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03-09-2013, 11:38 PM
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RE: All England Badminton
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India's badminton pride Saina Nehwal crashed out of the All England Championship semi-final following a 21-19 21-15 defeat to Thai teenager Ratchanok Inthanon on Saturday.

The London bronze medallist and world number three went down in a 40-minute match at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

This is the third time Saina has lost to Inthanon. She was beaten at the Sudirman Cup in 2011 and also at the Super Series Final last year. The 18-year-old Inthanon mixed the strokes and used her drops and tosses to flummox Saina.
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03-09-2013, 11:39 PM
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RE: All England Badminton
Teenage Thai makes history

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Ratchanok Intanon, who at the age of 18 became the first women’s singles player from Thailand ever to reach an All England final and the first of either sex from her country for 50 years.

Intanon did that by winning 21-15, 21-19 against Saina Nehwal, the second seeded Indian who had become the tournament favourite since the first day defeat of Olympic champion Li Xuerui.

Intanon attacked freely, scored well from the middle of the first game onwards, and was able to impose her game for much of the match on her rather muted opponent.

Nehwal, who set out to contain and to rally, looked burdened with expectations, and her state of mind was revealed in one disoriented moment at 15-18 down when she unaccountably let a high serve drop towards the floor.

At the last moment she changed her mind and tried a panicky swipe, but the return only set up an easy thumping kill for Intanon at the net.

She also appeared to think Intanon’s whip down the forehand line might be going wide at 19-18 and allowed it to fall, watching it land plumb on the line.

Despite her tension, Nehwal fought very hard and did well to pull back a deficit which had been five points to just one at 20-19 in the second game.

She also saved one match point with a good black setting up a kill at the net. Then she undid all the good work with a little net shot which failed to creep over as Intanon took the concluding rally into the forecourt.

Nehwal, bitterly disappointed, disappeared quickly afterwards, but Intanon took all the extra attention in her stride as well as she had done in the match.

“I played really well in the first game but she fought hard in the second,” she said. “I didn’t know whether I would win. I was getting tired at the end.”

Asked if she had achived her dream by getting to the All England final, she replied: “No, not until I have won it.

Intanon was due to play the winner of Tine Baun, twice the former champion from Denmark, and Sung Ji-Hyun, the fifth seed from South Korea.
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03-10-2013, 10:58 PM
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China springs a new surprise

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China sprung yet another surprise when they won the men’s doubles title back with a brand new pair. This is the remarkable Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan,who were unseeded and who completed an unexpected journey by beating seeds for the third time.

They did that with a 21-11,21-9 win over were Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hasagawa, a Japanese pair who made a full contribution to a magnificent spectacle, full of dynamic rallies, but rarely looked like altering the phenomenal momentum of the Chinese newcomers.

It was high speed level pegging for the first dozen points before the Liu and Qiu began to pull away. Theirs was a potent combo, with Liu full of amazing darts and lightning lunges in the forecourt and Qiu reliable with his serving, steady of temperament, and solidly heavy with his smash.

The interval point of the first game came with a contortionist’s round-the-head smash from Liu which gave the Chinese pair their fifth point in a row and accelerating progress.

By then their adrenaline was pumping and their standard rose dramatically. A major catalyst, oddly, came with a point which the Japanese won to get them back to 11-14 having been five points in arrears.

In the process Liu fell over in the forehand back corner, but incredibly managed to play two defensive shots back from his prone position. Though the Japanese put the shuttle way at the third attempt, all eyes had been on the dashing Liu, and when he got up he proved even more mercurial than before.

Liu and Qiu went on to take seven points in a row and the first game with something to spare, and the rest of the match had a different feeling about it.

Endo and Hasagawa did well to get back from 4-7, to 6-7 but after that a storm of fast attacks hit them, mixed in with tactical lulls and a renewed hurricane of fierce flat shuttles from the mid-court and steep kills and smashes.

The Chinese pair took seven of the next eight points, with Qiu nearly burying a shuttle in the fallen Endo’s midriff near the end. He apologised for that, but there was nothing deferent about his emotions in victory, as the Chinese revelled in their upsets

Earlier Liu and Qiu, little considered until they knocked out the favourites Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the second round, upset Hendra Setiawan, a men’s doubles gold medallist at the Beijing Olympics, and Mohammad Ahsan.

If they stick together we should be hearing and seeing a lot more of this lefty-righty, quick-mover, heavy-hitter partnership. Would they continue permanently together, Qiu was asked on court afterwards.

“We will,” he was translated as having said. But we must wait and see.

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03-10-2013, 11:00 PM
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Yu makes a happy return

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Yu Yang must feel she made the right decision not to stick to her knee-jerk reaction of retirement after being disqualified from the London Olympics.

She and Wang Xiaoli had already won a Superseries title at the Korean Open this year, before winning back the Yonex All England Open title with a thoroughly professional performance and a straight games win against one of the most unusual pair of finalists the women’s doubles event has ever had.

This was their compatriots Zhao Yunlei and Cheng Shu, who, partly because they are a new partnership, had had to fight their way through the qualification and an unseeded position in the draw.

They upset the seedings twice to do that, but in the final against Yu and Wang, in which they were beaten 21-18, 21-10, there was only one phase where it seemed they might pull off the miracle and go all the way.

That was when they pulled back a four-point deficit to reach 16-16, with a chance of continuing the momentum to upset their top-seeded team mates.

But Wang delivered a good smash return of serve to halt a four-point sequence and then won two more points behind her serve to avert the immediate danger. Once the top seeds had taken the first game, the match became much more one-sided.

The star player though was undoubtedly Yu. The nimblest, sharpest and most unpredictable of all the four women, she would appeared suddenly at the net to make kills, and was the most adept too at turning defence into attack from the mid-court.

She and Wang took four points on her serve to start the second game, and six on Wang’s serve to reach 16-8. The rest of the match had the air of formality.

The result meant that Zhao, the only player to win two badminton gold medals at the same Olympics, was denied the chance of doing the same at this year’s Yonex All England Open.

Later she was seeking compensation in the mixed doubles, with Zhang Nan, which was certain to have a more competitive edge. China is already certain of winning that event for the 13th time in 14 years.

Yu however helped herself to build a new phase of her career and new memories. “Everyone wants to win this because of its history and because all the bets players are playing,” she said.

The success made her Yonex All England Open women’s doubles champion for the third time in four years. A lot has changed in the seven months since she was last in England.

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