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Gopi expects Saina to reach semis in World meet

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Published: 22 July 2009
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New Delhi: Pullela Gopichand expects Saina Nehwal to make the last four stage of the World Badminton Championships to be held in Hyderabad next month, even though he said he would like to refrain from any predictions in what he expects to be a 'very tough tournament.'

"I would say that the semifinals would be a good target for Saina, though one should think about one match at a time when one approaches such a big tournament," said Gopichand, who has nurtured Saina with his vast experience.

"I feel there is a good chance the home crowd will spur her on to do better. She has had a good break of three or four weeks, which is the right way to approach a tournament of this magnitude," said the former all-England champion at the draw ceremony for the August 10 to 16 event.

 

Lin Dan again stands in Chong Wei’s path to elusive title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Top seed Lee Chong Wei faces a major test of his resolve in his bid to secure a first-ever title for Malaysia at the World Championships in Hyde-rabad from Aug 10-16 after being drawn to face defending champion Lin Dan in the semi-finals.

Chong Wei, whose previous best achievement at the world meet was a bronze in Anaheim in 2005, triumphed over Lin Dan in their last Super Series meeting in the Swiss Open final in April.

However, Chong Wei has never managed to get the better of Lin Dan in crucial matches.

 

Saina gets a bye in World Badminton Championships first round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 July 2009
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NEW DELHI: India's world No.6 Saina Nehwal got a bye in the women's singles first round of the World Badminton Championships to be held in Hyderabad on August 10-16.

For the sixth seed Saina it could be a smooth ride till the quarter-finals. In the third-round, she may face 10th seed Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva and if she overcomes her, she may run into second seeded Lin Wang of China
in the quarter-finals.

Among other Indians, Sayali Gokhale will meet Jie Wao of The Netherlands in the first round and Aditi Mutatkar will face 11th seeded German Juliane Schenk, a former European junior champion.

 

India's Foolproof Security For World Badminton Tourney

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 July 2009
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NEW DELHI, July 19 (Bernama) -- Organisers of the Yonex-Sunrise World Badminton championship are meeting round-the-clock to ensure no security slip-ups which could jeopardise the safety of players during the week-long tournament in Hyderabad next month.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) officials and Indian organisers held several rounds of meetings on Saturday and today (Sunday) to continuously review the security arrangements for the major tournament.

Amidst the twin bombings in the luxurious hotels in Jakarta last Friday where nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured, BWF and Indian authorities are not taking security matters lightly.

 

"Dronacharya means responsibility" said Pullela Gopichand (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 July 2009
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"Dronacharya means responsibility"

Former India badminton player Pullela Gopichand spoke exclusively to espnstar.com's Garima Verma on a range of issues.

Responsibility is a word big enough to deepen the lines on even the smartest of the foreheads. A word big enough to produce a hint of the same on even an often saintly-looking Pullela Gopichand, whose demeanour otherwise verges on indifference.

The former badminton player and now a celebrated coach, Gopichand, has been chosen for the prestigious Dronacharya award this year and his apprentice, Saina Nehwal, for the Arjuna.

 

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