World Badminton News Today 13/2/2012
World Badminton News Today
Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are starting to show glimpses of the brilliance that made them a top pair in 2007, coach Tan Kim Her says it otherwise. He wants them to “prove it” in the Thomas Cup qualifying round in Macau beginning today(13th Feb).
Kien Keat-Boon Heong looked good during a simulation match where they outplayed Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang but Kim Her said the friendly match did not demonstrate their true ability, and the senior combination must come good in Macau.
Kim Her is happy with the overall preparation of his players and his only focus at the moment is to steal a point from South Korea to make life easy for Malaysia.
"It is a good beginning for Kien Keat-Boon Heong but we cannot read too much into the performance of the players in a simulation, the real deal is the Thomas Cup qualifiers and that is where they must perform," said Kim Her in Macau.Despite the negative vibes, the players and coaches are standing united and have vowed to defy the odds.
Malaysia’s Thomas Cup qualifying campaign this time will be a veritable crapshoot in the gambling heaven of Macau. A risky and glimpse of uncertainty venture at best. Represented by one of their weakest teams in the history of the competition, this will be one of the rare occasions where Malaysia is not among the favorites.
The qualifying process has been spoiled somewhat by the participation of defending champions China. Despite having pre-qualified as the hosts, China is in Macau gunning for Olympic qualifying points. They will almost certainly win the tournament without the need to be awarded one of the four Asian tickets to the Finals in Wuhan in May.
That means while the three other semi-finalists will get their berths, the fourth slot will be decided in a dogfight among the losing quarter-finalists.
At the Indonesian camp, they will step onto the court on Monday with one thing in mind — ending a very long wait to lift the Thomas and Uber Cups again.
But the first thing the men’s and women’s teams have to do is survive the Asia zone qualifying rounds in Macau.
The men’s team last lifted the Thomas Cup in 2002 when it won the world team championship in Guangdong, China.
It’s been even longer for the women’s department. The last time they won the Uber Cup was in 1996 when the legendary Susi Susanti led the team to victory in Hong Kong.
China has since dominated the men’s and women’s championships. Indonesia has recently been under performing in major international tournaments.
Not one of the country’s shuttlers has won a title at the sport’s biggest tournaments, the Super Series, since the mixed doubles team of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir took the top spot at the Singapore Open in June last year.
It opens against host nation Macau today, followed by Singapore the next day and India on Wednesday.
On paper, Simon Santoso and company shouldn’t have any serious problems being one of the top two teams to advance to the quarterfinals.
“I think if the players are all focused and respect all of their opponents, we’ll win the group,” said Christian Hadinata, national team coach. “The toughest matches will be in the quarterfinal where we could face either Malaysia or South Korea.”
The country’s top singles player, Simon, said he was ready for the competition and would give his all.
“We’ve been training hard for this and we’ll try not to disappoint,” Simon said before the team left for Macau on Thursday.
The women’s team could have a much more difficult time of it in Macau. Indonesia was drawn into Group Y where it will face Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan and regional rival Thailand.
Advancing to the quarterfinals is a safe bet, but where Indonesia finishes in its group is of the utmost importance.
In India, two young national-level badminton players were killed while one was critically injured early on Sunday when their car rammed into a tree on Katraj-Dehu Road bypass near Balewadi.
Chatuhshrungi police have identified the deceased as Siddhant Ranjeet Ghorpade (21) and Saurabh Paralikar (23), both residents of Bhusari Colony in Kothrud, while the injured has been identified as Devavrat Satish Bhalerao (20), a resident of Mayur Colony, also in Kothrud.
Police said the three were on their way to Wakad from Chandani Chowk around 12.30 am when Siddhant, who was driving the car, lost control over his Indigo Manza car and rammed it into a tree near Balewadi stadium.
Inspector S B Navle said, “Siddhant and Saurabh were killed on the spot. Devavrat was rushed to a private hospital in Chinchwad. His condition was said to be critical.” Devavrat was to undergo a surgery for multiple fractures on Sunday night.