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Kien Keat-Boon Heong reach Swiss Open final for third time

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Published: 21 March 2010
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong proved that Basel is their favourite hunting ground when they reached the final of the Swiss Open for the third time in superb fashion yesterday.

Yesterday, the world number one pair and top seeds fought brilliantly for a 21-13, 28-26 win over Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in a 41-minute semi-final match.

They will take on the winner of the match between South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata of Japan next and has a good chance to emerge victorious.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong had struck it right twice in Basel before when they emerged as the champions in 2007 and 2009.

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Swiss Open Taufik, Hayom cling on in Basel’s 2nd round

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Published: 21 March 2010
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Indonesia is relying on men’s singles fourth seed Taufik Hidayat and his junior compatriot, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka, for a triumph at the ongoing Swiss Badminton Super Series in Basel after the elimination of top title hopeful Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan.

After a tough rubber-set win (21-18, 19-21, 21-12) over Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine, world number three Taufik will go on to face Japanese Kazushi Yamada in the second round of the series on Thursday evening local time, or around midnight Indonesian time.

Meanwhile, Hayom will meet a tougher rival from China, eightth seed Chen Long. Hayom beat Eric Pang of the Netherlands in 21-14, 21-16 in the first round.
If both advance from the second round, Taufik and Hayom will go head to head in the quarterfinals on Saturday.  

At the first round of the series late on Wednesday, Markis/Hendra were ousted from the contest by unseeded Taiwanese pair Chen Hung Ling/Lin Yu Lang in a 26-minute straight-set game of 19-21, 18-21.


Saina breaks into top-five of world badminton rankings (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 March 2010
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New Delhi: India's top badminton player Saina Nehwal cracked into the top-five of world rankings with her semi-final finish at the All England Championships.

Saina jumped two places to be at the world no.5, surpassing her previous best of No.6 that she achieved in 2009. Saina surprised everyone this month by becoming the first Indian woman to qualify for the All England semi-finals where she lost to Tine Rasmussen of Denmark.

Saina has had a great run since making the quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Last year, she became the first Indian woman to win a Super Series event at the Indonesian Open. She followed it up by winning the Syed Modi Grand Prix event in Lucknow.

In the men's rankings, Chetan Anand slipped one spot to 10th but P. Kashyap gained one spot to be 29th. Arvind Bhat remained at 36th while Anup Sridhar slipped one place to 40th.

In the mixed doubles rankings, Jwala Gutta and V. Diju slipped one spot to 10th.

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Badminton minnows reaping the benefits of BAC programme

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Published: 21 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton minnows Uzbekistan will be lucky to win even one game against Malaysia in the opening group tie of today’s mixed team competition in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

But thanks to the initiative by the Badminton Asian Confederation (BAC), Uzbekistan should be able to provide a stiffer challenge to others in four years time.

Uzbekistan are one of the teams involved and reaping the benefits of BAC’s programme run by the Asian Development Team.

The team have come up with interesting programmes to lift the profile of smaller badminton nations in a bid to get more quality participation of shuttlers worldwide at the Olympic Games.


Lee captures All-England badminton title (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, England — Lee Chong Wei, the man who has dominated the Super Series circuit without winning the most major titles, captured the All-England Open on Sunday.

The top-seeded Malaysian enjoyed a 21-19, 21-19 win over 20-year-old Kenichi Tago, the first Japanese male finalist for nearly half a century, in a final in which Lee's experience just got him through tight finishes in both games.Lee Chong Wei with his All England Trophy

Lee also became the first man to win three Super Series titles in a row, having captured the titles in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur in January.

Just before giving his press conference Lee received a phone call of congratulations from the Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, and came into the room buzzing with the thrill.

"It was a big relief to win and a big dream especially as it's the 100th anniversary of the All-England," said Lee.

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