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Hafiz In Asia Badminton Quarter-Finals

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Published: 15 April 2010
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NEW DELHI, April 15 -- Muhammad Hafiz Hashim upset fourth seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam to enter the Yonex-Sunrise Asia Badminton Championship quarter-finals here on Thursday.

Malaysian hope Hafiz beat Nguyen 21-19, 14-21, 21-15 and will play Thailand's Ponsana Boonsak in the men's singles quarter-final tomorrow.

In the women's singles, Malaysian Julia Wong Pei Xian failed to stop India's in-form Saina Nehwal, also ranked top in the tournament.

Pei Xian's continuous unforced errors cost her the game, losing out in straight sets 21-14, 21-16 to Saina.

The tournament's major upset was in men's singles when top seed Indonesian Taufik Hidayat crashed out to Chinese Taipei's Hsuan Yi Hsueh 22-20, 21-16.

 
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Saina, Aditi in quarters of ABC (pic)

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Published: 15 April 2010
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Saina Nehwal and Aditi Mutatkar reached the women's quarterfinals of Asian Badminton Championship on Thursday.

However, it was all over for India in the men's singles after lone survivor P Kashyap lost after a gallant fight in the pre-quarterfinals.Saina Nehwal

Top seeds Jwala Gutta and V Diju reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals after winning their second round match against Sheng Mu Lee and Yu Chin Chien of Chinese Taipei 24-22, 21-15. The world number 12 pair will next face Chinese duo of Zihan Qiu and Qing Tian on Friday.

Top seed Saina relied on long rallies to outclass Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia 21-14, 21-16 and set up a clash with arch-rival seventh seed Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia in the quarterfinals.

Earlier, 13th seed Kashyap had bounced back from a game down and was going neck and neck in the third when a decision against him derailed his campaign and the Andra Pradesh player lost the battle 16-21, 21-18, 13-21 against Yun Hu.

 
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Robertson and Wallwork bring England much-needed boost (pic)

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Published: 15 April 2010
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OLYMPIC silver medallist Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork romped into the quarter-finals of the Yonex European Badminton Championships to bring England some much-needed cheer in Manchester.

 

The mixed doubles third seeds cruised past Johannes Schoettler and Sandra Marinello of Germany 21-9, 21-12 and will now play Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina of Russia.ON THE MARCH: Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork eased into the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Manchester

Robertson's victory will be all the more sweet considering he and Anthony Clark were forced to pull out of the men's doubles due to the latter's calf injury.

 

That injury also ensured Clark, the defending mixed doubles champion, having claimed victory with Donna Kellogg last time out, and Olver were forced out of competition.

But Robertson and Wallwork are just one win away from ensuring at least a bronze medal - something achieved by Robertson in 2004 with Gail Emms.

 

Hafiz Moves Into Third Round At Asia Badminton Meet

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Published: 14 April 2010
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NEW DELHI, April 14 -- Former All-England champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim advanced to the third round of the Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asia Championship 2010, here on Wednesday.

Despite a mild stomach upset yesterday, Hafiz played twice within a short span of time and managed to defeat his lightweight opponents in the qualifying rounds.

In the morning men's singles match, Hafiz overcame an early scare from Thailand's Pakkawat Vilailak, who took the first set 19-21, but Hafiz bounced back to beat him 21-9, 21-6 for the win.

Likewise in the second match against South Korea's Choi Ho Jin, Hafiz, seeded 10th in the tournament, had to toil in three sets before tasting victory.

Hafiz, the 2009 India Open runner-up, defeated the South Korean 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 and tomorrow, he would play against Vietnam's Ngyen Tien Minh, ranked fourth in the tournament.

 

Top Gun Taufik Eases Into Third Round at Asian Championship (pic)

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Published: 14 April 2010
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Taufik Hidayat is still on course for his fourth Asian Championship title after winning two matches on Wednesday.

Indonesia’s top men’s shuttler, the No. 1 seed in men’s singles, opened with a 21-6, 21-9 win against Indra Mehata of Nepal before beating Vietnam’s Le Ha Anh 21-10, 21-16 in the second round at Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi. China’s Lin Dan hitting a shot against Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand during the Asian Championship on Wednesday.

“I had an easy day, but I don’t want to think about going to the final,” Taufik told the Jakarta Globe. “There are still many matches to go, and I’ll take it one at a time.”

 

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