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Saina Nehwal aiming for top slot this year (pic)

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Published: 23 January 2013
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Mumbai:  Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who became the world number 2 last week after a gap of two years, on Tuesday said she is aiming for the top slot this year.

"I am working hard and performances are coming. Now that I am number 2, I will definitely reach number 1," Saina told reporters on the sidelines of Samsung Galaxy Grand event launch here.Saina Nehwal

"There are so many tournaments this year. Almost 15-20 tournaments. The goal is to perform well in all the events and do well in the World Championships, which is important. World number 1 is also my aim, so hopefully I will achieve it. Let's see," she added.

Asked how she keeps herself motivated, the Olympic bronze medallist said, "It's a difficult job to do. Chinese are really tough to play against. The number one is also Chinese, with almost 12,000 points more than me. It is not easy to become world number one. I will try to do it. Nothing is impossible.

"I have made many things possible, so I hope I can make this also possible. The amount of hard work which I put in my game is really important. Motivation comes from winning, and that is what keeps me going," she said.

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PBSI Hopes Rp 1b Incentive to Best Shuttler Will Boost Performances

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Published: 23 January 2013
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A title in the Maybank Malaysia Open 2013 last weekend ended Indonesia’s success drought and the Indonesia Badminton Association is aiming to satiate its hunger for more titles by offering a bonus to the best shuttler.

Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan won the Malaysia Open men’s doubles title after defeating Ko Sung-hyun and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea, 21-15, 21-13, giving Indonesia its only title in the event.

With the ambition of reclaiming the country’s golden era, the Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) has been trying to find ways to boost shuttlers’ performances, including revising the salary schemes for athletes and coaches.

But the PBSI is now pushing even further by offering Rp 1 billion ($104,000) in purse money to the shuttler with the best achievement at the end of each year, PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan said.

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Taiwan's Tai triumphant at Malaysia Badminton Open (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan. 20 - Rising badminton star Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan won her first title of 2013 by defeating Yao Xue of China in straight sets in the final of the women's singles event at the Malaysia Open Sunday.

Tai, ranked 12th in the world and seeded sixth in Kuala Lumpur, needed 36 minutes to beat the world No. 151 Yao 21-17, 21-14.Rising badminton star Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan won her first title of 2013 by defeating Yao Xue of China in straight sets in the final of the women's singles event at the Malaysia Open

The 18-year-old put together an impressive string of victories over third seed Tine Baun of Denmark, top seed Saina Nehwal of India and the up-and-coming Yao to claim the title, winning all three matches without dropping a set.

Tai said she will ask her parents to hold on to the US$30,000 in prize money she earned for winning the tournament.

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Chong Wei clinches his 9th Malaysian Open title in style Read more: Chong Wei clinches his 9th Malaysian Open title in style (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR -- World number one men's singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei has carved his name as the most successful player in the country after he clinched his ninth Malaysian Open title in style at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, today.

 In the final match, the 30-year-old shuttler who is the top seed and defending champion, easily disposed of a challenge from eighth seed, Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia with a 21-7 and 21-8 win in just 32 minutes.    Chong Wei is simply unstoppable

The Penangite had prior to this, won the Malaysian Open title eight times, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The win saw Chong Wei break the current winning record held by Wong Peng Soon who won the men's singles category of the same tournament eight times -in 1940, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953. 

 Earlier, the 6,000-strong crowd at the stadium was frustated after the nation's top mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, lost 13-21 and 18-21 against second seed, Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark.

 

Historic win for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2013
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FATHER-TO-BE Lee Chong Wei nailed a historic ninth Malaysian Open title in ruthless fashion at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

And after blowing away Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia with a 21-7, 21-8 win in just 32 minutes in the men’s singles final, the 30-year-old Chong Wei said he would not slow down in his chase for more honours.

“I will strike a balance. I will be a father this year and both my family and badminton are important to me,” said Chong Wei, who confirmed that his wife Wong Mew Choo is expecting a child.Record breaker: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei (right) celebrates after beating Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the men’s singles final of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. He won 21-7 21-8.

“Having been an athlete before, Mew Choo is really understanding. I will have to juggle my time to stay focused on my game and also be a responsible family man. Family is important to me,” he added.

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