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Asian Championships: Thien How, Woon Fui shock Koreans (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 April 2009
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HOON Thien How and Lin Woon Fui caused the biggest upset in the Asian Championships when they upset German Open champions Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol of Korea in the men's doubles first round in Suwon, South Korea yesterday. Lin Woon Fui (left) and Hoon Thien How beat Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol 21-18, 21-16.

Thien How-Woon Fui won 21-18, 21-16 and will next meet Korean qualifiers Kwan Yi Gao-Chung Eui Seok. Yi Gao-Eui Seok upset Yohan Hadikusumo-Wong Wai Hong of Hong Kong 16-21, 21-17, 24-22 in their opening match.

The win is certainly a confident boost for Thien How-Woon Fui, who are competing in only their second tournament together.

At the India Open, which was their first, the duo were shown the door in the quarter-finals by Indonesia's Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan.
 

Hafiz goes down and only Beng Hong left in singles

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 April 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The men’s doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Lin Woon Hui, playing in only their second tournament together, rose to the occasion to sent South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-cheol packing in a first-round match of the Asian Bad­minton Championships (ABC) in Suwon yesterday.

Thien How-Woon Fui defeated the All-England and Swiss Open semi-finalists 21-18, 21-16 in 38 minutes to provide the much needed lift for Malaysian camp after the exit of all but one player in the men’s singles competition.

Mohd Hafiz Hashim, who had been looking to capitalise on the withdrawal of top seed Chen Jin to reach his second successive final appearance after the India Open, stumbled to a 14-21, 21-14, 14-21 defeat by 2007 world junior champion Chen Long of China in the second round.

 

Taufik Hidayat proves his class (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 April 2009
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With his title triumph, the 29-year-old Indonesian served a reminder to all that he is still a force in the highly competitive men’s circuit. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.

 

 

 



All those who saw Taufik Hidayat in action may not easily forget his dazzling cross-court smashes, delectable drops and magnificent backhand flicks. The precision with which the Indonesian executed them not only stunned his opponents but also the crowds.
 

Badminton star Gail meets county players (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 April 2009
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HEREFORDSHIRE Badminton Association organised a trip for 16 teenagers, made up of tournament winners and promising young players to the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham.

They were given a tour of the Arena, and two hours coaching by George Bevan, England Junior Coach. Gail Emms with her medals surrounded by Herefordshire Badminton Association members.

The accompanying coaches were also given a number of tips to put the youngsters through their paces in the future.

After the coaching session Gail Emms, Olympic Silver Medallist and World Champion came to meet everyone and brought along her medals for the youngsters to hold.

She also answered some well-presented questions from the group.

Emms has recently retired and now promotes badminton around the country with the aim to produce Olympic medallists at the 2012 games.

Unfortunately, this year at the All England there were no English finalists and China made a clean sweep of the whole tournament.

 

Saina out, Kashyap and Pawar keep India afloat in ABC

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out after a first-round defeat but P Kashyap and Anand Pawar kept India's hopes afloat by wining their opening men's singles matches of the Asian Badminton Championship in Suwon, Korea today.
World number eight and seventh seed Saina put up a brave effort but eventually ran out of steam against defending champion Jiang Yanjiao of China, losing 21-14 14-21 12-21 in a 40-minute battle in the women's singles event today.

World number 13 and third seed Chetan Anand also suffered a straight-game defeat against little known Kozai Kazuteru of Japan to crash out in the first round. The Indian lost 13-21 19-21 to Kozai in a 30-minute battle.

P Kashyap and Anand Pawar turned out to be the stars of the day as they won their respective matches to sail into the next round.

Kashyap spanked Nepalese Rana Kishor 21-7 21-7 to set up a clash with 15th seed Korean Hong Ji Hoon, who beat Teav Yongvannak of Cambodia in the first round. PTI
 
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