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Joo-bong all smiles after Japan reach semis (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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A BATTLE-weary Japan battled on to reach the Thomas Cup semi-finals for the first time after dumping Germany 3-1 last night.

All-England runner-up Kenichi Tago was stretched by seasoned German singles player Marc Zwiebler before prevailing 15-21, 21-18, 21-18.

Hiroyuki Endo-Yoshiteru Hirobe took to the court for the first time but failed to stretch the lead for Japan. Nerves got the better of the newly-formed Japanese pair in crucial moments and they fell to a 21-16, 19-21, 22-24 defeat by Michael Fuchs-Kristof Hopp.

Dieter Domke, who had created a big upset when he downed Dane Jan O Jorgensen on Tuesday, failed to counter the sharp attacks of Sho Sasaki. The Japanese went on to win 21-19, 21-17.Shortlived joy: Germany's Michael Fuchs celebrate after the first singles win over Japan's Hiroyuki Endo-Yoshiteru Hirobe in the quarter-finals last night.

And the reliable doubles pair of Kenichi Hayakawa-Kenta Kazuno did not disappoint as they brushed aside Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler 21-16, 21-16 in 31 minutes to give Japan the winning point.

 

China And Indonesia Into Thomas Cup Semis

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 12  -- Defending champion China and second seeds Indonesia booked their semifinal tickets after beating their respective opponents in the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament at the Putra Stadium here Wednesday.

China will face either host Malaysia or European darkhorse Denmark, while Indonesia will square off with the winner of the Germany-Japan quarterfinal.

The two remaining quarterfinals will be played this evening.

Hunting for their eighth Thomas Cup title, China whipped South Korea 3-0 after beating the Koreans 4-1 yesterday in their final group preliminary.

Beijing Olympics gold medallist Lin Dan opened accounts for China, beating Park Sung Hwan 21-16, 21-15 before doubles Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng widened the lead by defeating Jung Jae Sung and Shin Baek Choel 21-11, 21-16.

 
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Russia to face S.Korea in badminton Uber Cup (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR — Russia's top woman shuttler Ella Diehl will lead her country in the quarter-finals of the elite Uber Cup on Wednesday but is predicting defeat as they take on the mighty South Korea.

"Taking Russia into the Uber Cup quarter-finals is already an achievement in itself," she said. "But we don't expect to go beyond the last eight in the Uber Cup after being drawn against the strong Koreans.Russia's Olga Golovanova (top) seen in action against Japan's Ai Goto at the Uber Cup badminton championships

"But we will give them a good fight. Even if lose, we will go out with dignity."

 

Coach Rashid confident our boys can bounce back against Denmark

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 May 2010
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A WOUNDED Malaysia will be out to make amends when they take on third seeds Denmark in the quarter-finals tomorrow.

And if they win, they will have to face the hot favourites and defending champions China in the semi-finals.

Malaysia had to deal with a tough draw yesterday after the hosts went down to a 2-3 defeat to Japan in the final Group B tie.

The defeat saw Malaysia losing an opportunity to be one of the four seeded teams in the quarter-finals.

If they had won, they would have met the seeded teams only in the semi-finals.

 

Lee Chong Wei appeals to Malaysia fans for calm ahead of crunch Thomas Cup match (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 May 2010
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Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's revered badminton team captain, has appealed to the nation's passionate fans for calm ahead of the host's crunch Thomas Cup quarter-final tie against Denmark.

Malaysia go into the quarter finals without having won a match, after being awarded a walkover when Nigeria failed to turn up on Sunday and losing 3-2 to Japan on Tuesday.

Their defeat against Japan was compounded when Fairuzizuan Tazari retaliated to heckling and a rude gesture from a fan.

Chong Wei said: "Nobody wants to lose. But there are factors that have a bearing on players winning or losing. We hope the spectators will be more sporting and not jeer the players. Top man: Lee Chong Wei has appealed for crowd calm

"The players will feel pressured if they are jeered at on home ground, and this is not good for team spirit."

Malaysia will have to up their game if they want to win the Thomas Cup in front of their fans, 1,000 of whom jeered the Japan defeat.

Malaysia and Denmark were the two dominant forces at March's All England badminton Championships in Birmingham. Chong Wei won his first singles title in the UK while Denmark's Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen won the men's doubles title.

 
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