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All England Open Badminton Championships (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2009
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Lee has it tough but may get it easier

BIRMINGHAM: Lee Chong Wei, the favourite, and Chen Jin, the titleholder, reached the quarter-finals of the All-England Open at Britain’s national indoor arena in very different moods on Thursday.

The Malaysian had to fight very hard for the second successive day before getting past Marc Zwiebler, a tenacious left-hander from Germany, by 21-18, 21-16, thanks to a late surge in both games. The Chinese player by contrast eased through against his younger compatriot Gong Wei-jie by 21-10, 21-10, sometimes barely needing to exert himself much beyond a canter. This may help the third-seeded Chen, who is likely to have a hard job hanging on to his title in a half which includes the Olympic champion, Lin Dan, but who now has a better chance of reaching the later stages with fuller reserves of energy.
 
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Wan Wah eyes a record appearance at world meet (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national doubles ace Lee Wan Wah may have skipped the ongoing All-England but he still has a shot at representing Malaysia for a record seventh time in the World Championships.

Wan Wah, who was the All-England runner-up twice with Choong Tan Fook in 2004 and 2006, also had to forgo the Swiss Open in Basel next week due to lack of fund.Shuttling for a good cause: (From left) President of the Sri Petaling residents' association Tan Tai Tong, CIMB senior manager Ung Su Ling, shuttlers Lee Wan Wah Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming at the launching of the charity drive Wednesday.

Wan Wah-Tan Fook, who play as independent international players, are now ranked at No. 7 in the world and not playing in the two Super Series tournament could see them drop a few rungs in the rankings. They were semi-finalists in both tournaments last year.

 

China Goes It Alone To Retain Dominance (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2009
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China believes it has found the solution to the dwindling number of youngsters playing badminton but its proposed professional league looks certain to put it on a collision course with world governing body, the BWF.

As the country's top players do battle at this week's All England championships in Birmingham, the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) says there are now just a thousand registered players in China and the relaunch of a national league is essential to boost those numbers.

"The league is a must, as it is the only way to commercialise and promote badminton," CBA spokeswoman Wang Yuyan told Reuters.

Inevitably, however, the proposed league would result in Chinese players shunning international events to play at home.

"You cannot burn the candle at both ends, we will have to give up some international tournaments," China's head coach Li Yongbo told state media.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), who got an inkling of what to expect when China withdrew all its leading players from last season's first Super Series finals, said on Wednesday it wanted to talk to the CBA about the league.

"The BWF is concerned with the development but welcomes open discussion on the issue for the mutual benefit of all parties," BWF chair of events Paisan Rangsikitpho told Reuters by e-mail.Lin Dan of China plays a shot during the men`s badminton singles final match against Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

 
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Chinese world champion blames fatigue for All England flop (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM (AFP) — World champion Zhu Lin went crashing out of the first round of the All-England Open championships, complaining of feeling too tired.

The seventh-seeded Chinese player was hardly in it after the first game of a 21-17, 21-11 defeat to her compatriot Jiang Yan-jiao, in which she finished looking too lethargic to seriously contest the outcome.Lee Chong Wei

For a while, as she led 11-6 and 16-10, Zhu's fine movement looked as though it might take her to a routine victory over a colleague still ranked outside the top 20.

But when that suddenly slowed, her ability to win points almost halted altogether, and Jiang, finding clever angles with her left-handed attacks, took nine in a row.

That effectively sealed the first game, and from 6-6 in the second game Jiang took seven points in a row, with the frail-looking Zhu ended the match looking physically and emotionally shattered.

Her efforts in losing a long three-game final against Wang Yihan at the German Open in Mulheim only three days before may well have left her with insufficient time to recover.

"I felt all right coming here, but then I felt too tired in the second game," admitted Zhu. "My game depends a lot on running, and so maybe that affected my form."

Asked why her form sometimes reached very high levels but also sunk lower than some of her rivals, Zhu answered: "It's normal to have this when your physical strength is not as great as other players."

Jiang next plays Bae Youn Joo, a lucky loser from Korea who became a winner when she overcame Salajkit Ponsana of Thailand. If Jiang wins again she could play another compatriot, Lu Lan, the world number three.

All the other top names came through satisfactorily, though Tine Rasmussen, the top-seeded titleholder from Denmark had to come from 6-9 and 8-11 down in the first game before producing too many attacking weapons for Xing Aiying, the China-born Singaporean in a 21-17, 21-15 victory, and the two former All-England champions, Xie Xingfang, and Zhou Mi, both won comfortably in the other half.

 

Taufik, Firda advance in All England

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2009
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Indonesia holds high hopes that its two singles players, Taufik Hidayat in the men's and Adrianti Firdasari in the women's, will advance to the second round of the Yonex All England Open Super Series 2009.

During their first round matches at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday, former world top shuttler Taufik beat Hsieh Yu Hsin of Taipei with a top effort in the 21-19, 15-21, 21-14 rubber set.

In the second round on Thursday, world No. 7 Taufik will challenge either nonseeded Chetan Anand of India or Andrew Smith of Britain.

Firda meanwhile rounded up her match in 27 minutes, ousting Bulgarian Linda Zechiri 21-12, 21-15, and will now face world No. 5 Xie Xingfang of China in the second round.

Commenting on Taufik's performance, coach Mulyo Handoyo expressed satisfaction over his trainees achievement, despite the rubber set.

"He did quite well today *Wednesday*. At least he advances to second round," Mulyo said in a text message after the bout.

Former Indonesia's top shuttler in men's doubles Christian Hadinata said that Taufik has an equal chance to win over any of his opponents in the second round battle.

"The two players *Anand and Smith* are likely at the same level with Yu Hsin."

The 2009 All England is the first event for Taufik as a full professional player.

He is reportedly longing to snatch this year's title.

 

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