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13 countries join U-19 badminton event

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Published: 08 October 2008
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Niken Prathivi, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A total of 457 under-19 shuttlers from 13 countries are taking part in the inaugural US$10,600 Tangkas-Alfamart Open Badminton Championships 2008.

The tournament, to be held at the Tennis Indoor Stadium of the Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, started Tuesday.

 
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Two weeks' training to sharpen Chong Wei

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Published: 08 October 2008
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THE Denmark Open will be an important Super Series event for Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong who will be targeting victory in Odense on Oct 21-26 for different reasons.

Chong Wei, the top seed, has not won a title since becoming the World No 1 in August, and will be determined to silence his critics by taking the title. Chong Wei's last two attempts, at the Japan and Macau Opens over the last three weeks, was halted in the final by Indonesians Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Taufik Hidayat respectively.

However, this was because Chong Wei wasn't well prepared for the two tournaments as celebrations after securing the Beijing Olympics silver medal had taken its toll on the 25-year-old.

The next two weeks of training should improve his physical conditioning as the Denmark Open will be a tougher field despite the absence of China's Olympic champion Lin Dan.

Chong Wei opens his campaign against compatriot Sairul Amar Ayub, and a win will see him up against another Malaysian, Hafiz Hashim before setting up a possible quarter-final clash against Simon Santoso of Indonesia.
China's third seed Bao Chunlai will provide Chong Wei with the toughest challenge as they are drawn to meet in the last four, and another win could see him meet another player from China, second seed Chen Jin.

Meanwhile, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are on the comeback trail and winning the Denmark Open will put them back solidly among the men's doubles elite again.
 
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Easier for Chong Wei in Odense after Lin Dan withdrawal

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Published: 08 October 2008
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PETALING JAYA: Olympic champion Lin Dan of China is skipping the Denmark Open as well. And it is yet another opportunity for Lee Chong Wei to win his first title as the reigning world number one.

In the absence of Lin Dan, the Malaysian ace has failed to live up to his top billing in tournaments thus far.

Lin Dan has been out of competition since his rout of Chong Wei in the Olympic men’s singles final in August and flying the flag for China in the tournament in Odense from Oct 21-26 will be Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin.

Lin Dan’s decision not to defend the title presents Chong Wei the chance to extend his lead at the top of the rankings and also made amends for his losses in the Japan and Macau Opens.

 

Back-up shuttlers told to think big

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Published: 08 October 2008
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RASHID Sidek has challenged the back-up shuttlers, who will be promoted to the senior squad, to start thinking big and go the extra mile to justify their inclusion in the 2012 London Olympics project.

Chong Wei Feng, Arif Latif, Tan Chun Seang and Liew Daren are certain to make the grade in the men's singles, while Julia Wong and Lydia Cheah are the women's singles who will be part of the four-year programme.

The players were in Rashid's back-up squad for the last three years and he feels promotion will put them under more pressure, but eventually force them out of their comfort zones.

 
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Taufik -- Finally, the Champ

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Published: 08 October 2008
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TEMPO Interactive, Macau:The title of champion finally goes to Taufik Hidayat this year. Taufik, who was the number four favorite, became the winner at the Macau Open’s men’s single badminton tournament after defeating Malaysia’s number one player Lee Chong Wei, with a final score of 21 -19, 21 – 15 at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion Stadium yesterday.

 
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