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Chen Long gets prized scalp in eliminating Taufik (pic)

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Published: 25 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: The early rounds in the men’s singles of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships at the Bandaraya Stadium here yesterday saw the exit of several fancied players.

Chinese youngster Chen Long lived up to his name of “dragon” and pulled off the biggest upset of the day by dumping second seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia, winning the first-round match 21-14, 20-22, 21-19.Big win: China’s Chen Long celebrating his win over Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat Wednesday. Chen Long won 21-14, 20-22, 21-19.

The world No. 65 went on to beat Malaysian Pei Wee Chung 21-10, 21-10 and will play against India’s Arvind Bhat today for a place in the quarter-finals.

Yesterday, the former world junior champion gave a fiery performance to send Taufik packing. And having claimed a prized scalp, Chen Long declared that he would go all out to nail the title.

“I won the Asian junior title in Malaysia (2007). And now I want to win my first international Open title here,” said the 21-year-old Chen Long.

“The win over Taufik has given me a lot of confidence. There is a good chance for me to achieve my career breakthrough here.”

Chen Long was not the only unseeded player who came into the limelight yesterday.

Malaysian youngster Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin also nailed his biggest career win, eliminating third seed Chetan Anand of India with a hard-fought 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 win.

“I have beaten a world No. 15 for the first time. I am happy to achieve this in Johor Baru where I spend most of my childhood days,” said Iskandar.

 

Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open: Taufik: World Championships a bore (pic)

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Published: 25 June 2009
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FORMER World and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat is bored with the World Championships, a tournament he has labeled as just another Super Series event.

"It's nothing more than just another tournament. I believe other shuttlers will agree with me. The world meet has lost its glamour because it's held every year," said Taufik in Johor Baru yesterday.Taufik Hidayat feels the World Championships should be a biennial affair.



"The World Championships should have its own defining status. It should be something special, both for the players and fans."


The World Championships used to be a biennial event the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decided to organise it annually from 2005 onwards in hope of popularising the sport.


Taufik, however, believes otherwise.


"People are beginning to lose interest in the sport. It should be reverted to once every two years.


"As for me, my interest has lessened under the current circumstances. There's nothing much in it.


"BWF should seriously look into this matter. I have raised this before but the federation turned a deaf ear."


This year's world championships will be held in Hyderabad, India on Aug 10-16.

 

Denmark’s Thomsen out to gain place in national team

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Published: 25 June 2009
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CHRISTIAN Lind Thomsen may be an answer to Denmark’s search for new stars if his determination is anything to go by.

While most of the Danish players have opted out of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships, the unheralded 24-year-old has made his way to Johor Baru to prove a point.

Thomsen wants to show that he deserves a place in the national team. He has failed in his last few attempts to make the grade.

Thomsen, who trains under badminton legend Morten Frost at Aarhus, showed promise yesterday, beating Malaysian veteran Mohd Roslin Hashim 21-18, 21-14 in the first round. In the second round, he lost to Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia 18-21, 19-21.

“I am trying other ways to prove myself. That is why I am here in Malaysia. The win over Roslin was good for me even though he was not at his best,” said the sixth ranked Da­nish shuttler.

 

Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open: Daren vows to impress again

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Published: 25 June 2009
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LIEW Daren's playing career has stagnated after the near perfect performance in the Proton Malaysia Open in January.

Daren turned in a powerful performance then where he defeated several world class players including Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana before bowing out to Denmark's World No 2 Peter Gade Christensen in the quarter-finals.


However, a right heel injury suffered in the Proton Malaysia Open, has prevented the national elite back-up shuttler from progressing any further. His early round defeats in the German Open (Feb), India Open (April) and Asian Championships (April) resulted in national singles coach Rashid Sidek's decision to ground him for two months.


Rashid's move paid off as extra training helped Daren regain his touch in last month's Pahang Open where he beat Hafiz Hashim before losing in the quarter-finals to Chong Wei Feng.

 

Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open: Easy for Chong Wei but Hafiz bows out (pic)

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Published: 25 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei enjoyed two good warm-up matches to advance to the third round on a day when former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, India's Chetan Anand and teammate Hafiz Hashim were shown the door in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor Baru City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday. Lee Chong Wei beat Singapore’s Derek Wong 21-12, 21-11 and later beat Lim Fang Yang 21-9, 21-14 to qualify for the third round.

Chong Wei, fresh from winning the Indonesia Open title, opened his campaign with an easy 21-12, 21-11 win over Singapore's Derek Wong and later, disposed teammate Lim Fang Yang 21-9, 21-14 in 26 minutes to qualify for the third round.



The 27-year-old looked solid and confident, brushing aside concern over his physical condition after two back-to-back tournaments in Singapore and Indonesia.



"It was tough playing two matches in a day after two back-to-back tournaments (Singapore and Indonesia Opens). Though, I did not push myself hard, I won easily today (yesterday). I'm happy with my performance and fitness," said Chong Wei, who complained of back pains after his matches yesterday.



"I like winning in Malaysia and I will play hard to ensure I win the title, whether or not the back pain troubles me."


Chong Wei, however, will need to be cautious when he faces China's Zhou Wenlong in the third round. The Malaysian has a developed habit of losing to China players of late and this encounter is expected to be tough for him.



Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, who won the recent National Junior Grand Finals title, earned his biggest career win when the Muar-born player upset World No 15 Chetan Anand of India 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 in 49 minutes in the first round.



However, Iskandar blew it in the second round when he was beaten 21-13, 24-22 by India's Ajay Jayaram.



Hafiz, meanwhile, showed more signs that it is time for him to quit the national team when he went down 21-16, 18-21, 21-14 to unknown Hu Yun of Hong Kong.

 

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