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Indonesia's Badminton Team Passes on Korea Open

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Published: 05 January 2010
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After enduring one of its worst years in history last season, the Indonesian Badminton Association is doing everything in its power to avoid a repeat in 2010.

Its approach is a familiar one, though, as the association, also known as the PBSI, plans to keep its national shuttlers in their training camp and hold them out of the Super Series opener, the Korea Open on Jan. 12-17.

Indonesia head coach Christian Hadinata said the shuttlers needed more time to recover after having only returned to training in Cipayung this week following their post-Southeast Asian Games break. Instead, the national team will make its season debut at the Malaysia Open on Jan. 19-24.

 

Koo-Tan to cut down on Super Series meets this year (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 January 2010
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PETALING JAYA: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong took part in a total of 14 international tournaments last year while Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif could have matched their team-mates if not for injuries.Fewer meets: Kien Keat-Boon Heong participation in the Super Series events will be scaled down in view of the major tournaments in store for them this year

However, it will be the other way round for the elite doubles pairs as their participation, especially in the Super Series events, will be scaled down in view of the major tournaments in store for them this year.

There are four major events this year – the Thomas Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur in May, the World Championships in Paris in August, the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in December.

 

Saina rues lack of badminton academies in North India

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 January 2010
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Saina Nehwal’s presence always brings hype and glitz to a badminton event, and she seems to enjoy it.

But, here in Lucknow for the Syed Modi International Grand Prix tournament, the World No. 7 is keeping herself focussed on the task at hand and working on a new plan to improve her game. Saina’s attention now is on improving her defence as it has let her down a number of times at the international level.

“Though I am good at the nets, I sometimes feel my defence is weak,’’ Saina told Hindustan Times after finishing her workout with fellow shuttler P. Kashyap on Tuesday.

“The 2010 Commonwealth Games now tops my agenda, although I have also set other goals like doing well in the Asian Games (at Guangzhou) and the (2012) Olympic Games. I know I have to work hard and also guard against injuries,” she added.

 

Badminton hero to face first int’l challenge of 2010 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 January 2010
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Sixth-seeded Minh will be playing against major players such as world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at the competition in Seoul, which offers a total US$300,000 cash prize.  	 	 Vietnam’s top male badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh will take on his first international challenge of the new year at the VICTOR Korea Open Super Series from January 12-17.

Minh, ranked-11th in the world, will take on 18th-ranked Joachim Persson of Denmark in his first match at the open.

The only Vietnamese badminton player to enter the world’s top 100, minh moved to seventh place in the world men’s rankings in October, 2009.

However, he dropped to 11th last month after failing to participate in international competitions for several months.

When Minh moved to 19th in the world in April, the Sports Joint-stock Becamex Binh Duong Company began paying him VND20 million per month on the condition that he remain in the world’s top 25.

The amount rose to VND50 million when Minh became the world’s seventh-ranked player on condition that he would remain among the world’s top 10, though he has since lost the extra VND30 million.

Minh is currently training on his own as his trainer Indonesian badminton expert Asep Shuharno won’t arrive in Ho Chi Minh City until February.

 
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Saina Nehwal: MSN Sportsperson of the year

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 January 2010
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Saina's crowning glory in 2009 was clearly her victory in the Indonesian Open Super Series. The Hyderabadi defeated third seeded Lin Wang in the finals to become the first Indian woman to win a Super Series title. Saina was given the Arjuna Award this year for her achievements.

The 19-year old who is currently ranked eighth in the world also reached the quarter-finals of the World Badminton Championships despite having chicken-pox. One look at her tournament results during the course of the year reveals that her performance was consistent. Her entry into the top-10 in the world is justified by the fact that she managed to make it to the quarters and semis in most of the events.

The lass who trains under the watchful eyes of Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari has now established a benchmark for herself in 2009. With a strong work-ethic and a never-say-die attitude Saina Nehwal is definitely someone to watch out for in 2010.

 
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