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Indonesia Announces Thomas, Uber Cup Squads

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Published: 22 January 2010
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The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) on Friday revealed a 20-member squad for the 2010 Thomas and Uber Cups featuring the country’s best shuttlers.

The squad includes highly-ranked players who have left the national team, including men’s singles Taufik Hidayat and men’s doubles Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

Taufik and Markis confirmed they would answer the call and try to help Indonesia win its first men’s Thomas Cup since 2002.

“I always say that even though I’m not at Cipayung [the national team training camp] anymore, I’ll be ready if the country needs me,” Markis said.

In addition to the stars, eight shuttlers will be getting their first taste of the elite world team championships.

Maria Febe Kusumastuti, Aprilia Yuswandari, Shendy Puspa Irawati, Meiliana Jauhari and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari will make their Uber Cup debuts this year. Muhammad Ahsan, Rian Sukmawan and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki will play in their first Thomas Cup.

 
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Tan Fook and Jiewen’s big day

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Published: 22 January 2010
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THE Malaysian Open will always have a special spot in the heart of veteran doubles shuttler Choong Tan Fook.

He fell in love with China’s formidable doubles player Zhang Jiewen at the 2004 event. And today, they will officially register their marriage in Kuala Lumpur.Lovebirds: Tan Fook and Jiewen will wed today.

“It will be special day. Finally, I am making it official. We will certainly remember the Malaysian Open forever,” he said.

Tan Fook-Wan Wah lost in the opening round of the ongoing Malaysian Open to Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong on Wednesday.

 
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Tearful Mew Choo rues errors in early exit (pic)

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Published: 22 January 2010
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NATIONAL women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo was in tears after her second round defeat in the Malaysian Open yesterday but top women’s doubles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty stayed on track in their bid to reach their first semi-finals at home.Sad exit: Mew Choo reacting to the loss to Ji-hyun.

Mew Choo, beaten 21-12, 18-21, 17-21 by South Korean rising star Sung Ji-hyun in 62 minutes, blamed herself for the setback.

“I am disappointed. I lost because I did not play my best today. I made so many unforced errors,” said a tearful Mew Choo.

 
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O! What an amazing feeling for Jorgensen (pic)

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Published: 22 January 2010
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AS a junior shuttler, Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen used to watch in awe the captivating moves of Indonesian Taufik Hidayat on the court.

So, how did it feel to actually beat his idol for the first time – in the first round of the Malaysian Open – on Wednesday?Jorgensen: "It was quite fun to beat him (Taufik) here.'

“It was an amazing feeling,” said the 22-year-old Dane, who won 7-21, 21-19, 21-17.

The win has given him a huge dose of confidence as he seeks to reach greater heights this year.

Taufik is just one of the many big names to have fallen to Jorgensen over the last year. His other big scalps included that of his more illustrious compatriot Peter-Gade Christensen, China’s Chen Jin and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

 
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Misfiring singles safe until Thomas Cup

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Published: 22 January 2010
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NATIONAL singles chief coach Rashid Sidek admits that Malaysia face an uphill task in the Thomas Cup as the national men's badminton team glaringly lack depth.

However, Rashid is not willing to call time on the misfiring Hafiz Hashim, Kuan Beng Hong and the back-up shuttlers as there is simply nobody to replace them.


While Rashid agreed that Hafiz, 28, and Beng Hong, 27, are past their prime, they are needed for the short term target -- the Thomas Cup Finals at Putra Stadium on May 9-16 -- and a review will only be done on them after that.


As for back-up shuttlers Chong Wei Feng, Tan Chun Seang, Liew Daren, Arif Latif -- who are all under Hendrawan -- and Chan Kwong Beng, who is trained by Misbun Sidek, Rashid said a higher degree of commitment in training and faith in their respective coaches are crucial in the next four months in order to perform in the Thomas Cup.

 
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