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Ger­man Open Badminton - Lin Dan toils, Chen Jin falls

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Published: 04 March 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Four-time world badminton champion Lin Dan of China was surprisingly taken to the distance before checking into the men’s singles semi-finals at the Ger­man Open in Mulheim on Friday.

He had to toil for 54 minutes to beat Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-19, 23-21 to set up a clash with Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto for a place in the final.

Lin Dan’s compatriot Chen Jin fared even worse when he was dumped out in the third round. He went down tamely at 9-21, 17-21 to Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong and the defeat will certainly spoil his hope of making the cut for the London Olympic Games.

Chen Jin is ranked fifth in the world and he has to move at least one rung up to join two of his team-mates Lin Dan (world No. 2) and Chen Long (No. 3) to make the Games. A country can have the maximum three players if all of them are ranked in the top four.

 

German Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso overpowers Shon Wan Ho in Men’s Singles quarter-final (pic)

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Published: 04 March 2012
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Indonesia’s Simon Santoso remained lucky as he overpowered Korea’s Shon Wan Ho with a tight margin in Men’s Singles quarter-final of German Open GP Gold 2012 at Mulheim, Germany, on Friday, March 2.

Santoso, who has been positioned at number 11 in world rankings, had to employ all of his skills to get rid of Wan Ho, who is World Number 17 at the moment.

The Indonesian, who was also the fifth seed in the tournament, could not dominate the rallies as his rival also played at the same level.

However, Santoso remained lucky in the ending points of third game and won the contest with a dramatic margin.German Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso overpowers Shon Wan Ho in Men’s Singles quarter-final

Both shuttlers played fast badminton from the opening rallies and remained close on the score board. They did not commit unforced errors and displayed their impressive skills.

 

Seu Bock warns Chong Wei not to take young Chinese for granted (pic)

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Published: 04 March 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s much talked about former world junior boys’ singles champion Wang Zhengming suffered a first round knockout in the German Open in Mulheim on Wednesday.

But one should not be fooled by the 22-year-old’s stuttering start.

National coach Tey Seu Bock has warned world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to be wary of Zhengming when they meet in the opening round of the All-England in Birmingham on Wednesday.Not a proud record: Wang Zhengming has yet to beat Lee Chong Wei.

“On paper, Chong Wei should win but Zhengming is not a push­over. This youngster has nothing to lose and will go all out – especially after his setback at the German Open,” said Seu Bock.

Chong Wei has won all his past four meetings with Zhengming. But in their last clash at the Japan Open last year, the Malaysian was stretched before winning 21-14, 21-19 in the second round.

 

Badminton - Zulfadli Satisfied With BAM Programme

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Published: 04 March 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 -- World Junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli is satisfied with the programme organised by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as preparation for the Axiata Cup and Thomas Cup selection.

He said, the programme involved two-session training, and that he would announce his decision tomorrow after discussion with his club, Kuala Lumpur Racket Club (KLRC).

"Today, I received the offer letter from BAM and at the moment, everything is going very well. I thank BAM for their trust in me and I will prove my capability to local badminton fans," he said.

 

All England Badminton - Chance to be one of badminton’s greats

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Published: 04 March 2012
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THE All-England Badminton Championship – the world’s oldest and most prestigious badminton tournament – will take place in Birmingham, England on March 6-11.

Started in 1898 the championship has a rich history of 114 years and in this 2012 edition, Malaysian World No. 1 and proud eight-time winner of the Malaysian Open Datuk Lee Chong Wei (pic) bids to be the first Malaysian shuttler to win the All-England crown a consecutive three times since our last badminton great the late Wong Peng Soon’s proud record of clinching the titles in 1950-52.

Chong Wei first won the All-England in 2010, defeating Japan’s Kenichi Tago 21-19, 21-19. He managed to defend the crown against the much fancied Lin Dan of China the following year, winning 21-17, 21-17.

Only a few players had come close to achieving the hattrick in their All-England careers.

 

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