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France’s China-born Hongyan proves she is still hot property at 30 (pic)

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Published: 27 June 2009
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WOMEN’S singles shuttler Pi Hongyan of France is not getting any younger but a one-year contract with Malaysian-based professional badminton club KL Rackets (KLRC) clearly shows that she is still a hot property.Veteran’s touch: France’s Pi Hongyan returning a shot to Germany’s Juliane Schenk during their women’s singles quarterfinal on Friday.

In fact, the 30-year-old China-born player is not even thinking of giving up the sport that demands a lot from a player.

“I have won several Open titles but I intend to keep on going bec ause I want to win at least a medal in major tournaments like the World Championships,” said Hongyan.

 

BWF needs a rethink on annual world meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2009
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WHEN former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat first raised the issue in 2007, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) laughed it off and thanked the Indonesian for his views.

Taufik was not amused and early this week, he expressed the same views again -- that the World Championships have become boring and too taxing, and he was not enthusiastic about playing in next month's meet in Hyderabad.


Taufik certainly has a point.


The world championships shouldn't be held every year. Sure, the BWF can claim that commercial interest and participation in the sport has increased when the world meet is held annually -- bar Olympic year -- since 2006.


However, the sport could suffer in the long run with the danger of fans losing interest in the world championships in the near future.

I thank the BWF for its good intentions but it should look into the bigger picture.


The World Championships should have their own unique identity, and organising it every year puts the prestigious tournament at risk of becoming a common event and leading to fans losing interest and sponsors staying away.

 

Chong Wei challenges Chun Seang to rise to the occasion (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 June 2009
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MALAYSIA’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has thrown a challenge to younger compatriot Tan Chun Seang to get into the men’s singles semi-finals of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships at Bandaraya Stadium.

The duo together with veteran Wong Choong Hann were the three Malaysians who won their third round matches yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals.Right on track: Lee Chong Wei outplayed China’s Zhou Wenlong 21-18, 21-4 to march into the quarter-finals.

Top seed and Indonesia Open champion Lee Chong Wei displayed great show of craft at the net and ruthless smashes to beat China’s Zhou Wenlong 21-18, 21-4 in 30 minutes.

He could have finished off Wenlong even quicker if not for a flurry of mistakes in the first game when he was leading 17-12.

 

Behind Zheng Bo’s fierce look lies a gentle giant (pic)

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Published: 26 June 2009
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STOCKY mixed doubles specialist Zheng Bo of China puts on a fierce look when he is on court. But behind that stern demeanour lies a gentle giant of world badminton.Zheng Bo: ‘I am actually a nice person if you get to know me.’

Although he has lost his cool once with his relatively new young partner, Ma Jin, during the All-England in March, he brushed it off as an action in the heat of the moment.

 

Saina bows out of Malaysian Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 June 2009
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 JOHOR BAHRU: Saina Nehwal's dream of pocketing back-to-back titles went up in smoke as Chinese qualifier Xin Wang stunned the second-seed Indian i
n the quarter-final of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.

Saina cut a sorry figure as Wang took just 26 minutes to tame her fancied opponent 21-14, 21-10 in a lop-sided affair.

With Saina's loss, India's challenge ended in the tournament as the top seeded duo of V Diju and Jwala Gutta were also shown the exit door in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event by unseeded Indonesian pair of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa 8-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Saina, who last week created history by winning the Indonesian Open Super Series, looked tired and exhausted. She was nowhere near her best and failed to match her less fancied opponent from the start in all departments of the game.

Wang's dominance in the match could be gauged from the fact that she scored 23 clear winners as against Saina's 13. The Chinese shuttler was also the better of the two at the net, winning 11 points while her opponent could only manage seven.

In the first game, both shuttlers went neck-and-neck till the first 15 points but from there on Saina, world ranked seventh, went into a shell as Wang pocketed six straight points to seize the initiative.

The second game started on a similar note with Wang racing on to a 6-0 lead but the Indian, although not in her usual best, somehow managed to pull up her socks and reduced the deficit to 8-7.

However, it was not to be Saina's day as the Chinese seized on her tired-looking opponent's weakness to eventually pocket the match and a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also exited from the tournament last night, losing their second round match against Malaysian pair of Teik Chai Gan and Bin Shen Tan 13-21, 23-21, 19-21.

 
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