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Chong Wei survives severe test by Hafiz to enter HK semis (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World number one shuttler Lee Chong Wei came out smiling after surviving one of his toughest matches against Mohd Hafiz Hashim in years in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open yesterday.You’ve still got it: Lee Chong Wei took his hat off to Mohd Hafiz Hashim for giving him a good fight in the Hong Kong Open semi-final on Friday.

Despite an easy first-game loss and trailing 13-18 in the decider against Hafiz, Chong Wei remained rock steady under tremendous pressure to win 10-21, 21-15, 24-22 in 50 minutes.

Today, the top seed will take on China’s Bao Chunlai for a place in the final.

Chong Wei, who had skipped two tournaments in Europe – Denmark Open and French Open – because of a knee injury, was glad he decided to compete in Hong Kong.

 

Top seed Lee struggles on while Chinese women cruise at Hong Kong Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 November 2009
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HONG KONG, Nov. 13 -- Top-seeded Lee Chong Wei struggled into the semifinal of the men's single event at the HongKong Badminton Open here on Friday while the women's single title was already reserved by the Chinese women.

    Malaysia's Lee, top-ranked in the world, edged out his compatriot Muhammad Hafiz Hashim with 10-21, 21-15, 24-22.

    "It was not a good day for me," said Lee, who had rested for nearly two months for an injury in his left knee before coming back to court here in Hong Kong. "I've just been back from injury, so I was cautious when moving on court while Hafiz did an excellent job today, which I think was his best performance ever among our clashes."

    "This was good for me and for our national team, as we need a really strong second single for the Thomas Cup next year," He added.

    China's Bao Chunlai set up an conflict with Lee in the semifinal by winning over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka from Indonesia with 21-15, 21-15.

    The third-ranked Peter Gade eased past Indonesia's Simon Santoso with 21-12, 21-8 to enter the semifinal. The Denish star controlled the second game, leaving no chance for the young opponent who upset his compatriot Taufik Hidayat on Thursday with a surprising score of 21-13, 21-6.

    "I am glad to beat him with such a score," said Gade. "I knew that if I kept on putting pressure on him and don't let go every point, he's gonna break. And he broke early than I expected."

    The 32-year-old Gade would meet Kenichi Tago from Japan for the final.

    "Kenichi is a young guy and I have never lost to him," said Gade. "After all, Lin Dan is not here, then it's nobody."

    Lin Dan, the Olympic Champion and World Champion from China, had pulled out of the tournament beforehand due to a slight injury in his right calf.

    In the women's single event, top seed Wang Lin beat Bae Seung Hee from South Korea and Wang Xin made a surprising win against fifth seed Pi Hongyan of France with 21-13, 21-18, nailing the gold medal for China.

    Wang Lin would meet Jiang Yanjiao while Wang Xin would challenge World No. 1 Wang Yihan in the semifinals.

    In the women's doubles semifinals, three Chinese pairs would try to stop the top-seed Chin Eei Hui/Wong Pei Tty from Malaysia while South Korea's Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae, third-seed of the tournament, was the highest seed left in the top four.

 
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Malaysia Switches Badminton Finals Venue

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 November 2009
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Badminton’s Super Series Masters Finals will be played in Johor Baru after Malaysian organizers switched the Dec. 2-6 event from Kuala Terengganu.

The southern city was picked after organizers took into account its experience in hosting major badminton events.

“Due to the short time, we felt that Johor Baru will be in a better position to host the event,” Kenny Goh, the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s general manager, told The Star newspaper.

“They have an experienced team. It is also close to Singapore and Indonesia and it will attract the big names from these countries.”

 
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Chong Wei wins TOYM award (pic)

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Published: 10 November 2009
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PETALING JAYA: World No 1 badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei has clinched the Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian award (TOYM) for the Personal Improvement and Accomplishment category.Big winners: The 2009 TOYM awards chief judge Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (fifth from left) posing for a picture with award recipients at the ceremony in Petaling Jaya Saturday. Lee (second left) won the ‘Personal Improvement and accomplishment’ award.

Thr 27-year-old, who beat out two insurance sales people and world No 1 in women’s badminton doubles Wong Pei Tty for the award, said he had to postpone his trip to the Nov 11 Hong Kong Open to today in order to attend the awards ceremony last night.

“I am very excited about this. I did not expect to win,” he said.

 

Malaysia's Lee to come back at Hong Kong

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Published: 05 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR  - Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei will return to action at next week's Hong Kong Open after being sidelined with a knee injury for three weeks, local media reported on Thursday.

Malaysian Lee will be battling to hold onto his top ranking in a field that includes Chinese Olympic champion and world number two Lin Dan, the New Straits Times said.

 
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