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Saina makes 2010 a year to remember for Indian badminton

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Published: 20 December 2010
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Saina Nehwal continued her giant strides, breaking through the 'Great Wall of China' with five international titles to become the world number two as Indian badminton rode on her success to rise in profile in a highly successful 2010. After a highly promising last year during which she won the Indonesian title, Saina proved once again why she is the brightest star in Indian badminton as she went several steps ahead this year.

The Hyderabadi became the first female Indian shuttler to win three back-to-back titles when she clinched the Indian Open Grand Prix Gold, Singapore Super Series and defended the Indonesian Open in June. But the icing on the cake came in October when the 20-year-old won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at the Sri Fort Complex.

She didn't stop there and her insatiable hunger for success guided her to a third Super Series title when she won the Hong Kong Open last month to wipe out the disappointment of losing in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games. Twin honours at the national level added to her aura as she was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awards.

"It has been nothing less than a dream year for me because even though I played in just five super series events out of 12 Super Series, I won three of them and it is a great feeling.

 

Only Lee, Koo-Tan for Masters Finals as China leave BWF guessing

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will have the smallest representation in the Super Series Masters Finals but all eyes will be on China over whether they would snub the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) season finale for a third consecutive time.

The Hong Kong Open, which ended yesterday, marked the end of a 12-leg series this season.

The top eight ranked in singles and doubles with each country limited to two entries in each event qualify for the US$500,000 Masters Finals, which will be held in Taiwan from Jan 5-9.

Malaysia will only have Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the fray – the smallest number of representatives since the Finals was introduced in 2008.

In the previous two editions, Malaysia also had representatives in the women’s singles and doubles events.

Defending champion Wong Mew Choo failed to make it while the 2008 champions Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty did not pick up enough points to qualify due to injuries to the latter.

 

Chance for Chong Wei to be biggest winner in badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It has been a hectic year for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei but he is not out of breath just yet.

He is looking forward to enjoying a triple treat next month in three mega-bucks events lined up for him with a total of US$2.1mil in prize money at stake.

Chong Wei has the chance to emerge as the biggest winner in the history of the sport if he is successful in the defence of three titles – in the 2010 Super Series Masters Finals in Taiwan (Jan 5-9) and in the new season’s Malaysian Open (Jan 18-23) and Korean Open (Jan 25-30).

The Masters Finals offers a total purse of US$500,000 while the Malaysian Open has US$400,000 in prize money.

The Korean Open is the richest tournament on the calendar next year, offering US$1.2mil in prize money.

If Chong Wei wins all three, he will pocket a total of US$160,000. The singles champion gets US$40,000 in the Masters Finals, US$30,000 in the Malaysian Open and US$90,000 in the Korean Open.

Chong Wei, who won the season-closing Super Series Open tournament in Hong Kong on Sunday, said that he would compete in all three tournaments even though they would be taxing on him.

 

Taufik, Markis and Hendra Fall Short In Hong Kong Super Series (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 December 2010
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For the first time, Indonesian men's badminton pairing Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan will end a year without a Super Series title.

The Indonesian men’s doubles pair lost 21-19, 14-21, 23-21 to South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seong in the final of the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, leaving them with the Asian Games gold as their only major victory this season. Taufik Hidayat lost twice to Lee Chong Wei in two Super Series finals this season — in Hong Kong on Sunday and Indonesia in June.

Markis and Hendra have won at least two Super Series titles since the top-flight competition began in 2007.

They won twice last year and in 2007, and four times in 2008.

This year, however, Markis and Kido have appeared in the final only twice. Prior to the Hong Kong Open, they lost to Danish shuttlers Mathias Boe and Carsten Morgensen in the Denmark Open.

 

'Super Dan' says Olympics won't delay wedding (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2010
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Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan says his preparations for the 2012 London Olympics will not delay his plans to marry former world champion Xie Xingfang.

Lin, viewed by many as the best badminton player ever, last month secured a long-coveted gold medal at the Asian Games to go with his world and Olympic titles.

His sporting legacy secured, the 27-year-old Lin says he is ready to focus on other things, raising the possibility of a marriage before the London Summer Games.'Super Dan' says Olympics won't delay wedding

"I have sacrificed so much to play badminton at the expense of my family, girlfriend and friends. Now, I feel my family and friends are just as important as the sport," Lin told the China Daily in comments published Friday.

 
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