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Russia to face S.Korea in badminton Uber Cup (pic)

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Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR — Russia's top woman shuttler Ella Diehl will lead her country in the quarter-finals of the elite Uber Cup on Wednesday but is predicting defeat as they take on the mighty South Korea.

"Taking Russia into the Uber Cup quarter-finals is already an achievement in itself," she said. "But we don't expect to go beyond the last eight in the Uber Cup after being drawn against the strong Koreans.Russia's Olga Golovanova (top) seen in action against Japan's Ai Goto at the Uber Cup badminton championships

"But we will give them a good fight. Even if lose, we will go out with dignity."

 
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Coach Rashid confident our boys can bounce back against Denmark

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Published: 12 May 2010
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A WOUNDED Malaysia will be out to make amends when they take on third seeds Denmark in the quarter-finals tomorrow.

And if they win, they will have to face the hot favourites and defending champions China in the semi-finals.

Malaysia had to deal with a tough draw yesterday after the hosts went down to a 2-3 defeat to Japan in the final Group B tie.

The defeat saw Malaysia losing an opportunity to be one of the four seeded teams in the quarter-finals.

If they had won, they would have met the seeded teams only in the semi-finals.

 

Lee Chong Wei appeals to Malaysia fans for calm ahead of crunch Thomas Cup match (pic)

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Published: 12 May 2010
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Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's revered badminton team captain, has appealed to the nation's passionate fans for calm ahead of the host's crunch Thomas Cup quarter-final tie against Denmark.

Malaysia go into the quarter finals without having won a match, after being awarded a walkover when Nigeria failed to turn up on Sunday and losing 3-2 to Japan on Tuesday.

Their defeat against Japan was compounded when Fairuzizuan Tazari retaliated to heckling and a rude gesture from a fan.

Chong Wei said: "Nobody wants to lose. But there are factors that have a bearing on players winning or losing. We hope the spectators will be more sporting and not jeer the players. Top man: Lee Chong Wei has appealed for crowd calm

"The players will feel pressured if they are jeered at on home ground, and this is not good for team spirit."

Malaysia will have to up their game if they want to win the Thomas Cup in front of their fans, 1,000 of whom jeered the Japan defeat.

Malaysia and Denmark were the two dominant forces at March's All England badminton Championships in Birmingham. Chong Wei won his first singles title in the UK while Denmark's Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen won the men's doubles title.

 
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Thomas Cup: Malaysian badminton player involved in spat in front of PM's wife (pic)

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Published: 12 May 2010
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Hosts Malaysia are in disarray before the Thomas Cup knockout stages even begin after suffering a bad-tempered group stage defeat to Japan in which one player got involved in a spat with a heckling fan.

The 3-2 loss - Malaysia's first to Japan in badminton's prestigious men's team tournament - leaves the hosts in the side of the draw where champions China loom large.

Fairuzizuan Tazari compounded a miserable Tuesday night for the badminton-mad Malaysians at the Putra Stadium when he retaliated in kind to heckling and a rude gesture from a fan.

Peace wave? Malaysia's badminton squad wave to fans before the tournament proper gets under way

"I apologise to the nation. The prime minister's wife was present among the spectators and I am sorry that this happened," national doubles team coach Rexy Mainaky said.

 

China marches on while Malaysia stunned at Thomas Cup

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Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 11  -- The host Malaysian team, a hot candidate for the Thomas Cup, was stunned in its first appearance here Tuesday, losing to Japan 3-2 while the reigning champion China secured a top position in Group A with a 4-1 win against South Korea.

Malaysia's third single Muhd Hafiz Hashim just failed to lift his game in the vital point as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat the host, who were under great pressure of winning the men's team title for the first time in 18 years.

 

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