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Kien Keat-Boon Heong told to focus (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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THE withdrawal of Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan from the All England, beginning in Birmingham on Tuesday, has further increased Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong's chances of reclaiming the title.

Internal problems in the Indonesia BA (PBSI) have forced Markis-Hendra out but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky, while admitting that it has become easier for the Malaysians to secure the title, has asked Kien Keat-Boon Heong to remain focused in every match.

All Rexy wants to see from Kien Keat-Boon Heong is they maintaining the form they have shown in training over the last few weeks as this should help them win the title which they captured for the first time in 2007.
Koo Kien Keat (left) and Tan Boon Heong now have one tough opponent less to handle in their bid to win the All England title for a second time.


"Markis-Hendra's absence means Kien Keat-Boon Heong have one tough opponent less to handle in Birmingham. However, they were only supposed to play the Indonesian pair in the final and this means there is still plenty of work to do," said Rexy before leaving for Birmingham yesterday.

"Kien Keat-Boon Heong have shown excellent commitment in training and my wish is to see them perform the same way in the All England. If they can achieve that, they have a realistic chance of winning.
"In terms of preparation, I'm quite pleased with the players this year and we can look forward to a fine outing in Birmingham.

"I also hope that Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are motivated to regain their form while (Wong) Pei Tty-(Chin) Eei Hui should be boosted by their elevation to World No 1 rather than taking it as additional pressure."
 

Mak-Tan show fizzles out in Germany (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The hopes of youngsters Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong for a major breakthrough in the German Open came unstuck in the quarter-finals at Mulheim yesterday.

The back-up men doubles shuttlers, who are touted as the future top men’s pair in the country, were on the verge of scalping their second consecutive big win in the tournament but a lack of experience saw them going down 16-21, 21-11, 19-21 to second seeds Chris Adcock-Robert Blair of England in the quarter-finals.

Just a day ago, the duo had beaten eighth seeds Michael Fuchs-Ingo Kindervater of Germany 21-14, 21-13 to seal a place in the last eight.

With Hee Chun-Wee Kiong’s defeats, the hope rests on the shoulders of former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen as the sole representatives to achieve glory in the men’s doubles event.Beaten: Wong Choong Hann failed to make the last four after China's Chen Long got the better of him.

 

German Open Finals – Four Titles for China, One for Korea

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Published: 02 March 2009
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Wang Yihan was the only Chinese player who created an upset on finals day at he 2009 Yonex German Open, beating her top-seeded compatriot, Zhu Lin.  Zhao Yunlei claimed two titles while Japan's new duo will go home empty-handed after losing to Korean heroes Lee and Shin.

It all started with the women’s doubles final between two Chinese, Cheng Shu / Zhao Yunlei  and Pan Pan / Tian Qing. In the first set, Cheng/Zhao dominated the rallies with their attacks. Rallies lasted long as both relied on impressive defense, but in the end Cheng/Zhao  failed to give ‘finishing touch’ and let Pan and Tian take the first one 21-18.

The tables were turned in the second game. Cheng/Zhao played more aggressively with their placing and beautiful net winners. Leading 11-7 in the interval, Cheng/Zhao forced the decider 21-13 before claiming their first title 21-16 in the final game.

The next match was to field some other outstanding Chinese ladies: Zhu Lin and Wang Yihan . Both players seem to have equal skills in attacking and placing. But Zhu has more experience and she showed it by taking a first set lead 14-5 and 19-10. But then suddenly Yihan found her magic to collect 7 consecutive points from 13-20 to 20-all. Zhu set her mind straight and won 22-20.

 

New elite-level development from Badminton Europe

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Badminton Europe is delighted to announce two new initiatives to help increase the level of elite badminton players in Europe. The first is to establish a network of Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres. Secondly Badminton Europe will award scholarships to players to enable them to stay at Certificated Training Centres. This will be for players who have the potential to qualify for future World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres

Badminton Europe would like to create links with the National Training Centres of excellence within the Member Associations.  The idea is to certificate those centres that have the required standard and to cooperate on offering training for talented players from other Member Associations by awarding scholarships.

 

The criteria

In order to attain the status of a Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centre the following criteria must be met:

 

- have a venue dedicated for national team training

- have a group of players that can compete at European level

- have organised trainings of the national team at least 5 times per week

- have high class experts affiliated to the centre

- have other facilities like gym

- have organisational staff to facilitate the proper training environment

- be willing to accept players on conditions agreed in advance between the Certified Training Centre and Badminton Europe

 

Olga Konon at the Beijing 2008 Olympic GamesBadminton Europe scholarships

Badminton Europe will award scholarships to players to enable them to stay at Certificated Training Centres.  Scholarships will only be awarded to players that Badminton Europe considers to have the potential to qualify for future World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Information on Badminton Europe player scholarships will be announced in the near future.

 

Certification

Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres will be listed on the Badminton Europe website.  All centres will receive an official certificate which can be used to verify Badminton Europe’s endorsement.

 

The Certification will be valid for a two year period from 1 June 2009 – 31 May 2011.  A review will take place in 2011 to decide whether the Training Centre and Badminton Europe wishes to renew the Certification.

 
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Chetan Anand in German Open quarters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Second seeded Chetan Anand was the only Indian shuttler to reach the men's singles quarterfinals at the German Open badminton championships after Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhat made a third round exit.

In the mixed doubles, the fourth-seeded Indian pair of Diju Valiyaveetil and Jwala Gutta on Thursday dispatched American pair Halim Haryanto Ho and Yun Peng Halim 21-10, 21-12 to enter the quarterfinals. The Indians will now play Chinese Bo Zheng and Jin Ma.

According to the information received in New Delhi, Anand warded off a stiff challenge from 16th seed Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to win 21-14, 18-21, 21-12 in the third round on Thursday. Anand will next meet Chinese Weijie Gong, who shocked sixth seeded Japanese Sho Sasaki 21-15, 21-18.

Sridhar, seeded 15th, was shown the door by third seed Malaysian 21-16, 21-18 Choong Hann Wong while ninth-seeded Bhat went down fighting to fifth-seeded Briton Andrew Smith 16-21, 21-11, 21-19.

 
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