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Denmark Open: Kien Keat- Boon Heong bite the dust (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 October 2011
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NEW men's doubles combination Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong did what their established compatriots Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong failed to do by reaching the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open in Odense yesterday.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, playing in their first international tournament as a pair, defeated Indonesia's World No 9 Alvent Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan 21-18, 21-17 in the second round. Koo Kien Keat (left) and Tan Boon Heong lost to Cho Gun Woo-Kwon Yi Goo 15-21, 21-15, 21-12 in the first round of the Denmark Open on Wednesday.  Read more: Badminton / Denmark Open: Kien Keat- Boon Heong bite the dust

It was their second win over a top 10 pair after having beaten World No 8 Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong 16-21, 21-19, 21-11 in the first round on Wednesday.

Their reward is a quarter-final clash against four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, who beat Taiwan's Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu 21-19, 21-16, today.


Khe Wei-Vivian nail Indonesian Open GP Gold title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2011
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PETALING JAYA: It was a case of third time lucky for upcoming women doubles pair Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo at the Indonesian Open GP Gold badminton tournament at East Kalimantan yesterday.

The duo clinched the title in their first ever final appearance after failing to get past the semi-finals of the Thailand and Taiwan Open earlier this year.

The young pair defeated China’s Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin 19-21, 21-19, 21-18.


Khe Wei and Vivian smash their way into first-ever final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2011
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PETALING JAYA: The much improved pair of Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo finally qualified for their first ever final appearance when they smashed past their Thai opponents in the semi-finals of the Indonesian Open GP Gold at East Kalimantan yesterday.Getting it right: Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo (inset) defeated Thai pair Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen to reach the final of the Indonesian Open GP Gold event in East Kalimantan yestertday.

Khe Wei-Vivian twice came close to reaching their first career final in the Thailand Open back in May and the Taiwan Open last month only to falter in the semi-finals.

This time, however, the young pair made no mistake as they led from start to finish against Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen winning 21-12, 21-13 in just 29 minutes.


Badminton: Hayom’s Win Adds Twist to SEA Games Debate

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2011
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The race for men’s singles berths at the Southeast Asian Games got tighter on Sunday after Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka’s victory at the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold.

Hayom’s 21-16, 21-17 defeat of Tommy Sugiarto, a fellow SEA Games hopeful, at Palaran Sports Hall in Samarinda left the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) plenty to ponder when selecting the national team.

Hayom, whose place in the national team had been under fire after losing in the first round in four successive tournaments, showed he still had the talent that brought him to prominence in the first place.


I am saving my tears for the Olympics: Ashwini Ponnappa (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2011
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Ashwini Ponnappa  is the new pin-up girl of badminton! The 22-year-old shuttler, who scores high in the looks department too, is happy to be amongst the select few who have raised the benchmark in this particular sport. Excerpts from an interview:The new poster girl of badminton, Ashwini Ponnappa, says there is not much hoi halla 'cos she is a doubles player.

The China trip may not have been too good for you but you recently won the bronze in the doubles category at the World Championships - a feat that has come home to India after long years...

Yeah, it's awesome, the feeling, the emotion that we have done something like this makes you feel great!




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