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Chinese world champion blames fatigue for All England flop (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM (AFP) — World champion Zhu Lin went crashing out of the first round of the All-England Open championships, complaining of feeling too tired.

The seventh-seeded Chinese player was hardly in it after the first game of a 21-17, 21-11 defeat to her compatriot Jiang Yan-jiao, in which she finished looking too lethargic to seriously contest the outcome.Lee Chong Wei

For a while, as she led 11-6 and 16-10, Zhu's fine movement looked as though it might take her to a routine victory over a colleague still ranked outside the top 20.

But when that suddenly slowed, her ability to win points almost halted altogether, and Jiang, finding clever angles with her left-handed attacks, took nine in a row.

That effectively sealed the first game, and from 6-6 in the second game Jiang took seven points in a row, with the frail-looking Zhu ended the match looking physically and emotionally shattered.

Her efforts in losing a long three-game final against Wang Yihan at the German Open in Mulheim only three days before may well have left her with insufficient time to recover.

"I felt all right coming here, but then I felt too tired in the second game," admitted Zhu. "My game depends a lot on running, and so maybe that affected my form."

Asked why her form sometimes reached very high levels but also sunk lower than some of her rivals, Zhu answered: "It's normal to have this when your physical strength is not as great as other players."

Jiang next plays Bae Youn Joo, a lucky loser from Korea who became a winner when she overcame Salajkit Ponsana of Thailand. If Jiang wins again she could play another compatriot, Lu Lan, the world number three.

All the other top names came through satisfactorily, though Tine Rasmussen, the top-seeded titleholder from Denmark had to come from 6-9 and 8-11 down in the first game before producing too many attacking weapons for Xing Aiying, the China-born Singaporean in a 21-17, 21-15 victory, and the two former All-England champions, Xie Xingfang, and Zhou Mi, both won comfortably in the other half.

 

Taufik, Firda advance in All England

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Published: 05 March 2009
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Indonesia holds high hopes that its two singles players, Taufik Hidayat in the men's and Adrianti Firdasari in the women's, will advance to the second round of the Yonex All England Open Super Series 2009.

During their first round matches at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday, former world top shuttler Taufik beat Hsieh Yu Hsin of Taipei with a top effort in the 21-19, 15-21, 21-14 rubber set.

In the second round on Thursday, world No. 7 Taufik will challenge either nonseeded Chetan Anand of India or Andrew Smith of Britain.

Firda meanwhile rounded up her match in 27 minutes, ousting Bulgarian Linda Zechiri 21-12, 21-15, and will now face world No. 5 Xie Xingfang of China in the second round.

Commenting on Taufik's performance, coach Mulyo Handoyo expressed satisfaction over his trainees achievement, despite the rubber set.

"He did quite well today *Wednesday*. At least he advances to second round," Mulyo said in a text message after the bout.

Former Indonesia's top shuttler in men's doubles Christian Hadinata said that Taufik has an equal chance to win over any of his opponents in the second round battle.

"The two players *Anand and Smith* are likely at the same level with Yu Hsin."

The 2009 All England is the first event for Taufik as a full professional player.

He is reportedly longing to snatch this year's title.

 

Olympic badminton star Gail Emms backs Birmingham schools project

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Published: 05 March 2009
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I HAVE never so much as held a badminton racquet in my hand, so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to take on no less an opponent than Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms for my first attempt.

The opportunity arose as Gail, who finished runner-up with partner Nathan Robertson in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, was at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena encouraging local pupils to play the game.

Gail, who retired from the sport after finishing fifth in the mixed doubles at last year’s Beijing Olympics, was at the NIA to kick-start her role as an athlete mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, ahead of the All England Open Badminton Championships which run till Sunday.

 

Tan Fook-Wan Wah good bet for world meet

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Published: 05 March 2009
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LEE Wan Wah's chances of playing in his seventh World Championships in Hyderabad, India on Aug 10-15 should become a reality as long as he and partner Choong Tan Fook remain the top 24 of the world rankings until the qualifying period ends on April 30.

Tan Fook-Wan Wah, ranked World No 7, will see their world ranking drop after having withdrawn from the ongoing All England and Swiss Open next week, where they made the semis in both events last year, but should claim the third spot in the men's doubles although they are not part of the national team anymore.

A maximum of three pairs, if they are ranked in the top 24, are eligible for the World Championships and top two national pairs Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari have virtually secured their places.
 

All England Open Badminton Championships : China makes rapid start in bid to regain women’s title

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Published: 05 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM: China began its campaign to win back the All-England Open women’s singles title with two of its former winners making impressively comfortable starts.

Xie Xingfang, the fifth-seeded All-England champion of 2006 and 2007, showed much of her familiar light-footed movement and sharp-eyed alertness for an opening as she got past a Korean qualifier. Zhou Mi, the second-seeded 2003 All-England champion who these days represents Hong Kong, exuded calm and adaptability as she played her way into the tournament with an accelerating victory over a Malaysian lucky loser.
 

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