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Saina shocked by Pui

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Published: 19 November 2010
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Guangzhou, Nov 18 -  India's strong medal hope Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women's singles badminton quarterfinals, losing 8-21, 21-8, 19-21 to Hong Kong's Pui Yin Yip in a tense encounter at the Asian Games here Thursday.

World No. 3 Saina, seeded second here, saved a matchpoint but that was not enough to see off the strong challenge of World No. 12 Pui, a silver medallist at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

 

Playing the last game of the day, Pui took an unexpected 5-2 lead and then hung on to put the pressure on the Indian.

 

Saina looked nervous, committing a slew of errors, while Pui focussed on finishing the points quickly with her sharp smashes.

 

Saina, however, came back strongly in the second game. After getting a measure of Pui's game, Saina slowed down the match and engaged her in rallies, before going for the kill.

 
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Koo-Tan to take on Japanese pair next

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 November 2010
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DEFENDING champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were made to sweat before marching into the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the badminton competition at the Tianhe Gymnasium yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong certainly did not have it all their way against the aggressive Indian pair of A. Sanave-Rupesh Kumar before prevailing 21-15, 21-19.

And now the Malaysians have Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata standing in their path for a place in the semi-finals. The Japanese certainly have it in them to send the Malaysians home without a medal.

Boon Heong said that the hard-fought win over the Indian pair was a good warm-up ahead the quarter-final clash with the Japanese.

“It was our first match in the individual competition and we did not hit off right away,” he said.

 

Saina reaches quarterfinals of women's badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 November 2010
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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal cruised into the second round of the women's singles at the Asian Games after steamrolling Lydia Cheah of Malaysia in the the second round here on Wednesday.

The world number three Indian needed just 28 minutes to see off Lydia 21-15 21-17. She will next take on the winner between Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei's Ma Hsiao Pai in the quarterfinals on Thursday.Sainal Nehwal of India in Asiad 2010

The second seed Indian held her serve for most of the time and scored points through her smashes in the first game. She was also better at the net.

Saina opened up a 6-1 lead swiftly but Lydia narrowed the gap to 10-12. But the Indian was not bothered much and pocketed the first game easily.

In the next game, Saina again raced to a comfortable 6-1 lead before moving to 20-11 but the Indian squandered six match points before closing the match. steamrolling Lydia Cheah of Malaysia in the the second round here on Wednesday.

 

Lilyana-Tontowi bring new hope

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Published: 18 November 2010
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A new hope for gold came from new badminton mixed pair Lilyana Natsir and Ahmad Tontowi who easily defeated Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Woon Khe Wei in the preliminary round 16 of the 16th Asian Games on Wednesday.

Lilyana and Tontowi defeat the Malaysian rival 21-10, 21-9 at Tianhe Gymnasium.

“I think we started out strong and I kept up the front of the court while Tontowi [Ahmad] took the back. Koo [Kien Keat] is very strong but Tontowi’s attack was stronger,” said Lilyana after the match. “We were just able to take control from the start.”

Lilyana attributed the victory to her younger partner saying that Tontowi is very strong mentally and physically. “So as the older, experienced player, I just work with him on technique and confidence,” said Lilyana.

“When I first found out that I wouldn’t be playing with my old partner [Nova Widianto] I was a little uncertain because my former partner and I were world number one for a long time. I felt I had to start all over again but when I started playing with Tontowi, I saw his potential and his ability.

“Together we have won a few tournaments. Nothing big yet but it’s a good start to this partnership. He is definitely stronger and quicker but then, he’s young, so it’s to be expected.”

 

Taufik Blasts Badminton Body Over Failure to Find Young Guns

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 November 2010
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Jakarta. Eight years after he won his first gold medal in the Asian Games, Taufik Hidayat is still Indonesia’s best hope for victory in the quadrennial meet.

And that doesn’t sit well with the country’s leading men’s singles shuttler.

Taufik, who topped the podium in the event during the 2002 and 2006 Games, is looking to complete a hat-trick of gold medal and he looked sharp in his first singles match in Guangzhou, routing Taiwan’s Hsieh Yu-hsing 21-16, 21-12 at Tianhe Gymnasium on Wednesday.

 

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