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Taufik Hidayat outplays Shon Wan Ho at the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round (pic)

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Published: 18 February 2012
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Indonesia’s legendary player Taufik Hidayat proved his elevated skills when he outplayed South Korea’s Shon Wan Ho in the quarter-final contest of the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round, on Thursday, February 16, in Macau.Taufik Hidayat outplays Shon Wan Ho at the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

Indonesia won this team-event match against South Korea with a narrow difference. Indonesian shuttlers lost the opening two battles but won the remaining three fights to register victory over South Korean rivals with a 3-2 score on the board.

The World Number 12 Taufik played his normal game and remained composed in the whole match and did not spare any chance for his Korean opponent to control the pace of rallies.

 

Doubles coach Kim Her slams BAC for their lack of foresight

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Published: 18 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: A day after qualifying for the Thomas Cup Finals, national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her took a swipe at the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for their lack of foresight in coming up with the format for this year’s Asian Zone qualifiers.

Yesterday, Malaysia went down 0-3 to Japan in the semi-finals but their challenge in the tournament is not over yet. They still have to play Indonesia in the playoff for third and fourth place today.

As both Malaysia and Indonesia are assured of tickets to the Finals in Wuhan in May by virtue of reaching the semi-finals, expect them to field weaker line-ups.

The BAC had also subjected all the losing quarter-finalists in both the Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers to a round-robin playoff. But instead of making them play three extra ties, the BAC could have just picked the highest-ranked team for the Finals to make everyone’s life easier.

For example, Malaysia’s Uber Cup team lost 2-3 to Hong Kong yesterday but they still have to play Indonesia and Singapore although their chances of reaching the Finals are very slim.

With many of the players exhausted, some of the playoff ties are turning out to be a chore as teams don’t take them seriously.

Kim Her said the players should not be unnecessarily taxed with a busy schedule ahead of them.

They have a European campaign to prepare for with the German Open from Feb 28-March 4, All England (March 6-11) and Swiss Open (March 13-18).

 

Indonesia Thomas team secures final spot, Uber still fighting

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Published: 18 February 2012
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Indonesia’s Thomas Cup team secured a ticket to the final round in Wuhan, China, in May, after persistently bettering a strong South Korean team in a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.

On Friday evening, the team was scheduled to face favorite China in the semifinals of the Thomas and Uber Cup Asian Zone preliminary round at the Macau Forum.

The Indonesian Thomas Cup team was defeated 3-0 by the Chinese team in their last preliminary round. Indonesian first single Taufik Hidayat had lost 21-13, 21-8 to Long Chen. In the second match, first Indonesian doubles Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano were also beaten 21-17, 21-12 by Biao Chai and Zhendong Guo. In the third match, Indonesian single Tommy Sugiarto was defeated by Jin Chen 14-21, 8-21.

 

Malaysia lost 0-3 to Japan in Thomas Cup qualifier

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Published: 18 February 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 -- The national Thomas Cup squad tumbled to a 0-3 defeat to Japan in the semi-final of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone Qualifying Round in Macau, China today.

Despite losing to Japan, the Thomas Cup squad qualified for the Final Round in Wuhan, China in May when they defeated India 3-0 in the quarterfinal yesterday.

Without world number one singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei, the team could not muster a point from Japan.

It is understood, Chong Wei is now resting before starting his preparation for the All-England Badminton Championship from March 6-11.

Former All-England champion, Muhammad Hafiz Hashim failed to deliver the first point when he lost to world number six Sho Sasaki 19-21, 16-21 in 36 minutes.

The national doubles pair of Lim Kim Wah/Goh V Shem were demolished 11-21,21-11 and 18-21 by Japan's best pair of Hirokatsu Hashimoto/Noriyasu Hirata.

World No. 7 singles player, Kenichi Tago ended the fight when he overcame Liew Daren 30-28,21-19 in 60 minutes.

The national squad is scheduled to meet Indonesia for the third/fourth placing playoff tomorrow.

 
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It’s almost the end for Malaysia's Uber Cup team after loss to Hong Kong

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Published: 18 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: It isn’t over till the fat lady sings but the Malaysian Uber Cup team can start rehearsing for a chorus of disappointment.

Their hopes of reaching the Finals via the playoffs are almost dashed after suffering a 2-3 loss to Hong Kong yesterday.

The doubles pairs of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo delivered but the singles performers – Tee Jing Yi, Lydia Cheah and Sannatasah Saniru – failed to launch again.

The Malaysian team have two more ties – against Indonesia today and Singapore tomorrow – but their chances of earning the last Finals berth as the fifth best team at the qualifiers are virtually over.

Despite the setback, national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky gave his girls credit for saving Malaysia the blushes by winning two points.

He hopes they can keep the momentum going after the qualifiers.

 

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