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Li Mao joins New Vision badminton club as coach

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Published: 14 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Li Mao is back in Malaysia as a coach but he is not with former employers the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Li Mao has joined the New Vision badminton club in Petaling Jaya and he will be working with the top shuttlers from the centre, co-owned by former internationals Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran.

The no-nonsense Li Mao is a good catch. Under his guidance from 2005-2010, the current world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei showed marked improvement in his skills and tactical game.

In fact, it was during this time that Chong Wei narrowed the gap on his nemesis Lin Dan of China.

After leaving Malaysia, Li Mao went to South Korea and improved the standard of their men’s singles players.

Then in 2011, he was appointed as a coach in Indonesia.

He, however, failed to lift the standard there and his contract was not renewed after the London Olympic Games.

Kay Bin said Li Mao’s appointment was made possible by Kawasaki, the club’s sponsor.

“This is good for the club as we have a very high calibre coach. He will be coaching our top players and help raise their standard,” added Kay Bin, who is also one of the coaches at the club with Yogendran.

 
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S. Korean underdogs claim two titles at home (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2013
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SEOUL: South Korean underdogs gave the host country two surprising victories in the Korea Open badminton finals Sunday, while Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei confirmed his standing as the men's world number one.

Lee defended his Korea Open title in the men's singles, comfortably beating Du Pengyu of China 21-12, 21-15.

China, who won four out of five events in each of the two past Korea Opens, had to settle for women's and mixed doubles titles, where the finals were all-Chinese affairs.South Korea's Lee Yong-Dae (front) and Ko Sung-Hyun(B) play a shot during their men's doubles badminton match against Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark during the finals of the Korea Open at Seoul on January 13, 2013.

In the men's doubles, feisty South Koreans Lee Yong-Dae and Ko Sung-Hyun upended Denmark's world number one pairing of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, 19-21, 21-13, 21-10, taking advantage of the Danes' sloppy play in the third set.

Holding on to a 13-10 lead in the decisive frame, the South Koreans reeled off eight straight points to clinch their first Korea Open together, their fourth tournament victory since becoming partners last September.

 

Chong Wei downs Pengyu to win Korean Open crown (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei gained sweet revenge over China’s Du Pengyu in the US$1mil Korean Open in Seoul on Sunday.Chong Wei: Defeated Pengyu in 42 minutes

The world number one ranked Malaysian defeated the 24-year-old Chinese ace 21-12, 21-15 in 42 minutes to win the men’s singles title in the championships for his first BWF crown of the year.

The victory in the season-opening BWF tournament avenged the 30-year-old Chong Wei’s defeat at the hands of Pengyu at the BWF’s World Super Series Finals in Shenzhen, China last month.

 
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Chong Wei's season over

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Published: 13 December 2012
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HEAVY PRICE: Thigh injury, exhaustion floor Malaysian in Super Series Finals

LEE Chong Wei, who was shocked by China's Du Pengyu in his opening match, has withdrawn from the Super Series Finals citing a thigh injury and exhaustion in Shenzhen yesterday.

Chong Wei, who said he had suffered the injury while training for the tournament, was a pale shadow of himself as Pengyu secured a 12-21, 21-16, 22-20 win in 65 minutes in their opening Group A match.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) officials confirmed that Malaysia had sent an official letter yesterday.

Chong Wei's withdrawal means Malaysia's chances of winning a title in the Super Series are as good as over as other qualifiers also lost their opening matches.

 

2012 Korea Open: Eom Hye Won, Jang Ye Na raise Women’s Doubles trophy (pic)

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Published: 10 December 2012
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2012 Korea Open: Eom Hye Won, Jang Ye Na raise Women’s Doubles trophy – Badminton News

Women’s Doubles partners Eom Hye Won and Jang Ye Na lived up to the billing and claimed top spot on the victory stand of Korea Grand Prix Gold on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

They were up against the compatriot duo Lee So Hee-Shin Seung Chan and this encounter remained in full swing for 53 minutes in local badminton arena of Hwasun-gun.2012 Korea Open: Eom Hye Won, Jang Ye Na raise Women’s Doubles trophy – Badminton News

Both native teams entertained the crowd throughout this straight-set match but finally the top seeded pair sealed its victory with an impressive result of 21-13 and 21-17.

World Number seven duo Hye Won-Ye Na relished full benefits of its supremacy and dazzled the opposing team with a lustrous performance.

 

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