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Candra decides to teach younger brother Rendra the ropes (pic)

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Published: 23 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: Brotherly love has prompted doubles specialist Candra Wijaya (pic) of Indonesia to make his first international appearance with the younger Rendra in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships.Candra Wijaya

The 34-year-old Candra will partner Rendra for a year to give an additional push to his brother’s badminton career.

The 25-year-old Rendra has been without a partner since his two-year partnership with Fran Kurniawan ended last year.

The duo won five international titles last year — the tournaments in Austria, Finland and Spain, the Indonesia Challenge and the Dutch Open.

 

Chong Wei decides not to skip GP Gold tournament (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 June 2009
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JOHOR BARU: Lee Chong Wei was given the choice to take a short break after winning the Indonesia Open title on Sunday.

But the world No. 1 wants to treat the home fans to another great week of badminton by emerging as the champion in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold, which begins tomorrow at the Bandaraya Stadium here.Looking for revenge: Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat during a training session at the City Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday. Taufik lost to Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Indonesian Open on Sunday.

And he is ready to face a backlash from Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat. Chong Wei had broken the hearts of the Indonesian fans by beating Taufik relatively easy in Jakarta to win the Indonesia Open title for the second time after 2007.

Barring any upsets, the two players are tipped to clash again in the GP Gold event here, which is the second major international Open tournament hosted by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) this year after the Malaysian Super Series in January where Chong Wei emerged as the champion.

The tournament has attracted quite a number of star players as it is the last offering players the opportunity to improve on their rankings ahead of the world championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.

 

Taufik Hidayat bows to Lee Chong Wei in Indonesia Open final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 June 2009
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Indonesian shuttler Taufik Hidayat surrendered 9-21, 14-21 to his Malaysian rival Lee Chong Wei on Sunday in the final of the Indonesia Open Super Series 2009 at the Bung Karno Sports Complex.Shared smiles: Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei (right) and Indonesian player Taufik Hidayat show their medals to journalists after the final battle of the men’s singles division of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta on Sunday. Lee Chong Wei won the title after defeating Taufik 21-9 and 21-14.



The defeat prevented Taufik from breaking Ardy B. Wiranata's record of winning six Indonesian Open titles.



Taufik advanced to the final after routing his fellow Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-17 and 21-14, while Lee Chong Wei defeated China's Chen Jin 21-15 and 22-20 in the semifinals.



As Taufik lost in the final, Indonesia left the tournament empty-handed.



Malaysia won the women's doubles and men's singles titles, South Korea grabbed the men's doubles title and China clinched the mixed doubles title.



Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stole the show as she beat China's Wang Lin to bag the women's singles title.

 
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Chin/Wong win women's doubles at Indonesia Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's Wong Pei Tty/ Chin Eei Hui downed Chen Shu/Zhao Yunlie of China 21-16, 21-16 on Sunday to take the women's doubles title at the Indonesia. Malaysia's Chen Eei Hui (L) and Wong Pei Tty compete during their women's doubles final against China's Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei at the Indonesian Open 2009 badminton competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 21, 2009. Malaysia's Chen Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty won 2-0 and claimed the title of the event.

    "I hope that our victory could inspire the development of women's badminton in Malaysia," Wong Pei Tty told reporters here.

    The Malaysian pair was dumped in the quarterfinals of Singapore Open by Indonesian players Nitya Maheswari/Greysia Polii.

 
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Ale puts badminton legend on the silver screen

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 June 2009
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JAKARTA: Another sports-themed film is coming up for Indonesian cinema-goers, with Ari Sihasale launching his movie King next week.

Inspired by the life of national badminton legend Liem Swie King, the movie's release just happens to coincide with the 2009 Indonesian Open.

"If it can help support the Indonesian Open, then why not? It is made to show our appreciation for badminton athletes in the country. A lot of people don't realize that badminton has taken this country to the international level," said Ale, as he is known.

"We also want to remind people not to take our sporting heroes for granted once they are no longer active. That's why we choose people like Lim Swie King and Heryanto Arbi, so that people know that they are still around."

King, Ale's first film as producer and director, tells the story of three kids who idolize Liem Swie King and strive to be like him. Ale hopes that movies such as this help inspire a greater sense of national pride among Indonesians.

Ale collaborated with his wife Nia Zulkarnaen on the film's production, which began in February. The film is scheduled for release on June 25.

 
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