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One title in the bag and Ng sisters can deliver another (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 July 2010
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PETALING JAYA: Veteran men’s singles shuttler Wong Choong Hann and the Ng sisters, Hui Lin-Hui Ern, pulled off unexpected victories to assure Malaysia one title and raised a hope for another in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Stadium Bandaraya in Johor Baru yesterday.

Independent shuttler Choong Hann staged an incredible comeback from 8-15 in the second game to beat second seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-15, 24-22 in a 40-minute match to reach a first final this year.A surprise: Ng Hui Ern and Ng Hui Lin qualified for the final after they beat Zhang Dan and Zhang Zhibo of Macau.

His victory prevented a repeat showdown of the Indonesian Open final last week between Taufik and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

Defending champion Chong Wei sent Ajay Jayram of India packing at 21-16, 21-13 in a lopsided semi-final match.

World Championship-bound Choong Hann was thrilled with the win, especially after going through tense moments in the second game.

“The first game was easier than I had thought. I was leading all the way against Taufik and this scenario is quite rare for me. Usually, it will be close,” he said.

“And true enough, Taufik came back stronger in the second game and took a comfortable 15-8 lead. But I managed to claw back into the game. I became more confident and fortunately, I hung on to finish off the match in straight games.

Hui Lin-Hui Ern came make it a double joy for Malaysia today. They will play against Thailand’s A. Duanganong-V. Kunchala of Thailand for the women’s doubles title.

Part-timers Hui Lin-Hui Ern made it to a first-ever final in an international Open when they tamed Macau’s fifth seeds Zhang Dan-Zhang Zhibo 21-10, 21-11 in just 20 minutes.

 

Indonesia Open --- Men's Double

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 June 2010
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From right, Taiwanese pair Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu, and South Korea's Cho Gun-woo, Kwon Yi-go stand on the podium after their men's doubles final at the Indonesia Open Badminton Super Series, Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Taiwanese pair won the final match 21-16, 21-15.From right, Taiwanese pair Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu, and South Korea's Cho Gun-woo, Kwon Yi-go stand on the podium after their men's doubles final at the Indonesia Open Badminton Super Series, Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Taiwanese pair won the final match 21-16, 21-15.

 
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Chong Wei overcomes Taufik and linesmen to retain title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 June 2010
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei overcame two enemies – the linesmen and a charged up old-timer Taufik Hidayat in the first game – to emerge as the Indonesian Open badminton champion for a third time.

He survived a strong onslaught from Taufik in the opening game before bulldozing the spent force Indonesian 21-19, 21-8 in a 37-minute final at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta.

Chong Wei had to step up a gear half way through the first game when Taufik staged a strong comeback from 10-15. The Indonesian managed to level at 19-19 but a faster and more determined Chong Wei lived up to his top billing to pull through.

Chong Wei also had to deal with appalling line call and he was robbed of points twice. He kept his composure and went on to claim the title to make a quick redemption after losing to Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open last week.

 

Saina has already achieved targets for 2010: Gopichand (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 June 2010
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With a hat-trick of international titles and a career-best world ranking of number three, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has already achieved the targets that she had set for 2010, a jubilant national coach Pullela Gopichand said on Sunday.Sainal Nehwal


"We had set a target of reaching into top five by this year end. She has achieved this within six months," Gopichand, who has mentored Saina through her career said.
Gopichand, only the second Indian to win the All England  badminton championship, though insisted that his ward was not chasing the number one ranking and has set her sights on major international tournaments for 2010.


"We have three major tournaments lined up this year. Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championship. Our aim is concentrate on these tournaments. So the number one ranking comes next," Gopichand said.


Saina defeated Japan's Sayaki Sato 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 in the summit clash of the Indonesia Open to complete a hat-trick of international titles.
He said winning three tournaments continuously is a great achievement for any player.


"It was possible for Saina because of the great performance she has shown."


Saina's father Harvir Singh said his daughter has made the country proud.


"This is really a fantastic win for Saina and the country. We were nervous in the second game. I know she had the determination. She made us and the country proud," Harvir Singh Nehwal said.

 
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Lee defends champion in MS of Indonesia Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 June 2010
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Indonesian Mens' Single (MS) shuttler was apparently no match against Malaysian No.1 shuttler, the defending champion, Lee Chong Wei as the latter crushed Taufik, seeded No.2, in two easy games lasted in 37 minutes with scores of 21-19, 21-8 in the final match of MS group Indonesia Open tournament held here on Sunday.

Competing in the last final match, the Malaysian shuttler dominating the games with his full force smashes and smart drop shots that made Taufik hardly able to return the ball. In the second game, Lee did not give Taufik a chance to breathe and ended the game in 21-8.

The 28 year-old Lee received 18,750 U.S. dollars reward for his championship in the tournament, while Taufik received 9,500 U.S. dollars in reward. The organizer provides a total of 250,000 U.S. dollars rewards for the achieving shuttlers contending in the tournament.

During his heyday in badminton sport, since 1999 Taufik had won six times in Indonesia Open tournament that began in 1982. His last championship in the annual tournament was in 2006.

As for Lee, his latest win against the 29 year-old Taufik was the second consecutive time in the championship. Lee qualified to final match after trashed No.7 shuttler Sony Dwi Kuncoro from Indonesia.

 
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