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RI mixed doubles the savior amid rains of losses

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Published: 16 April 2010
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Indonesia’s two mixed doubles pairs booked quarterfinals amid the downfall of the men’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s singles shuttlers at the Badminton Asia Championship in India on Thursday.

First seed men’s singles Taufik Hidayat failed to make it through the quarterfinals after he surrendered 20-22, 21-16 to Taiwanese Hsuan Yi Hsueh on Thursday.  

Despite leading until the 13th point in the first set, Taufik gave up his first set and let Hsuan lead the entire second set. On Friday’s quarterfinals, Hsuan will duel against Japanese Kenichi Tago, the runner-up of the recent All England Super Series championship.

“[Hsuan] played better and my physical [stamina] dropped,” Taufik told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.  He advanced with ease from the earlier rounds where he crushed Indra Mahata of Nepal 21-6, 21-9, and Ha Anh Lee of Vietnam by 21-10, 21-16.  

 

Top Indian players don’t discuss problems with me: Badminton coach

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Published: 16 April 2010
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New Delhi, April 16  After India’s disappointing performance in the men’s singles at  the Badminton Asia Championships, the country’s foreign coach Atik Jauhari has listed reasons ranging from injuries, independent training programmes of players, temperament, and the ‘lack of x-factor’ for the poor showing.

The Indonesian master coach was at a loss for words to explain why experienced players like Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhat lost on the first day of the championships except saying there is little he could say as the two follow their own training programme and do not discuss problems with him.

 

Saina lone Indian semi-finalist in Badminton Asia (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 April 2010
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New Delhi: Saina Nehwal cruised into the semi-finals of women’s singles with a facile victory over Malaysian Mew Choo Wong and is now the lone Indian survivor in the Badminton Asia Championships
here Friday.Sainal Nehwal

Saina, world No. 6, was in sublime touch as she dispatched Mew Choo Wong 21-5, 21-13 in just 28 minutes that brought much needed relief in the Indian camp after three disappointing defeats of its players early in the day at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Before Saina’s win, top-seeded mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Valiyaveetil Diju ran out of steam in the third game, losing eight points at a stretch, and went down to Chinese pair of Zihan Qiu and Qing Tian 21-15, 11-21, 14-21 in a 47-minute thriller at the same court.

 

Badminton lack govt support in Thailand: Ponsana

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Published: 16 April 2010
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New Delhi, Apr 16  Ace Thai shuttler Boonsak Ponsana today came hard on his country's government and said people at the power back home simply turn their back to badminton when it comes to extending financial support to the sport.

Ponsana feels the government's lack of attention to badminton often comes in the way of Thai shuttlers participation in international tournaments.

"The government does not see badminton as a great sport even though we have at least 20 players in the top 100 rankings in various categories. They support football, golf and tennis but when it comes to badminton they simply keep themselves out of it," said Ponsana, who progressed to the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Championships here.

 
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Susilo opens badminton academy (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 April 2010
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FORMER national shuttler Ronald Susilo is embarking on the next stage of his career, with the opening of his own badminton academy.

The 30-year-old, who retired from the national team last month, has set up the Ronald Susilo Badminton Academy (RSBA) at his alma mater, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

As a former Olympian and having been ranked as high as world No. 6, Susilo hopes to impart his wealth of knowledge and experience to a future generation of shuttlers.Ronald Susilo

 

He said: "This academy has been my dream for some time now and it is the next obvious step in my life."

It plans to offer unique training programmes, designed to suit players of all ages and different objectives.

Susilo said: "Some people want to take up badminton as a hobby, while others dream of winning an Olympic medal. It is unfair to train them the same way.

"I have developed three different programmes to help them turn their dreams into reality."

He will lead the coaching staff, which is made up of both home-grown and foreign former national players.

 
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