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All England Is the Moment of Truth for Indonesian Duo Ahsan and Hendra (pic)

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Published: 07 March 2013
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The moment of truth for Indonesia’s badminton men’s doubles pair Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan has finally arrived.

The Malaysia Open Super Series champions will carry a big responsibility on their shoulders when the world’s oldest badminton tournament starts on Wednesday in Birmingham. The All England is one of the top priorities of the year for the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI).

To the shuttlers, the All England means carrying on their personal missions. Indonesia National Badminton Team

“I can say I have won various major tournaments when I was still paired with Markis Kido, such as the Asian Games, World Championships and even the Olympics. But I never won an All England title. I hope this is the time,” 2008 Olympic champion Hendra told reporters in a send-off ceremony last week.

Hendra’s biggest achievement with Markis at the All England was in 2010 when they clinched the semifinal stage. They stormed to the last four before being stopped by now-retired Danish duo, Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen.

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Wei Feng pushing his weight (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 March 2013
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DREAM: Shuttler sets high targets in bid to qualify for World Championships

CHONG Wei Feng, who has to perform beyond expectations in the European tournaments over the next two weeks to have any hope of qualifying for the World Championships, may just achieve it.

Although World No 17 Wei Feng faces a difficult passage in the All England which begins in Birmingham on Tuesday, his chances look good in the Swiss Open on March 12-17 where he can fancy a place in the semi-finals.

Despite having to face World No 10 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark in the first round and World No 4 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the second round of the All England, Wei Feng has set a lofty target of reaching the last eight.

Even if he fails in Birmingham, Chong Wei can expect a good run in the Swiss Open as he is drawn to play three Taiwan players before a possible repeat of the All England opening match against Jorgensen in the quarter-final stage with victory pitting him, most likely, against Sony again in the last four.Chong Wei Feng

Wei Feng will play Wang Tzu Wei in the first round followed by a possible second round encounter with Yang Chih Hsun and a likely third round clash with Hsueh Hsuan Yi before taking on Jorgensen.

"After years of trying, I have a chance to play in a major event. Although my world ranking is at No 17, poor results in Europe will see my ranking drop and that will make it tough for me. That's why I have set a quarter-final target in the All England and looking at the Swiss Open draw, a semi-final spot is possible," said Wei Feng.

"Should I achieve both results, I reckon my place in the World Championships will be secure but I need to really work hard my matches in the All England.

"I have never played Jorgensen before but I have a chance to do well against him and Sony is playing well at the moment. However, I don't intend to give up despite the tough draw.

"In the Swiss Open, I must stay focused and clear the preliminary rounds although I am playing against the Taiwanese shuttlers. If I clear them, it will be an All England repeat for me.

"The experience in the All England should help me fare better in Basel and it will be great if I can beat Jorgensen twice.

"I also want to beat Sony in one of those two matches and my physical condition has improved and I am more confident now."

Wei Feng is being put through a special physical training programme by Roesdi Ghani to overcome his lack of height.

Roesdi said Wei Feng, who stands at only 170cm, is one of the most hardworking players in the national team and is hopeful that the new weight training regime will make him a better player.

"He is really hardworking and puts in extra effort in training. He can bench press up to 70kg and gradually we are looking to improve that to 75kg which is almost equivalent to what (Lee) Chong Wei does," said Roesdi.

"But we are being careful to make sure that the weight training programme doesn't disrupt his progress in court training as he may get injured or become stagnant if the intensity is increased too much too soon.

"His bodyweight is also being increased and once he reaches 65kg, he should be able to go for more explosive workouts that would help him progress into a stronger player.

"He used to weigh 59kg but now has gone up to 62kg and once he returns from the European tournaments, we will gradually increase his work load to achieve the desired results."

A good outing in the All England and Swiss Open should give Wei Feng a positive mindset and it should also spur him to further improve on his physical strength to become an established international shuttler.


Chong Wei has unfinished business at All England

Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 March 2013
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LEE Chong Wei hopes a third All England title in Birmingham will give him the extra edge and motivation to become Malaysia's first world champion in August.

The World No 1's hat-trick bid last year was halted by a shoulder injury midway through the second game in the final against China's Lin Dan but the five-time champion has been missing from competition since winning the Olympic gold in London.

Chong Wei opens his campaign against Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki today before a second-round meeting with China's Wang Zhengming and can then expect another smooth encounter against Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh in the quarter-finals.

Barring upsets, the top seed is expected to meet China's Du Pengyu, the third seed, in the last four before an expected title showdown with World No 2 Chen Long in the final.

"I will take it one match at a time and hopefully justify my seeding," said Chong Wei.

"Lin Dan is not around but China still have two young shuttlers who have been playing well.

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China stars crash out of All-England Open (pic)

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Published: 07 March 2013
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BIRMINGHAM: Top seed Li Xuerui, the Olympic champion, and third-seeded world champion Wang Yihan crashed out of the All-England Open at the first round stage on Wednesday.

On a miserable day for China, Li, the defending All-England champion and regarded as the sport's outstanding woman player after her Olympic triumph, went down 21-18, 21-18 to Bae Yeon Ju, the world number 13 from South Korea.Li XueRui of China crashes out of All England

The Chinese player did not blame either the wind drift or having to face such a high quality opponent in the first round for her defeat.

"It was personal performance issues, too many mistakes, nothing else," she said.

Li's defeat should have opened up a better chance for her Chinese compatriot Wang Yihan, the number three seed and former All-England champion, reaching the final.

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Lee Chong Wei escapes as China stars slump at All-England

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Published: 07 March 2013
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World number one Lee Chong Wei managed one of his most nerve-jangling survivals on Wednesday when he saved him two match points in the first round of the All-England Open.

Lee, who hopes to win the famous title back and capture it for a third time, looked dead and buried at 19-20 down in the final game with Wong Wing Ki launching a kill from an imposing position.

But the world number 18 from Hong Kong hammered it into the net, bringing a great gasp from the crowd, and a couple of minutes later the Malaysian had completed an improbable escape by 13-21, 21-6, 23-21.

Lee did that after saving another match point at 20-21, producing a good smash to the body and a nerveless piece of judgment in leaving Wong's ensuing block, which sailed just long.

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