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Saina’s persistence earns her a spot in the semi-finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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INDIA’S Saina Nehwal (pic) has shed tears too many times over badminton. And the many struggles have only made the talented youngster a stronger person.

A passport problem almost saw her missing the trip in the ongoing Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu. But, being the resilient person that she is, she took matters into her own hands to see to it that she made it for the prestigious tournament.

And her persistence paid off when she booked a place in the semi-finals as the Group B runner-up. She defeated Pi Hongyan of France and Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo yesterday.

“I almost did not make it. I was invited because China’s players withdrew. There were no more empty pages on my passport. I thought I could settle the matter within days but it took longer than expected,” said Saina, who will take on Wang Chen of Hong Kong in today’s semi-final.

 

Saina wins praises, not prize money

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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Mumbai: Saturday was one of Saina Nehwal’s highest pay-days, as she won US$ 10,000 for her semi-final appearance at the world’s richest badminton tournament—the US$ 5,00,000 World Super Series Masters. When she’ll actually see the money is far from certain though.

Saina went down 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 to Chen Wang of Hong Kong in the semi-final on Saturday. Ironically though, for the 18-year-old, the brightest patch of her booming career this year has not quite been reflecting in her bank statements. Beyond the giant presentation cheques at glitzy functions, accolades and encouraging speeches, are the perplexing delays in receiving the prize money India’s top shuttler has accumulated over this breakthrough season.

Prize money won in international badminton events are always routed through the national association—in this case, the Badminton Association of India. As far as the procedure goes, the treasurer of the association informs the secretary once the money has been received from the organisers, who in turn informs the individual player, before the payments are delivered through DDs via speedpost. The entire procedure could take two months or more. Saina, though, hasn’t received any payments in the last six months.

 
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Koo-Tan may find Markis-Hendra too hot to handle (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2008
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KOTA KINABALU: Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia are back on their feet, hungry for more success after a minor setback.

A knee injury to Markis saw them losing tamely to Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open early this month.

Now that Markis is in better condition, the world number one are all fired up to regain their winning touch against the Malaysians in the Super Series Masters Finals here.

Both the pairs are in Group B with Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan (Ina-Usa) and Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen (Den). Group A comprises Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Mas), Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae (Kor), Robert Blair-Chris Adcock (Eng) and Simon Mollyhus-Anders Kristiansen (Den).

 

Malaysian sponsored Zhou Mi gets her just reward (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2008
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HONG KONG’S Zhou Mi will end the year as the world’s number one women’s singles player — ahead of China’s legion of stars.

And that is a personal success for Zhou Mi, who is being sponsored by KLRC Bhd, owned by Malaysian Datuk Seri Andrew Kam.

Zhou Mi, who left China with a heavy heart after the 2004 Athens Olympics to seek new fortunes in Hong Kong, said that the will to outperform the so called “invincible” Chinese players drove her to achieve remarkable results this year.Hong Kong's Zhou Mi during the interview after training for the World Super Series Masters Finals 2008 at the Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday - Starpic by Normimie Diun

 

Super Series Masters Final: Gunawan slams the absentees

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2008
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FORMER Indonesian ace Tony Gunawan, who now resides in the United States, expressed surprise over the decision by several top players to snub the Super Series Masters Finals.

Gunawan, who partners Candra Wijaya, said that Super Series Masters Finals is not only rich in prize money but also one of major events organised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and that the top shuttlers have the responsibility to promote badminton by competing in such events.
 

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