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Hardship spurs Ratchanok and Sindhu (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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ONE came from a poor family. The other had to sacrifice comfort for the sake of badminton. 

For both the 18-year-olds, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and P.V. Sindhu of India, hardship has taken them far in their badminton career and it was evident at the recent World Championships when they shone the brightest. 

Ratchanok stunned Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in her own den to become the youngest player in the singles event of the series to win the world title while Sindhu took an instant hit in China after dumping defending champion Wang Yihan and former champion Wang Shixian. Up and coming: Women's singles champion Intanon Ratchanok of Thailand lifts up her Dongfeng Citroen Cup. On the podium with her is China's Li Xuerui (far left) and third place finishers India's P.V. Sindhu (second from right) and Korea's Bae Yeon Ju (right).

The three-time world junior champion Ratchanok, who hails from a poverty stricken family, was penniless when she picked up the sport but after reaching the All-England final for the first time this year, her fortunes changed. 

“I bought my parents their first car. They are now no longer labourers but are managing a school badminton hall,” said the soft-spoken Ratchanok.

Sindhu had travelled 46km ­– one way ­– every day for almost four years in order to train at P. Gopichand’s Academy. 


Indonesia proves pairing senior with junior works (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU: Malaysia’s doubles department can take a leaf out of Indonesian Hendra Setiawan’s commitment to raise younger players to stardom.

On Sunday, the seasoned campaigner combined forces with first-timer Mohd Ahsan to win the men’s doubles title by beating Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-13, 23-21 in the final of the World Championships at the Tianhe Gymnasium. Mohd Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (left) celebrate after winning the men's doubles final at World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou.

In less than a year since they teamed up, Hendra has guided the 26-year-old Ahsan to win three Open titles - Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore before their big one on Sunday.

Before the partnership, Ahsan had played with Bona Septano but that partnership was not heading anywhere.


Chong Wei: I'll try again next year (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is down but not out. And he has vowed to return for another tilt at the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen next year.

On Sunday, Chong Wei’s bid to be Malaysia’s first world champion was crushed when he retired at 21-16, 13-21, 20-17 due to cramps in the men’s singles final against Lin Dan of China.

It was Lin Dan’s fifth title – making him the most successful player in the world series. Down but not out: World No.1 Lee Chong Wei now has his sights on next year's World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Chong Wei, who spent two hours in the hospital to recover from the cramps, was heartbroken.

“I tried my best but somehow I always miss out on a opportunity to win the world title. I am sad and I just want to say sorry again,” said Chong Wei, who failed to live up to his No. 1 seeding for the fifth time in the championships.


Teenage Thai claims shock title, Super Dan wins again (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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 Teenage Thai Ratchanok Intanon won her first badminton world championship title when she upset Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the women's singles on Sunday to end China's decade of domination in the event.

In the men's singles, Lin Dan overcame a year off to retain his title with another closely fought battle with old adversary Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who retired and was taken off court on a stretcher at match point down in the third set.
Lin's win was his fifth world championship and China's sixth consecutive one in the men's singles but their proud run in the women's event ended.Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon celebrates after defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at the 2013 Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, Guangdong province August 11, 2013.
Ratchanok, 18, beat Li 22-20 18-21 21-14 in Guangzhou, China, to become the first Thai to win the world championship and first non-Chinese woman since Denmark's Camilla Martin lifted the title at home in 1999.
World number one Li led 19-12 in the opening set but Ratchanok came storming back to take it 22-20, the first set the Chinese had dropped all week.

Raging Seu Bock angry at air-cond system (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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 NATIONAL singles coach Tey Seu Bock was upset that the air conditioner was switched off during the men’s singles final between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan of China on Sunday.

Chong Wei retired at 16-21, 21-13, 20-17 after suffering leg cramps – taking a little shine off Lin Dan’s record fifth world title.
Seu Bock said that he accepted the defeat but felt it was not right to make the players suffer.Lin Dan checks on Lee Chong Wei after the Malaysian world No.1 suffered leg cramps during their World Championships final. Lin Dan won after Chong Wei retired whilst trailing 17-20 in the third game.
“Today’s final was of high quality. It was between two legendary players. They played really well and it all boiled down to who was mentally stronger,” said Seu Bock.
“A defeat is a defeat. I can accept it but I cannot tolerate the organisers switching off the air conditioner in the second game.



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