World Badminton News Today 17/2/2012
World Badminton News Today - 17/2/2012
The Malaysian men shuttlers had all the reasons to celebrate yesterday. They finally silenced their critics by qualifying for the Thomas Cup Finals, which will be held in Wuhan, China from May 20-27.
And KLRC’s Mohd Hafiz Hashim could also afford to smile as he finally ended his winless run by beating P. Kashyap 21-17, 18-21, 21-11 to hand Malaysia the winning point in the 3-0 victory over India in the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone qualifying tournament in Macau.
Earlier, seasoned campaigners Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong had got Malaysia off to a 2-0 lead despite showing some sign of strain in the first singles and doubles events respectively.
World No. 1 Chong Wei dropped the second game but stormed back to deliver a 21-12, 17-21, 21-8 win over Ajay Jayaram while Kien Keat-Boon Heong had to fend off a late charge from Rupesh Kumar-Sanave Thomas before prevailing 21-14, 23-21.
Today, Malaysia will take on Japan in the semi-finals. Japan have also confirmed their trip to Wuhan by virtue of making the top four yesterday with a convincing 3-0 win over Taiwan in another quarter-final match.
Finally victorious: Hafiz Hashim ended his winless run in the Thomas Cup qualifiers.
Hafiz, who showed more urgency in his win over Ajay yesterday, was over the moon with Malaysia’s qualification for the Finals.
“I am glad that I finally won a point for Malaysia after all the disappointments,” said Hafiz, who lost to Chan Yan Kit and Shon Wan-ho in group ties against Hong Kong and South Korea respectively.
“I went on the offensive from the start and kept my opponent on tight and long rallies. My attacking game was solid and I am thrilled that I could contribute a point and take Malaysia into the Finals in Wuhan.
Where else, in the Vietnam squad there's a weak team too. vietnam's number shuttler Ngyuen Tien Minh the lone ranger. The comment by Mrs. Huynh Thi Ngoc Lien, Vice Chair of the HCM City Badminton Federation at the Olympic 2008: “Behind Tien Minh is a vast space” is once again proved for its accuracy at the Thomas & Uber Cup in Macau.
Except for Tien Minh’s two winning games, the remaining Vietnamese badminton players failed in both single and pair categories.
Withouth Tien Minh, Vietnam’s badminton will be a zero in the international arena.
Young talents like Nguyen Thi Trang, Nguyen Hoang Nam and Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung, who are seen as Tien Minh’s successors, have been unable to prove their talent at international tournaments.
Tien Minh has successfully defended his position in the world top ten for over a year. But he is still the “alone man” of Vietnam’s badminton in the world arena.
Tien Minh’s success comes from his own efforts, since he was 18. Tien Minh did not have a coach and exercises. He got up early everyday to run and do physical exercises.
Minh’s passion and will was supported by the HCM City Badminton Federation and the federation’s Vice Chair Huynh Thi Ngoc Lien, with financial assistance and spiritual encouragement.
The matter of Vietnam’s badminton at present is not money but the shortage of experts and professional training procedures. Tien Minh is now 29, the age of pinnacle in his career but he has not had any successor who can replace him at international events.
This year, Tien Minh’s missions will be defending his position in the world top ten and represent Vietnam at the Olympic 2012.
When the Uber Cup finals take place in Wuhan, China, in May, Indonesia’s women will be conspicuous in their absence.
Finishing second in Group Y in Asian qualifying in Macau left Indonesia needing to beat China to reach the finals. That hope lasted less than two hours on Thursday as a 3-0 Chinese sweep crushed Indonesia’s dreams.
Indonesia will miss the Uber Cup finals for the first time since 2006. Eleven-time Uber Cup winner China, meanwhile, advanced to take on Taiwan, which beat Hong Kong 3-1.
In the other quarterfinals, Group Y winner Thailand swept aside Malaysia 3-0 and Japan saw off Singapore by the same score.
Adrianti Firdasari put up a stern fight to start her No. 1 singles match against Yanjiao Jiang. She held on for a hard-fought 22-20 first-set win, but her Chinese foe stormed back to take the next two sets 21-8, 21-9 in the 51-minute encounter.
China wasted little time finishing off the tie. Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao beat Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari 21-7, 21-9 in 29 minutes at No. 1 doubles, and Xuerui Li made sure of victory after beating Maria Febe Kusumastuti 21-14, 21-17 in 36 minutes.
With only the top four teams in Asia advancing to the Uber Cup finals, Indonesia will have plenty of time to reflect on recent disappointments. In addition to falling short in the world team competition, the women also came up short at last year’s Southeast Asian Games, losing to Thailand in the finals of the team competition.
Indonesia’s men nearly completed a nightmare of an evening in the Thomas Cup qualifying quarterfinals, but they rallied from two matches down to beat South Korea 3-2.
The night started badly, with Simon Santoso falling 14-21, 21-15, 21-16 to Lee Hyun-Il and Bona Septano and Mohammad Ahsan losing 18-21, 22-20, 21-19 to Yoo Yeon-seong and Ko Sung-hyun.
It was left to the team’s veterans to pick up the slack, with Taufik Hidayat seeing off Shon Wan-ho 21-11, 21-15 and Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan beating Lee Yong-dae and Shin Baek-cheol 19-21, 21-17, 21-17.
Tommy Sugiarto sealed the win with a 21-7, 16-21, 21-8 defeat of Hong Ji-hoon. Indonesia faces China, a 3-0 winner over Thailand, in today’s semifinals. The other semifinal pits Japan against Malaysia.
THAILAND'S power packed singles line-up virtually ended Malaysia's chances of qualifying for the Uber Cup Finals when they secured a 3-0 victory in the quarter-finals in Macau yesterday.
The order of play also favoured Thailand as the three singles were played first due to the fact that third singles Sapsiree Taerattanachai was also playing in the second doubles with Savitree Amitrapai.
Malaysia's strong point was their two doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui and Goh Liu Ying-Vivian Hoo but they could only watch their Uber Cup dreams shattered as the singles surrendered without a fight.
Tee Jing Yi once again failed to put up any resistance as she suffered a 21-8, 21-7 thrashing from Ratchanok Inthanon.
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk made it 2-0 after beating Lydia Cheah 21-19, 21-13 to put huge pressure on the 19-year-old Yang Li Lian.
Li Lian managed to bail out Malaysia against India on Tuesday but she was unable to match a more superior Sapsiree Taerattanachai who won 21-12, 21-10 to seal the tie.
Eei Hui, Malaysia's Uber Cup captain, was disappointed as Malaysia could have had the chance to win both doubles and that would have made a difference if the regular format was used.
Second doubles Liu Ying-Vivian were supposed to play Saralee Thungthongkam-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul after the three singles while Pei Tty-Eei Hui were down to meet Savitree Amitrapai-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the last match.
Malaysia will face an uphill task against Hong Kong in the round robin today and will also play Indonesia tomorrow and Singapore on Sunday.
"We did expect Thailand to utilise this format and it was very frustrating to lose this way. If both doubles had played, we would have had better chance," said Eei Hui.
"The normal format can only be used if one of our doubles players played the third singles but that would have pushed Li Lian up and we would have still lost.
National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said the players must pick themselves up and battle hard for the next three days to try and salvage something.
"The players were already down when they knew that three singles would be played first. Thailand's strength is in the singles and they took full advantage of the format and it is a pity the doubles were unable to do anything," said Rexy.