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Misbun: Focus on mental strength

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2009
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NATIONAL coach Misbun Sidek feels that Malaysian players need to be mentally stronger for the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16 despite some good results in the just concluded Yonex Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in Johor Baru.
Lee Chong Wei won the men's singles while Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bagged the men's doubles in the Malaysia Open Gold while Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui finished runners-up in the women's doubles.

Chong Wei, who also won the Indonesia Open two weeks ago, is in impeccable form but his inability to handle pressure in big tournaments will be the focus of his preparation for the world meet.

He has to learn to deal with off court distractions while concentrating only on his game.

Misbun said Chong Wei is on the right track for the World Championships. "His performance of late has showed that he has been training very hard. Everything is in place and I just need to polish his skills and self-confidence," said Misbun.

 
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World-rated players take the court in RP Open badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – World-class shuttlecock action springs into action on Wednesday when the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippines Open Badminton Championships start at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Local fans will have the rare opportunity to witness top 10 players in the world when the elimination round in several divisions begins at 10 in the morning.

Seeing action are world No. 2 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong, Andrew Smith of England, Vietnam's top player Nguyen Tien Minh, former world junior champion Chen Long of China, and Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin in the singles division.

 

Minh seeded second at Philippine Grand Prix (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2009
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Vietnam’s top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is the second seed for the US$120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Grand Prix Badminton Championships, which opened on June 30.

Minh, ranked 13th in the world, will enter the competition in the quarter-finals.

He has already defeated the world’s No 1 player Lee Chong Wei, of Malaysia, in the third round of the Singapore Open earlier this month, and is expected to meet Hong Kong’s Yun Hu, world No 67, in the quarter-finals.

If Minh reaches the final, he is likely to meet Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit, who is seeded No 1 or No 3 seed Malaysian Lee Tsuen Seng.

The six-day tournament, which attracts top shuttlers from across the world, is in the Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA), Pasig City.

The annual 4-star tournament was cancelled last year because of the Olympics in Beijing, where Minh became the first Vietnamese badminton player to compete as an Olympian.

 
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Chong Wei crushes Chinese youngster Chen Long in 32 minutes

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2009
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A BACK pain had been a bother for the world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei over the last few days.

But he hardly showed any signs of it yesterday as he went on an attacking mode to crush Chen Long of China to win the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles title at the Bandaraya Stadium in Johor Baru.

He demolished the world junior champion in just 32 minutes, winning the final match 21-16, 21-9.

It was the first time that the Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist won back-to-back Open title.

 

Kien Keat-Boon Heong display their power (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2009
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KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong displayed an awesome show of power to nail the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men’s doubles title yesterday.

But to national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky, the duo’s overall performances in the tournament could have been better.

Yesterday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong blew away former national players and sparring partners Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen with a 21-11, 21-13 win in just 21 minutes. It was their easiest win in the tournament.Simply too good: Kien Keat-Boon Heong making a return shot against Teik Chai-Bin Shen during their men’s doubles final clash at the Malaysia Open in Johor Bharu yesterday. Kien Keat-Boon Heong wonn 21-11 21-13.

But in their two previous matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, the duo dropped the second game en route to beating China’s Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming and Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan respectively.

Rexy said that he would have to work on Kien Keat’s and Boon Heong’s lack of focus in a match.

 

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