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Taiwan players cruise into world badminton quarterfinals (pic)

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Published: 27 August 2010
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Taiwanese player Cheng Shao-chieh cruised into the top eight in the women's singles at the World Badminton Championships in Paris Thursday.

Cheng beat her eighth-seeded German opponent Juliane Schenk 21-13, 21-19, after losing to Schenk in the first set 19-21. Cheng successfully defended her title in the women's singles at the Yonex Badminton Open in Taipei Aug. 8.Taiwan's Shao-Chieh Cheng returns a shot to Germany's Julian Schenk during the World Badminton Championships in Paris, France on Thursday. Cheng defeated Schenk , 21-19 21-13 21-19.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Hsueh Hsuan-yi went through to the men's singles quarterfinals Thursday after trouncing his Thai challenger Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-11.

Hsueh will meet fourth-seeded Chen Jin of China in his upcoming quarterfinal match.

Taiwan's Fang Chieh-min and Lee Sheng-mu breezed into the quarterfinals in the men's doubles, while Cheng Wen-Hsing and Chien Yu-chin made the women's doubles top eight at the world's most prestigious badminton championships that opened at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium Aug. 23.

Cheng and Chien finished off their rivals from the Netherlands 21-14, 21-15 in a match that lasted just 26 minutes. Fang and Lee, meanwhile, took 32 minutes to beat their Japanese opponents 21-19, 21-12.

Taiwan's mixed doubles team of Chien Yu-chin and Lee Sheng-mu also achieved success, beating their South Korean rivals Yong Dae Lee and Hyo Jung Lee 21-17, 22-20.

 
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Baun in position to frustrate China again (pic)

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Published: 27 August 2010
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PARIS : Tine Baun, who defied the might of China to regain the All-England Open title in March, is looking to perform similar defiance at the world championships after reaching the semi-finals.

The performance of the former world number one from Denmark during a well-taken 21-18, 21-13 win on Friday over Cheng Shao-Chieh, the unseeded Taiwanese player, put her in a much-improved position to go all the way. Dutch player Tine Baun hits a return to Taipei's Cheng Shao-Chieh during the Women singles quarter finals of the Badminton World Championship

It was Baun's best performance in five months, during which back problems and then a prolonged heel injury seriously hampered her preparations for this week.

"It's amazing that after four months (of injury) I can still play like this," said Baun.

"I had to concentrate on trying to play my game, but there were times when I had to play in other ways and it's good that I could do this as well as still succeed."

Baun was sometimes distracted by Cheng's troublesome foot, which forced her to walk with a spectacular limp, even though it appeared only to be a burst blister which caused blood to pour over her sock.

 

India Expect Rich Medal haul in badminton at CWG (pic)

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Published: 19 August 2010
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If there ever was a well-prepared Indian badminton team for a major event like the Asiad, Olympics or the Commonwealth Games, then this is it.

Badminton: Medals won by India at CWG
Saina Nehwal flashes the victory sign. Saina has been chosen brand ambassador of Andhra Pradesh tourism.
Planning was never a problem in Indian sport, implementation was. The badminton squad overcame that lacunae by starting to prepare in 2006 itself with winning maximum medals at the Delhi Games on it mind. The Badminton Association of India’s CWG camp in 2006 began with 40 probables. The list was pruned to 27 last month and the final team will be announced on Sept 3.

A combination of good preparation and quality players means that Indian shuttlers are confident of vastly improving India’s record in the Games, with at least five medals on their radar. Syed Modi was the last Indian shuttler to win a CWG gold, in Brisbane in 1982, while Prakash Padukone was the first (1978).

 

Thais sweep badminton golds (pic)

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Published: 19 August 2010
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FIRED up by the crowd support and the surprise appearance of family members, Thailand's shuttlers swept both the boys and girls' badminton titles at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday evening.Pisit Poodchalat, 18, dished out tigerish attacking displays to deliver an unlikely double for their country

Pisit Poodchalat and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, both 18, dished out tigerish attacking displays to deliver an unlikely double for their country. For Pisit, it was the vocal encouragement of the 4,000 fans who turned up that give him the edge over India's Haseena Sunil Prannoy in the boys' final.

'My win over the Chinese player (Huang Yuxiang) in the quarter-final gave me the confidence to win, but it was the fans that made the difference,' he said, folllowing his 21-15, 21-16 triumph.

His compatriot Sapsiree also traced her success to the support in the stands, after her 21-14, 21-17 victory over the Chinese favourite Deng Xuan.

The bronze medal for the boys' event went to South Korean Kang Ji Wook on a walkover, after his Malaysian opponent Low Wei Sheng failed to recover from a sprained ankle.

Vietnam's Vu Thi Trang won the girls' bronze when she beat Briton Sarah Milne 21-15, 22-20.

 
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Injured Wei Sheng throws in the towel in semi-finals

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Published: 19 August 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It was a painful blow to shuttler Loh Wei Sheng’s hopes to guarantee a Youth Olympic Games medal for Malaysia in badminton when he limped out of the boys’ singles semi-final match against Pisit Poodchalat at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night.

The Asian junior runner-up was forced to concede a walkover to the Thai while trailing 3-11 in the rubber game after having sprained his ankle in the second game, which he won 21-19. Wei Sheng had lost the first game 13-21.

Wei Sheng, who stepped out of court in the second game to seek treatment for the injury, had to throw in the towel when the pain became unbearable in the decider.

It remains to be seen whether Wei Sheng will be able to recover in time to play in the bronze medal playoff match against Kang Ji-wook of South Korea tonight.

Top seed and world junior runner-up Ji-wook was beaten 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 by H.S. Prannoy of India in the other semi-final.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia coordinator for the junior programme, How Kim Tho, said that it was unfortunate for Wei Sheng was not able to fight all the way for a place in the final.

 

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