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Indonesia Uber Cup Squad Receives Lifeline (pic)

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Published: 20 February 2012
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Macau. Despite its quarterfinal defeat, Indonesia looks all but set for the Uber Cup finals after finishing fifth in Asian zone qualifying on Sunday.

Indonesia beat Hong Kong 4-1 at the Macau Forum in the playoff final to finish fifth in qualifying. Its place is not assured until after European qualifying ends, though.

Asia’s fifth-best team in qualifying will compete in the finals in Wuhan, China, on May 20 to 27 if its top three singles shuttlers and top two doubles teams have more cumulative world ranking points than the fourth-place team from Europe. Indonesian doubles shuttler Meiliana Jauhari, left, and partner Greysia Polii secured fifth place and a likely place in the Uber Cup finals after beating Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet in Macau on Sunday. 

The Netherlands was scheduled to face Russia in the third-place playoff in the European Team Championships, which also serve as qualifying for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup, in Amsterdam late on Sunday.

 

Tan Kim Her intends to continue experimenting to find potential pairs after Olympic Games

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Published: 18 February 2012
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Tan Kim Her intends to continue experimenting to find potential pairs after Olympic Games

Tan Kim Her, Malaysia’s head coach of Doubles, intends to continue experimenting different combinations in Men’s Doubles category to find potential pairs after the 2012 Olympic Games.

He wants different Men’s Doubles pairs to participate in upcoming tournaments and will keenly observe their performance which will help him to make necessary changes in Doubles after Olympics.

According to the coach, the World Number Six Tan Boon Heong – Koo Kien Keat, who are the top shuttlers in Malaysia, will remain stick to their schedule for Olympic Games and will participate in important tournaments in upcoming months.

 

Lee Chong Wei wants back-up shuttlers to compete and gain experience at Thomas Cup Preliminary Round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 February 2012
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Lee Chong Wei wants back-up shuttlers to compete and gain experience at Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

Malaysia’s top player Lee Chong Wei, who helped his team to qualify for Thomas Cup Finals, now wants back-up shuttlers to compete and gain experience in the remaining matches of Thomas Cup Preliminary Round, which is underway in Macau.Lee Chong Wei wants back-up shuttlers to compete and gain experience at Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

Chong Wei, who is ruling World Number One in Men’s Singles world rankings, lived up to the expectations and won all of his matches and helped Malaysia to win a much needed spot in the Thomas Cup Finals, to be played in China, in May.

Now, Chong Wei wants the coaches to field the back-up players in the upcoming Preliminary Round matches which will help these young shuttlers to get experience and prove their worth against the top players in the world.

 

Taufik Hidayat outplays Shon Wan Ho at the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 February 2012
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Indonesia’s legendary player Taufik Hidayat proved his elevated skills when he outplayed South Korea’s Shon Wan Ho in the quarter-final contest of the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round, on Thursday, February 16, in Macau.Taufik Hidayat outplays Shon Wan Ho at the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

Indonesia won this team-event match against South Korea with a narrow difference. Indonesian shuttlers lost the opening two battles but won the remaining three fights to register victory over South Korean rivals with a 3-2 score on the board.

The World Number 12 Taufik played his normal game and remained composed in the whole match and did not spare any chance for his Korean opponent to control the pace of rallies.

 

Doubles coach Kim Her slams BAC for their lack of foresight

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: A day after qualifying for the Thomas Cup Finals, national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her took a swipe at the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for their lack of foresight in coming up with the format for this year’s Asian Zone qualifiers.

Yesterday, Malaysia went down 0-3 to Japan in the semi-finals but their challenge in the tournament is not over yet. They still have to play Indonesia in the playoff for third and fourth place today.

As both Malaysia and Indonesia are assured of tickets to the Finals in Wuhan in May by virtue of reaching the semi-finals, expect them to field weaker line-ups.

The BAC had also subjected all the losing quarter-finalists in both the Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers to a round-robin playoff. But instead of making them play three extra ties, the BAC could have just picked the highest-ranked team for the Finals to make everyone’s life easier.

For example, Malaysia’s Uber Cup team lost 2-3 to Hong Kong yesterday but they still have to play Indonesia and Singapore although their chances of reaching the Finals are very slim.

With many of the players exhausted, some of the playoff ties are turning out to be a chore as teams don’t take them seriously.

Kim Her said the players should not be unnecessarily taxed with a busy schedule ahead of them.

They have a European campaign to prepare for with the German Open from Feb 28-March 4, All England (March 6-11) and Swiss Open (March 13-18).

 

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