Four S'pore doubles pairs qualify for main draw of Open
Published on Apr 8, 2014
Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta (left) and Chayut Triyachart in their match against Indonesia's Saputra Albert and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki at the OUE Singapore Open on April 8, 2014. The pair were one of four doubles teams from the Republic to have qualified for the main draw of the OUE Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. -- PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
By Terence Ong
FOUR of Singapore's doubles pairs have qualified for the main draw of the OUE Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
The men's doubles' pair of Ashton Chen and Robin Gonansa qualified after seeing off India's Guru Prasad and Venkatesh Prasad 21-13, 21-17, while Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart are also through to the first round after defeating the Indonesian duo of Saputra Albert and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki 21-15, 21-15.
In the mixed doubles, Chayut Triyachart and Yao Lei, as well as Terry Hee and Fu Mingtian, sealed qualification into the main draw. Chayut and Yao defeated Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Misato Aratama 22-20, 21-12, while Hee and Fu beat Indonesia's Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto 17-21, 21-11, 21-17.
The four doubles pairs join compatriots Derek Wong (men's singles), Gu Juan (women's singles), Tan Wei Han and Delis Yuliana (women's doubles) and Chrisnanta and Vanesse Neo (mixed doubles) in the main draw of the Open, which begins on Wednesday.
Bumped into Saralee Thoungthongkam, Duanganong Arunkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul while I was having breakfast at Kopi Tiam opposite of my workplace today. They seem to be staying nearby as Saralee was still in her casual attire.
Unfortunately, Duanganong/Kunchala lost their morning match to Reika Kakiiwa/Miyuki Maeda .
Meanwhile, Adriyanti Firdasari continues her good form post MAS Open GPG 2014 as she strolls into the second-round after an easy victory over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-17. I believe Firda will be called-up for Uber Cup duty. Firda will face the winner of the match between Lindaweni Fanetri and Sung Ji Hyun .
Meanwhile, Rian Agung Saputro/Angga Pratama beat Kang Jun/Liu Cheng in straight-sets to progress to R16. They are expected to reach SF to face Ahsan/Hendra. China also lost an XD pair as Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong lost in 3-sets to Maneepong Jongjit/Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
OUE is one of the companies owned by the Lippo Group.
OUE's Chairman is the Indonesian billionaire Stephen Riady.
OUE owns the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which you see when you exit Singapore's Changi Airport.
They also own the Meritus Mandarin and the Marina Mandarin hotels in Singapore.
Riady has been very generous with his money in Singapore although he operates out of Hong Kong.
He has helped many institutions including academic and sports bodies - the NUS and the SBA are examples.
He readily agreed to be the title sponsor for the Singapore Open after Li Ning pulled out and Yonex said they weren't interested. If he had not stepped in, the Singapore Open would have been downgraded to a GP Gold or GP tournament.
Stardom and overcoming nerves were challenges for world champion Ratchanok Intanon
Overcoming nerves a challenge for world champion Ratchanok Intanon
Published on Apr 8, 2014
Thai badminton star Ratchanok Intanon (left) holding court at the OUE Singapore Open media conference yesterday, with Thai-born Singapore shuttler Chayut Triyachart acting as her translator. Ratchanok admitted she is coming to terms with the pressure of being world champion. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
By May Chen
WHEN Ratchanok Intanon last competed in Singapore in 2012, the Thai shuttler was a virtual unknown - still to win her first major title on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) circuit.
How life has changed dramatically for the teenager since.
The 19-year-old became a finalist at the prestigious All England Championships last year, captured her maiden Super Series title at the India Open, then went on to become the youngest-ever world champion - all while still sporting braces and a ponytail.
But life under the microscope has not been easy for Ratchanok, who admitted she is struggling to deal with the limelight.
Lee Chong Wei will not retire until after the 2016 Olympics
Published on Apr 8, 2014
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia returns a shot from Chen Long of China during the Yonex-Sunrise men's singles final badminton match at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on April 6, 2014. Malaysia's world No. 1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei has ruled out retirement and decided to carry on for two more years until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Malaysia's world No. 1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei has ruled out retirement and decided to carry on for two more years until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The 31-year-old had hinted at retirement earlier this year after winning his 10th Malaysia Open title in Kuala Lumpur, saying it would be his last national championships.
Lee said he arrived at the decision to play on after a chat with the country's sports minister in the wake of his third SuperSeries triumph of 2014 at the Indian Open.
"Our Sports Minister is very supportive of me and has asked me to persevere until the 2016 Olympic Games. I digested what he said and I gave him my word to keep on playing," Lee was quoted as saying by the Malaysian Star newspaper. "This year, I will focus on the majors (Thomas Cup, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games). I will try my best to maintain my form and hang on for another two years."
