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Koo-Tan slay Danish third seeds to enter final

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Published: 01 November 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong rejoiced in their reclaiming of the top spot in the men’s doubles world rankings by sweeping aside Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen to reach the French Open men’s doubles final in Paris yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong sent the third seeds from Denmark packing 21-18, 21-19 in 36 minutes to remain on course for a back-to-back win in Europe.

It was the second time in two weeks Kien Keat-Boon Heong got the better of the Danish pairing.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong climbed to the top spot for the first time in almost two years ahead of South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung in the latest world rankings following their triumph in the Denmark Open last week.

 
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Indonesian Youngster Reaches Semifinal at World Badminton Championship

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Published: 01 November 2009
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Angga Pratama enjoyed a great Friday at the badminton World Junior Championship in Kedah, Malaysia, qualifying for the semifinals in two events.

Angga and mixed doubles partner Della Destiara Haris, reached the last four after the unseeded duo stunned No. 9 seeds Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Artima Serithammarak of Thailand 21-17, 21-13 in an economical 24 minutes.

After an hour’s rest, Angga returned to the court with boys doubles partner Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto. This time playing the role of the favorite, the top seeds and Asian Youth Under-19 champions saw off Japan’s Shohei Hoshino and Akira Kobayashi 21-15, 21-14 to reach the semifinals.

Angga and Della face another tough task in the next round as they take on No. 1 seeds Lu Kai and Bao Yixin of China, 21-11, 17-21, 21-8 winners over Malaysia’s Ow Yao Han and Lai Pei Jing. After that, Angga and Rendy will play either third-seeded Chooi Kah Ming and Ow Yao Han of Malaysia or Taiwan’s Chang Kai Liang and Lin Yu Te, who played after press time.

Indonesia’s other boys doubles quarterfinalists, Berry Anggriawan and Muhammad Ulinnuha, were scheduled to face No. 2 seeds Lu and Liu Peixuan. Their match finished after press time.

Unseeded Indonesians Suci Rizki Andini and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah also reached the semifinals, knocking off girls doubles second seeds Bao Yixin and Luo Yu of China 21-18, 21-19. Suci and Tiara will take on Nguyen Thi Sen and Vu Thi Trang of Vietnam or Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet for a place in the final.

Girls singles was not as good to Indonesia, though. Siti Anida Lestari Qoryatin fell 21-8, 21-11 to top-seeded Chen Xiaojia of China, while Anna Rovita lost to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-9, 21-11.

Indonesia has not won a world U-19 championship since hosting the inaugural tournament in Jakarta in 1992, when Kristin Junita won the girls singles title and Susanto and Kusno teamed up for the boys doubles crown.

None of its entries made it to the semifinals at the 2008 worlds in Pune, India.

Lius Pongoh, the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) head of athletes’ development, believed the boys and girls doubles would deliver this time.

“We have high hopes that both of the doubles can end our title drought in this championship,” Lius said. “They have the talent to be the country’s next stars.”

 
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Yao Han earns chance for revenge against Indonesians (pic)

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Published: 01 November 2009
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DOUBLES player Ow Yao Han has got his chance to settle a score after qualifying for the world juniors boys’ doubles semi-finals with partner Chooi Kah Ming last night.

Yao Han-Kah Ming defeated Taiwan’s Chang Kai-liang-Lin Yu-te 21-17, 22-20 to book a last four date against Indonesian top seeds Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto.

The Indons had dashed Malaysia’s hopes of securing an Asian junior boys’ doubles title in July. Then, Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng had been the top seeds, but they went down in straight games to the Indons in the final in Kuala Lumpur.No sweat: Ow Yao Han (right) and Chooi Kah Ming stormed into the semi-finals by beating Chang Kai-liang-Lin Yu-te of Taiwan 21-17, 22-20 on Friday.

“After the setback against Angga and Rendy in the Asian juniors final, I want to turn the tables on them this time around,” said Yao Han.

“They will start as favourites, but we have a chance to cause an upset. I am more comfortable partnering Kah Ming than Hong Kheng and I believe that we can get it right in the semi-finals.”

 

Iskandar and Yao Han-Kah Ming through to the finals (pic)

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Published: 01 November 2009
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Iskandar Zulkarnain became only the second Malaysian badminton player to qualify for the World Junior Badminton Championships boys’ singles final after defeating Taiwan’s Hsu Jen-hao 21-17, 7-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium last night.Unbelievable: Malaysia’s Ow Yao Han and Chooi Kah Ming (right) celebrate their boys’ doubles semi-final victory with coach Yap Kim Hock yesterday.

And Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming made it a double celebration for the hosts after upsetting Asian junior champions and pre-tournament favourites Angga Pratama-Rendy Sugiarto of Indonesia 13-21, 21-15, 21-18 to move into the boys’ doubles final.

Iskandar will now seek to enter the history books today by becoming the first Malaysian world junior badminton singles champion.

The only other Malaysian to have made it to the final was Yeoh Kay Bin in 1998, when he lost to China’s Zhang Yang in the title-deciding match.

Yesterday, Iskandar exacted sweet revenge against the only player to have beaten him in Alor Setar thus far.

 

Saina, Jwala-Diju lose in French Super Series QF

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Published: 01 November 2009
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New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Indian challenge ended in the French Super Series badminton tournament after Saina Nehwal and the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju crashed out with respective quarterfinal defeats in Paris.

Eighth seed Saina squandered a first-game lead to go down to top seed Chinese Wang Lin 21-15 11-21 15-21 in a 49-minute hard fought battle in women's singles yesterday.

The sixth seeded Indian pair of Jwala and Diju also played their heart out before going down to the Indonesian combo of Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 21-6 20-22 10-21 in 42 minutes.

Saina played better at the nets but she couldn't negotiate the powerful smashes of her opponent, who scored 14 points compared to the Indian's nine.

 
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