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Milton Keynes badminton star Adcock bows out in Korea semi-finals (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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MILTON Keynes badminton star Chris Adcock failed in his bid to become the first English player to appear in two Superseries finals when he and Andy Ellis fell in the men’s doubles semi-finals of the Victor Korea Open in Seoul.

Ellis and Adcock, who won the Yonex Sunrise Open mixed doubles title with wife Gabby in November, were beaten 21-11 21-9 by four-times world champion and London 2012 winner Fu Haifeng and current partner Hong Wei.Chris Adcock

The Chinese pair got off to a flying start by opening up a 7-0 lead and, although Adcock and Ellis recovered to within three points at 9-6, Fu and Hong finished the game with a five-point burst from 16-11.

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Momota-san is a man in a hurry (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: With his fiery red new hairstyle, Japan’s rising star Kento Momota is ready to take the world by storm.

The 2012 world junior champion from the Kagawa prefecture has been enjoying a stellar rise through the ranks.

Last year, Momota, who turned 20 last Thursday, achieved a career best as he made the semi-finals of the China Open, before losing to China’s Wang Zhengming.Kento Momota is the third highest ranked Japanese singles player behind Kenichi Tago and Takuma Ueda.

Having risen significantly through the ranks, from No. 89 last January to a current career high of No. 17 in the world, Momota who sports a cool and calm demeanour much like Lin Dan, believes he can only get better.

There are many incentives to spur the young Momota to do well, especially with Japan setting their sights on the Thomas Cup Finals which will be held in New Delhi in May.

Momota is currently the third-ranked Japanese, behind world No. 5 Kenichi Tago and Takuma Ueda who is No. 15.

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Starlet Kim looking for a Danish upset (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Korea have been a rising force in women’s doubles in recent years.

They have three pairs in the world top 10 - Jang Ye-na-Kim So-young, Ko A-ra-Yoo Hae-won and Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na, although the latter are no longer playing together.

In terms of junior ranks, the Koreans have been equally superb with Shin Seung-chan-Lee So-hee bagging the world junior title in 2011 and 2012 before Chae Yoo-jung-Kim Ji-won added their names to the list last year.Kim Ji-won (pic) partners Chae Yoo-jung in the women's doubles at the Malaysian Open badminton championships starting on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Ji-won, who is the new starlet of the team, is eager for the opportunity to make her mark at the senior stage along with partner Yoo-jung.

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Pang’s cool with wife calling the shots (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: It is a rare sight to see a woman coaching her husband in any sport, but that doesn’t bother singles shuttler Eric Pang,

With his wife Yao Jie as his coach, veteran Eric of Holland is hoping to get off to a great start in the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday.Holland's Eric Pang is coached by China-born Dutch former European single's champion player and wife, Yao Jie.

And perhaps with the husband-wife power combination, the 31-year-old Eric will be able to produce an upset in the tournament after having been involved in the game for 13 years.

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Doubles world champs withdraw from Malaysian Open (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was confirmed after the team manager’s meeting on Monday that women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi has been withdrawn from competing in women’s doubles alongside Sannatasah Saniru.Top seed Wang Xiaoli (left) and Yu Yang of China have withdrawn from the Malaysian Open badminton championships which begins on Wednesday.

Jing Yi who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable in November last year only to rejoin them after a few weeks, had to withdraw because Sannatasah is not a BAM player.

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