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Japan enter do-or-die tie against Malaysia in bullish mood

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Published: 25 October 2009
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JAPAN will enter today’s must-win World Junior Bad­min­ton Champion­ships Group Z tie against Malaysia in bullish mood.

The Japanese shuttlers put on a convincing performance in the 5-0 drubbing of Singapore yesterday without dropping a single game.

Now, they have set their sights on overcoming the second-seeded Malaysians and clinch the semi-final ticket from the group.

It will be a repeat of the Asian junior semi-final clash in July, which Malaysia won 3-1.

But Japan’s junior coach Rionny Mainaky, the brother of national doubles coach Rexy, is predicting a much closer battle today.

“Japan were nervous and felt intimidated by the home crowd during the Asian meet (in Kuala Lumpur) as it was the players’ first experience in a high-pressure atmospere.

“They have learnt their lessons, and will not be overawed easily in Alor Setar.


Malaysia get walkover win before slaying Singapore (pic)

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Published: 25 October 2009
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MALAYSIA kicked off their Group Z campaign in the World Junior Badminton Championships mixed team event with contrasting, but comfortable, victories at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium in Alor Setar yesterday.

The national players were not required to lift their racquets for their opening match against Cambodia in the morning.

The Cambodians failed to turn up and Malaysia were awarded a 5-0 walkover win.Immaterial defeat: Malaysia’s Lai Pei Jing (front) and Ng Hui Ern in action against Singapore’s Thng Ting Ting-Chen Jiayuan during their World Junior Championships Group Z match on Friday. Pei Jing-Hui Ern lost 19-21, 21-16, 24-26.

The tournament organisers stated that the Cambodian squad faced problems leaving Phnom Penh, but will arrive in Alor Setar in time for the start of the individual events next Wednesday.

Later in the evening, the well-rested hosts took to the court and beat Singapore 4-1 for their second win in the five-team group.

The Singaporeans looked lethargic after a tough 0-5 defeat to Japan earlier in the morning.

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Nathan Robertson wins but England lose to Japan in opening badminton encounter (pic)

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Published: 20 October 2009
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England suffered a shock 4-1 defeat by Japan in Bath in the first of a two-match series.

Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork gave England the perfect start by taking the mixed doubles against Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Mizuki Fujii 21-13 21-11. Jenny Wallwork (pictured) gave England the perfect start with partner Nathan Robertson

Robertson made his first international appearance at home since winning his 100th cap against the Japan team in that match in China.

However, Portsmouth's Andrew Smith lost 19-21 21-14 21-12 to Kenichi Tago, then Jersey's three-times national champion Elizabeth Cann was beaten 21-18 18-21 21-16 by Eriko Hirose.

Jessica Fletcher - called up at short notice for her senior England debut at the age of 17 when Donna Kellogg was forced to pull out through injury - and Jenny Wallwork went down 18-21 21-11 21-10 to Mami Naito and Shizuka Matsuo as Japan secured the winning lead.


Super Dan makes history by defending men's singles badminton title at National Games (pic)

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Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China, -- "Super Dan", as Chinese top shuttler Lin Dan was nicknamed, made history by defending the men's singles badminton title at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Sunday. Lin Dan of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) team celebrates after winning the men's singles final of badminton against Bao Chunlai of Hunan province at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 18, 2009. Lin won the match 2-0 and claimed the title of the event.

The 26-year-old, who represents People's Liberation Army, crushed Bao Chunlai from Hunan 21-11, 21-3 in a 35-minute match.

    This was a replay of the final of last National Games four years ago as Lin pipped Bao 15-10, 15-2.

    Thus Lin became the first player to defend men's singles badminton title in the National Games history.

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Olympic silver medalist Cai crowned at National Games

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Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China,  -- Olympic silver medallist Cai Yun paired up with his national teammate Xu Chen to lift men's doubles badminton title at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Sunday.

    Cai/Xu from Jiangsu overcame Fu Haifeng and Zhu Lihua from Guangdong 21-16, 21-15 in the 39-minute final.

    Cai was also the champion of the last National Games but with another partner Zhang Jun, who is currently a national coach.

    In the national team, Cai teamed up with Fu to win a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games. They were also twice world champions in 2006 and 2009.

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