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Hafiz crashes, raising questions over future (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2008
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K.M. Boopathy

HAFIZ Hashim took a step closer to the end of his career when he was toppled by unheralded Japanese Yuichi Ikeda in the third round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday.

 

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Lin Woon Fui (left) and Gan Teik Chai.

 
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Boonsak, Lin book quarter-final berths (pic)

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Published: 27 June 2008
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Local star Boonsak Ponsana reached the quarter-finals of the SCG Thailand Open Badminton Championships at Nimibutr Gymnasium yesterday. Boonsak defeated India's Anup Sridhar 21-11, 28-26, while world number one Lin Dan also cruised into the last eight with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Kazuteru Kozai of Japan in just 33 minutes.

 

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Boonsak Ponsana, left, and Lin Dan won in straight games. — PHOTOS BY SOMCHAI POOMLARD

 

BAM to discuss fate of under-performing shuttler Hafiz

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2008
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By RAJES PAUL

KUALA LUMPUR: The future of national men's singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim will be on the agenda when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching and training committee and exco meet today in Bukit Kiara here.

 

South Korea national coach suspended

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2008
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By Park Ju-min
SEOUL, June 27 (Reuters) - South Korea's hopes of badminton gold at the Beijing Olympics suffered a blow on Friday when the head coach of the national badminton team was suspended amid a police investigation into allegations of embezzlement.
The Korean Badminton Association said it had suspended head coach Kim Jung-soo, who is being investigated on allegations of misappropriation of public funds at a regional badminton organisation where he is an executive.
 

Top players survive scares at badminton's Thai Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 June 2008
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Top-ranked badminton players Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan of China both survived scares from unseeded opponents to win their opening-round matches Wednesday at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold.

Women's world No. 1 Xie needed three games to dispatch Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia 21-17, 19-21, 21-19 in a surprisingly tight match that went down to the wire.

The deciding game was a back-and-forth affair, with the two trading the lead several times. Wong found herself on the verge of an upset at 19-19 before Xie took the final two points for the match.

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Xingfang Xie, shown here at a tournament in Switzerland in March, needed a strong finish to dispatch her first-round opponent at the Thai Open. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone/Associated Press)