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Saina bows out of Malaysian Open

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Published: 26 June 2009
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 JOHOR BAHRU: Saina Nehwal's dream of pocketing back-to-back titles went up in smoke as Chinese qualifier Xin Wang stunned the second-seed Indian i
n the quarter-final of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.

Saina cut a sorry figure as Wang took just 26 minutes to tame her fancied opponent 21-14, 21-10 in a lop-sided affair.

With Saina's loss, India's challenge ended in the tournament as the top seeded duo of V Diju and Jwala Gutta were also shown the exit door in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event by unseeded Indonesian pair of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa 8-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Saina, who last week created history by winning the Indonesian Open Super Series, looked tired and exhausted. She was nowhere near her best and failed to match her less fancied opponent from the start in all departments of the game.

Wang's dominance in the match could be gauged from the fact that she scored 23 clear winners as against Saina's 13. The Chinese shuttler was also the better of the two at the net, winning 11 points while her opponent could only manage seven.

In the first game, both shuttlers went neck-and-neck till the first 15 points but from there on Saina, world ranked seventh, went into a shell as Wang pocketed six straight points to seize the initiative.

The second game started on a similar note with Wang racing on to a 6-0 lead but the Indian, although not in her usual best, somehow managed to pull up her socks and reduced the deficit to 8-7.

However, it was not to be Saina's day as the Chinese seized on her tired-looking opponent's weakness to eventually pocket the match and a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also exited from the tournament last night, losing their second round match against Malaysian pair of Teik Chai Gan and Bin Shen Tan 13-21, 23-21, 19-21.

 
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Kien Keat and Razif seek a lift in their performance

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 June 2009
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NATIONAL men’s doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat and Mohd Razif Abdul Latif are in different leagues but they have a common goal in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships.

The duo aspire to keep Malaysia’s flag flying high in the men’s elite and back-up squads with their respective partners — Tan Boon Heong and Chan Peng Soon.

Kien Keat wants to take a cautious approach with Boon Heong in justifying their favourites’ tag even though several top pairs are absent from the tournament.

The Swiss Open champions have all the reasons to tread with caution because they have a record of under-achieving when a lot is expected from them.

 

But Taufik thinks Chen Long is not ready for greatness

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 June 2009
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INDONESIAN Taufik Hidayat crashed to a shock first-round defeat but he was not prepared to acknowledge that the winner, Chen Long of China, as a player with much promise for future.

The second seded Taufik made a late attempt to salvage his pride against the world junior champion before losing 14-21, 20-22, 19-21 in a 57-minute match.

“Chen Long did not play well and I played worse than him. That made the difference today. I tried to catch up but it was not good enough,” said the former world and Olympic champion.

“I was 17-years-old when I reached the All-England final. Chen Long is in his 20s and he is still trying to achieve something big.

“For now, I would think that the Chinese youngsters are still not there yet. They still have to depend on Lin Dan, Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin. At the same time, I think that China are facing the same problem as the other countries.”

 

Chen Long gets prized scalp in eliminating Taufik (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
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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Category: Badminton News
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.

 

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