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Taufik defeats Korea's Hu in All-England badminton Open (pic)

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Published: 10 March 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, England — Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat had to survive a slow start and a controversial decision before making a winning start to his bid to win the 100th All-England Open.

Taufik was surprisingly outplayed early on, and became annoyed by a line call when he seemed on the way to victory in the final game, before surviving 17-21, 21-11, 21-12 against Hu Yun, the world number 28 from Korea.Taufik Hidayat returns a shot to Hu Yun

The fourth-seeded Indonesian still believes he can to win the world's oldest title, even though it is ten years since he reached the second of his two All-England finals.

Well into his 30th year, Taufik still looked fast and dangerous once he gained his momentum.

"I'm happy but I think that it is a bit too early to be able to say how I'm playing," Taufik said.

"I made too many mistakes in the first set."

 

Chong Wei focuses on other rivals, not just his nemesis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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THE weather is bone-chilling cold in Birmingham. But world No.1 men singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei has raised the temperature for the All-England by saying he is fed-up of hearing Lin Dan’s name.

Defending champion Lin Dan of China is seen as the top seeded Chong Wei’s major stumbling block in his bid to win his first All-England title.

Barring any upsets, Chong Wei and second seed Lin Dan are expected to cross swords in the final once again.Two of us?: Lin Dan of China is the favourite to enter the All-England final with Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

Lin Dan has reached the All-England final for the last six years and won four of them (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009). Last year, he bulldozed past Chong Wei in the final.

 

Badminton's Lin Dan in belated seasonal bow (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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LONDON (Reuters) - World and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China makes a belated seasonal bow in Birmingham on Wednesday at the 100th All England Championships, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in world badminton.China's Lin Dan reacts after losing a point to South Korea's Choi Ho-jin during the men's badminton singles final match at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong December 13, 2009.

The titleholder skipped the first two Super Series events this year in South Korea and Malaysia after a tiring 2009 but is keen to get back on track.

The Chinese, seeking his fifth men's singles All England title in seven years, finds himself seeded two behind world number one Lee Chong Wei.

The Malaysian won in South Korea and Malaysia though he has often been outplayed by the mercurial Lin in big matches.

To try to buck the trend, coach Misbun Sidek has had Chong Wei playing left-handers on a regular basis in training as simulation for the task ahead.

"It is not the same as playing Lin Dan but it will help Chong Wei to prepare for the match," he said in a media release.

 

Easy Path For Malaysia To Thomas Cup Quarterfinals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 9  -- Malaysia have a clear path into the quarterfinals of the Thomas Cup Finals to be held at Putra Stadium here from May 9 to 16 but will face an acid test in the knockout battle to make it into the last four.

In the draw for the groupings by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) here today, Malaysia, ranked as the third seed, were in Group B with Japan (6th seed) and Nigeria (11th seed) for company.

The hosts led by world singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei are tipped to easily top Group B with Japan in tow.

Only the two top teams from four groups will move to the next knockout stage of the sport's prestigious men's team event to determine the semifinalists.

Defending champions and top seeded China are in Group A with South Korea (5th seed) and Peru (10th seed).

Group C comprises Denmark (4th seed), Germany (8th seed) and Poland (9th seed) while Group D pools Indonesia (2nd seed), India (7th seed) and Australia (12th seed).

 

Malaysia avoid Koreans in Thomas Cup draw

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Published: 09 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia avoided South Korea in the preliminary round for the Thomas Cup Finals when the draw was made yesterday. But the hosts may meet up with the Koreans when a new draw is made after the preliminary rounds.

This year, a new format is being introduced in the Thomas Cup Finals to keep alive the suspense and excitement in the world premier event, which will take place at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

For the knockout stage, a fresh draw will be held.

Previously, the draw was held only once, where by all three teams from each of the four groups progressed to the next stage.

 

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