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Fairuzizuan-Zakry aim to justify status as the No. 2 pair (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttlers Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif may be the second ranked pair in the country but that does not guarantee them a place in the squad for the Thomas Cup Finals.Barren run: Zakry (left) and Fairuzizuan ended the year without any titles.

Last year, the duo ended the year without any titles – putting a dent to their credibility as the country’s second best pair behind Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

Currently, several back-up pairs are not only breathing down their necks, but are hoping to dislodge the seniors for a place in the Thomas Cup squad.

But Fairuzizuan and Zakry are not going to take the challenge lying down.

They are determined to regain their confidence with a good showing in the Malaysian Open, which will begin at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Jan 19-24.

“We want to make the Thomas Cup squad by justifying our status as the second best pair in the country. So, it is important for us to do well in three Open tournaments, starting with the Malaysian Open,” said Fairuzizuan.

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Chetan Anand, Trupti Murgunde champs

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Published: 11 January 2010
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GUWAHATI: Petroleum Sports Promotion Board shuttlers Chetan Anand, the 14th seed, and second-seeded Trupti Murgunde clinched the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively in the 74th Senior National Badminton Championships that concluded here on Sunday.

In the men’s final, Chetan had to dig deep into his resources to get the better of the 13th-seeded Bangalorean and also his team-mate Anup Sridhar in 55 minutes.

Anup started off on a bright note and a determined effort saw him taking the first game 21-16. However, it was not the case in the second and third games. Chetan hit back in the second game and took it 21-19 but not before Anup gave a tough fight. It was a bit of disappointment in the decider as Anup was not able to keep up with his rival and lost 21-10.

This is Chetan’s fourth overall national men’s singles title.
The battle in the women’s singles final was not as intense as Trupti defeated top seed Sayali Gokhale to clinch her maiden National women’s singles title.

Though there was some resistance from Sayali in the first game, which her rival won 21-17, it was a rather lop-sided affair in the second game. Sayali could manage just seven points in the second and succumbed to Trupti in 36 minutes.

It was a double for Jwala Gutta on Sunday. In the mixed doubles final, she combined with V Diju and the third-seeded pair did not have too much trouble in brushing aside the challenge of top seeds Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan in just 18 minutes. They won 21-12 21-7.

Later, Jwala teamed up with Ashwini Ponnappa and they registered a 21-15 22-20 victory over Aparna Balan and Shruti Kurien, the top seeds, in a 29-minute encounter in the women’s doubles final. Second seeds Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas bagged the men’s doubles title with a 21-15 21-18 win over Akshay Dewalkar and Jishnu Sanyal.

 

BAM to look into Chong Wei’s wish to play in China’s league

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Published: 11 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: World number one Lee Chong Wei’s request to play in the China Badminton League (CBL) will be “deliberated carefully” to avoid unnecessary burden on the player and the national association.

Yesterday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh said they would look into Chong Wei’s schedule before making a decision.

Chong Wei had expressed his desire to play in the CBL as he felt that it would be an ideal platform to enjoy some quality matches.

The league kicked off in December and will resume in May.

“We will discuss it if he brings it up with us. There are so many aspects to look into. This is a heavy year for Chong Wei and we do not want to burden him,” said Kenny.

“It is a year where Chong Wei has been targeted to excel in several major events. This has to be looked into.

“We also have to look into sponsorship matters. Will his participation in the CBL affect our sponsors? We need more details before making a decision.”

Last year, Chong Wei was invited to represent the Guangzhou province in the CBL but the BAM did not give him the green light. Besides, Chong Wei was down with an injury that saw him pulling out of the Laos SEA Games.

 

Pickings Slim for Indonesian Badminton at Season Opener

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Published: 11 January 2010
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When the Korea Open Super Series begins today in Seoul, the number of former Indonesians will nearly match those who still play for Indonesia.

With national team shuttlers sitting out the $300,000 season opener, Indonesia only has three players representing it — Hendra Aprida Gunawan, Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Flandy Limpele.

The Indonesian Badminton Association kept its shuttlers out of the Korea Open, citing a lack of preparation time after the Southeast Asian Games in December. The extra training was part of the association’s plan to stop Indonesia’s decline after a year in which it won just five Super Series titles.

Its decision to hold off until the Malaysia Open left the burden of reviving the country’s fortunes on the shoulders of professional shuttlers such as Hendra and Alvent.

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Chief coach Rexy in the dark about Kim Her’s return (pic)

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Published: 07 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky harboured hopes to start afresh with the men’s shuttlers after a good holiday with his family in Indonesia.

But now he has been presented with a “big headache”.In a quandary: Rexy Mainaky was not consulted by the BAM in the hiring of Tan Kim Her (right) as a coach.

Rexy, who resumed work yesterday, certainly seemed slighted after he was kept in the dark over the appointment of Tan Kim Her as the latest member of the doubles coaching set-up.

He does not know how the former national doubles shuttler would fit into his plans.

But the Indonesian has no choice but to look again at the work delegation of his coaching team when the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) coaching and training committee meet.

The BAM hired Kim Her last week and he is expected to report for work next month.

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