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Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei to put country before world No 1 ranking (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2013
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Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is ready to trade his world number one ranking to prepare for two major tournaments - next year's Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

"I had a week of treatment before coming here and everything is fine," said Lee, after sailing through the first round of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open yesterday, beating Kidambi Srikanth of India 21-18, 21-14.

"But I will play less on the tour next year to gain more rest as I have to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. I will need to avoid aggravating my ankle injury that sustained in May last year. Lee Chong-wei reaches for a return during his opening match against India's Kidambi Srikanth at the Hong Kong Open.

"I will decide with my coach what tournaments I will play and, although playing less may affect my world ranking, it is not so important as I have occupied the world number one spot for more than four years now.

"Other than just playing, there is also travel involved on the tour, which puts a lot of pressure on me, mentally and physically," he said.


Rested Chong Wei back in title hunt (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has been given the all-clear to play in this week’s Hong Kong Open.

The 31-year-old, who skipped last week’s China Open due to an ankle injury, left for the island on Monday in search of his sixth Super Series title of the year. The Hong Kong Open, which begins on Wednesday, is the final leg of the 12-stop Tour.

He has never won more than six titles in a single season in the Super Series since its inception in 2007.He's back and raring to go. Lee Chong Wei has been pass fit and he will be gunning for his sixth badminton Super Series title of the season at the Hong Kong Open, starting on Wednesday.

To date, Chong Wei has won five titles in South Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Japan. And he has qualified for the BWF’s World Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras from Dec 11-15 as the top qualifier.

Chong Wei, a two-time Olympic silver medallist, was thankful that he had a week’s break to nurse his ankle.


Heartbreak for Thien How-Wee Kiong in China Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong failed to complete a fairy-tale ending at the China Open in Shanghai on Sunday.

The world No. 11’s hopes of landing their first Super Series title ended in despair as they went down 13-21, 12-21 to South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in just 33 minutes in the men’s doubles final.

It was a poor performance from the Malaysian No. 2 pair considering they were high in confidence after a good run to the final. They defeated several top pairs, including Denmark’s world No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong holding the runner-up's mock cheque beside champions Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong after losing the China Open doubles final on Sunday.

On top of that, Thien How-Wee Kiong were victorious over Yong-dae-Yeon-seong in the French Open quarter-finals last month and were expected to win again.

But a bad start yesterday put paid to Thien How-Wee Kiong’s hopes of winning their first-ever title as they never really recovered against the Denmark Open champions.


Malaysian pair banking on lady luck for Finals spot (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong will be banking on the misfortunes of others to sneak into the men’s doubles event at the BWF’s World Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium from Dec 11-15.

Only the top eight pairs qualify for the Finals and Thien How-Wee Kiong are now ranked eighth in the standings. The duo have no chance of improving their standings as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have not entered them for this week’s Hong Kong Open, which is the final leg of the 12-stop Tour.With only the top eight pairs qualifying for the Super Series Finals, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, who are now ranked eighth in the standings, must hope the other pairs below them falter at the Hong Kong Open beginning on Wednesday.

Last week, Thien How-Wee Kiong recorded their best show in the Super Series when they reached the China Open final before losing to Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea. The Malaysians were ranked ninth before competing in the championships.

The seven pairs now ranked ahead of Thien How-Wee Kiong are Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia, South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae, Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China, Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata, Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and Malaysians Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong. A country can have a maximum of two pairs in the Finals if all of them are in the top-eight bracket.


Malaysian doubles storm into China Open final, Wei Feng exits (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2013
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UALA LUMPUR: World No. 11 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong scored a career first after surging past Cai Yun-Chai Biao to storm into the final of the China Open in Shanghai on Saturday. Thien How-Wee Kiong were in their element as they came up tops, winning 23-21, 21-17 against the Chinese pair.

It is the first Super Series final for the pair who have been playing together for almost two years and they certainly did it in style.Chong Wei Feng seen here in action in the second round of the China Open. He produced his best result of the year by reaching the semi-finals but his Chinese opponent Chen Long proved too strong to overcome, losing in straight sets on Saturday.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, who had already toppled the likes of Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, and South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol in the earlier rounds, trailed 3-11 in the early stages.

But they mounted an impressive comeback and saved a game point before stealing ahead to nick the first game 23-21.

The Malaysian pair had better control in the second game and never looked back after taking a 16-15 lead.

This win certainly means Thien How-Wee Kiong will qualify for the Super Series Finals hosted by Malaysia next month, and it also avenged their third round defeat to Cai Yun in the World Championships in August.




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