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Nearly half women's singles seeds defeated at Singapore Open

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Published: 11 June 2009
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Three of the eight women's singles seeds of the Singapore Open 2009 were defeated in the first preliminary rounds on Wednesday.

Chinese badminton player Lu Lan, the seventh seed of the women's singles, lost 8-21, 21-9 and 21-19 to Singapore shuttler Fu Mingtian, while fourth seeded Wang Chen from China's Hong Kong and fifth seeded French player Pi Hongyan lost to their counterpart from Thailand and Bulgaria respectively.

In the men's singles, strong medal contenders including defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark, Park Sung Hwan of South Korea, as well as Chen Jin of China have all made it to the second preliminary rounds.

The first preliminary rounds have left the Chinese team with two players for the men's singles, four players for the women's singles, one pair for the men's doubles, three pairs for the women's doubles and two pairs for the mixed doubles in the second preliminary rounds.

The Aviva Open Singapore 2009, the fifth super series badminton event of the year, kicked off at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. With a total prize of 200,000 U.S. dollars, the six-day event has brought together over 240 top players from 28 countries and regions.

 
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S'pore teen beats China star (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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UNHERALDED Singapore teenager Fu Mingtian notched the first major upset of the Aviva Open Singapore on Wednesday afternoon with a stunning first round win over world No 8 Lu Lan of China in the women's singles. Singapore teenager Fu Mingtian (left) notched the first major upset of the Aviva Open Singapore on Wednesday afternoon with a stunning first round win over world No 8 Lu Lan of China in the women's singles. --ST PHOTO:

The 18-year-old qualifier came back from one set down to beat the seventh seeded Lu 8-21, 21-9, 21-19.

The China-born Fu, who became a citizen here three years ago, will meet Dutchwoman Judith Meulendijks in the next round.

Fu's teammate, Zhang Beiwen, also nearly dumped out another Chinese star.

Zhang, 18, came within a whisker of beating world No 4 Wang Lin, before losing 21-10, 18-21, 19-21.

 
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Singapore Open: Razif-Khe Wei advance, Chun Seang falls (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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RAZIF Latif-Woon Khe Wei advanced to the mixed doubles' main draw of the Singapore Open but national elite back-up singles player Tan Chun Seang was shown the door in the qualifying rounds yesterday.

Razif-Khe Wei were lucky in the opening round when Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Vanessa Neo retired midway in the second game. The Singaporean pair had turned on the heat with a stunning 21-19 victory in the first game.

Razif Latif (left) and Woon Khe Wei have made the main draw of the Singapore Open.

Razif-Khe Wei were leading 11-8 when Hendri-Vanessa decided to retire.

 

In the deciding second round match, Razif-Khe Wei thrashed Netherlands' Koen Ridder-Yao Jie 21-9, 21-14 in 18 minutes to book their spot in the main draw.

 

Minh beat Sasaki in Aviva opening match (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Minh came from behind to beat Sho Sasaki of Japan 2-1 in his opening match at the Aviva Singapore Super Series yesterday, June 10.Nguyen Tien Minh

The Vietnamese No 1 surprised many by losing the first set 21-18.

Although Minh is the world No 11, he struggled to take command in the second set against Sasaki, who is 15 places below him on the world.

 

Choong Hann: Win will be a boost ahead of world meet (pic)

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Published: 11 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s getting more challenging for seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann to train without a coach.

But it has not doused the fire in him from wanting to chalk up his biggest win of the year when he takes on China’s Bao Chunlai today in the second round of the Singapore Open.

Choong Hann advanced with a 21-18, 21-11 win over India’s Chetan Anand while Chunlai got an easy ride for a shot at a place in the quarter-finals when Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw retired after losing the first game 9-21.

The 31-year-old Choong Hann said that he was seeking for a timely boost ahead of the world championships, which will be played in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.All set: Wong Choon Hann wants to chalk up his biggest win of the year by beating Bao Chunlai in the second round.

The former Malaysian No. 1, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable to seek new fortunes as an independent player after the Beijing Olympics last year, will be making a fifth appearance in the world championships.

“A win against Chunlai will be a great boost to my preparations for the world championships. It will be my biggest win this year,” said Choong Hann in a telephone interview from Singapore.

 

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