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Fit-again Saina returns to practice

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Published: 04 August 2009
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For all the challenges that Saina Nehwal has managed to brave on a badminton court, returning from a bout of mild chicken pox with a world championship only a week away is an altogether different proposition.

As Nehwal returned to practice on Monday at coach P Gopichand’s academy after having given the irritation a week to subside, she spoke of the mental fortitude that sets her apart. “I know sportspersons who, in a similar situation, would have given up, lost hope. But I’m mentally very strong and was always prepared to go back on court and give my best. I never gave not playing a thought,” she said after training for an hour on Monday and sounding unperturbed about the lost time.

“It felt good to come back, in fact I really enjoyed it out there. It’ll take two-three days to get my rhythm back, but I’m feeling alright now, and there’s no problem. Today I didn’t feel exhausted,” she said.

 
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Rupesh-Thomas duo clinches New Zealand Open title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 August 2009
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The top seeded Indian pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas has won the title of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix on Saturday. The Indian pair fought hard to defeat Japanese duo of Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata in the final in Auckland.

Rupesh-Thomas duo ousted the fourth seeded pair of Hashimoto-Hirata in a three setter match by 21-16 15-21 21-13 in 53 minutes. This title win will boost their morale ahead of World Badminton Championships, which will be held at Hyderabad from 10th August.

Rupesh-Thomas duo had also made into the final of the Australian Open Grand Prix last week in Melbourne where they ended up losing in the final match.

 
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Many surprises in NZ grand prix

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Published: 03 August 2009
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The finals of the U$50,000 New Zealand Badminton Open world grand prix tournament proved to be a real mix of seedings taking away the titles.

Women's second seeds Anneke Agustine and Anisa Wahyuni, of Indonesia, beat their No 1 seed opponents, Tsz Ka Chan and Ying Suet Tse from Hong Kong in straight games to take one title for Indonesia.

Top-15 ranked Yan Kit Chan from Hong Kong won the battle against his countryman, Wing Ki Wong with relative ease in the men's singles final. Chan, who cruised through the tournament, was far too slick for Wong winning 21-9 21-9 in just 28 minutes and proving he will be a player to watch.

 
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Nguyen Tien Minh advances to world top 10 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 August 2009
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Nhan Dan - Vietnam’s No. 1 badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh was promoted to ninth in the world rankings after winning the Thailand Badminton Grand Prix Gold 2009 last month.

 

After having beaten Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana 2-0 in the final of the Grand Prix Gold, Minh earned 7,000 points more to reach world top ten.

 

In the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings announced on July 30, Minh’s overall 43,310 points saw him leap five positions from last week.

 
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Chong Ming vows to win medal at world meet for late father

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chan Chong Ming’s challenge in the World Championships at Madrid in 2006 ended prematurely when he had to rush home for his father’s funeral.

But now that the national men’s doubles shuttler has another shot at the world meet, he is determined to win a medal for his late father Chan Chee Khing.

And he has a renewed motivation as well after winning his first title of the year with Chew Choon Eng – albeit a minor one – at the Mini Olympic Games on Thursday.

The pair had defeated fellow independent players Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in the final at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

 

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