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Boonsak hopes new racquet will bring him glory (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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THAILAND’S Boonsak Ponsana is using a new weapon called Kum­poo in a bid to make his mark in this year’s World Champion­ships.

Yesterday, the 16th-seeded Boon­sak defeated Kestutis Navickas of Lithunia 21-14, 14-21, 21-17 with the Kumpoo racquet — a brand from Japan — in the first round of the men’s singles event.Safely through: Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana using his Kumpoo racquet to return a shot to Lithuania’s Kestutis Navickas yesterday. Boonsak won 21-14, 14-21, 21-17


Veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah, Chong Ming-Choon Eng bite the dust

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Published: 12 August 2009
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MALAYSIA’S independent men doubles players – Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng – were blown away in the first round of the World Championships yesterday.

But they are not ready to bid farewell to the game – just yet.

Veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah went down 15-21, 21-18, 23-21 to 2005 World champions Tony Gunawan-Howard Bach of the US in 43 minutes while Chong Ming-Choon Eng took the same amount of time to lose 21-18, 15-21, 16-21 to Japanese pair Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato.


China on brink of pulling out of Worlds

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Published: 11 August 2009
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China are poised to follow England's lead and pull out of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India.

"There is possibility that China will withdraw from the tournament due to security concerns," said head coach Li Yongbo after the opening day's matches yesterday.Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat returns a shot against Switzerland's Christian Boesiger during their men's singles match in a preliminary round of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad August 11, 2009.

"There are World Championships every year. The players' safety is much more important than the competition."

Li, who told reporters a day earlier that China would stay and compete unless the tournament was canceled, said he had received a phone call yesterday morning from senior officials of the State General Administration of Sports (SGAS), China's sports' governing body, and they had expressed serious concerns about the safety of the Chinese players.

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Peter-Gade enjoys ‘old man’ status

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Published: 11 August 2009
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BEING rated as one of the title contenders at the age of 32 years old is certainly not too bad for Danish Peter-Gade Christensen.Bright start: Peter-Gade Christensen strolled past Valeriy Atrashchenkov of Ukraine Monday.

In fact, he is relishing every moment of it.

And on a good day, Christensen is confident that he can take down either world number one Lee Chong Wei or China’s Lin Dan.

However, he is realistic of his chances in his seventh World Championships outing in Hyderabad here.

Yesterday, he got off to a flying start with a 21-11, 21-16 win over Ukraine’s Valeriy Atrashchenkov in the first round.

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Yongbo: China women’s singles set to rule the world

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Published: 11 August 2009
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CHINA’S young women’s singles shuttlers are fast gaining ground and should rule the world in the near future.

That is the assessment of China chief coach Li Yongbo here at the World Champion­ships.

Except for seasoned campaigner Xie Xingfang, the others who have made their presence felt over the last one year are Wang Yihan, Lu Lan and Wang Lin.

He said that age was catching up with the current top players like world number one Zhou Mi and Wang Chen of Hong Kong and Dane Tine Rasmussen.




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