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Blues for Hendrawan (pic)

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Published: 19 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Former world champion Hendrawan made his first appearance in an international tournament as the Malaysian singles coach at the Macau Open badminton championships yesterday.

And the Indonesian saw four of his six charges — Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Liew Daren and Kuan Beng Hong — crash out in the first round.Fighter till the end: Kuan Beng Hong went down to China’s Gao Huan after a 57-minute fight.

Chun Seang went down to Kashyap Parupalli of India 16-21, 20-22 while Mohd Arif Abdul Latif fell to China’s reigning world junior champion Wang Zhengming 20-22, 9-21.

There was no joy for Hendrawan as he watched Beng Hong go down 8-21, 21-19, 18-21 to Chinese youngster Gao Huan after fighting for 57 minutes.

 
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‘The Thing’ reveals why Lin Dan is still on top of the world

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Published: 19 August 2009
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HYDERABAD: China coach Tang Hsienhu has attributed Lin Dan’s success in winning three consecutive world championship titles to his ability to keep his emotions in check.

Hsienhu, known as “The Thing” in his playing days for his power on court, said that Lin Dan was a rare gem of a player.

“He is a player with strong emotions and he knows how to handle them. He is strong-willed too and it is never easy to take a game off him,” said Hsienhu.

He made a comparison between Lin Dan and 2000 Sydney Olympics champion Olympic Ji Xinpeng.

“Xinpeng won the Olympic gold medal but that was the end of him.

“It is not easy to keep on winning and having that motivation to excel all the time. But Lin Dan can do this because he is strong in his heart.”

Hsienhu also saw the same determination in Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro.

Sony kept his cool throughout his demolition of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals and gave Lin Dan a run for his money before going down in the semi-finals.

“Sony has improved as a player. He looks fitter and there is more urgency in his game. If he keeps himself free from injuries, he will do well in his game,” said Hsienhu.

“Chong Wei has to be more steady, which he was not during the match against Sony. Maybe he was unable to cope with the high expectations on him.”

 
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China's badminton coach satisfied with results at World C'ships

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Published: 18 August 2009
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China have taken four out of the five titles at the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India. Li Yongbo, head coach of the national team, said he was satisfied with his players' performance.

Among the winners: women's singles champion Lu Lan, and men's singles champion Lin Dan. It's Lin's third straight title in the world championships.

The man known as "Super Dan" is also the reigning Olympic champion, and he confirmed his status the world's best male badminton athlete.

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng took the men's doubles championship, and Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting combined to win the womens' doubles. The only title China missed was the mixed doubles. Denmark won it.

Li Yongbo, Coach of China's badminton Team, said,

"We made two major achievements in this competition. First, we won four gold medals and three silver medals, which I think is a very good result in the 21-point system. Second, the veteran players maintained their athletic performance while the younger players are growing and maturing."

Some of the veteran players might choose to retire after October's National Games. Li wished them good luck, and hoped they can enjoy the game as much as possible after bringing glory to the country on the world stage.

 
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Saina Nehwal out of WBC, fans upset

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Published: 18 August 2009
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Hyderabad: Sania Nehwal was India’s best hope at the World Badminton Championship but it all came to an end on Monday after she lost to Wang Lin in the women’s singles quarterfinal.

Despite being down with chicken pox one week before the Championship, she delivered a good performance.

Nehwal made her way into the women’s singles quarters but lost to second seed Wang Lin.

Also making to the quarters were the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju.

 
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M'sian Badminton Squad Adds Second Gold Through Women's Singles

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Published: 18 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18  -- The Malaysian Paralympics Badminton squad won their second gold medal through the women's singles BMSTL2 category at the 5th Asean Para Games held at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Sports Centre, here Tuesday.



Shuttler Nabila Ahmad Sharif topped the table standing of a four-person group in the event which was played in a two-round robin matches.



Nabila, who is the first seed, won all her six matches against her opponents -- Paramee Panyachaem of Thailand, Wandee Kamtam of Thailand, and Doan Thi Ngai of Vietnam -- for the gold.



The silver and bronze medals were won by two Thailand players, second seeded Wandee Kamtam and Paramee Panyachaem, respectively.



Besides the women's singles gold medal, Nabila also won a gold medal in the women's doubles BMSTL3 when she partnered Nor Azlin Sulaiman on Sunday.



On the opening day (Saturday), the Malaysian men's standing team -- Cheah Liek Hou (men's singles), Omar Bakri (men' singles) and Mohd Suhaimi Laiman-Cheah Liek Hou (men's doubles) -- won the silver medal in the event.



In the overall medal standing tally, Malaysia are currently leading the pack of 10 competing countries having won two gold and a silver, while in second place is Indonesia (one silver) and followed by Vietnam (one bronze).



Tomorrow is the last day for the badminton tournament in the games.

 
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