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Top players survive scares at badminton's Thai Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 June 2008
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Top-ranked badminton players Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan of China both survived scares from unseeded opponents to win their opening-round matches Wednesday at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold.

Women's world No. 1 Xie needed three games to dispatch Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia 21-17, 19-21, 21-19 in a surprisingly tight match that went down to the wire.

The deciding game was a back-and-forth affair, with the two trading the lead several times. Wong found herself on the verge of an upset at 19-19 before Xie took the final two points for the match.

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Xingfang Xie, shown here at a tournament in Switzerland in March, needed a strong finish to dispatch her first-round opponent at the Thai Open. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone/Associated Press)

 

Saina in quarterfinals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 June 2008
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New Delhi: Saina Nehwal remained the lone Indian in the Thailand Open badminton championship after the National champion thumped Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc of Vietnam 21-9, 21-6 to storm into the quarterfinals, even as compatriot Anup Sridhar crashed out, in Bangkok on Thursday.
 

Saina moves up

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 June 2008
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HYDERABAD: National champion Saina Nehawal shocked eighth-seeded Elizabeth Cann of England 21-13, 21-5 in the women’s singles first round of the Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton championship on Wednesday, according to information received here.

In men’s singles, Anup Sridhar defeated Juergen Koch of Austria 18-21, 21-8, 21-16 in the first round. The other Indians who won their men’s first round matches were P. Kashyap who defeated Allan Tai of Malaysia 21-13, 21-12 and Ajay Jayram who beat Vietnam’s Hoand Nam Nguye 21-10, 21-17.

Other results featuring Indians: J.B.S. Vidyadhar lost to Hsuan Xi Hsuesh (Tpe) 15-21,17-21; Chetan Anand lost to Ng Wei (Hkg) 15-21,16-21; Arvind Bhatt lost to Kazuteru Kozai (Jpn) 14-21, 17-21; Anand Pawar lost to Wei Feng Chong (Mas) 20-21, 19-21; R. M. V. Gurusai Dutt lost to Alamsyah Yunus (Ina) 16-21, 13-21; Aditi Mutakar lost to Salakjit Ponsana (Tha) 17-21, 1-21.

 
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Thailand Open: Boonsak eases to opening win

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 June 2008
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Lin pushed by Thai qualifier Pakkawat

TOR CHITTINAND

China's world number one Lin Dan and local star Boonsak Ponsana got off to a winning start at the SCG World Grand Prix Thailand Open Badminton Championships at Nimibutr Gymnasium yesterday. But while the Thai secured a comfortable win, the Chinese struggled to reach the second round in the men's singles. Lin took the first game 21-11 against Thai qualifier Pakkawat Vilailak. But the little-known Thai fought back to stun the Chinese star 21-17 in the second game.

 

 

Coach Rexy unhappy with Kien Keat’s no-show (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 June 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: One doubles player overcame stomach cramps and knee pains to win at the Indonesian Open. Another has yet to show up for training since a freak accident.

And the different level of commitment showed by Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Koo Kien Keat over the last one week has drawn mixed reactions from national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky.

 

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Where are you? Olympic-bound Koo Kien Keat has yet to report for training under national coach Rexy Mainaky.

 

 

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