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Korea Open - Indonesia Badminton Doubles Struggle, Advance in Seoul

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Published: 14 January 2010
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Indonesia’s shuttlers had to scuffle to reach the Korea Open Super Series quarterfinals. They got there, though, which was more than some of the tournament’s top names could say.

Nine seeds bowed out at the Olympic Fencing Stadium in Seoul on Thursday. Indonesia’s Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan were not among them, fighting past Thailand’s Songphon Anugritayawon and Sudket Prapakamol 21-13, 26-28, 22-20.

Alvent and Hendra, No. 3 seeds in men’s doubles, face Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo Yoshiteru Hirobe in today’s quarterfinals. The Japanese pair beat Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu of Taiwan 14-21, 21-15, 21-19, while the other quarterfinal in their side of the bracket pits fifh-seeded Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China against second-seeded Danes Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

 

Korea Open - Chong Wei Breezes Into Second Round

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Published: 14 January 2010
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Datuk Lee Chong Wei breezed into the second round when he easily outclassed England's Andrew Smith in straight sets in his opening match in the 2010 Korean Open Badminton Championships at Seoul's Olympics Fencing Stadium on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old world number one men's singles player settled the match in 21-4 and 21-14.

He next meets minnow Marc Zwiebler of Germany.

Besides, Chong Wei, Kuan Beng Hong also marched into the second round after despatching South Korea's Jang Young Soo in a three-set thriller of 25-23, 18-21, 21-16 and will have to contend with Jang's compatriot Park Sung Hwan next.

 

Korea Open - Alvent, Hendra Waltz Into Second Round

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Published: 13 January 2010
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Indonesia’s small but hearty troupe, led by Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan, made a winning start to the Korea Open Super Series.

Playing in Seoul’s Olympic Fencing Stadium on Wednesday, the former national team shuttlers needed just 26 minutes to see off Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa and Kenta Kazuno 21-15, 21-13.

“We played well enough today. Only in the second game did we lose focus. They changed their tempo, and that let them lead once,” Alvent told the Jakarta Globe by text message.

Hayakawa and Kazuno took a brief 9-6 lead in the second game before the third-seeded Indonesians asserted their dominance again.

Alvent and Hendra will face unseeded Thais Songphon Anugritayawon and Sudket Prapakamol in today’s second round. The Thai duo advanced with a 22-20, 13-21, 21-19 defeat of Baptiste Careme and Sylvian Grosjean of France.

Hendra sounded optimistic about the chances of success, saying, “Each of the Thais is basically a mixed doubles player. We just have to control the match and keep focusing on every point.”

 
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Korea Open - Chong Wei out to roar in Seoul despite freezing conditions

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Published: 13 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: It is freezing in Seoul.

But Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei has vowed to raise the temperature in the Korean Open today in a bid to get off to a roaring start in the Year of the Tiger.

Today, he will take on England’s Andrew Smith and he has promised not to let his guard down.

“I started well and ended strongly last season. This year, I aim to do the same. A good start will put me in the right frame of mind ahead of more challenging tournaments this year,” he said.

“The weather is very cold as it is minus zero here. But it will be a challenge for me to do well despite the discomfort.”

 

Indonesian Badminton Star Taufik Hidayat Is Busier Than Ever (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 January 2010
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Just because Taufik Hidayat resigned from the Indonesian national team training camp and turned professional last year does not mean that his life is any less hectic.

In fact, busy is just how the former world and Olympic champion wants to be.

Competition alone does not drive Taufik anymore. His plans to build the Taufik Hidayat Arena, a 6,600 square meter sports complex in Kelapa Dua, Ciracas, East Jakarta, are set to begin after three years of preparation.Former Olympic champion and professional badminton player Taufik Hidayat hopes his plans for an arena come to fruition and help continue the development of Indonesian shuttlers.

The 28-year-old wants to realize his long-time dream of managing his own training camp for talented youngsters. However, he said the arena’s proposed location, a five-minute drive from the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) training camp in Cipayung, was only a coincidence.

“I don’t mean to be the PBSI’s competitor. Actually, I want to help the PBSI to boost the players’ regeneration by creating more talented players through my project,” the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist and 2005 world champion told the Jakarta Globe on Monday in an interview at his home in South Jakarta.

“As we all know, Indonesian badminton is going through a rough season. I grew up with badminton and live from it. I think it is time for me to dedicate myself to a better Indonesia.”

 

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