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Smooth sailing for China as they overcome India

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Published: 13 May 2010
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SAINA Nehwal took world No. 1 Wang Yihan to the distance but it was otherwise smooth sailing for China as they reached the Uber Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over India last night.

Saina was on the verge of pulling off a major upset over the 2009 All-England champion when she reached 18-all in the deciding game but was let down by her netplay. Yihan eventually pulled through 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 in 56 minutes.

China quickly snatched their second point after the world No. 1 doubles pair of Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli beat Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-8, 21-11 in 27 minutes.

Second singles player Wang Xin sealed victory for China with a clinical 21-10, 21-14 win over Sayali Gokhale.

 
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Taufik believes place in final within Indonesia's reach (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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AS THE only player in the Indonesia squad who has played in a Thomas Cup final before, former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat is about to experience a sense of deja vu all over again.

The Indonesian golden boy now feels a place in the final on Sunday is strongly within Indonesia's reach after a favourable draw for the knockout stages.

However, he also reminded his team not to take things for granted, especially after what happened to Malaysia who stumbled to a 2-3 defeat by Japan in a group tie on Tuesday.Down and out: Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat (right) celebrates after beating India's Kashyap Parupalli 21-12, 10-21, 21-17 in the first singles yesterday. Indonesia won 3-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Yesterday, Taufik led Indonesia to book their place in the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over India and they will be up against Japan tomorrow.

Taufik said that it was a delirious feeling for him on learning the outcome of the draw from the newspapers early yesterday.

 

Joo-bong all smiles after Japan reach semis (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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A BATTLE-weary Japan battled on to reach the Thomas Cup semi-finals for the first time after dumping Germany 3-1 last night.

All-England runner-up Kenichi Tago was stretched by seasoned German singles player Marc Zwiebler before prevailing 15-21, 21-18, 21-18.

Hiroyuki Endo-Yoshiteru Hirobe took to the court for the first time but failed to stretch the lead for Japan. Nerves got the better of the newly-formed Japanese pair in crucial moments and they fell to a 21-16, 19-21, 22-24 defeat by Michael Fuchs-Kristof Hopp.

Dieter Domke, who had created a big upset when he downed Dane Jan O Jorgensen on Tuesday, failed to counter the sharp attacks of Sho Sasaki. The Japanese went on to win 21-19, 21-17.Shortlived joy: Germany's Michael Fuchs celebrate after the first singles win over Japan's Hiroyuki Endo-Yoshiteru Hirobe in the quarter-finals last night.

And the reliable doubles pair of Kenichi Hayakawa-Kenta Kazuno did not disappoint as they brushed aside Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler 21-16, 21-16 in 31 minutes to give Japan the winning point.

 
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China And Indonesia Into Thomas Cup Semis

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Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 12  -- Defending champion China and second seeds Indonesia booked their semifinal tickets after beating their respective opponents in the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament at the Putra Stadium here Wednesday.

China will face either host Malaysia or European darkhorse Denmark, while Indonesia will square off with the winner of the Germany-Japan quarterfinal.

The two remaining quarterfinals will be played this evening.

Hunting for their eighth Thomas Cup title, China whipped South Korea 3-0 after beating the Koreans 4-1 yesterday in their final group preliminary.

Beijing Olympics gold medallist Lin Dan opened accounts for China, beating Park Sung Hwan 21-16, 21-15 before doubles Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng widened the lead by defeating Jung Jae Sung and Shin Baek Choel 21-11, 21-16.

 
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Russia to face S.Korea in badminton Uber Cup (pic)

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Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR — Russia's top woman shuttler Ella Diehl will lead her country in the quarter-finals of the elite Uber Cup on Wednesday but is predicting defeat as they take on the mighty South Korea.

"Taking Russia into the Uber Cup quarter-finals is already an achievement in itself," she said. "But we don't expect to go beyond the last eight in the Uber Cup after being drawn against the strong Koreans.Russia's Olga Golovanova (top) seen in action against Japan's Ai Goto at the Uber Cup badminton championships

"But we will give them a good fight. Even if lose, we will go out with dignity."

 
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