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Saina lone Indian semi-finalist in Badminton Asia (pic)

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Published: 16 April 2010
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New Delhi: Saina Nehwal cruised into the semi-finals of women’s singles with a facile victory over Malaysian Mew Choo Wong and is now the lone Indian survivor in the Badminton Asia Championships
here Friday.Sainal Nehwal

Saina, world No. 6, was in sublime touch as she dispatched Mew Choo Wong 21-5, 21-13 in just 28 minutes that brought much needed relief in the Indian camp after three disappointing defeats of its players early in the day at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Before Saina’s win, top-seeded mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Valiyaveetil Diju ran out of steam in the third game, losing eight points at a stretch, and went down to Chinese pair of Zihan Qiu and Qing Tian 21-15, 11-21, 14-21 in a 47-minute thriller at the same court.

 

Badminton lack govt support in Thailand: Ponsana

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Published: 16 April 2010
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New Delhi, Apr 16  Ace Thai shuttler Boonsak Ponsana today came hard on his country's government and said people at the power back home simply turn their back to badminton when it comes to extending financial support to the sport.

Ponsana feels the government's lack of attention to badminton often comes in the way of Thai shuttlers participation in international tournaments.

"The government does not see badminton as a great sport even though we have at least 20 players in the top 100 rankings in various categories. They support football, golf and tennis but when it comes to badminton they simply keep themselves out of it," said Ponsana, who progressed to the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Championships here.

 
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Susilo opens badminton academy (pic)

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Published: 15 April 2010
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FORMER national shuttler Ronald Susilo is embarking on the next stage of his career, with the opening of his own badminton academy.

The 30-year-old, who retired from the national team last month, has set up the Ronald Susilo Badminton Academy (RSBA) at his alma mater, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

As a former Olympian and having been ranked as high as world No. 6, Susilo hopes to impart his wealth of knowledge and experience to a future generation of shuttlers.Ronald Susilo

 

He said: "This academy has been my dream for some time now and it is the next obvious step in my life."

It plans to offer unique training programmes, designed to suit players of all ages and different objectives.

Susilo said: "Some people want to take up badminton as a hobby, while others dream of winning an Olympic medal. It is unfair to train them the same way.

"I have developed three different programmes to help them turn their dreams into reality."

He will lead the coaching staff, which is made up of both home-grown and foreign former national players.

 
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Hafiz In Asia Badminton Quarter-Finals

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Published: 15 April 2010
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NEW DELHI, April 15 -- Muhammad Hafiz Hashim upset fourth seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam to enter the Yonex-Sunrise Asia Badminton Championship quarter-finals here on Thursday.

Malaysian hope Hafiz beat Nguyen 21-19, 14-21, 21-15 and will play Thailand's Ponsana Boonsak in the men's singles quarter-final tomorrow.

In the women's singles, Malaysian Julia Wong Pei Xian failed to stop India's in-form Saina Nehwal, also ranked top in the tournament.

Pei Xian's continuous unforced errors cost her the game, losing out in straight sets 21-14, 21-16 to Saina.

The tournament's major upset was in men's singles when top seed Indonesian Taufik Hidayat crashed out to Chinese Taipei's Hsuan Yi Hsueh 22-20, 21-16.

 
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Saina, Aditi in quarters of ABC (pic)

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Published: 15 April 2010
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Saina Nehwal and Aditi Mutatkar reached the women's quarterfinals of Asian Badminton Championship on Thursday.

However, it was all over for India in the men's singles after lone survivor P Kashyap lost after a gallant fight in the pre-quarterfinals.Saina Nehwal

Top seeds Jwala Gutta and V Diju reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals after winning their second round match against Sheng Mu Lee and Yu Chin Chien of Chinese Taipei 24-22, 21-15. The world number 12 pair will next face Chinese duo of Zihan Qiu and Qing Tian on Friday.

Top seed Saina relied on long rallies to outclass Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia 21-14, 21-16 and set up a clash with arch-rival seventh seed Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia in the quarterfinals.

Earlier, 13th seed Kashyap had bounced back from a game down and was going neck and neck in the third when a decision against him derailed his campaign and the Andra Pradesh player lost the battle 16-21, 21-18, 13-21 against Yun Hu.

 
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