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Korea Open: Chong Wei Struggles In Opening Match

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Published: 14 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- Reigning world no 1 men's singles badminton shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei had to work extra hard to beat South Korea's Hong Ji Hoon in the first round of the Korea Open Super Series championship held at the 2nd Olympic Gymnasium, Bangi-Dong in Seoul, today.

In the three-set match which lasted 56 minutes, the 25-year-old Penangite took the first set 21-11 but went down 17-21 in the second to the 55th ranked opponent.

However, Chong Wei, clinched the Malaysian Open title last week, emerged victorious in the third set despatching the Korean in 21-15.

In the second round tommorow, Chong Wei, who is the top seed, will take on unseeded Tanongsal Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. The Thai had beaten Malaysian Pei Wee Chung in straight set 21-14, 21-11.

Besides Chong Wei, two national back up players also advanced to the second round.

Cheng Wei Feng outclassed South Korea's Kim Sa Rang 21-15, 21-12 while Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif defeated Anand Pawar of India 21-14, 21-15 in their respective first round matches.

In the second round, Wei Feng will face Indonesia's Simon Santoso who outplayed another Malaysian back-up player, Kuan Beng Hong, 21-13, 21-12, 21-12.
 

Daren fails to enter main draw of the Korean Open (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Soon after a high in the season-opening Super Series Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil, national back-up singles player Liew Daren was brought down to earth with a thud in Seoul yesterday.

Daren failed to make the grade to the main draw of the Korean Open. The 22-year-old beat Taiwanese Liao Sheng-shiun 29-27, 21-6 in his first match of the qualifying tournament but fell to a 21-16, 7-21, 15-21 defeat by South Korean Shon Wan-ho.

It was only last week that Daren had earned praises from singles chief coach Rashid Sidek for making his way from the qualifying round to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open.

He had scored an upset over top Thai Boonsak Ponsana in the opening round before bowing out to Danish veteran Peter-Gade Christensen.

 

Nova and Liliyana Take Super Series Victory in Malaysia

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Published: 13 January 2009
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Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir matched their Super Series victory total from 2008 on Sunday, but this one may have been just that much sweeter.

Indonesia’s top mixed doubles pair exacted a measure of revenge against their bogey team, beating South Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung 21-14, 21-19 in the Malaysian Open Super Series final at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Nova and Liliyana lost to the Korean duo in the mixed doubles final at the Beijing Olympics, settling for silver on their country’s Independence Day. The Lees had won their previous three matches against the Indonesians until Sunday.

Nova said he and Liliyana went into the match with a good strategy.

“We tried constantly to take control of the match from the first game and did not let them play hard. The strategy worked,” Nova told the Jakarta Globe by text message.

 

England name strong badminton squad for European Team Championships in Liverpool (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2009
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Helen Davies could make her home debut at next month's European Team Championships after being named in the England squad.

Davies, from Cheshire, will be hoping to feature for the second seeds in the group stages in Liverpool against Scotland, Wales and Czech Republic. Looking for victory: Nathan Robertson will feature for England at the European Team Championships

The 22-year-old made her first senior appearance with a singles victory in the women's 3-2 defeat by Poland in Warsaw last month.

Davies will join a strong England line-up which includes a new pairing in the mixed doubles of Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, who has replaced Gail Emms.

England are seeded to top their group and if they reach the knock-out stages will set up a likely quarter-final meeting against Ukraine. Poland or Holland would be the likely opponents if they reach the last four.

Wright said: "We've gone for youth and experience. This is the start of a new cycle and we are trying to phase in some of the younger players. With home advantage in Liverpool, this is the perfect opportunity to do that.

"We are also planning to take some of the other emerging players to Liverpool to wear the England track suit and sample the atmosphere. We want to start filtering in the young players as and when the opportunity presents itself."

England squad

Men: Chris Adcock, Robert Blair, Anthony Clark, Rajiv Ouseph, Nathan Robertson, Andrew Smith.
Women: Mariana Agathangelou, Elizabeth Cann, Helen Davies, Donna Kellogg, Jenny Wallwork, Gabby White.

 

 
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Danish shuttler defends women's singles title in Malaysia

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Published: 13 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Tine Rasmussen of Denmark successfully defended her title here on Sunday in a three-set fight with the world's first-seeded female shuttler Zhou Mi from Hong Kong.

    The world's second-seeded badminton player, who won the title last year, foiled Zhou's efforts to topple her with 21-17, 15-21, 21-16 in a 56 minute engagement at the Malaysian Open Super Series which was closing here.

    It was a difficult encounter for both of them, Rasmussen told a press conference after her winning.

    She said that she won with good tactics and she would go home to have a good relax after this contest for her next focus on defending her All-England title and winning the World Championship crown.

    "I have changed my approach now. I am taking each tournament easily and the most important thing is to have fun," she said.

    In the men's doubles, second-seeded South Korean pair Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae crushed unseeded Alvent Yulianto Chandra/Hendra Aprida Gunawan of Indonesia 18-21, 21-14, 21-14 and seized the title.

    In the women's doubles, Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen of China failed to defend their title and lost to South Korean pair, Lee Hyo Jung/Lee Kyung Won, 15-21, 12-21 in some 30 minutes.

    Indonesian pair Nova Widianto/Liliyana Natsir took the title in the mixed doubles after defeating second-seeded South Korean pair Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung in straight sets 21-14, 21-19.

    The Malayian Open Super Series this year offered prize money of 15,000 U.S. dollars for champions each in the men's and women's singles, and 6,000 U.S. dollars for runners-up each.

    For the doubles, it offered 13,800 U.S. dollars for champions and 5,600 U.S. dollars for runners-up each.

 
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