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Category: Badminton News Published: 19 September 2006
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MADRID, Spain Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat easily beat 13th-seeded Ng Wei of Hong Kong 21-11, 21-14 Monday in the first round of the world badminton championships.

Taufik, who is unseeded after dropping out of the top 16 in the world rankings despite being the defending champion, trailed 16-13 in the first game before winning six straight points to take control at Palacio des Desportes.
After the win, the Indonesian called for the sport to use technology to help clarify disputed line calls. Three weeks ago, the 25-year-old Hidayat walked out during the Hong Kong Open quarterfinals over a disputed call.

"I would like us to use cameras like tennis," Hidayat said. "It would be good if we could challenge decisions and ask the umpire to review them."

Also, Chen Hong of China beat Pedro Yang of Guatemala 21-11, 21-9. He will face Simon Maunoury of France on Wednesday in the second round.

"I'd not met (Yang) before but I found him much tougher than I expected," Chen said. "He is better than players from some of the other emerging badminton nations. He surprised me."

Gao Ling and Huang Sui, the 2001 and '03 women's doubles champions from China, reached the second round after beating Valerie Loker and Sarah MacMaster of Canada 21-6, 21-6.


MADRID, Spain Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat easily beat 13th-seeded Ng Wei of Hong Kong 21-11, 21-14 Monday in the first round of the world badminton championships.

Taufik, who is unseeded after dropping out of the top 16 in the world rankings despite being the defending champion, trailed 16-13 in the first game before winning six straight points to take control at Palacio des Desportes.

After the win, the Indonesian called for the sport to use technology to help clarify disputed line calls. Three weeks ago, the 25-year-old Hidayat walked out during the Hong Kong Open quarterfinals over a disputed call.

"I would like us to use cameras like tennis," Hidayat said. "It would be good if we could challenge decisions and ask the umpire to review them."

Also, Chen Hong of China beat Pedro Yang of Guatemala 21-11, 21-9. He will face Simon Maunoury of France on Wednesday in the second round.

"I'd not met (Yang) before but I found him much tougher than I expected," Chen said. "He is better than players from some of the other emerging badminton nations. He surprised me."

Gao Ling and Huang Sui, the 2001 and '03 women's doubles champions from China, reached the second round after beating Valerie Loker and Sarah MacMaster of Canada 21-6, 21-6.


MADRID, Spain Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat easily beat 13th-seeded Ng Wei of Hong Kong 21-11, 21-14 Monday in the first round of the world badminton championships.

Taufik, who is unseeded after dropping out of the top 16 in the world rankings despite being the defending champion, trailed 16-13 in the first game before winning six straight points to take control at Palacio des Desportes.

After the win, the Indonesian called for the sport to use technology to help clarify disputed line calls. Three weeks ago, the 25-year-old Hidayat walked out during the Hong Kong Open quarterfinals over a disputed call.

"I would like us to use cameras like tennis," Hidayat said. "It would be good if we could challenge decisions and ask the umpire to review them."

Also, Chen Hong of China beat Pedro Yang of Guatemala 21-11, 21-9. He will face Simon Maunoury of France on Wednesday in the second round.

"I'd not met (Yang) before but I found him much tougher than I expected," Chen said. "He is better than players from some of the other emerging badminton nations. He surprised me."

Gao Ling and Huang Sui, the 2001 and '03 women's doubles champions from China, reached the second round after beating Valerie Loker and Sarah MacMaster of Canada 21-6, 21-6

(source: IHT)

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