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Saina, Jwala shine in Indian open (pic)

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Published: 26 March 2009
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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal emerged lone Indian survivor in the singles event after thumping Hung Yung Chan of Hong Kong to storm into the quarter-finals of the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Women's second-seed Saina rode on the unforced errors of her opponent and hammered her 21-8, 21-8 to set up a last-eight clash with fifth-seed Xian Wong of Malaysia.
 

Fuming Lee out of India Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 March 2009
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HYDERABAD (India) - WORLD number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia crashed out of the Indian Open badminton tournament on Wednesday, blaming the shock first-round defeat on ill-health and bad umpiring.

Chen Long of China, the world junior champion in 2007, came from behind to stun Lee 7-21, 21-16, 21-18 on the opening day of the 120,000-dollar event at the Gachibowli indoor stadium here. Lee Chong Wei (left) crashed out of the Indian Open badminton tournament.

'The Chinese played well, but I must say I was not at my best,' said Lee.

 

India Open badminton championship --- Temperamental Hidayat speaks his mind (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 March 2009
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HYDERABAD: The immensely talented Taufik Hidayat is ready to entertain the fans when he gets into action in the $ 1,20,000 India Open badminton championship commencing at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Hidayat, arguably one of the most temperamental players, insisted that if someone troubled him, he would definitely get angry.

“I think it is a normal tendency for any human being. I am Taufik Hidayat both on and off the court. I don’t see any big difference between myself and others. You can take a close look at me and make your own judgement,” said the former Olympic and World champion during a chat on Monday.Taufik Hidayat

 

Chong Wei and Misbun wins best sportsman and best male coach award (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a memorable day for world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei and coach Misbun Sidek when they bagged the top prizes at the 2008 National Sports Award ceremony here yesterday.

The 28-year-old Chong Wei was named as the best sportsman while Misbun lifted the best male coach award.

Chong Wei, however, was not present at the award ceremony and his father, Lee Ah Chai, received the trophy and RM10,000 on his behalf from the King.Sportswoman of the Year Nicol David and Lee Ah Chai (father of Sportsman of the Year Lee Chong Wei) showing off the trophies after the 2008 National Sports Award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur Monday night. They received the trophies from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Chong Wei is in Hyderabad for the Indian Open beginning tomorrow and he is aiming to win his first back-to-back title outside of Malaysia. He scored a sensational win over Lin Dan of China last week to win the Swiss Open title.

The other nominees who Chong Wei beat to the award yesterday were Mohd Azizul Hasni Awang (cycling), Zulmazran Zulkifli (bowling), Safuan Said (lawn bowls), Cheng Chu Sian (archery) and Lee Hup Wei (athletics). His outstanding run last year included a silver medal-winning effort at the Beijing Olympics in August.

It was the second time Chong Wei won the national award after 2005.

“It’s nice to win the award again. This time, it is more special because my coach is also one of the winners,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview from Hyderabad.

“This will spur me to achieve more good results for Malaysia in badminton. My main goal this year is the world championships (in India from Aug 11-16).”

 

AP State govt owes Saina Nehwal Rs 20 lakh (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 March 2009
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India's most successful women badminton player Saina Nehwal on Tuesday (March 24) brought to fore yet another incident of government apathy towards athletes, saying she was yet to receive the Rs 20 lakh cash award promised to her by the Andhra Pradesh state government in October last year.

"I have not received the award yet. It's really disgusting. I can't afford to run after them for the money which I deserve," a disappointed Saina said after her practice session at the Gachchibowli Stadium on Tuesday.
Saina Nehwal

The World number 9 Indian said she was not even interested in pursuing her case anymore.

"Initially, I had tried to contact the authorities but then no one gave me any definite answers. They just kept telling that I will get it but when no body knows," she said.

 

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