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Masters title is best medicine for sick Misbun (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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MALAYSIA’S top men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei is ready to prescribe the best medicine for his sick coach Datuk Misbun Sidek — by winning the Super Series Masters Finals at the Likas Indoor Stadium today.

Yesterday, world No. 1 Chong Wei defeated Taufik Hidayat 21-5, 21-10 in an anti-climactic 25-minute semi-final match that saw the Indonesian putting up an insipid performance, much to the chagrin of the 5,000-odd spectators.Great Dane: Denmark’s Peter Gade-Christensen rejoicing after beating Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the semi-final yesterday. — NORMIMIE DIUN / The Star

Today promises to be a thrilling day for local badminton fans as Malaysian shuttlers will be in action in three finals — Chong Wei against Denmark’s Peter Gade-Christensen (men’s singles), Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong against South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung (men’s doubles) and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty against Indonesia’s Lilyana Natsir-Vita Marissa (women’s doubles).

 

Malaysia's Lee to meet Indonesia's Taufik in Super Series Masters (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia: Top seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will take on his old Indonesian rival Taufik Hidayat in the men's single semi-finals match in the inaugural Super Series Masters Finals on Saturday.

The other semi-final pits two old foes, Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and Peter Gade of Denmark, who made the cut despite losing to Malaysian Wong Choong Hann in his final Group A match on Friday night.

Lee, the tournament favourite topped Group A after securing three straight wins, including an easy 21-13, 20-22, 21-8 win Hong Kong's Chan Yan Kit on Friday.

 

Malaysia Emerge Overall Champion In Badminton, Bag All Seven Gold

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia emerged the overall champion in badminton at the 14th Asean University Games (AUG'08), winning all seven gold at stake.

The runners-up were Indonesia with five silver and three bronze while Thailand came in third with five bronze.

The host nation stormed ahead when they picked five more gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the Cheras Badminton Stadium here Friday.

Malaysia took an early control on the opening day on Sunday by winning two gold in the men's and women's team events.

In today's matches, Malaysia won the gold in men's doubles through Mohd Razif Ab Latif and Tan Wee Kiong, mixed doubles (Tan Wee Kiong and Woon Khe Wei) and men's singles (Mohamad Arif Ab Latif).
 

Hendrawan can’t help but envy the support that badminton gets here

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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INDONESIAN coach Hendrawan cannot help but envy Malaysia as far as the government’s support for badminton is concerned.

Indonesian shuttlers have, since last month, been forced to leave the national training centre and rejoin their respective clubs due to financial difficulties.

The All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) do not have the money to pay for the players’ meals and accommodation.

The players will report for centralised training in January but will have to find their own sponsors if they want to compete in the Malaysian and Korean Opens next month.

 

Saina’s persistence earns her a spot in the semi-finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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INDIA’S Saina Nehwal (pic) has shed tears too many times over badminton. And the many struggles have only made the talented youngster a stronger person.

A passport problem almost saw her missing the trip in the ongoing Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu. But, being the resilient person that she is, she took matters into her own hands to see to it that she made it for the prestigious tournament.

And her persistence paid off when she booked a place in the semi-finals as the Group B runner-up. She defeated Pi Hongyan of France and Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo yesterday.

“I almost did not make it. I was invited because China’s players withdrew. There were no more empty pages on my passport. I thought I could settle the matter within days but it took longer than expected,” said Saina, who will take on Wang Chen of Hong Kong in today’s semi-final.

 

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