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Saina, Jwala-Diju lose in French Super Series QF

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Published: 01 November 2009
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New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Indian challenge ended in the French Super Series badminton tournament after Saina Nehwal and the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju crashed out with respective quarterfinal defeats in Paris.

Eighth seed Saina squandered a first-game lead to go down to top seed Chinese Wang Lin 21-15 11-21 15-21 in a 49-minute hard fought battle in women's singles yesterday.

The sixth seeded Indian pair of Jwala and Diju also played their heart out before going down to the Indonesian combo of Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 21-6 20-22 10-21 in 42 minutes.

Saina played better at the nets but she couldn't negotiate the powerful smashes of her opponent, who scored 14 points compared to the Indian's nine.

 
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Shuttlers Koo-Tan seek to build on new-found strength in Paris (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 October 2009
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ODENSE: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong never gave up when the chips were down in the Denmark Open.

And they will head to Paris with this same attitude in a mission to continue their good run in Europe at the France Open, which begins tomorrow.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong

In the men’s doubles final of the Denmark Open on Sunday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong did not let a controversial call spoil their day and persevered to beat the home pair, Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, 20-22, 21-14, 21-17 in a power-packed 75-minute match.

 

The club system for Danish success in badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 October 2009
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ODENSE: The heartbeat of Denmark’s badminton is their club system.

And with a well-planned and organised way of doing things, this lesser populated European nation will continue to strive to be the David in the story against Goliath as they challenge the Asian powerhouses China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.

The badminton culture is very much alive in this nation of 5.5 million people and no wonder -- they always have had stars coming through the pipeline since badminton took shape as an organised sport in 1925.

Currently, the Badminton Association of Denmark (BAD) have 100,508 registered members and there are 539 active badminton clubs.

The BAD’s director of elite sports, Finn Traerup-Hansen, said that volunteers were the pillars of their successful club system.

 

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

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Category: Badminton News
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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Category: Badminton News
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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