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Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open: Easy for Chong Wei but Hafiz bows out (pic)

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Published: 25 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei enjoyed two good warm-up matches to advance to the third round on a day when former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, India's Chetan Anand and teammate Hafiz Hashim were shown the door in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor Baru City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday. Lee Chong Wei beat Singapore’s Derek Wong 21-12, 21-11 and later beat Lim Fang Yang 21-9, 21-14 to qualify for the third round.

Chong Wei, fresh from winning the Indonesia Open title, opened his campaign with an easy 21-12, 21-11 win over Singapore's Derek Wong and later, disposed teammate Lim Fang Yang 21-9, 21-14 in 26 minutes to qualify for the third round.



The 27-year-old looked solid and confident, brushing aside concern over his physical condition after two back-to-back tournaments in Singapore and Indonesia.



"It was tough playing two matches in a day after two back-to-back tournaments (Singapore and Indonesia Opens). Though, I did not push myself hard, I won easily today (yesterday). I'm happy with my performance and fitness," said Chong Wei, who complained of back pains after his matches yesterday.



"I like winning in Malaysia and I will play hard to ensure I win the title, whether or not the back pain troubles me."


Chong Wei, however, will need to be cautious when he faces China's Zhou Wenlong in the third round. The Malaysian has a developed habit of losing to China players of late and this encounter is expected to be tough for him.



Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, who won the recent National Junior Grand Finals title, earned his biggest career win when the Muar-born player upset World No 15 Chetan Anand of India 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 in 49 minutes in the first round.



However, Iskandar blew it in the second round when he was beaten 21-13, 24-22 by India's Ajay Jayaram.



Hafiz, meanwhile, showed more signs that it is time for him to quit the national team when he went down 21-16, 18-21, 21-14 to unknown Hu Yun of Hong Kong.

 

Malaysian Open: Chong Wei Safely Through

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHARU, June 24(Bernama)-- Datuk Lee Chong Wei is safely through to the last sixteen of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix without having to raise a sweat.

The tournament's No 1 seed took care of teamate Lim Fang Yang 21-9,21-14 in their second round match at the Indoor stadium here Wednesday night to book his ticket into the last 16 where he will play China's Zhou Wenlong Thursday.

Chong Wei, the man the crowd had come to watch, will now be overwhelming favourite to lift the title after the exit of the No 2 seed, Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat in the opening round, losing to China's former world junior champion, Chen Long in three games in their opening round clash.

"I know I had two easy games today but even then I am still very much focussed on my games. I want to put up a good show here and not let the fans down.

 

Saina in Malaysian Open second round

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHRU: Fresh from her Indonesian Open Super Series win, Saina Nehwal stormed into the pre-quarterfinals of Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold ba
dminton tournament with a straight-game victory over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand on Wednesday.

Second seed Saina needed less than half an hour to send Buranaprasertsuk packing with a 21-18 22-20 victory in her opening round match to set up a clash with another Thai Ratchanok Intanon in the round of 16.

The world number eight Indian rode on her better net play and powerful smashes to pocket the first game after going neck and neck at 14-all at one point of time.

In the next game, the Hyderabadi opened up a lead of 8-3 but her Thai rival reeled off three quick points to close the gap at 9-7 and draw level at 12-12 before surging ahead at 20-19. The Indian, however, shoved down three straight points to seal the match.

Arvind Bhat and Ajay Jayaram also advanced into the men's pre-quarterfinals though it was curtains for compatriots Chetan Anand, Anup Sridhar, P Kashyap, Anand Pawar in men's singles and Aditi Mutatkar in the women's singles.

 

Eei Hui-Pei Tty get big reward for skipping the Pahang Open

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Published: 24 June 2009
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SACRIFICES and the right attitude in training are the reasons behind the success of Malaysian women’s doubles pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty at the Indonesia Open.

The duo gave up an easy opportunity to pick up prize money at the Pahang Open in Kuantan last month to remain at their training base in Bukit Jalil to polish up their game. It resulted in them beating several top pairs in the world to win their third Open title in Jakarta last Sunday.

The win for Eei Hui-Pei Tty was worth US$18,750. It more than made up for the RM6,000 they would have easily raked in from the Pahang Open,

Coach Rosman Razak said that the duo were able to work on their game during the one-week training under national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky.

“It was a solid one-week training for them. They were committed to improve on their game,” said Rosman.

 

Taufik can now strike balance between business and badminton (pic)

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Published: 24 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: There is a renewed zest in Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat since becoming an independent player in January. And he is determined to strike a balance between badminton and business.

Last week, he launched his own range of attire, Taufik Hidayat Line, in a partnership with his sponsors Yonex Sunrise. He also has a team managing his badminton schedule so that he can give total focus on training and tournaments.Taufik: ‘I will play for my country if my services are needed’

“I now have the freedom to do what I want. With the PBSI (All-Indonesia Badminton Federation), I was tied up,” said Taufik, who served the Indonesian national team for about 10 years.

“The beginning was tough because I had to make all the arrangements by myself. Now I have found sponsors and a team, who include my wife, to handle my affairs as far as badminton is concerned.

 

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