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Malaysian pairs must play every match like its a final, says coach Rexy (pic)

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KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles coach Rexy Mainaky wants shuttlers Lee Wan Wah-Choong Tan Fook and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to treat all their rivals in the Beijing Olympics in China next month with respect. The early rounds of the Olympic badminton competition should be a breeze, especially for the seeded players but Rexy does not want the two men’s...

Duo out to beat the odds

KUALA LUMPUR: One of the top four seeded pairs have always gone on to contest the Olympic final in the men's doubles competition and Koo Kien Keat-Boon Heong will be out to beat the odds in Beijing next month. The duo will not be seeded for their first outing in the Olympics. Veterans Lee Wan Wah-Choong Tan Fook look...

Origins of tennis, badminton and racquetball

The appeal of games that involve hitting an object back and forth with rackets goes back a long time. Speedminton may be the latest innovation, but it draws from tennis, badminton and racquetball. Here's a brief look at the origins of those sports: Tennis Some say tennis was invented by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and...

Chong Wei learns that there are no clear favourites at the Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR: National number one Lee Chong Wei has taken note that most of the past Olympic champions were not the early favourites. And he is well aware that he cannot afford to take anyone for granted in his challenge in the Beijing Olympics next month. In the last three tournaments before the Olympics – the back-to-back Opens...

Badminton-Lin beats Boonsak to take Thailand Open title

By Martin Petty BANGKOK, June 29 (Reuters) - World number one Lin Dan of China got his Olympic preparations off to a positive start by beating Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana 17-21 21-15 21-13 to win the Thailand Open on Sunday. Winner of back to back world titles in 2006 and...

Hafiz crashes, raising questions over future (pic)

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K.M. BoopathyHAFIZ Hashim took a step closer to the end of his career when he was toppled by unheralded Japanese Yuichi Ikeda in the third round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday. Lin Woon Fui (left) and Gan Teik Chai. Ikeda took advantage of fourth seed Hafiz’s glaring weakness — lack of fitness — to notch a 19-21,...

Boonsak, Lin book quarter-final berths (pic)

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Local star Boonsak Ponsana reached the quarter-finals of the SCG Thailand Open Badminton Championships at Nimibutr Gymnasium yesterday. Boonsak defeated India's Anup Sridhar 21-11, 28-26, while world number one Lin Dan also cruised into the last eight with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Kazuteru Kozai of Japan in just 33 minutes. Boonsak Ponsana, left, and Lin Dan won in straight...

BAM to discuss fate of under-performing shuttler Hafiz

By RAJES PAUL KUALA LUMPUR: The future of national men's singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim will be on the agenda when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching and training committee and exco meet today in Bukit Kiara here. Yesterday, the fourth seeded Hafiz was eliminated in the third round off the Thailand Open, losing...

South Korea national coach suspended

By Park Ju-min SEOUL, June 27 (Reuters) - South Korea's hopes of badminton gold at the Beijing Olympics suffered a blow on Friday when the head coach of the national badminton team was suspended amid a police investigation into allegations of embezzlement. The Korean Badminton Association said it had suspended head coach Kim Jung-soo, who is being...

Top players survive scares at badminton’s Thai Open (pic)

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Top-ranked badminton players Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan of China both survived scares from unseeded opponents to win their opening-round matches Wednesday at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold. Women's world No. 1 Xie needed three games to dispatch Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia 21-17, 19-21, 21-19 in a surprisingly tight match that went down to the wire....

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