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Ratchanok restores Thai pride (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 THREE-TIME world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon restored the battered pride of her nation when she became the first Thai to reach a final in the World Championships.

 
And the 18-year-old Ratchanok did it in super style, ending Indian giant-killer P.V. Sindhu’s gallant run with a 21-10, 21-13 win in a 36-minute semi-final showdown.
 
Ratchanok will take on top seed Li Xuerui of China in today’s final and is highly motivated to become Thailand’s first world champion.Ratchanok Intanon created history by becoming the first Thai woman to make the final of the world meet.
 
Her historic march to the final could not have come at a better time following the ugly brawl involving two of Thailand’s men’s doubles players – Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit – in the final of last month’s Canadian Open. Bodin is serving a two-year ban while Maneepong is suspended for three months by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
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Lin Dan surprised to be in the final (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 FOUR-time world champion Lin Dan of China expressed surprise after reaching the men’s singles final of the World Championships.

 
Without any high-level competition for a year, Lin Dan gave a solid performance on Saturday to beat surprise semi-finalist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 21-17, 21-15 in 49 minutes. Lin Dan is well on course for his fifth world title.
 
It will be Lin Dan’s sixth final appearance in his eighth World Championships. 
 
He was the winner in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. 
 
In fact, he had also beaten Lee Chong Wei in the 2011 final.
 
After pulling off some brilliant moves en route to the victory over Tien Minh, Lin Dan was full of praise for his opponent.
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What now Koo-Tan? (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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KOO Kien Keat admits that he and Tan Boon Heong have been a letdown in the World Championships but has refused to give more hindsight on their future.

The pair, ranked second in the world, were once again not up to mark and were a major disappointment, easily losing 15-21, 16-21 to South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals.Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong react after losing to South Korea's Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.

It was their fourth defeat in all meetings to the young Korean pair, having also lost in the Malaysian and Japan Open last year and the India Open in April.

That defeat also means that Kien Keat-Boon Heong have failed the task given by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), which is to make the final at least.

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'Own goal' by the BAM (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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THE Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) seem to have “scored an own goal” by booking the return flights for the majority of their players when the World Championships hadn’t even ended?

Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Tee Jing Yi, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Chan Peng Soon, Ong Jian Guo and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing were sent home yesterday after they all failed to get into the quarter-finals of their respective events.

Does that mean BAM never had any faith or confidence in their own players?Liew Daren was beaten in the third round by world No.2 Chen Long of China.

How can BAM expect the players to set lofty targets when the national body themselves don’t believe in them?

How do you think the players would feel, knowing that BAM had booked their return flights well in advance?

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Exciting times for women's singles, says Clark (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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THERE were upsets galore in the third round of the women’s singles in World Championships and popular television commentator Gillian Clark is loving it.India's P.V.Sindhu is a rising star having already defeated two China players en route to making the semi-finals of the World Championships.

“I made a comment a year ago during the London Olympic Games that the women’s singles will be one of the most exciting and that many young shuttlers will rise up to give the Chinese girls a fight. It’s happening now,” she said.

“I can’t wait for the next Olympic Games (in 2016) as the race for the women’s singles will be quite open. It’s certainly great for the game and gives commentators like me a lot to talk about.”

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