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Published: 02 July 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – Fatima Cruz may have suffered her first defeat as a member of the national badminton team but the youngster is not about to lose hope.Philippines' team player Fatima Cruz lost to Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong in the first round of the RP Open

The 18 year-old Cruz lost to Hong Kong’s Mong Kwan Yi in the first round of the Bingo Bonanza Open badminton championships at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The tournament is joined by some of the world’s top players from powerhouse nations like Indonesia, Malaysia and China, which is why even her coaches are not keeping expectations high.

“Of course we want to win, but they (coaches) would always tell us to show others that we can fight until the end,” said Cruz, who lost her first round match along with fellow national team players Gelita Castillo and Janelle De Vera.

The Philippines suffered heavy casualty at the start of the tournament Wednesday, with only four out of 26 local shuttlers advancing to the next round.

Like Cruz, most of the national team players fielded in the tournament are youngsters.
“We were never pressured to win. It was a learning experience for all of us,” she said.

Cruz started playing badminton in her grade school years and saw action at the Palarong Pambansa during high school.

“I just saw players and I instantly admired their skills and I told myself that I’ll be like them someday,” she said.

 

Pinay teen barges into RP Open q’finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 July 2009
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Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala overpowered Camille Krisnin Yang, 21-9, 21-7, in a duel of local bets on Thursday to barge into the quarterfinal round of the women’s singles in the $120,000 Bingo Bonanza Philippine Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The 13-year-old Alcala, who trounced Ella Dorado, 21-8, 21-3, in the first round on Wednesday, used a variety of shots to outplay Yang and arrange a showdown with fourth ranked Jiang Yanjiao of China, who zapped Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc of Vietnam, 21-13, 21-12, in the other Last 16 clash.Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala reaches the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Unranked Sachiyo Imai, who shocked No. 8 Maja Tvrdy of Slovenia, 21-13, 21-10, in the first round, continued to dish out fine form as she bundled out Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong, 21-13, 21-11, to gain a spot in the Last 8.

 
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Hendrawan Wants Players To Set Target

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Published: 02 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 -- National singles coach Hendrawan Sugianto has not set his target during his two-year contract with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) but instead wants the players under his tutelage to sight what they aim for.

Hendrawan, 37, who took charge of the junior squad Wednesday, said he needed at least two weeks before he could make any changes to the training programme of the second liners.

"I am willing to discuss with the players if they have any problems as I have got to have good relations with them," he told reporters after putting the players through their paces at the Juara Stadium here today.

Hendrawan, who was 2001 World's singles champion, said he would not concentrate only on top-notch players like Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren but also other players under the BAM.

"Malaysian juniors are not much different from Indonesian juniors and coaches play an important role in raising their spirit," he said.

Hendrawan said he wanted the players to focus on training for the first three months before thinking about participation in championships.

BAM general manager Kenny Goh said the association would give all the support needed by Hendrawan in shaping up the junior squad.

"We know of Hendrawan's credibility and he is an asset to BAM in moulding the youngsters to become complete players," he told Bernama.

Hendrawan also won the silver in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and helped Indonesia lifted the Thomas Cup in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

 
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Hendrawan offers his expertise to Chong Wei

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Published: 02 July 2009
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LEE Chong Wei, if he chooses, can have the assistance of get a touch of a former world champion to help him prepare him himself for the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

Newly appointed coach Hendrawan, who officially started his duties yesterday work at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, certainly knows what it will take to be a world champion and the 37-year-old has coach has offered his services to the World No 1.


Chong Wei,Hendrawan, who won the world title in 2001 and also helped Indonesia win the is a three-time champion of the Thomas Cup on three occasions, said he is willing to assist Chong Wei if the Malaysian needs him.

 

In Saina's long shadow, Aditi, Sayali gain ground

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Published: 01 July 2009
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Mumbai: Those who have had to grow under the shadow of Saina Nehwal will star in the second edition of the Tata Open All India Badminton Tournament beginning at the Cricket Club of India on Wednesday.

Saina won't participate in the event preferring to train for the World Championships to be held in Hyderabad from August 8.

In her absence, the attention in the women's singles will shift to World No.27 Aditi Mutatkar and National champion Sayali Gokhale.
Both will feature in the World championship. Gokhale has received a wild card for the event. Saina's achievements should spur players to step up a gear, believes U Vimal Kumar, the former national champion and chief coach at the Tata Padukone Badminton Academy.

"Saina's good showing will not only inspire the women but the men will also strive to do better. We tend to have a mental block when we play the Chinese but Saina's win at the Indonesian Open will help motivate the others further," Kumar said on Tuesday. Saina beat World No.2, China's Wang Lin, in the Super Series final.

Kumar believes that Mutatkar and Gokhale have the potential to break into the top-20 in the world. They shifted based to Bangalore four years ago to train at the Academy.

 

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