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Both Malaysia's badminton doubles pairs fizzle

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Published: 15 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, Aug 15 – It was a disastrous ending for Malaysian shuttlers at the world championship, after both men’s doubles pair fizzled out in the semi-finals today.

The South Korean and Chinese shuttlers spoilt what otherwise could be have been an all Malaysian final in the men’s doubles tomorrow.

In the first semifinal, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari displayed superb combination to outplay Chinese pair Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng to win the first set 21-18.

The top-rated Chinese duo returned to level in the second set 24-22.

In the exhilarating final set, Mohd Zakary and Abdul Latif cracked and allowed their rivals to win by 21-15.

“We lost a golden opportunity. Our tactics were good but we were just thinking of winning the match and made some mistakes.

“We were not focused in the last minutes and they scored quick points, the gap was too big for us to catch up,” Mohd Fairuzizuan told reporters.

In the adjacent court, another Malaysian pair, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong played out a similar performance, but yet failed to tame the highly-charged Korean pair of Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae.

Despite grabbing a comfortable lead in the first set, wining 21-16, Koo and Tan could not sustain their victory momentum and lost 14-21, 20-22, in the subsequent sets.

“Our pair played very well but credit must be given to the Korean pair too. They (Tan-Koo) were thinking more of tactics and made some mistakes, and gave away easy points in the last set.

“Luck was not there for both our pairs today, every time in major tournaments this always happens (defeat). We had good chance to secure the title but it was wasted,” said a disappointed national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky.

 
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Chinese love birds make it to final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 August 2009
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Hyderabad, Aug 15 It was a memorable day for the Chinese couple Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang, with both respectively entering the men’s and women’s singles finals of the World Badminton Championships.

Lin also is aiming to create history by becoming the first player to win three successive world titles. Xie, on the other hand, has also won the singles title twice in 2005 and 2007.

The love story of ‘Super’ Lin and Xie has been the talking point in badminton circles.

Lin, who is born in Shanghang County, first met Xie when he was a 14-year-old. The two have been together for five years.

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Nova, Liliyana only title hope for RI

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Published: 15 August 2009
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Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir are one match away from winning their third world badminton championship after reaching the finals in Hyderabad, India, on Saturday.

The Indonesian pair recovered from a second-game loss and overhauled a five-point deficit midway the third game to finally triumph 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 over Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in the mixed doubles semifinals, televised live on Global TV back in Indonesia.

Nova/Liliyana are now the only title hopes for Indonesia after Taufik Hidayat and Sony Dwi Kuncoro were beaten by their opponents in Indonesia vs. China semifinal tussle.

Taufik failed to rediscover the winning formula that earned him victory in 2005 as he went down 21-16, 21-6 to second seed Chen Jin.

Sony came out tougher than Taufik, but was not formidable enough to triumph over defending champion Lin Dan. After losing the first game, the fifth-seed Indonesian managed to preserve Indonesian fans hopes by taking the second game. As his stamina waned, he kept fighting only to lose out, 14-21, 21-13, 15-21.

Nova/Liliyana face another Danish duo, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, in Sunday’s finals.

 
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Saina knocked out of World Badminton Championship (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2009
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  Saina Nehwal watched in bewilderment as Wang Lin smashed her net-lift with remarkable swiftness to end the Indian's run in the quarterfinal of the World Badminton Championship on Friday.Lin Wang of China reacts after defeating Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 21-19 in the quarter-finals at the World Badminiton Championships.

Lin Wang of China reacts after defeating Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 21-19 in the quarter-finals at the World Badminiton Championships.Lin Wang of China reacts after defeating Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 21-19 in the quarter-finals at the World Badminiton Championships.

The packed Gachibowli Stadium went silent for a minute before the pocket occupied by the Chinese contingent erupted in joy. Saina's 21-16, 21-19 loss also ended India's challenge in the tournament after the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju had earlier surrendered meekly to defending champions Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir.

 

Two Malaysian Doubles Pair Enter Semi-finals In World Championship

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Published: 14 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, Aug 14  -- Two Malaysian doubles pairs, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong smashed their way into the Yonex-Sunrise World Badminton Championships semi-finals Friday.

In their quarter-final match, Mohd Zakry and Mohd Fairuzizuan defeated South Korea's Gun Woo Cho-Yeon Seong Yoo 17-21 21-12, 21-14 at the Gachibowli Stadium, here.

"We did not expect them to open the game early in the first set and we had to continuously maintain our defence. But we managed to come back in the second and third. We had worked hard for this tournament," Mohd Fairuzizuan told reporters.

Despite losing the first set, the Malaysian pair managed to dominate the subsequent two sets with powerful smashes and widened their lead on several occasions, which made it hard for the Koreans to level.

"We were under pressure in the first match but we tried to relax and let the game flow in the subsequent matches.

"We always failed in the quarter-finals before but this time we did not want to waste this chance and tried our best. We are mentally ready for tomorrow," added Mohd Zakry.

Later, the pair of Kien Keat and Boon Heong upset their American opponents Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong overpowered the Americans 22-20, 13-21, 21-7 in another exciting quarter-final.

But a tough contest awaits Mohd Fairuzizuan-Mohd Zakry as the Malaysian pair will be meeting Chinese pair Yun Chai-Haifeng Fu, seeded fifth in Hyderabad.

 
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