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Koo-Tan show nerves of steel to storm into final (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2010
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WORLD number one pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong made it a lovely day in Paris for Malaysia when they stormed into the country’s first men’s doubles final in 13 years at the World Championships in Pierre de Coubertin Stadium yesterday.We’re in the final: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong celebrating after defeating China’s Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen in the men’s doubles semi-finals of the World Championships in Paris yesterday. Kien Keat-Boon Heong won 21-14, 21-18.

The duo continued to show their strong determination and ambition to be the first world champion when they clawed back from 10-16 in the second game to beat China’s Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18 in 40 minutes.

Today, they will take on the winner of the other semi-final match between two previous world champions – Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China and Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.

It was the duo’s first final appearance in three outings after their failure to live up to expectations in the Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and Hyderabad last year.

Boon Heong was happy with the win but vowed to keep his feet firmly on the ground.

 

Former champion Hidayat rolls back the years (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2010
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Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat rolled back the years to reach the final of the world badminton championships with a 21-10 22-20 victory on Saturday over South Korean 13th seed Park Sung-hwan.

Hidayat, Olympic gold-medal winner in 2004 and world champion in 2005, has not hit those heights since for a variety of reasons, on and off court.

He signalled he was back on track by disposing of world number one Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals on Friday, then beat Park, a giant-killer himself after beating titleholder Lin Dan in the last eight. Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat celebrates after defeating South Korea's Park Sung-hwan during their Men's semi-final match at the 2010 Badminton World Championships at the Coubertin stadium in Paris, August 28, 2010.

Hidayat, 29, breezed through the first game but trailed 20-18 in the second as Park battled on but once he saved game points and levelled at 20-20 the Indonesian was not to be denied.

The fifth seed told a media conference: "When it was 20-18 I knew I had to go on and when it was 20-20 I was confident I would win."

Park's cause was not helped by a battle against "drift" -- a slight breeze in stadiums which can carry the shuttle just out of play.

He suffered at least four such errors in the second game, including, critically, on the first match point he faced.

 

Wang Lin ensures China's gold of women's singles at badminton worlds (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2010
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Wang Lin's straight-set victory over Danish veteran Tine Baun in the semifinals here on Saturday ensured China's win at the women's singles of the Badminton World Championships.

Wang Lin dominated the match on Saturday, giving the 33-year-old All England Championships winner Baun a blow with the result of 21-11, 21-8.China's Wang Lin returns the shuttle to England's Sarah Walker during the women's singles competition at the 11th Sudirman Cup World Team Badminton Championship in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, May 10, 2009. Wang won 2-0.

"I made preparation for a tough match today and thought about all the difficulties in advance," said the 21-year-old. "I knew clearly about how to play and I stick to my strategy all along."

Baun said she was ready to leave the competition but couldn't refrain from shedding tears in the mixed zone.

"It was definitely a good improvement (for her)and she played well, but I think she made got it a little easy today," said Baun. "I really have a lot of pain in my elbow and it was mistiming, misjudgement."

"I have to be at my highest level to against her, to go against China," said Baun who caught the elbow injury in this tournament and said it aggravated slowly.

The women's singles defending world champion Lu Lan of China was not included in the squad this year.

 
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Chen Jin grabs back-to-back semi win at badminton worlds

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Published: 29 August 2010
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PARIS, Aug. 28, 2010 -- The fourth seed Chen Jin of China romped into the men's singles final at the Badminton World Championships for the second year in a row after beating world No. 2 Peter Gade from Denmark on Saturday.

Chen lost the first set 19-21, but managed to win the following two 21-8 and 21-11.

"I was ready to play three sets," said the 24-year-old Chen. "He is a seasoned player and I admire him a lot."

Chen believed that he used the right strategy since the beginning but Gade played too well in the opening set.

"He played very fast in the first set and lost too much energy," Chen commented on the European top player who is nine years older than him. "I didn't change my strategy in the following sets. It's just because that he was too tired to keep his speed."

Chen is going to meet the winner between South Korea's Park Sung Hwan and Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat on Sunday.

Park smashed three-time world champion and Olympig gold medallist Lin Dan in straight sets in the semifinals while Hidayat edged out world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia to reach the final.

"I have reached my goal of advancing into the final, and I just want to perform well tomorrow," said Chen who lost to teammate Lin Dan in last year's final.

 
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Badminton-Lin Dan and Chong Wei exit world championship

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Published: 27 August 2010
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* Nervy Chong Wei loses at major tournament again

  • Lin Dan stopped from winning four world titles in a row
  • Women's second seed, India's Nehwal, also out

PARIS, Aug 27 - Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei exited the world badminton championships on Friday, beaten 21-15 11-21 21-12 in the quarter-finals by former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.

Less than an hour later, in another big surprise, titleholder Lin Dan succumbed 21-13 21-13 to 13th seeded South Korean Park Sung-hwan.

Lin won the world title in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008 when there is no world championship.

Park told a media conference: "I've gone to the next level in badminton with this result."

 

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