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Published: 15 January 2010
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Viet Nam's Nguyen Tien Minh made hard work of his quarter-final match against Du Pengy of China in the Victor Korea Open Super Series yesterday, January 14, in Seoul.Nguyen Tien Minh

Sixth-seeded Minh eventually won 25-23, 15-21, 21-19 in an gruelling 80-minute match that may adversely affect his performance in the next round.

Minh, who is ranked 11 in the world, said that although the Chinese player had a lower IBF rating, he was used to regularly playing the best in the world.

"Although I am ranked higher than him it is difficult to say that I am that much better because Chinese players such as Du and Chem Long usually practise with world top seeds Lin Dan, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai, so they are very good."

 
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Korean Open - Chong Wei carries Malaysian hopes

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Published: 15 January 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It looks like it is going to be the same old story for Malaysia in the men’s singles department this year after Lee Chong Wei was left alone to carry the country’s challenge after the second round matches in the Korean Open in Seoul yesterday.

The world No. 1 continued to be the only reliable singles player in the national team.

He defeated Germany’s Marc Zwiebler 21-18, 21-8 in 37 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

Kuan Beng Hong was shown the exit, losing 15-21, 14-21 in 37 minutes to South Korean Park Sung-hwan.

The challenges of all the national back-up singles shuttlers – Liew Daren, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Tan Chun Seang – ended in either the qualifying tournament or the first round.

 
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BAM plan to up appeal of local tournaments

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Published: 15 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are finally looking into ways to popularise their domestic badminton competitions to prevent them from becoming stale affairs.

And the Badminton Asso­ciation of Malaysia (BAM) have given themselves a one-year deadline to come up with something more appealing.

The events committee, led by Datuk Al-Amin Majid, have the task to get feedback from experts to review the incentives and to bring back excitement in local tournaments in 2012.

The BAM general manager, Kenny Goh , said that it was time to make local events appealing to the players and the public.

 
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Korea Open - Boonsak sets up revenge date with world No 1

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Published: 14 January 2010
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Eighthseed Boonsak Ponsana yesterday beat Hong Jihoon 2118 2116 in convincing fashion to set up a daunting quarterfinal against top seed and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the Korea Open Super Series badminton in Seoul.

Boonsak's victory over the Korean in a 45minute secondround clash gave the world No 13 a chance to renew his rivalry with the Malaysian superstar, who beat him twice last year, including in the second round of the Japan Super Series.

 

Korea Open - Indonesia Badminton Doubles Struggle, Advance in Seoul

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Published: 14 January 2010
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Indonesia’s shuttlers had to scuffle to reach the Korea Open Super Series quarterfinals. They got there, though, which was more than some of the tournament’s top names could say.

Nine seeds bowed out at the Olympic Fencing Stadium in Seoul on Thursday. Indonesia’s Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan were not among them, fighting past Thailand’s Songphon Anugritayawon and Sudket Prapakamol 21-13, 26-28, 22-20.

Alvent and Hendra, No. 3 seeds in men’s doubles, face Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo Yoshiteru Hirobe in today’s quarterfinals. The Japanese pair beat Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu of Taiwan 14-21, 21-15, 21-19, while the other quarterfinal in their side of the bracket pits fifh-seeded Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China against second-seeded Danes Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

 

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