Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Badminton News: Ticket sale for Badminton Asia Championship begins

New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched the sale of tickets for the Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asia Championship to be held here from April 12.

The first ticket of the championship, to be held at the state-of-the-art DDA Siri Fort Badminton Stadium as a CWG test event, was given to Sheila Dikshit and Kalmadi by Badminton Association of India President V K Verma.

Kalmadi said he expected the Championship to be a roaring success.

"BAI hosted World Junior Championship in Pune and World Championship in Hyderabad successfully. By bringing the Asian Championship as the test event for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, BAI has ensured that the sport stays in the public eye," he said.

Dikshit said she was confident the event would draw full houses, especially since Indian ace Saina Nehwal is playing.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Men Singles Semi Finals - Chen Jin VS Du Pengyu

An uprising player from China, Du Pengyu in competition with his more experienced teammate, Chen Jin. Du Pengyu has done very well in this tournament by beating the reigning All England runner-up, Kenichi Tago. In fact, his performance this year has been pretty impressive thus far as he even beat Park Sung Hwan of Korea in the recent Malaysia Open. Would he be able to defy the odds and continue his run in this tournament?

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Women Doubles Finals -Tian Qing & Yu Yang vs Maeda Miyuki & Suetsuna Satoko

A rare occasion to have a women doubles finals match which is not between two Chinese pairs. This just further justifies the great run of Maeda Miyuki & Suetsuna Satoko from Japan in beating Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty, the current world number 1 from Malaysia and Tian Qing and Yu Yang from China en route to the finals. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

TheStar news: Lin Dan drops in ranking

By Rajes Paul

KUALA LUMPUR: Three-time world champion Lin Dan has lost his status as the top ranked Chinese player in the men’s singles world ranking list.
But Malaysia’s coach Misbun Sidek and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei believes that the Olympic champion will bounce back as the first singles player for China in the Thomas Cup Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Badminton News: World number one Chong Wei skips Asian meet

CHENNAI (Reuters) - Malaysian world number one and all England champion Lee Chong Wei will skip next month's Asian championships in New Delhi, organisers told Reuters on Saturday.
However, world and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China has confirmed his participation and will lead a strong field that also includes Indonesian world number three Taufik Hidayat for the April 12-18 tournament.
More than 300 players from 20 Asian countries will take part in the $150,000 prize money competition for both men and women, also a test event for the Commonwealth Games to be staged in the Indian capital later this year.
Women's world champion Lu Lan of China has confirmed her participation, Badminton Association of India president V.K. Verma said.
(Reporting by Sanjay Rajan, Editing by John O'Brien;
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Mixed Doubles Finals Badminton - Lee Yong-dae & Lee Hyo Jung VS Shin Baek Cheol & Yoo Hyun Young

An all-Korean encounter for the mixed doubles event which is pretty rare considering the presence of numerous outstanding mixed doubles players from China, Indonesia, England and Denmark. Nevertheless, the less experienced pair which was unseeded definitely achieved a breakthrough since they did not even get past second round in this year's Super Series events so far (Korea Open, Malaysia Open and All England Championship).

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Women Singles Finals Badminton - Shixian Wang vs Yanjiao Jiang

Again, the Chinese team clearly shows their superiority in the woman event by having their two youngsters playing each other in the Finals. While it was disappointment for Shixian Wang in the recent All England when she lost in the first round to Indonesian Maria Febe Kusumastuti, she made amends and made it all the way here. Would she be able to make an upset and stun her more favorable teammate?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Men Doubles Finals - Sung Hyun Ko & Yeon Seong Yoo vs Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong

After losing in the first round of the recent All England championship, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong must be really pumped up to perform in this tournament. That being said, they lived up to expectation by getting to the finals. However, their younger opponents are definitely a pair to respect considering that they beat their more veteran and well-established pair, Jung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae. This match, I expect, would go down the wire. 

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Men Singles Finals - Chen Jin VS Chen Long

An encounter between two former junior champions who are both out to prove their worthiness for being in the Chinese team. While Lin Dan lost to Peter Gade in the quarter finals stage and Bao Chunlai not playing in this tournament, these two players definitely live up to expectation to get this far. Chen Long may be the next Lin Dan if he plays the cards right. Enjoy the match!

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Men Singles Quarter Finals - Chen Jin VS Tien Minh Nguyen

The top player from Vietnam, Tien Minh Nguyen has had a very encouraging outing in 2009 namely when he won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold 2009 and Yonex Chinese Taipei Gold Grand Pix 2009. Interestingly, he just played Chen Jin in the recent Korea Open and lost in the quarter final stage. Will he be able to avenge his defeat?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Men Singles Quarter Finals - Peter Gade VS Lin Dan

These two players always remind me of their encounter back in the 2004 All England Championships where Lin Dan was in his initial quest to dominate the badminton arena for awhile while Peter Gade just started playing again after recovering from a surgery. That match was entertaining not just because of their high-skilled shots but also the mental war that was going on where Lin Dan would always refuse to replace the birdie (shuttlecock) although Peter Gade requested so. Nevertheless, I would expect this match to be a a closely fought battle between the two of the most respected players of all time. Enjoy!

