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Using 'The Force' (pic)

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Published: 04 August 2009
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June this year saw Anthony Clark return from the Aviva Open in Singapore as Men’s Doubles Champion; a great accomplishment for him and Team England.
He is a two time silver medallist at the 2006 World Championships (with Donna Kellogg and Robert Blair) and has a cool five medals under his belt from the Commonwealth Games. Add to that the 11 National titles he holds, six European Championship medals and runners up in the 2007 Yonex All England Open, and Anthony is a force to be reckoned within the World of badminton. 
 
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Coach Misbun hopes Chong Wei will fly high with BATS

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Na­­tional singles coach Mis­bun Sidek  was busy watching videos of the players after the morning training session at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

He is certainly leaving no stone unturned in his bid to make sure world number one Lee Chong Wei knows every of his opponent’s moves in the World Championships, which will be held in Hyderabad, India from Aug 10-16.

Misbun is currently working closely with National Sports Institute’s performance analyst Kokum Weeratunga to have an indepth study of the players through a software called the Badminton Tracking System (BATS).

 

Fit-again Saina returns to practice

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 August 2009
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For all the challenges that Saina Nehwal has managed to brave on a badminton court, returning from a bout of mild chicken pox with a world championship only a week away is an altogether different proposition.

As Nehwal returned to practice on Monday at coach P Gopichand’s academy after having given the irritation a week to subside, she spoke of the mental fortitude that sets her apart. “I know sportspersons who, in a similar situation, would have given up, lost hope. But I’m mentally very strong and was always prepared to go back on court and give my best. I never gave not playing a thought,” she said after training for an hour on Monday and sounding unperturbed about the lost time.

“It felt good to come back, in fact I really enjoyed it out there. It’ll take two-three days to get my rhythm back, but I’m feeling alright now, and there’s no problem. Today I didn’t feel exhausted,” she said.

 
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Rupesh-Thomas duo clinches New Zealand Open title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 August 2009
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The top seeded Indian pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas has won the title of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix on Saturday. The Indian pair fought hard to defeat Japanese duo of Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata in the final in Auckland.

Rupesh-Thomas duo ousted the fourth seeded pair of Hashimoto-Hirata in a three setter match by 21-16 15-21 21-13 in 53 minutes. This title win will boost their morale ahead of World Badminton Championships, which will be held at Hyderabad from 10th August.

Rupesh-Thomas duo had also made into the final of the Australian Open Grand Prix last week in Melbourne where they ended up losing in the final match.

 
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Many surprises in NZ grand prix

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Published: 03 August 2009
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The finals of the U$50,000 New Zealand Badminton Open world grand prix tournament proved to be a real mix of seedings taking away the titles.

Women's second seeds Anneke Agustine and Anisa Wahyuni, of Indonesia, beat their No 1 seed opponents, Tsz Ka Chan and Ying Suet Tse from Hong Kong in straight games to take one title for Indonesia.

Top-15 ranked Yan Kit Chan from Hong Kong won the battle against his countryman, Wing Ki Wong with relative ease in the men's singles final. Chan, who cruised through the tournament, was far too slick for Wong winning 21-9 21-9 in just 28 minutes and proving he will be a player to watch.

 
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