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Sweet revenge for Wan Wah-Tan Fook

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Published: 21 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Seasoned doubles campaigners Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah avenged last week’s World Championships first round defeat to Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan in style by beating the Americans in straight games to enter the quarter-finals of the Macau Open last night.

Wan Wah-Tan Fook, who lost to the 2005 world champions in rubber games last week, turned the tables this time for a 21-15, 21-17 win in just 21 minutes.

The second seeded Malaysians will face South Koreans Hwang Ji-man-Kim Ki-jung, who ousted Indone­sian siblings and sixth seeds Candra Wijaya-Rendra Wijaya 24-22, 15-21, 21-11.

Wan Wah said they had done their homework well after they were humbled by the American top pair, who went on to reach the quarter-finals in Hyderabad.

 
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Little Lindaweni Makes Mark In Macau Badminton Battle

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2009
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Lindaweni Fanetri bowed out of the Macau Grand Prix Gold on Wednesday, but she did not go without a fight.

The Indonesian qualifier forced women’s singles top seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong to three games before losing 18-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a 65-minute marathon.

Lindaweni, 19, had match point in her sights after pulling level at 19 in Game 2, but she could not make the most of her serve and Zhou fought back to even up the match.

Indonesia also suffered a pair of defeats in men’s doubles. Fernando Kurniawan and Lingga Lie bowed out after losing 24-22, 21-17 to China’s Chai Biao and Zhang Nan, and Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi fell 21-19, 21-18 to fifth seeds Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming of China.

 

Smashing Outing By Shuttlers Beyond My Expectation - Coach

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19  -- National Paralympic shuttlers put up a smashing performance to emerge overall champions, winning eight gold, six silver, 10 bronze from the 20 gold medals offered in the Asean Para Games (KL 09) badminton competition that ended at the Bukit Kiara Sports Centre Wednesday.

Malaysian head coach Moe Chin Kiat said the eight gold medal haul had exceeded their earlier prediction of six gold medals.

"Winning eight gold medals showed that our players were more determined than before to win in their respective events. They have performed beyond expectation," he said.

The eight gold medals came through Shaari Zulkafli (men's singles BMW2), Cheah Liek Hou (men's singles BMSTU5), Cheah Liek Hou-Suhaili Laiman (men's doubles BMSTU5), Madzlan Saibon-Mohd Fairuz Ahja (men's doubles BMW3), Jasmi Tegol-Md Rahdi Juhary (men's doubles BMSTL1), Nabila Ahmad Sharif (women's singles BMSTL2), Nabila Ahmad Sharif-Nor Azlin Sulaiman (women's doubles BMSTL3) and Hairil Fozi Saaba-Nabila Ahmad Sharif (mixed doubles BMSTL).

Vietnam with 5 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze, finished a surprise second overall while Indonesia with a 4-3-1 tally finished third ahead of Thailand with 3-5-9.

 
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Blues for Hendrawan (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Former world champion Hendrawan made his first appearance in an international tournament as the Malaysian singles coach at the Macau Open badminton championships yesterday.

And the Indonesian saw four of his six charges — Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Liew Daren and Kuan Beng Hong — crash out in the first round.Fighter till the end: Kuan Beng Hong went down to China’s Gao Huan after a 57-minute fight.

Chun Seang went down to Kashyap Parupalli of India 16-21, 20-22 while Mohd Arif Abdul Latif fell to China’s reigning world junior champion Wang Zhengming 20-22, 9-21.

There was no joy for Hendrawan as he watched Beng Hong go down 8-21, 21-19, 18-21 to Chinese youngster Gao Huan after fighting for 57 minutes.

 
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‘The Thing’ reveals why Lin Dan is still on top of the world

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2009
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HYDERABAD: China coach Tang Hsienhu has attributed Lin Dan’s success in winning three consecutive world championship titles to his ability to keep his emotions in check.

Hsienhu, known as “The Thing” in his playing days for his power on court, said that Lin Dan was a rare gem of a player.

“He is a player with strong emotions and he knows how to handle them. He is strong-willed too and it is never easy to take a game off him,” said Hsienhu.

He made a comparison between Lin Dan and 2000 Sydney Olympics champion Olympic Ji Xinpeng.

“Xinpeng won the Olympic gold medal but that was the end of him.

“It is not easy to keep on winning and having that motivation to excel all the time. But Lin Dan can do this because he is strong in his heart.”

Hsienhu also saw the same determination in Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro.

Sony kept his cool throughout his demolition of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals and gave Lin Dan a run for his money before going down in the semi-finals.

“Sony has improved as a player. He looks fitter and there is more urgency in his game. If he keeps himself free from injuries, he will do well in his game,” said Hsienhu.

“Chong Wei has to be more steady, which he was not during the match against Sony. Maybe he was unable to cope with the high expectations on him.”

 
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