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South Korea reach Uber Cup final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 May 2012
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 WUHAN (China): Reigning champions South Korea powered into the women's Uber Cup final in Wuhan Thursday, beating Japan 3-0 to set up a likely rematch with China, who they dramatically dethroned two years ago.

 
World number 11 Sung Ji-Hyun wrapped up a quick first win in the women's singles 21-15, 21-10, making clear she has a strong outside chance of a medal at the London Olympics in July, where China's women are expected to dominate.
 
In December, the promising South Korean beat world number one Wang Yihan in the World Superseries Finals and she will likely face the Chinese star shuttler in the first singles match of the Uber Cup final on Saturday.
 
"I have to be confident, patient, not fight too hard or I will lose," said the 20-year-old about her next match. "If I believe in myself then I can win."
 
The victory takes South Korea to their second consecutive Uber Cup final and keeps alive their hopes of defending their crown on China's home territory.
 
The hot favourites to win back badminton's world team championships are in action tonight against Thailand, while the men's Thomas Cup takes a rest day before the semifinals on Friday.
 
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Uber Cup: Defending champ South Korea survives scare (pic)

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Published: 24 May 2012
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 WUHAN, China - Defending Uber Cup champions South Korea survived a scare of beingeliminated out of the top four on Wednesday as China's mighty badminton armada continuedtheir momentum by reaching the semifinals at Thomas and Uber Cup.

South Korea clinched their first ever Uber Cup title two years ago by beating China in the final,but they were made to work hard by Chinese Taipei this time in Wuhan in the quarter-finalsbefore they won 3-2.

In the first four matchesSouth Korea and Chinese Taipei leveled at 2-allHye Youn-hwang,former Asian Games and All England bronze medalistwithstood the pressure to defeat ShihHan Hung 21-18, 25-23 to finish the marathon battle which lasted five hours and 40 minutes.

South Korea will face Japan in the semifinals as China continued stable performancemaking a3-clean sweep at both Thomas and Uber Cup.

The Chinese women's teamaiming to regain the Uber Cupwere too good for GermanyWorldNo 6 Juliane Schenk's absence made Germany even fragile in front of China.

Victories from world No 1 Wang Yihan and No 2 Wang Xin put China 2-aheadWomen doublesworld No 1 Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli held off the challenges from Carla Nelte/Isabel Herttrich tosecure a semifinal berth for Chinawith a score of 21-10, 19-21 and 21-8.

In the Thomas CupChinese men's team were also through to the semifinals by beatingMalaysiaHoweverMalaysia made some impacts on China without world No 1 Lee Chong-wei,who suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday and had to rest for at least three weeks.Chen Long of China returns a shuttlecock to Hafiz of Malaysia during the Thomas Cup quarter-finals in Wuhan, May 23, 2012

 

China scent revenge at Uber Cup (pic)

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Published: 24 May 2012
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  WUHAN, China: China punished a spirited Thailand to reach the Uber Cup final on Thursday and set up a revenge mission against holders South Korea.

"I want to win and get the Uber Cup back home," said China's world number one Wang Yihan after beating gifted 17-year-old Inthanon Ratchanok 21-18, 21-15.Wang Xiaoli (L) and Yu Yang (R) of China compete against Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand during the semi-final match at the Uber Cup.

"Two years ago I lost the match. I felt so much pressure. It's my responsibility," Wang said, referring to the 2010 final in Kuala Lumpur when she sensationally lost in straight games as China went down 3-1 to South Korea.

That shock defeat to the Koreans saw China surrender their crown, but head coach Li Yongbo made no secret of his team's determination to get it back again.

 

Liew Darren 'Forced' To Step Into Chong Wei's Shoes

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Published: 22 May 2012
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WUHAN, May 22  -- It does not matter whether shuttler Liew Daren who has been playing second fiddle to Datuk Lee Chong Wei would be ready to step into the latter's shoes, because he has no option.

Chong Wei's injury has forced Liew Darren to move up the ladder for the Thomas Cup challenge and shoulder the prospect of playing the first singles, probably against defending champion China in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

Admitting that he had been thrust into the unexpected situation, Liew Darren who surprised Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, 21-15, 21-13 to give Malaysia the first point, would probably be facing world number Lin Dan of China.

 

Ankle injury dents Lee Olympic bid (pic)

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Published: 22 May 2012
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WUHAN, China — Badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei was put out for up to a month with a torn ankle tendon at the Thomas Cup in Wuhan Tuesday, casting serious doubt over his Olympic title bid in London.

"It is a torn ankle tendon, not a rupture. He will be out for about three to four weeks," said Tey Seu Bock, Malaysia's singles coach. "He will go back to Malaysia as soon as possible for another MRI scan.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, seen here in April, sustained a serious ankle injury at the Thomas Cup Tuesday

"It is still OK for the Olympics," Tey said, adding that Lee was "more upset about not contributing to the team at the Thomas Cup."

But with the London Games starting in July the injury is a major blow to Lee's preparations, already hampered by a shoulder problem, a bout of influenza and a series of disappointing results this season.

"Our biggest enemy is not each other but injury," said Lee's arch-rival and world number two Lin Dan, who took gold ahead of the Malaysian at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.

 

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