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Indian trio reaches third round of German Open (pic)

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Published: 26 February 2009
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Barring Anand Pawar, it was a satisfying outing for Indian shuttlers on Thursday at the Yonex German Open with the trio of Chetan Anand, Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhatt reaching the third round of the men's singles.

Tournament second seed Anand defeated Kay Bin Yeoh of Malaysia, ninth-seed Bhat got the better of Kestutis Navickas of Lithuania and 15-seed Sridhar beat host country's Marcel Reuter in today's second round encounters.

Pawar, though, proved unlucky and despite winning the first game, he failed to carry on the momentum and went down 21-14, 14-21, 8-21 to fifth-seed Andrew Smith of England.

Although Anand was stretched by Yeoh in the first set, he gave his opponent no chance in the second, winning the encounter 23-21, 21-12, according to information received here.

He will next meet Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who defeated compatriot Kasper Ipsen 21-11, 21-14.

The ninth-seeded Bhat took the first game 21-17 but then allowed Navickas to come back, losing the second 17-21. The decider went down to the wire before the Indian prevailed 23-21 to reach the third round where he will meet Smith.

Sridhar defeated Reuter 21-18, 21-13 and will take on Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia in the next round. The third-seed Wong beat Switzerland's Christian Boesiger 21-12, 21-10 in the second round.
 
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Badminton's Hallam retires at 33 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2009
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Badminton's Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tracey Hallam has announced her retirement at the age of 33.

She reached a high of seven in the world rankings and reached the last eight in three consecutive world championships, from 2005 to 2007. Tracey Hallam in action at the Beijing Olympics

Hallam, from Burton-on-Trent, said: "Now is the time to go. I have many great memories, including winning the 2006 Commonwealth gold in Melbourne."

England coach Ian Wright said: "She is a credit to the sport."
 
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Misbun Ramdan made to sweat before retaining title (pic)

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Published: 25 February 2009
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IT was an unusual struggle for Misbun Ramdan Misbun (pic) who nonetheless retained his Under-18 singles title, while Zulfadli Zulkifli secured an effortless double in the Under-16 category of the Zone A first leg of the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit in Ipoh yesterday.

Ramdan, the son of national coach Misbun Sidek, was expected to have it easy but wa s taken the distance by fellow Selangor player S.

Krishna Kumar before winning 21-16, 20-22, 21-16 in 48 minutes.

Zulfadli, also from Selangor, thrashed Ooi Yee Keat of Penang 21-6, 21-3 in just 17 minutes to secure the Under-16 singles crown. He then teamed up with younger brother Zulfaiz to beat Pe r a k ’s Chan Ren Chong-Jason Loo 21- 6, 21-19 to win the doubles title.

Kuala Lumpur’s Lee Jian Jee made a swe e p of the boys’ Under-18 in the first leg of the Zone B in Malacca. Jian Jee beat Aiman Hussin of Johor 21-10, 21-17 in 29 minutes to win the singles title, then secured the doubles crown with Mohamed Nurhelmi beating another KL pair Loke Kok Pong-Saw Weng Jian 20-22, 21-12, 21-15.

 

Lack of good sparring partners means Lee must keep on competing (pic)

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Published: 25 February 2009
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PETALING JAYA: With a packed badminton calendar, China’s top shuttlers are expected to pick and choose the tournaments to feature in this year.

But Malaysian singles coach Misbun Sidek said that world number one Lee Chong Wei does not have this luxury simply because there is now no sparring partners in the national squad good enough to match his level of play.

Misbun said that Chong We has no choice but to stick to a hectic schedule to at least maintain his standard of play. Chong Wei played in eight of the 12 Super Series tournaments last year and also featured in the Macau Open, which is a Grand Prix Gold event on the world circuit.Punishing pace: Lee Chong Wei played in 14 international tournaments including the Olympic Games last year.

 

Pei Tty-Eei Hui must scale Great Wall for title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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WO M E N ’S doubles Wong Pei Tty Chin Eei Hui will face serious threats from China’s leading pairs in their bid to capture the All England title but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky views it as an ideal situation to cement their reputation as a world class pair.

Pei Tty-Eei Hui, theWorld No 2, are expected to meet China’s No 4 Pan Pan-Tian Qing in the second round, followed by Zhao Tingting- Zhang Yawen in the quarter-finals and Olympic champions Du Jing-Yu Yang, the World No 6, in the semis.

This is the toughest draw any pair could have asked for but Rexy said it is better to overcome such tough matches early and, if the Malaysians survive, it would raise their self-belief and more success will follow.

Pei Tty, 28, and Eei Hui, 27, have beaten all three pairs before but Du Jing-Yu Yang have a 4-1 record and the odds will be against the Malaysians in Birmingham on March 3-8.

“It is a good test for Pei Tty-Eei Hui as they must beat three China pairs to reach the final.

“This is unavoidable as they will have to beat these pairs if they want to become champions,” said Rexy.

“At their age, Pei Tty-Eei Hui cannot improve on their skills that much and all they need to do is maintain their physical condition and avoid injuries.

 

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