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In Saina's long shadow, Aditi, Sayali gain ground

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Published: 01 July 2009
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Mumbai: Those who have had to grow under the shadow of Saina Nehwal will star in the second edition of the Tata Open All India Badminton Tournament beginning at the Cricket Club of India on Wednesday.

Saina won't participate in the event preferring to train for the World Championships to be held in Hyderabad from August 8.

In her absence, the attention in the women's singles will shift to World No.27 Aditi Mutatkar and National champion Sayali Gokhale.
Both will feature in the World championship. Gokhale has received a wild card for the event. Saina's achievements should spur players to step up a gear, believes U Vimal Kumar, the former national champion and chief coach at the Tata Padukone Badminton Academy.

"Saina's good showing will not only inspire the women but the men will also strive to do better. We tend to have a mental block when we play the Chinese but Saina's win at the Indonesian Open will help motivate the others further," Kumar said on Tuesday. Saina beat World No.2, China's Wang Lin, in the Super Series final.

Kumar believes that Mutatkar and Gokhale have the potential to break into the top-20 in the world. They shifted based to Bangalore four years ago to train at the Academy.

 

Razif shows symptoms (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2009
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SEREMBAN: National badminton player Razif Latif has been admitted to Seremban Hospital after showing symptoms of influenza A (H1N1).

Razif, 24, who was hospitalised on Monday, had high fever a day after returning from Johor Baru, where he competed in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.


National badminton player Razif Latif was admitted to Seremban Hospital yesterday


The 24-year-old had also competed in the Singapore and Indonesia Opens before the Johor Baru meet.



Razif and mixed doubles partner Woon Khe Wei are preparing for the World Championships in Hyderabad, India, on Aug 10-16.



In Johor Baru, a man who worked as a waiter in Woodlands, Singapore, is the latest confirmed case of influenza A (H1N1) in Johor.


He had been suffering from cough and fever for four days before entering Johor on a bus on Monday.



He is warded at Sultanah Aminah Hospital, while six family members in Mersing have been put in home quarantine.



The man's fiance and three of her family members have also been quarantined at their home in Kulaijaya.

 
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Hendrawan believes that staying together is the best way to know the players (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Staying together with the players is the best way to get to know them better.

And for this reason, Malaysia’s newly-appointed singles coach Hendrawan checked into one of the rooms in the Rakan Muda Sports Complex in Bukit Kiara yesterday. The complex houses senior and junior players in the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) set-up.Room for improvement: Malaysia’s new singles coach Hendrawan checking into his room at the hostel in Mount Kiara Monday.

The Indonesian said that good rapport with the players was the first step in winning their hearts to get them to strive for excellence in the sport.

“I will know the players better by staying with them and spending more time with them. I can establish a good relationship with them and also keep an eye on them,” said the 37-year-old Hendrawan.

“Besides, my family is not with me here at the moment and for the time being, this is the best arrangement.”

Hendrawan flew in yesterday without fanfare and the modest former world champion was all excited over reporting for duty with the team tomorrow.

 

Misbun: Focus on mental strength

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Published: 01 July 2009
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NATIONAL coach Misbun Sidek feels that Malaysian players need to be mentally stronger for the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16 despite some good results in the just concluded Yonex Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in Johor Baru.
Lee Chong Wei won the men's singles while Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bagged the men's doubles in the Malaysia Open Gold while Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui finished runners-up in the women's doubles.

Chong Wei, who also won the Indonesia Open two weeks ago, is in impeccable form but his inability to handle pressure in big tournaments will be the focus of his preparation for the world meet.

He has to learn to deal with off court distractions while concentrating only on his game.

Misbun said Chong Wei is on the right track for the World Championships. "His performance of late has showed that he has been training very hard. Everything is in place and I just need to polish his skills and self-confidence," said Misbun.

 
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World-rated players take the court in RP Open badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – World-class shuttlecock action springs into action on Wednesday when the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippines Open Badminton Championships start at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Local fans will have the rare opportunity to witness top 10 players in the world when the elimination round in several divisions begins at 10 in the morning.

Seeing action are world No. 2 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong, Andrew Smith of England, Vietnam's top player Nguyen Tien Minh, former world junior champion Chen Long of China, and Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin in the singles division.

 

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