World Badminton news Today 26/2/2012
Selangor Open: Do or Die for Chong Wei Feng as he strives for spot in Thomas Cup Finals
The Malaysian singles badminton player Chong Wei Feng is ready to grab all the attention through his performance in the Selangor Open to secure a spot in the Thomas Cup Finals starting from May in Wuhan, China.
The world Number 57, Malaysian shuttler Wei Feng was overlooked by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in the Thomas Cup preliminaries and Daren Liew had the honour to represent the country along with Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif.
Wei Feng has buckled up to race for the finals of both events as he trails his country fellows Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif, who is currently placed at 50th spot in the world rankings, and the World Number 43 Daren Liew.
Wei Feng said, “I want a place in the Thomas Cup squad, which I feel is still possible because I’m not too far behind in rankings compared to Daren and Arif. After the Selangor Open, I will compete in the German Open next week and hopefully, I’ll be able to give a good performance to boost my rankings.”
Unfortunately, Wei Feng could not bring out the best at start of this season as he suffered from a hamstring injury resulting in his absence from the court.
However, the injury could not keep him away for long and Wei Feng recovered with a dramatic pace. He is now sweating hard to make his cut into the Selangor Open final.
He said, “My preparation has not gone well as I pulled my left hamstring during training last week, I had full training the last couple of days and, although I am a little ill-prepared, I have set a target to enter the final.”
The third seeded Malaysian shuttler holds a direct entry to the second round of the event and has a fair chance to proceed for the final as the World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei is not participating in the singles category.
Wei Feng will face Loke Kok Pong in the second round, starting from tomorrow and the win will pit him against Misbun Ramdan Misbun in the quarter-finals.
He needs to overcome the danger like second seed Arif Abdul Latif but the real challenge awaits him in the semi-final where he will be up against either Daren Liew or junior world champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli.
Wei Feng will have to put all he has to rise on the occasion and to register his name in the squad for the prime event of the Thomas Cup Finals.
Tien Minh Nguyen stands out with his performance in Thomas Cup preliminaries while Vietnam’s other shuttlers failed to back him in the event.
Vietnamese badminton players could not register their mark in both Singles and Doubles categories apart from Tien Minh’s two phenomenal victories.
Currently ranked nine in the world rankings, Tien Minh is the only player who has raised country’s flag in the event and gave something back home to cheer about.
In the opening match with China, he played masterly against World Number three Chen Long .
The Chinese maestro had to bow down as Tien Minh did not give him even a single chance to rise on his toes. Tien Minh crushed him in 41 minutes with a notable margin of 21-15 and 21-12.
Unfortunately, Tien Minh’s effort was fritter away by his fellow shuttlers as they lost all Singles and Doubles matches.
Tien Minh played his specified role in the next encounter with Chinese Taipei where he nailed Jen Hao Hsu by scoring 21-18 and 21-8 on the board. However, the rest of the lot in Vietnam squad again squandered his success as they could not rise on the occasion.
He has been keeping Vietnam alive in badminton circle successfully for years, but he is alone in this journey and no other shuttler possesses the skills to become a true successor to him.
All other Vietnamese badminton players like Le Ha Anh, Nguyen Hoang Nam and Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung have not reached even to his dust and remained struggling to get registered at international level .
Vice Chair of the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Association , Huynh Thi Ngoc Lien, realised a huge gap between top seed and the rest of shuttlers four years ago at the Olympic 2008. She briefly said, “Behind Tien Minh is a vast space.”
This short verdict tells the whole story.
Tien Minh earned this position on his own. He literally rose from the dust and did not even have a coach. But nothing could bring his movement to a halt as he reached in top ten badminton players of the world and still defending his position successfully.
The matchless Tien Minh is now 29 and with this age it will be interesting to see him defending his country’s honour solely in London Olympics 2012.
The Danes have been subjected to a tough trial in the Yonex All England Badminton Championships as the top ranked shuttlers of badminton world are participating in this vital event before the London Olympics.
The former champion World Number four Peter Hoeg Gade and the duo Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who holds seventh spot in Women’s doubles World Rankings, will have to put superlative performance to lead the Denmark to glory.
The All England Championships has turned into survival of the fittest war as five world badminton champions of the all categories are locking horns in the event.
The five champions include, women’s doubles champion duo Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng the champion of men’s doubles category, the men’s singles champion Lin Dan, the women’s singles champion Wang Yihan, and mixed doubles champion pair Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei.
The Denmark’s top women doubles pair Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl is ranked seven in All England Championships and they will show their guts against world’s top two pairs Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang and Zhao Yunlei-Tian Qing of China.
They will also have to outclass the World Number three South Korean pair Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung and the World Number six Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito to earn a respectable position in the event.
The prime Danish shuttler Peter Gade is also in same kind of testing situation as he has the defending champion World Number one Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in his way, who is at ease after having others world class players in his later rounds.
The Malaysian shuttler nailed the World Champion Lin Dan in the finals last year so it is not going to be smooth sailing for Peter Gade and he will have to put an extra effort to secure his place in top five players of the world.
The Danish singles ace Peter Gade did not exhibit his skills in the European Men and Women’s Team Championships as he was preparing for this event.
Now the time has come for the Danish male shuttler Gade to prove his worth in All England Championships and escort his country to success in the event.