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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 July 2013
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A sheer lack of self control was displayed for all to see and sent shock waves through badminton fans when, instead of the Canada Open 2013 men's doubles final in Vancouver, we witnessed punches and kicks between Thais Maneepong "A" Jongjit and Bodin "Art" Issara. It was later reported that A received five stitches to his ear and both were disqualified from the game by the match official.

Opponents Bodin and Maneepong unleashed furious blows on each other's torso in a manner that seemed clearly about settling personal scores. The embarrassing incident has left the reputation of Thai badminton players in tatters, to put it lightly.

The former Olympic partners, who reached the quarter-finals last year, parted ways when Bodin announced his retirement earlier this year. He made an about-turn a few days later, and since has been paired with players other than Maneepong.

 

Lee Chong Wei wins Indonesia Open title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 July 2013
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World number one Lee Chong Wei easily defeated Germany's Marc Zwiebler on Sunday to win the Indonesia Open for a fifth time.

 

JAKARTA: World number one Lee Chong Wei easily defeated Germany's Marc Zwiebler on Sunday to win the Indonesia Open for a fifth time.

The Malaysian ace hardly broke a sweat against the unseeded Zwiebler in the men's singles final in Jakarta, winning the match 21-15, 21-14 in just 40 minutes.

Lee dominated from start to finish, with a string of smashes which proved too difficult for his left-handed opponent to return.

"As I had expected, it was a very hard match against Lee Chong Wei," Zwiebler said.

"He was not that kind of player who will give any mercy if I made weak shots. He was always in control. I have tried everything I can."

Lee praised his opponent: "Zwiebler played well today. He showed a lot of progress."

The 30-year-old said he was "very happy" to win the title, which has prize money of $52,500, for the fifth time.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei bites his medal after defeating Marc Zwiebler of Germany during their final match at the Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

 

Chong Wei Sole Survivor At Indonesian Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR, June 14  -- Malaysia's badminton men's singles number one player Datuk Lee Chong Wei is the sole survivor of the national squad at the ongoing Indonesian Open that is being held a the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta.

In the quarterfinals today, Chong Wei, the top seed, despatched off Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in straight sets of 21-10 and 21-7 to book his place in the semifinals Saturday.

Awaiting him is Indonesia's Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka who scored an upset victory against third seeded Du Pengyu of China in a three setter, winning in 21-15, 15-21 and 21-9.

Malaysia's hopes to see more national players advancing were dashed when the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying (ranked 5th in the world) crashed out 15-21 and 16-21 the hosts' pair of Ahmad Tontowi and Liliyana Natsir.

Malaysia's world ranked number three men's doubles pair, Koo Kien Kiat and Tan Boon Heong fell by the wayside in the second round Thursday.

Malaysia did not field any women singles or doubles teams this time around.

 
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Chong Wei survives scare in Indonesia Open first round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei survived a nerve-wracking encounter against China’s Wang Zhengming before moving into the second round of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta.

The 30-year-old Chong Wei, seeking his fourth title of the year – after the Korean, Malaysian and India Opens – won 20-22, 21-4, 22-20 yesterday.

There was also some good news for the troubled world No. 3 pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong when they defeated Indonesia’s Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki-Hendra Gunawan 21-15, 21-11 in the first round.Hard fight: Lee Chong Wei beat China’s Wang Zhengming 20-22, 21-4, 22-20 in the first round of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta yesterday.

Their reward is a second round date with another Indonesian pair – Alvent Yulianto-Markis Kido.

The wretched form of world No. 7 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong continued as they lost to the scratch Indonesian pair of Andrei Adistia-Gideon Markus Fernaldi despite taking the first game.

 

No end to woes for Koo-Tan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It never rains but it pours. That idiom is apt in describing the wretched run of national men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong of late.

The pair, who have been on a downward spiral since losing in the bronze medal playoff at the London Olympics last year, were sent packing in the second round of the Indonesia Open in Jakarta yesterday.

The third-seeded Kien Keat-Boon Heong went down to old timers Alven Yulianto-Markis Kido of Indonesia 21-23, 15-21 in 34 minutes – thus failing to get the breakthrough they yearned ahead of the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.

The Malaysians, however, were not the only seeded casualties yesterday.

Reigning All-England champions and seventh seeds Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China also crashed out after retiring at 15-13 against England’s Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis.

 

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