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Taufik will set up training centre to unearth new talent (pic)

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Published: 19 January 2010
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SINGLES star Taufik Hidayat had waited for new blood in Indonesian badminton for a decade. None came through and he has decided to take matters into his own hands.Indonesia's former world champion Taufik Hidayat will set up a badminton school in Jakarta to unearth fresh talent in his country, Malaysian media reported on Tuesday

Taufik will set up a new training centre in Jakarta, the Taufik Hidayat Arena, to unearth new talent.

It is his latest venture since becoing an independent player last year. The 29-year-old came out with his own apparel, Taufik Line, last year.

Taufik said that the centre, which will be built on 6,600 square feet land worth more than US$1mil, was expected to start operations next year.

Besides coming up with his own money, funding for his dream centre will be supported by his family, friends and sponsors.

 

Korea Open - Lee-Jung Pair Wins Gold Medal (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 January 2010
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Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung claimed their fifth straight tournament title in men's badminton doubles, winning the Victor Korea Open Super Series in Seoul, Sunday.
South Korean Lee Yong- dae, bottom, reacts after scoring a point as his teammate Jung Dung-jae looks on during men's doubles final match against Chinese Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng during the Korea Open Badminton Super Series in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. South Korea won the match 21-11, 14-21 and 21-18.
The pair, ranked second in the world, defeated Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China 21-11, 14-21, 21-18 in rematch of the final round of the World Championships in August last year.

The Lee-Jung team, who also won the event in 2007, emerged victorious at the Hong Kong Super Series, China Super Series, Hwasun Korea International Challenge and BWF Super Series before Sunday's title.

In the women's singles final, Wang Shixian of China ended Sung Ji-hyun's surprising run, winning 21-10, 25-23.

The 18-year-old high school student defeated defending champion Tine Rasmussen of Denmark 21-15, 21-16 in the round of 16 and ousted Dutch Yao Jie 21-17, 21-18 in the quarterfinals.

 
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Lin Dan set to skip Malaysian Open

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: It looks as though three-time world champion Lin Dan of China has turned his back on a challenge to end the domination of Lee Chong Wei in the Malaysian Open.

There is no official statement yet on his withdrawal from the championships, which begin on Wednesday at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil here. But it is learnt that the Chinese superstar cancelled his hotel booking at the Palace of Golden Horse in Seri Kembangan yesterday.

With the withdrawal of the second seeded Lin Dan, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) may have to conduct a redraw for the men’s singles. Two days ago, Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso also pulled out.

The trio had been drawn in the half of the draw consisting fourth seed Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark, Thai Boonsak Pon­­sana and Malaysians Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Wong Choong Hann.

The other half of the draw has top seed and defending champion Chong Wei, China’s Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin, South Korean Park Sung-hwan and Danes Jan O Jorgensen and Joachim Persson.

The absence of Lin Dan, who has yet to win the Malaysian Open, brightens Chong Wei’s chances to win his home Open for a sixth time.

Chong Wei said from Seoul yesterday that the withdrawal of Lin Dan from the Ma­­lay­­sian Open did not come as a surprise.

“Word was abuzz here that he will not make the trip to Bukit Jalil. I don’t know why he’s pulling out but it does not surprise me,” said Chong Wei.

“Whether he is in or out, my goal remains the same – to go all out and try to win the home title again.”

 
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Chong Wei turns on the style in first Korean Open victory

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei celebrated in a grand fashion in Seoul yesterday after becoming the first Malaysian to win a Korean Open badminton title.

He was the master of the court in the men’s singles final against Peter-Gade Christensen, breaking the resolve of the top Dane for a clinical 21-12, 21-11 win in 34 minutes to get his season off to a roaring start. Chong Wei won the title without dropping a single game in five matches.

It was also sweet revenge for the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medallist in the opening leg of the Super Series circuit. He was beaten by Christensen in three games in the final last year.

And after he succeeded in becoming the first Malaysian to get on the list of champions in the Korean Open since its inception in 1991, Chong Wei did a little jig and punched his fists into the air.

 

Rexy: Second stringers can be dangerous

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seung and Chinese Chai Biao-Zhang Nan of China are seen as the men’s doubles pairs who could play the spoilers’ role in this week’s Malaysian Open.

The two pairs did well to upset some big names in the just concluded Korean Open. But despite their promising starts, Malaysia’s doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky is not about to name them yet as the new threats in the challenge for men’s doubles honours this season.

Rexy said that he would be in a better position to assess the ability of the second stringers in about six months’ time.

 

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