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Misbun wary of surprises (pic)

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Published: 23 July 2009
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NATIONAL singles coach Misbun Sidek is not jumping for joy that Lee Chong Wei has avoided meeting Lin Dan of China until the
semi-finals of the World Championships. Misbun Sidek (left) and Lee Chong Wei.

Instead, Misbun wants theWorld No 1 to be mindful of the potential pitfalls in the earlier r o u n d s.

ChongWei is expected to meet the inconsistent but talented Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the third round in Hyderabad next month and Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the quar ter-finals.

Misbun doesn’t want Chong Wei, the top seed to take the duo for granted.

 

Gopichand to help players’ body for badminton school (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2009
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Pulella Gopichand is humble enough to admit that the Dronacharya Award would be a big boost as far as his coaching career is concerned. But more than that, he believes that this award will inspire him to produce more Saina Nehwals in future. For him, it’s also a big encouragement for badminton in the country. Pulella Gopichand

“I believe this award will be celebrated by the entire badminton fraternity in our country. And it will inspire not only the upcoming players, but also the seasoned professionals and experienced coaches,” Gopichand told The Indian Express. “As a former player and coach, I’m doing my bit. But it’s really up to the administrators to nurture talents. Better infrastructure and other facilities are needed for the growth of the game in the country,” he added.

 

Gopi expects Saina to reach semis in World meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 July 2009
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New Delhi: Pullela Gopichand expects Saina Nehwal to make the last four stage of the World Badminton Championships to be held in Hyderabad next month, even though he said he would like to refrain from any predictions in what he expects to be a 'very tough tournament.'

"I would say that the semifinals would be a good target for Saina, though one should think about one match at a time when one approaches such a big tournament," said Gopichand, who has nurtured Saina with his vast experience.

"I feel there is a good chance the home crowd will spur her on to do better. She has had a good break of three or four weeks, which is the right way to approach a tournament of this magnitude," said the former all-England champion at the draw ceremony for the August 10 to 16 event.

 

Lin Dan again stands in Chong Wei’s path to elusive title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Top seed Lee Chong Wei faces a major test of his resolve in his bid to secure a first-ever title for Malaysia at the World Championships in Hyde-rabad from Aug 10-16 after being drawn to face defending champion Lin Dan in the semi-finals.

Chong Wei, whose previous best achievement at the world meet was a bronze in Anaheim in 2005, triumphed over Lin Dan in their last Super Series meeting in the Swiss Open final in April.

However, Chong Wei has never managed to get the better of Lin Dan in crucial matches.

 

Saina gets a bye in World Badminton Championships first round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 July 2009
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NEW DELHI: India's world No.6 Saina Nehwal got a bye in the women's singles first round of the World Badminton Championships to be held in Hyderabad on August 10-16.

For the sixth seed Saina it could be a smooth ride till the quarter-finals. In the third-round, she may face 10th seed Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva and if she overcomes her, she may run into second seeded Lin Wang of China
in the quarter-finals.

Among other Indians, Sayali Gokhale will meet Jie Wao of The Netherlands in the first round and Aditi Mutatkar will face 11th seeded German Juliane Schenk, a former European junior champion.

 

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