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Frost: Europe need more hard work to close gap with Asia

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Published: 25 October 2009
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DANISH badminton legend Morten Frost Hansen admits that the gap in standard between Asian and Western countries at the junior badminton level is still huge.

None of the European countries made it to the last eight of the ongoing World Junior Badminton Championships’ team event.

Denmark (Group X) and England (Group Y) came closest to breaking the Asian stronghold but missed out on the chance to vie for a semi-final spot after going down by 2-3 scorelines to Hong Kong and Taiwan respectively on Friday.

“This phenomenon is nothing new. Asian teams have been dominating the junior badminton scene in recent years,” Frost said after watching Denmark overcome Vietnam 3-1 yesterday to qualify for the 9th-12th placing playoffs.

“The gap remains huge ... and there is nothing we can do to bridge it except work harder to improve next year. But the fact that Denmark and England were in contention to progress further before narrowly missing out shows that Europe is still able to take the fight to the others.” Frost, who is in Alor Setar as coach of the Danish junior team, believes that Western countries’ emphasis on education is the root cause of the disparity in standards.

“Most of the junior players from Europe in this age group (17-19) will be busy with their studies in college or university and cannot afford to allocate more time to badminton. There is a different set-up in Asia, where junior players can concentrate more on improving their game,” said Frost.

Besides Denmark and England, the other European countries in the world juniors team event are Germany, France and Russia.

 
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Koo-Tan continue march towards another European crown

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Published: 25 October 2009
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ODENSE: Europe must be Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s favourite hunting ground.

Yesterday, the second seeds checked into the men’s doubles final of the Denmark Open by defeating China’s second stringers Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming 21-14, 21-16 in a lop-sided 23-minute match.

The Malaysians’ final foes will be Denmark’s second seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, who will surely have the backing of the home crowd.

Yesterday, Boe-Mogensen achieved a breakthrough when they stunned Olympic champions and top seeds Mar­kis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 21-16, 21-19 in the last four.

If the Danes win, it will be their first home title.

 

Eei Hui-Pei Tty succumb to Danish pair

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Published: 25 October 2009
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ODENSE: Women’s doubles defending champions Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty paid the price for not sticking to the game plan when they booted out of the Denmark Open quarter-finals on Friday.

The world number two pair failed to keep the momentum going after a great start to lose 21-11, 17-21, 12-21 to China’s Pan Pan-Zhang Yawen in 57 minutes.

Pei Tty admitted that they had let slip a good chance of making it to the semi-finals because of their own folly.

“We were either impatient or inconsistent during the long rallies. The quality of our shots just dropped drastically. We used to be quite relaxed in our approach previously,” said Pei Tty.

“This scratch pair from Chinese did well to read our game despite them playing against us for the first time. We had the advantage but failed to make full use of it.”

Pei Tty also admitted that “something” had gone wrong in her combination with Eei Hui and that it needed to be looked into.

“We used to be good in our defensive play but it is quite porous now. We are not consistent in this area of our game and this really affects our confidence,” said Pei Tty.

Eei Hui hoped that they would fare better at the France Open in Paris next week.

“It is always a challenge to play against a China pair. We gave them too much room to put pressure on us,” said Eei Hui.

“It be another challenge in Paris. Hopefully, we will be more consistent with they way we approach the game.”

The duo are the top seeds in Paris, where they are expected to face the more formidable Chinese pair of Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli, whom they have never beaten before.

 
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Jing Yi overcomes Mitani to lead Malaysia past Japan

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Published: 25 October 2009
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TEE Jing Yi sent Malaysia into the semi-finals of the World Junior Badminton Championships mixed team event by delivering the winning point in the 3-2 victory over Japan in their final Group Z match at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium last night.

It was sweet revenge for the 18-year-old Penangite, who was the only Malaysian player to lose during the national team’s 3-1 win over the same opponents during the Asian Junior meet earlier this year.

Last night, Jing Yi stepped onto the court to face Minatsu Mitani with added pressure after the boys’ doubles pair of Pang Zheng Lin-Goh Jian Hao had lost in the previous match.

With Malaysia holding a slender 2-1 lead, Jing Yi put on a superb display to defeat Mitani 21-18, 21-11 in 25 minutes. She had lost to the same player 21-17, 12-21, 17-21 in July.

 

Japan enter do-or-die tie against Malaysia in bullish mood

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Published: 25 October 2009
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JAPAN will enter today’s must-win World Junior Bad­min­ton Champion­ships Group Z tie against Malaysia in bullish mood.

The Japanese shuttlers put on a convincing performance in the 5-0 drubbing of Singapore yesterday without dropping a single game.

Now, they have set their sights on overcoming the second-seeded Malaysians and clinch the semi-final ticket from the group.

It will be a repeat of the Asian junior semi-final clash in July, which Malaysia won 3-1.

But Japan’s junior coach Rionny Mainaky, the brother of national doubles coach Rexy, is predicting a much closer battle today.

“Japan were nervous and felt intimidated by the home crowd during the Asian meet (in Kuala Lumpur) as it was the players’ first experience in a high-pressure atmospere.

“They have learnt their lessons, and will not be overawed easily in Alor Setar.

 

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