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Saina loses opening round of Super Series Masters Final Source: Saina loses opening round of Super Series Masters Final

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Published: 02 December 2009
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Johar Bahru, Dec 2  India’s Saina Nehwal lost her opening round match to Malaysian Mew Choo Wong at the World Super series Masters Final badminton here Wednesday.

Saina, who has got the top billing in the tournament after the pull out by top players [^], went down 13-21, 21-13, 14-21 in a tough Group A encounter.

Saina will now have to win both her Group matches against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand and Canadian Charmaine Reid to make it to the semifinal.

India’s mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V. Diju also went down to England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg 15-21, 16-21 in 27 minutes.

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Indonesian Shuttlers Start 0-2 at Badminton Super Series in Malaysia

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Published: 02 December 2009
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Taufik Hidayat didn’t have a good feeling about his group-stage draw.

His instincts were proven right on Wednesday, after the former world champion crumbled in the clutch and lost in two sets to Bao Chunlai of China in their opening match at the season-ending Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Baru, Malaysia.

Down one set and just a point shy of extending the match to a deciding third set, Taufik instead saw Bao string together four consecutive points en route to a 21-18, 26-24 victory at Bandaraya Indoor Stadium.

Indonesia went 0-2 on the day after Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan dropped a 21-16, 21-18 decision to Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe of Denmark in men’s doubles action.


Olympics badminton move opposed

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Published: 02 December 2009
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Badminton's governing body has opposed staging London 2012 badminton at Wembley Arena, saying it is too far from the east London Olympic site.

Last week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved a plan to hold badminton events at the arena.

But the Badminton World Federation said it did not want the sport to be in a "stand alone" west London venue.

It said: "We are of the opinion that this will affect the Olympic experience for players and spectators."

Sporting 'pinnacle'

Last week the IOC approved holding badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events at Wembley Arena instead of a £40m temporary venue that had been planned for Greenwich.

Wembley Arena was supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog).

Locog chairman Sebastian Coe said: "It's a combination of cost - everyone recognises the world has changed dramatically since when we bid - but it's also about legacy and athlete experience."

A London 2012 spokeswoman has since added Locog is considering the concerns and will respond to them

But Badminton World Federation (BWF) President Dr Kang Young Joong said: "The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sporting achievement and the BWF owes our athletes and its members the responsibility to showcase badminton to the media and the world in the best possible way."

The BWF said it would "vigorously engage" in venue negotiations with the IOC and hoped to find a solution at its next board meeting in March.

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Saina wants to give her best at Masters

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Published: 29 November 2009
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Indian ace Saina Nehwal is concentrating on giving her best at the World Super Series Masters Finals tournament, which gets underway in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from December 2.

Saina feels the tourney is one of the most prestigious events on the world circuit, where a spate of pullouts have resulted in her being seeded second.

Only France's Pi Hongyan is seeded higher than her.

"I am happy that only Pi is ranked higher than me in this tournament. It gives me the confidence that I can give a good account of myself," the Hyderabadi said.

Even then, Saina is not ready to pronounce herself the favourite.

"In badminton, there is not much that separates the top players in the world. On a given day, anyone can beat anyone. There is so much competition that one cannot take anyone lightly anymore." It must be mentioned that Saina has previously beaten Hongyan a couple of times. But she says that her previous track record against Hongyan will count for nothing.

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Badminton star Lin Dan launches clothing line (pic)

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Published: 29 November 2009
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Li Ning sports Apparel Company that sponsors the Chinese national badminton team has launched a series of fashion apparel dedicated to Lin Dan, who is a dominant Chinese player in World Badminton.

This collection comprising of street style fashion clothing worn by the superstar, will hit Li Ning stores soon. Fans of Lin Dan and common public are the target customers of this collection, said the badminton player.

The Olympic and three-time world champion gives his feedbacks on designs to Li Ning designers for creating more appealing products as he believes that youngsters have different thoughts and ideas on the products.

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