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Shuttler Saina cracks top-20 of world ranking (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 July 2008
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India's top women's shuttler Saina Nehwal received a major boost ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August as she cracked the top-20 singles ranking for the first time in her career.
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Malaysian pairs must play every match like its a final, says coach Rexy (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles coach Rexy Mainaky wants shuttlers Lee Wan Wah-Choong Tan Fook and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to treat all their rivals in the Beijing Olympics in China next month with respect.

The early rounds of the Olympic badminton competition should be a breeze, especially for the seeded players but Rexy does not want the two men’s doubles pairs to treat their opponents lightly.

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Show respect: Wan Wah (left) and Tan Fook have been told to finish off their opponents in the Beijing Games quickly.
 

 

Duo out to beat the odds

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: One of the top four seeded pairs have always gone on to contest the Olympic final in the men's doubles competition and Koo Kien Keat-Boon Heong will be out to beat the odds in Beijing next month.

The duo will not be seeded for their first outing in the Olympics. Veterans Lee Wan Wah-Choong Tan Fook look set to be named as the fourth seeds behind Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung of South Korea, Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun of China and Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.

 

Origins of tennis, badminton and racquetball

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2008
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The appeal of games that involve hitting an object back and forth with rackets goes back a long time. Speedminton may be the latest innovation, but it draws from tennis, badminton and racquetball. Here's a brief look at the origins of those sports:

Tennis

Some say tennis was invented by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Although there is no archaeological evidence, there are some words — Tinnis, an Egyptian city along the Nile, and "rahat," an Arabic word for palm or hand that may be related to "racket" — that could be a link.

However, many historians trace the game to French monks who began playing a form of handball against monastery walls or over a rope strung across the courtyard in the 11th and 12th centuries.

By the 13th century, nobility had picked up the game and promoted the building of special courts. England's Henry VII is counted among the early proponents of the sport.

The racket as we know it came along in the early 1500s, but early balls were covered in cork. Not until the invention of vulcanized rubber in 1850 did "bouncier" balls come along.

In 1874, equipment and rules similar to the modern game were patented in London by Walter Clopton Wingfield, a British army officer. The first Wimbledon tournament was held in 1877.

 
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Chong Wei learns that there are no clear favourites at the Olympics

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: National number one Lee Chong Wei has taken note that most of the past Olympic champions were not the early favourites.