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Nova, Lilyana Race to Win; Simon Tumbled Out by Thai (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir stayed on course for their second championship of the season, making quick work of England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
Lilyana Natsir, front, and Nova Widianto overpowered another opponent in the Singapore Open Super Series, taking only 30 minutes to oust England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in straight sets on Thursday
The mixed doubles pair took less than 30 minutes to hack out a 21-18, 21-11 victory, boosting the No. 1-ranked duo’s confidence heading into the next round.

“I thought our opponents didn’t play that well,” Nova said.

“They used the same style of play as what they used at the Sudirman Cup, so that really made it easier for us [to beat them],” he added.

 

Top seed Lee Chong Wei out of Aviva Singapore Open (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: Action from the Aviva Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday brought the biggest upset of the tournament as World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, the defending men's champion, is out of the tournament.

Defending men's champion Lee Chong Wei's lack of preparation showed. The Malaysian was defeated by Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh- 24-22, 20-22, 21-19 in an hour. Lee Chong Wei

Singapore's young shuttlers' good run was also halted on Thursday.

The republic's top ranked women's singles player, Xing Aiying, had her work cut out for her. Xing was on court against China's Wang Yihun, the second seed at the tournament, who went on to win 21-16, 8-21, 21-7.

 

Saina enters quarterfinal of Singapore Open (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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New Delhi, June 11: Ace Shuttler Saina Nehwal staved off a scare from Indonesian Adrianti Firdasari in a thrilling three-game match to reach the women's singles quarterfinals of the Singapore Open Super Series in Singapore City.

Sixth seed Saina beat 19th ranked Firdasari 21-18, 17-21, 21-17 in a 50-minute battle to set up a clash with third seed Chinese Lin Wang.Saina Nehwal

Wang, who is world number four, beat Korean Hye Youn Hwang 21-10, 21-10 in another pre-quarterfinal match.

In the tooth and nail battle, Saina was lagging behind 7-8 in the first game
but the Hyderabadi shuttler held her nerves and first drew parity at 9-9 and then opened up a lead of five points at 17-12. Her Indonesian rival, however, narrowed the gap to 19-18 before Saina raced away sealing the game 21-18.

In the second game, Saina marched ahead with a 6-3 lead but Firdasari came from behind and made it 7-11 and although Saina played her heart out, she could not but see the game slip through her fingers at 17-21.

Saina again opened up a 4-1 lead in the last game and although her Indonesian counterpart drew parity at 9-9 and 11-11, the world number 7 Indian kept the pressure on and after moving 15-12, 16-13 and 18-15, finally sealed the match at 21-16.

 
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Local shuttler Xing Aiying into Singapore Open round two (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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SINGAPORE : Singapore's highest ranked female badminton player Xing Aiying made it past the first round of the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open at the Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
Xing Aiying
Last year's women's quarter-finalist Xing was up against Denmark's Nanna Brosolat Jensen.

Xing, ranked world No. 26, overcame her rival in straight sets 21-7, 21-18.

In the mixed doubles, Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Hendra Wijaya beat Malaysia's Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah, 21-9, 17-21, 21-10.

The women's doubles pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei beat Japan's Maeda Miyuki and Suetsana Satoko 21-15, 21-15.

Other big names also took to the courts.

Top seed and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia was up against England's Andrew Smith. The defending champ had no problems demolishing his 22nd ranked opponent 21-11, 21-12 in just half an hour.

Round two of the US$200,000 competition continues on Thursday.

 
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Nearly half women's singles seeds defeated at Singapore Open

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Published: 11 June 2009
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Three of the eight women's singles seeds of the Singapore Open 2009 were defeated in the first preliminary rounds on Wednesday.

Chinese badminton player Lu Lan, the seventh seed of the women's singles, lost 8-21, 21-9 and 21-19 to Singapore shuttler Fu Mingtian, while fourth seeded Wang Chen from China's Hong Kong and fifth seeded French player Pi Hongyan lost to their counterpart from Thailand and Bulgaria respectively.

In the men's singles, strong medal contenders including defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark, Park Sung Hwan of South Korea, as well as Chen Jin of China have all made it to the second preliminary rounds.

The first preliminary rounds have left the Chinese team with two players for the men's singles, four players for the women's singles, one pair for the men's doubles, three pairs for the women's doubles and two pairs for the mixed doubles in the second preliminary rounds.

The Aviva Open Singapore 2009, the fifth super series badminton event of the year, kicked off at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. With a total prize of 200,000 U.S. dollars, the six-day event has brought together over 240 top players from 28 countries and regions.

 
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