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Saina 'fully fit' and raring to go

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Published: 12 August 2009
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HYDERABAD: The higher the stakes, the greater the motivation to perform. Saina Nehwal says it's this simple mantra that helped her recover so quickly from the bout of chicken pox that nearly threatened her chances of competing at the World badminton championships.

"I'm back to being the same player I was before the infection. I feel no tiredness during training. I'm fully fit and ready to play my first match," the Indian teen said with confidence on Tuesday, the eve of her opener against Russia's Anastasia Prokopenko.

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Malaysian coach quarantined after coming down with H1N1 fever (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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MALAYSIA’S mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan was rushed to hospital after coming down with fever and sore throat.

Jeremy has been admitted to the isolation unit of the Chest Hospital in Hyderabad for a 48-hour observation.Masked protector: Malaysia’s Sabrina Chong and Ong Jien Guo walking past a masked security personnel after losing to Chinese mixed doubles pair He Hanbin-Yu Yang yesterday.

And the organisers of the World Championships have got down to work on preventive measures over the fear of the influenza A (H1N1) virus that is spreading in India.


Boonsak hopes new racquet will bring him glory (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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THAILAND’S Boonsak Ponsana is using a new weapon called Kum­poo in a bid to make his mark in this year’s World Champion­ships.

Yesterday, the 16th-seeded Boon­sak defeated Kestutis Navickas of Lithunia 21-14, 14-21, 21-17 with the Kumpoo racquet — a brand from Japan — in the first round of the men’s singles event.Safely through: Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana using his Kumpoo racquet to return a shot to Lithuania’s Kestutis Navickas yesterday. Boonsak won 21-14, 14-21, 21-17


Veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah, Chong Ming-Choon Eng bite the dust

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Published: 12 August 2009
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MALAYSIA’S independent men doubles players – Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng – were blown away in the first round of the World Championships yesterday.

But they are not ready to bid farewell to the game – just yet.

Veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah went down 15-21, 21-18, 23-21 to 2005 World champions Tony Gunawan-Howard Bach of the US in 43 minutes while Chong Ming-Choon Eng took the same amount of time to lose 21-18, 15-21, 16-21 to Japanese pair Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato.


China on brink of pulling out of Worlds

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Published: 11 August 2009
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China are poised to follow England's lead and pull out of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India.

"There is possibility that China will withdraw from the tournament due to security concerns," said head coach Li Yongbo after the opening day's matches yesterday.Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat returns a shot against Switzerland's Christian Boesiger during their men's singles match in a preliminary round of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad August 11, 2009.

"There are World Championships every year. The players' safety is much more important than the competition."

Li, who told reporters a day earlier that China would stay and compete unless the tournament was canceled, said he had received a phone call yesterday morning from senior officials of the State General Administration of Sports (SGAS), China's sports' governing body, and they had expressed serious concerns about the safety of the Chinese players.

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