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Hidayat, Hashim reach India Open badminton final

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Published: 29 March 2009
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Second-seeded Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia will take on Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia in the men's final of the India Open badminton tournament.

Hidayat, a former world and Olympic champion, easily beat Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto 21-13, 21-11 in Saturday's semifinals while Hashim overcame 19-year-old Chen Long of China 21-18, 19-21, 21-15.

"I took some time to get adjusted to the conditions here. But now I'm getting into my rhythm and am feeling good about my game," Hidayat said. "I'm familiar with Tommy's game, I was determined to get off to a good start and not give him any chance to attack."

In the women's semifinals, top-seeded Pi Hongyan of France defeated sixth-seeded Yu Hirayama of Japan 21-7, 21-14 to set up a final against Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia, who rallied to beat Zhang Bei Wen of Singapore 19-21, 21-13, 21-15.

Hashim had a tough opponent in Chen, who had knocked out top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the first round.

Chen produced a superb rally to win the second game after trailing 16-9. But in the decider, the more experienced Hashim kept the rallies short with crisp smashes and deceptive drops to take a commanding 15-7 lead and never allowed his opponent to stage another comeback.

 
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Hidayat wins to reach India Open semifinals

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Published: 27 March 2009
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HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Second-seeded Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia rallied to beat Kuan Beng Hong of Malaysia 17-21, 21-17, 21-19 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the India Open badminton tournament.

Hidayat, a former Olympic and world champion, will play Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, who defeated Tan Chung Seang of Malaysia 13-21, 21-18, 21-9.

Chen Long of China downed eighth-seeded Lee Tsuen Seng of Malaysia 21-15, 21-8 and will play Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia, who edged Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia 21-18, 14-21, 21-16.

Chen, a former junior world champion who upset top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the first round, is delighted with his form.

"It was a good start for me to start by beating the world No. 1, and now I know everyone is watching my moves," Chen said. "I feel I've got a strong chance of taking this title. I'm focused on my job in the court."

In women's singles, top-seeded Pi Hong Yan of France struggled before clinching a 22-20, 18-21, 21-14 win against Xia Jing Yun of China, who was playing her first Grand Prix Gold event.

Pi's opponent in Saturday's semifinals will be Yu Hirayama of Japan, who beat Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia 21-1, 21-18.

Second-seeded Saina Nehwal of India slumped to a 12-21, 21-13, 21-14 loss to Malaysia's Julia Pei Xian Wong, who now plays Zhang Bei Wen of China after his 22-20, 21-9 win against Lydia Li Ya Cheah of Malaysia.

 


 

 
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Julia Beats Indian Ace For Semi-Final Berth

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Published: 27 March 2009
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HYDERABAD, March 27 (Bernama) -- In a highly-charged quarter- finals, Malaysian singles sensation Julia Wong Pei Xian created a major upset, nudging out Indian ace Saina Nehwal at the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open at Gachibowli Stadium here today.

Saina, the second-seed, failed to weave her magic, despite thunderous home support and went down fighting in three matches to Julia, her shadow rival in the Indian's badminton career.

Julia rode on Saina's unexpected erratic game and pressured on piling points in the second match and even widened the points 4-0 and 12-5, which the world No 9 found it hard to bridge the gap.

The Malaysian took almost an hour to oust an adamant Saina 12-21, 21-13, 21-18.

"I was a little tensed as she was seeded second. After losing my first match, I opened up my game and Saina started to make many errors. She looked nervous and I continued my game plan," Julia, who had beaten Saina for the second consecutive time out of their five meets, told Bernama.

It was a bonus for the Malaysian women's singles team which had a bad spell today, after hopeful Wong Meh Choo lost to Japanese Yu Hirayama 17-21, 18-21, while her compatriot Lydia Cheah Li Ya suffered a similar fate in the hands of Singapore's Zhang Beiwen 20-22, 21-9.

In the men's singles quarter-finals, Mohd Hafiz Hashim was stretched to three matches by Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, before the Malaysian won 21-18, 14-21, 21-16, allowing him a semi-final berth.

But Lee Tsuen Seng's campaign ended in Hyderabad, after losing to rising Chinese star Chen Long 21-15, 21-8.

The second edition of the India Open offers prize money of US$120,000 (RM432,000).
 
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Saina bows out of Indian Open badminton

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Published: 27 March 2009
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Hyderabad, March 27 (IANS) Saina Nehwal’s hopes of a title finish at home were dashed by Malaysian Julia Wong Pei Xian in a thrilling quarterfinal encounter of the Yonex-Sunrise Indian Open badminton here Friday.
Second seed and World No.9 Saina went down 21-12, 13-21, 18-21 in over an hour.

Fifth seed Julia has now beaten the Indian for the second consecutive time in five meetings.

The Indian started on a promising note but went down in a flurry of errors in the second game as Julia picked up her game.

Both players fought fiercely in the third game with the crowd vociferously cheering for Saina. They played some exceptional rallies as Saina, down 0-4 in the game, came back to level. Julia, however, raised her game to break free from 14-14 and romp home.

“I was a little tensed as she (Saina) was seeded second. After losing my first match, I opened up my game and Saina started to make many errors. She looked nervous and I continued my game plan,” Julia said.

The Indian challenge in the singles draw thus ended with Saina’s exit.

The mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Valiyaveetil Diju beat Malaysian Chiou Hwee Haw and Singapore Yujia Li 21-19, 21-16.

 
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Arvind to take six-week break to gain fitness

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Published: 27 March 2009
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Hyderabad (PTI): National badminton champion Arvind Bhat will shun competition for six weeks and undergo rigorous training to ensure he is at the top of his fitness for prestigious Sudirman Cup in May.

The world number 28 said although he doesn't have any injury problems, his fitness is below his own expectations. "It has been a long time since I took a solid six weeks training. The last time I trained for so long was in July last year. I have been training for two weeks and playing for three weeks in competitions and I don't feel totally in command of my fitness," Arvind told PTI.

"I'm still 10 per cent below my expectation, so I would be taking an off for six weeks for a solid training session to gain that level of fitness.

"Accordingly, I have withdrawn from the Asian Championship and would next play in the Sudhirman Cup in Guangzhou, China from May 10," he added.

Arvind put up a spirited fight but still lost to tournament favourite Taufik Hidayat to crash out of the Indian Open Grand Prix on Thursday.

 

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