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Local shuttler Xing Aiying into Singapore Open round two (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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SINGAPORE : Singapore's highest ranked female badminton player Xing Aiying made it past the first round of the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open at the Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
Xing Aiying
Last year's women's quarter-finalist Xing was up against Denmark's Nanna Brosolat Jensen.

Xing, ranked world No. 26, overcame her rival in straight sets 21-7, 21-18.

In the mixed doubles, Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Hendra Wijaya beat Malaysia's Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah, 21-9, 17-21, 21-10.

The women's doubles pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei beat Japan's Maeda Miyuki and Suetsana Satoko 21-15, 21-15.

Other big names also took to the courts.

Top seed and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia was up against England's Andrew Smith. The defending champ had no problems demolishing his 22nd ranked opponent 21-11, 21-12 in just half an hour.

Round two of the US$200,000 competition continues on Thursday.

 
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Nearly half women's singles seeds defeated at Singapore Open

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Published: 11 June 2009
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Three of the eight women's singles seeds of the Singapore Open 2009 were defeated in the first preliminary rounds on Wednesday.

Chinese badminton player Lu Lan, the seventh seed of the women's singles, lost 8-21, 21-9 and 21-19 to Singapore shuttler Fu Mingtian, while fourth seeded Wang Chen from China's Hong Kong and fifth seeded French player Pi Hongyan lost to their counterpart from Thailand and Bulgaria respectively.

In the men's singles, strong medal contenders including defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark, Park Sung Hwan of South Korea, as well as Chen Jin of China have all made it to the second preliminary rounds.

The first preliminary rounds have left the Chinese team with two players for the men's singles, four players for the women's singles, one pair for the men's doubles, three pairs for the women's doubles and two pairs for the mixed doubles in the second preliminary rounds.

The Aviva Open Singapore 2009, the fifth super series badminton event of the year, kicked off at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. With a total prize of 200,000 U.S. dollars, the six-day event has brought together over 240 top players from 28 countries and regions.

 
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S'pore teen beats China star (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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UNHERALDED Singapore teenager Fu Mingtian notched the first major upset of the Aviva Open Singapore on Wednesday afternoon with a stunning first round win over world No 8 Lu Lan of China in the women's singles. Singapore teenager Fu Mingtian (left) notched the first major upset of the Aviva Open Singapore on Wednesday afternoon with a stunning first round win over world No 8 Lu Lan of China in the women's singles. --ST PHOTO:

The 18-year-old qualifier came back from one set down to beat the seventh seeded Lu 8-21, 21-9, 21-19.

The China-born Fu, who became a citizen here three years ago, will meet Dutchwoman Judith Meulendijks in the next round.

Fu's teammate, Zhang Beiwen, also nearly dumped out another Chinese star.

Zhang, 18, came within a whisker of beating world No 4 Wang Lin, before losing 21-10, 18-21, 19-21.

 
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Singapore Open: Razif-Khe Wei advance, Chun Seang falls (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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RAZIF Latif-Woon Khe Wei advanced to the mixed doubles' main draw of the Singapore Open but national elite back-up singles player Tan Chun Seang was shown the door in the qualifying rounds yesterday.

Razif-Khe Wei were lucky in the opening round when Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Vanessa Neo retired midway in the second game. The Singaporean pair had turned on the heat with a stunning 21-19 victory in the first game.

Razif Latif (left) and Woon Khe Wei have made the main draw of the Singapore Open.

Razif-Khe Wei were leading 11-8 when Hendri-Vanessa decided to retire.

 

In the deciding second round match, Razif-Khe Wei thrashed Netherlands' Koen Ridder-Yao Jie 21-9, 21-14 in 18 minutes to book their spot in the main draw.

 

Minh beat Sasaki in Aviva opening match (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Minh came from behind to beat Sho Sasaki of Japan 2-1 in his opening match at the Aviva Singapore Super Series yesterday, June 10.Nguyen Tien Minh

The Vietnamese No 1 surprised many by losing the first set 21-18.

Although Minh is the world No 11, he struggled to take command in the second set against Sasaki, who is 15 places below him on the world.

 

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