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Badminton: Fairuzizuan-Zakry relish the challenges in Masters Finals (pic)

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Published: 16 December 2008
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PETALING JAYA: The national number one men’s pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Latif have avoided Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in the group stages of the Super Series Masters Finals, which begin on Thursday in Kota Kinabalu.Dangermen: Jung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae (right) of South Korea are among the title favourites in the Super Series Masters Final.

But they still have to brace for some tough battles. Fairuzizuan-Zakry qualified for the Finals as the second ranked pair in the Super Series standings behind the Markis-Hendra and can only be up against their bogey pair from the semi-finals.

But that is of little comfort as they can expect to have matches against top pairs in the likes of South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung and 2000 Sydney Olympic champions Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan, who now play under the Indonesian and American banner respectively.

Other qualifiers are team-mates Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, South Koreans Cho Gun-woo-Yoo Yeon-seong and two Danish pairs — Simon Mollyhus-Anders Kristiansen and Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

Gun-woo-Yeon-seong and Boe-Mogensen are the replacements for China’s Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun and another Danish pair Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen, who withdrew from the Series Finals, which offer a prize money of US$42,000 to the men’s doubles champions.

 

Why not try.. BADMINTON

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 December 2008
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Badminton is an excellent way to keep in shape while improving eye/hand coordination and increasing alertness.

It’s fun and a great way to beat stress.

It can increase HDL or good cholesterol by 13% and decrease blood pressure by as much as 11/8 mm Hg, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.

It is played indoors in dozens of safe sporting venues across Merseyside.

It can promote weight loss as part of an overall healthy eating and exercise regime. Just a 7% weight loss has been proven to be enough to reverse or stop the progression of certain diseases related to obesity like diabetes and hypertension.

It has been found that playing badminton until you get an increase in heart rate or mild breathlessness regularly in middle age lowers the risk of death by about 23% in the subsequent 20 years and improves longevity by at least two years.

 
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Saina hopeful of pulling off the unexpected

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 December 2008
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Mumbai: An absolute newbie to the elite bracket of badminton, Saina Nehwal will find the air around her at the Likas Sports Complex in East Malaysia a tad too rarefied for her comfort. Seventh on the list of the world’s leading eight women, selected to play the BWF World Super Series Masters Finals, Nehwal has been drawn alongside three opponents against whom she is yet to register a win in her career. The 18-year-old hence, is expecting nothing less than a very tough challenge over the 18-21 December tournament — which besides being badminton’s richest, will also be Nehwal’s first assignment, testing her Top-10 mettle.

Nehwal is placed in Group B — led by Denmark’s Tine Rasmussen (World No 2), French World No 7 Pi Hongyan and local challenger 25-year-old Wong Mew Choo, who has beaten the Indian ace in both their face-offs earlier. Nehwal has in fact, lost all of the half-dozen encounters against the lot she’ll come up against in the year-ending extravaganza. “It will be very, very tough against all of them. Tine is strong and a No. 2, while Pi Hongyan is known to pick every shuttle. Wong Mew Choo is tricky with her aggression and speed,” Nehwal said, expecting every match to start a 50-50 affair — not more.

Recently declared Badminton World Federation’s Most Promising Player of the year, by 21 council members — after edging out Korean Lee Yong Dae and Kevin Gordon of Guyana — Nehwal entered the Super Series Masters after being promoted from the reserve list, after two from China withdrew. Her late entry confirmation, and hiccups over her passport renewal notwithstanding, Nehwal is hopeful of pulling off the unexpected. “I had a good training session before I left, and I’ll get another one tomorrow. I’m happy with the practice, though I haven’t trained at the main courts,” she said from Malaysia, two days prior to the start of the competition, which comprises a round robin format in two pools of four, with the first and second advancing to the semi-finals.

While the Chinese pull-outs as also some other high-profile withdrawals have taken some shine off this ambitious tournament, her Malaysia stay might prove to be the perfect sweeping finish to a remarkable year for the teenager.

 
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Taufik in at eleventh hour

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 December 2008
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INDONESIA'S former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, after initially withdrawing from the Super Series Masters Finals apparently due to an injury, will, after all be playing in the US$500,000 (RM1.8 million) event which starts in Kota Kinabalu tomorrow.



The Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday confirmed Taufik's participation and clarified that the BA of Indonesia (PBSI) had miscommunicated with the world body.

The PBSI had initially withdrawn Taufik from the event citing a wrist injury, but after a second opinion, has given the green light for the player to make the trip to Kota Kinabalu.

The BWF and PBSI were saved further embarrassment when Hong Kong's Ng Wei, Taufik's replacement, graciously withdrew to allow the Indonesian to compete.
Taufik will now be the biggest threat to Malaysian World No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the year-ending event.
 
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Taufik’s about turn brings huge relief to organisers

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Published: 16 December 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: A change of heart by Indonesian Taufik Hidayat has brought the smile back on the Super Series Masters Finals organising chairman Datuk Maijol Mahap.

Maijol, who is the Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) president, said Taufik’s presence would certainly lift the profile of the tournament, which was dealt a blow with the withdrawal of all the Chinese qualifiers.

 

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