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Denmark’s Gade clears first hurdle toward elusive World title

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Former World No. 1 Peter Gade of Denmark cleared the first hurdle in his bid to win the elusive World Badminton Championship title, beating England's Andrew Smith 21-18, 21-10 on Tuesday.It took the 31-year old Dane only 36 minutes to put Smith out of the competition and earn a second round match against Hong Kong's Chan...

Malaysia to break badminton world championships jinx

Malaysia has never won a title in the world badminton championships. Now might be the time for them to break the jinx.In the 16th edition on home soil and as the 50th national anniversary is approaching, they have every reason to be optimistic. Besides one men's singles silver medal in 2003 and three runner-ups in men's doubles in...

Surprise exit for English men’s doubles pair

KUALA LUMPUR: Last year's World Badminton Championships runners-up Robert Blair-Anthony Clark headed for an early flight home to England after they were sent packing in the second round by Poland's Michal Logosz-Robert Mateusiak at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil today. The ninth-seeded English pair lost 16-21, 16-21 to unseeded Logosz-Mateusiak in just 34 minutes. Their defeat handed...

Tan shrugs off pressure at badminton worlds

Tan Boon Heong, who pairs with Koo Kien Keat as favorites to win Malaysia's first gold medal at the world badminton championships, shrugged off pressure from home people. Tan/Koo began to pair up since the Japanese Open last October, and won the men's doubles title at the Asian Games, Malaysian Open, All England Open and Swiss Open. Their...

Koo and Tan has opportunity to become world No. 1

PETALING JAYA: National number one Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have an extra drive to win the men's doubles world title. Success will see them claiming the status as the world number one for the first time. If they do so, the pair forged in October last year, will become the first men's pair to be ranked at number...

Christian puts his money on the youngsters

Christian puts his money on the youngster INDONESIA’s chief coach Christian Hadinata sees the current scoring system favouring the younger pairs. Among the veterans who are probably taking a last shot at winning the world title are Danes Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen...

Boonsak beats Chinese foe again in Games badminton

BANGKOK, Thailand: Boonsak Ponsana made it two upset wins in a row over world No. 2 Chen Hong of China, giving Thailand the men's singles badminton gold medal Wednesday at the World University Games. Boonsak, a 25-year-old law student ranked ninth in the world, led Thailand to the team title last weekend with a win over Chen, avenging...

China Flex Muscles at World Championships

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China flexed their muscles on the second day of the world badminton championships. China flexed their muscles on the second day of the world badminton championships on Tuesday when third seed Chen Jin and sixth seed Chen Yu enjoyed comfortable victories.Chen Jin With top seed Lin Dan yet to start his campaign to retain the title he won...

Taufik sees early exit thanks to Anup

PETALING JAYA: It was a surprise exit for Indonesian star player Taufik Hidayat when he went down to India's Anup Sridhar, 21-14, 24-26, 22-20, in the World Badminton Championships at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil this evening. Malaysian Wong Mew Choo did well in beating Russia's Ekaterina Ananina, 21-14, 22-20 in the women's singles. ...

Shuttlecock shocker: mystery illness hits

A trans-Tasman badminton tournament being held in New Zealand was thrown into chaos yesterday after scores of competitors came down with a mystery illness. Vomiting, headaches and diarrhoea struck about 70 of the mostly Australian field of 170 competitors in the Australasian Under-17 tournament being held in Christchurch. One girl was admitted to hospital suffering severe dehydration....

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