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Chong Wei comes good on Indian soil in his third attempt (pic)

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Published: 14 October 2010
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei finally has something memorable to bring home from his third trip to India after beating Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-10, 21-8 to retain the men’s singles gold medal yesterday.

Chong Wei took just 30 minutes to finish off the world No. 17 to become only the second Malaysian player to win back-to-back men’s singles crown after Rashid Sidek, who won in 1990 (Auckland) and 1994 (Victoria).Master class: Lee Chong Wei did not drop a single game en route to the gold medal in New Delhi

Chong Wei did not drop a single game in the competition, which was not surprising, as he was clearly a class above the rest.

It has been an easy campaign but Chong Wei was nevertheless happy to come out a winner after his last two miserable outings in India.

Chong Wei came down with food poisoning at the India Open last year and was bundled out by Chen Long of China in the first round. He then had high hopes of landing the first world title for Malaysia as the top seed in Hyderabad but was eliminated by Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the quarter-finals.

Chong Wei was delighted that all turned out well in probably his last appearance in the Commonwealth Games.

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Kien Keat nets a hat-trick of golds as Malaysia win in three finals

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Published: 14 October 2010
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KOO Kien Keat turned up a super-charged performance to earn a historic breakthrough for Malaysia in Commonwealth Games badminton at the Siri Fort Sports Complex yesterday.

Kien Keat hit the jackpot in his maiden mixed doubles partnership with Chin Eei Hui and they nailed the only gold medal to elude by beating top seeds Nathan Robertson-Jenny Wallwork of England 22-20, 21-12 in 36 minutes.

Kien Keat returned to the court barely two hours later to bag the men’s doubles gold medal. Partnering Tan Boon Heong, they beat Robertson-Anthony Clark 21-19, 21-14.

The unseeded Kien Keat-Eei Hui had taken a comfortable 19-14 lead in the first game but allowed Robertson-Wallwork to grab six consecutive points.

Kien Keat covered well for the error-prone Eei Hui and he single-handedly won the next three points to take the tight first game.

There was some early resistance from Robertson-Wallwork in the second game but they were resigned to taking silver after Kien Keat-Eei Hui collected nine straight points to lead 17-8.

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Koo-Chin in with a chance to chalk up a first for Malaysia

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Published: 13 October 2010
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THE men’s singles and doubles badminton gold medals are for the taking but it is in the mixed doubles that the scratch pair of Koo Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui are in a position to make a historic breakthrough for Malaysia today.

The vast experience of the duo in doubles play helped them overcome third seeded Singaporeans Triyachart Chayut-Yao Lei 19-21, 21-16, 21-18 in 65 minutes in the semi-final on Tuesday.

Top seeds Nathan Robertson-Jenny Wallwork of England prevented an all-Malaysian final by beating Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 19-21, 21-13, 23-21 and the established pair will start as the favourites.

Malaysia have yet to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in mixed doubles badminton, an event dominated by English pairs.

But doubles coach Rexy Mainaky, who was put on the end of the seat watching his charges battling it out in the semi-finals, hoped that Kien Keat-Eei Hui would claim a bonus gold for Malaysia.

“Kien Keat-Eei Hui have come through the crucial situation and they are now just one step away from winning the mixed doubles gold for the first time,” he said.

“It is the first time that they are play as a pair in competitions but they have been consistent,” he said.

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Saina Nehwal in Badminton Final (pic)

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Published: 13 October 2010
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To deafening cheers from an adoring crowd, Saina Nehwal Tuesday sped into the Commonwealth Games badminton women’s finals with a straight-game win over Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff.
Ms. Nehwal, the first seeded player and India’s hopeful for a gold medal, won 21-10, 21-17. She meets Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong, seeded second in the tournament.

The two will play Thursday morning.Saina Nehwal of India plays against Susan Egelstaff of Scotland in the women’s singles semifinal badminton match of the XIX Commonwealth Games at the Siri Fort sports Complex in New Delhi on October 12, 2010.

In a hard-fought match, Indian women’s doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa beat the Australian pair Tian He Tang and Kate Wilson-Smith to enter the finals.

To cheers of “India Jeetega,” the hometown favorites came back from a first game loss to win the match 12-21, 21-13, 21-11.

