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Chong Wei, Lin Dan set to renew rivalry in HK Open (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The return of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to international badminton action and the looming presence of Olympic champion Lin Dan are set to spice things up in the Hong Kong Open from Nov 11-15.

Chong Wei will feature in the penultimate round of the 12-leg Super Series after coming out of a two-month enforced break due to a knee injury.The fight is on: Chong Wei (right) and Lin Dan will be taking part in the Hong Kong Open. Chong Wei is returning to action after a two-month break.

He aggravated the knee injury at the Japan Open, where he lost to Simon Santoso in the quarter-finals.

And the draw for the Hong Kong Open has set up the world No. 1 and Olympic champion for a mouth-watering final encounter.

 

Malaysian Pair Save Four Match Points To Win World Title

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Published: 01 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1, Malaysian pair Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han created a history of their own by saving four match points in the deciding set to win the men's doubles individual title in the World Junior Badminton championships at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium on Sunday night.

Kah Ming-Yao Han beat Muhammad Ullinuha-Berry Angriyawan of Indonesia 19-21, 21-12, 23-21 in a thrilling three-set final which could have gone either way as the Indonesian pair had four match points as the score stood at 20-16 in their favour.

But as the Indonesian pair squandered four match points, the Malaysian duo held their nerves to clinch the match on their second match-point attempt, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

 

Badminton Duos Triumph in Good Day for Indonesia (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 November 2009
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Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan capped Indonesia’s most successful Super Series tournament of the year on Sunday, winning the men’s doubles title at the French Open Super Series.Indonesia’s Nova Widianto, right, and partner Liliyana Natsir won the French Open Super Series mixed doubles title with a 21-7, 21-7 defeat of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa.

Facing Denmark Open champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia, top-seeded Markis and Hendra rallied from one set down to win 15-21, 21-15, 21-14 at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.

The Malaysians muscled their way to winning the first set, hitting nine smash winners to the Indonesians’ one as they sprinted ahead after being level at 11-all. That dominance soon faded, though, as Markis and Hendra led for all but one point in the next two games.

Their victory was the cherry on top of an already successful tournament for Indonesia. Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir marked their return to the spotlight on Sunday after an eight-month absence from the podium, beating compatriots Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa 21-7, 21-7 in the mixed doubles final.

 

Koo-Tan slay Danish third seeds to enter final

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Published: 01 November 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong rejoiced in their reclaiming of the top spot in the men’s doubles world rankings by sweeping aside Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen to reach the French Open men’s doubles final in Paris yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong sent the third seeds from Denmark packing 21-18, 21-19 in 36 minutes to remain on course for a back-to-back win in Europe.

It was the second time in two weeks Kien Keat-Boon Heong got the better of the Danish pairing.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong climbed to the top spot for the first time in almost two years ahead of South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung in the latest world rankings following their triumph in the Denmark Open last week.

 

Indonesian Youngster Reaches Semifinal at World Badminton Championship

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Published: 01 November 2009
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Angga Pratama enjoyed a great Friday at the badminton World Junior Championship in Kedah, Malaysia, qualifying for the semifinals in two events.

Angga and mixed doubles partner Della Destiara Haris, reached the last four after the unseeded duo stunned No. 9 seeds Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Artima Serithammarak of Thailand 21-17, 21-13 in an economical 24 minutes.

After an hour’s rest, Angga returned to the court with boys doubles partner Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto. This time playing the role of the favorite, the top seeds and Asian Youth Under-19 champions saw off Japan’s Shohei Hoshino and Akira Kobayashi 21-15, 21-14 to reach the semifinals.

Angga and Della face another tough task in the next round as they take on No. 1 seeds Lu Kai and Bao Yixin of China, 21-11, 17-21, 21-8 winners over Malaysia’s Ow Yao Han and Lai Pei Jing. After that, Angga and Rendy will play either third-seeded Chooi Kah Ming and Ow Yao Han of Malaysia or Taiwan’s Chang Kai Liang and Lin Yu Te, who played after press time.

Indonesia’s other boys doubles quarterfinalists, Berry Anggriawan and Muhammad Ulinnuha, were scheduled to face No. 2 seeds Lu and Liu Peixuan. Their match finished after press time.

Unseeded Indonesians Suci Rizki Andini and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah also reached the semifinals, knocking off girls doubles second seeds Bao Yixin and Luo Yu of China 21-18, 21-19. Suci and Tiara will take on Nguyen Thi Sen and Vu Thi Trang of Vietnam or Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet for a place in the final.

Girls singles was not as good to Indonesia, though. Siti Anida Lestari Qoryatin fell 21-8, 21-11 to top-seeded Chen Xiaojia of China, while Anna Rovita lost to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-9, 21-11.

Indonesia has not won a world U-19 championship since hosting the inaugural tournament in Jakarta in 1992, when Kristin Junita won the girls singles title and Susanto and Kusno teamed up for the boys doubles crown.

None of its entries made it to the semifinals at the 2008 worlds in Pune, India.

Lius Pongoh, the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) head of athletes’ development, believed the boys and girls doubles would deliver this time.

“We have high hopes that both of the doubles can end our title drought in this championship,” Lius said. “They have the talent to be the country’s next stars.”

 
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