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Lin fights into China Masters final

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Published: 20 September 2009
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China's Lin Dan fought his way into the China Masters badminton final here on Saturday after the hosts ensured a fourth title in the men's doubles.

China already sealed the women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles after the quarterfinals on Friday.

Lin, world and Olympic champion, outlasted world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 22-20, 15-21, 21-7 in a fiercely competed men's semifinal at the six-day Super Series event.

"Both of us brought our ability to a full display tonight. The first two sets were tough but the third one was good," said Lin.

Lin went straight to the victory after leading 11-7 to change sides in the decisive set, hitting two winners and benefitting from eight Lee's mistakes in the second part of the third set.

 
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BAM: Chun Seang can appeal on two-year ban

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Published: 19 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM) have asked Tan Chun Seang to submit an appeal letter if he is unhappy with their two-year ban on him from competing in international tournaments.

The 23-year-old Chun Seang walked out from the national team last week due to family problems.

In a bid to protect their programme, though, the BAM decided to bar him from taking part in international meets. BAM secretary P. Ganga Rao said: “We will reply to Chun Seang when an official letter is written to us. For now, the BAM’s decision is final. We do not want players to leave us for one reason and, then, we find them playing some where else.”

 
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Chong Wei, Lin Dan on different missions in semi-finals

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Published: 19 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: One is out to regain the faith of his fans while the other is hoping not to let his home fans down again.

So, expect a fiery duel when Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei takes on world champion Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles semi-final in the China Masters at Changzhou today.

Malaysia’s Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah also kept Malaysia’s hopes alive in the men’s doubles when they marched into the semi-finals. The duo who beat Li Tian-Shen Ye of China 21-13, 22-20 yesterday, will take on Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen next.

Yesterday, Chong Wei survived a fierce first game assault from China youngster Du Pengyu before prevailing 21-19, 21-15.

Home favourite Lin Dan, who failed to make it to the final last year, also did not have it easy and had to come back from the brink of defeat to beat South Korean Park Sung-hwan 21-15, 13-21, 23-21.

This year, Lin Dan has beaten Chong Wei at the All-England final (March) and the Sudirman Cup (May) while Chong Wei pulled the rug from under the China ace at the Swiss Open final (March).

The other semi-final will be between Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and World Championships runner-up Chen Jin.

Boonsak was earlier involved in a controversial quarter-final match against Peter Gade Christensen, with the Dane venting his anger at the umpire for giving him a warning.

The Dane claimed that the umpire made three bad line calls in the rubber game, which resulted in the Thai winning 21-16, 19-21, 21-18 in 69 minutes.

“Two were very bad calls ... I said no and she gave me a warning. Of course, I was affected by the bad calls as she gave him (Ponsana) the points.”

Former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen failed to make it a double joy when they lost 18-21, 15-21 to South Koreans Cho Gun-woo-Yoo Yeon-seong.

 
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Lin wins hard-fought quarterfinal at China Masters

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Published: 18 September 2009
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Olympic and three times world champion Lin Dan edged South Korean top player Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 13-21, 23-21 in a hard-fought quarterfinal at the China Masters badminton super series on Friday.

Lin squandered five match points after leading 20-15 before he clinched the win in 69 minutes, the second longest match in the men's singles by far at this tournament.

"I was slow to find my form because I was not quite concentrated. After the world championships, I have been more focused on preparing for the national games," said the 26-year-old.

 

Olympic champion Lin and world No.1 Lee ease into China Masters quarters (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Lin Dan and world number one Lee Chong Wei moved one stepcloser to a meeting after they each booked a quarterfinal berth at the China Masters badminton super series here on Thursday.

    Beijing Olympics and world champion Lin beat Hsien Yu Hsin of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-19 after Malaysian ace Lee Chong Wei sailed past Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15, 21-8 in just 26 minutes. China's Lin Dan returns a shuttle during men's singles second round match against Hsieh Yu-hsin of Chinese Taipei at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17, 2009. Lin won 2-0.

    Lee, Beijing Olympics runner-up, said he hoped to face Lin. Malaysia' Lee Chong Wei competes during men's singles second round match against England's Rajiv Ouseph at 2009 China Masters in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, on Sept. 17, 2009. Lee won 2-0.

  "I was doing well today and I wished I could carry on the form to go further in the top half," said the 27-year-old. "Hopefully Ican play Lin Dan in the semifinals."

    In the mixed doubles, China captured seven of the eight spots in the third round.

    As South Korea's top seed and Beijing Olympics winners Lee YongDae and Lee Hyo Jung pulled out of the event due to Lee's injury, Ko Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun became the sole non-Chinese pair in the third round after overcoming fellow South Koreans Shin Baek Cheol/Jang Ye Na 21-23, 21-11, 21-16. They next meet Beijing Games bronze medallists He Hanbin/Yu Yang.

    In women's singles, world number one Zhou Mi from Hong Kong, China raced to win the second round 21-7, 21-17 over Japanese Shizuka Uchida but Hong Kong's Wang Chen retired due to knee injury, sending 19-year-old Malaysian Golden Grand Prix winner Wang Shixian into the third round.

 

 

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