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1-Badminton-Lin Dan sweeps through, rivals stutter

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Published: 05 March 2009
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LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - World and Olympic champion Lin Dan breezed through the first round of the All England tournament in Birmingham on Wednesday with a 21-13 21-14 victory over dangerous Indian Anup Sridhar.

Former Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat, All England titleholder Chen Jin and number one seed Lee Chong Wei all, however, dropped sets on their way to round two.

Second seed Lin was given a fright in the 2007 world championships by Sridhar, who stretched the Chinese all the way before yielding. The Indian also took a set off him in the first round of the All Englands in 2008.

There was to be no repeat this time, though, as Lin, seeking a fourth title in the tournament, rattled home in 31 minutes.

Earlier, Indonesia's Taufik, seeded seventh and intent on a first All England crown at the age of 27, dropped a set against Taiwan's unseeded Hsieh Yu Hsin but carried the day 21-19 15-21 21-14.

Chen, the surprise 2008 All England winner when he beat Lin in the final, was also taken to three before ousting Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-7 15-21 21-14.

World number one Lee lost the first set to China's Lu Yi but eventually came through 19-21 21-16 21-11.

In Thursday's second round the Malaysian plays unseeded German Marc Zwiebler. Lin faces experienced compatriot Bao Chunlai.

 

Boon Heong-Kien Keat want to regain title to bring cheer to coach Rexy

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Tan Boon Heong can still picture the disappointment on the face of coach Rexy Mainaky after his failure together with Koo Kien Keat to retain the All-England men’s doubles title last year.

And he feels that the best way for them to make up for it is to regain the title to present Rexy an ideal birthday gift.

The All-England begins on Wednesday and Rexy will turn 41 just a day after the prestigious event in Birmingham on March 9.

Boon Heong, who won the title in his maiden appearance with Kien Keat in 2007, said that he had extra motivation to do well in his third outing in the All-England.

“Last year was not an easy year season for the men’s doubles department. Our coach has put in a lot of work to turn things around,” said Boon Heong.

“Once again, the All-England coincides with my coach’s birthday. Rexy said it was his best birthday gift when we won the title two years ago. We let him down last year and Kien Keat and I will do our best to bring him another big birthday cheer.”

Last year, they also failed to defend the Malaysia and Switzerland Open titles in the first half of the season, They then hit the comeback trail. They won the Macau Open in October and the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu in December.

The 22-year-old Boon Heong added that compared to previously, they were better prepared for the challenges in the All-England this time.

“I am more experienced and focused but at the same, I have also learnt to enjoy the game. Eveything falls into place when I take a more relaxed approach,” he said.

 

All-England cheer could just ease Rexy’s pain

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky has been on medication for chest pains over the last week.

But his health problem was the least of his worries as he left with the team yesterday for Birmingham, where they are on a mission to win honours at the All-England, which will begin on Wednesday.

In fact, Rexy is optimistic of a good outing for the Malaysian doubles this year.

“Yes, I may look tired and worn out. But this is not due to the stress ahead of the All-England,” said Rexy after a final workout at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday morning.

 

Gamble pays off as Hui Lin gets a shot at world championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles shuttler Ng Hui Lin almost gave up badminton for studies after her maiden trip to the All-England and Swiss Open last year.

Fortunately, she decided to give badminton another shot after giving it a lot of thought.

And, since then, she has enjoyed a rather joyful ride.Right match: Ng Hui Lin (left) with her mixed doubles partner Koo Kien Kiat

The bubbly 20-year-old found her niche in the mixed doubles after being paired with the flamboyant Koo Kien Keat. And, in just six months, they have emerged as the country’s top ranked pair.

 

Kien Keat-Boon Heong told to focus (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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THE withdrawal of Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan from the All England, beginning in Birmingham on Tuesday, has further increased Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong's chances of reclaiming the title.

Internal problems in the Indonesia BA (PBSI) have forced Markis-Hendra out but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky, while admitting that it has become easier for the Malaysians to secure the title, has asked Kien Keat-Boon Heong to remain focused in every match.

All Rexy wants to see from Kien Keat-Boon Heong is they maintaining the form they have shown in training over the last few weeks as this should help them win the title which they captured for the first time in 2007.
Koo Kien Keat (left) and Tan Boon Heong now have one tough opponent less to handle in their bid to win the All England title for a second time.


"Markis-Hendra's absence means Kien Keat-Boon Heong have one tough opponent less to handle in Birmingham. However, they were only supposed to play the Indonesian pair in the final and this means there is still plenty of work to do," said Rexy before leaving for Birmingham yesterday.

"Kien Keat-Boon Heong have shown excellent commitment in training and my wish is to see them perform the same way in the All England. If they can achieve that, they have a realistic chance of winning.
"In terms of preparation, I'm quite pleased with the players this year and we can look forward to a fine outing in Birmingham.

"I also hope that Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are motivated to regain their form while (Wong) Pei Tty-(Chin) Eei Hui should be boosted by their elevation to World No 1 rather than taking it as additional pressure."
 

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