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England name strong badminton squad for European Team Championships in Liverpool (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2009
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Helen Davies could make her home debut at next month's European Team Championships after being named in the England squad.

Davies, from Cheshire, will be hoping to feature for the second seeds in the group stages in Liverpool against Scotland, Wales and Czech Republic. Looking for victory: Nathan Robertson will feature for England at the European Team Championships

The 22-year-old made her first senior appearance with a singles victory in the women's 3-2 defeat by Poland in Warsaw last month.

Davies will join a strong England line-up which includes a new pairing in the mixed doubles of Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, who has replaced Gail Emms.

England are seeded to top their group and if they reach the knock-out stages will set up a likely quarter-final meeting against Ukraine. Poland or Holland would be the likely opponents if they reach the last four.

Wright said: "We've gone for youth and experience. This is the start of a new cycle and we are trying to phase in some of the younger players. With home advantage in Liverpool, this is the perfect opportunity to do that.

"We are also planning to take some of the other emerging players to Liverpool to wear the England track suit and sample the atmosphere. We want to start filtering in the young players as and when the opportunity presents itself."

England squad

Men: Chris Adcock, Robert Blair, Anthony Clark, Rajiv Ouseph, Nathan Robertson, Andrew Smith.
Women: Mariana Agathangelou, Elizabeth Cann, Helen Davies, Donna Kellogg, Jenny Wallwork, Gabby White.

 

 
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Danish shuttler defends women's singles title in Malaysia

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Published: 13 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Tine Rasmussen of Denmark successfully defended her title here on Sunday in a three-set fight with the world's first-seeded female shuttler Zhou Mi from Hong Kong.

    The world's second-seeded badminton player, who won the title last year, foiled Zhou's efforts to topple her with 21-17, 15-21, 21-16 in a 56 minute engagement at the Malaysian Open Super Series which was closing here.

    It was a difficult encounter for both of them, Rasmussen told a press conference after her winning.

    She said that she won with good tactics and she would go home to have a good relax after this contest for her next focus on defending her All-England title and winning the World Championship crown.

    "I have changed my approach now. I am taking each tournament easily and the most important thing is to have fun," she said.

    In the men's doubles, second-seeded South Korean pair Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae crushed unseeded Alvent Yulianto Chandra/Hendra Aprida Gunawan of Indonesia 18-21, 21-14, 21-14 and seized the title.

    In the women's doubles, Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen of China failed to defend their title and lost to South Korean pair, Lee Hyo Jung/Lee Kyung Won, 15-21, 12-21 in some 30 minutes.

    Indonesian pair Nova Widianto/Liliyana Natsir took the title in the mixed doubles after defeating second-seeded South Korean pair Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung in straight sets 21-14, 21-19.

    The Malayian Open Super Series this year offered prize money of 15,000 U.S. dollars for champions each in the men's and women's singles, and 6,000 U.S. dollars for runners-up each.

    For the doubles, it offered 13,800 U.S. dollars for champions and 5,600 U.S. dollars for runners-up each.

 
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Badminton coaching camp in Dharwad

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Published: 13 January 2009
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DHARWAD: The Dharwad District Badminton Association, affiliated to Karnataka Badminton Association, will organize a badminton coaching camp in Dharwad and Hubli from January 20 for the boys and girls in the age group of 7-16.
The trainees will be given facilities like free training by experts, shuttles, diet and kit besides expenses to participate in the state-ranking tournament.
 
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Malaysia's Lee wins Malaysia Open (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR : World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei Sunday won the Super Series Finals in Malaysia when he outclassed South Korea's Park Sung Hwan in just 39 minutes.

The Malaysian, who last month emerged victorious in the World Super Series Masters Finals, was hardly troubled in beating his rival 21-14, 21-13 to take home the 15,000 dollar winner's cheque.

"I hope to remain undefeated in tournaments held in Malaysia. This will be my main target for the next few years," Lee told reporters.

Lee said he had expected a tough outing in the final with Park.

"I didn't expect to win so easily as I was quite tired after having gone into rubber games in the second round, quarter-finals and semi-finals.

"I woke up with lots of aches and pains but told myself that I had to push myself further as it was the final," he said.

Lee admitted he was under great pressure to win the competition in Malaysia after securing the silver medal at the Olympics and becoming the world No. 1.
 

Chong Wei scalps Peter Gade to reach final

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Published: 11 January 2009
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World No 1 men’s single Lee Chong Wei is enroute to the final after scalping Denmark’s Peter Gade-Christensen 2-1 in the semi-final match at the Malaysian Open Super Series at Putra Stadium here today.

In the hour-long, closely-fought match, the Malaysian had to give away the first set 24-26 to the Dane, ranked world No 6, but regained his momentum to win the second 21-17 and then the rubber set 21-13.

“Peter Gade’s game-plan was a total surprise. He played fast, which caught me by surprise. In the first set, I was under pressure with his (manner of) play,” he said, adding however, that he managed to handle the pressure.

To motivate him, Chong Wei’s coach Misbun Sidek, who is still recovering from an illness, was also present to watch and advise him during the breaks.

Asked on his two straight wins in deciding rubber sets, Chong Wei said it was a good experience as he was on the verge of defeat but somehow, made a comeback to win them.
In the quarter-final’s yesterday, he beat Simon Santoso 21-9, 18-21, 21-7.

In tomorrow's final, Lee Chong Wei will face South Korean fifth seed Park Sung Hwan.
 
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