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Badminton: First-round scare for China stars at World Championships (pic)

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Published: 06 August 2013
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China's world number one mixed doubles pair were given a scare in the first round of the badminton world championships on Tuesday after dropping the first game in an intense clash.

GUANGZHOU: China's world number one mixed doubles pair were given a scare in the first round of the badminton world championships on Tuesday after dropping the first game in an intense clash.

Top-ranked Ma Jin and Xu Chen lost their opening game in Guangzhou 18-21 to unseeded Danish pair Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who found answers to their trademark nimble play and dynamite smashes. China's world number one badminton mixed doubles pair Xu Chen (L) and Ma Jin.

Xu sent back scorching returns of up to 277 kilometres per hour, leaping in the air for his overhead shots, but the Danes held their nerve and withstood the onslaught.

The home crowd fell into a nervous quiet as the Danish pair went up 10-6 in the second, but the Chinese duo pulled it back to take the game 21-17.

A frenetic third game saw Xu nailing acrobatic shots, including one behind his back, as the crowd roared him on.

 

Badminton News: Derek scores upset victory at World Championships (pic)

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Published: 06 August 2013
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Singapore's shuttler Derek Wong has claimed a major scalp at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships in Guangzhou after posting a 24-22, 21-16 first round victory over Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who is seeded tenth for the men's singles.

SINGAPORE: Shuttler Derek Wong has claimed a major scalp at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships in Guangzhou after posting a 24-22, 21-16 first round victory over Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who is seeded tenth for the men's singles.

Both players had only met once at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold in 2011, with world No 10 Sony - a bronze medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games - claiming victory, 21-18, 21-18, two years ago. Badminton Player from Singapore - Derek Wong

But a first round match-up at the world championships saw a lower-ranked Wong (No 52) upsetting the form books on Monday evening to claim a hard-fought 2-0 win over the three-time Asian champion (2002, 2003, 2005).

Wong will face Malaysia's Daren Liew in the second round on Tuesday in his bid to qualify for the round of 16.

Teammate Ashton Chen found his world championships campaign halted in the first round after a 2-1 (16-21, 21-11, 21-13) loss to Takuma Ueda of Japan. 

 

Badminton: Easy win for Gu Juan at World Championships, but mixed doubles pair out (pic)

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Published: 06 August 2013
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Singapore women's singles shuttler Gu Juan made light work of her opponents in her opening match at the badminton World Championships, beating Lithuania's Akvile Stapusaityte 21-4, 21-12 on Tuesday evening.

The world No. 20 will meet Thailand's world No. 5 Ratchanok Intanon next in the third round. Singapore shuttlers Vanessa Neo (right) and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta's campaign at the badminton world championships have come to an end, after the mixed doubles pair lost in their opening match to South Korea's Shin Baek Choel and Eom Hye Won on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013.

Mixed doubles pair Vanessa Neo and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta, however, ended their campaign after going down in their opening match to South Korea's Shin Baek Choel and Eom Hye Won. The Singaporeans, ranked 16th in the world, lost 19-21, 13-21 to their world No. 22 opponents.

Despite narrowly losing the opening game, Neo and Chrisnanta had started off the second game brightly, racing to a 4-0 lead. But the duo allowed the South Koreans to claw back, at one point allowing them a eight-point streak.

 
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Jayaram upsets World No.12 in Badminton Worlds

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Guangzhou (China): Ajay Jayaram provided a scintillating start to India’s World Championships campaign here Monday when the world number 24 stunned higher-ranked Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong in the men’s singles first round.

Jayaram, who had reached the pre-quarterfinals of the event`s last edition in 2011, battled fatigue and lapse in concentration to get the better of Wong 22-20, 17-21, 21-15. He will take on Spain’s Pablo Abian in the second round.

The 25-year-old from Mumbai, who had lost to Wong in their only earlier meeting in 2011, was first to get off the blocks and that helped him race to a handsome lead in the opening game. It looked he would pocket the game rather easily with four game points until Wong fought back to level scores before Jayaram regrouped and took the next two points and the game.

 

Top seed Lee Chong Wei takes first match at world meet (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Guangzhou: Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei eased his way through the first round of the BWF World Championships, taking just 27 minutes to dismiss his opponent.

The world number one dispatched Ireland`s Scott Evans 21-11, 21-15 at the start of his quest to take the world title for the first time at the tournament in Guangzhou, China.

Lee, 30, has been drawn in the opposite half to arch rival Lin Dan of China, who is widely regarded as the best player ever, and fans are hoping for another classic final between the two badminton titans.Lee Chong Wei Won first Round on World Championship at Guang Zhou

Despite some impressive smashes and delicate touches close to the net, Evans found it hard to make an impression on the agile Malaysian whose lightning reflexes created an almost impenetrable defence.

His speed around the court left the Irish player struggling to keep up with the pace, and Evans soon succumbed to his third defeat out of three meets with the Malaysian.

 

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