The battle at the 2014 OUE Singapore Open has just begun, and Team Singapore’s shuttlers are showing some sign of recovery after last year’s dismal performance, which saw the players failing to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.
This year’s competition at the Singapore Indoor Stadium saw 2010 women’s doubles championsYao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari, mixed doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo, and Derek Wong (men’s singles) posting first-round victories to advance to the next stage of the US$300,000 (S$375,000) tournament.
World No 14 pair Chrisnanta and Neo started the ball rolling by notching a 21-15, 21-10 victory over India’s Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa in the opening match of Day 1. Surprise quarter-finalists at this year’s All England Open, the pair will need to overcome world No 8 Thais Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam to advance to the top eight.
Buoyed by the cheers from the home crowd, world No 18 pair Yao and Shinta played it slow and steady yesterday, upsetting South Korea’s world No 5 Jang Ye Na and Kim So Young 21-19, 21-18 to avenge their 2-0 defeat at the German Open in February. The Singapore shuttlers will face another Korean pair, Ko A Re and Yoo Hae Won (No 13), in the second round today.
“Before this game, we thought about the mistakes we had made in Germany and we knew what their weaknesses were,” said Shinta. “We kept the shuttle away from the stronger left-handed player and played to her right-handed partner, and we were more confident in our shots.”
Added Yao: “We played a more patient game. And unlike the last time when they changed their strategy and play and we didn’t adapt, we did this time. Our opponents tomorrow are not as strong as this pair, but they are very aggressive and attack-oriented, so we must be able to adapt to their play.”
SEA Games bronze medallist (2011) and sole men’s singles representative Wong also kept the Republic’s hopes alive after clinching a hard-fought 21-16, 16-21, 21-16 victory over Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus yesterday.
This marks the first time that Wong — who will play India’s B Sai Praneeth today — has advanced past the first round of the Singapore Open. “I feel happy making it to the second round, but there is still a long way to go,” he said. “Danny and Vanessa, Yao Lei and Shinta are also through ... Singapore is on a roll now and hopefully we will continue all the way to the final.”
But world No 25 Gu Juan and team-mate Chen Jiayuan were eliminated in the first round of the women’s singles yesterday after respective 2-1 losses to Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi and Pai Hsiao Ma of Taiwan, while newly-crowned Malaysia Grand Prix Gold champions Danny and Chayut Triyachart suffered a first-round exit after losing 21-14, 21-18 to Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit and Nipitphon Puangpuapech.
The first day of action at the OUE Singapore Open was also the last for a tearful Ashton Chen, who will retire from the national team after he and partner Robin Gonansa lost to world No 1 Indonesians Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
Meanwhile, Chayut and Yao lost to Indonesia’s world No 1 mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 12-21, 10-21.
Badminton: Indonesia's Simon Santoso upsets Du Pengyu for place in S'pore Open final
Published on Apr 12, 2014
Simon Santoso of Indonesia returns a shot against Du Pengyu of China during the OUE Singapore Open semi-final on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Santoso will play world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the final on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP
By May Chen
Indonesia shuttler Simon Santoso booked a place in the OUE Singapore Open final when he upset China's Du Pengyu 16-21, 21-17, 21-17 on Saturday.
Santoso, a former world No. 3 now ranked 52nd, will play world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei on Sunday after the Malaysian beat No. 25 K. Srikanth of India 21-19, 21-18.
The women's singles final will see a repeat of last year's final of the clash between China's world No. 1 Li Xuerui and defending champion Wang Yihan (No. 3).
Li beat South Korea's No. 5 Sung Ji Hyun 21-13, 21-13 while Wang outplayed team-mate, world No. 16 Han Li, 21-18, 21-12.
Simon Santoso upsets Lee Chong Wei to win OUE S'pore Open
Published on Apr 13, 2014
Simon Santoso of Indonesia reacts after defeating world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the OUE Singapore Open badminton tournament men's final on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Indonesia's Simon Santoso upset Malaysia's world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei 21-15, 21-10 on Sunday to win the OUE Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. -- PHOTO: AFP
By May Chen
Indonesia's Simon Santoso upset Malaysia's world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei 21-15, 21-10 on Sunday to win the OUE Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
This is just the second time Santoso has beaten Lee in 11 meetings on the Badminton World Federation circuit. When they met at the 2008 Singapore Open final, Santoso was thrashed 13-21, 5-21.
Said Lee shortly after his shock loss in front of a near-capacity 9,500-strong crowd: "Simon played very well today, I've not seen him play so well in a long time."
Santoso, a former world No. 3 and two-time SEA Games champion, is now ranked No. 52 after a series of injuries kept him on the sidelines.