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It's game over Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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IT’S all over for the country’s top men’s pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the World Championships – and also for their careers.

Yesterday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong blew their best chance to prolong their partnership when they went down 15-21, 16-21 in 42 minutes to Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the quarter-finals at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

It was their fourth defeat to the Koreans in the last two years – and one which has the biggest repercussion.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are facing the end of their careers after a poor defeat to South Korea's Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had issued them an ultimatum – reach the final or either be dropped or split up. 

It looks like their seven-year plus partnership, which has gone through a dizzying roller-coaster ride, is set to come to a sad end. 

 

Keep it up, says Chong Wei

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 August 2013
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei had some positive words for his successors – Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren, who both bowed out from the World Championships on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Wei Feng had China’s Lin Dan by the throat in the opening game before going on to lose 20-22, 10-21 in the third round while Daren went down 18-21, 15-21 to second seeds Chen Long, also of China.

“Wei Feng did quite well against Lin Dan but could not catch up towards the end. This is his first world meet ... although he’s not that young, he has been playing better and better,” said Chong Wei.

 

Sindhu storms into World Badminton Championships semis, assures India of bronze

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU (China): Rising shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday created history by becoming the first Indian woman singles player to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships after scoring an upset win over local favourite Shixian Wang of China to enter the semifinals.

Playing in her maiden World Championships, Sindhu, seeded 10th, had an easy outing against the World No. 8 and seventh seeded Wang. The Indian took just 55 minutes to get the better of her fancied Chinese opponent 21-18, 21-17.

World No. 12, Sindhu will take on the winner of the match between Carolina Marin and Ratchanok Intanon in the last four round.

Before Sindhu, Prakash Padukone won a medal in the World Championships way back in 1983 when he bagged a bronze in the men singles event in Copenhagen, while the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged another bronze for India in the last edition of the tournament at London in 2011.

 

Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan on course for final clash

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, China Top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and defending champion Lin Dan scored impressive quarterfinal wins Friday to stay on course for a much-anticipated men's final clash at the Badminton world championships.

Lee, who has lost to Lin in two Olympic finals as well as the last world championships in 2011, scored an easy 21-6, 21-9 victory over eighth-seeded Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto to set up a semifinal clash with third-seeded Du Pengyu of China.

Lin, unseeded after injuries and family commitments restricted his participation in international events over the past year, knocked out second-seeded Chinese compatriot Chen Long 21-13, 22-20.

 

Lin Dan beats Chen Long to enter semis at badminton worlds

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 9 -- Badminton superstar Lin Dan of China beat teammate Chen Long in a close quarter-final 21-13, 22-20 to reach the top four of men's singles at the badminton world championships here on Friday.

Arguably the most decorated shuttler of all time, Lin returned to badminton after a year on the sidelines. He dropped to No. 286 in the newly-published world rankings and entered the tournament with a wild card.

World No. 2 Chen is obviously in form of his life at the moment. Therefore the two Chinese shuttlers' encounter was highly anticipated.

Reigning champion Lin, who has not been stretched in the first three rounds, met hard resistance from second seeded Chen in the quarter-finals.

Both players showed good defense and attack skill at the start of the opening set, but Lin scored seven points in a row to build an 18-10 lead and eventually took the first set 21-13. Chen seemed a bit irritated when lagging behind.

 

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