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Thomas Cup challenge yet, says Rashid (pic)

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Published: 01 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles chief coach Rashid Sidek is resigned to the fact that old faces are set to feature for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup campaign next year.

Rashid said that the back-up shuttlers were a letdown in the two back-to-back Open tournaments in Macau and Taiwan.Hafiz: Showed fire in his game recently.

He added that if they continued to make up the numbers in the national team, there was no other choice but to bring back veteran Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim to support Lee Chong Wei for the challenge in the world men’s team championships.

Malaysia are hosting the Finals at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. They last won the Thomas Cup on home ground at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur in 1992.

 
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Taiwan wins 2 golds in badminton tourney

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Published: 30 August 2009
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Taiwan badminton players recorded the best performance ever in a major international tournament hosted by the island by taking the top prize for women's singles event plus a gold medal in men's doubles.

Cheng Shao-chieh captured the women's singles title by beating Bae Seung Hee from Korea 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 to win the first prize in the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2009, commonly known as Taipei Badminton Open.

 
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Choong Hann Knocked Out In Final

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Published: 30 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30  -- Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann had to be contented with runner-up position when he lost to Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh in the men's singles final of the Taiwan Open badminton championship here Sunday.

According to the tournament's website, Choong Hann lost to Tien Minh in straight sets of 11-21 and 14-21.

Yesterday, the 32-year-old Malaysian had succeeded in knocking out Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat in 21-18 and 21-16 in the semifinal.

 
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Gutta, Diju script history, win GP Gold title in Taipei

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Published: 30 August 2009
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New Delhi, Aug 30 Jwala Gutta and V Diju today became the first Indian mixed doubles pair to clinch a Grand Prix Gold title after pulling off a hard-fought win in the finals of the badminton tournament in Chinese Taipei.

The world number seven Indian pair prevailed 24-22 21-18 over the Indonesian duo of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa to achieve the historic feat in Taipei city.

In the first game, the Indian pair opened up a 15-9 but the Indonesian combo staged a comeback to reduce the gap to 15-14. But Jwala and Diju quickly got their act together and prevailed in long rallies to go one up.

The Indonesians started off well in the second game and were leading at 13-9 but this time it was the Indians' turn to claw back and make it 15-15.

 
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Hafiz joins Choong Hann in the semis, no joy in doubles (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Old hands —Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Wong Choong Hann — continued their march in the men’s singles event but it was a total wipeout for Malaysia in the men’s doubles at the Taiwan Open badminton championships yesterday.

The 27-year-old Hafiz, seeded 15th, checked into the semi-finals after clinching a convincing 21-12, 21-12 win over youngster Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia.Good run: Mohd Hafiz Hashim will face Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh in the semis Saturday

He will take on Thailand Open champion and third seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam and hopes are high on him continuing his fine run.

He had beaten second seed Park Sung-hwan of South Korea just a day ago and it was one of his biggest scalps this year.

Hafiz, ranked 29th in the world, is currently starting afresh and training under new singles coach Hendrawan but was modest about his chances of winning his first Open title in three years.

“I have nothing much to say except that I am just starting to play better. There is a little improvement in my game so far,” said Hafiz when contacted yesterday.

Choong Hann will take on Indonesian Taufik Hidayat in the other semi-final and it would be interesting to see whether the Malaysian veteran can maintain his good form.

 

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