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Kido/Hendra continue reign despite change

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Published: 10 April 2009
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A position change for men's doubles pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan did not shake off their status as world No. 1 after they won their first two matches at the Suwon Asia Championship in South Korea.

The pair had been training in different positions in the past weeks, with Kido, still recovering from a knee injury, now playing in front and Hendra honing his skills as a back player.

The change was drawn up around Kido's knee injury. Kido is a back player renowned for his jumping smashes, the direction of which are often unpredictable, which effectively contribute to points.

"Although Hendra doesn't jump that much, he has the same powerful smashes," said Sigit Pamungkas, the men's doubles coach.

After a grueling second-round match, Kido/Hendra defeated China's Tao Jiaming and Sun Junjie 21-15, 7-21, 22-20 in 39 minutes Thursday.

"I still feel a bit awkward, though," Kido said after the win.

 
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Kashyap's campaign ends at Asian Badminton meet

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Published: 10 April 2009
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New Delhi (PTI): Parupalli Kashyap won the first game against Bao Chunlai but could not finish it off and bowed out of the men's singles quarter-finals at the Asian Badminton Championships at the Suwon stadium in South Korea today.

The lone surviving Indian took the fight to the fourth-seeded Chinese winning the first game 21-15 but lost the steam and ended up conceding the next two games 9-21, 16-21 and the match as well in 47 minutes.
 
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Unseeded Parupalli defeats Suwon (pic)

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Published: 10 April 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Unseeded Kashyap Parupalli from India caused an upset by beating No 7 seed Nguyen Tien Minh at the Happy Suwon Badminton Asia Championship in the third round yesterday in South Korea.

Parupalli beat Minh, seeded 19 in the world, 21-19, 17-21, 21-11 in one hour to enter the last 16.

Parupalli dominated Viet Nam’s top player from the outset, repeatedly smashing to the corners and making Minh rush around the court.Nguyen Tien Minh

Hopes that Minh might make a comeback in the second set were dashed by the Indian’s relentless attacks, which saw him take the next two sets with relative ease.

Parupalli, who is ranked 48th in the world, stunned on lookers on Tuesday by beating Rana Kishor of Nepal 21-7, 21-7 in just 15 minutes in the first round. Although the win was predicted, it was a devastating performance that boded ill for his next rival. No 15 seed Hong Ji-hoon of South Korea, whom he dispatched 21-14, 7-21, 21-19 on Wednesday.

Minh, who dropped down four places in the world rankings due to his absence from the recent England Super Series and the Swiss Open, was Viet Nam’s last remaining representative in the competition.

Parupalli’s next rival will be No 4 seed Bao Chunlai from China. Bao reached the last 16 after beating No 14 Kuan Beng Hong of Malaysia 21-16, 10-21, 21-13 yesterday.

 

 
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Asian Championships: Thien How, Woon Fui shock Koreans (pic)

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Published: 09 April 2009
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HOON Thien How and Lin Woon Fui caused the biggest upset in the Asian Championships when they upset German Open champions Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol of Korea in the men's doubles first round in Suwon, South Korea yesterday. Lin Woon Fui (left) and Hoon Thien How beat Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol 21-18, 21-16.

Thien How-Woon Fui won 21-18, 21-16 and will next meet Korean qualifiers Kwan Yi Gao-Chung Eui Seok. Yi Gao-Eui Seok upset Yohan Hadikusumo-Wong Wai Hong of Hong Kong 16-21, 21-17, 24-22 in their opening match.

The win is certainly a confident boost for Thien How-Woon Fui, who are competing in only their second tournament together.

At the India Open, which was their first, the duo were shown the door in the quarter-finals by Indonesia's Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan.
 

Hafiz goes down and only Beng Hong left in singles

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Published: 09 April 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The men’s doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Lin Woon Hui, playing in only their second tournament together, rose to the occasion to sent South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-cheol packing in a first-round match of the Asian Bad­minton Championships (ABC) in Suwon yesterday.

Thien How-Woon Fui defeated the All-England and Swiss Open semi-finalists 21-18, 21-16 in 38 minutes to provide the much needed lift for Malaysian camp after the exit of all but one player in the men’s singles competition.

Mohd Hafiz Hashim, who had been looking to capitalise on the withdrawal of top seed Chen Jin to reach his second successive final appearance after the India Open, stumbled to a 14-21, 21-14, 14-21 defeat by 2007 world junior champion Chen Long of China in the second round.

 
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