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Mak-Tan show fizzles out in Germany (pic)

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Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The hopes of youngsters Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong for a major breakthrough in the German Open came unstuck in the quarter-finals at Mulheim yesterday.

The back-up men doubles shuttlers, who are touted as the future top men’s pair in the country, were on the verge of scalping their second consecutive big win in the tournament but a lack of experience saw them going down 16-21, 21-11, 19-21 to second seeds Chris Adcock-Robert Blair of England in the quarter-finals.

Just a day ago, the duo had beaten eighth seeds Michael Fuchs-Ingo Kindervater of Germany 21-14, 21-13 to seal a place in the last eight.

With Hee Chun-Wee Kiong’s defeats, the hope rests on the shoulders of former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen as the sole representatives to achieve glory in the men’s doubles event.Beaten: Wong Choong Hann failed to make the last four after China's Chen Long got the better of him.


German Open Finals – Four Titles for China, One for Korea

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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Wang Yihan was the only Chinese player who created an upset on finals day at he 2009 Yonex German Open, beating her top-seeded compatriot, Zhu Lin.  Zhao Yunlei claimed two titles while Japan's new duo will go home empty-handed after losing to Korean heroes Lee and Shin.

It all started with the women’s doubles final between two Chinese, Cheng Shu / Zhao Yunlei  and Pan Pan / Tian Qing. In the first set, Cheng/Zhao dominated the rallies with their attacks. Rallies lasted long as both relied on impressive defense, but in the end Cheng/Zhao  failed to give ‘finishing touch’ and let Pan and Tian take the first one 21-18.

The tables were turned in the second game. Cheng/Zhao played more aggressively with their placing and beautiful net winners. Leading 11-7 in the interval, Cheng/Zhao forced the decider 21-13 before claiming their first title 21-16 in the final game.

The next match was to field some other outstanding Chinese ladies: Zhu Lin and Wang Yihan . Both players seem to have equal skills in attacking and placing. But Zhu has more experience and she showed it by taking a first set lead 14-5 and 19-10. But then suddenly Yihan found her magic to collect 7 consecutive points from 13-20 to 20-all. Zhu set her mind straight and won 22-20.


New elite-level development from Badminton Europe

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Badminton Europe is delighted to announce two new initiatives to help increase the level of elite badminton players in Europe. The first is to establish a network of Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres. Secondly Badminton Europe will award scholarships to players to enable them to stay at Certificated Training Centres. This will be for players who have the potential to qualify for future World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres

Badminton Europe would like to create links with the National Training Centres of excellence within the Member Associations.  The idea is to certificate those centres that have the required standard and to cooperate on offering training for talented players from other Member Associations by awarding scholarships.


The criteria

In order to attain the status of a Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centre the following criteria must be met:


- have a venue dedicated for national team training

- have a group of players that can compete at European level

- have organised trainings of the national team at least 5 times per week

- have high class experts affiliated to the centre

- have other facilities like gym

- have organisational staff to facilitate the proper training environment

- be willing to accept players on conditions agreed in advance between the Certified Training Centre and Badminton Europe


Olga Konon at the Beijing 2008 Olympic GamesBadminton Europe scholarships

Badminton Europe will award scholarships to players to enable them to stay at Certificated Training Centres.  Scholarships will only be awarded to players that Badminton Europe considers to have the potential to qualify for future World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Information on Badminton Europe player scholarships will be announced in the near future.



Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres will be listed on the Badminton Europe website.  All centres will receive an official certificate which can be used to verify Badminton Europe’s endorsement.


The Certification will be valid for a two year period from 1 June 2009 – 31 May 2011.  A review will take place in 2011 to decide whether the Training Centre and Badminton Europe wishes to renew the Certification.

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Chetan Anand in German Open quarters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Second seeded Chetan Anand was the only Indian shuttler to reach the men's singles quarterfinals at the German Open badminton championships after Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhat made a third round exit.

In the mixed doubles, the fourth-seeded Indian pair of Diju Valiyaveetil and Jwala Gutta on Thursday dispatched American pair Halim Haryanto Ho and Yun Peng Halim 21-10, 21-12 to enter the quarterfinals. The Indians will now play Chinese Bo Zheng and Jin Ma.

According to the information received in New Delhi, Anand warded off a stiff challenge from 16th seed Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to win 21-14, 18-21, 21-12 in the third round on Thursday. Anand will next meet Chinese Weijie Gong, who shocked sixth seeded Japanese Sho Sasaki 21-15, 21-18.

Sridhar, seeded 15th, was shown the door by third seed Malaysian 21-16, 21-18 Choong Hann Wong while ninth-seeded Bhat went down fighting to fifth-seeded Briton Andrew Smith 16-21, 21-11, 21-19.

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Saina: I am fit and ready to go (pic)

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Published: 27 February 2009
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Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, in an exclusive chat with says she is ready for the challenges.

By Sudeer Mahavaadi  

Q: Tomorrow you are leaving for the all-England meet -are you ready for the challenge?

Ans: Certainly. I have trained pretty hard over the last four weeks. It has been really tough for me after the injury. But I am mentally and physically prepared for the challange. I know it is going to be tough for me in the All-England as I am going to play World No4 in the very first round. I will try my best to perform better.

Q: Have you completely overcome the injury?

Ans: Well not completely. But it is much better now comapred to the tournaments I played in January in Korea and Malaysia. I have made a great recovery and now feeling fitter and stronger.

Q: Why do you think is tough for you in all-England?

Ans: As I said playing world No 4 is always going to be a big challenge. The way I have prepared, I think I should do better. But even losing is not going to bother me in the sense that you are playing all tough players there . If I win, nothing can be greater, and if I make an early exit I should think I was beaten by stronger opponents. This will certainly be a great experience for me, in the coming All-England and Swiss championships.

Q: You mean to say that will help tune yourselves for the tourneys coming up in India?

Ans: Well certainly I am just looking forward to the coming two tournaments. Yes I think it should help me. Now my main concentration is on these. But playing in India is tougher than playing at other places. Although you enjoy home advantage, home pressure will be certainly different. Since most of the top class players are going to take part, I can't take anyting for granted from now onwords.

Q: You mean to say life is getting touger and tougher?

Ans: Well life has been tough from the word go. I mean from the time I started playing badminton, there has been lot of practising, training and far too much moving around. But I have alwyas been positive in my life. I have faced struggles and reaping success now. I am certainly happy the way I have progressed in this sport. Yes tougher situations are ahead of me and am ready to face any now.

Q: Pressure you is building everyday?

Ans: Certainly. But again if you cannot handle the pressure you cannot perform to the expectations. I have been able to handle it pretty well, thanks to my parents' support and my coaches' guidance. I just want say to myself that I am Saina Nehwal playing, not representing anything so that I don't feel the pressure. I have always made efforts to win laurels for my coutry and my state and I will continue to do so.

Physio Heath Matthwes happy

South African physiotherapist Heath Matthews, who trained Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza in 2007 is now specially attending to Saina Newhal .

And in an exclusive chat with, he said Saina's injury is now much better and should not bother her much. He said he worked hard on her injury and is happy the way she has recovered. Talking about her talent he said, she is a great competetor and a jewel in India's shuuttlers camp and in the years to come he hoped she should do better.

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