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No future being in comfort zone

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Published: 25 August 2009
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LEE Chong Wei and top doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were back to winning ways in the Macau Open but in all honesty, it's nothing much to shout about.

Malaysian fans are used to seeing the national players achieve success on a regular basis in Super Series and grand prix events, so Macau was not that exciting.

Although it is good that Chong Wei, the World No 1, and Kien Keat-Boon Heong proved that their recent failure in the World Championships in Hyderabad didn't have a psychological effect on them, it also shows that they can perform when the pressure is off as most of the big guns were missing in Macau. This mentality will probably ensure they remain in their comfort zones and fail to meet the high expectations and the mental test one encounters in the Olympics or World Championships.

 
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Lee Chong Wei Macau Open Champion

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23  -- World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei won the men's singles title at the Macau Open when he beat compatriot, veteran shuttler Wong Choong Hann in the final of the championship Sunday.

In the first set, Chong Wei won 21-15 before Choon Hann put up a stronger fight, but Chong Wei denied him victory by scoring 21-19 in a match that took 36 minutes.

With this victory, Chong Wei redeemed his loss to Athens Olympics 2004 champion Taufik Hidayat in last year's Macau Open final.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's No. 1 pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong won the men's doubles title when they defeated fellow Malaysians Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah with scores of 21-14, 17-21, 21-12 in 34 minutes.

The women's doubles title went to China's Du Jing-Yu Yang who beat another Chinese pair of Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen 21-16, 21-11 in a match that took only 23 minutes.

China took the mixed doubles title when their pair He Hanbin-Yu Yang beat the Indonesian pair of Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Vita Marissa in 21-14, 21-9.

The women's singles title also went to China Wang Yihan who beat compatriot Jiang Yanjioa in scores of 16-21, 22-20, 21-12 in 59 minutes.

 
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Vietnam badminton ace confident about Chinese Taipei Grand Prix (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2009
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Top-ranked Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh has a good chance of moving higher in the world rankings as he competes in the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold Tournament that begins on August 25.
Nguyen Tien Minh
The 24-year-old, who won the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold last month, is seeded third for the US$170,000 Chinese tournament, and will face a relatively easy opponent in the second round if he beats Shon Wan-ho, who ranked 87th in the world.

According to last week’s draw, Minh will play the winner of the match between Indonesia’s Andreas Adityawarman and Japan’s Kazuteru Kozai, if he overcomes Shon, as expected.

 

Saina to miss China Masters

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Published: 21 August 2009
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Hyderabad, Aug 21: Badminton star Saina Nehwal will not participate in the China Masters Open due to negligence on part of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), who forgot to send her entry for the tournament on time.

The World Number seven expressed disappointment over her missing the tournament.

“We actually sent it one day later, and it was not accepted. It is really a sad thing because I played semis there last year and ya I’ll be losing some of my ranking points. Nothing can be done now, I just have to train and get my points back by playing tournaments after that,” said Nehwal.

The China Masters Super Series Badminton Tournament will be played from September 15-20. (ANI)

 
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Bleak prospects loom over Indonesia's badminton future

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Published: 21 August 2009
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Indonesia's failure to win any titles at the recent world championships in Hyderabad, India, in stark contrast to the Chinese squad's formidable performance, has rung an alarm bell about more poor showings still to come.

Taufik Hidayat and the team returned home empty-handed, while China took four of the five titles up for grabs - three of them in all-Chinese finals. Denmark took one title to prevent the whitewash.

Taufik, who quit the national training camp in January to play independently, already looks a shadow of his winning self in 2005.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro chalked up a shock defeat over world No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei, but at the end was not good enough.

Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir, coming to Hyderabad as the defending mixed doubles champions, slugged their way to the final only to be stopped by the underdog Danes.

Despite the debacle, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) remains upbeat.

 

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