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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.

 

Chinese pair leave Eei Hui-Pei Tty in a spin (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2009
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CHINA rode on the strength of youngster Ma Jin to spoil the party for world No. 1 Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold women’s doubles final yesterday.Full speed ahead: China’s Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli in action against Malaysia’s Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui during the doubles finals yesterday. The Chinese pair won 21-9, 21-11.

The talented Ma Jin and partner Wang Xiaoli took only 29 minutes to tear apart the reigning Indonesia Open champions, winning a lop-sided match 21-9, 21-11.

With the victory of Ma Jin-Xiaoli yesterday, China went home as the biggest winners with three titles even though they were represented by relatively younger shuttlers.

The 21-year-old Ma Jin also won the mixed doubles title with Zheng Bo while the other success came from the 19-year-old Wang Zhixian in the women’s singles.

 

Chong Wei Is Still King

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHARU, June 28  -- Lee Chong Wei was unstoppable and the Koo Kein Keat and Tan Boon Heong combination found their winning touch to keep the Malaysian flag flying at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton championship here today.

On a day when Malaysia had three finalists in the US$120,000 tournament, it was the World No. 1 women's doubles pair, Chin Ee Hui and Wong Pei Tty, who found the burden of carrying the nation's hopes a little too heavy to bear and were knocked out in straight games by an unknown pair from China.

But there was Chong Wei of course and the World No. 1 took only a little more than half an hour to beat China's former World Junior champion Chen Long to win his second title in as many weeks.

The pre-match prediction that Chong Wei would come up against yet another great Chinese wall was blown to pieces right from the very start. Chong Wei led 6-0 but then allowed the 20-year-old Chen Long to draw level at 7-7 before the lanky Chinese pulled ahead at 8-7.

That was as far as he could go because once Chong Wei got into his stride, spraying all those delicate drops and releasing those powerful sideline smashes, the Indoor Stadium crowd here knew the Chinese resistance would soon crumble.

 

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