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Former champion Hidayat rolls back the years (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2010
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Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat rolled back the years to reach the final of the world badminton championships with a 21-10 22-20 victory on Saturday over South Korean 13th seed Park Sung-hwan.

Hidayat, Olympic gold-medal winner in 2004 and world champion in 2005, has not hit those heights since for a variety of reasons, on and off court.

He signalled he was back on track by disposing of world number one Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals on Friday, then beat Park, a giant-killer himself after beating titleholder Lin Dan in the last eight. Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat celebrates after defeating South Korea's Park Sung-hwan during their Men's semi-final match at the 2010 Badminton World Championships at the Coubertin stadium in Paris, August 28, 2010.

Hidayat, 29, breezed through the first game but trailed 20-18 in the second as Park battled on but once he saved game points and levelled at 20-20 the Indonesian was not to be denied.

The fifth seed told a media conference: "When it was 20-18 I knew I had to go on and when it was 20-20 I was confident I would win."

Park's cause was not helped by a battle against "drift" -- a slight breeze in stadiums which can carry the shuttle just out of play.

He suffered at least four such errors in the second game, including, critically, on the first match point he faced.

 

Wang Lin ensures China's gold of women's singles at badminton worlds (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 August 2010
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Wang Lin's straight-set victory over Danish veteran Tine Baun in the semifinals here on Saturday ensured China's win at the women's singles of the Badminton World Championships.

Wang Lin dominated the match on Saturday, giving the 33-year-old All England Championships winner Baun a blow with the result of 21-11, 21-8.China's Wang Lin returns the shuttle to England's Sarah Walker during the women's singles competition at the 11th Sudirman Cup World Team Badminton Championship in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, May 10, 2009. Wang won 2-0.

"I made preparation for a tough match today and thought about all the difficulties in advance," said the 21-year-old. "I knew clearly about how to play and I stick to my strategy all along."

Baun said she was ready to leave the competition but couldn't refrain from shedding tears in the mixed zone.

"It was definitely a good improvement (for her)and she played well, but I think she made got it a little easy today," said Baun. "I really have a lot of pain in my elbow and it was mistiming, misjudgement."

"I have to be at my highest level to against her, to go against China," said Baun who caught the elbow injury in this tournament and said it aggravated slowly.

The women's singles defending world champion Lu Lan of China was not included in the squad this year.

 
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Chen Jin grabs back-to-back semi win at badminton worlds

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Published: 29 August 2010
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PARIS, Aug. 28, 2010 -- The fourth seed Chen Jin of China romped into the men's singles final at the Badminton World Championships for the second year in a row after beating world No. 2 Peter Gade from Denmark on Saturday.

Chen lost the first set 19-21, but managed to win the following two 21-8 and 21-11.

"I was ready to play three sets," said the 24-year-old Chen. "He is a seasoned player and I admire him a lot."

Chen believed that he used the right strategy since the beginning but Gade played too well in the opening set.

"He played very fast in the first set and lost too much energy," Chen commented on the European top player who is nine years older than him. "I didn't change my strategy in the following sets. It's just because that he was too tired to keep his speed."

Chen is going to meet the winner between South Korea's Park Sung Hwan and Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat on Sunday.

Park smashed three-time world champion and Olympig gold medallist Lin Dan in straight sets in the semifinals while Hidayat edged out world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia to reach the final.

"I have reached my goal of advancing into the final, and I just want to perform well tomorrow," said Chen who lost to teammate Lin Dan in last year's final.

 
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Badminton-Lin Dan and Chong Wei exit world championship

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Published: 27 August 2010
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* Nervy Chong Wei loses at major tournament again

  • Lin Dan stopped from winning four world titles in a row
  • Women's second seed, India's Nehwal, also out

PARIS, Aug 27 - Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei exited the world badminton championships on Friday, beaten 21-15 11-21 21-12 in the quarter-finals by former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.

Less than an hour later, in another big surprise, titleholder Lin Dan succumbed 21-13 21-13 to 13th seeded South Korean Park Sung-hwan.

Lin won the world title in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008 when there is no world championship.

Park told a media conference: "I've gone to the next level in badminton with this result."

 

Saina Nehwal crashes out of Badminton World Championship (pic)

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Published: 27 August 2010
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Paris:  Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Badminton World Championships in Paris on Friday, losing 21-8, 21-14 to Chinese sixth seed Shixian Wang.

This was the first Chinese opponent that Saina was facing in the tournament and she was completely outclassed.Saina Nehwal Crashed out of Badminton World Championship

The Indian fell behind from the start of the match and could never stage a comeback.

Speaking to NDTV Saina said, "My opponent has improved a lot. I did not move well at all. It is sad that I'm out of the World Championship".

 

This comes as a great disappointment for Indian fans who were expecting the World No 2 to win this title after her great performances in the international circuit.

Saina came into the tournament on the back of three successive international wins.

Saina had crashed out of the World Championships last year in Hyderabad at the same stage.




 


 
 
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