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Chinese youngster denies Chun Seang place in semis (pic)

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Published: 27 June 2009
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Chen Long the spoiler

BACK-UP shuttler Tan Chun Seang stayed longest on the court but still there was no triple joy for Malaysia in the men’s singles event of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships at Bandaraya Stadium yesterday.

The 23-year-old failed to join seasoned campaigners Lee Chong Wei and Wong Choong Hann in the semi-finals after going down fighting 14-21, 21-12, 16-21 to world junior champion Chen Long of China in a 58-minute quarter-final battle.China's Chen Long celebrating his win over Malaysia's Tan Chun Seang in the men singles quater-finals match at the Malaysia Open GP Gold in Johor Bharu, on Friday. Chen won 21-14 12-21 21-16.

World No. 1 Chong Wei continued his fiery form to defeat Kenichi Tago of Japan 21-9, 21-15 in 30 minutes to set up a meeting with Hong Kong’s Hu Yun today.

Choong Hann stayed on top of his game against China’s back-up shuttler Gao Huan for a 21-15, 21-10 win but he will surely have it tougher against Chen Long today.

The day, however, almost belonged to Chun Seang, who stepped onto the court bent on making a breakthrough yesterday.

“I was motivated to do well - especially after Chong Wei had challenged me to prove myself. I gave everything I had out there today,” said a dejected Chun Seang.

 
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France’s China-born Hongyan proves she is still hot property at 30 (pic)

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Published: 27 June 2009
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WOMEN’S singles shuttler Pi Hongyan of France is not getting any younger but a one-year contract with Malaysian-based professional badminton club KL Rackets (KLRC) clearly shows that she is still a hot property.Veteran’s touch: France’s Pi Hongyan returning a shot to Germany’s Juliane Schenk during their women’s singles quarterfinal on Friday.

In fact, the 30-year-old China-born player is not even thinking of giving up the sport that demands a lot from a player.

“I have won several Open titles but I intend to keep on going bec ause I want to win at least a medal in major tournaments like the World Championships,” said Hongyan.

 

BWF needs a rethink on annual world meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2009
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WHEN former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat first raised the issue in 2007, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) laughed it off and thanked the Indonesian for his views.

Taufik was not amused and early this week, he expressed the same views again -- that the World Championships have become boring and too taxing, and he was not enthusiastic about playing in next month's meet in Hyderabad.


Taufik certainly has a point.


The world championships shouldn't be held every year. Sure, the BWF can claim that commercial interest and participation in the sport has increased when the world meet is held annually -- bar Olympic year -- since 2006.


However, the sport could suffer in the long run with the danger of fans losing interest in the world championships in the near future.

I thank the BWF for its good intentions but it should look into the bigger picture.


The World Championships should have their own unique identity, and organising it every year puts the prestigious tournament at risk of becoming a common event and leading to fans losing interest and sponsors staying away.

 
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Chong Wei challenges Chun Seang to rise to the occasion (pic)

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Published: 26 June 2009
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MALAYSIA’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has thrown a challenge to younger compatriot Tan Chun Seang to get into the men’s singles semi-finals of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships at Bandaraya Stadium.

The duo together with veteran Wong Choong Hann were the three Malaysians who won their third round matches yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals.Right on track: Lee Chong Wei outplayed China’s Zhou Wenlong 21-18, 21-4 to march into the quarter-finals.

Top seed and Indonesia Open champion Lee Chong Wei displayed great show of craft at the net and ruthless smashes to beat China’s Zhou Wenlong 21-18, 21-4 in 30 minutes.

He could have finished off Wenlong even quicker if not for a flurry of mistakes in the first game when he was leading 17-12.

 

Behind Zheng Bo’s fierce look lies a gentle giant (pic)

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Published: 26 June 2009
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STOCKY mixed doubles specialist Zheng Bo of China puts on a fierce look when he is on court. But behind that stern demeanour lies a gentle giant of world badminton.Zheng Bo: ‘I am actually a nice person if you get to know me.’

Although he has lost his cool once with his relatively new young partner, Ma Jin, during the All-England in March, he brushed it off as an action in the heat of the moment.

 

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