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Sweet victory for Chong Wei

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Published: 15 March 2011
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WITH this sweet victory over arch rival Lin Dan of China in the All-England Badminton Championship in Birmingham, Datuk Lee Chong Wei has done the nation proud by being the first player to successfully defend the title.

His 21-17, 21-17 victory over Lin Dan has boosted his image, confidence and chances of doing well in the World Badminton Championship to be held in London in August.

Throughout the championship, Chong Wei was in excellent condition to play the best badminton of his life.

This was the rivals’ 25th encounter and Chong Wei’s 7th victory. But it was his most important and meaningful win over the Chinese ace. This will put Lin Dan under pressure the next time they meet.

From what we have seen, Chong Wei managed to put up a flawless display against all his opponents and played with confidence and maturity especially in the final. The way he matched Lin Dan in all aspects of the game deserves our respect and praise. His consistency and high level of performance really made the difference this time.

With his great mindset and positive attitude, plus the will and hunger to win, we are all confident that Chong Wei will bring more glory to the nation in the World Badminton Championship and land Malaysia’s first gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 
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PM Presents PNB Shares To Lee

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Published: 15 March 2011
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World number one badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei received Permodalan Nasional Berhad shares worth RM100,000 from the government for his successful defence of the All-England title on Monday.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented the share certificate to Lee, who arrived from London at 6.45am, at a breakfast at Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's official residence on Tuesday.

His wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is patron of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, gave Lee a watch as a personal present.

Lee beat his nemesis Lin Dan of China 21-17, 21-17 in 52 minutes in the singles final at the Birmingham Indoor Arena in England.

Najib, in his speech, said that he had been confident that Lee would beat Lin Dan because the Malaysian was more focused and sure of himself than he was in their Olympics final meeting.

 

Wang Shixian triumphes at All England Badminton (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, March 13  -- The women's singles world No. 1 Wang Shixian from China defeated Japanese Eriko Hirose in straight sets, clinching her first title at All England Open Badminton Championships here on Sunday.China's Wang Shixian poses with her trophy after winning the women's singles final match against Japan's Eriko Hirose in 2011's All England Open Badminton Championship at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Britain, March 13, 2011. Wang won 2-0 to claim the title.

Wang, 21, started the opening game well by leading 17-12, but her tough opponent Hirose then took five points in a row. "I felt a little bit nervous after the tie in 17-17," said Wang, who climbed to the top of the world standings this year. "But then I tried my best to stay calm, then the match went well."

The Asian Games champion Wang edged Hirose 24-22 in the first game before took the second 21-18. ["It's a tough match," said Wang who sent off teammate Wang Xin in the semifinals on Saturday. "She has been a strong rival for long and is in good shape this time. I feel great to take the victory."China's Wang Shixian celebrates after winning the women's singles final match against Japan's Eriko Hirose in 2011's All England Open Badminton Championship at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Britain, March 13, 2011. Wang won 2-0 to claim the title.

Wang was ousted form last year's All England in the first round.

 

 
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Danish duo’s delight

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Published: 15 March 2011
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Men’s doubles pairing take title at All England Open Championship

Danish men’s badminton duo Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen on Sunday finally claimed the title that had eluded them for so long, the All England Open Championships, in an incredibly tense game that went down to the wire.

The pair were 11-16 down in the decider against Malaysian pairing Koo Keat and Tan Heong, but bounced back to prevail 15-21 21-18, 21-18.

The victory was particularly sweet following on the back of five final losses in a row to the Malaysian pairing, who they lost to in last year’s final despite having four match points.

"Last year we lost the final, which was a huge disappointment, so this is an unbelievable feeling. You can't describe it," Boe told media after the game.

“We're going back to Denmark tonight but we have two big bottles of champagne and I think we will drink them. We're going to the Swiss Open next week - hopefully we will win that too and then we'll have a huge party after that.”

Boe’s looping winner at 11-16 down in the final set was later named the ‘champagne moment of the week’ by organisers of the tournament.

 
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Lee Chong Wei wins All England badminton title (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Lee Chong Wei successfully defended his All-England Open men's singles title when he beat his greatest rival, Lin Dan, the Olympic champion from China, 21-17, 21-1 in Sunday's final.

The top-seeded Malaysian's triumph came as a surprise to many people, for Lin had beaten Lee in three games at the world's first million dollar tournament, the Korean Open, in January.Lee Chong Wei holds the trophy

That was the Chinese legend's 15th success in 22 encounters with Lee, and he had seemed back to somewhere near his best.

But this time Lin rarely tried the fierce airborne attacks for which he has become famous, and Lee's superb movement and excellent shuttle control in the resulting game of cat-and-mouse proved marginally superior.

The defeat means Lin failed to achieve a fifth All-England Open title, which would have been a unique achievement in the open era. The next All-England, not long before the 2012 Olympics, will be his last before his retirement.

"I played safe today -- I didn't go for the points at all," Lee said.

"But I was mentally strong this time."

 

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