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Chong Wei Fails To Defend BWF Super Series Finals Title

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Published: 18 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17  -- World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei failed in his bid to defend his BWF Super Series Master Finals for the fourth consecutive time after losing to Chen Long of China in a semi-final match held at Li Ning Stadium in Liuzhou, China Saturday.

The national No 1 singles is the defending champion of the Superseries finals in the three previous tournaments which were held in Sabah (2008), Johor (2009) and in Taiwan last year.

In the semi-final match Saturday, the lanky Chinese player used his height as an advantage to beat the Penangite with the scores 21-16, 16-21 and 21-18 in a gruelling 80-minute encounter.

The Chinese player will meet his compatriot Lin Dan in the final on Sunday after the Olympic champion beat Danish aging player Peter Hoeg Gade in straight sets, 21-12 and 21-15 in 41 minutes in another semi-final match, according to www.tournamentsoftware.com, the tournament website.

The Masters Final is the season-ending finale for the OSIM BWF World Super Series, where the top eight in each of the men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles disciplines (with a quota of two players or pairs per country for each discipline) on the World Super Series standings, battle it out for a share of the USD500,000 (RM 1.6 million) prize money.

 
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Chen Long in the form of his life (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, South China, Dec. 17  -- After the shocking first-round exit at the London world championships, Chinese badminton hopeful Chen Long gradually found back the rhythm.

Following his 21-16, 16-21, 21-18 win over world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the semifinals of the BWF World Superseries Finals, the 22-year-old is obviously in the form of his life at the moment.Chen Long of China competes during the semifinal of men's singles match against Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at Li Ning BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Superseries Finals 2011 in Liuzhou, city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Dec. 17, 2011. Chen Long won the match 2-1.

Chen Long controlled the tempo of the match and almost made no mistakes on the court. His victory and his recent sound performance sent a message to the world that he has indeed broken the Lee Chong Wei-Lin Dan stranglehold and he should now be the player to watch.

Every successful man fails at some time, even "Grand Slam" winner Lin was stunned by an unheralded player in his opener at the Athens Olympic Games, Chen is definitely not excluded.

 

Chong Wei and Lin Dan move into the semis while promoting life stories (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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ONE has written his autobiography. The other is producing a documentary about his life on court. The two great rivals of men’s badminton are also busy embellishing their legends at the Super Series Masters Finals here.

Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan showed that they are not only old time rivals on the court but equally competitive in the promotion of the sport that they love by telling their life stories to inspire the younger generation.Storyteller: The front cover of Lee Chong Wei’s autobiography “Dare to be a Champion”.

Yesterday, top seed Chong Wei and four-time world champion Lin Dan spoke of their promotional activities after underlining their supremacy to march into the semi-finals of the Masters Finals as the Group A and Group B champions respectively at the Li Ning Gymnasium.

Chong Wei will take on Chen Long of China today while Lin Dan will cross swords with old warrior Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark in another top four battle.

Yesterday, Chong Wei, who had already qualified for the semis, made the mistake of taking it easy before prevailing 24-22, 21-14 over the 35-year-old Christensen in a 33-minute final Group A match.

 

Lin Dan and Taufik bury the hatchet after 10-year rivalry

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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THE 10-year rivalry between Lin Dan of China and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat ended with the four-time world champion sharing a light moment with the media.

When asked about the changes that had taken place in their lives over the last 10 years, Lin Dan shot back in jest: “We are both married now.”

He then added: “We have been at it for a decade now. Taufik may not be the same player but I think he is saving his best for the Olympic Games.

Lin Dan’s first encounter with Taufik, whom he used to look up to, took place at the Asian Badminton Championships in 2001.

Then, the 18-year-old Lin Dan scored a sensational 15-2, 15-3 victory that saw a red-faced Taufik staging a walkout and snubbing the media.

The Indonesian superstar won the next three matches against Lin Dan with the most memorable being the 2005 World Championships final in Anaheim.

But since then, Taufik has lost every match to the Chinese superstar and his latest defeat was in Group B of the Super Series Masters Finals on Thursday.

 
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Season Ends Badly for Indonesian Shuttlers (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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The results from the Super Series Finals demonstrate just how low Indonesian badminton has fallen on the world stage.

None of the country’s shuttlers made it out of the group stage and into today’s semifinals. The country’s last hope, mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, lost to top-seeded Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei on Friday, 21-19, 18-21, 21-14. They wound up finishing third in Group A. Taufik Hidayat’s three losses at the Super Series Finals in China this week illustrate how far national badminton has fallen.

Only the top two from each group advanced to the last four rounds of the $500,000 tournament in Liuzhou, China.

 

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