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Finally, Taufik Breaks Super Series Jinx With French Open Title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 November 2010
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Jakarta. Taufik Hidayat’s latest triumph should help quiet all the doubters who questioned whether Indonesia’s best shuttler still had what it took to win on the biggest stage.

Taufik beat Joachim Persson of Denmark, 21-16, 21-11, to win the men’s singles title at the French Open Super Series in Paris on Sunday. Idonesia's Taufik Hidayat, winner of 23 international titles, including Olympic gold and a world championship, has finally broken his Super Series jinx.

It was Taufik’s first Super Series victory in four years, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the former world and Olympic champion, who will head to this week’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, with momentum on his side.

For someone who had gone so long without a Super Series title, Taufik made it look easy in Paris. He didn’t drop a game or even allow an opponent to score more than 18 points on his way to the title. Along the way, he found a measure of redemption for a season that looked to be headed toward another disappointing ending.

His win over Persson came a week after Taufik was routed in the final of the Denmark Open.


Saina thwarts Mew Choo’s hopes of securing a golden finish (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2010
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INDIAN star Saina Nehwal foiled Wong Mew Choo’s hopes of securing the best-ever gold medal finish for Malaysia in Commonwealth Games badminton at the Siri Fort Sports Complex yesterday.

Nehwal was within a point of defeat but showed steely nerves to beat Mew Choo 19-21, 23-21, 21-13 in 70 minutes to claim India’s second title in badminton and the last gold medal of the Delhi Games.Home favourite: Saina Nehwal celebrates after defeating Wong Mew Choo in the women’s singles final Thursday.

Three titles were already in the bag from badminton to take Malaysia’s gold medal tally to 14, surpassing a 10-gold target, for an all-time high in the history of Commonwealth Games before Mew Choo came out to play against Nehwal.


Chong Wei comes good on Indian soil in his third attempt (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2010
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei finally has something memorable to bring home from his third trip to India after beating Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-10, 21-8 to retain the men’s singles gold medal yesterday.

Chong Wei took just 30 minutes to finish off the world No. 17 to become only the second Malaysian player to win back-to-back men’s singles crown after Rashid Sidek, who won in 1990 (Auckland) and 1994 (Victoria).Master class: Lee Chong Wei did not drop a single game en route to the gold medal in New Delhi

Chong Wei did not drop a single game in the competition, which was not surprising, as he was clearly a class above the rest.

It has been an easy campaign but Chong Wei was nevertheless happy to come out a winner after his last two miserable outings in India.

Chong Wei came down with food poisoning at the India Open last year and was bundled out by Chen Long of China in the first round. He then had high hopes of landing the first world title for Malaysia as the top seed in Hyderabad but was eliminated by Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the quarter-finals.

Chong Wei was delighted that all turned out well in probably his last appearance in the Commonwealth Games.


Kien Keat nets a hat-trick of golds as Malaysia win in three finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 October 2010
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KOO Kien Keat turned up a super-charged performance to earn a historic breakthrough for Malaysia in Commonwealth Games badminton at the Siri Fort Sports Complex yesterday.

Kien Keat hit the jackpot in his maiden mixed doubles partnership with Chin Eei Hui and they nailed the only gold medal to elude by beating top seeds Nathan Robertson-Jenny Wallwork of England 22-20, 21-12 in 36 minutes.

Kien Keat returned to the court barely two hours later to bag the men’s doubles gold medal. Partnering Tan Boon Heong, they beat Robertson-Anthony Clark 21-19, 21-14.

The unseeded Kien Keat-Eei Hui had taken a comfortable 19-14 lead in the first game but allowed Robertson-Wallwork to grab six consecutive points.

Kien Keat covered well for the error-prone Eei Hui and he single-handedly won the next three points to take the tight first game.

There was some early resistance from Robertson-Wallwork in the second game but they were resigned to taking silver after Kien Keat-Eei Hui collected nine straight points to lead 17-8.


Koo-Chin in with a chance to chalk up a first for Malaysia

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 October 2010
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THE men’s singles and doubles badminton gold medals are for the taking but it is in the mixed doubles that the scratch pair of Koo Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui are in a position to make a historic breakthrough for Malaysia today.

The vast experience of the duo in doubles play helped them overcome third seeded Singaporeans Triyachart Chayut-Yao Lei 19-21, 21-16, 21-18 in 65 minutes in the semi-final on Tuesday.

Top seeds Nathan Robertson-Jenny Wallwork of England prevented an all-Malaysian final by beating Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 19-21, 21-13, 23-21 and the established pair will start as the favourites.

Malaysia have yet to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in mixed doubles badminton, an event dominated by English pairs.

But doubles coach Rexy Mainaky, who was put on the end of the seat watching his charges battling it out in the semi-finals, hoped that Kien Keat-Eei Hui would claim a bonus gold for Malaysia.

“Kien Keat-Eei Hui have come through the crucial situation and they are now just one step away from winning the mixed doubles gold for the first time,” he said.

“It is the first time that they are play as a pair in competitions but they have been consistent,” he said.




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