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Indonesian shuttlers fall short of prizes for Independence Day

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Published: 18 August 2009
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Even if it had been only one out of five, the Indonesian badminton team would have been forgiven for yet another lackluster performance in Hyderabad, India.

One trophy would of course have been better than nothing. But the victory that would have been a fitting gift for Indonesia's independence anniversary eluded the team after Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir lost to Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark in the World Badminton Championship finals on Sunday.

The Indonesian mixed doubles pair Nova/Liliyana put in a below-par performance as they crashed out 21-13, 21-17. Their previous comeback run in the semifinals, in which they overcame a second-game loss and overhauled a five-point deficit in the third game, deserted them this time around.

During the match, aired live on GlobalTV, Nova/Natsir were always trailing the Danes.

 

European players step out of the shadows of their Asian rivals

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Published: 18 August 2009
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THE European players have reawaken to add spice to world badminton.

In Hyderabad, some of them showed that they were not only snapping on the heels of the top Asian players but they have also come out of the shadows.

The Danish mixed doubles pair of Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl were the star performers — scalping the world’s top three — Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (Indonesia), Lee Yong-dae-Lee Hyo-jung (South Korea) and Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (China) — to claim the title.

Laybourn said: “We knew we had the toughest draw to even think about winning the world title but we had self-belief in our ability to do it.

“It is good for the sport of badminton if there is a keen contest between the European and Asian players.”

There were also pockets of upsets created by the Europeans in the other events because they had the courage to do the unexpected.

 

On the ball: BAM must take action to widen base nowOn the ball: BAM must take action to widen base now

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 August 2009
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FOR those who always believe the glass is half full rather than half empty, Malaysia did not do badly in the World Badminton Championships which ended in Hyderabad, India, on Sunday as the national shuttlers returned with two bronze medals.

The fact that Malaysia had two pairs in the men's doubles semi-finals will be another reason for optimism and they will point to the next edition in Paris as to where Malaysia will finally come good.

But the BA of Malaysia must not think along these lines for Hyderabad was a disaster despite Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari making the semi-finals.

 

Lin captures hat-trick of world titles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, India  -- Olympic champion Lin Dan completed a record hat-trick of world badminton championship titles by overcoming Chen Jin in an all-Chinese final on Sunday.Lin Dan said hard work was the key to his success

The 25-year-old, nicknamed "Super Dan", began cautiously before stamping his authority over world number two Chen, winning 21-18 21-16 in 45 minutes.

Seventh seed Lu Lan dashed Lin's girlfriend Xie Xingfang's hopes for a third title by winning the women's final 23-21 21-12.

The badminton powerhouse pocketed three titles after also triumphing in the women's doubles. China can increase their haul to four as they have also qualified for the men's doubles final.

 
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China all over again

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Published: 15 August 2009
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It was from the depth of her misery that Christinna Pedersen, Danish mixed doubles player, uttered a fundamental truth that reflected the dilemma of the human condition.

"You know, I was so happy yesterday that I won the bronze," she said. "Today, I'm not happy at all that I have the bronze. I want to play tomorrow for the gold."

Pedersen and partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen had just lost a heartbreaking semifinal of the World Badminton Championships to world No.2 Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia. It was traumatic, for they had a 11-6 lead in the third game before crumbling to an Indonesian assault.

 
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