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Thailand Open: All-Malaysian affair in men's doubles

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Published: 26 July 2009
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BANGKOK: Malaysia are assured of one title after dominating the men's doubles final, but veteran shuttler and top seed Wong Choong Hann failed to overcome home ground favourite Boonsak Ponsana in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open here Saturday.

Veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah will meet compatriots and world championships debutant, Chan Peng Soon and Lim Kim Wah, in the final Sunday after both pairs won their semi-final ties.

The 2009 India Open champions Tan Fook and Wan Wah easily clinched the tie against Thais Isara Bodin and Jongjit Maneepong, winning 21-16 and 21-18 in 28 minutes.

Despite playing together for the first time, Peng Soon and Khim Wah combined well to out stage third seed Alvent Yulianto and Hendra Gunawan of Indonesia 24-22, 12-21, 21-18.

 

 

Chong Wei gets away from public eye to train in Seoul (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei has been carrying the world No. 1 tag for the past 11 months and he does not need any reminding at home of what is expected of him in the World Championships in Hyderabad next month.Leave me alone: Lee Chong Wei wants to stay focused on the World Championships starting on Aug 10.

With this in mind, Chong Wei has disappeared off the public radar. He is in training for a week with the South Korea shuttlers under the charge of his former coach, Li Mao.

His decision to train outside the country has the blessings of current coach Misbun Sidek. Chong Wei left for Seoul on Monday together with back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng and Misbun left last night to join them.

 

Misbun wary of surprises (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2009
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NATIONAL singles coach Misbun Sidek is not jumping for joy that Lee Chong Wei has avoided meeting Lin Dan of China until the
semi-finals of the World Championships. Misbun Sidek (left) and Lee Chong Wei.

Instead, Misbun wants theWorld No 1 to be mindful of the potential pitfalls in the earlier r o u n d s.

ChongWei is expected to meet the inconsistent but talented Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the third round in Hyderabad next month and Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the quar ter-finals.

Misbun doesn’t want Chong Wei, the top seed to take the duo for granted.

 

Gopichand to help players’ body for badminton school (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2009
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Pulella Gopichand is humble enough to admit that the Dronacharya Award would be a big boost as far as his coaching career is concerned. But more than that, he believes that this award will inspire him to produce more Saina Nehwals in future. For him, it’s also a big encouragement for badminton in the country. Pulella Gopichand

“I believe this award will be celebrated by the entire badminton fraternity in our country. And it will inspire not only the upcoming players, but also the seasoned professionals and experienced coaches,” Gopichand told The Indian Express. “As a former player and coach, I’m doing my bit. But it’s really up to the administrators to nurture talents. Better infrastructure and other facilities are needed for the growth of the game in the country,” he added.

 

Gopi expects Saina to reach semis in World meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 July 2009
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New Delhi: Pullela Gopichand expects Saina Nehwal to make the last four stage of the World Badminton Championships to be held in Hyderabad next month, even though he said he would like to refrain from any predictions in what he expects to be a 'very tough tournament.'

"I would say that the semifinals would be a good target for Saina, though one should think about one match at a time when one approaches such a big tournament," said Gopichand, who has nurtured Saina with his vast experience.

"I feel there is a good chance the home crowd will spur her on to do better. She has had a good break of three or four weeks, which is the right way to approach a tournament of this magnitude," said the former all-England champion at the draw ceremony for the August 10 to 16 event.

 

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