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2010 Men Singles Round 2 - Lin Dan VS Wan Ho Shon

The younger player from Korea, Wan Ho Shon who gave the recent winner of All England, Lee Chong Wei a run for his time in the quarter finals stage had to play the most well known player from China, Lin Dan. Would Wan Ho be able to make his money worth like what he did against Chong Wei?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Badminton Video: 2010 All England Super Series Badminton Men Singles Semi Finals - Lee Chong Wei vs Peter Gade

Two of my favorite players, Lee Chong Wei and Peter Gade have to play each other again for the second time this year in which the first time encounter was in the Korea Open where Chong Wei emerged as the winner. I always admire Chong Wei for his speed and never-say-die attitude on the court while Peter Gade being the more experienced player has that flair and trick shots that always keep me guessing and excited.

Badminton News: What happened to Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong?

When I checked the news yesterday and knew they got through the finals and would be playing the less known Korean pair, I was quite optimistic about the chance of securing their third Swiss Open title. However, they definitely let me down especially after turning the tables after a disappointing outing at the All England. Hopefully I will be able to get hold of the match soon and post the videos here. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, this is the latest news about their performance in Swiss Open 2010 by The Star.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Badminton Video: 2010 All England Super Series Badminton Men Doubles Quarter Finals - Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen vs Gan Teik Chai/Tan Bin Shen

The independent players from Malaysia, Tan Bin Shen and Gan Teik Chai defied the odds of getting through the early rounds of this championship by Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama/Wai Hong Wong (from Hong Kong) followed by the recent champion of German Open, Chai Biao/Zhang Nan. This time, they had to play the more veteran pair from Denmark.

Badminton Video: 2010 All England Badminton Mixed Doubles Quarter Finals - Anthony Clark/Heather Olver vs Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung

Following the retirement of Donna Kellogg, Anthony Clark was recently paired up with a new female player, Heather Olver and based on their recent perforance in the All England, they are definitely faring very well as a new mixed doubles pair. Would they stand a chance against the formidable pair from South Korea?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Badminton Video: 2010 All England Men Singles Quarter Finals - Lee Chong Wei vs Shon Wan Ho

Although considered an uprising player from Korea, Shon Wan Ho is definitely a player to look out for considering his previous rounds performance in the 100th All England Championship where he beat Wacha Przemyslaw, the number one player from Poland, Chan Yan Kit from Hong Kong and then Chen Long, another young talent from China who was on form to emerge runner up in the recent German Open. Did he give Chong Wei a run for his money in this tournament?

Badminton Video: 2010 All England Super Series Badminton Women Singles Quarter Finals Tine Rasmussen VS Lu Lan

While the Chinese used to totally dominate the Women Singles event, we are seeing more competitors who can challenge this pool of players, namely, Wong Mew Choo, Sainah Nehwal, Tine Rasmussen and Juliane Schenk. This is an exciting match which again proves to be a typical barricade that Tine Rasmussen has to overcome in most tournaments since there are so many women singles talented players in every Super Series from China.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Badminton Video: 2010 All England Men Singles Quarter Finals - Peter Gade VS Taufik Hidayat

A classic match between two of the most veteran players of all the time, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat. Being such experienced players, both of them have played each other in many occasions and understand each other's game in and out. Thus, this match was a big clash and every point was attained through hard-fought rally. Who will prevail in this match? Witness it yourself!

Badminton Video: Swiss Open 2008 Badminton Men Singles Final Lee Chong Wei VS Lin Dan

Another classic match between the two best players in the world currently. Will Chong Wei be able to forget the stigma of losing to Lin Dan and establish a well-deserved and admirable self-esteem? After all, they are comparable in skills, so the difference is really psychological.

[TheStar Badminton news] Zakry-Fairuz face moment of truth in Basel


PETALING JAYA: It is time for redemption for Malaysia’s doub­les shuttlers, especially Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzi­zuan Mohd Tazari, in the Swiss Open, which begins today in Basel.
Zakry-Fairuzizuan are returning to competition after being dropped from the squad to the just concluded All-England in Birmingham for having dished out poor performances in tournaments. But unfortunately for them, they will be up against a fired up Mathias Boe-Cartsen Mogensen.

[TheStar Badminton news] Misbun: Chong Wei’s the best of the lot

SEPANG: Having proved he is a worthy world No. 1 by claiming the first three Super Series titles of the season, coach Misbun Sidek (pic) feels that Lee Chong Wei is the best Malaysian singles player of the modern generation.

[TheStar Badminton news] Chong Wei touched by the support from fans


SEPANG: There was no kompang cheering group to greet the return of Lee Chong Wei and there was no garland for him. But it was still a warm welcome home reception for him at the KLIA yesterday afternoon.
Most importantly, it came from the supporters. And the 28-year-old newly crowned All-England champion stopped to acknowledge them shortly after walking out of the airport’s arrival hall under a flurry of flashing cameras.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Badminton Video: All England 2010 Men Singles Final Lee Chong Wei VS Kenichi Tago

Encounter between world number 1, Lee Chong Wei and former world junior champion, Kenichi Tago. Being the underdog, Kenichi Tago surprised most badminton fans by beating top Vietnamese player, Nguyen Tien Min and Chen Jin, the third ranked Chinese singles player followed by Bao Chunlai, the recent winner of the German Open. Enjoy the match! For the video of the match, click 'Read more'.


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