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Chen Jin grabs back-to-back semi win at badminton worlds

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Published: 29 August 2010
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PARIS, Aug. 28, 2010 -- The fourth seed Chen Jin of China romped into the men's singles final at the Badminton World Championships for the second year in a row after beating world No. 2 Peter Gade from Denmark on Saturday.

Chen lost the first set 19-21, but managed to win the following two 21-8 and 21-11.

"I was ready to play three sets," said the 24-year-old Chen. "He is a seasoned player and I admire him a lot."

Chen believed that he used the right strategy since the beginning but Gade played too well in the opening set.

"He played very fast in the first set and lost too much energy," Chen commented on the European top player who is nine years older than him. "I didn't change my strategy in the following sets. It's just because that he was too tired to keep his speed."

Chen is going to meet the winner between South Korea's Park Sung Hwan and Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat on Sunday.

Park smashed three-time world champion and Olympig gold medallist Lin Dan in straight sets in the semifinals while Hidayat edged out world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia to reach the final.

"I have reached my goal of advancing into the final, and I just want to perform well tomorrow," said Chen who lost to teammate Lin Dan in last year's final.

 
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Badminton-Lin Dan and Chong Wei exit world championship

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 August 2010
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* Nervy Chong Wei loses at major tournament again

  • Lin Dan stopped from winning four world titles in a row
  • Women's second seed, India's Nehwal, also out

PARIS, Aug 27 - Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei exited the world badminton championships on Friday, beaten 21-15 11-21 21-12 in the quarter-finals by former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.

Less than an hour later, in another big surprise, titleholder Lin Dan succumbed 21-13 21-13 to 13th seeded South Korean Park Sung-hwan.

Lin won the world title in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008 when there is no world championship.

Park told a media conference: "I've gone to the next level in badminton with this result."

 

Saina Nehwal crashes out of Badminton World Championship (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 August 2010
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Paris:  Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Badminton World Championships in Paris on Friday, losing 21-8, 21-14 to Chinese sixth seed Shixian Wang.

This was the first Chinese opponent that Saina was facing in the tournament and she was completely outclassed.Saina Nehwal Crashed out of Badminton World Championship

The Indian fell behind from the start of the match and could never stage a comeback.

Speaking to NDTV Saina said, "My opponent has improved a lot. I did not move well at all. It is sad that I'm out of the World Championship".

 

This comes as a great disappointment for Indian fans who were expecting the World No 2 to win this title after her great performances in the international circuit.

Saina came into the tournament on the back of three successive international wins.

Saina had crashed out of the World Championships last year in Hyderabad at the same stage.




 


 
 
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Taiwan players cruise into world badminton quarterfinals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 August 2010
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Taiwanese player Cheng Shao-chieh cruised into the top eight in the women's singles at the World Badminton Championships in Paris Thursday.

Cheng beat her eighth-seeded German opponent Juliane Schenk 21-13, 21-19, after losing to Schenk in the first set 19-21. Cheng successfully defended her title in the women's singles at the Yonex Badminton Open in Taipei Aug. 8.Taiwan's Shao-Chieh Cheng returns a shot to Germany's Julian Schenk during the World Badminton Championships in Paris, France on Thursday. Cheng defeated Schenk , 21-19 21-13 21-19.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Hsueh Hsuan-yi went through to the men's singles quarterfinals Thursday after trouncing his Thai challenger Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-11.

Hsueh will meet fourth-seeded Chen Jin of China in his upcoming quarterfinal match.

Taiwan's Fang Chieh-min and Lee Sheng-mu breezed into the quarterfinals in the men's doubles, while Cheng Wen-Hsing and Chien Yu-chin made the women's doubles top eight at the world's most prestigious badminton championships that opened at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium Aug. 23.

Cheng and Chien finished off their rivals from the Netherlands 21-14, 21-15 in a match that lasted just 26 minutes. Fang and Lee, meanwhile, took 32 minutes to beat their Japanese opponents 21-19, 21-12.

Taiwan's mixed doubles team of Chien Yu-chin and Lee Sheng-mu also achieved success, beating their South Korean rivals Yong Dae Lee and Hyo Jung Lee 21-17, 22-20.

 
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Baun in position to frustrate China again (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 August 2010
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PARIS : Tine Baun, who defied the might of China to regain the All-England Open title in March, is looking to perform similar defiance at the world championships after reaching the semi-finals.

The performance of the former world number one from Denmark during a well-taken 21-18, 21-13 win on Friday over Cheng Shao-Chieh, the unseeded Taiwanese player, put her in a much-improved position to go all the way. Dutch player Tine Baun hits a return to Taipei's Cheng Shao-Chieh during the Women singles quarter finals of the Badminton World Championship

It was Baun's best performance in five months, during which back problems and then a prolonged heel injury seriously hampered her preparations for this week.

"It's amazing that after four months (of injury) I can still play like this," said Baun.

"I had to concentrate on trying to play my game, but there were times when I had to play in other ways and it's good that I could do this as well as still succeed."

Baun was sometimes distracted by Cheng's troublesome foot, which forced her to walk with a spectacular limp, even though it appeared only to be a burst blister which caused blood to pour over her sock.

 

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