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'Super Dan' coasts to Hong Kong badminton title (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2011
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HONG KONG — Olympic and four-time world champion Lin Dan crushed Chen Jin 21-12, 21-19 in an all-Chinese men's singles final at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, drawing an emphatic line under a recent indifferent spell.

Victory over 2010 world champion Chen in the $250,000 event was just the second Super Series title of the year for third-ranked "Super Dan", the sport's most decorated player, who won his fourth world crown in London in August.Olympic and four-time world champion Lin Dan is currently badminton's most decorated player

Lin, who ended the hopes of Malaysian arch-rival and world number one Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals, proved too strong for Chen in front of a sizeable crowd at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

After a closely fought opening to the match, left-handed Lin won seven consecutive points to seal the first game 21-12. He hit a total of eight smash winners, always looking in control against his fifth-ranked opponent.

 

Lin beats Lee in Hong Kong semifinal

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2011
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HONG KONG: Chinese Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan beat world number one Lee Chong Wei in straight sets on Saturday to reach the final of the Hong Kong Open.

Lin, a four-time world champion, dominated the match, taking 46 minutes to beat his great rival 21-16, 21-14, and ending the Malaysian's record of reaching the final of every Open tournament he has played this year.

Lee had been many people's favourite to win at the Hong Kong Coliseum following an indifferent recent run by Lin, who has again courted controversy by forfeiting matches against Chinese team-mates through injury or illness.

But Lee could not avenge his heart-breaking world final loss to Lin and in a match between the two dominant players of their generation, it was the Chinese shuttler who was once again on top.

 

Chong Wei To Meet Lin Dan At Hong Kong Open Semifinals Tomorrow

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 November 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18  -- World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei easily cruised into the men's singles semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open Badminton Championship after defeating Indian singles Ajay Jayaram in today's quarter-finals.

Chong Wei only took 31 minutes to defeat Ajay, ranked 34th in the world, with 21-16, 21-13 in the championship worth US$250,000 (RM791,301).

However, Chong Wei is expected to face tough competition from his traditional enemy, Lin Dan, at the semi-finals tomorrow.

Lin Dan, who is 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist, booked the ticket to the semi-finals after defeating Shon Wan Ho from Korea, 21-15, 21-18 in just 40 minutes.

World number two, Chen Long from China, who defeated R.M.V Gurusaidutt from India 21-13, 23-21 also qualified to the semi-finals.

Chen Long will play against the winner of another quarter-final match between Peter Hoeg Gade from Denmark and Jin Chen from China.

 
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Indonesia wins men's team badminton at SEA Games (pic)

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Published: 18 November 2011
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PALEMBANG, Indonesia -- Indonesia beat Malaysia 3-1 to win the men's team badminton final at the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday, one of 16 gold medal successes on the day for the medal table leader.

The men’s badminton team emphasized its domination in the region by taking its third consecutive gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games. Hosts Indonesia kept the top spot in the Games

In front of a full house at Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta, Indonesia defeated archrival Malaysia 3-1 in the men’s team final on Tuesday.

Despite playing against a young Malaysian team — the country decided against sending its top players such as world no. 1 Lee Chong Wei and men’s doubles stars Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong — the host was forced to play all out to win the gold.

 

Saina enters R2 of Hong Kong Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 November 2011
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Hong Kong: Saina Nehwal moved into the second round of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open badminton tournament with a 21-4, 21-17 win over Tsz Ka Chan (Hong Kong) on Wednesday.

Fourth-seeded Saina will next take on Jie Yao of the Netherlands. Nehwal beat Tsz Ka Chan to move into the second round of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open.

Meanwhile, Ajay Jayaram, who reached the last 16 at the World Championships stunned world No. 6 Sho Sasaki in his opening match of the men's singles event.

Jayaram, ranked 34th in the world beat the sixth seeded Japanese 14-21, 21-18, 21-14 in 49 minutes to set up a clash with Jie Yao of Holland in the second round.

Arvind Bhat and Gurusai Dutt also advanced to the second round of the men's singles event.

Bhat defeated Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei 21-18, 21-15 while Dutt got the better of French player, Brice Leverdez 21-11, 21-16.

Bhat will play second-seeded Chinese Long Chen while Gurusai Dutt takes on another Chinese Pengyu Du, seded seventh.

 
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