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Veteran Beng Hong sees no threat from back-up shuttlers

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Published: 04 October 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The inability of the back-up shuttlers to trouble the seasoned campaigners in the on-going Terengganu Open has made Kuan Beng Hong determined to carry on for another year.

Yesterday, second-seeded Beng Hong tamed Liew Daren 21-12, 21-13 in 35 minutes to reach the final in the second-leg of the National Circuit.

He will take on compatriot Mohd Hafiz Hashim in the final today and will be out to prevent the latter from tasting his first success in the circuit.

Top seed Hafiz also cruised to an easy win yesterday, defeating Mohd Arif Abdul Latif 21-12, 21-9 in 23 minutes.

The Hafiz-Beng Hong final clearly shows that the old hands are still dominant while the youngsters are strugglinlg to make a breakthrough.

Beng Hong, who has been given a chance to prove himself at the Laos SEA Games, said he was happy to have justified his billing.

“I cannot leave the national team when the youngsters are not ready to take over. The seniors’ domination in the National Circuit shows that the back-up shuttlers still have some catching-up to do,” said Beng Hong.

 

Favourable Draw For Malaysia In World Junior C'ship

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Published: 30 September 2009
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ALOR STAR, Sept 30  -- The draw for the Yonex-Sunrise BWF World Junior Championships held here today saw a favourable draw for Malaysia after being drawn against less formidable opponents.

Malaysia who host the championships at the Suka Menanti Stadium here from Oct 23 to Nov 1, were drawn in Group Z, together with Singapore, Japan, France and Cambodia.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat who is also the Badminton World Federation (BWF) treasurer said 22 countries, including Malaysia, have confirmed their participation for the team events while entries for individual events has yet to be closed.

"So far individuals from 35 countries have confirmed their participation but since the closing date is on Oct 9, there may be more entries," he told reporters here Wednesday.

Defending champion China were drawn in Group W and have Indonesia, Russia, Macau and New Zealand for company.

In the last championships, Malaysia finished third after beating India.

 
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Khim Wah aims to impress to keep partnership alive (pic)

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Published: 30 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National back-up doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah will go all out to save his partnership with Chan Peng Soon by doing well in back-to-back tournaments in Terengganu and Vietnam.

The Terengganu Open begins today and the Grand Prix Gold event in Ho Chi Minh City will be held next week.Break-up?: Lim Khim Wah (front) and Chan Peng Soon could go separate ways.

Although Khim Wah-Peng Soon have been named as the third ranked pair for the Laos SEA Games behind Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boong Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif, their future together is not assured.

Coach Pang Cheh Chang said that they had until the end of October to decide on whether to split or retain the partnership.

 

Bao, Wang win Japan Open badminton (pic)

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Published: 28 September 2009
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TOKYO — Bao Chunlai shocked Athens Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia to make it a Chinese double at the Japan Open Sunday after Wang Yihan won the women's crown.Bao Chunlai shocked Athens Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia to make it a Chinese double at the Japan Open after Wang Yihan won the women's crown.

The unseeded Asian champion, who previously eliminated third seed Peter Gade of Denmark and Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen, the eighth seed, powered his way to a 21-15, 21-12 win.

Earlier, defending champion Wang Yihan chalked up a 21-8, 21-9 victory over Wang Xin in an all-Chinese final to retain the women's singles title.

"When I reached the final for the first time here, I was still young and I was nervous. Today, I was able to play my very best," said Bao, the runner-up in 2004.

"Lin Dan and Chen Jin stayed away this week and I was alone with Chen Long, so I played against players from other countries. That made me more comfortable to play. Although I felt pressure, I prepared very well," he added.

Bao's gameplan was to move the Indonesian around by hitting well-controlled shots.

 
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Indonesian Shuttlers Still Flying The Flag at Japan Badminton Open (pic)

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Published: 25 September 2009
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National team and pro shuttlers alike kept up Indonesia’s scintillating form at the Japan Open Super Series.

After managing just eight semifinalists and one champion in the first eight Super Series tournaments this year, Indonesia had eight entries reach the last four during Friday’s play at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia will face compatriot Simon Santoso in the semifinals of the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo.
In keeping with the week of stunning results, Vita Marissa and Hendra Aprida Gunawan saw off mixed doubles world champions Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark, winning 21-18, 21-17.

“Honestly, we did not have special tactics. We just played without pressure and gave our best,” Vita told the Jakarta Globe by text message. “What makes me happy personally is not only were we able to defeat the world champions, but I could give my best performance as Hendra’s partner.”

 

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