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Koo and Tan cannot rest easy, says Joo-bong (pic)

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Published: 06 August 2013
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Former great Park Joo-bong feels that a long break between matches could either be a boon or a bane.

And that’s why he has warned Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong not to be too happy about the three days’ rest they are enjoying in the World Championships. 

Due to several withdrawals, Kien Keat-Boon Heong have been handed a free ride into the third round.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have been given a free ride into the third round due to several withdrawals.

They will take on Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei-Ng Ka Long for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday. 

“Koo and Tan have been handed the best draw. They are very lucky ... but then, most of the seeded players who had a day’s rest (on Monday) struggled in their matches today (yesterday). And Koo-Tan will have had three days’ rest ...,” said Joo-bong.

 

Pei Jing puts ugly umpiring episode behind her (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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Mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing is no longer angry or upset – a day after being dumped from the first round of the World Championships with partner Tan Aik Quan.

The 21-year-old Pei Jing was, on Monday, all riled up by the umpire’s controversial decision.

But, today, she vowed to put the ugly episode behind her and come out of her first world meet a stronger player.Lai Pei Jing and mixed doubles partner Tan Aik Quan lost to China's Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua in the first round of the World Championships on Monday after a umpire error.

Pei Jing and Aik Quan lost 19-21, 7-21 to Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua of China but not before heatedly disputing a decision by the umpire, following a malfunction of the electronic scoreboard.

Both pairs were tied at 20-20 in the opening game but the umpire claimed it was 19-20. 

Pei Jing protested violently but the umpire stood firm. 

 

Hayom ready to oust Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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After the shocking defeats of Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso, Indonesian back-up shuttler Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka is ready to score the biggest upset in the World Championships.
 
The 25-year-old has set his sights on ousting world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in Wednesday’s second round. 

Hayom created a stir in last month’s Indonesian Open when he pushed Chong Wei to all corners before going down fighting 17-21, 14-21 in the semi-finals. His feisty display even earned praises from Chong Wei.Indonesia's Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka is ready to give world No.1 Lee Chong Wei a surprise.

Hayom, who won the India and Indonesian Opens Grand Prix Gold in 2010, admitted that Chong Wei would start as the favourite but warned fans not to write him off – just yet.

 

Jing Yi switches her focus to SEA Games after early exit (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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“I WILL focus on my preparations for the SEA Games first. Then I’ll think about my badminton future.”

This was women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi’s statement after losing in the first round of her maiden World Championships in the Tianhe Gymnasium on Tuesday. 

The 22-year-old Jing Yi showed the good and bad sides of her game – combining good shots with some sloppy ones – en route to losing 21-17, 21-17 to Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi. Japan's Sayaka Takahashi will take on compatriot Mitani Minatsu in the second round.

With her exit, Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles is over.

The last time a Malaysian women’s singles shuttler put up a strong showing was when former international Wong Mew Choo did well in the 2007 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur when she dumped world champion Xie Xingfang of China to reach the quarter-finals. 

 

Dream Final Between Chong Wei And Lin Dan On The Cards - Rashid Sidek

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, Aug 6  -- National singles head coach Rashid Sidek feels the men's singles final of the 2013 World Championships would be a face off between Datuk Lee Chong Wei and defending champion Lin Dan of China.

Rashid said his predictions were based on the fact that Chong Wei, the world number one, and Lin Dan, the four-time World Championship winner, were in a class of their own.

"If there was a player who can derail the dream final between Chong Wei and Lin Dan, it would be Chen Long (China). However, the standard of world number three Du Pengyu will not match Chong Wei or Lin Dan's calibre," he told reporters, here, Tuesday.

Rashid believes for Chong Wei who is still looking for his maiden World Championship title, this year would be his best opportunity although the Chinese players led by Lin Dan would be the main challengers.

 

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