Earlier in the evening, India’s fleet-footed Parupalli Kashyap lost to England’s Rajiv Ouseph in a fiercely contested match. Mr. Kashyap won the first game speedily only to lose the second. He had a lead in the third game that Mr. Ouseph ate away at to win 19-21, 21-12, 21-18.

Chetan Anand, India’s other semi-finalist, lost in two quick games to the world’s top-ranked man, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

Mr. Anand plays Mr. Kashyap for the bronze medal Wednesday evening.


Kashyap wins bronze for India in badminton

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Published: 13 October 2010
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NEW DELHI: India's Parupalli Kashyap defeated compatriot Chetan Anand to win a bronze in the badminton singles event of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Kashyap, who was playing in his first Commonwealth Games, survived a scar in the second game to scrap past third seed Chetan 21-15, 21-18 in the third place play off at the Siri Fort sport complex.

In the first game, Kashyap led 11-7 as Chetan suffered a series of unforced errors to allow Kashyap swell his lead before pocketing it comfortably.

In the second game, Chetan came back strongly and was leading 11-6 but soon he started faltering at the nets and mistakes of the first game against started to haunt him as Kashyap clawed back at 16-16 and then moved ahead 18-16.

A net dribble and a half smash took Kashyap to 20-18 and it was all over for Chetan after he hit the net as the 24-year-old burst into tears of joy amid the boisterous crowd who backed him all along.

"I am very happy to win this medal. I dedicate my win to my coach Bhaskar Babu and Gopichand and also to all the staff and supporters who have helped me in my career," Kashyap said after the match.

Kashyap said his semifinal loss to Rajiv Ouseph played on his mind and troubled him a lot but he was happy he could exorcise those thoughts and win on Wednesday.

"I have lost so many tournaments from winning positions. It happened in the Vietnam Open, Singapore Open and also in the Asian Championship in 2009 when I lost to Bao Chunlai after leading. It is a horrible feeling. So the thought of losing the semifinal kept troubling me last night," he said.

"Even today I was thinking about it but I told myself I won't commit the same mistakes. So I kept pushing the shuttle behind and it worked. If I would have done even half of what I did today, I could have won it yesterday," he added.

Asked about his next assignment, Kashyap said, "I would be leaving for Danish Open on October 24. My next aim is to win a medal at the Asian Games."

Melbourne bronze medallist Chetan said he was disappointed by his defeat.

"I am disappointed with my defeat but I am happy at least an Indian won a bronze. I will have to regroup myself and get my confidence back. I will play the Dutch Open next which I won last year. I hope I can win it and gain some confidence," he said.

Earlier, Liz Cann battled past Melbourne bronze medallist Susan Egelstaff 21-18, 21-16 in a 36-minute clash to win the bronze medal for England.

"I played well. I was in this situation four years back when I was defeated by Egelstaff so I feel amazing winning today," Liz said.

"It has been a long tournament. We have been playing for so long. There was constant pressure whether I would be able to do it but I am happy I played some of the best matches of my life here," she added.

In men's doubles, Singapore pair of Saputra Hendri Kurniawan and Hendra Wijaya struggled past compatriots Chayut Triyachart and Wong Zi Liang Derek 23-21, 21-12.

While comeback queens Tane He Tian and Kate Wilson-Smith won a marathon battle against Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White of England 21-23, 21-12, 21-16 in Women doubles to win the bronze for Australia, ending a 12-year drought.

"The first set was really close. Then in the second set we changed our game plan. We tried to focus and maintain the game rhythm, have a really good rally," Kate said.

"The first medal we [Australia] won was in 1998. This medal will be a real inspiration for the young players. It is a huge success for our country.

"We really wanted this medal so that the young talent in our country can train themselves harder, and I believe they can do it," she added.

In the mixed doubles, Chayut Triyachart and Yao Lei won the second bronze for Singapore after beating Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-14, 17-21, 21 in 51-minute match.

"We had a good win. I played in the Men's Doubles yesterday and it was hard. I was tired today," Chayut said.

"You know in the third set we had the advantage at 12-6. We then made it 13-6 when my opponent (CHAN) put his hand in the air [to signal that he was not ready to receive serve]. After this happened my opponent was off his game. At the end of the match I got nervous at 20-15 but I am happy to get the win," he said.

Lei said she is happy to win a bronze on her first commonwealth Games.

"It is my first Commonwealth Games. It is good to win a medal but I just want to prepare for tomorrow (Women Doubles final)," she said.




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