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Saina aims to be World No 1 by 2010 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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Pune: India's badminton star Saina Nehwal feels she can beat the world's best after her recent success at the international stage and is aiming to become World No 1 by 2010.

Saina, who is currently ranked No 10, said she will be looking to climb five places by the end of this year.

"I have always dreamt of becoming World No 1. I have been working very hard to fulfil my dream. If all goes well I will aim to reach the top of the ranking by the year 2010," Saina said here Wednesday.

The top Indian ace is here to participate in the PSPB Inter-unit badminton tournament.

"I have been working quite hard to improve on my weak points."

 

Korea Open: Rashid: Learn to take risks

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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THE national back-up singles shuttlers have shown some improvement in the Malaysia Open and the ongoing Korea Open but national singles coach Rashid Sidek is far from impressed.

Rashid had seen his charges Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Arif Latif and Tan Chun Seang playing well in patches but stressed that they will never make it big if they don't take risks to survive on the international scene.

Liew Daren failed to capitalise on the breakthrough in the Malaysia Open where he reached the last eight as he fell in the qualifying rounds to Shon Wan Ho of South Korea who went on to reach the quarter-finals in the Korea Open.

Wei Feng was fortunate to make it to the main draw on both events but has yet to reach the last eight of a Super Series event while Arif and Chun Seang are far too inconsistent despite their talent.
 

Olympic Champs Defend Korea Open Title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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Lee Yong-dae yesterday used his powerful smash timed as fast as 300 kilometers per hour.

 

His doubles partner Lee Hyo-jung, who at 181 centimeters is one centimeter taller than Yong-dae, continued to score points through clever hairpins that narrowly scaled the net.

 

Taiwan duo take women's badminton title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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SEOUL -- Top seeds Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan defeated South Korea's Lee Hyojung and Lee Kungwon Sunday to win the women's doubles title at the 2009 Yonex Korea Open Super Series held in Seoul. Cheng Wen-hsing, left, and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan yesterday win the women's doubles title at the 2009 Yonex Korea Open Super Series held in Seoul.

Cheng and Chien stopped their second-seeded South Korean opponents in straight sets, 21-19, 21-8.

The Taiwanese women got off to a rocky start in the first set, falling behind 11-5, but seemed more comfortable together after taking a break. The fought back to tie the set at 19-19 before closing it out by taking the final two points.

Riding the momentum of their first set comeback, the Taiwanese duo coasted past the South Koreans in the second set to clinch the title.

Cheng and Chien won US$27,000 for their efforts at the US$300,000 tournament, which featured a total of 175 men and women from 21 countries.

The team from Denmark was the biggest winner in the competition, walking away with three of the tournament's five titles — in the men's singles, women's singles and men's doubles.

The host team of South Korea only managed to win the mixed doubles event.

 
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Triple joy for Danes at Korean Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: After enjoying a winning streak for more than two years, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei finally lost his touch against Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark with a rare defeat in the Korean Open men’s singles final in Seoul yesterday.

The world number one went down 18-21, 21-10, 17-21 in a 53-minute battle that saw the Dane’s superiority at the net and a solid defence.

With the defeat, Chong Wei failed to win his third consecutive titles. He had won the Super Series Masters Finals last month and his fifth Malaysian Open title on Jan 11. The defeat also meant that Chong Wei failed to win his first title as a world number one player outside Malaysia.

Chong Wei was not too disappointed over his failure to beat the Danish veteran yesterday.Sweet revenge: Denmark’s Peter Gade- Christensen waves to the crowd after beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final Sunday. — AFP

“This is my first final appearance in the Korean Open. I think this is my best result in a tournament during winter. Personally, this is an improvement for me,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.Lee Chong Wei failed in his attempt to win a third consecutive Super Series men's singles title when he fell to Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen in the final of the Korean Open badminton championships Sunday.

But he admitted that he could have played better.