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Indonesia’s Badminton Dream Team Split Up Ahead Of Taiwan Tourney (pic)

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Published: 25 August 2009
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When the Taiwan Grand Prix Gold starts today, Liliyana Natsir will open a new chapter in her badminton career.
Liliyana Natsir, right, and Nova Widianto during the mixed doubles final match of the World Badminton Championships at the in Hyderabad earlier this month.
Longtime partner Nova Widianto, who has repeatedly said he is too old to compete at the highest level, asked the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) to find another partner for Liliyana, and the association answered by sending Muhammad Rijal for a trial run in Taiwan.

“Just like Nova has been guiding me throughout my career, now I’m ready to be Rijal’s mentor,” Liliyana, 24, said on Tuesday.

Rijal and Liliyana’s first test is today’s first-round match against Terry Yeo and Li Yujia of Singapore at Hsingchuang Stadium.

 

UK shuttlers sorry for Hyderabad pullout

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Published: 25 August 2009
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The English badminton federation has apologised to India and British Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe to his Indian counterpart M.S. Gill for pulling out of the World Badminton Championships held in Hyderabad from August 10 to 16, following perceived security threat.

“I am aware our decision is likely to have increased scrutiny on the championships and placed additional pressure on the authorities. For that, I apologise,” Adrian Christy, chief executive of Badminton England (BE), wrote to V.K. Verma, president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), in a letter received on Monday.

“It was never our intention to generate the significant media attention that followed our withdrawal,” Christy’s letter said.

A Sports Ministry official said Sutcliffe called Gill on Friday and assured him of England’s support when Delhi hosts the Commonwealth Games next year.

Christy too said the English shuttlers were “looking forward to visiting India in October 2010 for the Commonwealth Games”.

The apology is being seen as a moral victory for India.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram had then said that England’s decision had left him “burning inside”, since it seemed to question

India’s capacity to provide adequate security.

Verma said “the piece of good news” proved how baseless the worries over security that some teams had were”.

 
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Indonesian Shuttlers Fail To Break Badminton Dry Spell (pic)

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Published: 25 August 2009
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Even in second-tier tournaments, Indonesia cannot catch a break.

After its shuttlers finished without a title at the world championship, the country’s worst showing since 2006, Indonesia also came up empty at the Macau Grand Prix Gold on Sunday. Hendra April Gunawan, left, and Vita Marissa lost in the mixed doubles final to Chinese duo He Hanbin and Yu Yang.

Mixed doubles pair Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa were the only one of Indonesia’s three semifinalists to reach the final, where they fell 21-14, 21-9 to top-seeded He Hanbin and Yu Yang of China.

 

Chong Wei must prove his mettle at China Masters

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Published: 25 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei showed in his triumph at the just concluded Macau Open that his game was not affected by the disappointment of a quarter-final exit in the World Championships in Hyderabad the preceding week.

But it will be a major test of his resolve when he takes part in a Super Series tournament, the China Masters, next month.

With the exception of former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia, all the top ranked shuttlers have entered for the seventh leg of the Series, which will be held in Changzhou from Sept 15-20.

Chong Wei, who completed a year as the No. 1 in the world rankings yesterday, skipped the tournament last year because he did not want to risk aggravating a hand injury.

Unlike the Macau Open where Chong Wei had it easier to emerge as champion after compatriot Wong Choong Hann eliminated World Championship runner-up Chen Jin in the semi-finals, it will be harder to live up to his top billing in Chanzhou.

 

No future being in comfort zone

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Published: 25 August 2009
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LEE Chong Wei and top doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were back to winning ways in the Macau Open but in all honesty, it's nothing much to shout about.

Malaysian fans are used to seeing the national players achieve success on a regular basis in Super Series and grand prix events, so Macau was not that exciting.

Although it is good that Chong Wei, the World No 1, and Kien Keat-Boon Heong proved that their recent failure in the World Championships in Hyderabad didn't have a psychological effect on them, it also shows that they can perform when the pressure is off as most of the big guns were missing in Macau. This mentality will probably ensure they remain in their comfort zones and fail to meet the high expectations and the mental test one encounters in the Olympics or World Championships.

 
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