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Thailand Title Shows Sony Is No Spent Force

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2012
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Ending a tumultuous two years since his last title, Sony Dwi Kuncoro showed he still had the heart of a champion by winning the men’s singles title at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold on Sunday.

Sony, currently ranked 65th in the world, claimed his first title since winning the 2010 Singapore Open Super Series with a 21-17, 21-14 defeat of Chinese shuttler Chen Yuekun in Bangkok.

“I’m starting to regain my confidence and all my body parts have been working well without pain,” Sony said after defeating Chen. “I’ve been working hard for this win. Now I believe I can fight my way back to the top.”

It was a much-needed breakthrough for the 27-year-old who was once hailed as the heir to Indonesian superstar Taufik Hidayat but ended up slumping to a career low after suffering a catalogue of injuries — back, wrist and ankle — in the last 24 months.

 

Pre-Olympic test for shuttlers at Li-Ning Singapore Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 June 2012
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SINGAPORE - It may be missing the likes of Chinese superstar Lin Dan and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei - as well as top Chinese women Wang Xin, Li Xuerui, and Wang Shixian - but the US$200,000 (S$255,600) Li-Ning Singapore Open promises to serve up thrilling battles for local fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from June 19 to 24.

The draw for the OSIM BWF World SuperSeries was held on Tuesday, with the Republic's shuttlers expected to face tough competition on court in their bid to replicate Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari's title-winning run in 2010.

Seeded eighth for the tournament, world No 16 Gu Juan - who is nominated for the London Olympic Games in July - will need to overcome Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (17) in the first round of the women's singles, while compatriot Derek Wong will have to battle through the qualifiers of the men's singles before facing Simon Santoso of Indonesia (No 9) in the main draw. Newly crowned Sportswoman of the Year Fu Mingtian was handed an easier draw, and will face a qualifier in the first round.

 

Lee, Lin to Skip Cashed-Up Indonesia Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 June 2012
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An extra $50,000 in the Indonesia Open Super Series kitty looks unlikely to bring all the biggest names in badminton to Jakarta.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has said he will skip the $650,000 event, which runs June 12 to 17, after suffering an injury during the recent Thomas Cup finals. Second-ranked Lin Dan of China will also sit out for unspecified reasons.

Yacob Rusdianto, head of the tournament organizing committee and Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) secretary general, said the field would still be star-studded.

“That won’t reduce the quality of the tournament because all the other top players will be here. The top Chinese female shuttlers have confirmed their participation,” he said on Monday.

 

It's not very serious for Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 May 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 -- Shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei may take longer than four weeks to be 100 per cent fit for competition said National Sports Institute (ISN) physiotherapy expert Sandra Fiedler.Lee Chong Wei looks on prior to his MRI scan at the Kuala Lumpur Sports Medical Centre yesterday.  Read more: It's not very serious

Fiedler said the world number one who injured his ankle may take at least five to six weeks to recover fully.

"I don't' think..(that he can recover within four weeks). It could aggravate the injury if he pushes too hard. However, he is in good physical condition, so the recovery could be a little faster," she told reporters at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here Thursday after a physiotherapy session with athletes.

She said Chong Wei must at all times maintain his fitness to speed up the rehab process.

 
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What now after Wuhan?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 May 2012
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IN the aftermath of yet another Thomas Cup debacle, what is left of Malaysia's badminton, the only sports of Olympics status that we can claim to be of world ranking?

In the 2012 Thomas Cup in Wuhan, China, Malaysia did not even make it to the semi-finals. In the history of this tournament that's the symbol of world team badminton supremacy, only three countries have won it – China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Perhaps the only "consolation" as we see our badminton fast fading into international obscurity is that Indonesia, with 10 times our population, also failed miserably.

No one is angrier at this state of affairs than Tan Sri Elyas Omar, the man who was president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) when we last won the Thomas Cup 20 years ago.

 

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