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Chong Wei, Koo and Tan fall in Singapore (pic)

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Published: 12 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s hopes of retaining his first badminton title outside Malaysia ended when he fell to a shock second round loss to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh in the Singapore Open last night.

The tournament also lost its second seed after top Dane and former All-England champion Peter-Gade Christensen was bundled out 19-21, 21-16, 13-21 by India’s Anup Sridhar.Stunner: Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh packed off Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the Singapore Open.

There was more bad news from the Malaysian doubles camp when top hopes and Swiss Open champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong fell to a surprise 13-21, 21-19, 21-14 defeat by England’s Nathan Robertson-Anthony Clark.

But it was the unheralded Vietnamese who produced the biggest upset of the tournament when he sent Chong Wei packing 24-22, 20-22, 21-19 in one hour.

 

Loved Ones Remember Indra as ‘Good Coach, Responsible Father’

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 June 2009
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Badminton great Indra Gunawan was laid to rest at Heroes Plaza inside the San Diego Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Homes in Karawang, West Java, on Thursday.

Indra’s wife, Dewi Mirida Japin, was joined by around 50 of the family’s close relatives and friends, some of them from the badminton community, including former national shuttlers Lilik Sudarwati and Hariyanto Arbi.

Indra passed away at Pantai Indah Kapuk Hospital on Sunday, after losing a two-year battle with cancer.

“He was not only a good coach, but he was also a responsible father,” Indra’s son, Thomas Gunawan, said in the eulogy. “He worked hard for his family. And he never complained about his illness since the first time he found out about it.”

As a national player, Indra brought pride to the country with his success in international competitions. He won a gold medal at the 1970 Asian Games and represented Indonesia in the 1970 and 1973 editions of the Thomas Cup.

As a coach, Indra guided the careers of several world-class shuttlers, such as Hariyanto Arbi, Hendrawan, Ardy B. Wiranata, Joko Supriyanto, Hermawan Susanto and Fung Permadi. He also helped Indonesia win its first Olympic gold medal, after his protege, Alan Budikusuma, won the men’s singles championship at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

 

Nova, Lilyana Race to Win; Simon Tumbled Out by Thai (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 June 2009
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Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir stayed on course for their second championship of the season, making quick work of England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
Lilyana Natsir, front, and Nova Widianto overpowered another opponent in the Singapore Open Super Series, taking only 30 minutes to oust England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in straight sets on Thursday
The mixed doubles pair took less than 30 minutes to hack out a 21-18, 21-11 victory, boosting the No. 1-ranked duo’s confidence heading into the next round.

“I thought our opponents didn’t play that well,” Nova said.

“They used the same style of play as what they used at the Sudirman Cup, so that really made it easier for us [to beat them],” he added.

 

Top seed Lee Chong Wei out of Aviva Singapore Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: Action from the Aviva Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday brought the biggest upset of the tournament as World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, the defending men's champion, is out of the tournament.

Defending men's champion Lee Chong Wei's lack of preparation showed. The Malaysian was defeated by Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh- 24-22, 20-22, 21-19 in an hour. Lee Chong Wei

Singapore's young shuttlers' good run was also halted on Thursday.

The republic's top ranked women's singles player, Xing Aiying, had her work cut out for her. Xing was on court against China's Wang Yihun, the second seed at the tournament, who went on to win 21-16, 8-21, 21-7.

 

Saina enters quarterfinal of Singapore Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 June 2009
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New Delhi, June 11: Ace Shuttler Saina Nehwal staved off a scare from Indonesian Adrianti Firdasari in a thrilling three-game match to reach the women's singles quarterfinals of the Singapore Open Super Series in Singapore City.

Sixth seed Saina beat 19th ranked Firdasari 21-18, 17-21, 21-17 in a 50-minute battle to set up a clash with third seed Chinese Lin Wang.Saina Nehwal

Wang, who is world number four, beat Korean Hye Youn Hwang 21-10, 21-10 in another pre-quarterfinal match.

In the tooth and nail battle, Saina was lagging behind 7-8 in the first game
but the Hyderabadi shuttler held her nerves and first drew parity at 9-9 and then opened up a lead of five points at 17-12. Her Indonesian rival, however, narrowed the gap to 19-18 before Saina raced away sealing the game 21-18.

In the second game, Saina marched ahead with a 6-3 lead but Firdasari came from behind and made it 7-11 and although Saina played her heart out, she could not but see the game slip through her fingers at 17-21.

Saina again opened up a 4-1 lead in the last game and although her Indonesian counterpart drew parity at 9-9 and 11-11, the world number 7 Indian kept the pressure on and after moving 15-12, 16-13 and 18-15, finally sealed the match at 21-16.

 
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