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Action heats up ahead of Aviva Open Singapore finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: Action heated up the court on Saturday at the Aviva Open Singapore, with shuttlers vying for a spot in the finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Among the hopefuls was Xie Xingfang of China, who beat compatriot Jiang Yanjiao, 17-21, 21-10, 21-19, to take a place in the finals of the women's singles. She will face Hong Kong's Zhou Mi on Sunday. Boonsak Ponsana

Thai shuttler, Boonsak Ponsana, clinched his spot in the finals by taking down South Korean Park Sung Hwang, 19-21, 21-18, 21-13.

Ponsana, who won the Aviva Open Singapore in 2007, will be up against China's Bao Chunlai on Sunday.

Viewers in Singapore can catch all the action of the finals "live" on MediaCorp's Channel 5 on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

 
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More major upsets in Aviva Singapore Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: Quarter-final action from the Aviva Singapore Open brought some major upsets.

Singapore's only players left in the competition - the men's doubles pair Hendri Kurniawan and Hendra Wijaya - are out.
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The pair lost to Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in three sets: 20-22, 21-17, 21-18.

In the women's singles, second seed Wang Yihan from China was outclassed by her fellow country woman Jiang Yanjiao.

Jiang, who is ranked 21 in the world, beat World No. 3 Wang, 21-17, 21-11, to move into the semi-finals.

Another upset in the men's singles involved third seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro. The Indonesian lost to Korea's Park Sung Hwan, 21-19, 21-15.

In another men's singles quarter-final tie, it took China's Chen Jin an hour to overcome Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen 15-21, 21-17, 21-18 to enter the semi-finals.

Other results from the men's singles - Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana is through to the next round. The Thai beat India's Anup Sridhar, 21-11, 21-8 and will meet Korea's Park Sung Hwan in the semis.

 
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Sony Exit Headlines Singles Disaster (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2009
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Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir are closing in on their second Super Series title of the year. And they’re doing it with relative ease.

The top-seeded Indonesian pair overwhelmed Poland’s Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk 21-17, 21-8 in a mixed doubles quarterfinal match in the Singapore Super Series, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday. Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro prepares to hit a return to South Korea's Park Sung-hwan.

In a late match, the women’s unseeded tandem of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii upset top-ranked Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty of Malaysia 17-21, 21-16, 21-19.

It was another lopsided win for Nova and Lilyana, who logged only 26 minutes on the court, on the same day countryman Sony Dwi Kuncoro lost to an unseeded South Korean in men’s singles.

 

Proteges to raise funds for late coach

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2009
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There are many ways to pay respects to someone, especially when they have passed away. In a bid to remember his beloved coach, Indonesia's 1995 badminton world champion Hariyanto Arbi has kicked off an effort to sell his racket, along with those of six other top shuttlers, to raise funds for the family of the late Indra Gunawan.

Indra passed away last Sunday at 6:25 a.m. from intestinal cancer.

"We will sell our rackets during *next week's* Indonesia Open Super Series tournament in Jakarta," he said Thursday, after attending Indra's funeral at the San Diego Memorial Hills Heroes Plaza in west Karawang, West Java.

"The rackets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, starting at the kick off of the tournament. The base price is Rp 20 million *US$2,000* but could increase depending on the enthusiasm of badminton lovers," said Hariyanto, who was coached by Indra for about seven years of his time at the national badminton training center.

 

Chong Wei Wins SAM Sports Award

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA, June 12 (Bernama) -- World No. 1 badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei made a clean sweep of all the major sporting awards when he was named winner of the 100PLUS Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) awards Friday.

The reigning Sportsman Of The Year and Olympian Of The Year beat the likes of world squash champion Nicol David, fellow shuttlers women's doubles pair Wong Pei Tty-Chin Ee Hui, Beijing Olympic archer Cheng Chu Sian and cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang to take home a trophy and a RM10,000 cash prize.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek gave away the prizes.

Chong Wei captured his fifth Malaysian Open title at the end of the year and ended it by winning the Super Series Masters Final.

In between, he ended Malaysia's medal drought in the Olympics when he won a silver medal at the Beijing Games.

He also displaced China's Lin Dan as the world No.1 badminton player.

"I'm delighted to have won this prestigious award and it will spur me on with the World Championships just around the corner," said a Chong Wei.

"I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and I will strive to live up to expectations as a winner of this award."

 
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