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India Open --- I like being a crowd-puller: Taufik Hidayat

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Published: 24 March 2009
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HYDERABAD: Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat arrived in Hyderabad to take part in the India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament
. In a f
reewheeling chat, the Indonesian, who is the most popular player in the world, discussed about the game, his swashbuckling style and his reputation of being the crowd puller.

On the reasons for accepting to come here

I like this country. I had played at Jaipur a few years back. But the reason why I am here is my sponsor Yonex. They asked me to compete in this tournament and I don’t have a reason to say no.

On his image...

Yeah I get angry. Don’t you get angry when someone insults you? It’s just the same. When people insult me I don’t like to keep quiet. That’s my way and I don’t think that’s wrong.

On being the most popular player in the world...

I always like being a crowd puller. Fortunately, all through my career I enjoyed that image. I think my attitude of being the same person on and off the court helped me to become popular.

On his chances at the Open

I think my chances are good. But we can never be sure. We have some very good players and the Indians will be dangerous opponents at home. The tall one (Anup Sridhar) who defeated me earlier, Chetan (Anand) and Aravind Bhat play well.
 
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Chong Wei Still Has A Long Way To Go, Says Ismail Sabri

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Published: 18 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Bernama) -- National badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei still has a long way to go if he wants to bring back Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal at the London Games in 2012, said Youth and Sports Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the World Number One men's singles player must raise his game even higher and be consistent to ensure the dream (Olympic gold) could be achieved.

"Nevertheless, personally I am very proud with his victory over his arch nemesis Lin Dan of China in the Swiss Open final yesterday," he told reporters here Monday.

"After Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan in the final in the All-England (March 8), I contacted him and advised him to give full concentration and not be nervous," Ismail Sabri said.

In yesterday's final, Chong Wei defeated Lin Dan in straight sets of 21-16, 21-16 in 52 minutes. It was his fourth win against the Chinese badminton supremo in 14 encounters.

His feat was also emulated by the national crack men's doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong who defeated Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-14, 21-18 in the final.

"Kien Keat and Boon Heong have shown they can bounce back and be a formidable combination again although before this I had suggested to national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky to split them," said Ismail Sabri.
 
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Boon Heong the lucky one as team-mates’ luggage go missing

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Published: 18 March 2009
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SEPANG: Doubles player Tan Boon Heong can consider himself lucky as he was the only one who returned home with his luggage by his side last night.

The rest of the nine-member strong badminton team reached home without their luggage, which went missing while on transit in Singapore.

Having ended their 17-month Super Series drought by reclaiming the Swiss Open title on Sunday, Boon Heong is hoping Lady Luck will shine on him and his partner Koo Kien Keat as they look towards the world championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.

The Malaysian second seeds set aside their disappointing quarter-final exit at the preceding All-England by sending Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen packing 21-14, 21-18 in the Swiss Open final.

 

Chong Wei must set sights on winning a major crown (pic)

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Published: 18 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei holds an impressive record of reaching the final all but once since his silver-medal winning effort in the Beijing Olympics last August.

But unlike arch-rival Lin Dan of China, Chong Wei has yet to bag a major tournament. And coach Misbun Sidek said that the world No. 1 must now strive to achieve this goal.Lee Chong Wei

In eight final appearances, the 27-year-old has won thrice — in the Super Series Masters Finals last December, the Malaysian Open in January and the just concluded Swiss Open.

The only blot was a semi-final defeat by former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the French Open last November. But Misbun felt that Taufik is now the least of Chong Wei’s concerns. He beat the Indonesian in two consecutive tournaments — the All-England and Swiss Open.

 

Chong Wei turns tables on Lin Dan to regain Swiss Open title (pic)

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Published: 16 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Chong Wei turned the tables on his bitter rival Lin Dan to regain the Swiss Open men’s singles title in Basel yesterday.

After losing to the Chinese superstar in the final of the preceding All-England in Birmingham last week, Chong Wei, who won the Swiss Open title in 2006 and was the runner-up to Lin Dan last year, gave a much better performance to beat the Olympic champion 21-16, 21-16 in 52 minutes.

 Sweet victory: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei (right) posing with Lin Dan of China after their Swiss Open men’s singles final in Basel yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-16, 21-16. — MARKO KUNZ

It was the sixth time in 18 meetings that Chong Wei managed to beat Lin Dan.

His previous win over the Chinese was in the Thomas Cup (world men’s team championship) semi-final tie in Jakarta last May before crashing to tame defeats in the final of the Beijing Olympics, China Open and the All-England.

But yesterday, it was the 27-year-old Chong Wei’s turn to take glory in his fourth consecutive Super Series final appearance this year. He was the champion in the season-opening Malaysian Open and was the runner-up in the Korean Open.

 

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