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Taufik Hidayat proves his class (pic)

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Published: 09 April 2009
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With his title triumph, the 29-year-old Indonesian served a reminder to all that he is still a force in the highly competitive men’s circuit. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.

 

 

 



All those who saw Taufik Hidayat in action may not easily forget his dazzling cross-court smashes, delectable drops and magnificent backhand flicks. The precision with which the Indonesian executed them not only stunned his opponents but also the crowds.
 
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Badminton star Gail meets county players (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 April 2009
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HEREFORDSHIRE Badminton Association organised a trip for 16 teenagers, made up of tournament winners and promising young players to the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham.

They were given a tour of the Arena, and two hours coaching by George Bevan, England Junior Coach. Gail Emms with her medals surrounded by Herefordshire Badminton Association members.

The accompanying coaches were also given a number of tips to put the youngsters through their paces in the future.

After the coaching session Gail Emms, Olympic Silver Medallist and World Champion came to meet everyone and brought along her medals for the youngsters to hold.

She also answered some well-presented questions from the group.

Emms has recently retired and now promotes badminton around the country with the aim to produce Olympic medallists at the 2012 games.

Unfortunately, this year at the All England there were no English finalists and China made a clean sweep of the whole tournament.

 
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Saina out, Kashyap and Pawar keep India afloat in ABC

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out after a first-round defeat but P Kashyap and Anand Pawar kept India's hopes afloat by wining their opening men's singles matches of the Asian Badminton Championship in Suwon, Korea today.
World number eight and seventh seed Saina put up a brave effort but eventually ran out of steam against defending champion Jiang Yanjiao of China, losing 21-14 14-21 12-21 in a 40-minute battle in the women's singles event today.

World number 13 and third seed Chetan Anand also suffered a straight-game defeat against little known Kozai Kazuteru of Japan to crash out in the first round. The Indian lost 13-21 19-21 to Kozai in a 30-minute battle.

P Kashyap and Anand Pawar turned out to be the stars of the day as they won their respective matches to sail into the next round.

Kashyap spanked Nepalese Rana Kishor 21-7 21-7 to set up a clash with 15th seed Korean Hong Ji Hoon, who beat Teav Yongvannak of Cambodia in the first round. PTI
 
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Lack of Experience, Depth Concerns Former Shuttlers

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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The Indonesian Badminton Federation put its faith in youth, but some former shuttlers think that leap of faith may be a bit too far.

The federation, or PBSI, completed its roster of 20 players for the 2009 Sudirman Cup,
the biennial mixed team championship. Though it publicly said it would consider calling in professional players, half of its squad consists of players with no team format experience.

PBSI officials said this is the right time for player regeneration, giving a chance to younger players to develop their games at the tournament, which takes place in Guangzhou, China, on May 10-17.

Former player Alan Budikusuma agreed with the decision to incorporate the young players, but he also suggested the PBSI involve several experienced players in preparing the squad.

 

Vietnamese enter Asian badminton championship finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 April 2009
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Pham Cao Hieu and Nguyen Thi Sen are the only Vietnamese players to make their way through to the final rounds of the Happy Suwon Badminton Asia Championships in the Republic of Korea.

The mixed pair won twice to top their qualifying group in the mixed doubles at Suwon City’s Indoor Stadium.

Hieu and Sen on April 7 beat Kazaks Samat Yerzhkanov and Veronika Sorokina 21-8 and 21-13 after taking 25 minutes to oust Uzbekistan’s Emil Mirgalautdinov and Kamila Larimova 21-11 and 21-8.

In the next round on April 8, they face Indonesians Marissa Vita and Limpele Landy. This would be a tough match as Vita is seeded fifth in the women’s singles.

The Vietnamese couple of Huynh Nguyen Khang and Vu Thi Trang went straight through to the finals and will face the host country’s Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung.

Also through are teammates Thai Thi Hong Gam and Duong Bao Duc, who now face China’s Chen Zhiben and Zhang Jinkang.

 
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