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Sony Not in Mood for Korea Open, Pulls Out

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Published: 14 January 2009
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Indonesia’s hopes in the men’s singles in the Korea Open Super Series have suffered yet another blow.

The nation’s top shuttler, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, has decided to withdraw from the year’s second Super Series tournament, which runs Jan. 13-18 at the 2nd Olympic Gymnasium in Seoul.

Recurring hamstring injuries cost Sony, 24, the Denmark and France Super Series tournaments last year, a hammer blow coming on the heels of consecutive victories in Indonesia, Japan and China. Such injuries have plagued him throughout his career.

But Sony said fitness was not the main reason behind his withdrawal.

“I am not in good enough condition to play, and I am not in a good mood to play. It’s not because of my injury,” he said on Tuesday.

Sony was scheduled to start the Korea Open against Anand Chetand of India, who defeated him in the second round of the 2008 Denmark Super Series. Instead, he said he would now put his focus on the All England tournament, which takes place March 3-8 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

“I’ll prepare myself for the most prestigious Super Series tournament. I think two months of preparation will be enough,” he said. “I want to do my best there.”

 

Comeback hits a snag as Zakry’s knee acts up again

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Published: 14 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles player Mohd Zakry Latif was forced to cut short his first training session on return from injury after experiencing pain in his left knee at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.

Although his attempt at making a comeback was far from successful, it has not dampened his determination to make a full recovery by the time the All-England swings into action in early March.

Zakry, who partners Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari, first aggravated the injury during the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu last month and it forced the pair out of the just concluded Malaysian Open.

“Medical tests revealed that I have damaged my meniscus. It is not that serious but I have to take care not to aggravate it further,” said Zakry, who is currently ranked fourth in the world with Fairuzizuan.

“My condition is much better compared to when I tried to train during the week before the Malaysian Open.

“Today, I tried to keep up with the training session for the full two hours but had to give up half way as I started to feel pain again.

 

Korea Open: Chong Wei Struggles In Opening Match

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Published: 14 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- Reigning world no 1 men's singles badminton shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei had to work extra hard to beat South Korea's Hong Ji Hoon in the first round of the Korea Open Super Series championship held at the 2nd Olympic Gymnasium, Bangi-Dong in Seoul, today.

In the three-set match which lasted 56 minutes, the 25-year-old Penangite took the first set 21-11 but went down 17-21 in the second to the 55th ranked opponent.

However, Chong Wei, clinched the Malaysian Open title last week, emerged victorious in the third set despatching the Korean in 21-15.

In the second round tommorow, Chong Wei, who is the top seed, will take on unseeded Tanongsal Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. The Thai had beaten Malaysian Pei Wee Chung in straight set 21-14, 21-11.

Besides Chong Wei, two national back up players also advanced to the second round.

Cheng Wei Feng outclassed South Korea's Kim Sa Rang 21-15, 21-12 while Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif defeated Anand Pawar of India 21-14, 21-15 in their respective first round matches.

In the second round, Wei Feng will face Indonesia's Simon Santoso who outplayed another Malaysian back-up player, Kuan Beng Hong, 21-13, 21-12, 21-12.
 

Daren fails to enter main draw of the Korean Open (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Soon after a high in the season-opening Super Series Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil, national back-up singles player Liew Daren was brought down to earth with a thud in Seoul yesterday.

Daren failed to make the grade to the main draw of the Korean Open. The 22-year-old beat Taiwanese Liao Sheng-shiun 29-27, 21-6 in his first match of the qualifying tournament but fell to a 21-16, 7-21, 15-21 defeat by South Korean Shon Wan-ho.

It was only last week that Daren had earned praises from singles chief coach Rashid Sidek for making his way from the qualifying round to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open.

He had scored an upset over top Thai Boonsak Ponsana in the opening round before bowing out to Danish veteran Peter-Gade Christensen.

 

Nova and Liliyana Take Super Series Victory in Malaysia

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Published: 13 January 2009
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Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir matched their Super Series victory total from 2008 on Sunday, but this one may have been just that much sweeter.

Indonesia’s top mixed doubles pair exacted a measure of revenge against their bogey team, beating South Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung 21-14, 21-19 in the Malaysian Open Super Series final at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Nova and Liliyana lost to the Korean duo in the mixed doubles final at the Beijing Olympics, settling for silver on their country’s Independence Day. The Lees had won their previous three matches against the Indonesians until Sunday.

Nova said he and Liliyana went into the match with a good strategy.

“We tried constantly to take control of the match from the first game and did not let them play hard. The strategy worked,” Nova told the Jakarta Globe by text message.

 

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