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Nehwal to lead Indian challenge at worlds (pic)

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Published: 10 July 2009
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Chennai, July 09: Women's world number six Saina Nehwal will spearhead host India's challenge at next month's World Badminton Championships.Saina

Nehwal, 19, won the Indonesian Super Series title last month, raising hopes of a strong performance in the August 10-16 world championships in her home town Hyderabad.

World number 14 Chetan Anand will lead the men's challenge after Anup Sridhar failed to make the cut following a series of injuries last year that pushed down his rankings.

 
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Malaysia surprisingly seeded second in mixed team event

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: There was a pleasant surprise for Malaysia when they were seeded second behind China in the mixed team competition of the Asian Junior Badminton Champion­ships, which begin on Sunday at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.

But it will not be easy for Malaysia to live up to the billing in the Under-19 championships as they are expected to play against South Korea in the semi-finals.

Malaysia have been drawn in Group B with India, Mongolia and Vietnam. The third-fourth seeded Koreans are expected to top Group C, which has Indonesia, Taiwan and Laos. Defending champions China are in Group A with Japan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Group D comprises Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kazakhstan.

 

Last chance for seniors Hafiz and Beng Hong to come good

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Published: 07 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former world champion Hendrawan has been hand­ed a mammoth task to resurrect the careers of singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong.

And if the Indonesian fails to turn them around within a stipulated time frame to be decided later on, the duo will have to kiss goodbye to their places in the national team.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in a 1½-hour meeting with the singles coaches yesterday, chaired by their gene­ral manager, Kenny Goh, at the Jua­ra Stadium in Bukit Kiara, decided to relief Misbun Sidek of his responsibilities to train former All-England champion Hafiz and Beng Hong.

 

Chinese rule Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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CHINA showed exactly why it was at the top of the food chain in the badminton scene as their shuttlers captured all but one title at the close of the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Badminton Championships yesterday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The biggest and brightest star out of the Chinese champions was undoubtedly Wang Xin as she upset the top seed and world no. 1 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong in three sets, 21-10, 12-21, 23-21, to claim the crown in the women’s single division.

The Chinese gold-rush also took home titles in the mixed doubles, men’s singles and women’s doubles events. The men’s doubles crown was spared as it was won by Indonesia .

Still, the 24-year old Wang hogged the spotlight because of her remarkable journey towards the pinnacle of badminton’s peak yesterday.

 

Number one is still a distant dream : Saina (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 July 2009
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New Delhi, July 04: She is inching closer to being among the world's top five and is tipped to be number one in the next couple of years but ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says being numero uno is still a very distant dream.Saina

The legendary Prakash Padukone considers Saina talented enough to be at the top in the next two years but the 20-year-old doesn't want to aim so high right now.

"Prakash sir has been very encouraging, I also want to be the number one but I don't want to think about that now. I would have to be at my best to achieve that. I have to be consistent and win back-to-back tournament," Saina said after going up a rung to sixth in the latest world rankings.

She has become the first Indian woman and third overall, after Pullela Gopichand and Padukone, to achieve such a ranking.

 

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