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Shuttler needs to show that he still can hack it with the big boys

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Published: 17 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian singles shuttler Kuan Beng Hong has a chance to show he can still hack it in the big league after gaining a place in the main draw of the Indonesian Open alongside Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim.

In the qualifying tournament yesterday, Beng Hong defeated Chinese junior Qiu Yanbo 18-21, 21-17, 21-7 and went on to score a 21-23-, 21-17, 21-19 win over Czech Republic’s Petr Koukal.

And Beng Hong has the chance to show national chief coach Rashid Sidek that he deserves more outings in Super Series tournaments when he takes on China’s No. 2 Chen Jin in the first round today.

Hafiz is also in a similar situation. Like Beng Hong, he was left out of the Singapore Open last week.

Hafiz should beat Danish qualifier Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the opening round but a better marker of his ability will be against Chong Wei tomorrow.

Also facing a tough opening round is Choong Hann, who will be up against Thai qualifier Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk. A win should give him a second round match against defending champion Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.

 

Lee starts well in Indonesia Open badminton

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Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Men's singles No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia won his first match in the Indonesia Open as he defeated German Marc Zwiebler in 28 minutes with a score of 21-17, 21-13 on Wednesday.

    Earlier, Chinese women player Xie Xingfang beat Indonesia's Maria Kristin Yulianti 21-17, 23-21.

    Indonesian men's singles, men's and women's doubles players prevailed in the qualifying round.

    Simon Santoso, Indonesian hopeful in men's singles, won his match against Danish Jan Jorgensen 16-21, 21-8, 21-19.

    Simon is to face South Korean Sung Hwan Park who beat China's Yi Lu 21-17, 21-16.

    "Huge support from the crowd motivated me to win the game. In the next game with Park, I should be more patient since he has great defending skill, " Simon told a press conference.

 
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Beng Hong made to sweat for ticket (pic)

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Published: 17 June 2009
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UNDER-PERFORMING Kuan Beng Hong had to produce his best before securing a place in the men's singles main draw of the Indonesia Open in Jakarta yesterday.

Beng Hong came from one game down to beat China's Yanbo Qiu 18-21, 21-17, 21-7 in the first round of qualifiers before securing a tough 21-23, 21-17, 21-19 victory over Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic.Malaysia’s Kuan Beng Hong beat Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic 21-23, 21-17, 21-19.



His performance, despite staying at home for extra training over three weeks, did not look convincing and the World No 35 needs to improve his performance in order to make an impact in Jakarta.



Beng Hong faces an uphill battle against World No 6 Chen Jin of China in the first round today.


 
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China's Qiu Yanbo defeated by Malaysian player in Indonesian badminton championship

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Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese player Qiu Yanbo lost his chance from playing further in men's single category of Indonesia Open 2009 super series after defeated by Malaysian player Ben Hong Quan here on Tuesday.

    The Chinese player, ranking 63rd in Badminton World Federation's (BWF) ranking, lost the match in three games with scores of 21 18, 1721 and 721.

    Meanwhile, a Chinese team manager told reporters that Singapore Open 2009 champion, Bao Chunlai, failed to take part in the sixth super series tournament sanctioned by BWF.

    "Bao Chunlai suffered from injuries after the recent competition in Singapore," he said in a hurry without mentioning his name after Qiu Yanbo's match.

    According to the match list issued by the organizer, the name of the world's number 16th was replaced by another Chinese player Lu Yi.

 
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World's top badminton players to compete in Indonesia Open

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Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Tuesday hosted the sixth event of badminton super series championship entitled Djarum Indonesia Open 2009, at the national indoor stadium Istora Senayan.

    As many as 284 players from 27 countries take part in the world-class badminton championship sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) that would end on June 21.

    Most players vying in the tournament had just concluded their competition in Singapore Open 2009, the fifth badminton super series event that took place last week.

    Five categories comprising of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles will be played in the championships that provides a total reward of 250,000 U.S. dollars.

    The men's singles defending champion in Indonesia Open, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the world's number four from Indonesia, will face fierce challenge against his rivals to defend his championship.

 

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