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Number one Zhou fails at Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — Women's world number one Zhou Mi of Hong Kong failed to clear the first hurdle when she crashed to Adriyanti Firdasari in the Japan Open badminton tournament on Wednesday.

The Masters Final champion, who played for China previously, suffered a shock 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 defeat in the first round to the Indonesian, ranked 20th in the world.Zhou Mi of Hong Kong reaches for a return against Adriyanti Firdasari of Indonesia

"It was difficult in the first game to get used to the wind (caused by the air conditioner) and its direction. I managed to take the second game, but physically I'm tired in the third game," said Zhou.

 
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Saina suffers first round exit at Japan Open

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Published: 24 September 2009
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Saina Nehwal  made a disappointing return to the court, crashing to a first round defeat in the Japan Open Super Series badminton tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.

However, P Kashyap kept Indian hopes alive by advancing to the pre-quarter-finals.

The only Indian contender in the men's singles, Kashyap scored a 21-17, 12-21, 21-11 win over Japan's Takuma Ueda in a 51-minute encounter.

World No 34 Kashyap will next take on No 3 Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark in the Thursday's pre-quarter-finals.

Saina, coming back after a month's break, lost 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to world No 10 Yanjiao Jiang of China in 53 minutes in the women's singles.

The seventh seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also hit a low after their Chinese Taipei Grand Prix gold win last month and crashed out of the tournament, losing 18-21, 12-21 to te Thai combo of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam.

Jwala had more disappointment in store as she and Ashwini Ponnappa were beaten 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 by the seventh seeded Japanese combo of Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the women's doubles opener that lasted more than one hour.

The men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also bit the dust, going down 12-21, 16-21 to the Korean pair of Sung Hyun Ko and Yi Goo Kwon inside 30 minutes.

 
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Lee beats Boonsak in Japan badminton open (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia brushed aside Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Japan Open on Wednesday, showing no ill-effects from a knee injury.World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia brushed aside Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Japan Open on Wednesday

The top seed, who said an old injury to his left knee has recently flared, needed just 34 minutes to score a 21-9, 21-15 win over the in-form China Masters finalist in the first round of the men's singles.

"For sure, he (Boonsak) is a tough opponent. I just tried to keep myself calm and play my game. I tried not to lose a single point because every point is very important," said Lee, the winner here in 2007.

Lee said he was going to focus on winning the Japan Open and then compete in just one more tournament this year, skipping the Hong Kong Open and the China Open to take a rest.

 

Super Dan aware of youth challenge

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Published: 21 September 2009
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"Super Dan", as Chinese top shuttler Lin Dan was nicknamed, said he already felt his dominance challenged by a new force from his own team.

    Lin, clinching China Masters title here on Sunday, keeps his tight grip on the top position in the Chinese badminton national team and is arguably the best player in the world, being the first player to win three world titles and only the second to hold the Olympic and world titles at the same time.

    Despite all the dominance, the 26-year-old, however, felt clear challenges from the national team which recruits promising young players from all over the vast country of 1.3 billion people.

    "I always think China has the world top men's singles players in numbers. It is always more difficult for me to play my teammates than foreign players because we know each well," he said.

 
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Hosts sweeps China Masters badminton event

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Published: 21 September 2009
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 Hosts China swept the China Masters badminton Super Series after world and Olympics champion Lin Dan brushed aside Thai Boosak Ponsana 21-17,21-17.

    The men's singles final was the only one that saw a non-Chinese player compete as the hosts already booked four all-Chinese final staking place earlier.

    Lin, three times world champion and Beijing Olympics winner, did not give much room to the Thai player in the 40-minute final amid thunderous cheers.

    "I am happy with the result, not just the victory, but also the fact that I overcame China's major opponents on the way to the championship," said Lin, 26.

    Lin eliminated world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the semifinal after beating South Korean Park Sung Hwan.

    Chinese head coach Li Yongbo said the gold medal haul and young players' performance were beyond his expectation.

    "I did not expect that we could take all five titles. I think the most satisfying thing is that we found great potential in some of the young players. "said Li. "They will add China's competitiveness in 2012."

    Teenager Wang Shixian was one of the young stars Li was referring to as she staged the biggest upset of the tournament to win.

    The 19-year-old, ranked 64th in the world, beat world number two Wang Lin 21-14, 14-21, 21-14 as she continued to play the role of seed killer. She overcame newly crowned world champion Lu Lan, seeded fifth, 16-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the semifinal after beating All England champion and fourth seed Wang Yihan 21-18, 21-18.

    "I used the right strategy of going to the net and also won some lucky points," she said.

    Shixian said a pressure-free state of mind helped a lot in her run for the championship.

 
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