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Category: Badminton News Published: 20 February 2009
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OLYMPIC champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia have become Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari's jinx and they must break it in the All England in Birmingham next month. Fairuzizuan (left) and Zakry need to boost their confidence after losing in all their five matches to the Indonesians.

National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky has urged Zakry-Fairuz, who might play Markis-Hendra in the semi-finals, to secure an upset to boost their confidence after losing in all five meetings previously.

Zakry-Fairuz had taken the Indonesians to three games in the semi-finals of the Swiss Open last year but were beaten comprehensively in the Denmark and French Opens after that.

Prior to that, Zakry-Fairuz had lost in the 2007 Singapore Open and 2002 Luster International in Kedah.

However, Rexy believes All England could be the stage where Zaky-Fairuz finally triumph in the expected semi-final clash.
"Zakry-Fairuz have not beaten Markis-Hendra but they must go all out to overcome them in the All England. The victory will be a confidence booster," said Rexy.

"They can take some heart from the Swiss Open last year where they came close to beating the Olympic champions.

"Beating Markis-Hendra will be the breakthrough that would give them more success in future."

Zakry-Fairuz begin their campaign against Yonathan Dasuki-Rian Sukmawan of Indonesia and are expected to meet Anders Kristiansen-Simon Mollyhus of Denmark in the second round before a likely quarter-final clash against England's Nathan Robertson-Anthony Clark.

Markis-Hendra have an easier passage to the semi-finals. They play Germans Kristoff Hopp-Johannes Schoettler in the first round, expected to face compatriots Muhammad Ahsan-Bona Septano in the second round and should meet scratch South Korean pair Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol.

Markis-Hendra are also expected give their best shot as they have yet to win the All England.
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