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Hafiz, Beng Hong in running for Sudirman Cup spot

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A couple of months ago men’s singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong were going through a slump and were on the brink of being dropped from the national team.

But how their fortunes have changed since.

In the next few days, the duo are likely to be told that they will be retained in the national team. But the best part is that one of them is expected to be named for the Sudirman Cup, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

The move is to strengthen Malaysia’s bid to reach their first-ever semi-finals in the world mixed team event. Those already confirmed for the trip to China are world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Wong Mew Choo, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Ng Hui Lin.

 

Indonesia Faces Tough Road in Search of Sudirman Finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 April 2009
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If Indonesia reaches its third consecutive Sudirman Cup final, there will be little doubt that it earned it.

Indonesia was drawn alongside host China, Japan and England in Group 1B of the 2009 edition of the world team championship, which takes place May 10-17 in Guangzhou. Denmark, Malaysia, Korea and Hong Kong make up Group 1A.

However, that difficult draw has not changed the Indonesian Badminton Association’s target for the national team — an eighth appearance in the Sudirman Cup final.

“We want to repeat our achievement in Glasgow in 2007, where we finished as runner-up, so the final match is our target in Guangzhou,” national team head coach Christian Hadinata said on Sunday.

A lack of experience could hamper the pursuit of that goal — half of Indonesia’s 22-shuttler squad has never represented its country in team competition. Being drawn in the same group as China, which has won six of its seven consecutive finals appearances, may also pose problems.

 

Minh triumphs again at Ciputra Challenge (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 April 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Minh defended his singles title at the Ciputra Hanoi-Vietnam Challenge which ended yesterday at the Trinh Hoai Duc Gymnasium.

Minh, who has climbed to 18 on the world ranking, was cheered on by thousands local supporters when he comfortably beat Rumbaka Dyonisius Hayom, of Indonesia, 21-13, 21-15 in the final.Born to be wild: Nguyen Tien Minh reacts after defeating Rumbaka Dyonisius Hayom, of Indonesia, 21-13, 21-15 in the men's singles final of the Ciputra Hanoi-Vietnam Challenge yesterday. Minh defends his title and goes home with $1,125 and 4,000 points bonuses.

Minh, the No 2 seed, started slowly as he tested his rival, who is in the world No 80. Minh used long shuttles to two corners and made Hayom work hard.

As a result, the Indonesian was seldom able to use his favoured strong smashes from near the net.

The Vietnamese representative started to dominate with quick volleys and shuttles close to the net to win many points.

His tactics worked well and Hayom made many unforced errors.

It was Minh's third title at the tournament where he won a bonus of US$1,125 and points to improve his world ranking.

"He [Hayom] is a strong rival. The world ranking does not reflect a player's real power," said Minh. "I have to learn his style to probe his weak and strong points.

"I had a strong defence which prevented Hayom scoring many points."

Minh, the only Vietnamese player to reach the business end of the tournament, will prepare for a Super Series in Singapore in June.

Thailand's Intanon Ratchanok took the women's singles from Indonesian Christina Maria Elfira.

 

Woon Fui hopes to revive badminton career with new partner Thien How

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Seasoned campaigner Lin Woon Fui is hoping that his partnership with youngster Hoon Thien How will provide the spark to re-ignite his badminton career.

The 26-year-old Woon Fui, who just a few months ago thought that his days with the national team were numbered, is now looking at qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games with Thien How.

The Woon Fui-Thien How combination was one of the new pairs that emerged from coach Rexy Mainaky’s mix-and-match and swapping exercise of the elite back-up team this year.

Woon Fui is keeping his fingers crossed that there would be no more changes.

“We combine very well. We may have only played in two tournaments together, but I think he is the best partner for me so far,” said Woon Fui, whose former partner Gan Teik Chai decided to become an independent player.

 

Badminton World Federation give all clear to world championships

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 April 2009
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The Badminton World Federation, the sport’s ruling body, has given security clearance for the world championships to be staged in India in August.

Security consultants inspected the venue in the southern city of Hyderabad in February and the BWF gave the all clear after the report was presented to its executive board last month. The championships will take place from Aug 10 to 16.

Security in the sub-continent has been called into question following the ambush of the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore, Pakistan last month, which killed seven Pakistanis and wounded six players.

Hyderabad staged an incident-free India Open last month where Indonesia’s former world and 2004 Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat won the men's title. However security concerns of playing in India still remain.

Last month Lord Coe, the London 2012 chairman, said that next year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi should go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, Tennis Australia has requested the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to switch the May 8-10 Asia-Oceania zonal Davis Cup tie scheduled in Chennai out of India over security concerns.

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association has also raised concerns over sending the contingent to next year's games in New Delhi in the wake of the attack in Lahore.

 
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