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Iskandar and Yao Han-Kah Ming through to the finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 November 2009
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Iskandar Zulkarnain became only the second Malaysian badminton player to qualify for the World Junior Badminton Championships boys’ singles final after defeating Taiwan’s Hsu Jen-hao 21-17, 7-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium last night.Unbelievable: Malaysia’s Ow Yao Han and Chooi Kah Ming (right) celebrate their boys’ doubles semi-final victory with coach Yap Kim Hock yesterday.

And Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming made it a double celebration for the hosts after upsetting Asian junior champions and pre-tournament favourites Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto of Indonesia 13-21, 21-15, 21-18 to move into the boys’ doubles final.

Iskandar will now seek to enter the history books today by becoming the first Malaysian world junior badminton singles champion.

The only other Malaysian to have made it to the final was Yeoh Kay Bin in 1998, when he lost to China’s Zhang Yang in the title-deciding match.

Yesterday, Iskandar exacted sweet revenge against the only player to have beaten him in Alor Setar thus far.

 

Saina, Jwala-Diju lose in French Super Series QF

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 November 2009
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New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Indian challenge ended in the French Super Series badminton tournament after Saina Nehwal and the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju crashed out with respective quarterfinal defeats in Paris.

Eighth seed Saina squandered a first-game lead to go down to top seed Chinese Wang Lin 21-15 11-21 15-21 in a 49-minute hard fought battle in women's singles yesterday.

The sixth seeded Indian pair of Jwala and Diju also played their heart out before going down to the Indonesian combo of Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 21-6 20-22 10-21 in 42 minutes.

Saina played better at the nets but she couldn't negotiate the powerful smashes of her opponent, who scored 14 points compared to the Indian's nine.

 
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Shuttlers Koo-Tan seek to build on new-found strength in Paris (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 October 2009
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ODENSE: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong never gave up when the chips were down in the Denmark Open.

And they will head to Paris with this same attitude in a mission to continue their good run in Europe at the France Open, which begins tomorrow.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong

In the men’s doubles final of the Denmark Open on Sunday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong did not let a controversial call spoil their day and persevered to beat the home pair, Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, 20-22, 21-14, 21-17 in a power-packed 75-minute match.

 

The club system for Danish success in badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 October 2009
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ODENSE: The heartbeat of Denmark’s badminton is their club system.

And with a well-planned and organised way of doing things, this lesser populated European nation will continue to strive to be the David in the story against Goliath as they challenge the Asian powerhouses China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.

The badminton culture is very much alive in this nation of 5.5 million people and no wonder -- they always have had stars coming through the pipeline since badminton took shape as an organised sport in 1925.

Currently, the Badminton Association of Denmark (BAD) have 100,508 registered members and there are 539 active badminton clubs.

The BAD’s director of elite sports, Finn Traerup-Hansen, said that volunteers were the pillars of their successful club system.

 

No Rest for Simon: Badminton Champ Faces Tougher French Field (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 October 2009
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In the end, Simon Santoso had all of 48 hours or so to celebrate his first Super Series title.

Simon’s surprise run to the Denmark Open men’s singles championship ended with his 21-14, 21-6 defeat of unseeded German Marc Zwiebler. Simon Santoso will go up against China's top shuttlers at the French Open.

His victory gave Indonesia its third Super Series title of the year and avoided another embarrassing shutout.

“I think Marc was still really tired from his match against Sony [on Saturday],” Simon told state-run news agency Antara. “I didn’t give him a chance to develop his game from the beginning.”

The world No. 6 only has two days to rest, though, as the French Open begins in Paris on Wednesday. His task there will be much harder as China’s top shuttlers return to the tour after sitting out the Denmark Open.

 

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