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All-England: V Shem-Khim Wah sent packing in first round (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah learned the hard way that they still have a long to go after crashing out in the first round of the All-England.

The pair who only made the quarter-finals of the German Open last week, were once again brought down to earth by the experience of Danish duo Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, losing 21-23, 11-21 on Wednesday.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah in a file photo. The pair lost to Danish duo Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-23, 11-21 in the first round of the the All-England.

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Xuerui hopes to reclaim All-England title (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: It was the All-England two years ago when Li Xuerui first burst onto the scene.

Then, only 21 and relatively new to the badminton scene, Xuerui announced her presence on the world stage by claiming the crown after beating compatriot Wang Yihan in straight games.Li Xuerui: 'To come back to the All-England really means a lot to me ... hopefully, I’ll go all the way again.'

That was also Xuerui’s best ever year to date, as she won a total of eight titles – including the Asian championships and the London Olympics gold medal.

Last year proved to be least successful for Xuerui as, despite winning the Superseries Finals, she was bundled out in the first round of the All-England and lost in the final of the World Championships to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon.

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Europeans to shine once more: Ouseph (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: England's Rajiv Ouseph believes that European singles players are slowly but surely catching up with their Asian counterparts.

While Europe has always provided a strong challenge in the doubles events, it is the men’s singles that has always been lacking since the glory days of Denmark’s Peter Gade.The Commonwealth Games silver medallist will be severely tested when he faces rising Japanese star Kento Momota in the second round.

But Ouseph, who defeated Gade in the first round of the All-England two years ago, believes that the European men are definitely on their way back up once more.

This was after the lanky 27-year-old fought to a superb win over China’s world No. 7 Du Pengyu in the first round of the All-England on Wednesday.

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All England Open: British stars set to feature in Birmingham (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2014
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Britain's leading contenders will be in action when the first round of the All England Open Championships begins in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Chris Adcock features in the mixed doubles with wife Gabby White, and in the men's doubles with Andy Ellis.Britain's leading contenders will be in action when the first round of the All England Open Championships begins in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Adcock and White reached a career-high fifth in the world rankings when they won the Hong Kong Open last November.

World number one and top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will bid for his third All-England title in the men's singles.

Last year's winner Chen Long of China defends the crown he won in 2013 at Lee's expense.

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Nielsen-Pedersen hoping for better luck this time (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: World No. 4 mixed doubles pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark are the in-form pair right now.

They won the Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur last year before returning to Malaysia in January, where they made the final of the Malaysian Open – losing to China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin.Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in a file photo. They beat India’s Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-13, 21-16 in the first round of the All-England.

Nevertheless, Nielsen-Pedersen have consistently beaten the top Chinese pairs and Indonesia’s reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

But the All-England is one tournament where the Danes have generally never done well – losing in the first round last year and only making the quarter-finals in 2011 and 2012.

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