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No Rest for Simon: Badminton Champ Faces Tougher French Field (pic)

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Published: 27 October 2009
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In the end, Simon Santoso had all of 48 hours or so to celebrate his first Super Series title.

Simon’s surprise run to the Denmark Open men’s singles championship ended with his 21-14, 21-6 defeat of unseeded German Marc Zwiebler. Simon Santoso will go up against China's top shuttlers at the French Open.

His victory gave Indonesia its third Super Series title of the year and avoided another embarrassing shutout.

“I think Marc was still really tired from his match against Sony [on Saturday],” Simon told state-run news agency Antara. “I didn’t give him a chance to develop his game from the beginning.”

The world No. 6 only has two days to rest, though, as the French Open begins in Paris on Wednesday. His task there will be much harder as China’s top shuttlers return to the tour after sitting out the Denmark Open.

 

Malaysia Goes Down Tamely To China In Final

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Published: 27 October 2009
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ALOR SETAR, Oct 26   -- Malaysia's junior badminton squad lost 0-3 to China in the final of the World Junior Badminton Championship at Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium here Monday.

The mixed double pair of Ow You Han-Ng Hui Ern lost 5-21,19-21 to Lu Kai-Boa Yixin while first single player Muhammad Syawal Mohd Ismail lost 15-21,23-25 to Tian Houwei.

China's domination was complete when Lu Kai-Liu-Peixuan beat Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kang Ming in three sets, 21-18,18-21 and 21-17.

With the win, China defended the title it won in Pune, India last year.

Head coach Sun Chenghua said becoming runners-up was quite an achievement although he had hoped that Malaysia would emerge champion.

"I am satisfied with their achievement. There are several events left and I am confident that they will rise to the occasion," he said.

Malaysia is banking on Muhammad Syawal and Iskandar Zulkarnain to reach the single semi-finals.

 
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Jing Yi overcomes Mitani to lead Malaysia past Japan (pic)

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Published: 27 October 2009
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TEE Jing Yi sent Malaysia into the semi-finals of the World Junior Badminton Championships mixed team event by delivering the winning point in the 3-2 victory over Japan in their final Group Z match at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium last night.All fired up: Tee Jin Yi celebrates her 21-18, 21-11 victory over Japan’s Minatsu Mitani yesterday.

It was sweet revenge for the 18-year-old Penangite, who was the only Malaysian player to lose during the national team’s 3-1 win over the same opponents during the Asian Junior meet earlier this year.

Last night, Jing Yi stepped onto the court to face Minatsu Mitani with added pressure after the boys’ doubles pair of Pang Zheng Lin-Goh Jian Hao had lost in the previous match.

With Malaysia holding a slender 2-1 lead, Jing Yi put on a superb display to defeat Mitani 21-18, 21-11 in 25 minutes. She had lost to the same player 21-17, 12-21, 17-21 in July.

 

Europe chief hopeful Poul-Erik outlines revamp plans

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Published: 27 October 2009
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ODENSE: The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medallist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen is set to make a more prominent comeback on the international stage – but not as a player.

The Dane is taking a more active role in the administration of the sport and has been nominated to contest for the post of president in the European Badminton Union (EBU).

And Hoyer-Larsen, who is the Badminton Denmark Association (BDA) vice-president, harbours hopes and aspirations for the sport.

“I have also been with our national Olympic Council for the last five years. The administrative experiences have given me courage to take on the challenges in badminton at a higher level,” said the 44-year-old.

“I think, it is very important to focus on how to popularise this game. We are under pressure from the media because other sports are having higher profile than badminton.

 

Frost: Europe need more hard work to close gap with Asia

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Published: 25 October 2009
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DANISH badminton legend Morten Frost Hansen admits that the gap in standard between Asian and Western countries at the junior badminton level is still huge.

None of the European countries made it to the last eight of the ongoing World Junior Badminton Championships’ team event.

Denmark (Group X) and England (Group Y) came closest to breaking the Asian stronghold but missed out on the chance to vie for a semi-final spot after going down by 2-3 scorelines to Hong Kong and Taiwan respectively on Friday.

“This phenomenon is nothing new. Asian teams have been dominating the junior badminton scene in recent years,” Frost said after watching Denmark overcome Vietnam 3-1 yesterday to qualify for the 9th-12th placing playoffs.

“The gap remains huge ... and there is nothing we can do to bridge it except work harder to improve next year. But the fact that Denmark and England were in contention to progress further before narrowly missing out shows that Europe is still able to take the fight to the others.” Frost, who is in Alor Setar as coach of the Danish junior team, believes that Western countries’ emphasis on education is the root cause of the disparity in standards.

“Most of the junior players from Europe in this age group (17-19) will be busy with their studies in college or university and cannot afford to allocate more time to badminton. There is a different set-up in Asia, where junior players can concentrate more on improving their game,” said Frost.

Besides Denmark and England, the other European countries in the world juniors team event are Germany, France and Russia.

 
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