had to win the remaining matches to clinch the gold.

Arif yet to make the grade (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 April 2009
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ARIF Latif, a national back-up shuttler, has been touted as one of the young stars of local badminton but to date has yet to make the grade and this does not augur well for his playing career.

Arif, 20, has not been performing to expectations despite being pushed to the limit by national singles coach Rashid Sidek.

He started the year by failing to make the main draw of the Proton Malaysia Open in January, but showed some promise in the Korea Open (January) where he reached the last 16. National back-up shuttler Arif Latif

Arif failed to build on the momentum in following tournaments where he failed to get past the first round of the German Open and India Open, both last month.

"I admit that I'm rather weak in the mental aspects of the game. I do really well in training but find it tough to make things happen in tournaments," said Arif yesterday.
"I was one of the top juniors in Asia but now I'm nothing as a senior player.
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Bao to miss ABC and Sudirman Cup

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Published: 03 April 2009
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The Chinese officials and doctors have decided to postpon Bao's knee Operation and to let him train until the end of May, said Li Yongbo on Tuesday to Chinese Press. The expert have guessed that the recovery chances after operation was 70 % and hence wanted to try a training recovery period first.

This means the tall left hander will miss both the Asian Badminton Championships next week in Suwon as well as the Sudirman Cup. Bao had earlier said he was willing to undergo surgery as soon as possible. This training period might have another consequence as Bao may then not have enough points to qualify for the World Championships in Hyderabad, India.

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Vivian: I am happy I switched to doubles

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Published: 03 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A decision to switch from singles to doubles is bearing fruit for youngster Vivian Hoo.

She is now in national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky’s big plan for future and may even get an early break to feature in the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

The 19-year-old Vivian underwent her first session of training under Rexy at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday together with the others preparing for the Sudirman Cup.

Among those she sparred with was seasoned campaigner Wong Pei Tty. Pei Tty’s partner Chin Eei Hui is now undergoing rehabilitation programme to recover from a back injury.

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